Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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94
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Reviews: 1,020
Hads: 3,322
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 476
Gots: 549 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving
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Photo of flexabull
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times, now is my chance to review it.

Pours jet black with a nice tan head. Good looking stout.

Lots of coffee notes on the nose. Smells a bit hoppy, and almost vegetal.

Taste is very well done. Bold enough to keep you interested, but not overpowering... a very drinkable beer. Taste is lighter up front, but finishes with a lot of coffee and cocoa flavors. Also a bit toasty and bitter, these tastes are slight, but they match and balance well.

Mouthfeel is a bit light up front, but the flavors linger nicely.

Session worthy stout. I've had this on nitro before, and that is a real treat! (629 characters)

Photo of Pooba001
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a black hue with a brown finger of head that dissipates, but some reappears when beer is roused. Jeepers its dark. Lacing sticks around the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet, not candy sweet, but malty sweet, chocolatey, and a little fruity. Nearly perfect. Mouthwatering.

Dry roasted malt flavor, sweetness, coffee. Great balance. This is a "wow" beer, probably the best thing I've had since my last Double Bastard or Oaked Yeti.

Mouthfeel is good, little thin, good body, but less than optimal. Drinkability is very good, so smooooth. Its not only an excellent example of American Stout, but just a damn tasty beer. I'm going to start calling my liver "the place Deschutes beers go to die". (709 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to Luchman

Pours a charred black with a small mocha head that fades. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Dark roasted malt aroma with an almost burnt smell. Hints of espresso and dark chocolate dance about.

Bold roasted malt taste upfront with a slight bitterness as waves of espresso and dark cocoa roll in. Finishes with a lingering, but savory, roasted malt flavor.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

This is a fine stout and quite easy to consume. If I could, I would make this a staple beer in my fridge. (540 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Dark as the stone this beer is named after...a creamy mocha-colored 1-finger+ head which lingers a long time and leaves trailing lace.

S: Big brown sugar & roasted dark malt, dark chocolate and some juicy ripe cherries. Espresso beans and a hint of alcohol.

T: Bittersweet chocolate upfront with a tangy lemon-citrus sourness. Roasted coffee and ample bitter hopping - transcendent flavors - extremely good.

M: Full creamy mouthfeel with a nice full body and mild carbonation. A little clinging bitterness.

D: Just a terrific stout...I'm fortunate to live in Oregon where I can get this one anytime. It's been a while since I've had this, I'd forgotten how delicious Obsidian is. Highly reccommended. (749 characters)

Photo of BradMaier
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

-This beer pours out to the color of day old coffee (thats not bad).


-No light gets through this beer.


-Head of about 1 inch that quickly resolves down to a lasing quarter inch.


-Taste progresses from Chocolate to Coffee and Finishes off Nice and Smokey.


-Very Drinkable Beer.


- Great Winter Beer; good with stew or steak. (349 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes 5/29/04


Pours a dark black with a solid head that disapates quickly leaving lots of sticky lace.

Sweet malty aroma. a little burnt coffee in there.

Flavor starts out sort of sweet, followed by some nice roast coffee,smokiness,and bitter-sweet chocolate. finish is long and smokey.

Palate started out kind of thin, but it was too cold, got better as it warmed. awesome (395 characters)

Photo of bgraney
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich black color with a tan/cocoa head which left an impressive lacing.
Sweet, roasted malt aroma, balanced, not overpowering.
Delicious roasted flavor with a coffee-like background. Just the right amount of bitterness.
Full, rich mouthfeel, the roasted malt expands throughout the mouth and nose.
If you ever want to knock down multiple stouts this is a good one. I imagine you would get too full before you'd get tired of drinking the Obsidian.
A great stout from Deschutes. (484 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown color, with a slight ruby, mohogany tint to it. The head is brown. It is thick and fulffy, but it fades a little too quickly. It leaves a good lacing.

The aroma of this beer is detectable from a few feet away. It smells very malty. Caramel sweetness. It smells fo chocolate. Some molasses is also present.

This beer has a strong chocolate flavor. It is good. Behind the chocolate, I taste some dark fruit. Plumbs and raisins. It has a very sweet caramel malt flavor.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a chocolatey aftertaste. It is perfectly carbonated for the style.

I tink this beer would make a good session beer. It is not overly aggressive, and the alcohol content is not too high.

Overall: I like this beer. I will probably buy it more often. (814 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass translucent black with a brown and frothy long lasting head which lasted to lace the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was roasty and smoky with a nice chocolate presence. Some caramel was notable and played well with the roast, smoke and chocolate. The aroma had a light bit of fruity character, but it was in the background.

The flavor was nicely bittered with a bit of grassy hop character which melded with the roast and chocolate. The sweetnes from the malt that was present in the aroma was not a factor in the flavor, or if it was the balance from the roast and hops kept if from coming into play. The flavor had some smoke, but it was present at a much lower level than the aroma. The flavor was lightly fruity but was central on hops character and roast with some chocolate and caramel thrown in for good measure.

The finish was dry with lightly lasting memories of roast, grass and chocolate which fade into the aftertaste. The body was above medium, and heading toward medium full with a nice carbonation level which led to a bit of creaminess in the mouthfeel. A truly great stout.

12 ounce bottle. (1,155 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark brown with a little burgundy creeping around the edges. The head consists of a narrow collar of slightly tan.

Smells of s simple, dry, smoky, roasted barley with a little green grape behind it.

Tastes of a nice blend of sweet barley roasted to a subtle smokiness turning a little sour in the finish. This creeps just up the edge of tasting like carbon, arguably stepping just a little bit over.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tiny carbonation that feels just al little bit sticky.

I thought this rather tasty and a great representation of the style. (597 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Deschutes pub in Bend. They said this was cask-conditioned and served on a nitro tap. Is that possible?

It's super-black with the requisite super-tight head. The smell is of roasted malts, very nice.

The taste is good. It's smooth as glass, thanks to the cask-conditioning. Just like obsidian, this stout is one slick, black treat. (348 characters)

Photo of sockeye101
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hands down, one of the best, if not the best, stout I've had...this is up there with the Imperial Stouts in my mind. After a agonizingly slow pour, with the last drizzles of the 12oz bottle oozing out like oil, it left a jet black color with a dense, 2.5 finger tan head. Beautiful. Aroma is very complex with blends of sweetness, alcohol notes, roasted maltiness, coffee, chocolate, a very pleasing mixture. The taste is just as complex as the aroma, but bordering on perfection. First impression is a biting tingling on the tongue with a slight bitterness that fades into a robust earthy toasted malt with splashes of coffee, chocolate and a finishing mild bitterness. And afterall that you have an aftertaste of roasted nuttiness. As it warms it gets even more complex....excellent. Mouthfeel is good, creamy, and complete. I successfully sessioned this at a bbq recently and would recommend to anyone who likes stouts that this is about as easy drinking as it gets :) (971 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle. A deep opaque black with a bubbly thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of roasted and black malts, and maybe cascade hops?, somewhat musty/sour. Taste is of heavy rostiness and coffee. Not too viscous, but has nice body. Carbonation is about medium. The flavor definitely carries this one with strong coffee character along with a fairly mild bitterness. (381 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown color, nice dark tan creamy head, nice carbonation, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, toffee/chocolate.

T - The taste is kinda sweet/malty, with some nice toffee accents.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. An very tasty stout from Deschutes, highly recommended. (325 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro... Nice buubbly nitro head that slowly joins the black goodness below. Very gentle smell that does not beat you over the head with over strong scents, but ones that entice you to find what lurks witthin the glass before you. The nitro gives a smoothness that unveeils the flavors before you with chocolate, burnt caramel and a softly balanced bitterness in it’s aftertaste. Having this on Nitro is a real treat for any stout lover. It takes an amazing stout and just brings it up to that...holy jeez I can’t even believe how good this is level. Great in the bottle...un-believable on Nitro. (601 characters)

Photo of GimmeAles
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three fingers of khaki foam billows over an ebony body in the Imperial Pint glass. No light escapes the contents. Head recedes, but maintains a solid 2-cm sheet to seal the glass and a mini-cascade is seen with every sip. Good smattering of lace left down the glass

Blackened malts, Italian Roast coffee, grill-blackened plums make up the nose. Solid and rich.

Tastes are of charred grains, dark-rye crust and fine dark chocolate. Dried, vine fruits make an appearance and round out the palate with a pleasant sweetness. Very nice. Definitely more going on here than a grain-forward Dry Stout, yet not quite Imperial in overall stature.

Building on this theme, Mouthfeel is pleasantly viscous yet quaffable. Awesome drinkability - two bottles (or pints) are almost a given with this beer. My favorite ‘everday’ stout and quite a bargain at just over a buck a bottle. (877 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly different labelling that pictured. Picked this up in Colorado.

Not quite opaque black, some dark garnet highlights barely show through...and I mean barely. Voluminous head formed on the pour, three fingers worth. Reduced down to a lumpy light chocolate colored mound leaving sticky lacing spread around the glass.

Aroma is dark coffee and semisweet chocolate. Some apparent bitterness from this combination is evident. There is almost a bit of smokiness which is showing through. Very prominate smell...no holding back with this one.

Coffee and chocolate dominate again, dark roasted malts bordering on charred work through as well. Overall this leads to a bit of a bitterness. I like this combination in a stout. Some herbal type hops peak through. Very nicely done...not subdued at all, but not overwhelming. Tons of flavor for a relatively mild beer in the alcohol department.

Mouthfeel is fairly full. Not the thickest I've had. Coats the mouth well and the flavor really lingers. Low carbonation as would be expected. Makes it feel a bit creamier.

Superb drinkability. Low alcohol and lots of flavor. Mouthfeel isn't over the top so this one goes down a bit too easily. Definately one of the best standard stouts I've had to date. A must try to see how a stout should be made. (1,305 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Clear laser marked date best buy 8/26/06.

Pitch black in color, with an amazingly frothy, mocha colored head, about 3/4 of an inch in height. Decent retention, leaving a good amount of delicate lacing. Mostly smells of dark chocolate, espresso, hints of dark fruits and some sort of musty smell. Tastes pretty much the same as it smells. Quite delicious! A good balance of hops and malts, finishes clean. Very creamy and smooth, and not too heavy. This is a pretty awesome beer. Super easy too drink and very refreshing. A great example of an American stout. I hope I can trade for more of this. Seek this one out!!!! (667 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

black as night with nearly an inch of tan head that leaves plenty of thin lace.

woody, smoky charred malt in the aroma, along with some floral, piney hoppiness. faint hints of bitter chocolate and some soy sauce as well.

roasted and chocolaty malts in the flavor with a bitter, smoky, lingering finish. medium body with a medium-high carbonation; seems like it should have a bit more weight to it. flavors are passable but stiffly bitter finish hurts the drinkability. (510 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured not too cold, in a goblet, leaving most of a thin yeast layer behind. Opaque black, but coffee brown at edges when held against light. Thick tan head. Smells like chocolate cake, buttery toffee, blackberries, vanilla, hint of mollases.

Rich roasted malt: bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses. Some fruit, butter, and hops. Somewhat bitter, well balanced.

Creamy mouthfeel. Most head dissipates eventually, but can be revived a little bit by a swirl.

Good stuff. (480 characters)

Photo of ej285701
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours out a very dark brown, almost black with a one inch tan head.

In the aroma I get the usual coffee and chocolate notes, as well as some metallic sourness and lactose as if its a milk stout. Some bready malts are noted as well.

The taste delivers on the smell with coffee and chocolate being the most dominant. The lactose is a bit distracting however, as I am not the biggest fan of milk stouts. The finish is quite nice as the flavors stick with you long after you swallow.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with low carbonation. I think more carbonation would have helped.

This is a well made beer, and I can see why it's rated highly, but I can't get past the lactose flavor. I prefer more roastiness from my stouts. (771 characters)

Photo of hero27
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
6.4% abv.

Obsidian is a fitting name. Black color with a tan, foamy head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Aroma of roasted barley & dark chocolate.
Burnt malts and rich dark chocolate are abundant in the taste. Molasses flavors coat the tongue and there's also a lingering coffee finish.
Velvety smooth texture and goes down ridiculously easy for a stout.
I can see why this is near the top of it's class. (434 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark as it gets, black. Big ol' tan head, fluffy, with great retent. Settles to a decent size ring of foam that remains til the beer is gone.

S- rich & sweet, roasted malts, and burnt caramel

T- roasted & burnt malt flavors. Slight grassy hop flavors. Tangy yet bitter bite from the brew. Finishes with a strong burnt malt bitterness/flavor.

M- great body, dry at finish, smooth & creamy

D- The burnt malt bitterness may be a bit hard to take sometimes, but if you can handle it, this is a lovely beer. The afterthoughts are just as good as the aftertaste. (571 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second brew sampled from an excellent Secret Santa hookup via AlohaC. Poured slightly chilled into my new Tommyknocker pint glass. Pitch black brew with nary a hint of redness. Very opaque with a fluffy brown head. Great retention and lacing.
Smelled just like a big slice of dark chocolate tort. It made me hungry for dessert just breathing it in. Would be an awesome beeramisu ingredient.

Its all here flavorwise. Roasted malts rule the roost, with the subsequent coffee, chocolate and licorice coming through periodically. Mildly bitter in a dark chocolate sort of way. Very delicious and chewy. Came off slightly heavy bodied. However, for some reason, it went down way too fast--happy I was given two bottles to enjoy. I see now why this one gets rated so highly. (773 characters)

Photo of Matthew
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours a black with a nice medium sized fluffy and rocky head.
Big sweet malt character in the nose, milk chocolate, very hidden hop aromas and a touch of alcohol.
Sweet dark roasted malty flavor with carmalized brown sugar, slight fruitiness, esspresso and and a little alcohol in the finish.
Medium bodied mouthfeel, good light carbonation for the style.
Good drinkability, but is a bit too sweet for have more than a few IMO. (448 characters)

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.