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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
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2,330 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2330
Reviews: 935
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%


Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

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beagle75

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft nitrogen service into a 0.5-liter mug at Hollingshead's deli.

A: Opaque black color with two fingers of super-fine and persistent light beige foam head. Within the lofty head, cascading veins cut a dark network through the more pale substrate. Thick, localized lacing forms low on the glass.

S: Mild and roasted, with notes of earthy tree bark--chicory perhaps.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined roasted malt that features a quality of bitter-sweet chocolate syrup and no detectable acidity. Bitter chocolate carries into the middle where flavors generally become more mild. A whiff of fennel seed develops in the finish where bitterness is agreeably restrained.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, very smooth on the palate yet substantial, with very low carbonation.

D/O: Deschutes Obsidian stout is among the finest of American-brewed export stouts that get to see the inside of a small-format bottle. It is full-flavored yet not too strong, allowing the drinker to enjoy ther best of both of those worlds. The use of nitrogen propellant removes any suggestion of acidity on the palate, allowing the subtle flavors and eminent smoothness of the style to be showcased without battling the often-distracting acidic taste or texture.

Over the years I have waffled over what I considered Deschutes's greatest strength as a brewer: they make a lot of good pale ales, yet their Black Butte porter is the very archetype of its style, for those that have access to it. The fact that such a brewery can also brew an export stout that is so similar in some ways to the porter, yet make each product stand apart from the other when it counts, is testament to the exceeding mastery possessed over the porter-styles in general (and perhaps an even greater harbinger than is the appeal and popularity of their more limited imperials, such as The Abyss.) In the end, I refuse to be swayed in my opinion one way or the other.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-18-2011 02:16:35 | More by beagle75
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro-tap at the Deschutes brewpub in Portland. Thick tan head on top of an opaque almost black beer. Nice rings of lacing after each sip. Big roasted malt smell, both chocolate and coffee. Incredibly well balanced stout, some roast bitterness and sweetness in the flavour. Creamy mouthfeel, likely from the nitro. Really nice stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-22-2010 21:05:43 | More by kwjd
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at Pracna on the Main during their Deschutes December event.

Pours usual dark colored but with poor head, poor head retention and some lacing. The aroma and taste were roast, malts, chocolate, coffee and had some coconut notes, something that I never got from this beer. In my opinion "nitro" hurt this beer's mouthfeel; can't say how or why but seemed thinner than usual and there was no creaminess that I was expecting. Drinkability is ok.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-21-2010 02:11:21 | More by tewaris
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at 515 Kitchen & Cocktails. Served in a giant snifter.

A - Beautiful looking pour of a beautiful looking beer. A few fingers of persistent tan foam that settles to a thick cap and leaves behind glass-coating lace. Pitch black body. Not sure what else you could expect here.

S - Lots of cocoa, light coffee, a bit of smoke, roasted and charred malts. I think the nitro has muted the smell a touch. This is on the dryer side of things, and isn't overly sweet.

T - Taste contains the same collection of flavors, but with different proportions - light smoke, roasted barley malt, touches of milk chocolate and coffee. Finishes with a combination of roasty and hop bitterness.

M - Soft body, low carbonation. Perhaps a bit thin for 6.4% but otherwise pretty much what you'd expect from a nitro pour of an American Stout.

D - With the low carbonation, smooth body, and well-hidden alcohol, this is one stout you could drink all night long. I wish the flavor and nose popped a little more, but otherwise it's very delicious.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-11-2010 15:57:15 | More by MasterSki
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nickd717

California

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

Nitro tap at Rose & Crown.

This beer pours black, like the volcanic rock (sorry, I stole that from the description) with a two-finger tan head and great lacing.

Aroma is a little muted by the nitro foam, but a little straining of the nostrils reveals a pleasant smell of rich chocolate and roasted malts, with maybe a little coffee as well.

This is a solid, satisfying beer with a rich roasted malt flavor (sorry, stole that from the description again). Damn, this one is chocolatey. The dark chocolate Ghirardelli chips I am eating for breakfast this morning as I write this (breakfast of champions I know) remind me of this beer. It is roasty as well, with notes of coffee and charred volcanic ash, which is fitting given the name.

Extremely smooth on the mouthfeel, which I know is helped by the nitro, with medium-full body. Some slight drying from the roastiness.

This beer reminds me of the world's largest obsidian flows at Newberry Volcano--just a few miles south of the brewery. "The Big Obsidian Flow," as they call it, covers more than 700 acres with shiny black obsidian. (Yep, stole that too.) Ok, here's something original: This beer was good. I liked it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-08-2010 18:04:26 | More by nickd717
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bim bam, it doesn't look better than this. Jet black. Smell isn't overpowering, as you'll soon find, this beer hides its alcohol presence extremely well behind a wall of deep burnt malt. But whoa, there's some zippy hoppiness in there. Cascades for sure I'd guess. For sure I'd guess? Meh.

That deep taste of chococoffee never fades, it becomes even more drinkable throughout the bottle. While I've had other Deschutes stuff that at times tastes inconsistent, I've had numerous Obsidian Stout's in various forms, and never, ever has any of them been anything short of magnifique!

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-24-2009 18:37:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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joedon

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly opaque black beer with a creamy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, licorice, roasted malt.

Taste is perfect! Rich malty sweetness and a good amount of roasted-coffee/barley notes. Exceptionally smooth [Nitro!] and has a dark toasty, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel also perfect. Almost like a dessert custard-thats how smooth and creamy this stout is. Drinkability was outstanding for a pretty big beer.

I would love to have more of this but I never see it in the midwest.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-26-2009 23:51:31 | More by joedon
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DanOLeary

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: On draught from a Nitro tap. The beer pours a deep coal black with a rich creamy almond head. As expected from nitrogen, the unrelenting head forms tiny bubbles consistently coating the top of this stout.

Aroma: Initial waft of dark chocolate leads a light burnt nutty aroma. No hops are detectable in the nose. As the beer warms there is a detectable vanilla and caramel in the background. No esters.

Flavor: Crisp, almost burning flavor of bitter dark chocolate focuses the pallet toward roasted chocolate malt. The flavor quickly fades to a sharp, clean and dry spice. The dry finnish almost stings the back of the throat but there is a creamy smooth sweetness that comes back to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Milky smooth with full body and low carbonation. While the creaminess is present in the forefront it drops off quickly leaving only a light slickness on the roof of the mouth. As you breath out after clearing your mouth there's a drying bite at the throat that suggests liberal use of a highly kilned malt.

Overall Impression: The balance of this beer is exceptional. Obsidian shows a focus toward dry dark chocolate malt sweetness and the roasted bitter bite of what I can only assume is a harmony of deep roasted malts and hops. Hop bitterness is barely perceptible however. What I can pick up I would classify as floral over citrus or earthy.

While I don't normally enjoy beers served on Nitro, I would certainly order this one again. I would enjoy reviewing this beer carbonated with CO2 as opposed to Nitro and compare the differences.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-14-2009 04:12:38 | More by DanOLeary
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy smacks! This was on nitro-tap at Vine St. Pub in Denver, CO. This place has Mountain Sun house beers with guest taps...a nice mix.

Pours a black, rich beer. Nitro gives the foamy white head a nice completeness and contrast to the body. Much like the famous Guinness pour. Head stays throughout at 1 finger.

Coffee aroma, dark chocolate and roasted bread. Lovely.
Coffee aroma settles a bit in the taste. More dark chocolate comes out towards the end. Dark fruits blended well (some plum, prune, raisin).
Darn smooth. Very easy drinking. A touch sharp in the middle.
very nice nitro version

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-12-2009 21:32:03 | More by Mebuzzard
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Rayek

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at the Vine Street Pub in Denver, CO

A: Jet black with a thick and dense tan head that has incredible retention. A very heavy lace is left in its wake.

S: Heavy on the espresso and fresh roasted coffee. A small amount of baker's chocolate is in the background.

T: A very coffee centered stout. Espresso flavors start things out. Bitterness comes on with a generous burnt bite that's mostly charcoal in nature. Finishes with a dark chocolate sweetness and a mild acidity.

M: The nitro really does its work here. Medium body is super silky and smooth. Fine carbonation feels great on the tongue.

D: Drinks lighter than it is. A very nice stout that I can drink too much of if I'm not careful. The simple flavor profile was a nice change of pace for me.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-30-2009 03:40:50 | More by Rayek
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redneckchugger

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pint serving of this at jack cannery bar in san francisco. black body, tan nitro induced head,. sheets and sheets of lacing.
smell is weak, not at all what i was expecting, but i have found that nitro taps have that effect on a beer, i am kinda tired of nitro taps btw.
taste is much better, hoppy for an american stout, huge malt flavor as well, dark viscous, truely the best non imperial stout i have ever had, i look forward to having this in the bottle form.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-29-2008 04:18:25 | More by redneckchugger
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Deschutes Brewery & Public House, Portland, OR.

The beer arrives with a thick, gorgeously cascading two-inch cap of unifrom custard head. Immaculate retention and thick lacing left behind a, how should I put this..."Obsidian" colored body. Volcanic glass, indeed. Roasted chocolate malts, some caramel & smoke are evident in the aroma, alongside musty, earthen hops which balance the malts quite well.

The flavor is a plethora of dark, rich coffee and chocolate, which coat the palate with a milk-like sweetness before giving way to a dark chocolate and spicy, organic hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is uber-creamy, velvety, thick-bodied, and oh so drinkable, but tends to get a little thinner as the nitrogen wears down. All in all, an excellent beer, and one I'm glad I got to try not only straight from the horse's mouth, but on Nitro-tap, too.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-17-2008 02:07:48 | More by wagenvolks
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PhxHorn

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro tap at Papago, in Scottsdale, AZ. Appearance is a dark brown with an inch of tan head, leaving a thick lacing on the glass. Smells mildly of chocolate, coffee, and roasted nuts, and tastes a it smells, except for the fact that the flavors are mild compared to what I taste out of the bottle. The bartender told me it might have been put on the nitro-tap by mistake, but he wasn't sure. At any rate, it's got a silky creamy smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable, but the flavors are a notch less than I'm used to from this beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-04-2008 22:55:52 | More by PhxHorn
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

I used to drink this all of the time out of the bottle, and I thought it was prety decent. Much better on nitro-tap, and normally I prefer regular taps over nitro but this beer really benefits from the extra creaminess imparted. Pours black with a huge creamy head and phenomenal lacing. The smell has a verylight aroma of cream and some relatively light roastiness. The flavors of light roastines, huge creaminess, lingering licorice bitterness, and touch of malty sweetness are very well integrated and balanced. Delicious. Super creamy, easy-drinking mouthfeel, somewhat light but easy going. I always thought this beer was a little overrated, having it this way changed my mind.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-07-2007 15:17:16 | More by Georgiabeer
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jacks...
Appears a pitch black with the typical nitro head that never fades away. A thick, 1 finger, tan head of foam is retained through the entire duration. Lots of clingy lace is left around the glass.
Smell is of mocha, roasted nuts, ripe fruit, espresso, ripe fig, light pipe tobacco.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas though the richness is very subdued from the nitro-mix. A little like Young's Double Chocolate, IMO.
Mouthfeel is as smooth as can be with roasted nuts, figs, plums, and mocha standing out along the palate. It reminds me a little of an Irish car bomb minus the Jamison.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-18-2007 21:32:06 | More by weeare138
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guitarmage

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, no light passes through, nice tan creamy head, sticky lacing.

Smell: Big coffee, molasses, toasty malt.

Taste: Roasty and toasty, coffee, dark chocolate, a little astringent.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, smooth, easy to drink, very full bodied, heavy.

Drinkability: This beer is really good on nitro in my opnion, the creamy mouthfeel softens up a really tasty but harsh brew, it makes it easier to drink and delicious. Looks like Guinness and a lot of flavor.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-05-2007 08:34:08 | More by guitarmage
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Dubbercody

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-30-2006 07:28:22 | More by Dubbercody
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idResponse

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer, Looks great, smells great, tastes great, feels great, drinks great, and is.. great!

I've found it to be best on nitro taps and has been known to sway all those swaggering guiness die hards to open their mind to a new brew.

Although starting in 2006 I feel the recipe has been messed with somehow and the taste has been off... It hasn't quite been the same as it used to be. I've noticed this with the Jubelale as well as the Porter. Has Deschutes lost something? I'm not sure, perhaps it's just a passing phase in my tastebuds or something.

One thing for sure: Next time you're at your favorite venue, demand the obsidian be put on nitro!

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-12-2006 17:41:15 | More by idResponse
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MLegendre

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I had this served to me in pilsener glass (which I thought was an odd choice to serve a stout... and it was), at a wonderful resturaunt called The Rivers Edge and currently the only place where I live that serves this on tap...

A: Amazing. Completly jet black, no light penetration whatsoever. Thick tan head, at least an inch and a half that does not dissapear, it stays there for the entire duratation of the drink. I just recently found out that this was nitro-tapped and that is what gave the "cascade" head formation. It as amazing to look at and i found myself staring in awe at it for a long time before I started to actually drink it.

S: Chock full of that roasted barley and coffee-like smell I love about stouts.

T: Tasted great, but sadly it didn't taste as good as when I've had it before. The first mouthful was all head, but it tasted great. It was full of sweet roasted barley and malt. The rest of it tasted great, but the sweet roasted flavor that I love about this beer was more in the background than it usually is and the bitterness took over.

M: This was a huge disapointment for me. No matter what I'm drinking I like at least a little Carbonation in my beer and this had none (because of the nitro). It reminded me a bit of Guinness which I'm not a huge fan of.

D: Although I was dissapointed (I think it tastes better w/o the nitro) it still was a great beer and I orderered another as soon as I was finished with the first. The Next time I go to the store I'l pick up a sixpack and review this again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-02-2006 09:08:33 | More by MLegendre
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deschutes Obsidian has a flavor, a texture, and overall character that rolls across the palate like a red carpet. It is one of the most solid, reliable stouts a beer fan could hope for. Replete with a rounded flavor profile and notes of coffee and mocha, it is also artfully restrained. Obsidian never attempts to overwhelm the senses, merely to engage their more lavish sensibilities.

My pilgrimage to Bend to finally drink this nectar at the source was rewarded with a beer whose drinkability handily matched its reputation, and Obsidian has an enduring and laudable history. It’s been winning awards in national and international competitions for many years. But in my excruciatingly humble opinion, the biggest award of all is to win my personal favor. And frankly, I’ve been drinking this beer for years and it’s never let me down.

When served on nitro, the head is a compact light tan. I’ve never actually tried to float a dime on it, but I keep thinking it’s a distinct possibility; it’s that dense. The body is full, uncompromised, and black and tosses out a delicate roasty aroma.

The Deschutes Brewery Brew Pub could serve this a few degrees warmer to achieve full effect. I don’t usually mind waiting for a beer to reach ideal serving temperature, but Obsidian does command a bit of impatience. Once warmed, the aroma and flavor grow more thoroughly alive with just a splash of sherry in the nose and a broader complexity of roasted grains.

This is a very easy beer to hoist. Its refinement and genteel balance make it an ideal candidate to serve to friends among us who otherwise claim to be repelled by those more brazen and thunderous stouts whose taste profiles shun restraint. Obsidian is never so overpowering as to be offensive, while still every bit a world class pour. It remains one of the best overall non-specialty stouts in the west.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-10-2004 23:48:46 | More by RedDiamond
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(best by 07/24/14 - poured into a proper 20 oz pint)

A: tall almost 2" head on the pour, fell down to a 1/4" cap, leaving flares of lace all around... foam is a darker brown indicative of a significant portion of roasted barley in the bill... pretty dark brown liquid with some ruby highlights

S: wicked stream of mint, herbal liqueur, and dark chocolate jets forth until the alcohol dissipates... after which, spearmint-y pine, caramelized wood, and sweetish black coffee (dark crystal ~90?) dominate the aromas... an overall hygienic sort of floral-pine character

T: definite core of strong roasted barley and bittersweet malt flavor through which a seemingly everlasting surge of spicy-peppery, citrusy hops burns... dark, bitter, vaguely syrupy chocolate clings to the palate in the aftertaste while the pungent bitterness slowly fades but doesn't quite disappear... roastiness increases with each sip, balancing the bold caramel malt presence

M: fairly medium-bodied up front with a bit of a molasses-like viscosity adding a slight slickness, filling it in... after the start, however, it dries out quickly with an acrid wash... everything stays in the first half of the palate

O: in the debate of Stout vs Porter and contrasts and similarities of each, it appears that Deschutes has made the distinction between the two (their porter being their Black Butte) by making this beer certainly damn roasty and bitter while their porter highlights more of a dynamic cereal/cakey malt foundation and more pronounced chocolaty flavor... this stout, though, is an easy and safe sell to those who haven't had it - fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 00:35:03 | More by Bouleboubier
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours nearly black, with just barely a trace of red highlights during the iPhone flashlight test. An admittedly gentle pour resulted in one finger of dark khaki head that retains wonderfully as a creamy cap. Good bits of lacing down the glass. This one could have benefitted from more eye candy, but that's no fault of Deschutes. Even a weak pour resulted in commendable lacing. A more aggressive pour would have surely resulted in a blanket of beige.

S: Gorgeous roasted profile. Lots of dark roast coffee beans, toasted malts, and slightly burnt caramelized sugar. A nice hint of semi-sweet chocolate underneath as well as some dark fruit.

T: Chocolate fades a little bit on the tongue, giving way to some glorious roasted coffee that tastes as fresh as the first cup of morning joe. A little bit of brown sugar underneath struggles to carry the weight of the dark bitterness, offering only a little balance. It's eventually completely pushed out of sight as a nice rush of fresh hop flavor melds with the coffee. The aftertaste is exclusively black coffee.

M: A stout that drinks almost like an imperial... Damn near full-bodied with tons of creamy smoothness to be found. Doesn't quite reach the chewiness of an imperial stout, but who's complaining? This bad boy drinks like a charm.

O: I never found Deschutes to be the most outspoken brewery around, and with beers like this, they don't have to be. Everything Deschutes has to say gets said as you take a sip of their brews, and Obsidian Stout is a perfect example of what Deschutes is all about. There's no gimmicks or arrogance here... just a divine stout from a company who knows how to brew legendary beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 01:34:33 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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msquared36

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is nearly pitch black with mocha foam. The foam is darker than some beers.

Coffee and roasted malt scent. Noticing a slight metallic aroma as well.

Taste is much lighter than I was expecting from the appearance and smell. Roasted malt and caramel is certainly present, but there is a refreshing hop finish.

More carbonated and thinner than most top stouts. However, it works pretty well with the refreshing finish mentioned above.

This is a little on the weak side for a stout, especially one called Obsidian. Nevertheless, it's unique and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 03:14:10 | More by msquared36
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MrBoz21

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky black - opaque. Thick, creamy brown head that settles down to ice cream float. Thick, sticky lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malt, grainy and a bit of ash. Light chocolate and faint faint hops.

Taste: Sweet roast and vanilla chocolate. Very little bitterness.

Mouth: Creamy and thick. Not really slick. Malty.

Overall: Very balanced and tasty. Sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 01:34:33 | More by MrBoz21
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blind tasted alongside Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout and Sierra Nevada Stout.

A - Patchy carpet of mocha head lingers. Good retention.

S - Burned caramel, alongside peat and char.

T - Follows the nose but without the sweetness of caramel. Char and peat predominate.

M - Thick and velvety.

O - Well-constructed. Literally a stout beer.

Ranked Obsidian the highest, with Barney Flats second, and SN Stout slightly behind in third.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 04:34:23 | More by abeeronthebeach
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,330 ratings.