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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,031 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,031
Hads: 3,367
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 488
Gots: 571 | FT: 7
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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Reviews: 1,031 | Hads: 3,367
Photo of DIM
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Jet black with no highlights whatsoever. Pours with a massive light tan head, good lacing.

s: Faint but complex. Dark chocolate roasted malts, and abit of sweet alcohol.

t: Heavy on the roasty malts with some coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate. A mild hop tingle at the end.

m: Very dry with some good carbonation.

d: I really wish Deschutes' beers were available in my area. This was damn tasty and I hope to have another one day. (441 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black with brown undertones and slight ruby highlights when held to bright light. Two finger fluffy brown head with creamy lacing.

S - Roasted malt, sweet milk chocolate, maybe even a lactic hint, coffee and a slight hint of citrus hops.

T - Roasted malt, sweet creamy milk chocolate, lactic hint, coffee with some hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel that makes it very smooth.

D - A good stout that I could drink all night. (457 characters)

Photo of MikefromDormont
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured black with a creamy dark tan head. I detected a coffee aroma and enjoyed the thick creamy body that this beer had. I love beers that look like motor oil and I enjoyed the roasted malt and sweet chocolate flavors. Oregon residents are fortunate to have this brewery in their state.

I first encountered Deschutes beers in Washington DC in 2001 when I stopped at the Brickskellar and at Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors. Chevy Chase charged $14.99 for a six pack of Deschutes beer. Unfortunately, I've not seen this beer in DC since 2001. I've had to depend on a schoolteacher friend bringing some of this beer back from the western US when he vacations there. (671 characters)

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

Pours a pitch black color with a tan head that settles fairly quickly. Aroma is highly roasted, heavy notes of coffee and touches of cocoa. Flavor is chock full of roasted malt goodness, along with lots of unsweetened chocolate type flavor. Mouthfeel is very smooth, some carbonation is noted on the finish, but nothing to write home about. Fans of "stouts" could easily make this a go to beer. Out here it's available everywhere, and even on nitro in select places. I'm honestly surprised i've not reviewed it up till now, as i've probably had it at least a dozen times. (571 characters)

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

I picked up a 6-pack in Vegas as it's not currently distributed to OH. The beer is completely opaque black, with a thin but resilient tan foam. The aroma has plenty of good things going on, dark roasted malt with toasty bread and a hint of cacao. The taste is slightly sweet initially, a little bitter or burnt flavor at the backend. The roasted malts come through big time. All in all a very good stout, one I could easily recommend to anyone. (444 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was very approachable, yet not boring stout. I really enjoyed its moderate roastiness, and thought it very drinkable.

It pours a slightly viscous black, with a fluffy tan (nude pantyhose colored) head formation of tiny bubbles. Aroma was light roastiness. Flavor was more roastiness with some good "burned pizza crust" character and some chocolate and coffee flavor notes. Slightly creamy, but definitely not an extremely thick stout. Highly drinkable.

I had a roommate from OR who said that Deschutes was available in most gas stations & c-stores there...how wonderful that would be! Far from the biggest and baddest in this style, but very nice. Highly recommended.

I bought this at Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO during a visit to attend the GABF. (755 characters)

Photo of dnichols
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a chilled tulip.

A: This is a robust stout...thick, deep, and black with a limited brown head that didn't last and left a barely noticeable lacing.

S: It has a aroma profile that does the appearance justice...deeply darkly toasted malts, bitter semi-sweet chocolate, and a burst of campfire coffee.

T: I am not a fan of stouts...exception granted to this one. It has a straight froward and rich flavor of dark roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, and fresh brewed black French roast coffee. It is creamy rich...like a chocolate latte and finished clean with little residual bitterness.

M: It has a medium to full body with a crisp clean finish.

D: If every stout tasted this good I would become a real fan. I love coffee and semi-sweet chocolate and this brew has those flavors in spades. It may be a bit to rich and filling for long sessions but I would like to try. (916 characters)

Photo of nbrown
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glas.

A - Very very brown with a small hint of orange if you look at it in the right light. Head was about one finger and went away fairly quick. Decent lacing. Not too much though.

S - Almost like baker's chocolate with a little black coffee smell mixed in for good measure.

T - Tastes the way it looks if that makes sense. The first half of the sip is sweet but quickly turns bitter with a nice aftertaste.

M - Nicely carbonated. Smooth and relaxing.

D - Not a problem going through a number of these in a sitting.

Overall, another great beer from Dechutes. I haven't had a beer of theirs I disliked yet. (651 characters)

Photo of harkjohnny
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to BrewDog for this one.

strong opaque black with a dense 1 finger head. heavy chocolate roasty aroma (like a bitter dark chocolate) and flavor. Also getting a canned coffee grind aroma/flavor combined with fruity esters. Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy and coffeelike with sprightly carbonation on the tongue. Aftertaste leaves a mellow roast and a touch of hops to balance the sweetness of the malt.

I well made beer that i'm lucky to have tried as it's not available in my area. (486 characters)

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

Thanks to my wife's cousin from Sacramento, I was able to get a sixer of this. It's probably not every day that Obsidian makes it out to the east coast.

APPEARANCE: Pours out motor oil black with nothing getting through. The head is a creamy brown and not too large. It fades quickly to a medium collar with a small patch of bubbles.

SMELL: The smell is fantastic and ripe with chocolate, caramel, raisin, licorice, and is also slightly nutty. Just a massive aroma with a complex assortment of malty flavors. Hop aroma is as close to none as it gets.

TASTE: The initial taste mirrors the nose quite a bit. Chocolate and anise are the most prominent flavors. As the beer crosses the palate, a lactic sweetness comes through just a bit and then gives way to an edge hop bitterness just at the end which greatly serves to provide some balance to an otherwise sweet beer. Not quite cloying, but it's a malt bomb for sure.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is quite full with only a mild syrupy quality to it. The carbonation is just a hair on the high side, but nothing to complain about.

DRINKABILITY: A fine example of the style and a great beer overall. Alcohol doesn't factor into the equation, and the bottle goes quickly. A definite winner.

I'll be looking for this again on my trips out west. It would certainly be great to have on hand on occasion. (1,344 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$1.55 Single
Liquid Solutions

Obsidian Stout pours the blackest of browns (if that makes any sense). Mahogany highlights only when held directly to the light and only creeping through the bottom of the glass. A strange looking big three finger tan head formed on the pour. I say strange because it was soapy looking and creamy at the same time. Very odd but definately a tasty looking stout. Leaves excellent lacing.

Unfortunately the nose seems to be lacking. Mild lightly roasted malts are there in the background but weak. Mild dark fruits, a lactic quality, and a pronounced metallic twang. If I smell deep I can pull out the aromas I like to expierence in a stout but they're all just too weak and distant.

This is a quality stout. Roasted malts start things off with faint flavors of anise. Mild nuttiness mid-palate along with a creamy lactic quality. Nice balancing on the finish with bitter roasted malts and a touch of hop bitterness that make this smooth and exceptionally balanced.

Medium body with a slightly airy but creamy mouthfeel as it moves through the mouth. Nice lingering bitterness from a comonation of the hops and bitter malts.

This is a very good sessionable stout. Perfect beer to have on hand from Autumn through Winter if you're in the mood to sit down and have a few to warm up.

I believe this is only my second beer from Deschutes (the other being Black Butte Porter) and I wouldn't hesitate in buying either one of them again. Both very good examples in their respective styles. (1,528 characters)

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

12oz bottle with a best before date of 12-7-7.

Pours pitch black with an impressive mocha colored head which displays excellent retention and leaves webs of sticky lacing in its wake. The aroma is of roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee mingle with overpowered hops. Don't know how else to describe it, but there's a crayon-like aroma in there as well. Taste is lightly sweet at first and then turns deeply bitter. Especially in the back. The bitterness of the coffee flavor and hops combine to create an overall bitterness that hits you from all angles. There's also an earthy wood-like flavor in there. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Abrasiveness builds on the tongue as you dig deeper into the glass. This has been a longtime standby that I will continue to revisit as long as the fine folks at Deschutes keep sending it through the bottling line. A classic. (886 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best buy 10/20/07. Very close to pitch black in color. Thick, creamy mocha head. Very nice to look at! Good head retention and lace.

Roasty with milk chocolate notes, and very vinous in the nose.

Roasty flavor, with a citrusy bitter edge. Lots of fruit comes out as it warms, dark fruit to be more specific. Nice and rich.

Good body, and carbonation. Well balanced. Love the darker fruit flavors in this one, versus the typical coffee or espresso flavors. Nicely done. (486 characters)

Photo of elricorico
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian? Not quite, but looks nearly black in the glass. A large malted milk coloured head sits on top and seems to last forever, with a ton of lacing. Can't do much better in that department.

Smells of smoky roasted malt, tobacco, and something fruity. I'd like to say grapes, but that doesn't seem to be quite it. Not your typical stout smell. Interesting.

A little sweetness right up front prefaces a long roasted malt bitterness. Licorice touches the very back of the tongue, sweetening the very end. The taste starts to get into the same flavours you get in an imperial stout, though a little more subtle. Very nice.

Smooth and medium to full bodied, the mouthfeel is pretty good for the style. Not as creamy as some stouts get, but that doesn't take much away.

Easier to drink than it should be, this is a really nice stout. (835 characters)

Photo of Orrshow
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – Jet black with a lot of nice tan frothy head. The lacing left is plentiful.

Smell – The smell is very strong of roasted malt. There is a little caramel and coffee as well.

Taste – Very nice roasted malt flavor off the get go. This is followed by some coffee and burnt wood. There is a nice balancing bitterness also. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel – Nice subtle carbonation and a substantial enough body to hold its own.

Drinkability – Amazing…it goes down like cold water on a hot day.

Thanks to elricorico for the bottle. A great beer which I hope to get more of soon! (594 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR,

A: Pours a dark opaque black, with a thick, tan head, very appealing, I like the way this stout looks.

S: Dark roasted malts, burnt sugar, and a bit of coffee.

T: Burnt, very burnt, this is probably the bitterest stout I have ever had, in response to the roasted malts. There is a hint of black cherry flavour as well, very tasty.

M: Smooth, thick, well carbonated for a stout, no trace of the 6.40% alcohol, very rich for its alcohol content.

D: A great American stout, I could drink this all day, one of Deschutes best beers, better than their porter, which is also pretty good, an American classic. (657 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach

Had to choose a stout for one hundredth beer review and it turned out to be a good choice

Best beer I have had from Deschutes so far, still have not tried Abyss, but I cannot wait

Poured into a pint glass almost black with a good size tan head

Smell was nice and sweet for a stout with an almond hint

Taste was very good, one of the best eas to find stouts on the market in my book

Taste settled nicely as well

Only problem would be drinking a lot of these because they are filling and could get very heavy after a while

Highly recommended

Had this again and it was not near as good as I remembered it, must have been because I drank a few beers before I tasted this one the first time (748 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dollar for dollar, the best stout I've ever had.

Pours a coal black with a much larger than expected head (that lasts for a good ten minutes). Taste is explosively coffee laden, with a strong bitter chocolate flavor to balance out the coffee. Not much fruit, but a rich smokiness and delicious mouthfeel keep this from tasting simple.

Considering it can be had for 8.99 a sixpack all over the place, really underappreciated. (426 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Likely the greatest (American) stout I have ever had. Poured up absolutely black with a bit of a rocky sand coloured head. This is precisley how a stout should look, IMO. Smell was phenomenal. This is the perfect stout smell, to me anyway. Coffee beans, unsweetened baker's chocolate, a bit of a lactic sourness, some smoke, the smell of dried cereals, and perhaps most importantly, it is bereft of any hops at all. At the very least, it is bereft of any cascade, cenntenial, or any other really piney/citrusy hops, anyway. This is a truly great stout. Taste starts out a bit sweet, and then turns dry toward the finish. Flavour profiles include coffee grounds, a bit of caramel, bitter chocolate, and a tiny touch of smoke. Mouthfeel is very solid and heavy. This, to me, is exactly what a good stout should be. Absolutely amazing! (832 characters)

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

Well this is a great stout.

A - Pours viscous black into a pint mug with a huge thick brown head that's pillowy and recedes to sticky lacing with a slight thin head constantly residing on top of the brew

S - Big nose of burnt toasts, caramel, roasted malts. Very good smell

T - Taste is big. Great malt backbone the a touch of the caramel and bitter chocolate tastes..finishing with just a small hop bite to cut the sweeter flavors..very balanced

M - Big and creamy..full in the mouth...light on carbonation

D - This is damn good..as far as stouts go I would put this close to the top of the class..for the fan of stouts this is a must (641 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Do I have a bad bottle or just not like this beer? It smelled a bit like molasses, and while there was a decent bitterness in the aftertaste, the overall flavor is nothing to brag about. Roasted coffee-like (but not really coffee flavored) grains with a bit of cocoa. I was expecting something exciting like a Shakespeare Stout, but didn't get any depth like that. (364 characters)

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

Cool, rainy day here in the First State...perfect for a nice stout.

Pours black as night with a nice peanut butter colored head. Some nice lacing remains behind.

The smell is a blend of strong coffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit. Gets even better as it warms a little bit.

Roasted barley, bitter bakers chocolate, coffee, molasses and then a touch of bitter coffee at the finish. Very good. The bitterness is actually very enjoyable and this beer wouldn't be half as good without it.

Smooth, creamy, fuller bodied beer. More carbonation than I expected, but it works. Very easy drinking stout. More than one bottle wouldn't be a problem...and that's rare for me and stouts. Hopefully I can get more of this someday. (754 characters)

Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a giant chocolate milk head that stays awhile and laces all over. This looks like a big bad stout. Smells of roated barley, caramel, expresso, fruits and some chocolate notes. Tastes silky smooth starting out with some sweet malt with a bitter bite and finishes with cocoa, roasted coffee, nuts and some hops. Feels creamy and smooth in the mouth with little carbonation feel. Alcohol is not detected at all in this. This is an awesome stout that is perfect for sessioning and a must try Oregon delight. (530 characters)

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

A very solid stout- pours as black liquid with a very nice tan head. Aromas were cool and clean- very attractive to the stout lover. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, flowed like liquid silk. There is no unpleasantlness whatsoever, this is an incredibly balanced brew. semi-sweet chocolate malts, slight mocha flavors and earthy, slightly resinous hops round out the sweetness which is minimal and perfectly paired to the style. One of the better american stouts available, as most tend to be extreme in one sense or another, this one knows what is best and sticks to it. (570 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a pint glass. Have had this beer many times but never reviewed. It’s one of my favorites.

Appearance- Pours exceptionally dark brownish/black with a huge creamy light brown head. The head slowly dissipates to form a nice collar that stays the entire beer leaving thin lacing down the glass.
Smell- There is more coffee/espresso notes in this beer than any other stout that I’ve had that hasn’t been brewed with coffee or dry “hopped” with coffee. Subtle sweet chocolate, liquorices and molasses make there presence known. Very feint alcohol comes through.
Taste- Bitter roasted chocolate and coffee are in abundance here but not overpowering. There is a nice sweet smokiness here that I really enjoy. Lightly bitter hops are semi fruity, reminds me of a chocolate covered cherry. Leaves a nice roasted coffee aftertaste with the alcohol that slowly fades.
Mouthfeel- Very light, creamy body with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish with fading alcohol warmth.
Drinkability- This is such a terrific stout that I wish I drank more often. It is readily available to me yet I don’t enjoy it as often as I should. Such balance and flavors. It’s in the same realm as a Imperial Stout with a touch less alcohol which really helps in it’s drinkability. Awesome!! (1,282 characters)

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.