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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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3,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,092
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 454
Gots: 412 | FT: 8
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 u2carew
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) OPAQUE. Pours with a tan to light brown head. Tight and creamy. Lacing is the same, just not sticky.
S) Chocolate. Coffee. Bread. Just a faint note of hops.
T) Just a touch of caramel up front. Chocolate notes throughout. Just a tiny hop bite at the end. Lingering roasted coffee and grain in the aftertaste.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Gritty. Chewy. Full bodied.
D) Top notch. A fantastic stout. Well crafted. Another and another and another please.

Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from SeaOfShells (thanks man!). Best by 5/13/13 (whoops). Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours slightly darker than cola with one finger of thick, lingering tan head that leaves a fair bit of lace.

Smells of cocoa, dates and roasty malts.

Rich and roasty with flavors of bitter bakers cocoa, mild coffee, faint dark fruits and maybe a little molasses.

Creamy medium body with carbonation leaning a little too strong. Lingering bitter roasty cocoa finish.

This packs some pretty bold and complex flavors with a relatively low abv. I don't notice any adverse effects from consuming it "out of date". A fine job by Deschutes, I'd happily drink this again sometime.

Photo of aforbes10
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, approaching black. Strong, tall brown head look great. Deschutes makes some beautiful looking beers. Smells of roasted grains, chocolate truffles, cut grass. Dark chocolate, roasted to burnt charcoal flavors. green hops, bitterness mixes well with burnt flavor. Not overly complex but doesn't try to be. Just clean and well balances with a nice big bold burnt flavor. Mouthfeel makes the beer great. Chewy and soft and oh so smooth. Brewed with oatmeal? Must be to get this mouthfeel. Drinks very well. a great, easy drinking stout.

Photo of browniewithnuts
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of GreenCard
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: obsidian black (no surprise!) with a dense dark-tan head, a bevy of bigger bubbles suspended in the head as well, a few threads of lace stragglers

Aroma: deep notes of coffee and dark chocolate, a touch of malt, slight vegetal (roots?) quality in the background

Flavor: roasty tang initially, then a mellow rich sweetness creeps in, fade back to tangy right before a substantially bitter finish, the bitterness and that strange root quality linger in the aftertaste, a bit smoky

Mouthfeel: full and chewy, fine carbonation, some alcohol warmth, tiny bit astringent

Overall Impression: Good stout, but the bitterness is a bit too aggressive for me. According to the notch in the label, this bottle is just past the best-by date. With that in mind, that root-like flavor and aroma might be a product of age and/or oxidation.

*As my sample warmed, the flavor changed quite a bit. It was much sweeter and that overt bitterness stepped back a few paces. While I initially rated the beer at 3.2, I have now adjusted the score to reflect my opinion. Much better if you drink it at 55 F or above. Would love to try it on tap or cask!

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Inglewood
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter with a half finger of light tan bubbles. Smell of bakers chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, some hop presence and a some residual sugar.

Taste of strong coffee, some licorice, and a little bit of bittering hops with some bakers chocolate taste. There is a light to medium body, that seems just right with the sweetness for the style. This is a nice american stout. A tasty brew from Deschutes regular lineup after having their "other" beers in bombers. Medium on the high side carbonation that works well and may bring out more hop presence. Well done

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of misternebbie
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of silentjay
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours obsidian black (thought that was fitting) with a huge dark mocha head that recedes rather quickly but leaves tremendous lacing.

cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, more cocoa. some vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, and chocolate milk.

starts with roasted (almost smoky) malts and bitter coffee with some bitter cocoa that is sweetened up real quick with some lighter malts, some slight hoppiness comes in to play before it ends with a cocoa powder chalkiness.

kinda lighter bodied than I expected and would like, but its still above medium and the carbonation is soft.

pretty damn good stout that I would drink a LOT of if it were available around here. very easy drinking and pretty flavorful.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got home a bit early and got to making dinner by myself. I decided to pop an Obsidian Stout into my Deschutes Black Butte Porter pint glass to fortify myself while putting something together. Obsidian Stout has an appearance that does its name proud: a black color akin to midnight in a cave topped by a two finger chocolate head that looked spread on with a knife. Large quantities of thick lace graced the sides of the glass.
A couple of sniffs revealed a bounty of roasted malt, baker's chocolate, espresso coffee, and a slight floral hops note. A few sips and a longer pull brought forth a host of welcome tastes: bittersweet chocolate, strong, bitter coffee, a well-defined roasted maltiness, and a restrained hops presence in the finish. All these flavors swirl around with a velvety smooth, full feel.
Before I knew it, that pint was gone. Silky smooth, finely balanced between chocolatey sweetness and coffee bitterness, Obsidian Stout is so very easy to drink. Glad I purchased a six-pack as this brew has surpassed Kalamazoo Stout as my favorite stout.

Photo of tedho21
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of steve8robin
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from a competition I was helping out at. 12oz bottle, best by 04/16/12...

A: A nice dark brew that has a slight red hue around the edges. A thick 2+ inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: I get a nice creamy roastiness upfront with some nice vanilla notes blended in. Some hints of black licorice in the middle with a faint lactose on the back. Decent.

T: A light creamy vanilla quickly followed by a subtle roastiness. Quickly some carbonation begins to bury the other flavors and eventually gives way to a slightly earthy coffee hidden on the back. Decent.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A little over-carbonated for me. Finishes with a fizzy roast. Decent.

O: All in all, this is a decent beer. If the carbonation were toned down some, this would be a great beer. The over-carbonation on this one kind of takes a few points away for me. Try if you like easy drinking stouts.

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Streams out of the bottle an even pitch blackness settling into my Maudite glass. Builds a two finger deep chocolate brown head that hosts fuzzy bubbles that leave lace as they disapate. Nose consists of smokey malt and soured toffee sense. Maybe even some dark fruit sweetness. Dark alchol soaked cherries wraped in coco grace the tongue on first sip. A clean biscuit like richness fills the mouth joined by dark malt and slight spiceyness. An slmost phenol like sweetness develops on the back of the tonguw as this one warms a bit. Mouthfeel is a soft mix of richness and dark bitter. This stout is not to big to really enjoy drinking.

Photo of deereless
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of rrski198
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of colts9016
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Samuel Adams perfect pint at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A rock solid one finger head that is a medium tan color. The head is foamy and creamy. The color of the beer is opaque. The clarity of the beer is opaque also. The head is leaving lacing on the glass.

Nose: A nice roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and the burnt character. The hops are subtle, the aromas are fruity esters and wood. There is a light phenol and solvent aroma.

Taste: A rich roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, burnt character, coffee, wood, and fruity esters. There is a subtle phenol and resin taste.

The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, rich, dry, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is a wonderful American stout. The beer has depth, contrast, and flavor. I am glad I can get this beer.

Photo of M1A2
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black brew with a large foamy mocha colored head that lasts for a few minutes. An eternal half inch of foam lingers under a thick webbing of lacing.

S - A bit of coffee and faint chocolate.

T - A dark malty flavor with a bit of coffee, chicory and char. A touch of dark chocolate as well. Aftertaste is a charred bitterness with a hint of mossiness.

M - Smooth with a slight harshness from carbonation. A medium body, refreshing.

D - Pretty good. Worth a try. Worth having again. A decent stout, but far from the best.

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of KStark
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Black body with a big fluffy head. Good lacing and retention.

s: Roasted malt and chocolate.

t: Loads of sweet roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate with a light citric hop bitterness in the finish.

m: Creamy, smooth, typical carbonation.

d: Highly drinkable. Very good stout. More hop bitterness than most, tons of malt, good stuff.

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,092 ratings.