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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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1,056 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,056
Hads: 3,477
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 513
Gots: 615 | 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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Reviews: 1,056 | Hads: 3,477
Photo of BeerWizard
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went with an English pint glass on this one, as my first attempt in a goblet just didn't feel right. This stuff is black - can't see through it. That's after you get past the gigantic head it pours with, which still looks like melting ice cream even after five minutes or so.

Pretty easily discernable in the nose is chocolate and coffee, and then there is some caramel and also some kind of mineraly aroma beneath that. Very nice! Flavors are quite nice, heavy on the chocolate/coffee, and then maybe some herbal flavor. The alcohol is apparent, and as expected, has a thick, hardy mouthfeel with a long, spicy finish. Yum.

I like this one. I haven't been in the mood for stouts lately but I've been waiting for this one to make it to my local beer store and had to try it. I would get it again, but probably in the fall or winter. It's a pretty stout stout and would be perfect with some roast beef or even turkey.

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

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured as dark as night with a brown head and good lacing.

S - Lots of burnt coffee, chocolate, and a bit of toffee.

T - This Stout made me a believer. Heavy on the malts, with wonderful coffee notes with caramel malt trailing behind.

M - Loved it! Great feel; dangerously smooth.

D - This is a absolute drinker for sure. Great flavor, buttery smooth and superb balance.

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

A- Pours a jet black with about an inch of brownish head, which quickly subsides to about 1 cm, and then really slowly diminishes.

S- a bit of yeast, and roasted coffee malt, touch of dark chocolate.

T- little bit of yeast but then straight into the roastiness, a dark chocolate and black coffee, strong roast flavours. finish is a smooth cocoa bitterness. very nice and well rounded.

M- creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. slight bitterness at the back of the mouth on the finish. pretty good length too.

D- pretty good. smooth, creamy, not a hint of 6.4 per cent. could easily have a couple of these.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks pitch black. Obsidian is a good name for this. Nice tan head. Smells of roasted coffee. Tastes like smokey roasted coffee. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Great stout in a 6 pack.

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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!

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer in trade. Thanks Ben(Madhomebrewer)

I like most everything I have drank from Deschutes so I wasn't worried about this one. It pours Black into the glass with a big frothy head with good lacing as the pint got lower. Smells roasty, milk chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, and a little doughy. Taste faintly of bitter coffee and some chocolate. Full Bodied, creamy. Good beer

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of turbine2475
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Largadeer for this beer:

A - Pours opaque black with a huge mocha head that has a very good retention and dissipates leaving a moderate lace.

S - Roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee, toffee, tobacco, and a slight smoke presence.

T - Strong roasted malts and grains, some burnt woods, and mild to light coffee and chocolate. Not Bad.

M - Light for a stout but not bad. Carbonation is in good balance. Burnt nature lingers on for a while.

D - Good brew, easy to drink and a decent ABV that allows you to have several without going too out of control. Lighter aspect is welcome for a good stout to have on a hot day like today.

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Photo of AmishLightning
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks: Two fingered head that stayed around a decent amount of time. Black as night as expected. The lacing that was left on the glass gave a good finish towards the end of the beer.

Scent: Semi-Sweet chocolates are the most prevalent smell. There is a hint of maltiness which adds a good balance, but I didn't notice any coffee or bittering scents at all.

Taste: This was a surprise for me because I thought the taste did not follow the smell much at all. I mostly tasted a powerful coffee with hints of very dark chocolate flavors. This was not sweet at all. The lack of sweetness did not bother me too much, but I would have liked to see some sweets at some point in the taste. Instead, the beer finished as is started with no flavor profile to change over time. This is the biggest reason I rated taste at a 4/5 instead of higher. I feel that if I wanted to have seen different flavors appear as the beer warmed up or as it sat in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth for sure with a medium body. I would have liked less carbonation but that is really nickpicking. No oily feeling afterwards, not a bad mouthfeel.

Overall: I liked this one, but I do not think that it lived up to its hype. I will have to revisit and review again some time.

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

My bottle looks different than the one in the picture, but it's definitely Deschutes Obsidian Stout. So here we go. Pours a deep opaque black, just faint hints of ruby around the edges. Thin light-ish brown head. Smells deeply toasty and sweet, just a hint of the charcoal bite. Mmm! Incredibly rich chocholate espresso flavor; roasty and vinous with a fizzy bitterness that balances the slight sweetness perfectly. I never know quite what to say about drinkability with American stouts; I haven't met an American session stout yet. But I'd love to sit around and drink this all night if it wouldn't fill me up after just a couple.

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

A -- Pours midnight black, no detectable translucency aside from hints around the edges, a heady foam rests on the top and doesn't quit.

S -- Dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, a touch of smoke.

T -- Malty, smoky, a touch of chocolate and a subtle hop nudge to balance it beautifully.

M -- Silky smooth, justs coasts on the palate. Lightly drying hop finish.

D -- A decadent stout that would stand up to any other I can think of. Another textbook example from our friends in Oregon.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is the creamiest, thickest, chewiest nitro-stout I've had. It is a sheer joy to savor in the mouth after admiring a one-inch thick head and decent lacing. Don't let the full-bodied character intimidate you if that's a danger... This is a very drinkable, pleasant beer.

Smell-wise, it's rather standard with hints of chocolate and coffee. It tastes like stouts of similar quality; the thing that sets it apart are the body and creaminess. A definite advantage I had, even here in Colorado, was getting served on nitro (thank you Taps, in Fort Collins).

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

Poured from a bottle into a teku.

A - Beautiful dark murky brown/black. 1 finger tan/brown head.

S - Smoke, charcoal, barbecued wood, cacao, vanilla, brown sugar.

T - Smokey, charcoal, bitter chocolate, slightly sour.

M - Very creamy, perfect amount of carbonation, silky smooth.

O - A nice American Stout. Not overbearing, but hearty and tasty.

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Photo of hiku7
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in a tulip glass.

A - Pours the color of coffee with a big bold tan-brown head. As the head dissipates, a medium thick lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.

S - Caramel and molasses and other things dark, roasted, and delicious.

T - Caramel and coffee flavors up front with a mild hoppy finish that really balances the initial flavors. There is a tiny spiciness that comes through the carbonation on the tongue.

M - Smooth and creamy, with a mildly fizzy carbonation to finish every swig.

D - Pretty good. Even though I've been working my way slowly through a six pack over the winter, I wouldn't turn down a second or third in one night.

Very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of ChugMan
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Lovely soft khaki-tan head, black body turning burgundy at its edges. Great lattice lacing throughout.
S - Clean, roasty, dark chocolate flakes, some breadyness too. Simple and inviting
T/M - The hops and roastyness combine to give the sensation of biting into a dark, moist sodabread, quite a mouthful! A surprising amount of snappy-spicyness with the lingering bitterness as well, again contributing to the bread motif but this time of a nice crackling crust. Just enough roasted sweetness to tie it all together without becoming dessert-y. Very pleasant.
O - This beer is a great example of craftsmanship that can be appreciated by newcomers and vets alike. It drinks like a meal! Likely a fantastic pairing to a hearty campfire-cooked breakfast or dinner, be it Dinty Moore or bangers n mash, and a casserole / shepherds pie might be ideal.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

L: Pours a rich black with thick creamy mocha colored head. Good retention with a fair amount of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, cherry, plum, caramel, berries, resiny hops are all detectable.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted grains, espresso, brown sugar, earthy hops, cherry, raspberry, even some subtlety sweet tartness almost sour like qualities. Excellent balance of a multitude of flavors.

F: Lighter then you would expect, moderate carbonation, nice creamy finish.

O: A very complex yet well balanced brew. Easily one of the best readily available stouts on the market. Deschutes truly does a great job creating quality beer.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Black as used motor oil. Dense, tan, foamy head. Big stickage. Handsome.

Smell - Chocolate. Booze.

Taste - Chocolate. Espresso. Malt. Alcohol. A bit sweet. The afore-mentioned flavors are prominent but the hops play an important role, too.

Mouth - Fizzy. Bitter. Wow!

Overall - This is one big, ballsy brew. Delicious! Not for the timid. Like Sierra Nevada, Deschutes can do no wrong.

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Photo of guitarmage
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.

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

This pours very dark brown to black in color, nice thick sticky brown head, lacing throughout.

Aroma of Coffee, Cocoa, Vanilla, cherry (maybe raspberry)...

This is a big stout, lotsa flavor here, with a nice hop bite at back to close it out. Not to say there is a lot of hop here, but just enough, very well balanced.

Creamy mouthfeel, tasty, great nightcap, dessert material. Actually a few of these would be a nice meal in itself. This brewery has yet to dis-appoint, another top notch selection from Deschutes.

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

Poured into a standard red wine glass.

Appearance: Pours with a quarter-finger, coffee-bean colored head. Lacing is fairly impressive for a beer which is not "Imperial" or "Double" - fizzy and sheet-like, settling into some small fingers and ovals of lace. The body is pretty standard stout material, a deep black which one might be tempted to give more points to because of the rather excellent descriptor "Obsidian." But still, many stouts could be said to be "obsidian," now couldn't they?

Smell: Wow. A creamy smoothness is the most striking feature of the aroma, which carries all the way through your inhalation of the beer, marrying and highlighting each individual aroma excellently. Cinnamon, some coconut milk, nutmeg, chocolate of both the bittersweet and milk varieties, medium-bodied coffee, a faint hint of leather. Amazing.

Taste: Some cinnamon-infused coconut milk, heavy whipping cream, bittersweet chocolate, cup 'a joe-like coffee, some cake icing-like sugarness. A little bitter on the back end, and definitely a little dry upon swallowing. Not quite as harmonious as the aroma suggests, but still pretty great.

Mouthfeel: Nothing to complain about here. Borders on being a little too fizzy, but the creaminess pulls through. Otherwise thick, sugary, oil-like.

Drinkability: Overall definitey deserving of its high rating, and one of the finest examples of the style I've ever tried. The ABV sneaks up on you a bit, as I found myself going through a six-pack fairly quickly before slowing myself down.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - black as it gets no light shining through. Massive rocky dark tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Hints of coffee and chocolate and sublte yeast.

T - Extreme bitter black coffee and bitter chocolate. This beer is phenomenal.

M - Very silky and smooth.

D - I want this beer to be part of my life.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sucked down as dessert after pub food, on tap, over 25 glorious minutes.
The pour hue is deep chocolate with a dark tan head. Blanket lacing. Just enough light goes through to evolve red highlights.
Coffee, smoke, walnut--all tightly bound and understated characterize the scent profile. There's just a whiff of hop pine both at the start of a sniff and in the clean lift of the end of a breath.
The taste profile is stylistically on point and beautifully balanced unlike the majority of these creations. Mocha and toasty nuts hold the center. There's a suggestion of berry. But it's all still beer with a nosey burst of booze and edge of pine hop bitterness on the end.
Silky start with some barley chew. Consistent cream flow. Just right for the style, but a hint of carbonation buzz would be beautiful.
This creature is blended so well and kind to the tongue. Just a dram of extra ethanol would elevate it to near perfection by lifting the nose and adding a warm edge to the flavor and feel.

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Photo of CoryJones
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just like drinking a good cup of coffee, great when enjoying in a cold glass and with friends. The body of the beer promises great flavor that will make you ask for more.

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Photo of wknight167
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours nearly black with brown edges. Definitley lives up to its name here. One finger, tan head quickly drops down to a crown. Minimal lacing.

Nose- Roast malts are dominate. Dark chocolate is also present.

Palate- Much softer than the nose hints at. Sweet up front and then the roast malts come with rich coffee and a hint of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and full bodied.

Drinkability- I like it. Great beer for a cold night.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.