Obsidian Stout
Deschutes Brewery

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Stout - American
Ranked #11
Ranked #3,124
4.19 | pDev: 9.55%
May 07, 2022
Sep 07, 2001
Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout
Notes: Deep, robust and richly rewarding, this is beer to linger over. Obsidian has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley, with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness.

IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving
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3.98 by 2beerdogs from California on May 07, 2022
4.26 by AltonWayne58 from Texas on Apr 17, 2022
4.41 by Beecham from California on Apr 07, 2022
5 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 31, 2022
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4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by dfillius from Iowa

I don’t know why it has taken me this many years to try this beer. It’s really darn good. Very much an American Stout with the piney PNW hopping and bitterness levels. SRM, head color and solid retention is practically perfect.

Feb 22, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JZH1000 from Colorado

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

On the pour a nice head forms my pour was pretty gentle so it wasn't huge, but it was made up of fine light brown bubbles. It fades to a decent ring with some on top. It's pitch black with no light coming through.

Smell is mostly roast with strong note of dark chocolate on top of a nice dark bread base with some earthy piney hops in the mix as well. It's a very pleasant aroma a bit heavy with some lightly fruity fermentation notes.

Taste follows the nose, but with a big bitter hop bite on the front with the roast malts shining through right after. The hop bitterness lingers as the flavor evolves from the hop flavor to the malt roastiness. The fruity fermentation stick around a bit. In the stout it's like raisins or vague dark cherries but it isn't pronounced. Quite nice and very nuanced.

Feel is quite heavy. One of those liquid bread beers and quite thick in the mouth as more head forms. Despite that it's easy to put down and quite smooth. Goes with a meaty meal or just a nice cold night with a good show.

Overall despite being a standard stout at just above 6% it's got a big flavor without adjuncts. Very good what they did with hops water and malt here. Good job.

Feb 14, 2022
4.11 by Argail from Louisiana on Feb 11, 2022
4.21 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from New York on Jan 19, 2022
4.43 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Jan 13, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jbolger from Connecticut

12/31/21 Bottle from Kadota. Espresso dominates with roasted malt & chocolate overtones. Not sweet. Some bitterness & burnt. Prefer less coffee but very good.

Jan 01, 2022
4.29 by JTuomi from Finland on Dec 04, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BigGinge from New York

Appearance: Dark cola color, maybe a bit of brown towards the bottom. Fluffy khaki colored head, spotty lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, peanut shells, rust.

Taste: Chocolate, ash, grains, burnt toast.

Feel: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Dry.

Overall: I've waited years to try this. I'm happy I did.

Dec 03, 2021
4.34 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 20, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by gooddaydiablo from Texas

look: 92% black

smell: toasted bread, light coffee

taste: robust, dense bread, some smoke

feel: medium body, balance, easy crushable, overall finish is towards the bitter end

overall a well rounded high quality stout, not as good as founders breakfast or old rasputin

Nov 18, 2021
4.44 by Gukkor from Texas on Oct 26, 2021
3.76 by Fallen232 from Pennsylvania on Oct 21, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

Almost most black, tan head fades to a ring, leaving a nicely laced glass. Aroma of bitter coffee and roasted malt. Tastes is similar, a nice hoppy finish. Ful bodied, grat carbonation, terrific beer!

Oct 20, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

Black body with creamy brown head. Completely full body, impossible to see through. So nice looking. Aroma is of coffee and medium dark chocolate, some dark fruits as well along with a dash of earthy hops. Taste is superb, with rich chocolate textures and an espresso bitterness. The earthy hops provide a a nice dry balance. Mouthfeel is slightly milky with a mild chalky feel. This is a terrific example of a stout.

Oct 11, 2021
3.68 by ToddBeans from Kentucky on Sep 23, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BNSlums from Washington

I have enjoyed this brew many times before, but never reviewed. Now is the time. A new hop to me, Delta. The malt profile promises rich creamy and sweet.
An impressive mousse caramel head with microbubbles forms straightaway. Appears nitro but is not. The liquid is black black as expected. Not super thick but enough for 6+ abv. Carbonation only seen when shaken.
Nose: Cocao, chocolate chip cookie, deep roasted coffee notes lingering. Dark and indulgent. Hop presences with malt. Cream. Comperable in smell to Old Rasputin.
The espresso notes are certainly there. It leaves the same aftertaste as biting a coffee bean. Excellent for those who enjoy. Pleasantly lighter than I expexted with a slight bite to balance the malt. There is residual booziness but when combined with the bitter espresso it works well.
A sharp stout.

As a coffee lover this works for me. If you dislike, avoid Obsidian. The mouthfeel is lacking in fullness and action, but is made up for in taste and smell. For Deschutes, I think their Porter is a better option (but not fair, as it is one of the best.)

Aug 18, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 2/24/21, had 6/20/21.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, with a quarter inch foamy head and some slick foamy lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, a bit smoky. Flavors of chocolate, herbal hops, roasted malt, vanilla, a bit of a smoky flavor, a little hop bitterness on the finish. Smooth, a very good medium to full body, well carbonated.

A good, solid stout, roasty and smoky. Very enjoyable.

Jun 30, 2021
3.89 by KT3418 from Colorado on Jun 14, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by BillAfromSoCal from California

pours an almost jet black with dark tan head that lingers a decently long time. Leaves a thin rim of lace at the original liquid level. Smell= taste: some bitterness, some dark chocolate, some roasted malts. Nice for something not barrel-aged. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thinnish side for my preferred stout experience. Cost effective, IMO, compared to some of the better, but pricier, stouts. I would drink this again.

Jun 08, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by German-Helles from Wisconsin

This is a 12oz. bottle dated 11/19/20 poured aggressively into a 20oz. weizen glass. There is a perfect three finger tan head over a very dark cola stout. This stout is way to dark to observe carbonation, After ten minutes the foam settled back to a thin layer with thick lacing left behind.
The aroma is sweet chocolate up front with light coffee in the background.
The flavor is just the opposite, with chocolate up front, but the taste is dominated by the dry, bitter coffee flavors. There is not a noticeable alcohol burn for me. The coffee flavors cut the sweetness very nicely.
There is a silky smooth feel, but not overly heavy. The carbonation feels light.
For me this stout was very enjoyable, but be ready for bitter coffee flavors.

May 27, 2021
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2.68/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

Obsidian is an apt description: dark, opaque, a persistent cappuccino froth for a head. Then I start to get disappointed. The scent is slightly over-hopped citrus and coffee, and the taste only enhances the citrus.... and keeps enhancing it as I drink. Over-carbonated going down, this is not the stout I was looking for.

May 09, 2021
4.5 by blackcloud from Alaska on Apr 24, 2021
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3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by eatsluggs from Oregon

Not my favorite stout. Next!

Apr 22, 2021
3.77 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri on Mar 27, 2021
3.84 by micada from New York on Mar 24, 2021
4.06 by Cubatobaco from Virginia on Mar 23, 2021
3.94 by Taenim from New Jersey on Mar 23, 2021
4.11 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Mar 20, 2021
4.24 by o29 from Texas on Mar 18, 2021
4.25 by hester7 from Texas on Mar 01, 2021
3.89 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania on Mar 01, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by backblast from Alaska

Very nice stout with coffee and dark malts up front. There is also some sweetness mixed in and a light bitter finish. It is an overall pleasant offering that is easy to enjoy.

Feb 17, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

12 oz bottle packaged pretty recently.
Colour is black with white head. Looks like a good stout.
Smells of roasted malt with coffee notes.
The taste of this is really interesting. It's cool how Deschutes stouts all have the same sort of malt character. Kinda reminds me of The Abyss. Roasted malt, coffee, and an interesting kind of spice at the end. Bitterness at the end from hops, very cool overall and really drinkable.
The feel is full bodied and nice.
Overall, this stout is amazing for something that can be picked up for relatively cheap in 6 packs. Deschutes hits again

Feb 14, 2021
4.25 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois on Feb 05, 2021
4.3 by gefinley from California on Jan 31, 2021
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
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