Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 1,193 | Ratings: 4,058
Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've enjoyed this tasty stout poured from a 12 ounce bottle and on draft in Nitro form. In my notes, I said that it "tasted like a porter," which (for me) means it has a robust roasted malt taste rather than the licorice taste of many well-known stouts (like Guinness).

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Photo of Agemar
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells of dark chocolate, toffee and a hint of coffee. Taste is excellent. It's medium bodied..a little light for me keeping in mind the style - only part of the beer I docked points on.. 6.4% abv so just enough kick to get you where you want to go after 2 or 3.
Highly recommended!

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Photo of SB2017
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Starts with the taste of a chocolate shake, then moves quickly into strong malts and bitter coffee/hops. Big and strong flavors here, with a lovely hint of smoke as if barrel aged. Very tasty, and aptly named beer.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

We get strong, sharp notes of earth and metal upfront. The bitterness in this beer reminds us of the bitterness of a dark chocolate, if you removed all of the good flavors. Overall, a rather rough experience that none of us are all too thrilled to go through again.

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Photo of Myros
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a Belgian tulip.
Pours an opaque black with a one finger, light brown head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is of sweet chocolate malt, light alcohol, licorice, vanilla, and floral hops.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, noticeable fruity esters, herbal hops with moderate hop bitterness, and a roasted barley finish that is mild for a stout. A dark-bread-like malt backbone carries everything beautifully. Mild alcohol. All flavours are well balanced. This is not a sweet stout.

Mouthfeel is medium full body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

Overall, a very good, everyday drinkable stout. Quite enjoyable and accessible.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass. Dark brown body topped by a small tan head which quickly dissipated. Rich smell of chocolate tinged charred malts. Taste was fine but with too much of a lingering hop bite for my preferences. I have to remind myself that this isn't a Russian Imperial Stout and deserves to be evaluated on the characteristics of the style. Mouthfeel was fine for the style.

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Photo of puck1225
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it with my prime rib Christmas dinner.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown with nice brown head and good lacing. Smell of dark berries and chocolate. Taste of dark chocolate, blackberries, and roasted malt. A bit Smokey. Enjoyed it with Christmas dinner.

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Photo of scottclark
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is a very good Stout. But what blows my mind is that it has 1/3 the carbs of most Imperials with around 75% of the taste. This is my new, healthier stout. I'll miss Ten Fidy and Storm King, but the 30gs+300kcal is just not good for me.

I'm fine with the 6.4% and 220kcal, and super fine with 10.5G carbs.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Best by date stamped on label is '03/16/19'.
Nearly full black colored body, with the tiniest of dark brown highlighted edge. Two finger tan head stays around and reduces by a half. Leaves behind rings of froth lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Expresses a touch of vanilla.
Taste is more harsh than the smell, with char attached to the dark roasted malts. In addition there is bitter espresso and dark chocolate. No sweetness here. Dry, chalky finish.
Medium mouth feel, with a smooth touch. Good carbonation.
A standard bearer for non-sweet stouts that express a dark, dry, and slightly bitter taste profile. Quite massive for its lower ABV%. Any hop expression is earthy and full of resin.

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Photo of Thomguzow
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An exceptionally delicious stout that is jet black. It features notes of bitter chocolate nibs on the nose. The texture is medium carbonation that reminds me a bit more of a porter than a stout. The taste features rich bitter chocolate and a tang of sweetness at the end. Far less dry than the description would lead to you expect. While it isn’t entirely what it claims it will feature, I found it wonderful and would rate it one of my top picks for a cool winter.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Midnight black, finger tall, beige creamy head that slowly recedes and has good lacing.

Aroma is very pungent of dark chocolate, licorice, toffee, coffee, and dark fruit. Notes of roasted nuts and toast, along with vanilla.

Much like the smell. Taste has piney hops upfront, bitter aftertaste. Roasted nuts and toast, dark chocolate complements the hops and other malts. Feels somewhat smooth.

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Photo of jkblr
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bb 2/18/19 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 6.4% ABV 55 IBU. The beer pours black with chocolate tan colored head. The head recedes to a film and leaves a few spots of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of dark fruit. The taste is roasty malts with more chocolate and coffee ending in a roast driven medium bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. I'm not getting any hop presence, except a bit of earthiness in the finish. Overall, very good. A touch one dimensional with the roasty, bitter notes, but well made and pleasant. It would most likely mellow as it approached it's bb date.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a beige.
This beers is a lot about the roastiness. Some cocoa, some coffee, some nutiness.
The hopiness is interesting and shows some resinous and earthiness

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Photo of eppCOS
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Black as death, foamy head retention nice top glass lacing. Proper
S - Interesting and alluring bitter dark chocolate aroma, with strong roast, a little coffee whiff.
T - Solid but falls a little after 3 months in the bottle, loses some of the strong flavor
F - Good carbonation, stays prickly on the mouth, without being dominant
O - Still one of the better stouts out there by a major American brewery, and perhaps one of THEIR best beers at Deschutes. Not too many other D beers turn me on anymore, but this one is an exception.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of caramel-khaki foam that retains well. Aroma is roasted, toasted, nutted, and caramel malts with a smooth induction of dark flavors, without being soul-condemning dark. Flavor profile is, again, a smooth induction of malts that blend deep and dark with smooth and sweet. Notes of roasted, toasted, caramel, nutted, and bread malts all poke through. It has a splendid smoothness and balance. Mouth feel is velvety, with a medium thickness, offering up the texture of much larger stouts, with the consistency of a more approachable beer. Overall, a good balance of daily consumable with large and boisterous. A true classic.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of GreenDragonPurse
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark tan head, which vanishes quickly, on deep sable liquid. The smell is very dark roasted coffee combined with a mustiness like a decaying forest floor. Flavors of cacao and espresso with hints of burnt caramel, bubble gum, and soy. There's a mild bitterness which comes in the middle of the sip and doesn't linger long.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Best by 1/7/19"; drank 8/18/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE tan head; frothy lace.

Dark chocolate, wheat & fresh earth notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate & faint raspberry flavors up front; fresh earth notes on the finish.

A fine, sturdy American stout. I'd have another...

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Photo of Antg8989
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is really just a whatever beer for me. It's definitely not bad. But certainly nothing I would want to remember. Pours black with a medium brown head. Standard dark roast, alcohol and raisins. Taste is an off, dark roast coffee. Feel is light on the tongue. Light-medium carbonation. Deschutes, despite its reputation, has been just barely above average for me. What am I missing?

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Photo of laketang
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured pitch black and had a brown colored head.roasted notes give a dark chocolate bitterness and espresso notes too. A light - medium mouthfeel, good depth of character for a non ba stout.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a 12 oz bottle of this to try. poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown, practically black color that's not at all interested in letting in any light at all. Has a fluffy looking, tan head that's over an inch thick when poured with good retention. Good lacing too. Aromas of very roasted malts with chocolate and caramel notes as well as bit of roasted black coffee goodness. The taste is pretty much the same, only much stronger than the aroma, with roasted malts with a bit of caramel sweetness, dark chocolate bitter sweetness, and black coffee bitterness along with some earthy hops that add some additional bitterness. The sweet cocoa notes really come out more as the beer sits and warms a bit. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth, and somewhat frothy and creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Also has a bit of a lactic like quality, which is a nice touch here that works well for this beer. Has a clean finish with a mix of a sweet, butter, and lactic like after taste. A good warm weather stout on this warm summer night here in Cleveland.


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Photo of bcm119
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite widely-available American stout. The roasty flavors are as fine as the tannins of a great Cab. The hops are fresh, green, and minty, setting off the semi-sweet chocolate and espresso flavors in perfect balance. Mouthfeel is full, almost creamy, but finishes clean and bitter. The benchmark craft stout.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass. Looks great. Dark brown on the pour and turns into a pitch black color in the glass. Has a light tan crown with little retention. The smell is roasty coffee and bitter chocolate. On the taste, the bitter chocolate moves up front while the roasty coffee plays the background. Has an espresso like bitterness that would work out better if it let the chocolate shine a little more. The mouthfeel is on the dry side leaving a roastiness linger in the mouth. Overall, not bad, not great, have definitely had better.

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Photo of mmva321
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Deep, rich and opaque black body that is monolithic. There is a brown head that is frothy but dissipates quickly that leaves a little lacing as I drink.

S: Roasted coffee and malts and dark chocolate. Rich and balanced.

T: There's a good taste, but it is dominated by a very bold coffee flavor. A little more sweetness to balance this out would have been more to my liking as this is pretty blunt. However, it's far from bad tasting. But the more I drink, the more the unbalanced taste is a problem for me.

F: Maybe a little too thin and carbonated for my liking, but it is still hefty enough. It's consistent, refreshing and leaves a satisfying dryness after the drink.

O: The unbalanced taste that resembles old coffee is really the damning thing for this beer. That being said, this still manages to be a solid beer. A good look and smell, and a nice sweetness that just needed to be a little more present. This is a definite try for coffee lovers. I like coffee quite a bit, but this seemed a little too blunt and flat for my liking.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a narrow water glass: color is solid black, brown edges, tan head with fine bubbles, head presents 1/2 thick and dissipates to thin top.

Smell is roasted malt, very pleasant, light coffee and hint cocoa as well.

Taste is great - big roasty malt, moderate sweetness, good espresso and cocoa notes. Simple, yet delicious and really easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is moderate, pleasant carbonation, moderate sweetness.

Overall a great stout with fully roast and light sweetness with good cocoa and coffee/espresso notes.

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Photo of leantom
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes makes solid beers. This is another solid offering from them. Here goes:

A: Best thing about the beer. Pours a deep black with a massive, dark, lace-producing head. Great.

S: Charred and smoky burnt malt. Fair amount of cocoa and dark chocolate, but these scents are somewhat faint.. But beyond the smokiness and faint dark chocolate, there isn't much to it. Good nonetheless.

T: Follows the nose. Taste somewhat more complex, however, with dark fruits in the aftertaste to complete the cocoa. It's still very smokey, however, but this isn't a bad thing.

F: Solid, if a little light.

O: A good beer. Probably would've thought it was great six or seven years ago, when I began drinking craft beer. However, I think the evolution of the craft beer scene may have left Deschutes behind somewhat.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
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