Obsidian Stout
Deschutes Brewery

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American Stout
Ranked #7
Ranked #1,488
4.21 | pDev: 9.5%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
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
Reviews: 1,209 | Ratings: 4,121 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of just1cho
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz bottle*

Was coffee brown in color with a half finger espresso crema colored head. Had a medium retention which eventually left a lace around my cup.

Nosing my glass, I got a strong presence of the roasted barley. It was coupled with aromas which resembled burnt caramel, toasted almonds, and dark cocoa powder.

The taste follows the nose as I got a lot of the roasted barley upfront with burnt caramel. These flavors then developed into toasted sunflower seeds, roasted almonds, and finished with a very mild coffee-like bitterness.

I felt that this was very smooth and drinkable. Not heavy feeling at all since it was pretty medium bodied with medium to low amount of carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. For a standard American stout, I feel as if this is very smooth, inoffensive, amazing tasting, and quaff-able.

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Photo of mintzmeet
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a standard-bearer of the stout class. One of my first stouts and it established a high bar. Consistently provides enjoyable drinking from the aesthetic of matte black with tan head to the thick mouthfeel and subtle bitterness of remnants of burnt malt.

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Photo of H-TownMcBuck
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into American pint glass. Deep, brown-black color, but minimal head or lacing. Nose of licorice and dark roast coffee, very nice. Mouthful of rich flavors, malty, bitter, coffee. Lack Of carbonation so felt a bit flat. I am a fan of this beer due to its rich taste and flavor.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Look: Rich opaque black with a thick mocha colored head.

Smell: Rich roasted malt, bitter noble hope, and coffee.

Taste: Noted of deep dark chocolate, espresso with a balancing bitter Pacific Northwest hop.

Feel: Medium bitterness, mild sweetness. No alcohol really. Clean and medium bodied.

Overall: An excellent brew. A staple of the American style.

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Photo of Radome
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

L - Extremely deep brown color, just short of black. Good clarity can be seen around the edges when it is held up to the light, otherwise it is too dark to let light through. Light tan colored head subsides rapidly to a thin sheet of fine bubbles and similar lacing.

S - Very nice aromas for a stout: bitter dark chocolate, espresso, roasted grain. No hops evident. Yeast only distinguishable as a faint, vaguely fruity note.

T - The roasted grains dominate the flavors for me, followed by chocolate, then espresso as the palate develops. Just before the off-dry finish there is a return of the roasted grains, coming across like slightly burnt kernels of barley. Across all the other flavors there overlays a sweet fruitiness that rounds out the burnt notes. I believe it must come from fermentation character, but I am not sure.

F - Medium to thick body with only low carbonation to lighten it. Strong hops bitterness blends well with the bitterness of roasted grains. Some alcohol presence, but not hot.

O - A fine example of an American stout.

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Photo of Pjs05
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very well balanced Stout with a great aroma, drink and finish. Smells like a very rich malty coffee bean and the taste gives a rich espresso taste that lingers smoothly and is delicious. Perfect everyday Stout!

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Photo of 57md
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown to black color with at least a finger of beige head. The nose and flavor profile are nicely roasty. The body is spot on for the style.

This is a plain old solid stout that is not huge but very tasty anyway.

This paired well with my roast pork au jus dinner.

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Photo of defunksta
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, nearly black color as a typical stout. A bubbly, medium-tan head. SRM of 24. (3.75)

Aroma: So much dark chocolate folks. Huge aromas of rich dark chocolate. So much that it nearly clogs the nostrils on the way in. Hints of roast, but it's mostly chocolate. Waves of dark chocolate here. (4.25)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with EVEN MORE dark chocolate. Hints of bitterness from the dark chocolate, but not roasty. I would describe this as a decadent triple-chocolate cake from a restaurant. Not ordinary, and one bite has enough chocolate that you realize you didn't need the whole dessert. Hints of airy bitterness to give you a breath. Finishes relatively sweet. (4.50)

Feel: Medium to heavy bodied. Moderate carbonation. Dark chocolate lingers on the tongue with an appropriate sweetness. (3.75)

Compared with Bent Paddle Black: Similar color. More dark chocolate on the nose and tongue. Similar roastiness. But heavier and sweeter

Compared to Rush River Nevermore: Similar appearance. More dark chocolate all around. Less phenolic alcohol and grape. More roasty and less sweet. Very different.

Overall: A delicious dark chocolate stout. Less bitter and roasty than some. More chocolate than most. I would describe this beer as a triple-chocolate cake. One bite and the cake had more than enough chocolate, but by the time the frosting hits your tongue, it's overwhelming and you're offering a bit to everyone around you. Not too heavy though, so I won't be sharing the beer, but probably won't be drinking more than one in a night. Absolutely delicious dark chocolaty flavors though. (Final Rating: 4.32) Might have higher reviews the more I try it.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Black body with clear ruby-brown highlights around the extreme edges; one inch of dense light-brown head. Good retention, plenty of clingy lace. Lovely.

S: Rich, straightforward roasted malt. Dark chocolate is the dominant note, but there are hints of coffee, walnut, and dank resinous hops. The deeper I inhale the more of the hoppiness comes through - first pine, then cannabis. Quite enjoyable, and distinct.

T: Hops give a jolt of herbaceousness right up front, with the bittersweet chocolate and coffee building in behind. Only a hint of malt sweetness on the midpalate, with major bitterness on the finish and a long, bitter, smoky aftertaste. Intense and enjoyable, but a bit unbalanced.

F: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Closer to a Porter than a typical Stout in terms of body, but perfectly fine.

O: Really enjoyable hoppy Stout. The aroma is particularly complex and delightful, and I enjoy the assertive bitterness that is so difficult to find in any style these days. Really well made beer.

Beers of Fame tick 190/250. Cheers!

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Photo of DavetotheB
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 9/18/19, poured into a pint glass. Color is dark, dark brown, slight amount of light brown head, minimal retention, no lacing. Smell is of faint coffee along with a bitter aroma. Taste follows, bitter, with coffee dominating-pretty straight forward in the taste department. Some dark chocolate sweet/bitter combo also present. Mouthfeel is a little thin with a bitter cocoa/coffee aftertaste, not at all off-putting. This is the first "lighter" stout I can remember trying and overall, its pretty darn good.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep dark brown pushing black with ruby highlights and a short lived finger of creamy mocha head.
Smells of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted barley, hint of dates, and licorice.
Taste of bitter dark chocolate, burnt toffee, touches of molasses and licorice; building espresso flavours with a roasty bitterness at the swallow.
Medium mouthfeel with moderate creamy carbonation leaving a lingering espresso/char bitterness.
Very good, though I perhaps do not love as much as some by apparent ratings.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L. Black, opaque, still, with modest khaki head which didn't last before reducing to slight lacing. S. Dry, burnt, a touch of coffee but dominated by dark grain. T. Follows the smell, but fuller and a touch sweeter. Also a hint of liquorice in the long finish. F. Still, lightly carbonated and maybe a little thinner than expected. O. A solid dry stout which I will try again as I was a touch underwhelmed.

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Photo of retry4z
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet-black in appearance with brown tint on the edges, clear as far as can be seen. Small, frothy mocha head with good retention.

High roasted malt character with medium high chocolate, coffee, charred grain aroma. Moderate earthy and resiny hop aroma. Low fruity fig esters. Slight copper on the nose.

Moderate high roasted malt flavor with medium dark chocolate, coffee, and low burnt bread crust character. Hop bitterness is medium which is accentuated by the roasted malt. Hop flavor is medium low resiny, earthy, and citrusy. Balance is towards the malt, and finishes dry, with lingering roast bitterness. Alcohol and bitterness stand out too much in the finish.

Medium-light body with medium carbonation and low alcohol warmth. The roasting SS appears as slightly astringent although not overwhelming enough as to deter from the experience. Ashy. Carbonic bite contributes to the sensation.

A very good dark and highly roasted beer with a complex interplay of malt and hop character. The high roast can be remedied by decreasing roasted malt, and the metallic flavor can be awaited by improving sanitation.

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Photo of Nass
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm stoked that i'm able to try a beer from this OG craft brewery. This beer is exactly 5 months old in the bottle. The pour is black with thick head of beige colored foam. I'm picking up some baker's chocolate mixed with dark fruits on the aroma. Wow! this is quite a flavorful non-adjunct stout, there is big baker's chocolate & roasted malts on the taste along with a slight hint of dark fruits, you can tell that they did not skimp on the barley when they brewed this beer. In addition to, i'm also getting a fair amount of hop bitterness on the taste. They were not joking when they mentioned that this beer is deep & robust because it certainly is. The flavor of this beer still sticks around on the tongue after 1 minute of the initial sip. I have to admit that I liked the old Deschutes bottle label artwork better. If you can get this beer in your area then you should go out & get you some. This is one savory stout, my only fuss is that there is too much of a hop presence going on for this type of beer, sure hops are tasty & all but don't go overboard with them. Cheers! A-

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Instead of the usual more chocolatey/coffe notes, this one has a sort of black licorice thing going on - not the stupid cheap plasticy corn syrup licorice laces for kids black licorice, the really good stuff that fills your mouth and head with marvelous black licorice essence.
Smooth, thick, strong.

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Photo of Lucular
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, slightly past the best-by date. One of the more complex straight-up stouts I have had with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla, earthy oak, and a hint of red wine fruitiness. An excellent stout and far superior to the vast majority of adjunct stouts being pumped out these days.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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%
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 -4%
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 -34.7%
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 -5.5%
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 -3.1%
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 +0.7%
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 -12.1%
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 -1%
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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