Obsidian Stout
Deschutes Brewery

Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
American Stout
Ranked #8
Ranked #3,158
4.19 | pDev: 9.55%
Oct 29, 2023
Sep 07, 2001
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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Ratings by jkendrick:
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Reviewed by jkendrick from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours black and smooth. There is a thin frothy head and carbonation bubbles dot the glass all the way down to the bottom. The head recedes relatively quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma: Roasted smell with some coffee, but not much. The smell is characteristic of a stout and sweet with perhaps a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body approaching full body with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is a bit aggressive at first, but quickly mellows leaving a smooth chewy mouthfeel.

Taste: There is a sweet maltiness right up front that is quickly balanced by a bitter blast. The bitterness is pleasant to me, but I know many might find it too bitter. I taste some espresso, bitter chocolate and some dark fruits and barley to join the roasted sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops.

Overall impression: I have always loved this stout, but I must admit looking at this with a critical eye there ARE better stouts out there. It's aggressive though and despite the abv of 6.4%, it has an almost Imperial stout quality and the bitterness characteristic of a West Coast brew. Locally this is reasonably priced and the lower abv allows it to be an excellent session stout.
Nov 29, 2008
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L- Pours black with a fat cocoa brown head.
S- Clear cocoa and a hint of coffee.
T- Punchy yet dry. Makes me spontaneously sneeze! :) Mercifully there is no wall of lactose coming in - which I'm so tired of in other many heftier stouts these days. Deeply roasty-toasty, charring, some more coffee notes. It's punchy yet very elegantly put together.
F- It remains slightly to the dryer side, and I like it for that. Pretty full-on despite not having mega ABV%; ideal for slow sipping.
O- Lovely, well put together, elegant. For those who wish for a little more hop-punch that a typical Stout, whilst not getting at all shouty or out of balance. I'd happily drink it again.
Bought from Beerforce, Singapore 355ml bottle(d on 06/06/23) - S$9.50
Oct 29, 2023
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Black in color with no light penetration. There’s a half inch inch of creamy brown on top. Moderate, soapy lacing is present. The aroma is of sweet black malt and black licorice. I’m tasting plum and raisins. The mouth is dry and dense.
Oct 29, 2023
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Reviewed by Kevin_5280 from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12-oz bottle to a pint glass.

Look: pours black like Guinness, about a half inch tan head.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate more than anything else.

Taste: Follows the nose; lots of chocolate and coffee up front, with some hoppy bitterness afterwards. A really nice balance overall.

Feel: More carbonation than I expected, but a "full" mouthfeel overall.

Overall: A really good stout, nice to sip on a cold day. The higher abv gives it a "warming" sense, especially after a couple.
Oct 26, 2023
Rated: 4.09 by BLVBBERGIXLL from Arizona

Sep 26, 2023
Rated: 4.67 by MajordomoVal from Colorado

Sep 09, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by slightexag from New Mexico

Aug 05, 2023
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Reviewed by Grax

4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Aroma is extremely enticing roasted malt and espresso with cacao, and the body delivers on that promise. A roasted punch loaded with espresso, strong cacao, very bitter and even a slight minty twinge to it on the back end. Probably the best straightforward stout I've had.
Jul 26, 2023
Rated: 4.63 by Nicknyc from New York

Jun 19, 2023
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Reviewed by 2Amazing from Washington

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I like dark beers. I tried Coors Light...... once. Budwieser. Shitz. And the cheap ones make me ill. For me the yummy beers are dark, darker and darkest. Obsidian Stout tastes great and is definitely not less filling. I'm a one and done beer drinker so this one is perfect for me. If this beer isn't sold in Germany, it should be. I would take this beer over any Hefeweizen any day.

I noticed the label on the bottle I have is different from the label on the above photo however, the name is the same: Deshits, its dark and smelly too. It definitely tastes better than the Deshits name would suggest. I really like this beer.
May 29, 2023
Rated: 4.23 by Walnut from Missouri

Apr 15, 2023
Rated: 4.43 by MikeB_from_Macomb from Michigan

Apr 08, 2023
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Reviewed by davidward from Florida

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A very good traditional style stout. Pours a dark hue. It has robust, rich flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt and licorice. I was fortunate to have it at the brewery itself.
Mar 20, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by ronniebruner from Arizona

Feb 04, 2023
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Reviewed by BeerGeekExtraordinaire from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Rated the same way I do Untappd.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Very dark in color. Tan head

Coffee and subtle chocolate aroma.

It's an "old school" stout. No big adjuncts. Big roasty character with espresso notes. But it doesn't finish with the really assertive coffee bitterness. It finishes a bit more smooth. I think maybe there are some chocolate notes that are helping accomplish that. Quite enjoyable. I tried it with some gouda cheese and it worked really well.
Jan 27, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by loch8534 from Illinois

Jan 22, 2023
Rated: 3.45 by Taxationistheft88 from Arizona

Jan 01, 2023
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Rated by BEER-NICK from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Great beer!
Dec 23, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by not2quick from Missouri

Dec 15, 2022
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Reviewed by MaddDoGG5150 from California

3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a black cola color with brown hues. A small, khaki colored foam head. Lacks retention.

Aroma: Roasted malts, peanut shells, and bread.

Taste: Roasted malts and a nice bitter hoppy bite up front, coffee, molasses, and a little bit of chocolate in the middle. Slightly biscuity and fades into a milder bitterness that lingers around in the finish.

Overall: this is a pretty decent stout. The taste is surprisingly complex for the rather simple aroma.
Nov 12, 2022
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
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