Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,103
Ratings:
3,696
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
552
Gots:
743
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 1,103 | Ratings: 3,696
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review - Served in a standard pint glass (thanks msubulldog25). Poured an opaque black; zero light penetration. Luscious coffee-colored three-fingered head with excellent retention that left behind concentric bands of thick sticky lacing during the tasting. Scent out of the bottle was coffee and malt (in glass was much more diffuse). Taste similar to nose with roasted coffee flavors much more pronounced; slightly burnt/astringent aftertaste lingers at the finish. Mildly effervescent and full-bodied mouthfeel (not as chewy as an RIS, but you definitely know it's there). Very drinkable and would be a regular if it was locally available.

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

I got this beer with an in person trade with a BA. Last thiursday i decided to drink some dark beers and this was the second one i drank. Here we go!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks perfect. Derp deep very depp darkbrown fluid with the most wonderfull lightbrown head, tine bubbles all over the place.

For the rest i can say this is a good beer, no more no less. There is a nice coffee like laste and smell and the feel is a bit too thin, more alcohol would boost this one into the A+ league.

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

Best by: 07/23/13

Poured into a snifter revealing a black body with a finger of brown head that retains and laces nicely.

An inviting aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate chip cookies.

Comes in roasty and chocolatey. There is a fair amount of hop presence providing bitterness and a touch of grassiness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth.

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Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is one impressive looking brew. Obsidian is a good name because this baby is black. It pours with a HUGE fluffy head that looks like whipped egg whites with a dash of vanilla. The head lasts and lasts if finally settles down to one finger and remains for the duration. Lacing, oh yeah there is lacing. Layer after layer sheet after sheet, some of the most lacing I have ever seen.

S: Nice malty aromas tons of roasted malt that comes at you as fresh ground espresso with a dash of bitter Belgian chocolate on the side.

T: Really nice stout. Rich malt flavors. Tons of dark roasted espresso crashes against the tongue on the first sip. It mellows a bit and the slightest hint of chocolate can be detected. If finishes dry with maybe just a bit of hop bite.

M: Nice and smooth. Almost creamy even.

D: With the average ABV, its rather drinkable.

Overall: Very nice stout. I have been very impressed with the Deschutes line of beers and this one is another fine example. To be honest I like a bit more chocolate taste in my stouts, but this one has taken the coffee taste and run with it. It's very flavorful and drinkable, and one of the best looking beers I have ever seen. I like it, it's worth seeking out.

Thanks Younger35 for another fine Deschutes brew.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian is a type of naturally-occuring glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock. Ok pours a typical black color with a darker tan tinted head that remained through the whole tasting. Some lighter brown hues around the edge.

The nose is limited overall but some US stout smells with roasted malts mostly coming out. Some lighter coffee and chocolate touches. Some DMS in the nose as well. I also pick out a touch of esters as well.

The taste is more balance and more distinct than the nose indicated. A nice roast presence with a more balance chocolate finish. Some astringency with black malt. The coffee flavor is also more prevalent but is light compared to the roasted malt. Some touches of caramel and as it warmed it was picking out DMS in the taste as well. A real deterrent in this beer.

The body is good with more of a mid than full feel. Even with the astringent bite there is a sweetness that stays even after tasting. A nice stout found in liquor store, but not sure if naturally occurring or not.

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

A: 3/4" light brown head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Toasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Bitter toasted malt, black coffee and dark chocolate flavours all rolled into one. Its like a black coffee with cocoa in one hand, and a morning smoke in the other.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Its a very good stout, but it is definitely on the bitter side.

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

/A vigorous pour yielded three fingers of dark black beer and three fingers of khaki creamy foam.

S: Roasted malts then cocoa, sweet date aroma. Toffee as well. Not all that strong of an aroma but a good one.

T: Followed the nose except that I got some hoppy/ coffee bitterness on the finish slightly.

M: Spot on mouthfeel for stout, not too thick but not watery. Nice carbination with good lacing until the end.

O: Impressive and very worthy of try. Nice job Deschutes!

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Photo of TBonez477
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reasonably fresh, started with a strong licorice flavor at cellar temp. This died as it warmed. Has strong roast flavor throughout and a bitter finish that lingers. Good mouthfeel on this one for the low ABV and medium carbonation.

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

A: Pours a solid very dark brown, nearly black (but not quite obsidian!), with a fairly small amount of foamy white head. The little bit that builds up around the edge of the glass leaves minimal spots of lacing.

S: Roasted malts; chocolate milk with a little bit of nuttiness.

T: Nicely balanced; not overly sweet or bitter, but there is a nice depth. Caramel roasted malts notes, finishing with a surprisingly sharp bitter dryness.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks quite nicely, and the ABV is fairly reasonable for having a few.

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

Bottle is Best by 5/19/13. Poured into a small wine glass.

O – An above average stout. A beer that required an entire 12oz for me to recognized as a beer worthy of recognition.

A –Poured black, nice tan 2-finger smooth head, nice lacing, nicely carbonated.

S – Coffee, roasted malt, a slight floral and spicey aroma.

T – Roasted malt, expresso/coffee, some mild sweetness, bitterness in the finish.

MF – Smooth.

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

Enjoyed at Deschutes pub in Bend. They said this was cask-conditioned and served on a nitro tap. Is that possible?

It's super-black with the requisite super-tight head. The smell is of roasted malts, very nice.

The taste is good. It's smooth as glass, thanks to the cask-conditioning. Just like obsidian, this stout is one slick, black treat.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with three fingers of chocolaty,chunky head that leaves some massive Swiss cheese lacing as is drops at a snails pace. The nose is caramely with some light roasted coffee aromas. This Stout is rich and full of bitter chocolates and burnt coffee,some good hoppy bitterness on the tail. The body is full and just rite for my liking,this is a bit dry,and could use a touch more creaminess,but overall is a great stout with lots of character to spare. Very quaffable and a great example of the style.

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

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts with a decent brown head that disappears at an average pace leaving behind some decent spotted lacing. Beer is black in color with no light shining through when held up to the ceiling

S- Very light sweetness, mostly burnt toasty notes

T- On the dryer side, with notes of mostly toasted malts with very faint hints of coffee in the finish

M- Medium bodied with light/medium carbonation

O- I don't typically like dryer stouts, but this one was nice... not too dry, just dryer. I received this in a trade, so can't reflect on price, but all in all I would more than likely try/buy this one again

CHEERS!!

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Photo of hero27
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
6.4% abv.

Obsidian is a fitting name. Black color with a tan, foamy head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Aroma of roasted barley & dark chocolate.
Burnt malts and rich dark chocolate are abundant in the taste. Molasses flavors coat the tongue and there's also a lingering coffee finish.
Velvety smooth texture and goes down ridiculously easy for a stout.
I can see why this is near the top of it's class.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small dark head.
Nose shows intense roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of smoke. Very nice.
Very similar flavours, lots of roasted malt and coffee beans with more noticeable smoke. Finishes with a light roasty bitterness.
Carbonation is a little too high.

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Photo of Spiff
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good tasting, with more than hints of burnt carmel sweetnes, no hoppy bitterness. Much more flavor than Guiness. Bold, confident - the stout that got me started liking stouts - I have moved on to Imperial's for the bigger flavor but this still stands there and says -drink me - I'm worth it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%

Been considering this one for awhile. Now it's time.

Appearance (4.5) : Pours out of the bottle looking like used motor oil. Now I know that doesn't sound particularly delectable, but in a stout, it sure is. It has an oatmeal colored head, reaching about two fingers. It leaves generous lace in delicate lingerie rings around the glass as it recedes. Color is obsidian black, just like the name. 100% opaque. Nothing penetrates. I like how this is looking.

Aroma (4.25) : Smokey, coffee bean, dark chocolate, campfire. A little licorice. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4) : Quite decent. Bitter notes set in right away with coffee bean and char, then some more grassy notes step in, some woody dark cherry, finally leaving with some dark chocolate and roast bean. Smoke and char is left lingering on the palate. It's not the best stout I've ever tasted, but it's not half bad.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Creamy mouthfeel with an underbelly of generous carbonation. Mildly zippy. I would say it's just a hair less carbonated than the Shipyard Blue Fin Stout I reviewed (which arguably was too much carbonation for its style). Could be better.

Overall (4.02) : This is not my favorite Deschutes offering. It is definitely a good smokey stout with heavy char and dark notes. Long after the swallow the taste lies lingering on the palate with roasted coffee and light smoke. It is a worthy offering and should be tried if spotted.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black. A large mocha head left plenty of spidery lacing.

Smell is of dark coffee and tobacco.

Taste is similar to the smell. Plenty of dark roasted malt with coffee and tobacco notes.

Texture is stellar. A medium body with some chew. Some carbonation and a bite.

A very surprising great feeling from such a low abv. My favorite part of the beer. Flavors are big and bold. It's not an imperial, so I can't expect more complexity, but it's well done.

DOA

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Photo of MiScusi
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle. A deep opaque black with a bubbly thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of roasted and black malts, and maybe cascade hops?, somewhat musty/sour. Taste is of heavy rostiness and coffee. Not too viscous, but has nice body. Carbonation is about medium. The flavor definitely carries this one with strong coffee character along with a fairly mild bitterness.

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Photo of Lupe
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a brown hue at the bottom of the glass when held to the light. Huge cocoa colored rocky tan that leave tons of sticky lace all over the glass. If you like them dark, they don't look much better than this one.

Big dose of acidic/astringent roast hits you with a hint of cocoa powder, and smokey notes. A touch sweetness rounds out the aroma.

A quick touch of dark chocolate sweetness is thrown aside by a bitter and acidic burnt twang of roasted barley. This lingers a bit before moving over for ripe fruit and burnt caramel. The first sip is almost overwhelming with roasted bitterness, similar to iced coffee sans milk and sugar. Once the initial shock is over other flavors come out. A hint of rum soaked cherries, smoke, and spice. Hops are herbal and leafy. Espresso/French Roast coffee lingers throughout. Finishes dry with lingering roast.

Medium bodied and smooth. A little biting on the tongue between all the roast and the carbonation.

Very robust. Drinks bigger than you would think - after being on a Imperial Stout kick, I figured a stout at 6.4% would be a session beer. Not quite the case. Alcohol gets warming and more noticeable midway through. High roasted character and astringency takes a notch or two away from the drinkability. Nice solid stout.

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Photo of Knilas
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Midnight black in the glass. Tan head...just not much of one. Heavy mouthfeel. Rich, dark coffee and chocolate. Some molasses in the background. Lotsa malt. Hops come in just enough to balance everything out. Well made. Worth the coin.

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Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best By: 04/09/12
0134 J

A- Aggressive pour yields a three finger-width, mid-mocha head on a black beer. Gread head retention with clumpy lacing.

S- A whole bunch of roasty, chocolatey, cola notes on the nose.

T- More roastiness, chocolate and even a hint of smokiness on certain sips. Perhaps some coffee thrown in there somewhere. Leaves a taste of bitter chocolate on the palate.

M- Smooth, medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D/O- Highly drinkable. First time having this Deschutes offering, I've been missing out. Thanks ruizjoseph for the long time want!

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black with a beautiful cocoa-brown head. The head dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a fair amount of sticky lacing on the inside of the glass...

The smell is inviting - the caramel and dark chocolate notes are pretty obvious with no real hops to speak of...

Taste is very rewarding. The primary notes are chocolate and caramel with no real coffee, smoke or 'burnt' taste to be found. It's rather reminiscent of some of my favorite milk stouts but there's no real sweetness to be found, only the illusion. The beer has a very dry finish without being bitter.

While it's a medium to heavy bodied brew, it clears the palate nicely and doesn't leave an oily aftertaste. Carbonation is medium to low but that's all that's needed to make the stout seem complete.

This is a very drinkable stout and I'm surprised to see the ABV so high (BA reports 6.70%, Deschutes website says 6.40%) This tastes like one of those pleasant 4%-5% stouts; there's no hint at all that it's hiding a higher than normal alcohol kick. Perhaps that's the source of the 'hint of sweetness' but whatever the case, it's quite a tasty brew.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass with a best by: 7/28/12. Glad I noticed this since it is 7/15/12

Appearance: Big beautiful 2 to 2&1/2 finger size head that is khaki color with tight condensed bubbles. It is a dark black beer with absolutley no light penetration through this beer. The lacing on this is ridiculous as I swirl the glass it really sticks to the side. I was taken by the head that formed on this. Awesome!

Smell: Upfront is the espresso and toasted malts along with dark chocolate and nuts. I get some slight molasses and some fairly noticable hops.

Taste: Roasted malts big time! Some bitter chocolate and mild coffee present. A noticable bitter hoppy finish for a stout that prevents any overly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout and rather carbonated. Not slick or viscous but that is nice on this one because it makes it highly drinkable.

Overall: This is a nice change of pace stout for me. Slightly hoppy and roasted goodness through and through. Low abv makes this easy to drink and that is apparent as my glass is nearing empty and only after about 10 minutes.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance of almost black with a creamy tan head leaving nice lace. Smell of rich chocolaty coffee notes and sweet dark malts. Taste has the same notes as the aroma with a nice hop balance to round off the flavor. Mouthfeel is viscous with good carbonation. overall a very nice bold stout that would go very well with some rich chocolaty desserts.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.
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