Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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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

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4.21
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Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at buddy's house poured into too small glass 2.2.10.

Pitch black 1/2 finger tan head constrained by glass size, medium dissipation with some lacing. The nose is of roasted malt, as is the taste, along with chocolate and molasses, negligible hop presence, what is there is grassy and floral. Mouthfeel is decently carbonated and not too heavy. Very drinkable for the style. A great entry stout for those new to the style.

Edit- head is more brown than tan. Big coffee hit in the nose and the hops are very noticeable. Pretty good effervescence. This might have been a fresher bottle than first review. Bump up smell score and taste score. Not a high ABV version, but one of the tastiest stouts to be found.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a ruby tinge when held to a candle. No visible carbonation, topped with 3 fingers of milk chocolatey brown head.

Chocolate scent, cocoa, chocolate milk. Liquorice, tar, toasty, and a fresh vanilla, linen scent.

Cocoa, chocolate, light fruity grape note, almost like chocolate covered Turkish delight.

Rich, somewhat syrupy body within a light bubbly coating. Like cocoa dusted fruit jellies.

Got on wish beer, this brew is a winner. Based on reasons based in my description above, this one is different from others in the style and must be tried. Drank June 1st, 2016.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thankyou to PhilHyde for this beer. Pours an opague black. Extremely thick creamy light brown heading. Tremendous ringlets of lacing all the way to the last sip.

Smell is outstanding.Whiffs of roasted malt,chocolate,brown suagr aroma.

Taste is awesome. Again a heavy roasted malt taste.There is a heavy brown sugary smack quickly after the beer has wandered the palate. Subtle touching of hotter alcohol. Subtle bitter bite in the finish.

Mouth super smooth,with a medium body and an amazing sugary kiss.

Although it is a very basic stout it is amazing. Damn I wish Deschutes was a little more available in my area. Such good stuff.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a creamy, tan, halo of head. Nose of rich coffee and cocoa nib. Smooth and rich. Flavors are rich chocolate and roasted coffee forward, with a smooth cream overlay. Very rich and roasted throughout. Smooth, creamy body, with a mocha coffee aftertaste. The finish is slow, smooth, and creamy. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Deuane
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep, light absorbing black with a huge, fluffy tan head that lasts and lasts, leaving heavy coating.

S-Hefty wafting of dark roasted malt, a bit of sweetness, chocolate and an interesting sour twang...in a good way.

T-Rich, roasted malt sweetness up-front that is cut quickly by bitter raosted twang of the roasted barley. A bit of dark chocolate and espresso. Fairly strong hop bitterness provides a nice balance for the roasted barley.

M-Meadium body with a smoothness that doesn't quit. Rich, roasty flavours linger long! Nice aftertaste punch from the hop bitterness.

D-Man! "Only" 6.4% with all of that flavour, it's made year round and "easily" accessable! Fine work by the folk at DeSchutes, this is a world class beer. IMHO, this may be one of the best "everyday" drinking stouts around.

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Photo of bfields4
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black with an nice amber hue. Large frothy mocha head that laces the glass.

Espresso roasted malts rule the smell. faint hint of dark fruits.

Light nice roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso there's a nice smokiness and even a lite hop bite. All the flavor of a big boy packed into a 6.4%

Smooth and creamy. Light and utterly drinkable. This could def become my new stout of choice.

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Photo of 321jeff
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black with two fingers of mocha colored head. Leaves some nice sticky lacing as it fades to a thin layer.

Aroma is fairly mild yet complex. A nice mix of chocolate, coffee, some molasses and what seems to be a citrus hop profile as well.

Taste begins with some chocolate up from and moves on to some bitter roast coffee and some molasses. There is also a very slight citrus sweetness in the background. Great flavor, balanced and consistent.

Fairly thick in body with plenty of prickly carbonation. Very smooth all the way through. Overall, a very well balanced and enjoyable stout that I would love to make a part of my regular rotation. Definitely lives up to the hype of being one of the best stouts out there.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 7 Sep 15
12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 11/02/15

Been many years, since I've last had this brew.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger creamy light tan head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice chocolate/toffee notes, nice sweetness, Medium body, slightly dry/bitter finish. Overall, for the price/abv, one of the best American Stout's made, I believe.

A - Pours a dark brown color, nice dark tan creamy head, nice carbonation, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, toffee/chocolate.

T - The taste is kinda sweet/malty, with some nice toffee accents.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. An very tasty stout from Deschutes, highly recommended.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark, used motor oil black with a creamy, dense, two-finger dark tan head. Head stays intact nearly to the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind an intricate web of lacing.

S - Big smell of chocolate malt, plum and earthy hops.

T - Big and chocolaty upfront. The body strikes a great balance between chocolate malty flavors and earthy hops with some dark fruit and carmalized sugar notes in the background. More hop presence as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a bitter chocolate and carmalized sugar finish.

M - Thick bodied with moderate carbonation. I found the beer to be substantially creamy, but nearly as satisfying as Black Butte.

Given that this beer's sister, Black Butte porter, has the highest ranking of all the beers I've reviewed this far, I had high expectations for this beer. They were met. While obsidian doesn't push the envelope too much and the mouthfeel can't quite match Black Butte, it is one hell of a beer. Despite being over two years old, this stout remained delicious and had substantial head retention and lacing. At around $6.50 for a sixth of this in Oregon, it is the perfect camping beer during my annual northwest roadtrip and the geologist in me can't help but love the name.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just returned to this after trying it about a year ago. It is much better than I had remembered (my palate has changed too). I always thought of it as a good stout but I think this is one of the best "easy to get" stouts on the market. Year-round and available in most states.
L- Inky black body with a khaki head on it, head didn't stick around for too long and not a lot of lacing.
S- Coffee, dark chocolate, burnt barley grain, marshmallow and I get a little bit of dark fruit.
T- Big black coffee, semi-sweet dark chocolate, creamy marshmallow sweetness to balance out the bitterness, dark fruit and because I have marshmallows on my mind the sweet toasted barley is coming off like graham crackers.
F- Thick but not a sludgy body, a decent amount carbonation for the style (would love to try this on nitro!)
O- A top notch stout. Huge value, and a stellar representation of a bold american stout.

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Photo of pkalix
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

well, dark as heck, super dark brown. no head, but it was an easy pour. I think there is a lot to lose with vigorous pours regarding taste.
smell is typical stout properties: vague chocolates and coffee, vanillas and earthiness...
thick on the palate, I get the same as in the nose. rather subdued but very standard. very decent. very surprised I haven't had this one before.
nice chocolate milk head on top after a second, more vigorous pour. very nice...
overall, very good for a standard, easy to find stout. a little heavier than I expected but very good. for standards, I really like Firestone's Velvet Merlin.... inexpensive and very good and refreshing!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

one of the best stouts out, period. pours the thickest creamiest black coffe color with a frothy mocha head an inch and a half tall. milkshake texture. smells rich and roasty, and even a little bitter. flavor is great, some deep espresso notes, but nothing overpowering. again a slight bitterness in the finish. mouthfeel is gold, thick and creamy without being heavy. this is extremely sessionable. everything is in perfect poportion here, i imagine the nitrotap makes this one even better than its bottled version. silky buttery glory on this stout. as good as it gets

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deschutes Obsidian has a flavor, a texture, and overall character that rolls across the palate like a red carpet. It is one of the most solid, reliable stouts a beer fan could hope for. Replete with a rounded flavor profile and notes of coffee and mocha, it is also artfully restrained. Obsidian never attempts to overwhelm the senses, merely to engage their more lavish sensibilities.

My pilgrimage to Bend to finally drink this nectar at the source was rewarded with a beer whose drinkability handily matched its reputation, and Obsidian has an enduring and laudable history. It’s been winning awards in national and international competitions for many years. But in my excruciatingly humble opinion, the biggest award of all is to win my personal favor. And frankly, I’ve been drinking this beer for years and it’s never let me down.

When served on nitro, the head is a compact light tan. I’ve never actually tried to float a dime on it, but I keep thinking it’s a distinct possibility; it’s that dense. The body is full, uncompromised, and black and tosses out a delicate roasty aroma.

The Deschutes Brewery Brew Pub could serve this a few degrees warmer to achieve full effect. I don’t usually mind waiting for a beer to reach ideal serving temperature, but Obsidian does command a bit of impatience. Once warmed, the aroma and flavor grow more thoroughly alive with just a splash of sherry in the nose and a broader complexity of roasted grains.

This is a very easy beer to hoist. Its refinement and genteel balance make it an ideal candidate to serve to friends among us who otherwise claim to be repelled by those more brazen and thunderous stouts whose taste profiles shun restraint. Obsidian is never so overpowering as to be offensive, while still every bit a world class pour. It remains one of the best overall non-specialty stouts in the west.

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Photo of ReebShorts
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours very dark brown to black in color, nice thick sticky brown head, lacing throughout.

Aroma of Coffee, Cocoa, Vanilla, cherry (maybe raspberry)...

This is a big stout, lotsa flavor here, with a nice hop bite at back to close it out. Not to say there is a lot of hop here, but just enough, very well balanced.

Creamy mouthfeel, tasty, great nightcap, dessert material. Actually a few of these would be a nice meal in itself. This brewery has yet to dis-appoint, another top notch selection from Deschutes.

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Photo of wedge
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black crowned with a generous head of dense bubbly creaminess that coats the glass well. Aromas of roasty, smoky malts, coffee, caramel, malted milk balls, berries, and hops. Delicious hoppy stout flavor...bittersweet chocolate, char, slight fruity yeast character. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, finishing a bit dry. Excellent stout!

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Photo of Khad
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes hit another one out of the park!

This was a bottle poured into a stout glass. The appearance is superb! That nice dark ruby color with a mocha head just looks delicious. As far as the smell, it's certainly not bad but you definitely pick up plenty of alcohol, maybe a little coffee something along the lines of an Italian roast. The smell certainly isn't bad but would lead you to believe this beer might be harsh on the palate, but it's not. As far as the mouth-feel just perfect. Nice creamy, no serious carbonation and what is there works well. As far as taste, wow! It's all there, everything you'd expect. The first wave is some NOT so subtle barley, with some NOT so subtle malt but then some subtle dark chocolate and a slight punch of that Italian roast coffee. It all balances amazing with a relatively high alcohol content, so be careful. Just a remarkable Stout with amazing balance and exceptional "craftsmanship" or call it whatever you'd like...just very well done!

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Photo of vegantreats
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer marks the second time this month I have gone to smell a beer and have sent beer into my nose, guess I get too excited!
Poured darkly dark with some pretty brownish foam!
Wow!Notes of wetness..wait sorry. Seriously though, notes of darkly roasted malts with just a notion of sweet chocolate.
Nice roasted taste.
This beer was exciting to drink. It felt like the immage one would have of a kid in a candy store in their mind if they didn't mind thining about kids in candy stores.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Black as used motor oil. Dense, tan, foamy head. Big stickage. Handsome.

Smell - Chocolate. Booze.

Taste - Chocolate. Espresso. Malt. Alcohol. A bit sweet. The afore-mentioned flavors are prominent but the hops play an important role, too.

Mouth - Fizzy. Bitter. Wow!

Overall - This is one big, ballsy brew. Delicious! Not for the timid. Like Sierra Nevada, Deschutes can do no wrong.

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Photo of warnerry
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 10/16/11; consumed 8/26/11

W -Pours black with three finger brown head that settles to half a finger. Leaves small amount of lacing.

S - Loads of chocolate and roasted malts, along with some nice coffee and a noticeable hop presence.

T - Luxurious chocolate, mostly bittersweet with a bit of milk chocolate, and deep roasted malts. Nice bitter hop presence in the middle. Mostly roasted malt on the finish. Excellent flavor profile.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not overly thick. With lively carbonation and an earthy and bitter finish.

O - An excellent stout. Maybe too much hop presence for some, but it worked for me.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered from Liquid Solutions,served in a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap. Best by 9/07/07

Blackish brown with a dense creamy tan head several inches tall. Good retention leaving sticky lace down the glass.

Moderate malt nose,sweet carmell.peat,roasty,cocoa, with a light burnt/chard aroma and some dark fruity notes. Very easy and inviting nose.

Clean taste roasty,light chocolate,coffee nice malty taste Finishes with a nice,sharp,mouthwatering bitterness leave a chocolate mocha taste lingering. Very good balance and easy to drink.
Mouthfeel was smooth,juicy,tangy.

Remined me almost of a dark lager. Like the 3 Dechutes beers i've have all were very drinkable,every day drinkable. Would always keep some in the fridge if avalible locally. Not extreme beers very solid and all well done.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 5/28/09 but I don't think it's suffered much in the past few days.

It pours into the curvy sam adams glass with very dark brown, nearly black, color and thick tan head. The head sticks around better than just about anything out there and leaves lacing all over.

Aroma is really exceptional too. It has lots of great roasty coffee and dark chocolate while still remaining pretty sweet. There's a bit of hops that I believe add some earthy quality.

Flavor is mostly like the smell with great roasted coffee and dark malts. There is quite a bit of dark chocolate and lesser amounts of toffee and burnt nuts. Despite all of the bitter flavors from dark malt and hops, it remains well-balanced with a good amount of sweetness both up front and on the end.

Mouthfeel seems a little thin but that might just be because the flavor is so big, I expect fuller body. The carbonation is too high for me as well. I would want this to be more creamy and silky.

Drinkability is good but it could be better if the mouthfeel was improved.

Overall it's a great example of the style. I can only imagaine it would be exceptional all-around if it was served on nitro.

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Photo of Stigs
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours a solid inch+ of tight frothy, dark khaki colored foam, already leaving a sturdy layer of lace around the glass as it slowly falls. the beer is pretty much pitch black, with a seemingly healthy amount of carbonation.

S - starts off with a huge whiff of dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, some dark milk chocolate, healthy amount of earthy hops, burnt toast...big bold and impressive.

T - whoa, starts off quite a bit sweeter than expected. some dark fruits come into play, very ripe plums, before the bitter roasted malts take over. slightly burnt coffee is present throughout. picking up healthy amounts of toasted coconut that plays nicely with some mild mlk chocolate. finishes with dark chocolate and bold earthy hops. excellent balance between sweet and bitter. lovely.

M - medium bodied and just a tad hot on the carbonation, but nothing that letting it sit for a few minutes doesnt take care of. crisp flavors but also a tad oily.

D - one of, if not my favorite American Stout. bold where it needs to be, and graceful in all the right places. has all the elements of a wonderfully crafted beer. cheers to Deschutes for this one.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark coffee black color.

S- Smell of roasted malts brings out a coffee hint and hops and sweet caramel smell from the wort.

T-Hops and malts bringing out a bitter coffee note. And the wort bring a caramel note sweet.

M- Creamy and smooth to the pallet strong robust malts brings out coffee notes and hops bring a well balance flavor.

D- Very good beer. Tasty and good smell. Well balance flavor.

Cheers...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade, poured into Southern Tier tulip.

Pours very dark black, with a one inch mocha head. Small globs of lacing down the glass.

Smells roasty and chocolatey, with a little bit of licorice and vanilla.

The tastes are pretty similar, lots of dark, bitter chocolate, mild smoke, vanilla, and some great roastiness. The best part about this stout is that the flavors all meld into a singular beast- no one flavor is beating you over the head, the flavors are well integrated. One of the most drinkable stouts in the US.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, relatively dry finish for an American stout.

Amazing stout, makes me wish we got Deschutes here in New York.

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Photo of peabody
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really black and clear with 1/2 finger of tan suds that quickly dissapate.Swirlling reveals lots of lacing.
Smell is black coffee and sugar. Malty dark hot chocolate. Not much else but it is such a sweet prominent aroma.
Taste is bitter coffee at first because of the aroma ,then the sugary malt comes into play quickly leaving and being replaced by the black sharp bitterness that slowly falls back into a malty sweetness. This one is complex as all get out.
I rate this higher than the Victory Storm King because of the blackness upfront. Both are excellent though. Each is so different.
This one is so Black though. I like a nice malty blackness and this one serves me right.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.
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