Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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:
1,140
Ratings:
3,843
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
567
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811
For Trade:
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Photo of Premo88
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
(best by 8/29/17)

L: black-and-tan standard, pushes up thick sticky head of tan foam at least an inch tall off a mediumish pour; brew looked clear coming out of the bottle -- I don't have enough light to confirm, and it's black once it's piled into the glass; some lacing off a tight collar of tan foam, not a lot, way more stick than lace; early on the carbonation tickles the surface with about 30-50% of a skin

S: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, pine, grapefruit ... the malt notes open, the hop notes follow, and the combination at times smells like red wine

T: chocolate, dark chocolate, pinch of coffee/espresso, vanilla, hop-bite in the aftertaste ... pine and tropical fruit flavor with an earthy bitterness that lingers and tames some of the sweetness off the dark malt; as it warms and you get into the glass, burnt wood starts showing up more and more ... toasted oak at first and it goes from toasted to charred as you drink

F: middleweight (light middleweight) and on the flatter side compared to the average, but it's not flat ... in fact, the carbonation is still producing a bit of skin and collar, but it's very ... let's say "soft" carbonation; works for the style just fine

O: I put off trying this for WAY too long ... super tasty and a near-perfect combination of big dark-malt flavors and West Coast-style hops without being too much of anything; the way the char-wood flavor begins showing up and mixing in is fantastic, good oaky flavor; I bought just a single bottle but will buy more soon -- it's a great edition of the genre and going into my year-round rotation ... so, so tasty

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Photo of jwilcox767
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a dark, but translucent, black/brown. Mild amount of mocha colored head.
S-coffee, roasted malt/barley.
T-coffee, lots of it. Bitterness it's pretty up front. Doesn't seem that well balanced.
M-thin, plenty of carbonation
O-not my favorite by any means, I think the deal breaker was how thin and bitter it was. Dumped half of it out, not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Deschutes single-serve bottle

The look is classic stout in spades. Almost black and perfectly opaque with a fabulous foamy mottled tan and brown head. The head quickly dissipates. If there is one quibble, it's that the lacing is fairly non-existent.

Aromas of roasted, almost burnt, barley, giving way to strong coffee (but not chocolate) notes and faint solvent alcohol. The aroma is very forward and present--but not overpowering, just not subtle.

The flavor is a fine extension of its nose. Sweet malts are there at the first sip on the tip of the tongue, but they are very quickly balanced by roasted grain, bitter coffee, and faint chocolate. Maybe a touch overbalanced to the bitter and burnt flavors, but not offputting--only a personal taste issue. Just a hint of booze and hops at the finish.

For what is a pretty "stout" take on the style, it has a remarkably light mouthfeel. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a pretty solid stout.

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Photo of ofYYC
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a dark brown that sits an opaque black in the glass, with a small, foamy head, similar in appearance to a freshly pulled espresso. Aroma of mocha is vaguely reminiscent of dog food (in a good way, if that makes sense). Dark and black taste is unmistakably reminiscent of coffee. Plenty of hops in there as well, an unsurprisingly bitter profile. What does surprise is how easy it is to drink, despite the bitterness. Flavors are balanced, with a smooth feel in the mouth that finishes quite well. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of Ferretferret
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant beer, but, outdone by its nitro counterpart. The bitterness of the CO2 seems to interfere with the bitterness of the coffee flavor. If you enjoy your coffee black, this might be for you; I do, sometimes, but, again, the bitterness does compound.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a heavily dark dark brown/black and is thick like motor oil upon looking at it. The head is a coffee/caramel color, and upon the pour it is of a thick patchy nature....plenty of large bubbles! Much too hard to see what is happening with the carbonation but the lacing is quite nice, with lots of foamy goodness clinging to the side of the glass!

S- Plenty of malty mocha chocolate happening here, with hints of oily dark roast black coffee, toffee, dark roast malt, yeast, cream and hints of dry grainy hop bitterness on the finish....overall this is a very well balanced, if not just slightly dusty, smelling Stout!

T- Very nice flavors that follow the aromas well, with lots of refreshing cocoa, coffee, toffee sweetness, burnt toast character, Earth, Espresso and a finish that is clean, dry and just slightly bitter but it definitely a well balanced flavor profile!

M/O- Medium bodied, with reasonably smooth carbonation overall. I find this to be a highly drinkable stout and very well balanced overall. I find this to be a top example of what a stout proper should be, and I will definitely purchase this again!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It smells like chocolate, coffee, grain and spice with nothing harsh or burnt. There is just a hint of cinnamon. A deep dark brown liquid fills the glass as bubbles stream to the surface moderately fast and is crowned by a 1" lacy and persistent dark tan cap. The flavor reminds me of Mexican chocolate without the grit. It has chocolate and spice, some cinnamon, mildly sweet balanced by a chocolate coffee bitterness. A slight tang balances the initial sweetness as the beer dries out slightly as it finishes. The body is medium full and the carbonation is medium high but very soft and creamy.

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Photo of Riff
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black color with a light tan head about a finger thick. Smells of roasted malts, molasses, and chocolate. Tastes of roasted malts, semi-dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and a little hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body leaning more towards medium with some carbonation to it. The carbonation is about the only knock, it's a little much than I'd like in a stout. Overall, solid easy drinker that I'd happily buy again.

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

12 oz bottle. Dark black pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Malty chocolate goodness in the nose. Starts a touch sweet, then coffee, bitter chocolate and just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Excellent.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter

Black brown liquid. Brown frothy, bouncy one finger foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of espresso, chocolate and roasted malts

Espresso taste over roast malts

Mouthfeel is fuzzier than I like in a stout

Good stout

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An excellent stout. Blackish color with a small tan head. Goes down really smooth. Taste of roasted malts and overall simply irresistable and would be great on a nice summer day

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Among the best, if not THE Best stout i have had.
Chocolate-y, without being sweet.
Mellow flavor that does not overpower, without bite, making it easy to drink. like a more traditional flavor.
Nice dark color, thick brown head. Smell is subtle, pleasant roast.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a simple black with a large mocha head. The aroma features chocolate, mild coffee, cream, and oddly, yogurt. The flavor is also dominated by chocolate, with coffee, a moderate sweetness, and some green flavors as well, maybe even mint. The mouthfeel is relatively thin, clean,a and low in carbonation. Overall this is a nice classic stout, nothing showy, and somewhat thin, but very tasty, and easy to drink more than one in a sitting.

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

From a bottle poured into a stout/porter glass. Nice dark tan head that dissipates quickly to a small ring. Toffee and chocolate on the nose. That continues on the palate with some coffee and tobacco following. Doesn't drink too heavy. Quaffable. Great beer !

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

-in duvel glass. best by 09.25.16. consumed 01.25.17. warmed to 45-47c.

A: Deep inky black exit from the bottle was viscose. A dark and frothy leathery colored head sits atop with a moderate rate of retention. Small speckled lace band.

S: Freshly roasted coffee beans and softly charred wood. A deep and rich sense of dry chocolate moves in with light hints of cocoa-alcohol. Really smooth sense of chocolate-coffee roastiness lingers on.

T: Rich roasty flavor, freshly grounded coffee beans and charred wood with some roasted pine. A bittering blast of burnt chocolate, dry campfire minerality and silty ash. Big blast of roasted charred flavor and dry vanilla finish out.

M: Medium-full body, roasted warmth on inner cheeks, quiet carbonation, viscose feel.

O: Bittering and dark roasted nature, nice presentation and aroma followed by a big flavor and hearty mouthful. outstanding try.

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Photo of LeRose
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured black and thick, about a half inch of rapidly falling head leaving a few bubbles rafting happily on top.

The smell is incredible. Espresso, chocolate, raspberry like tea, and I think a hint of tobacco.

The taste is easy going initially, a little chocolate and coffee and the raspberry note floating over it all. Then it builds in intensity, growing more coffee-like with an underlayment of sweetness, definite presence of dark malts followed by a sharp, intense bitterness that fades quickly. There is a lingering combo of the lighter fruit and tobacco. Wonderful surprise there.

The texture is delightful. It is silky and smooth, leaving a little chalky residue after the taste finishes. Low on the carbonation, not quite as thick as it looked on the pour but medium to heavy body. What a fabulous stout! Highly recommended.

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Photo of DallasK
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with no head or lacing. Nose is of chocolate as the bottle suggests. Taste is roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate. Slight bitterness. Low/moderatw carbonation. At 8.99 a sixer Obsidian is a value stout.

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Photo of matcris
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a finger+ of chocolate head that sticks around and leaves a fair lacing down the glass. Nice full deep roasted malt, dark chocolate, earthy, and dark bread crust in the flavor as well as the aroma. A bit creamy up front and then it dries up up on the finish. I need another swig. Slightly below average carbonation, thick and rich body, like a founders porter. Not quite to the charred taste but quite dark roasted. Just a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a luscious pitch black color with a creamy tan head and a few fingers of lacing on the glass, a very inviting looking stout.

S: Open with aromas of dark chocolate, and a strong bitter espresso flavor, some dark roasted malt, and char follow in the background. Very little hop presence. A slight bit of fruit in the nose.

T: A strong dark chocolate, with a strong bitter espresso flavor, dark roasted malt, and char follow in the background. A slight bit of fruit, and very little hop presence. The bitterness is slightly strong on this beer but other than that it is a really nice stout.

F: Very smooth and creamy and full body.

O: The bitterness in the taste is a little strong compared to the rest of the beer, but otherwise this is a fantastic stout.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a very nice 1" tan foam and tons of lacing. Smells wonderful, full of chocolate, malt, and coffee. The taste is smooth and balanced, full on chocolate, malty coffee, and a little toasted nut. There is a mild alcohol finish with some bitter chocolate flavors. Overall a very nice finish and excellent holiday beer.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark black beer with a tan head. Smells of sweet chocolate and some coffee. The flavor has both bitter dark chocolate and some sweet milk chocolate along with more coffee, burnt sugar, and some dark fruit. Also relatively light for a stout which is great. One of my favorite stouts out there.

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Photo of whynot44
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black brew with a nice off-white head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is dark roasted malt, mild coffee, hints of chocolate and slightly sweet.

The taste is along the same lines, lots of rich roasted malt up front, a bit of coffee and chocolate with some fruitiness - raisins or plums, with a touch of earthy hops, complex but nicely balanced and very drinkable.

Medium bodied, creamy smooth, easy to drink.

Altogether, this is a very enjoyable stout, not too heavy but very tasty.

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

dark pour with a tanish brown head, good retention and lacing. notes of earthy bitter chocolate, leather, dark roasty malts, hint of espresso and char, hops providing a nice level of bitterness.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This most excellent stout pours
a deep coal black with a fantastic head of light brown foam that subsides
to a thick layer with excellent lacing. Nose of subtle cocoa, moderate coffee,
roasted malts, and subtle cream laden char. Flavors exceed the nose with
rich coffee and bakers chocolate with subtle char, light cream on the rear
mingling with subtle herbal hops for balance, and light notes of dark fruit
on the back. Very nice mouth feel; smooth, rich, lightly creamy, and loaded
with dark roasted malt notes. Overall a sensational stout from an excellent brewery.

Cheers

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Photo of kitch
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a best before date of 30th January 2017, poured into a Spiegelau Stout glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a big frothy three fingered mocha brown head with pretty good retention and great lacing.

Aroma: Light roasty, milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of raspberries.

Taste: Sweet-ish milk chocolate, a touch of dark fruit with a bitter roast coffee bean and espresso finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to light bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall: An easy to drink Stout with nice chocolate and coffee notes.

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