Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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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Photo of stcules
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in color. One finger of a beautiful light brown head. Good stout appearance.
Roasted malt in the smell, light, very smooth.
The taste is quite intense, of a robust stout, with a good amount of roasted malt.
Some coffee notes here and there.
Very drinkable, smooth.
Good, but not exceptional.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

overall a good dark Stout. Poured from standard twelve ounce bottle into glass, first impression (this time, I've had it before and liked it):

darker than you realize when simply drinking out of bottle. nearly black, held to light and couldn't really see any level of light shining through, with dark brown head, thin and dissipated fairly quickly, though left enough on top to leave a residue on the glass as I drink it down. dark enough that I only see light through on the edges as I tilt the glass to drink.

definitely notice the deep coffee malt smell right off the bat. I didn't notice as much of the chocolate tinge as others have, but there is a very definite malty coffee-esque aroma to it. Before drinking it, you know what you are getting yourself into. Not overly complex, mostly driven by the roasted malts.

the taste brings further credence tow hat your nose first notices; a strong roasted flavour as the malts are at the forfront, again reminding me in some ways of a dark roast coffee. The chocolate flavour came to me later, almost after swallowing it, almost in little waves. the hops come into play later in the moutful as well, leaving a slightly bitter finish, that is not unpleasant

it is a little creamy, but not as much so as other stouts I've had, enjoyable and not overwhelming. doesn't coat the mouth the way some stouts do. the hops leave a lasting bitterness at the back of the tongue (where the bitter receiving taste buds are...)

overall a drinkable beer. Dark, but not overpowering or overly filling. Something I have drunk before and will drink again.

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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 zornbeast
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Treat from Deschutes here!

A- Poured a rich dark brown, nearly black but not opaque. Darker brown head around 1/2'', good lacing.

S- Wonderful rich coffee and roasted malt aroma with hops present as well. Hints of alcohol linger, almost like RIS, very complex smell, very nice.

T- Smooth, creamy upfront with roasted and chocolate malt present throughout especially vibrant in middle. Hops add nice crisp finish and make this hoppy stout wellrounded. Wonderful flavor from start to finish.

M- Silky smooth mouthfeel, medium body. Not the lightest stout out there but this little brother to RIS is perfect for stout lovers who dont want 10+ percenters.

D- Good for style, and the smoothness helps bring it up

Amazing Flavor out of this stout, making it my new go to for stouts, happy to have access out here in hawaii...highly recommend.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.16/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:

A: Poured a very dark brown, almost black with a tan head, about half an inch thick that receded to a thin film. Almost entirely opaque. Decent lacing. 4.0

S: Very rich, chocolate, and dark roasted malts, slight coffee hints as well. Very noticeable piney hops, as well, add a clean dimension, but seem somewhat out of place. 3.0

T: Smoky, coffee flavors up front, with a nice bitter lingering. Relatively little chocolate flavor though, very subdued. Hops are very clean finishing, but are a little too much. Slightly out of balance. Bitterness definitely comes from hops. Clean finish, but just a little too hoppy. 3.0

M: Fairly thick and creamy, doesn't coat the mouth, but still isn't half bad. A little too clean though. 3.0

D: Minus being overly hopped, the beer is fairly drinkable. It wouldn't be my first choice as far as American stouts go, but it is still a very drinkable beer. 3.5

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.18/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours pitch black with 2-finger foamy, brown head. No light passes through this beast.

Smell: Milk chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts and ... [fill in the blank]. That's probably it; not too complex, but smells very rich and smooth.

Taste: A strong milk chocolate flavor followed by mocha and roasted malts makes for a smooth, rich drink. However, flavor seems to be lacking that 'pop'. There's just nothing distinct or memorable about this one. Furthermore the aftertaste is that of an ashtray.

Mouthfeel: Thick and milky with a pretty smooth aftertaste. Carbonation is a little too high. I've had better.

Drinkability: Very smooth. We were expecting something a little more challenging. We don't have any beef with this stout, however we can't see any reasons to seek it out again.

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Photo of bbothen
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into the scientifically formulated Sam Adams beer glass.

Pours a deep deep black with a nice fluffy cocoa colored head. Nice lacing left behind as well.

Smells of nice toasted/roasted malt, cocoa, & slight coffee & smoke aromas.

The taste. Toasted, roasted goodness with a nice full chocolate flavor. Nice hop bitterness in the finsih. Delicious.

Full bodied, creamy, but well carbonated.

As fas as American standard stouts go, this is my favorite.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this brew from IntiqKen because the Mets beat the Angels, Thanks Ken... Let's Go Mets!

12oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass.

L - black color with a large tan head that left good lacing.

S - roasted coffee aroma.

T - sweet roasted coffee and chocolate flavors are balanced with good bittering on the finish.

F - smooth and creamy, fantastic.

D - excellent.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Deschutes Brewery & Public House, Portland, OR.

The beer arrives with a thick, gorgeously cascading two-inch cap of unifrom custard head. Immaculate retention and thick lacing left behind a, how should I put this..."Obsidian" colored body. Volcanic glass, indeed. Roasted chocolate malts, some caramel & smoke are evident in the aroma, alongside musty, earthen hops which balance the malts quite well.

The flavor is a plethora of dark, rich coffee and chocolate, which coat the palate with a milk-like sweetness before giving way to a dark chocolate and spicy, organic hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is uber-creamy, velvety, thick-bodied, and oh so drinkable, but tends to get a little thinner as the nitrogen wears down. All in all, an excellent beer, and one I'm glad I got to try not only straight from the horse's mouth, but on Nitro-tap, too.

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Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is Deschutes best "staple" beer in my opinion. It pours a nice dark blackish color and has a thick brown head. The nose has roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee and chocolate balanced by bitter floral hops. The taste is also very roasty and sweet with a nice bitterness. Full body goes down well.

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Photo of toddhett
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with dark mocha, creamy head. Very small bubbles in the head. The beer doesn't really remain in a usual lacing pattern on the glass, it's much too creamy for that, but it still clings quite well. The head remains in a very think layer on top of the beer.

S - Not that strong (comparatively). Some fruit, espresso, and alcohol. I don't smell the chocolate that I taste

T - Very smooth. A little sweet on the front end, followed by bittersweet chocolate and then espresso. There's a little bit of bitterness on the middle and back end but not all that much (not nearly as much as, for example, the Big Eddy stout).

D - This is a tasty, but not overpowering, stout. I'd like to drink another one, but I know that would make me want to drink a third, and then... :-)

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at the Trader Joe's on Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle, WA. Reviewed 6/24/08. 12oz bottle poured into my tasting glass.

A: Dark, almost black. It's dark enough to fail the light test. My pouring method produced a thin tan head that faded leaving a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and maybe a little smoke.

T: The taste echoes the smell: roasted malts and chocolate with the coffee flavors coming across in the trailing edge.

M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Smooth feel. Could be smoother.

D: It's a stout through and through. It is easy to drink. I've shared this with friends and I hope to do so again.

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Photo of jakekohut
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of Jayjaye

Poured form a 12oz Bottle:

Poured very nicely with alot of head that settled quickly into a chocolate base....

Smelled like a stout should, coffee-chocolate and mocha hints very nice...

Tasted great with all the coffee-chocolate flavors necessary and at 6.4% this beer is very sessionable.. Excellent beer and I hope anyone who likes stouts gets to try this...

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black brew with a large foamy mocha colored head that lasts for a few minutes. An eternal half inch of foam lingers under a thick webbing of lacing.

S - A bit of coffee and faint chocolate.

T - A dark malty flavor with a bit of coffee, chicory and char. A touch of dark chocolate as well. Aftertaste is a charred bitterness with a hint of mossiness.

M - Smooth with a slight harshness from carbonation. A medium body, refreshing.

D - Pretty good. Worth a try. Worth having again. A decent stout, but far from the best.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours just a shade or two away from being completely pitch black with a nice tan head that provides some solid lacing. The aroma is dark and roasty with a good dose of coffee and chocolate. The taste is very well crafted with dark roasted malts with a good amount of roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. The drinkability of this stout is off the charts, I would love to be able to throw down a few more of these in one sitting. Overall, Obsidian Stout is a pretty damn tasty stout that is highly recommended.

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Photo of turbine2475
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Largadeer for this beer:

A - Pours opaque black with a huge mocha head that has a very good retention and dissipates leaving a moderate lace.

S - Roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee, toffee, tobacco, and a slight smoke presence.

T - Strong roasted malts and grains, some burnt woods, and mild to light coffee and chocolate. Not Bad.

M - Light for a stout but not bad. Carbonation is in good balance. Burnt nature lingers on for a while.

D - Good brew, easy to drink and a decent ABV that allows you to have several without going too out of control. Lighter aspect is welcome for a good stout to have on a hot day like today.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 08/08/08. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Black with dark brown highlights, Dense finger-thick brown head that recedes slowly, leaving some lace

S: Roast, cream, chocolate, hint of dark-roasted coffee. A mild fruity character is noticeable, along with a touch of pine hops

T: The palate opens with a juicy pine hop bite, one that works with the dark roasted malt really well. Caramel is noted mid-palate along with some chocolate, this is quite fruity. Drying on the finish with a lingering grainy and hoppy finish, this is an excellent stout.

M: Surprisingly carbonated but with a great bitter finish, this is delicious

D: Easily drinkable.

Not as well balanced as the Cadillac Mountain Stout but still delicious.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours big and black. A cocoa-colored head forms up big, going above the glass and forcing a brief stop to the pour. The rest gets slowly dripped in as the foam settles. Leaves shiny lace rings as it goes down.

Aroma - fresh roasted grain, light chocolate notes. Good resilience and quite appealing.

Taste - sweet roasted grain, a good heavy roast providing some burnt espresso bean, bitter chocolate and mild char. The char hangs on at the swallow and works with the balancing hops to move things along. The aftertaste has a burnt/bitter hop flavor to it and hangs in there for a good ten seconds or more. Ends dry and roasty, very nice.

Mouthfeel - a touch thin, well-carbonated, some well-placed smoothness to help round out the flavors.

Drinkability - not one to hoard, but I like it.

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Photo of zdk9
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black, not a great head, though I was drinking from a strangly sized goblet that I wouldn't chose for a stout (damn restaurants!). About half a finger of cocoa colored head, leaves very little lacing.

S- Roasted barley husks, slight bit of coffee, and after some warming, I can get a nice sweet orange citrus.

T- The taste really brings to mind cherries, there not really chocolate covered, or liquor filled, but just delicious cherry juice flavor. There is also some decent coffee grounds flavor. I'm liking the flavor, though I was expecting something more powerful.

M- Thinner than expected- and more importantly thinner than a stout should be- and more importantly, thinner than this stout with this flavor should be. I would really love some more creaminess to accompany the bitter roastedness of the beer.

D- Good flavor, but could use a powerboost. This is almost a session stout- the right flavors with not a lot of alcohol and fairly drinkable- granted it's a little high in alcohol for that, but hopefully that gives you a good idea of how the beer tastes.

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Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to abankovich for this fine beer.

Appearance: It's pitch black in color. There's a little light peaking through at the edges, but not much. Mocha colored head is perched atop and is about two fingers deep. It lingers for a long time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Very impressive.

Smell: The nose is dominated by roasted malts. They're very rich and enticing. Chocolate malts play a secondary role, but play their part well. Light coffee and hops are there, but buried a little by the strong malt aromas. There's a very faint smoked aroma on the tail.

Taste: Roasted malt flavors are dominant once again. It's a very nice flavor, but it's almost too strong. Chocolate malts provide a slightly sweet flavor. Coffee flavor is present, but very muted. Hops emerge and add a very welcome bite. They're stronger than the nose would suggest and give it much needed balance. It finishes dry, sweet and surprisingly bitter. No alcohol flavor is noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's thin and light bodied. It's smooth, but really could stand a thicker body. It lacks the creamy feel that would really elevate it to the next level. That being said, it's very easy to drink. At 6.4%, it's well suited for such an occasion. I could drink this all night and would be happy to do so.

Obsidian Stout's a very impressive beer. In my opinion, it'd be a little better if the roasted malts were toned down and the body were thickened a bit. But, it's packed with flavor and really is an enjoyable beer. It's been a treat. Thanks again, Adam.

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

Thanks to largadeer for this want extra!

Best by date of 3/8/08 on the 12oz bottle

Pours a dark black color with a light tan large head, very fizzy looking, leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell is very roasted, malt controlled, some coffee aroma from the roasted aspects.

Taste is strongly roasted but also has some woody burnt aspect, all malt taste with some coffee-ness, assertive carbonation, smoothness is a bit rough but decent.

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Photo of jmacdaddy2008
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First deschutes beer I have ever had.
Got a bottle in Denver from a friend along with a couple of the Abyss.
Beer poured jet black with a tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a tiny ring around the glass with bubbles
Has a good rich smell of chocolate and coffee. Let it warm a little in the snifter to see if any other smells come out...more coffee
Tastes malty with a bitter after taste might be from the coffee or hops
Decent stout very drinkable looking forward to the Abyss

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

Nitro tap at Papago, in Scottsdale, AZ. Appearance is a dark brown with an inch of tan head, leaving a thick lacing on the glass. Smells mildly of chocolate, coffee, and roasted nuts, and tastes a it smells, except for the fact that the flavors are mild compared to what I taste out of the bottle. The bartender told me it might have been put on the nitro-tap by mistake, but he wasn't sure. At any rate, it's got a silky creamy smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable, but the flavors are a notch less than I'm used to from this beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to younger35 for this one...

It pours an opaque black, slight reddish chestnut against the light at the very edge. Thick and sticky collar of foam, it coats the glass in sheets. Dry bittersweet chocolate aroma, with some light roasty notes.

Tasty, slightly dry and bittersweet chocolate with a mild dose of char. Medium-bodied, with a deep earthy roast in the aftertaste. Some mild coffee comes through too, from the residual leftovers.

Overall a really nice, sessionable stout. Clean, with strong flavors, well-rounded, everything a stout should be.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Only the slightest hints of brown around the edges. Otherwise jet black. One finger of mocha head.

S: Tons of roasted malt. Hints of chocolate. Sweetness in the back.

T: Starts off with a ton of roast with a sweet hint in the middle. Then it goes into chocolate and cocoa. Finishes sweet again with hints of chocolate.

M: Med to heavy body with a nice thick note. Slightly syrupy. Carbonation is dead on.

D: Great big beer taste without the drunken lawn mover ride to the store to get more! Seriously great beer. On nitro tap this would be sublime.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,842 ratings.
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