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:
1,130
Ratings:
3,811
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
566
Gots:
806
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 1,130 | Ratings: 3,811
Photo of scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks nateberger... you da man for this part of a twelver hook-up.

The color is as the name implies, obsidian black. Brown head that recedes very quickly to a light ring. The aroma is super roasted malts, French roasted coffee, some burnt malts, and a few pecans to sniff. The taste starts with burnt and bitter malts and a combo, English like but still heavy hopping that makes for an overall complex bitterness throughout the entire palate.
Burnt and heavy roasted malts. Maybe even some smokey malts. Hints of vanilla and mocha liek sweetness for this dark stout. I could drink a ton of this these deepite the abv. and the heavy palate. This beer is so chock full of flavor, i could drink thsi till I burst.

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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 DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IntriqKen was kind enough to send this along as an extra in Double Trouble GIF. Thanks Ken!

Very dark, faint chestnut edges with a fluffy, dark tan head. Plenty of lacing and good head retention. Nice aroma! A mix of roast, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, biscuity malt and a hint of licorice. The flavour's top notch as well. Along with the solid roastiness, there's a lot of anise throughout. Notes of bittersweet chocolate and light fruit round things out. Moderate to low bitterness. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation and a silky texture. Great stout with a nice balance of flavours. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle says this beer is as black as the volcanic obsidian rock for which it is named. I don't see it as quite that dark as some rays of light do indeed get through this brew. (Bring on the spectrophotometer!) It IS very close to black however. It has a nice creamy brown head that laces the glass very nicely as I drink. Very nice coffee and mocha on the nose. This beer tastes wonderful. Beautiful coffee bean and chocolate tones present. A nice subdued bitterness coming from the roasted malt. Smooth and velvety. This is truly a great stout.

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

Thanks to grub for sharing this bottle, its a treat!

Pours a very opaque black, red edges, thin tan head, settles to a nice ring, lace spots on the glass, looks like a stout. Smell is sweet, toffee and chocolate, some dark fruits, licorice, bit of spice, very malty, the fruitiness adds a different touch. Taste is sweet, chocolate and licorice through the middle, some roast, cherries, toffee, bit of a weak finish but nice flavours in the beginning. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, nice smooth stout. Very drinkable. Thanks Russ!

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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 cbutova
4.17/5  rDev -1%

Reviewed at Big Meadow Campground, Shenandoah National Park, VA. Full notes taken.

A- Pitch black pour out of the bottle to a chalice. A dark mocha brown crown of cream tops the beer to over a finger with great retention and thick consistency. Massively thick sheet at the top followed by

S- Rich chocolate notes right off the top with big roast aromas as well. Dark fruits bring a bit of a truffle feel with earthy hops chiming in too.

T- For below 8% it delivers a lot of roast malty flavors. Thick dark chocolate and baking cocoa, darkly roasted cereal grains, coffee hints and slight caramel. Other notes of dark red fruits, raisin, earthy hops, slight citrus and pine hops.

MF- Medium to thick bodied with a fairly chewy, creamy texture. Roast bitterness lingers on the back end of a medium high carbonation. Quite smooth.

Packs a lot of punch for a standard Stout. Smooth and flavorful chocolate and roast richness with the convenience of only being 6.4%.

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

Bottle opened on 2.4.13
Best By 03/25/13

A - Pours a dark brown with a huge foamy brown head with great retention.

S - Lots of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

T - Coffee, then nutty, some sweet chocolate and coffee again.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Perfectly balanced and simple, but right.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bim bam, it doesn't look better than this. Jet black. Smell isn't overpowering, as you'll soon find, this beer hides its alcohol presence extremely well behind a wall of deep burnt malt. But whoa, there's some zippy hoppiness in there. Cascades for sure I'd guess. For sure I'd guess? Meh.

That deep taste of chococoffee never fades, it becomes even more drinkable throughout the bottle. While I've had other Deschutes stuff that at times tastes inconsistent, I've had numerous Obsidian Stout's in various forms, and never, ever has any of them been anything short of magnifique!

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Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black/brown pour with a creamish colored head. Real nice roast malt aromas, some mocha. Flavors mimic the aroma. Roast malt and chocolate up front, finishes with good coffee bitterness. Roast coffee lingers. Drinkable, solid medium body. Real nice brew, the first I've had from Deschutes.
Side note, their bottles have some nice ornamentation.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle; Best By: 03/11/14
A - black colored ale with a frothy light brown head that holds excellent retention and leaves chunky lacing sown the glass
S - rich aroma of chocolate, roasted barley, creamed coffee
T - robust, baker's chocolate, french roast coffee, semi-bitter, roasted barley, ashy; excellent balance
M - creamy but a bit resiny, medium-to-full body, finishes a bit smoky with roasty bitterness lingering
O - excellent robust American stout! Instant favorite of mine for the style.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for largadeer for sending me a bottle of this from my favorite West Coast brewery.

I read some of the reviews that mentioned hops; hops? This was a malt bomb in my mouth. Malts were piled higher & thicker than Mississippi sediment. Normally not my thing, but these didn't appear to be lager-level malts, but gave the beer a rich, deep feel to it. The depth of the malts give Obsidian a fairly unique taste to me, & one that was easy to drink by Stout standards.

Good beer. I'd drink it again, happily.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle thanks to Colby, served in my Narke tulip. Review # 1200, tick beer #98 of the new crappy top beers list...An 11pm black pour, dark throughout. A light tan head that rises about three fingers, average retention but really nice think lacing, almost covers the whole glass...An aroma of roasted coffee and a little smoke. Not sweet malts at all but this is really nice, almost perfect roastiness very light sweet chocolate on the very back...The taste is shockingly sweet. The roastiness is gone, replaced by a very sweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla and dark fruits. A touch to sweet especially for the low abv but its totally 180 in taste is fun and refreshing...A light palate easy to drink.

A low abv stout that is super easy to drink and tasty. An A+ Englishish stout that you could just crush all day. Wasn't expecting much but this is a great one.

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good. Served a little cold with a smallish taan head and a bit of lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is roast, malt, molasses, licorice, bit of honey and dark ripe fruit. Flavor's like nose, muted, fairly dry, toast, carbonic tang, and bitter up front, in fact it's all up front. Body is great, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, a bit long, and also a bit boozy. Good drinkin' stout.

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

Pitch black colour with a small tan head. It dissipates fairly quickly to a thin tan film over the top.

Earthy and roasty are the first things that come to mind in the aroma. There's a light sweetness as well. Moderate hops.

Mild malty sweetness teamed up with a nice hoppiness and some roast character. Not as full on as I expected.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

This is a tasty stout with plenty of flavour and a nice hop character too.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -5%

This is an ultra black, thick brew. Tan head with a decent lace. Grain and a touch of smoke and coffee in the smell. Firm bitterness in the taste. Some underlying thick smoothness. Bitter and powerful. Excellent brew.

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Photo of champ103
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. A tan head rises to over two fingers. Rings of sticky spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Sweet roasted malt up front. Semi astringent and mineral aroma. Hops linger towards the end.
T: A malty and sugary sweetness up front. A light roasted flavor comes out next with some bitter chocolate. Bitter hops linger a bit to much for my tastes (for a stout anyway).
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Surprisingly thin and and watery. Not hard to drink, but I would not make this a session.

A decent stout. Not as much roasted malt as I thought there was going to be, and there are two different bitter flavors that are at odds with each other (one from the chocolate, and one from the hops). This is worth a try, but not one of there better beers.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6-pack in Vegas as it's not currently distributed to OH. The beer is completely opaque black, with a thin but resilient tan foam. The aroma has plenty of good things going on, dark roasted malt with toasty bread and a hint of cacao. The taste is slightly sweet initially, a little bitter or burnt flavor at the backend. The roasted malts come through big time. All in all a very good stout, one I could easily recommend to anyone.

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

Huge thank you to DraftCaskBC for making this one just appear on my doorstep last night!

Appearance. Pours a deep, deep brown with two finger of dark tan head that fades pretty quick but what's left leaves some nice bands of lace.

Smell. Dark roasty malts and bakers chocolate. Some vanilla and light roasted coffee as well.

Taste. Roasty malts and again, bakers chocolate. A little vanilla and wood with ssome grassy hops. A little nice roasty coffee in the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with a below medium amount of carbonation.

Overall. Great stout. Had this on tap during a beerfest but didn't remember it being so nice. (And that's why I don't review after more than a couple!)

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black, color with a small tan colored head of one finger height. The head has a decent level of retention fading over a moderate amount of time to leave a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a coffee smell mixed with a nice showing of a roasty smell and a little bit of cream like aroma. Along with these smells comes a light caramel sweetness and a little bit of a burnt toast smell, giving a very nice deep and dark strong expresso like smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins as the nose would suggest with a whole lot of roasted malt and a strong showing of coffee. Upfront there is a bit of a caramel sweetness which seems to fade as the taste advances. While the caramel fades, other sweeter flavors of a light vanilla and sweet crème flavor come to the tongue. These remain lighter overall keeping the taste on the drier side. More and more roast and coffee come to the tongue at the end of the taste, where with a little bit of an earthy and char taste, end up leaving one with a nice dark and roasty coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to slightly lower for a stout of 6.4 % abv., with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thicker body and lower carbonation level may have accentuated the nice coffee and roasted flavors slightly better, but overall, the feel was OK.

Overall – This is a very nice coffee heavy flavored stout with tons of roasty and dark flavors. The taste and aroma are nearly spot on, with the only thing holding it back a bit being its moderate mouthfeel. Even with that said, I must say this is a nice, more moderate in abv. stout overall .

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a pint glass the beer was a dark black color with a small tan head. There was a bit of lace.

Roasted malt aroma, coffee and chocolate.

The taste improved on the aroma. Espresso/chicory/burned coffee. A little bit of chocolate.

Nice mouthfeel. I liked that charred, burned sensation. Chocolate took a back seat in this beer.

Very enjoyable!

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Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a treat this one is!!! Man I love good stouts!!! This has is jet black in color with the smallest of lace around the edges...a nice burnt roast malt on the nose along with some soft java notes...a sweet creamy texture in the mouth...full bodied...great roasted malt flavor with a sweet finish...hops are unnoticable...very easy drinking stout with some character....one of the better ones available..

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark black with a decent tan head. The smell was roasty but subdued. The taste was also standard stout to me: roasty, no hops, good , dark, smooth.this was a nice beer but I don;t think it should be in the top 100.

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

The most beauteous thing in the world is“Stout” setting in its “Chalice”, that magnificent ebony color crowned by a thick head all chocolate brown, frothy and the left over lace a nice sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has the delightful aroma of toasted grains, Starbucks coffee and bittersweet chocolate, sweet and inviting, as is the malt-laden start with the top thick and chewy. Finish has a spicy hop bite, moderately acidic, bittersweet chocolate dry and a real treat to the palate and a top notch “Stout” in my book.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks MADhomebrewer!

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter. pours a watery black, but settles rich. very generous creamy tan foamy head. sticky lacing. looks great.

s - roasted malts with some coffee bitterness. kind of creamy and a touch smoky. mostly roasted malts.

t - very classic. great roasted malt with some bittery backer's chocolate. some burnt stuff.

m - creamy and smooth. carbonation is light. leaves a cooling feel. bitter. little tingly. super creamy.

o - overall great stout. classic to style. wish this was local as i'd have it regularly.

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4.21 out of 5 based on 3,811 ratings.
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