Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

1,123 Reviews
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

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Reviews: 1,123 | Ratings: 3,790
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blackest of all SRMs it seems this is that 10000 miles of used motor oil vibe. 1" brown head on top of that blackness of the void. Might even be darker than Abyss. Anyways, burnt chocolate malt, c hops in the aroma.

Super solid, smooth, roasty, thick but not overly, drinks pretty easy. Always consistent, this is elite American stout, nothing surprising, just consistent quality without anything being overdone or any corners cut.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into frosted pint glass. This looks incredible - jet black with an inch thick dark tan frothy head. Medium feel with a taste of chocolate and mild coffee. Just a bit lighter than an imperial. This is the perfect daily drinker (non-special event stout).

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Perfectly dark thank god it's not as cola flavored as the black butte but there is still quite a bit of cola flavor lol wtf deschutes imagine it'd go good with over cooked hash browns fried eggs and sausages

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Photo of ukwildcat1995
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark and thick pour. One inch of head, with moderate lacing throughout.

Chocolate and coffee on the nose.

The taste follows the smell, with more coffee than chocolate coming through.

Very creamy, almost like a milk stout.

I liked this very much. Just a nice balanced stout.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I decided to get off of my hop binge and try out a stout.

This beer is delicious. Very easy drinking and we'll balanced. You get a smooth beer with espresso being the prominent after taste with a great mix of bitter and sweet.

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

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Completely black in color with thick fluffy brown head, the head endures with excellent retention before slowly subsiding to small everlasting foamy crown along with plenty of refined lacing in form of ring, patch, and spot clung on the glass-side.

Dark chocolate, espresso coffee, and cocoa, these 3 scents are big and very aromatic. In the same time, roasted malt, hint of ripe fruit, and creamy note draw in adding nice mixture.

The bitterness reminding of espresso coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate and hop dominates all over but same time harmoniously rides together with an underlying sweetness proportion that is reminiscent of creamy chocolate and slightly dark breadiness. Light astringency at the end where all other flavors return and delicately wrap up together to yield immaculate finish and long-lasting aftertaste.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and active carbonation to make some crisp through the palate sensation, finish is quite dry. This beer is very tasty and nicely robust, great example and introduction to American Stout.

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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 Shippy
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a big, creamy brown head. Smell is smoky with some coffee and chocolate notes. Flavor follows similarly with smoky and ashy flavors of dark chocolate and light coffee, with some sweetness throughout. Feel is creamy but light. Overall this is a solid representation of a stout. Very malty, a bit too smoky, and the flavors are a little bit more mellow than I was expecting. Still very good, just not excellent.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Obsidian Stout, 6.4% ABV, 55 IBU. Lots of head that sticks around. Picking up alcohol nose, some coffee. Taste is slightly bitter coffee, roasted malt. Real decent stout!

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black like coal with the perfect thick tan creamy head. Aroma and taste of bitter roast grains. Coffee, chocolate immediately come to mind. Deserving of it’s score for sure. Another beauty from Deschutes.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark, very dark, black dark. With a small foam head that doesn't last long tan in color, and sits around the edge of the glass.

Smells dark, like chocolate, maybe roasted chocolate.

Tastes of a dark chocolate with a bitterness in the likes of coffee int he aftertaste. Slight "bite" to it.

Nice mild carbonation making it smooth to drink.

Overall, quality stout, and I don't care much for stouts. Adding this to the list of the few that I like.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black color with creamy tan head. Nose coffee heavy, with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste espresso with bitter chocolate and a little happiness. Finish lingering like morning cup of coffee. Very drinkable stout.

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Photo of mlockman
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Now THIS is the kind of intensity of flavor I was expecting from Black Butte Porter! Intense bitterness really overshadowed the malt profile of this beer, but without hop-flavor being immediately apparent; rather, the malt and hops of this beer work in concert to provide an intense and complex flavor followed by a dry finish.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Anchor steam glass.Smell is a a chocolate with a hint of coffee.Taste is slightly bitter chocolate.Overall like all Deschutes beers i have had there simply is not much that you can say that is negative.And this is no exception.Get it you will love it

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

Deschutes Brewery "Obsidian Stout"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY: 08/28/16", sampled on 03/31/16
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

There are certain beers that exemplify certain styles of beer for me, and this is the one that I think of when I think of American Stout". Sure there are others (North Coast Old #38, Avery Out Of Bounds, Sierra Nevada Stout, etc.), but Obsidian just seems a little bit more polished to me. It's medium full in body; roasty and chocolatey but also a touch fruity; bitter but not harsh; and remarkably balanced and drinkable considering that it's not quite an Imperial stout, but almost there. Of course, isn't that the American way?! I'd certainly recommend all of the beers I've mentioned, and also give a tip of the hat to Sierra Nevada who probably invented the style, but it's the Deschutes that I'll reach for most often.

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Photo of BWED
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic

A- Black, slightly rocky brown head. Retention okay, great lacing.

S- Chocolate, a little roast, burnt sugar/marshmallow.

T- More roast. Espresso, a bit of cocoa. More bitter than sweet. Mellows more with a temperature rise.

M- Full body, less smooth than expected. Bitterness and roast lingers. Almost astringent.

O- Not so smooth. Aftertaste a little off. Aroma is nice and complex. Flavor less so. Overall okay.

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Photo of BrandonR
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at Toranado in SF. Pours pure black, even when held up to a light. Thick creamy head that persists. Mild to no smell. Taste is very smooth, just a touch of hop bitterness. Initial taste of char and chocolate. Smooth finish with a hint of sweetness, possible cherry.

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Photo of gandres
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From 12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass, drank before 08/21/2016
Appearance: Pours black- even the edge of the wine glass is black no to minimal head some lacing
Smell: Hint of toasted grain
Taste: Toasted grains, bitter, but well balance with nice follow through
Feel: creamy, very good
Overall: Excellent beer, something to drink again
Drank: March 10, 2016

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Photo of q33jeff
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Styrofoam cup. Road beer to Baltimore. Look: dark black, thick, really big foamy tan head. Aroma: lots of roasted malt and oatmeal, touche of coffee. Taste is barley oatmeal, very grainy. Some chocolate, coffee, vegetable. Mouthfeel is thin, but creamy. A lingering siltyness like some Irish stouts. Overall, Reminds me of Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout; a beer that has special meaning to me.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a half finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt with light char, chocolate, hints of vanilla, coffee and hops. Flavor is dark toasted malt with char and little smoke, boiled coffee, chocolate with hints of vanilla; finishes with charry dark malt, coffee and grassy hops. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice toasty stout with a surprising amount of coffee and char, considering what a long time workhorse this stout has been. I'm impressed that Deschutes was making something this aggressive for so long. It's hard not compare this to Abyss and it is not as rich and complex, but really quite nice for a readily available, widely distributed stout. It's been a long time since I had one of these and I will revisit it more frequently now.

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

A-pours a very dark, almost black, with two fingers worth of thick dark tan head

S-smell is of chocolate and lightly roasted malt

T-roasted malt, dark coffee, and dark chocolate

M-medium body, creamy, moderate carbonation

Overall very drinkable, nice amount of roast and chocolate

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Don Quiojte $1.78 12oz.
Dark black colr
Smell of coffee and chocolate
Heavy mouth feel
Creamy taste with some bitter aftertaste
Overall an ok beer, but not for me.

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Photo of erk0607
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - You expect a dark beer with something called obsidian... you're not disappointed. Nice amber head.
S - Smells like a dark beer, not much else to say
T - Starts off quite bitter, once you get used to it, it sweetens up and you get some of the maltyness. Not much prominent coffee or chocolate to speak of, just very dark.
F - Pouring this is like pouring a chocolate syrup (maybe a bit exaggerated but still, it's thick!)

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Deschutes Obsidian Stout for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this one for a while to see how it stacks up, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a little over two and half fingers worth of nice tan head that left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the roasted and charred malts being the first to show up with a nice balance between the two and there's some nice chocolate like aromas that show up in the background. Up next comes a medium coffee aroma with a little yeast that goes into some sweet malts with just a little bit of a grainy aroma. This beer has a good aroma, it's just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seem to be very similar to the aroma with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the roasted and charred malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they retain that same balance with the same amount of chocolate showing up in the background. Up next comes a little coffee with the yeast imparting a little bit of doughy aroma. Towards the finish there's smokey flavors with a medium amount of bitterness with smokey, roasted and charred flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it's true to style and it has no off flavors.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good, but I wish it was just a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it's a very nice example of the style, it has everything that I look for in an American Stout and there's nothing there that shouldn't be there. This beer had good drinkability, I could drink a couple of these without it being to filling or getting bored with it. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and how true to style it is, it's just what I want in a stout. What I like the least about this beer is the body, I wish it was just a little thicker. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for a good stout and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style. All in all i was very happy with this beer and it lived up to what I have heard about it. it's one of the better Stouts i've had and it's one of the better beers i've had from this brewery, good job guys, this is one tasty beer.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,790 ratings.
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