Obsidian Stout
Deschutes Brewery

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American Stout
Ranked #10
Ranked #1,425
4.21 | pDev: 9.5%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout
Notes: Deep, robust and richly rewarding, this is beer to linger over. Obsidian has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley, with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness.

IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving
Reviews: 1,195 | Ratings: 4,076
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a narrow water glass: color is solid black, brown edges, tan head with fine bubbles, head presents 1/2 thick and dissipates to thin top.

Smell is roasted malt, very pleasant, light coffee and hint cocoa as well.

Taste is great - big roasty malt, moderate sweetness, good espresso and cocoa notes. Simple, yet delicious and really easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is moderate, pleasant carbonation, moderate sweetness.

Overall a great stout with fully roast and light sweetness with good cocoa and coffee/espresso notes.

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

Deschutes makes solid beers. This is another solid offering from them. Here goes:

A: Best thing about the beer. Pours a deep black with a massive, dark, lace-producing head. Great.

S: Charred and smoky burnt malt. Fair amount of cocoa and dark chocolate, but these scents are somewhat faint.. But beyond the smokiness and faint dark chocolate, there isn't much to it. Good nonetheless.

T: Follows the nose. Taste somewhat more complex, however, with dark fruits in the aftertaste to complete the cocoa. It's still very smokey, however, but this isn't a bad thing.

F: Solid, if a little light.

O: A good beer. Probably would've thought it was great six or seven years ago, when I began drinking craft beer. However, I think the evolution of the craft beer scene may have left Deschutes behind somewhat.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with almost no head, low carbonation and a small amount of light tan foam dots.

Smells of charred cedar, dry dark cocoa, and some sweetened cold brew with a touch of cream.

Starts off mildly sweet with chocolate and vanilla and white oak. Dry cocoa finishes with a mild bittering. Clean and direct. Almost a little one note I thought at first. After some time, caramel, vanilla and booze come out more pronounced after it warms up. Yeah, this one is better a little warmer.

Smooth texture with a creamy thickness. Finish is smooth and crisp and even a little salty leaving a dry thirsty sensation that encourages you to drink more.

I always thought of this beer as setting the standard. It executes the traditional style very well, but never stood out as innovative. Traditional or novel, it doesn't matter, this is delicious.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a thick & pretty looking tan head. Smells sweet, dark chocolate & brown sugar. Tastes bitter, salty & then a hint of sweetness. It’s flavor is chocolate, hops, dark roasted malt & espresso. Feel is moderately thick & smooth. Interesting, a bit bitter for a stout.

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Photo of hreb
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best before 08/01/18. I've been drinking these for years, how have I never reviewed Obsidian Stout before? Is it because I confuse Obsidian Stout with Black Butte Porter? Served in a chalice.

Beer oprus black with a medium brown head which falls before too long. Aroma is wickedly nice, with loads of roasted barley, burnt toast, and hazelnuts. Flavor is bold, with a presence of bitter baking chocolate but a tinge of hops in the finish. Served cold I'm finding the carbonation too aggressive for the style, although it does keep this big American Stout from feeling heavy.

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

For 6.4%, this is damn good. No Coca Cola flavors or texture at all. Smooth chocolate notes - just like the hipster barista you passed out next to - makes during her waking hours. A little bit of roast... yeah, it’s ok. I guess I was crazy to think I would find FIS quality in a lower ABV stout. Good, a lil thin, but solid.

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Photo of edc20
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy drink (220 calories!). Exactly like you expect a stout to be, bitter, dark, espresso like burnt flavor definitely present. Tastes slightly more carbonated than a typical stout, whcih i like.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle: attractive dark color, tan lacy head with good retention. Coffee, chocolate aroma. Taste follows but there are somewhat prominent hop bitterness. Like the black butte porter, I have had this many times. It is maybe unbeatable for the style, never any off flavors.

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Photo of washtomich
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my absolute favorite stouts. It is bursting with flavor while still being light enough to sip on. As noted by others, strong hints of espresso and some dark chocolate as well. Carbonation is spot on.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Black, opaque with a nice light brown head that hung around for a while and left good lacing.

S---Bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts.

T---Follows the nose. Roasted malts, dark chocolate & coffee.

F---Lighter than I would've thought based on the nose/taste. Nicely carbonated.

O---Very good example of a stout. I'd even go so far as to call it a proper stout.

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Photo of fmakalidude
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A classic example of a coffee stout with a creamy head and rich malt character. Medium heavy body and light on the hops. Holds its own against other classic stouts in its category.

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Photo of Dodgerfan_33
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So I just started getting into stouts recently and picked this up based upon the review I read.

L: Look is a very dark expresso color with about 1/2 finger of head on pour with no lacing.

S: The Smell is of rich dark coffee and chocolate with a roasted malt to it.

T: The taste is like the smell very rich coffee flavor , a bit hoppy and chocolates notes.

F: The feel is very heavy and quite a bit of carbonation. Not bad just not whst I was expecting.

O: overall for me this beer was good not fantastic. It’s not near what I was hoping it would be, wishing for a little cream feel and maybe a little less hoppy malt flavor. I probaly wouldn’t buy this again, but I would drink it if I had nothing left.

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Photo of ccheng9
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At this price point, the only stout I've ever had that even rivals it is Old Rasputin. I'd say I'd very slightly favor ol rassy but this is even cheaper than that is.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really oilly black color with no light coming through at the bottom of the bulb of my tulip glass. Has a nice, close to a finger, of a light brown head topping it.

The smell is of of a dark bitter chocolate with loads of espresso like coffe coming out.

The taste is surpringly strong in that roasted and toasted espresso coffee tone. Actually that was sarcastic as the taste of the beer can be found so prevalant on the nose.

The mouth was actually fairly light for a stout and has a darn near dry finish. Seems kind of unexpected for the style.

Overall this really is a fantastic beer. I wish more of that bittersweet chocolate that comes out on the nose could hit the palate, yet for that minor detail this really is a fine stout. I can pick up a six pack for around $8 and that is just one more bonus added to this very fine, and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Billy Jack's in Harrisonburg. Beautiful beer, looked like it was nitro but was not. Very creamy tan head. Medium strong malty aroma with a bit of dark chocolate and roast. Delicious, the taste follows the nose. Creamy but not chewy. A really good stout, enjoyable and not overly strong.

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Photo of omahawk
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great roasty, smooth Stout. Pours a pitch black with a small brown head. Nice roast aroma with a slight earthy hop hint. Smooth roast flavor, well balanced bitterness, slight warming alcohol hint. One of the best American Stouts around. Great beer.

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Photo of RikMack
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 12 oz. bottle to my mug. pours black as night with a thick, creamy, brown head, to the nose, mocha, espresso, dark chocolate, I spend as much time smelling this beer as I do drinking it, goes down smooth, with a tickle in the back, leaves a very pleasent after taste

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Photo of csmrx7
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent North American Stout.

Defiantly not a sweet Stout but has a wonderfully chalky base.

Even bitterness to the very cocoa malt forward flavor.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle (best by Jan 2018) consumed on 8/28/17 in snifter.

This brew really looks amazing, especially for an American non imperial stout. Pours semi clear black/brownish-red and forms a super dark opaque body in the glass. A beautiful bubbly brown/tan head forms atop. Foam disappears rather quickly but forms another strong layer after just a couple swirls.
The smell is nothing spectacular but it does have a unique balance of roastiness and slight dark chocolate sweetness.
Taste: An immediate bitter/tannin character and nutiness from the really roasty malts that turns into a dark chocolate bitterness followed by hints of tobacco earthiness. I don't get any of the dark fruity character that some people have pointed out in earlier reviews. Also, not too much espresso character.
I'd say this beer has a rather high carbonation level - prickly and finishes high-medium dry. That bitter roasted and black barley really lingers.

This is definitely one of the better stouts I've had, regardless of the advertised distinct notes of espresso that imo goes missing. Still among the top of its class in the stout territory.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque pitch black with two fingers of light brown head, good lacing down the glass. Smells of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and a hint of molasses. The taste follows, a perfectly malty and chocolate-y stout with a hint of fruity sweetness. The taste remains the same as the beer warms up, making it a nice sipper. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and lightly carbonated, leaving a slightly sticky feel in the mouth. All in all a superb stout. Only complaint is that I'm not getting any of the advertised espresso flavor--may very well be due to freshness. However, this is a stout that seems plenty complex without it.

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Photo of willcull78
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Knowing that most stouts have a higher alcohol content I would consider this stout a light-stout with its low alcohol content of 6.4%. It had the a delicious aroma of chocolate and coffee when opened, as expected. The color was dark though I have seen darker, deeper color. Very minimal foam, which was expected for a stout. The taste was quite good but not exceptional; and it made me feel all right. Overall it was good and not a bad, light, stout; however, there are others more worthy and hearty.

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

(Additions ... made on 8/12)
I can't remember if I have had it before, but this is one of the best, if not the best, stout I have ever had.

Look: Beautiful appearance: ... pours dark, with a nice coffee colored head; nice lacing.
Smell: cocoa and roasted notes in the aroma; ... also molasses.
Feel: a mouthfeel that is crazy for a regular stout, and at its ABV: incredibly creamy.
Taste: solid malt taste, with some cocoa; ... also liquorice.

I am soooo glad I tried it!

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

Tasted at the Portland Public House (03-Jul-17), on nitro, served in a 4 oz sample glass. Inky black with a lush, tan head of fine, nitro foam. Full aroma of roasted grains. Deep, roasted malt flavors with enough malt sweetness, and espresso tart and bitter notes for a great balance. Great bitterness from both roasted malt and hops. Medium body, silky smooth and very finely carbonated (nitro). Full and flavorful - a terrific stout.

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Photo of BeerSexLove
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a beautiful seducing color, a warm inviting smell, a teasing mosaic taste, but what lost me was the high carbonation and thinness. I will not fault it as whole, it has more redeeming qualities that not and it's affordable and accessible. I suspect I'll swirl it around on my tounge again before dismissing it.

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Photo of bunsteve
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black with almost no head (I pour gently, don't like beer on my 'stache). Good strong flavor with no bitterness at all. Very relaxing after dessert. My taste buds aren't fully trained, but I can taste a chocolatey aftertaste with this one.

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