Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

1,124 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

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Reviews: 1,124 | Ratings: 3,795
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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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with some reddish hues. Big fluffy tan head that leaves a nice lacing, some residual head as well as I get to the bottom of the glass.

Smells of chocolate and coffee. Medium-full body, with surprisingly little carbonation present in the mouth. Taste is dark chocolate at first, then the coffee/espresso flavors take over. It comes together nicely and is balanced out with some bitterness in the middle/finish of the beer.

Overall, this drinks really smooth, and has a nice oily feel to go with the chocolate and coffee flavors. I've paid a lot more for lesser beers. This is another great product from Deschutes.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle marked best by 7/08/16. Black as obsidian with a half finger tan head. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Medium feel, touch of carbonation, and a bitter chocolate finish. Just great, what a stout should be.

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Photo of rarigney
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black as obsidian, with a dark tan head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Nicely balanced flavor of espresso, chocolate, and roasted malt. Very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Harn_SOLO
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice frothy foam on top the beer. Has a touch of sweetness with the malt, but nothing too over powering. Has a good chocolate taste and is an excellent selection during the Winter. Dangerously delicious because it can go down as easily as a lager.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a huge tan head that sticks around for a while. The smell is dark chocolate with a bit of coffee roastiness. The flavor follows suit but with the coffee being more prominent than in the nose. You get a good balance of chocolate, raisin, and coffee. The feel is medium, not very thick once you get past the head with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a very well done stout. Don't know why I always avoided it before now.

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Photo of DavidRandall
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorry for a not very helpful review but, this is a great stout. I had it at a local small chain of bars called Bailey's and it was $2. pints on Tuesday. I'll take another.
Dark with a dark caramel color to the foam head, about a half inch. I was warned about the alcohol flavor but it was not prominent. Mild coffee and chocolate flavors.

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Photo of sudo
3.37/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a tan head. Alcohol, black liquorice, berries, bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of smokiness on the nose. Boozy, dark melted chocolate, roasted malts and some smoke on the palate. Soft bitterness, dark fruits that awakes in the finish. Pretty smooth and a touch creamy. Low to med-low carb.

Overall I enjoyed it, I'm not sure why I get so much booze on the nose and palate but it's kinda off putting to me at least. Would try it again, not my favorite.

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Photo of TigWD
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Widely available in Minnesota and accessible to the newer stout enthusiast, but offering more than enough reason to keep coming back, this has become a standard reference against which I compare other stouts.

Black, medium-to-full body, creamy and smooth. Hints of alcohol and sweetness in both aroma and taste, nothing over-the-top for approaching an Imperial. Snappy, not dessert-y. Moderate chocolate in taste and smell, a bit bready with hints of ripe fruit.

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Photo of MedaryvilleEscapee
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite American stout. A magical balance of chocolate, coffee, malt, hops, and dark fruit. No single flavor overwhelms, all make their presence felt.

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Photo of mchegash
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark, almost black. Loads of delicious looking light-brown head.

S: Roasted malts, alcohol. Not really getting much coffee or chocolate notes, disappointing.

T: What was lacking in the smell was definitely made up for in the taste. Sip begins with a nice coffee and chocolate taste, proceeding into a deliciously strong smokiness. Roasted maltiness and a tiny bit of alcohol as well. Very good.

F: A medium-full body, with an average amount of carbonation. In between being smooth and creamy and crisp, with elements of both. Overall I am very happy with the feel.

O: Overall I was happy with everything in this beer, except I couldn't really detect much in the aroma. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

L - Pours dark brown/black/appropriately Obsidian color with a thick, one-finger, tan-coffee head that dissolves quick, lacing sticks to the sides like syrup

S - Coffee, roasted malt and barley, chocolate, licorice, berries, some earthy vanilla

T - Much like the smell and the brewer notes on the bottle: "Notes of espresso and dark chocolate with a roasty finish." Starts off with an espresso bitterness that doesn't overpower. Nice malty, chocolate/caramel sweetness to balance it out. Finishes dry and fruity.

F - Medium-bodied, very creamy with a good bite of carbonation. Chewable like a stout yet not too heavy. Very drinkable and warming on a cold winter day/night.

O - This is the stout I've been looking for. Offers a lot of different flavors without each one trying to overpower the other. Not too heavy or bitter like a (smoked) porter, and not too sticky sweet like a chocolate stout. Not too shabby that you can spend less than $10 for a 6-pack of this very excellent stout, either. Will buy again.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with a creamy tan colored head, lots of lacing, great head retention, lots of tiny bubbles in the head, looks great.

A: Lots of roasted coffee, freshly grounded dark roasted coffee like aromas, roasted malts, hint of alcohol in there, this smells very good.

T: Like the nose, lots of coffee bitterness, roasted malts, dry, no alcohol, very bright flavors, tastes good.

M: Dry finish, medium bodied, very drinkable.

O: This beer was bigger than what I was expecting, very coffee forward, could use a little sweetness to balance it out but this is still really good. If you like coffee you will like Obsidian stout, a great cold weather beer.

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Photo of WayneEsten
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

What a great looking beer when poured. Black with a lovely tan head.

The smell is very nice, roasted malt/barley with nice subtle chocolate, quite inviting

The taste, for me, was a bit disappointing. I was hoping for roasted malt with some mild chocolate and a little espresso/coffee. But, as another reviewer stated, what I got was coffee, coffee and more coffee; too much coffee for me. I do recognize the quality of the product, but the taste was just too much.

I have a 6 pack and couple of strays left and will drink them over the next few months (before the best by date), maybe one every couple of weeks or so. I can't take this one more often than that.

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

Dark black with a tan head with giant foamy bubbles. Decent lacing is left behind after drinking it down. Smell is roasted malt, bitter coffee, sweetness and molasses. The taste is slightly sweet at the start, roasty bitter coffee in the middle and a nice finishing bitterness. This is a real nice stout.

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Photo of Jeremiah87
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, almost opaque with a thin, amber silhouette. Almond foam, about one finger, that dissipates quickly. Black coffee taste up front with mild, lingering caramel after tones. Soft conditioning but not too syrupy.

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Photo of mtvolkens
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious. Packed with flavor, but super drinkable. Absolutely delicious, and for some reason it has odd tendencies of being robust and flavorful, but still easily drinkable. Wonderful combination that I haven't seen often.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ap: opaque brown with red highlights. A 1/2-finger light brown head of coarse and fine bubbles.
Ar: strong roasty, black coffee, but can't identify the hops.
T: like the aroma but not as strong. Somewhat shallow and sweet. Has an astringency that intensifies and lingers. Again, can't identify the hops.
M: appropriate for the style (fairly light carbonation).

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Photo of frothy_80
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The body color is black with dark brown highlights around the glass. A foamy light khaki colored head that left thick lacing throughout. Dark chocolate and coffee/espresso dominate the nose. There are hints of tobacco, licorice, and dark fruits that came out as the beer warmed. The coffee and chocolate bounce back and forth as the beer passes over the tongue, along with a roasty character that balances the two. Dark fruits, tobacco, and licorice stay in the background but aid in adding more layers. Malt driven sweetness that ends dry with a good hop bitterness keeps it interesting. Smooth and slightly creamy from a full medium body that is properly carbonated. It's no surprise that this hit all the right notes coming from a brewery that has a robust porter as a flagship beer. Truly fantastic! I believe I have found my go to stout for winter.

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

The appearance had a dark brown/close to black colored body with a two finger off-white/tan foamy head that rises a bit and then drops gently leaving some thick spider web lacing gracing the sides of the glass. The smell has a smokey, woody, espresso, and roasty combined fantastically. The taste took all of those previously mentioned aromas entering a sort of sweetness from some light chocolate and some light vanilla, dry espresso aftertaste, dry sticky finish. On the palate, she sat about a medium, semi-sessionable, carbonation is done very well for its style and for me, becomes slightly creamy. Overall, I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of Tele
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle (Best by 4.26.16)
Consumed: 11.16.15

A: 4.75 Pours pitch black with a dense, tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S: 4.25 Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, and espresso on the nose. The malt really dominates, adding an earthy quality to the background. Subtle vanilla, berries, and licorice come through as the beer opens up.

T: 4 Taste is similar to the nose with lots of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Starts a touch sweet then moves to a a pretty high level of bitterness; seems like the bitterness is coming from the malt, but also some hops that don’t add much flavor.

M: 4.25 Nice and thick with great carbonation. The finish is a bit too dry for the style.

O: 4 This is a very good stout from Deschutes. Plenty of flavor while still being pretty light and drinkable. A bit too dry and bitter for my tastes, but still solid.

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Photo of Roguer
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perfectly black brew; the name is quite accurate. Tan head; no comments on lacing or retention, as I tried this brew on nitro.

Milk, creamy aroma, slightly roasty, with big wafts of banana and lesser notes of prunes and slightly overripe, sour fruit.

Flavor follows, favoring chocolate, with cream and roasted barley a close second and third (in some order). Quite nutty and slightly ashy finish.

Smooth medium feel (again, on nitro). Sticky finish.

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a creamy, tan, halo of head. Nose of rich coffee and cocoa nib. Smooth and rich. Flavors are rich chocolate and roasted coffee forward, with a smooth cream overlay. Very rich and roasted throughout. Smooth, creamy body, with a mocha coffee aftertaste. The finish is slow, smooth, and creamy. This is a great beer.

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

Deschutes is one of my favorite breweries. This stout is one of the reasons why. No need to dissect if you like stouts buy it this is world class even chocolate stout fanatics will appreciate this one.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/29/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, licorice, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, licorice, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness from roasted bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic American stout style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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