Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

1,140 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: 1,140 | Ratings: 3,842
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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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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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,842 ratings.
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