Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout
3,891 Ratings
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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Ratings: 3,891 |  Reviews: 1,155
Photo of uncleotis
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BLarson31
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DesertFox24
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmoore32
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Premo88
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
(best by 8/29/17)

L: black-and-tan standard, pushes up thick sticky head of tan foam at least an inch tall off a mediumish pour; brew looked clear coming out of the bottle -- I don't have enough light to confirm, and it's black once it's piled into the glass; some lacing off a tight collar of tan foam, not a lot, way more stick than lace; early on the carbonation tickles the surface with about 30-50% of a skin

S: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, pine, grapefruit ... the malt notes open, the hop notes follow, and the combination at times smells like red wine

T: chocolate, dark chocolate, pinch of coffee/espresso, vanilla, hop-bite in the aftertaste ... pine and tropical fruit flavor with an earthy bitterness that lingers and tames some of the sweetness off the dark malt; as it warms and you get into the glass, burnt wood starts showing up more and more ... toasted oak at first and it goes from toasted to charred as you drink

F: middleweight (light middleweight) and on the flatter side compared to the average, but it's not flat ... in fact, the carbonation is still producing a bit of skin and collar, but it's very ... let's say "soft" carbonation; works for the style just fine

O: I put off trying this for WAY too long ... super tasty and a near-perfect combination of big dark-malt flavors and West Coast-style hops without being too much of anything; the way the char-wood flavor begins showing up and mixing in is fantastic, good oaky flavor; I bought just a single bottle but will buy more soon -- it's a great edition of the genre and going into my year-round rotation ... so, so tasty

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Photo of jwilcox767
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a dark, but translucent, black/brown. Mild amount of mocha colored head.
S-coffee, roasted malt/barley.
T-coffee, lots of it. Bitterness it's pretty up front. Doesn't seem that well balanced.
M-thin, plenty of carbonation
O-not my favorite by any means, I think the deal breaker was how thin and bitter it was. Dumped half of it out, not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Deschutes single-serve bottle

The look is classic stout in spades. Almost black and perfectly opaque with a fabulous foamy mottled tan and brown head. The head quickly dissipates. If there is one quibble, it's that the lacing is fairly non-existent.

Aromas of roasted, almost burnt, barley, giving way to strong coffee (but not chocolate) notes and faint solvent alcohol. The aroma is very forward and present--but not overpowering, just not subtle.

The flavor is a fine extension of its nose. Sweet malts are there at the first sip on the tip of the tongue, but they are very quickly balanced by roasted grain, bitter coffee, and faint chocolate. Maybe a touch overbalanced to the bitter and burnt flavors, but not offputting--only a personal taste issue. Just a hint of booze and hops at the finish.

For what is a pretty "stout" take on the style, it has a remarkably light mouthfeel. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a pretty solid stout.

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Photo of ofYYC
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a dark brown that sits an opaque black in the glass, with a small, foamy head, similar in appearance to a freshly pulled espresso. Aroma of mocha is vaguely reminiscent of dog food (in a good way, if that makes sense). Dark and black taste is unmistakably reminiscent of coffee. Plenty of hops in there as well, an unsurprisingly bitter profile. What does surprise is how easy it is to drink, despite the bitterness. Flavors are balanced, with a smooth feel in the mouth that finishes quite well. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of addiwilliams
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ferretferret
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant beer, but, outdone by its nitro counterpart. The bitterness of the CO2 seems to interfere with the bitterness of the coffee flavor. If you enjoy your coffee black, this might be for you; I do, sometimes, but, again, the bitterness does compound.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a heavily dark dark brown/black and is thick like motor oil upon looking at it. The head is a coffee/caramel color, and upon the pour it is of a thick patchy nature....plenty of large bubbles! Much too hard to see what is happening with the carbonation but the lacing is quite nice, with lots of foamy goodness clinging to the side of the glass!

S- Plenty of malty mocha chocolate happening here, with hints of oily dark roast black coffee, toffee, dark roast malt, yeast, cream and hints of dry grainy hop bitterness on the finish....overall this is a very well balanced, if not just slightly dusty, smelling Stout!

T- Very nice flavors that follow the aromas well, with lots of refreshing cocoa, coffee, toffee sweetness, burnt toast character, Earth, Espresso and a finish that is clean, dry and just slightly bitter but it definitely a well balanced flavor profile!

M/O- Medium bodied, with reasonably smooth carbonation overall. I find this to be a highly drinkable stout and very well balanced overall. I find this to be a top example of what a stout proper should be, and I will definitely purchase this again!

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Photo of rickklein9
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of the_encinitan
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It smells like chocolate, coffee, grain and spice with nothing harsh or burnt. There is just a hint of cinnamon. A deep dark brown liquid fills the glass as bubbles stream to the surface moderately fast and is crowned by a 1" lacy and persistent dark tan cap. The flavor reminds me of Mexican chocolate without the grit. It has chocolate and spice, some cinnamon, mildly sweet balanced by a chocolate coffee bitterness. A slight tang balances the initial sweetness as the beer dries out slightly as it finishes. The body is medium full and the carbonation is medium high but very soft and creamy.

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Photo of Strigiform_Witness
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmh21
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Commandophile
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khargro2
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Riff
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black color with a light tan head about a finger thick. Smells of roasted malts, molasses, and chocolate. Tastes of roasted malts, semi-dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and a little hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body leaning more towards medium with some carbonation to it. The carbonation is about the only knock, it's a little much than I'd like in a stout. Overall, solid easy drinker that I'd happily buy again.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,891 ratings
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