Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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1,103 Reviews
Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,103
Ratings:
3,696
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
17.58%
 
 
Wants:
553
Gots:
743
For Trade:
5
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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to Quinn and Emily.

A: Solid black with a large, craggy brown head. Good head retention yields very sticky lacing.

S: Chocolate cake, espresso, slightly dirty earthiness, and earthy hops with a citric edge.

T: Roasted malts rule the roost. Chocolate cake, charcoal, smoke. Sweet cola taste arises for just an instant, but is quickly overtaken by a slight acidic twang from the burnt malts. Faint plum and currant esters. Earthy hops add bitterness and a quick citric bite. Long finish divulges tastes of charcoal and woody smoke.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy. Natural carbonation. Great.

D: Very high.

Notes: Very similar to their Black Butte Porter, but with more pronounced roasted malt tastes and some slight burnt malt acidity. I enjoyed this one much more than the porter. This would be a solid go-to stout for me if it were distributed here.

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Photo of clvand0
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a tall tan head that has nice retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Just how a stout should look. The aroma is comprised of lots of chocolate notes with small hints of roasted malts and plenty of malty goodness. Promising. The flavor follows suit with the aroma. Lots of chocolate malty flavors along with some roasted notes. This beer is extremely smooth and creamy. Very very tasty beer. Nothing is offensive and everything blends well.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured as dark as night with a brown head and good lacing.

S - Lots of burnt coffee, chocolate, and a bit of toffee.

T - This Stout made me a believer. Heavy on the malts, with wonderful coffee notes with caramel malt trailing behind.

M - Loved it! Great feel; dangerously smooth.

D - This is a absolute drinker for sure. Great flavor, buttery smooth and superb balance.

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Photo of phoenixrises64
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - The name serves this one right, extremely dark. Rich foamy head almost like espresso dark creme, When done the glass looks like it was wrapped in Grandma's doily.
Nose - Intense chocolate. Like their Porter, it woke the Dog up, and he came sniffing at the glass.
Taste - Deep chocolate notes, delicious. Coffee tones more evident than in the nose. A subtle hopiness lingers after the initial creamy/sugar sweetness, a nice transition between the layers.
Mouth feel - Definitely a stout, very fine yet concentrated carbonation.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle says this beer is as black as the volcanic obsidian rock for which it is named. I don't see it as quite that dark as some rays of light do indeed get through this brew. (Bring on the spectrophotometer!) It IS very close to black however. It has a nice creamy brown head that laces the glass very nicely as I drink. Very nice coffee and mocha on the nose. This beer tastes wonderful. Beautiful coffee bean and chocolate tones present. A nice subdued bitterness coming from the roasted malt. Smooth and velvety. This is truly a great stout.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. The aroma is not overpowering. Mainly roasted malts and dark chocolate. There is a mild coffee aroma there as well. Dark roasted taste with coffee like hop and a smooth chocolate taste. Very good beer. Very smooth. Nice chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle.
This was part of the I'm Bored Tonight Stout-Off, up against Rogue's Imperial Stout and Bell's Expedition Stout. Pours a deep black with hints of red when swirled. A thin bubbly, tan head forms and then recedes fairly quickly, but leaves a nice bit of lacing behind. The smell is mainly of chocolate, but a dark cocoa kind of chocolate and some whiff of alcohol to it - a roasty, but not smoky, smell. It has a bubbly mouthfeel and goes down nice and easy with a nice roasty-coffee aftertaste. Up front, I don't taste any bitterness and most of the taste is in the aftertaste. Good stuff!

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Photo of sheeley
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Incredible. Black as night with a great head and dark colored foam.
Smell: Exceptional. Notes of caramel, malts, and hazelnut. Taste/mouthfeel: Exceptional as well. Roasted malts and espresso with a rich, smooth flavor overall. I prefer this beer chilled; as it warms, it tends to become more bitter. One of my favorite beers so far.

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Photo of Pooba001
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a black hue with a brown finger of head that dissipates, but some reappears when beer is roused. Jeepers its dark. Lacing sticks around the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet, not candy sweet, but malty sweet, chocolatey, and a little fruity. Nearly perfect. Mouthwatering.

Dry roasted malt flavor, sweetness, coffee. Great balance. This is a "wow" beer, probably the best thing I've had since my last Double Bastard or Oaked Yeti.

Mouthfeel is good, little thin, good body, but less than optimal. Drinkability is very good, so smooooth. Its not only an excellent example of American Stout, but just a damn tasty beer. I'm going to start calling my liver "the place Deschutes beers go to die".

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Photo of vr1000
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hints of coffee, beautiful color, smooth and creamy. Just delightful! I love the thickness, and the mouthfeel of this stout. I very much enjoyed the creaminess and the full bodied taste. This beer is highly rated for a reason, it is fantastic. Try it if you get a chance!

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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 xhcadamx
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - black as it gets no light shining through. Massive rocky dark tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Hints of coffee and chocolate and sublte yeast.

T - Extreme bitter black coffee and bitter chocolate. This beer is phenomenal.

M - Very silky and smooth.

D - I want this beer to be part of my life.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours - you guessed it - black as obsidian, with a taupe colored reasonably tight head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Strong roasted aroma very characteristic of a stout - kind of like an original Guinness, but somehow even more so. There's a pleasant sharpness in the flavor, yet it's irresistably smooth... you'd never know there was 6+% ABV in this beer. Bitter chocolate, espresso flavors are very strong - why, oh why can't Starbucks make a shot that tastes this good? Mouthfeel is almost oily, but in a good way... not too carbonated, not too flat feeling. This one goes down just as smoooth as you could want - there aren't enough o's in "smooth" to describe it!

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Photo of rkhaze
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a medium sized foamy brown head. Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee in the aroma with a bit of fruit.
Great balanced bittersweet taste. Dark roasted malt and caramel sweetness with french roast coffee and red fruits. Rich creamy chocolate, a zippy, yet subdued hop presence and a whisper of smoke. Outstanding Stout!
Medium to full bodied with a rich, creamy semi-oily mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation. Awesome drinkability for such a big, flavorful Stout.

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

A - Jet black body with a fluffy rich brown head.
S - A bit of sweet char and dark chocolate
T - Long lasting bitterness that starts off mildly and intensifies as the other layers of flavor melt away. Rich, rich malt slightly burnt chocolate and coffee maltyness.
M - What can I say? Bottle conditioned. Silky, naturally carbonated, yum. Smooth!!!
D - Great, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Newport Storm pint. Served at cellar temperature.

Appearance- Pitch black with 2 finger fluffy mocha head that holds up with the best of them. As it faded, it left magnificent lacing around the glass. Absolutely beautiful looking stout.

Smell- Chocolate malts up front shortly followed by a light boozieness and coffee aromas that overtake the rest of the malty background. Rather straight forward.

Taste- Very robust with roasty coffee notes dominating. Dark chocolate flavors are abound in this stout, but it's the coffee that dominates. Nice bitter hop and coffee lingering aftertaste. Damn near perfect example of what a stout should taste like.

Mouthfeel- Medium to medium-full body with ample carbonation to balance it out. Smooth. Rich. Creamy.

Overall- Another beer from Deschutes that has astounded me. I wish I had access to their beers outside of trades. This is an almost perfect stout.

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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 sweetbrew82
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass; freshness date clearly stamped on the bottle:

P: Dark brownish- almost black upon pour out of the bottle. Densely packed light brown head with small bubbles. Good retention, sinking down to form a cap on top and leaving that beautiful lace on my glass that most great beers leave behind as evidence to their brilliance. Body is black in color, with tiny streaks of light only barely shining in on the edges of my glass. Looks very good!

A: Chocolate malts, coffee, roasted barley, and a nice and noticeable element of hops.

T: Sweet at the start with burnt sugar, barley, and roasted chocolate malts. Hops pop up, but stay out of the way of the malts until the latter half on the palate. They provide a nice bittering finish, and really balance this one out well. Also, a milk chocolate flavor seems to linger for awhile after swallowed. Extremely tasty, this one.

M: Obsidian Stout feels really good on the tongue. It's just barely a notch under being full-bodied, with a slight chewiness that feels just right. It's smooth as hell, and goes down so gosh-darned easily it's dangerous.

D: Absolutely! Beings that it's 6.4% ABV, it's a very drinkable stout. I can drink this one all night long (and have). Just be careful, it will lay waste to you before you even realize it.

Notes: Another delicious offering from Deschutes Brewery. A rich, creamy, flavorful stout that tastes great and is incredibly smooth. Easy to drink and a pleasure at that. This is one that I have made a regular in my beer diet. A truly delicious American-style stout that I thoroughly enjoy(and quite often at that).

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Photo of takusan1000
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Obsidian is the standard I use for stouts. Midnight black tan lacing, complex dark roasted aroma. The taste is absurdly good, with bitter dark roasted malt and dark chocolate sweetness predominant, anise, rum-soaked berries, and a healthy taste of bittering hops that do not bite. It's a bitter brew, not for those expecting Guinness or stouts of that ilk, but the bitter is elegantly balanced by a complex flavor profile. Moderate mouthfeel. Overall one of my all-time favorites in this style and in beers in general.

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Photo of Danishboy59
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into cold, traditional pint glass

A: A deep, very dark, truly "obsidian like" color, with a rich and moderately thick, stout-style cocoa colored, single finger head.

S: Nose of smoky, dark roast Coffee, with a pungent bitterness on the end

T: Coffee is up front, rolling into big roasty, toasty malts, hint of balanced sweetness, big hops imparting an espresso-like bitterness on the finish, later developing into a carmel-ish toast for the long haul...

M: Robust, with some serious richness to it, some creaminess, but not nearly as thick as I'm used to from traditional Irish/UK stouts. Incredibly long and dry-ish finish!

This beer had that classic familiarity of a Guinness (have had it in Dublin!), but is also it's own unique interpretation of a classic stout. It is incredibly bold and robust, even more so than the aforementioned standard, but it is all woven expertly into this beer. It doesn't feel as heavy going down as most stouts, an extremely endearing quality. Can't imagine a stout that would surpass it!

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Photo of TEXTONE
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer Name- Obsidian Stout
Style- American Stout
Brewery- Deschutes Brewery
Serving-12zo bottle

Look- Body is deep, dark, and black do not look for light through your glass. Nice creamy, caramel head with good carbonation to boot.

Smell- Dark roasted malts, sweetness, and coffee smell all blended together that is vary pleasant to the nasal passages yummy smell over all.

Taste- Mouth feel is full crisp from the carbonation. Dark malts produce a sweet creamy, roasted coffee taste and bitterness (burnt coffee flavor) with the combination of hops. There is a slight alcohol taste mixed in here also. This beer has become a current favorite of mine and I highly recommend this bier to friends and fellow members and bier drinkers.

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Photo of CHOSENONE1546
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12oz bottle

Appearance: Dark brown nearly black with a thick cream colored head

Smell: Robust, with slight coffee hints

Taste: Somewhat aggresive compared to most american stouts i've tried. fairly prominant coffee aftertaste. Very smooth

Mouthfeel: very full and soothing

Overll: One of my favorite beers , not as mellow as the average stout type. Brings a certain character and quallity you come to expect from most of the deschutes line

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Photo of Gavage
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black in color with a 2" fluffy tan colored head that lasts quite a while. Thick fluffy lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: wonderful coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolates. Great nose on this beer.

Taste: the roasted malt is very hearty with a strong coffee flavors. Some dark chocolate, mild bitterness, and a hint of licorice comes through too.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Long aftertaste of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Drinkability: this is the example of a liquid meal. Very flavorful and these can be quaffed for a while. This beer should be had by everyone.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good looking brew, black as night with a nice brown head and good lacing.

Smells great. Good roasty and burnt aromas of roasted barley, a little sweet malt character.

Taste wise this is one of the best stouts I've had in a long time, it's downright fantastic. Great burnt, smoky and roasty character, a bit of chocolate, great coffee flavors, and a bold hoppiness that add just the right amount of bitterness.

Body is also wonderful, very thick and rich, acrid bitter and roasted barley aftertaste, perfect amount of carbonation. For a pretty low ABV American stout this beer has incredibly big body and flavor.

This beer is just fantastic. Deschutes continues to impress me every time I try another one of their delicious beers.

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a milk chocolatey brown head that quickly fell apart to a light film. Smells like chocolate, malts, piny hops, a bit of java. Tastes deliciously chocolatey, malty, and bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, wonderfully complimenting the taste. Drinkability is absurdly good.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.
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