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Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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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: 1,115 | Ratings: 3,758
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of secret santa: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge medium brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee with some roasted malt and black chocolate is very enticing. Taste is also a well balance mix between some black chocolate, dry coffee and roasted malt. Body is full with a perfect creamy texture and good carbonation. I very much enjoyed this beer from a brewery that I am starting to learn about.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep balck with small dark a head. Nice chunky lace on the side of the galss. Aroma is chocolate, espresso and drak fruit (raisin ?) Flavor is weet chocolate, mild hop bitterness and a creamy latte taste on the back end. Very nice beer, almost would classify it a sweet stout.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into glass tulip.

$1.70 / ea.

A: Bright, opaque deep brown body topped with a small tight tan head of low retention that leaves behind light lacing and a thin creamy cover.

S: Coffee dominates with hints of chocolate and a deep roasted malt character. A bit lighter aroma than I would like to see, but the overall impression is prototypical.

T: Sweet dark roasted malt character dominates with hints of coffee and chocolate throughout. Hop bitterness is muted, and the beer finishes with a lingering roasted flavor.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Silky and finishing crisp.

D: Wonderful session beer for the stout lover and beyond. Great flavor that isn't overbearing paired with a crisp feel, and moderate alcohol.

O: Very good beer, but I would expect nothing less from Deschutes.

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Photo of Dieffenbach
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown almost black - definitely one of the darker brews I have ever laid my eyes upon. Tan head fades quickly which would be acceptable if there was any lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted coffee, molasses and a hint of chocolate.

T: Average duration, light sweetness. Yeasty beginnings give way to a bitter cocoa finish.

M: Full bodied, oily and softly carbonated. Many feel this is creamy but I am not getting that reaction.

D: Solid American Stout definitely wirth drinking. My inexperience may be preventing me from awarding a higher rating...

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Photo of chilly460
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear shiny black , with a one finger tan head. Very creamy head and the body is honey colored on the edges.

S: I get some medium roasted malts, coffee, and dry cocoa in this one. Very clean smelling, plenty of punch, nice.

T: Enjoyed this, roasted malt and coffee are at the forefront. I get some smoke as well. It's a dry taste, not unlike an Irish stout.

M: Creamy, could use a little more body body not bad, carbonation was about right.

D: Could drink this all day long, very nice.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a nonic pint, nearly two fingers of tan head with nice retention leaves lace all over the glass, dark brown walnut.

s- little woody, lots of roast, coffee, dark chocolate, some creamy sweetness, maybe a touch of vanilla.

t- pretty much the same as the nose, very roast, dark black coffee, only a hint of sweetness, more dark and roasty and savory, dry on the finish.

m- full bodied, creamy, smooth and coating.

d- nice, this is one of the better stouts i've had, lots of flavor, great mouthfeel, worth trying this one!

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is an excellent beer. Strong in flavor and aroma. The smokey aroma prepares the drinker for what is to come. The dark head full head and dark color let you know that their is a high level of carbonation. The roasted malts and full body satisfy the drinker requiring a strong beer that will withstand some heavy blue cheeses on a Kobe beef hamburger. Had it at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 inches of tan head.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Hints of dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth.

d - A nice stout. Great chocolate smell and taste, would try again.

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Photo of mush
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured too cold, dilligently hand warmed.

Ar - Braised/roasted malt.
Ap - Beautiful head, obsidian body, absolutely nothing not to love.
T - Sweet, creamy delight; the absence of sourness, not at all smokey.
P - Thick cream, 'staches all around.

O - Excellent stout

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Photo of dmfrench
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Simple, drinkable, bitter cocoa and earthy hops Stout.

A: Black hole black... can't even get a highlight when holding it to a bare bulb. Two finger medium khaki head of fine bubbles that settles quickly to a film

S: Roasty espresso, baker's chocolate, molasses, and earthy, spicy hops. Straightforward and delicious.

T: Taste is all about bitter... cocoa and earthy hops. A sweet, creamy foundation provides distant but persistent counterpoint. Perhaps just a tad flavor shy, but it's not an RIS. What it is, however, is a simple, delicious, and extremely drinkable stout.

M: Creamy, yet with enough fine texture to hold on to.


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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 devilben02
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is black with a fizzy but sticky cream-colored head that leaves a tangled web of lacing all the way down the glass that lasts until after the last drop of liquid is gone. The aroma is not very prominent, but there are hints of chocolate and dark caramel sweetness that are discernable. The flavor is a real winner, though, with a big bitter chocolate flavor and a subtle underlying sweetness. The heavily roasted malts are right out in front, but rather than being harsh, the dark roasted malts are quite mellow, allowing the flavor to shine without overpowering with bitterness. A fizzy carbonation makes this one go down easily, but I think I would have preferred a creamier texture. Overall, although this stout does not knock it out of the park in every aspect, the great flavor profile makes this one a great choice.

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

Pours pitch black with dark brown edges. Thick and foamy light brown head dissipates quickly leaves nice lacing down the glass. Smells sweet roasted malts. Tastes dark roast coffee, mocha and dark roasted/burnt malts in the aftertaste with a little hoppy bitterness. Nice medium body.

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Photo of juju7
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful chocolate malt aromas with a slight hint of caramel and molasses. Roasty, dry and not as big as the nose would have you believe on the palate.
Medium bodied, quite approachable and pleasantly satisfying. Simply one of those beers that is hard to fault - not that I'm trying to fault it, it's just a great beer without being mind-blowing. Which in itself is kind of refreshing.

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

The rich dark colour is lightly topped by a half inch head of beige creamy foam causing the drinker to anticipate the hints of caramel and chocolate flavours about to be experienced.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 4-13-15.

APPEARANCE: pours completely black, even when held to light nothing penetrates the darkness, one-finger tan head that dissipated to a thin, broken layer of small bubbles, there was significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: roasted grain, chocolate.

TASTE: initially very sweet then a blast of roasted grains and chocolate, the 6.4% alcohol is perceptible.

PALATE: medium carbonation, creamy, full bodied.

OVERALL: I am not a huge fan of stouts but enjoyed this one when included in a sampler pack, not something I'll seek out by itself but worth trying. If you like the stout style this is one of the better examples for sure.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at 515 Kitchen & Cocktails. Served in a giant snifter.

A - Beautiful looking pour of a beautiful looking beer. A few fingers of persistent tan foam that settles to a thick cap and leaves behind glass-coating lace. Pitch black body. Not sure what else you could expect here.

S - Lots of cocoa, light coffee, a bit of smoke, roasted and charred malts. I think the nitro has muted the smell a touch. This is on the dryer side of things, and isn't overly sweet.

T - Taste contains the same collection of flavors, but with different proportions - light smoke, roasted barley malt, touches of milk chocolate and coffee. Finishes with a combination of roasty and hop bitterness.

M - Soft body, low carbonation. Perhaps a bit thin for 6.4% but otherwise pretty much what you'd expect from a nitro pour of an American Stout.

D - With the low carbonation, smooth body, and well-hidden alcohol, this is one stout you could drink all night long. I wish the flavor and nose popped a little more, but otherwise it's very delicious.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

With the initial pour, Obsidian Stout has a huge, thick, frothy mocha head. It recedes over time but still retains a reasonable cap and leaves some nice lace down the sides. The beer itself is impressively dark with just a little bit of a dark cherry edge.

The aroma is totally full of roasted flavor. Some dark chocolate and smokey tobacco complement the malt nicely, with a small bitter hop presence as well.

Dark roasted malt really dominates the flavor. There are some notes of coffee, smoke, and dark unsweetened chocolate. A citrus hop kick comes in at the end, and there is a modestly bitter aftertaste.

There is a bitter and slightly acidic feel, like a strong cup of coffee. The carbonation is creamy with a little bite and ends up being a little bit on the light side of medium. There is a light acidity toward the end of the sip.

This is a solid stout all the way around.

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Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got two bottles by mistake in a sixer of Buzzsaw Brown. The label has changed since the review photo was posted. It is similar in shape but the background color is now tan.

Pours a dark chocolate color with a scant 1/4 inch of light brown head. The lacings are like rings that follow the descent of the liquid level to the bottom of the glass.

Big flavor of strong coffee and unsweetened chocolate, a good roasted malt, and a sightly bitter hop presence. The mouthfeel and body are both fine. This is a fine Stout, Deschutes Brewery are to be commended for taking on such a challenge.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best buy 10/20/07. Very close to pitch black in color. Thick, creamy mocha head. Very nice to look at! Good head retention and lace.

Roasty with milk chocolate notes, and very vinous in the nose.

Roasty flavor, with a citrusy bitter edge. Lots of fruit comes out as it warms, dark fruit to be more specific. Nice and rich.

Good body, and carbonation. Well balanced. Love the darker fruit flavors in this one, versus the typical coffee or espresso flavors. Nicely done.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a jet black with a creamy tannish head that leaves insane amounts of lace on the glass. Smell is roasted/smoked peat moss. Taste is spot on with the smell, a slight hop bitterness toward the finish. I can smell smoked meat, a bit of coffee grounds, with smooth creamy finish. Not to sweet but dead on with the style and one that I truly enjoyed overall this is one fine damn offering of a stout.

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Photo of jakon
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best before date of 12-7-7.

Pours pitch black with an impressive mocha colored head which displays excellent retention and leaves webs of sticky lacing in its wake. The aroma is of roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee mingle with overpowered hops. Don't know how else to describe it, but there's a crayon-like aroma in there as well. Taste is lightly sweet at first and then turns deeply bitter. Especially in the back. The bitterness of the coffee flavor and hops combine to create an overall bitterness that hits you from all angles. There's also an earthy wood-like flavor in there. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Abrasiveness builds on the tongue as you dig deeper into the glass. This has been a longtime standby that I will continue to revisit as long as the fine folks at Deschutes keep sending it through the bottling line. A classic.

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Photo of Mark
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black color and a foamy tan head that left real nice lace. This stout had a nice roasted smoky taste. Good solid stout that can become a regular in one's repotoire. I enjoyed this with some lamb sausage, ground beef, baked potato and some sourdough bread. Great for a cold evening.

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Photo of hiku7
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in a tulip glass.

A - Pours the color of coffee with a big bold tan-brown head. As the head dissipates, a medium thick lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.

S - Caramel and molasses and other things dark, roasted, and delicious.

T - Caramel and coffee flavors up front with a mild hoppy finish that really balances the initial flavors. There is a tiny spiciness that comes through the carbonation on the tongue.

M - Smooth and creamy, with a mildly fizzy carbonation to finish every swig.

D - Pretty good. Even though I've been working my way slowly through a six pack over the winter, I wouldn't turn down a second or third in one night.

Very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Umbra
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via a secret santa with mwompus.
Poured an inky, opaque black with a thick two fingered dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Mochachino aroma, with maybe some alcohol soaked fruits as well.
Creamy choco coffee flavor with a finishing of bitter hops, cocoa, spiciness.
Mouthfeel was medium, with a creamy felling.
Extremely drinkable stout, especially with the ABV not blowing you off your seat.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,758 ratings.
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