Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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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:
1,107
Ratings:
3,716
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
17.58%
 
 
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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. This brew appears black in color with a finger of creamy tan head that holds quite well across the top and leaves a webbing of lace along the glassware. Large sized bubbles rise to the surface in support of the ring of head that holds close to the edge of the glass. A swirl reforms a finger of head back to the top.

The aroma of this brew is a mixture of fresh grain and some oat-like character and sweetness. There is a bit of a mineral aspect present that blends into citrus and fruity hops. Chocolate brings up the back.

The taste of this brew is clean and roasty with a bitterness that seemingly comes from the roastiness of the grain and not the hops even though there are hop characteristics present in the nose and a bit in the flavor. It lingers in the mouth with a crisp roasty quality with a touch of minerals mixed with citrus hops. The roast imparts a flavor of coffee across the back and into the finish.

This is a medium to full bodied brew that is modestly carbonated and smooth in the feel. It is easy drinking and a fairly solid representation of the style. Nothing flashy or showy about this beer, it is just done to style and it is done well. For more than 6% abv, it is hidden quite well.

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

12oz bottle into a Penn Pilsner pint glass. Thanks Jwelsh for the extra.

A- Obsidian Stout pours a dark black color with some brown showing towards the top. A aggressive pour yielded a 1 inch and building tan head so I slowed down. After the head settled it left a skim on the surface and spotty lacing.

S- I could smell this from 2ft so I know it has legs. A huge roasty profile with a deep malt scent and some chocolate and black coffee. This is near expiration so i'm guessing the hops have faded some but they show up. Charcoal and somewhat burnt.

T- A lot of burnt charcoal throughout with some sweet chocolate and coffee in between. getting some of the yeast as well. Burnt malt giving off slight toffee. After some time some bitterness comes forth so I guess some hops survived. Some fruit off in the distance.

M- More bitterness presided in the mouth as well but overall this one is a smooth sipper. Obsidian is a full bodied stout with ample carbonation. This one finishes a bit dry. The malts stand out the most and stick around the longest out of the flavors.

D- A great American Stout at a low abv which is great in this land of imperials. Not quite a session beer but I would drink a few. The burnt malt may wear thin after some time. Either way this was a treat and I would drink again. Would like to try a freshie to compare.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Diomede for this lovely should be want as an extra.

A- Pours dark brown from the bottle and a nice 1+ finger chocolate head forms. The body is very dark brown that borders on black. The head retention is something else ans is now foamy and starting to leave lots of lacing. probably about a half inch of thick forthy head left and I'm about to dive in.

S- Sweet malts and roasty-ness are the most obvious scents I'm getting with some mild hops and chocolate as well.

T- Big roasty coffee with some bittering hops take the front with some sweet malt and subtle chocolate. Nice combo of tastes.

M- the feel is a little thicker than medium and has smaller carbonation.

O- nice medium percent ABV stout. I wouldnt mind a few more of these

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Photo of pants678
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City.

Comes out the deepest opaque chocolate brown with a creamy beige head.

Roasted chocolate and coffee malts.

This is about the closest I've come to pure milk chocolate in a beer. Though there's a touch of cinnamon and marshmellows (s'mores!) I would not call this complex, but it's not rich either. There's a nice balance of chewy flavors that's easy to sort through with the slightest hop finish.

The Obsidian is thick for sure, but it's a stout with just the right carbonation so I wouldn't have to struggle through the middle or end. Filling, without ending my night or obliterating my palate.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review - Served in a standard pint glass (thanks msubulldog25). Poured an opaque black; zero light penetration. Luscious coffee-colored three-fingered head with excellent retention that left behind concentric bands of thick sticky lacing during the tasting. Scent out of the bottle was coffee and malt (in glass was much more diffuse). Taste similar to nose with roasted coffee flavors much more pronounced; slightly burnt/astringent aftertaste lingers at the finish. Mildly effervescent and full-bodied mouthfeel (not as chewy as an RIS, but you definitely know it's there). Very drinkable and would be a regular if it was locally available.

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

I got this beer with an in person trade with a BA. Last thiursday i decided to drink some dark beers and this was the second one i drank. Here we go!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks perfect. Derp deep very depp darkbrown fluid with the most wonderfull lightbrown head, tine bubbles all over the place.

For the rest i can say this is a good beer, no more no less. There is a nice coffee like laste and smell and the feel is a bit too thin, more alcohol would boost this one into the A+ league.

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

Best by: 07/23/13

Poured into a snifter revealing a black body with a finger of brown head that retains and laces nicely.

An inviting aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate chip cookies.

Comes in roasty and chocolatey. There is a fair amount of hop presence providing bitterness and a touch of grassiness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth.

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Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is one impressive looking brew. Obsidian is a good name because this baby is black. It pours with a HUGE fluffy head that looks like whipped egg whites with a dash of vanilla. The head lasts and lasts if finally settles down to one finger and remains for the duration. Lacing, oh yeah there is lacing. Layer after layer sheet after sheet, some of the most lacing I have ever seen.

S: Nice malty aromas tons of roasted malt that comes at you as fresh ground espresso with a dash of bitter Belgian chocolate on the side.

T: Really nice stout. Rich malt flavors. Tons of dark roasted espresso crashes against the tongue on the first sip. It mellows a bit and the slightest hint of chocolate can be detected. If finishes dry with maybe just a bit of hop bite.

M: Nice and smooth. Almost creamy even.

D: With the average ABV, its rather drinkable.

Overall: Very nice stout. I have been very impressed with the Deschutes line of beers and this one is another fine example. To be honest I like a bit more chocolate taste in my stouts, but this one has taken the coffee taste and run with it. It's very flavorful and drinkable, and one of the best looking beers I have ever seen. I like it, it's worth seeking out.

Thanks Younger35 for another fine Deschutes brew.

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

Obsidian is a type of naturally-occuring glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock. Ok pours a typical black color with a darker tan tinted head that remained through the whole tasting. Some lighter brown hues around the edge.

The nose is limited overall but some US stout smells with roasted malts mostly coming out. Some lighter coffee and chocolate touches. Some DMS in the nose as well. I also pick out a touch of esters as well.

The taste is more balance and more distinct than the nose indicated. A nice roast presence with a more balance chocolate finish. Some astringency with black malt. The coffee flavor is also more prevalent but is light compared to the roasted malt. Some touches of caramel and as it warmed it was picking out DMS in the taste as well. A real deterrent in this beer.

The body is good with more of a mid than full feel. Even with the astringent bite there is a sweetness that stays even after tasting. A nice stout found in liquor store, but not sure if naturally occurring or not.

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

A: 3/4" light brown head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Toasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Bitter toasted malt, black coffee and dark chocolate flavours all rolled into one. Its like a black coffee with cocoa in one hand, and a morning smoke in the other.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Its a very good stout, but it is definitely on the bitter side.

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

/A vigorous pour yielded three fingers of dark black beer and three fingers of khaki creamy foam.

S: Roasted malts then cocoa, sweet date aroma. Toffee as well. Not all that strong of an aroma but a good one.

T: Followed the nose except that I got some hoppy/ coffee bitterness on the finish slightly.

M: Spot on mouthfeel for stout, not too thick but not watery. Nice carbination with good lacing until the end.

O: Impressive and very worthy of try. Nice job Deschutes!

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Photo of TBonez477
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reasonably fresh, started with a strong licorice flavor at cellar temp. This died as it warmed. Has strong roast flavor throughout and a bitter finish that lingers. Good mouthfeel on this one for the low ABV and medium carbonation.

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

A: Pours a solid very dark brown, nearly black (but not quite obsidian!), with a fairly small amount of foamy white head. The little bit that builds up around the edge of the glass leaves minimal spots of lacing.

S: Roasted malts; chocolate milk with a little bit of nuttiness.

T: Nicely balanced; not overly sweet or bitter, but there is a nice depth. Caramel roasted malts notes, finishing with a surprisingly sharp bitter dryness.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks quite nicely, and the ABV is fairly reasonable for having a few.

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

Bottle is Best by 5/19/13. Poured into a small wine glass.

O – An above average stout. A beer that required an entire 12oz for me to recognized as a beer worthy of recognition.

A –Poured black, nice tan 2-finger smooth head, nice lacing, nicely carbonated.

S – Coffee, roasted malt, a slight floral and spicey aroma.

T – Roasted malt, expresso/coffee, some mild sweetness, bitterness in the finish.

MF – Smooth.

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

Enjoyed at Deschutes pub in Bend. They said this was cask-conditioned and served on a nitro tap. Is that possible?

It's super-black with the requisite super-tight head. The smell is of roasted malts, very nice.

The taste is good. It's smooth as glass, thanks to the cask-conditioning. Just like obsidian, this stout is one slick, black treat.

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

Pours dark brown with three fingers of chocolaty,chunky head that leaves some massive Swiss cheese lacing as is drops at a snails pace. The nose is caramely with some light roasted coffee aromas. This Stout is rich and full of bitter chocolates and burnt coffee,some good hoppy bitterness on the tail. The body is full and just rite for my liking,this is a bit dry,and could use a touch more creaminess,but overall is a great stout with lots of character to spare. Very quaffable and a great example of the style.

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

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts with a decent brown head that disappears at an average pace leaving behind some decent spotted lacing. Beer is black in color with no light shining through when held up to the ceiling

S- Very light sweetness, mostly burnt toasty notes

T- On the dryer side, with notes of mostly toasted malts with very faint hints of coffee in the finish

M- Medium bodied with light/medium carbonation

O- I don't typically like dryer stouts, but this one was nice... not too dry, just dryer. I received this in a trade, so can't reflect on price, but all in all I would more than likely try/buy this one again

CHEERS!!

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Photo of hero27
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
6.4% abv.

Obsidian is a fitting name. Black color with a tan, foamy head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Aroma of roasted barley & dark chocolate.
Burnt malts and rich dark chocolate are abundant in the taste. Molasses flavors coat the tongue and there's also a lingering coffee finish.
Velvety smooth texture and goes down ridiculously easy for a stout.
I can see why this is near the top of it's class.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small dark head.
Nose shows intense roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of smoke. Very nice.
Very similar flavours, lots of roasted malt and coffee beans with more noticeable smoke. Finishes with a light roasty bitterness.
Carbonation is a little too high.

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Photo of Spiff
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good tasting, with more than hints of burnt carmel sweetnes, no hoppy bitterness. Much more flavor than Guiness. Bold, confident - the stout that got me started liking stouts - I have moved on to Imperial's for the bigger flavor but this still stands there and says -drink me - I'm worth it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%

Been considering this one for awhile. Now it's time.

Appearance (4.5) : Pours out of the bottle looking like used motor oil. Now I know that doesn't sound particularly delectable, but in a stout, it sure is. It has an oatmeal colored head, reaching about two fingers. It leaves generous lace in delicate lingerie rings around the glass as it recedes. Color is obsidian black, just like the name. 100% opaque. Nothing penetrates. I like how this is looking.

Aroma (4.25) : Smokey, coffee bean, dark chocolate, campfire. A little licorice. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4) : Quite decent. Bitter notes set in right away with coffee bean and char, then some more grassy notes step in, some woody dark cherry, finally leaving with some dark chocolate and roast bean. Smoke and char is left lingering on the palate. It's not the best stout I've ever tasted, but it's not half bad.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Creamy mouthfeel with an underbelly of generous carbonation. Mildly zippy. I would say it's just a hair less carbonated than the Shipyard Blue Fin Stout I reviewed (which arguably was too much carbonation for its style). Could be better.

Overall (4.02) : This is not my favorite Deschutes offering. It is definitely a good smokey stout with heavy char and dark notes. Long after the swallow the taste lies lingering on the palate with roasted coffee and light smoke. It is a worthy offering and should be tried if spotted.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black. A large mocha head left plenty of spidery lacing.

Smell is of dark coffee and tobacco.

Taste is similar to the smell. Plenty of dark roasted malt with coffee and tobacco notes.

Texture is stellar. A medium body with some chew. Some carbonation and a bite.

A very surprising great feeling from such a low abv. My favorite part of the beer. Flavors are big and bold. It's not an imperial, so I can't expect more complexity, but it's well done.

DOA

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Photo of MiScusi
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle. A deep opaque black with a bubbly thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of roasted and black malts, and maybe cascade hops?, somewhat musty/sour. Taste is of heavy rostiness and coffee. Not too viscous, but has nice body. Carbonation is about medium. The flavor definitely carries this one with strong coffee character along with a fairly mild bitterness.

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Photo of Lupe
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a brown hue at the bottom of the glass when held to the light. Huge cocoa colored rocky tan that leave tons of sticky lace all over the glass. If you like them dark, they don't look much better than this one.

Big dose of acidic/astringent roast hits you with a hint of cocoa powder, and smokey notes. A touch sweetness rounds out the aroma.

A quick touch of dark chocolate sweetness is thrown aside by a bitter and acidic burnt twang of roasted barley. This lingers a bit before moving over for ripe fruit and burnt caramel. The first sip is almost overwhelming with roasted bitterness, similar to iced coffee sans milk and sugar. Once the initial shock is over other flavors come out. A hint of rum soaked cherries, smoke, and spice. Hops are herbal and leafy. Espresso/French Roast coffee lingers throughout. Finishes dry with lingering roast.

Medium bodied and smooth. A little biting on the tongue between all the roast and the carbonation.

Very robust. Drinks bigger than you would think - after being on a Imperial Stout kick, I figured a stout at 6.4% would be a session beer. Not quite the case. Alcohol gets warming and more noticeable midway through. High roasted character and astringency takes a notch or two away from the drinkability. Nice solid stout.

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Photo of Knilas
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Midnight black in the glass. Tan head...just not much of one. Heavy mouthfeel. Rich, dark coffee and chocolate. Some molasses in the background. Lotsa malt. Hops come in just enough to balance everything out. Well made. Worth the coin.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,716 ratings.
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