Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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1,107 Reviews
Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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%
 
 
Wants:
557
Gots:
748
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 1,107 | Ratings: 3,716
Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best By: 04/09/12
0134 J

A- Aggressive pour yields a three finger-width, mid-mocha head on a black beer. Gread head retention with clumpy lacing.

S- A whole bunch of roasty, chocolatey, cola notes on the nose.

T- More roastiness, chocolate and even a hint of smokiness on certain sips. Perhaps some coffee thrown in there somewhere. Leaves a taste of bitter chocolate on the palate.

M- Smooth, medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D/O- Highly drinkable. First time having this Deschutes offering, I've been missing out. Thanks ruizjoseph for the long time want!

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black with a beautiful cocoa-brown head. The head dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a fair amount of sticky lacing on the inside of the glass...

The smell is inviting - the caramel and dark chocolate notes are pretty obvious with no real hops to speak of...

Taste is very rewarding. The primary notes are chocolate and caramel with no real coffee, smoke or 'burnt' taste to be found. It's rather reminiscent of some of my favorite milk stouts but there's no real sweetness to be found, only the illusion. The beer has a very dry finish without being bitter.

While it's a medium to heavy bodied brew, it clears the palate nicely and doesn't leave an oily aftertaste. Carbonation is medium to low but that's all that's needed to make the stout seem complete.

This is a very drinkable stout and I'm surprised to see the ABV so high (BA reports 6.70%, Deschutes website says 6.40%) This tastes like one of those pleasant 4%-5% stouts; there's no hint at all that it's hiding a higher than normal alcohol kick. Perhaps that's the source of the 'hint of sweetness' but whatever the case, it's quite a tasty brew.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass with a best by: 7/28/12. Glad I noticed this since it is 7/15/12

Appearance: Big beautiful 2 to 2&1/2 finger size head that is khaki color with tight condensed bubbles. It is a dark black beer with absolutley no light penetration through this beer. The lacing on this is ridiculous as I swirl the glass it really sticks to the side. I was taken by the head that formed on this. Awesome!

Smell: Upfront is the espresso and toasted malts along with dark chocolate and nuts. I get some slight molasses and some fairly noticable hops.

Taste: Roasted malts big time! Some bitter chocolate and mild coffee present. A noticable bitter hoppy finish for a stout that prevents any overly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout and rather carbonated. Not slick or viscous but that is nice on this one because it makes it highly drinkable.

Overall: This is a nice change of pace stout for me. Slightly hoppy and roasted goodness through and through. Low abv makes this easy to drink and that is apparent as my glass is nearing empty and only after about 10 minutes.

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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 lordofstarside
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz to a pint glass, best by 3/18/14

Pours black with about a finger of khaki colored foam. Not any transparency when held to a lamp, shades of brown on the sides and bottom though. Head receded sorta quick, lacing is okay

Smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, vanilla, and a little bit of alcohol. Not super complex by any means, but a solid smelling stout

Taste is strong coffee and dark chocolate malts, cherry and dark fruits, vanilla, and heavy smoke on the finish. Comes together well

Medium/thick body, dry and sticky finish. Really bitter, alcohol concealed well

Overall nothing fanatical, but a solid stout

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Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev -5%

Had this Nitro in Maui. Very well balanced Porter, not too smokey, great head and look.
Could drink a lot of these with no problem. Very similar to their Black Butte, which seemed a tad less bitter, but both are very good.

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Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a decent tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is thick with coffee and malt. The flavor is very smooth, the bitter coffee and chocolate is balanced nicely with the roastiness of the malt. Avoids the soy-sauce bite. Good hop bitterness as well. A very good stout.

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Photo of far333
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, nearly black and opaque. A two inch head rises up strongly and lingers long and makes light popping noises as it settles slowly down.

Aroma of roasted malt, light molasses and some cocoa. Also a bit woody.

Rich flavor of cocoa and coffee, charred oak and smoke, some molasses and caramel. Finishes tangy with some sharp wood.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry and tannic. Thanks to Sparky27 for sharing this one.

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Photo of nkersten
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Black13 - thanks! Poured into NB globe, opaque black with dark brown edges when held up to light. Thin tan head fades to collar. Smell is spicy hops, roasted malt, some coffee and black patent. Taste is a nice balance of bitter bakers chocolate and spicy hops with dark roasted malts in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively medium carbonation - a bit bubbly even after a vigorous pour. A very drinkable American Stout, but not my favorite. Definitley gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dark brown color with brown head. Aroma has dark malt, brown sugar and a good dose of hops. Taste starts with dark sugar, roasted malt and bakers chocolate. Body is quite thin for a stout, carbonation is medium. Overall it's a good stout but nothing to remember.

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Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black and fairly oily, decent carbonation considering the relatively high viscosity.

S: vanilla, sherry, charcoal, a little oak.

T: smoky bitter charcoal, semi-sweet chocolate, milky coffee

M: low carbonation, medium to full bodied, silky in a chocolate milk kind of way.

D: pretty standard stout. I would expect a little more form Deschutes, but there was nothing wrong with it so I really can't complain.

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle boured into (512) wine glass.

very dark brown, opaque, no light through it. 1/2" head fades quick, leaves ring and a couple yeasty circles on top. (May have not poured carefully enough). Too dark and not clear enough to tell about carbonation.

Nose is full of bittersweet chocolate, malts, sweet dark fruit esters. Very alluring.

Surprisingly hop forward. This wasn't detectable on the nose at all. Sweet finish of molasses and licorice. Reminds me of a relative of the BB porter.

Mouthfeel is heavy and sticky. Lingers with that thick hoppy stout feel.

Overall, I think I was expecting more of this one, but delightful enough. Just no.... bang!

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Photo of ichus
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my new favorite. I work in a grocery store that sells alot of beer and this is the best I've tried. I like to drink it in tandem with a hot cup of strong coffee. I'm giving it a 4 only because there are alot of stouts I haven't experienced. But out of all the generallly available ie grocery store stouts and porters, this is the best. Black Butte porter a close second. Way better than Monkey Face, Pipeline, Guinness black Etc.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $8.69 for a 6 pack of 12oz bottles. Poured one of them into a pint glass.

Tan head of an inch after an aggressive pour. Not too thick coming out of the bottle. The darkest shade of brown next to black. Opaque. Seemingly lightly carbonated. Minimal head retention. Some lacing.

Sweet, roasted malts and mild caramel with such a clean aroma. Some chocolate, nut and wood aromas as well. As it warms, some warming alcohol comes into play as well.

Very nicely roasted malts with oak wood and nutty undertones.

Mouth is medium bodied, quite light for a nice stout. Light carbonation. Mild viscosity, this one leaves a light residue on the tongue leading to a lasting aftertaste. Good drinkability.

At this price, who can not like this beer?

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pored into pint glass

A pours a dark black color with a nice fluffy tan head nice lacing as you enjoy the stout

S- is chocolate,roasted malts toffee and a touch of smoke

T- is great with semi sweet chocolate followed by roasted malts and coffee flavors

M- smooth creamy with a sweet silky smooth finish

O- a great stout that is very smooth and easy to drink..top notch

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Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice extra thrown in on a trade - thanks Destral. Always been a fan of Deschutes when I've had the chance to try, and I'm glad to be sampling this one. Pours nearly black, no light, soft looking head. Nice charred aroma, roasty, subtle hops. Well rounded flavor here - really nice and robust, burned wood taste, malty as hell and nice dark roast to this one, balanced by a nice hop bitterness. Subtle tobacco or leather flavor, nice. Lots going on, but smooth and not muddled, making this a nice drinkable stout for the colder weather. Nothing imperial or extreme about this at all - just a nice flavorful stout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during my wife and I's lovely trip to Bend, OR in August 2009.

A: Pours jet black with a nice deep tan head.

S: Loads of chocolate atop a slightly sweet roasted malt base.

T: Good amount of chocolate alongside coffee and roasted malt. Nice balance between everything.

M: Medium body with lighter carbonation and a bit of a chewy nature.

D: Very nice all around. Nothing too outstanding, but a quaffable, fairly low abv dark brew, which I'm always happy to find.

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Photo of macher0
4/5  rDev -5%

Bottle to tulip.

A: Very dark brown. Poured a 2-finger head that slowly retreats to an amber, frothy film.


S: Mild fragrance. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.


T: Minor hop bitterness blends nicely with major notes of dark roasted malts, coco, coffee, and chocolate. A slight sweetness prefaces the hop bitterness. Nicely balanced with a chocolaty finish.


M: Full body, slightly harsh (sometimes a down side of hops), moderate carbonation.


O: A very good imperial stout, especially for a year-round, mass-produced ale. Tons of flavor, but the finish is a minor setback.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on nitro-tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a pint glass jet black with a small, dense, tan nitro head. Very clean aroma, infused with espresso and roasty malts. Roasty, roasty taste, coffee, dark chocoate, more roastiness, almost burnt, but not quite. Silky and uh, roasty, with a coffee-bitter dry finish. Full body and quite drinkable.

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Photo of dc87
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful. Near-opaque dark brown body with a thick, dark mocha head.

S - A lot of dark chocolate, some roasted malt, a little fruitiness. Straightforward, but enjoyable.

T - Deep and complex. Begins with a big delicious malt taste with sweet chocolate and dark fruit notes. This is followed by a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. There are just a little more hops than I would have liked, it distracts from the other flavours. A lot of roasted malts in the aftertaste, almost burnt tasting, with some lingering bitterness. Very interesting.

M - Also great - nice and thick, with a nice amount of zest from the carbonation.

O - A complex and tasty stout. Would prefer a little less bitterness, but overall, very enjoyable. Will definitely drink again.

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

1708th Review on BA
Nitro tap to tulip
16oz

@Original Gravity Publick House, San Jose, CA

App- A medium dense brown with some darker edges and a center as well. A huge three finger tan/white head with great cling. Looked like the American Guinness.

Smell- This was a lot like an Oreo just in the liquid form. This was creamy and grainy but yet smooth and balanced with some vanilla and chocolate notes.

Taste- This was a good beer. I still think I should have a bottle of the regular to compare this too. The roasts notes are a bit pronounced for me and have a slight granular and vanilla/chocolate similar to the nose.

Mouth- A solid medium creamy body with a medium/low carbonation. A bit of a toasty residual flavor with some bakers chocolate.

Drink- It's a classic stout, bitter, chocolatey and grainy. One of the classics. Good beer. Would have again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours big and black. A cocoa-colored head forms up big, going above the glass and forcing a brief stop to the pour. The rest gets slowly dripped in as the foam settles. Leaves shiny lace rings as it goes down.

Aroma - fresh roasted grain, light chocolate notes. Good resilience and quite appealing.

Taste - sweet roasted grain, a good heavy roast providing some burnt espresso bean, bitter chocolate and mild char. The char hangs on at the swallow and works with the balancing hops to move things along. The aftertaste has a burnt/bitter hop flavor to it and hangs in there for a good ten seconds or more. Ends dry and roasty, very nice.

Mouthfeel - a touch thin, well-carbonated, some well-placed smoothness to help round out the flavors.

Drinkability - not one to hoard, but I like it.

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Photo of Chris72
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since I've tried it, so this will get updated...
Look: Rich, dark color
Smell:
Taste:
Feel: Good thick beer, similar for me as Black Butte Porter

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -5%

This is an ultra black, thick brew. Tan head with a decent lace. Grain and a touch of smoke and coffee in the smell. Firm bitterness in the taste. Some underlying thick smoothness. Bitter and powerful. Excellent brew.

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Photo of KAP1356
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another review to catch up on. 12 oz bottle I received as an extra in a trade (don't remember woth whom). Poured into a DFH pint glass...

A - Pours an almost opaque blackish-brownish color. A nice creamy 2 finger head forms and retains nicely. Nice lacing down the glass.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee notes mix together nicely. Some slight earthy hops make a nice appearance bringing things together.

T - Big roasted malt flavor here with nice chocolate and coffee flavors mixing together in the background. Some bitter hops at the end really add nicely to the overall flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Nice and creamy texture on the tongue. Nice.

O - A really nicely done "everyday" stout that I wish I could get more of on a regular basis. Definitely a nice go to stout I could have several of in one sitting.

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