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Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

1,100 Reviews
Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

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

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Reviews: 1,100 | Ratings: 3,686
Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter with a half finger of light tan bubbles. Smell of bakers chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, some hop presence and a some residual sugar.

Taste of strong coffee, some licorice, and a little bit of bittering hops with some bakers chocolate taste. There is a light to medium body, that seems just right with the sweetness for the style. This is a nice american stout. A tasty brew from Deschutes regular lineup after having their "other" beers in bombers. Medium on the high side carbonation that works well and may bring out more hop presence. Well done

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

A- Beer pours a very dark jet black color. With an aggressive pour the head stays for a few min. then leaves a trace of lacing.

S- Smells like a stout, however, strangely enough I smell creamed corn, very odd. My cat incidentally thought it smelled good and gave it a taste.

T- Strong taste of coffee, especially in the aftertaste. A touch of a Smokey taste as well.

M- Smooth and creamy at the same time. I wasn't expecting the carbonation as it is so dark you don't see it.

D- Not too bad, it isn't my favorite stout, but it isn't too bad. I'm using it as part of a BBQ marinade so we'll see how that turns out.

Overall not too bad of a brew.

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

A - Good looking stout, pours black and has a nice contrasting tan head.

S - Chocolate with toasted malts, slight hop aroma to keep it balanced.

T - Bitter coffee followed by chocolate, then floral hops.

M - A little on the thin side, I was expecting more, medium carbonation.

O - A good straight forward American Stout.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thumbs width brown, creamy head. Nice lacing to it. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and some dark fruit. A pretty damn awesome strong and bitter roasted coffee flavor is the first to introduce itself, this is followed by some bittersweet chocolate and liquorice. Underneath the entire sip is a vanilla like sweetness that I didn't at first detect. A nice, bitter flavor lingers in the aftertaste. A nice, creamy body to this. I slacked on giving this one a try for the longest time and realize that this was a mistake. This is a great stout and worth all the love it receives.

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

A - Pours jet black with a finger and a half of dark coffee colored head. Nice whispy lacing on the glass.
S - Milky vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso coffee and a hint of caramel if you search for it. T - Lightly roasted malts up front with a lightly sweet coffee note followed by bitter dark chocolate which resides on the palate for an extended period of time. Ends with a slightly sour carbonation bite. Body is a little on the thin side for a stout, but the ABV is too.
O - A decent stout.
V - Medium.

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

Appearance: Black, small but firm head.

Smell: Fruity, then coffee.

Taste: Nice chocolate & coffee flavors. Not much of the dark fruits that show up in the smell. A little bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability: A solid stout, I could have a few in a sitting.

A very nice stout from Deschutes here. Not too sweet and not too bitter, very well balanced. A good choice if you're looking for something a little higher octane than Guinness but don't want to go the imperial route.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured jet black and viscous, with a light tan head that retained its carbonation rather well. Nice looking brew.

S - malt, cocoa, roasted light coffee, lightly charred oak. The alcohol was light on the nose.

T - Roasted malt and coffee on the initial taste; very similar to the smell; light on the alcohol, which was a good thing.

M - lightly carbonated and smooth on the palate.

O - This is a very well balanced beer for the most part. The malt and charred qualities sort of overtook the nuance, but the overall effect is still rather good. Great brew.

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Photo of Andrew644
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black with a dark tan or light brown head.

S- chocoate and roasted malt smell

T- chocolate and the roasted malts blend well to create a flavor where they are both present. A hop presence is noticable but the flavor doesn't come through it is many just to balance the beer out I think.

M- smooth yet slightly crips, it is refreshing.

D- A nice stout, definately worth trying if you like stouts.

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

Pours a pitch black color with a tan head that settles fairly quickly. Aroma is highly roasted, heavy notes of coffee and touches of cocoa. Flavor is chock full of roasted malt goodness, along with lots of unsweetened chocolate type flavor. Mouthfeel is very smooth, some carbonation is noted on the finish, but nothing to write home about.

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

Poured from a bottle into a teku.

A - Beautiful dark murky brown/black. 1 finger tan/brown head.

S - Smoke, charcoal, barbecued wood, cacao, vanilla, brown sugar.

T - Smokey, charcoal, bitter chocolate, slightly sour.

M - Very creamy, perfect amount of carbonation, silky smooth.

O - A nice American Stout. Not overbearing, but hearty and tasty.

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

From bottle, Pours black with beige head. Aroma cocoa, coffee. Taste is full of roast coffee and dark chocolate. Rich and creamy delicious. The body is thin. Very nice.

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

Six pack purchased at the grocery store.

Pours impervious black with a medium-bodied chocolate milk head. Some foamy scraps of lace left on the glass.

At the top of the smell is burnt chocolate followed by a roasted malt depth.

Taste begins with a slight hop bitterness flooded with a roasted malt sweetness -- almost sour, but just slightly -- and then the chocolate and coffee depth come through, with an aftertaste of singed malt.

Mouthfeel has a nice airy creaminess to it.

Not a bad stout!

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Photo of jmacdaddy2008
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First deschutes beer I have ever had.
Got a bottle in Denver from a friend along with a couple of the Abyss.
Beer poured jet black with a tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a tiny ring around the glass with bubbles
Has a good rich smell of chocolate and coffee. Let it warm a little in the snifter to see if any other smells come out...more coffee
Tastes malty with a bitter after taste might be from the coffee or hops
Decent stout very drinkable looking forward to the Abyss

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Photo of 911CROFT
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a Tulip. Paid £3.10 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, pitch-black body that remains unchanged when held to the light. A three-finger in height, rocky, dark-tan coloured head gradually reduces to a dense cap, leaving behind an excellent amount of thick, sticky lacing.

Rich, dark, roasted malts, burnt barley and heavily roasted coffee beans dominate the nose. Noticeable in the background are a touch of molasses and sweet milk chocolate. The taste follows suit, leading with deep, rich, dark roasted malts and tangy bitter roasted coffee. Towards the middle a flash of brown sugar and molasses provide a fleeting amount of sweetness before quickly fading as the moderately bitter, earthy and herbal hop profile builds. Medium to full-bodied with a small amount of fine carbonation, the mouth-feel is luxuriously soft, smooth and creamy. Charred, roasted dark malts, a mildly acidic hop bite and traces of milk chocolate combine to give a drying bittersweet finish, which lingers forever on the palate.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Incredibly well-crafted, well-balanced and hugely drinkable. The intense roasted malt profile, present from start to finish, creates an amazingly characterful robustness, but still allows the other elements of the beer to shine. Sadly none of Deschutes’s beers are easily available to me in the UK, if I spot another bottle though I wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up. Recommended.

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

P: 12 oz. Squat brown bottle, best by 01/12/08 is stamped on the label, 6.4% Alc. by Vol.

A: Dark India ink pour with a thick-burnt dark sugar foam head that dissipates to a thin cover and enough lacing for three beers.

S: Sweet brown sugar, roasted malt, and thin alcohol vapors at the end of the nose.

T: Starts with a slightly thin roasted malt, bitter espresso and then slowly dissolves into a very slight sweet finish.

M: Gives the entire mouth a workout, in a good way! This one is a sipper to be enjoyed as it lowers in temperature.

D: Could do one or two at a sitting I am classifying this as a great nightcap drink to be savored rather than an all out session.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a half finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt with light char, chocolate, hints of vanilla, coffee and hops. Flavor is dark toasted malt with char and little smoke, boiled coffee, chocolate with hints of vanilla; finishes with charry dark malt, coffee and grassy hops. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice toasty stout with a surprising amount of coffee and char, considering what a long time workhorse this stout has been. I'm impressed that Deschutes was making something this aggressive for so long. It's hard not compare this to Abyss and it is not as rich and complex, but really quite nice for a readily available, widely distributed stout. It's been a long time since I had one of these and I will revisit it more frequently now.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance had a dark brown/close to black colored body with a two finger off-white/tan foamy head that rises a bit and then drops gently leaving some thick spider web lacing gracing the sides of the glass. The smell has a smokey, woody, espresso, and roasty combined fantastically. The taste took all of those previously mentioned aromas entering a sort of sweetness from some light chocolate and some light vanilla, dry espresso aftertaste, dry sticky finish. On the palate, she sat about a medium, semi-sessionable, carbonation is done very well for its style and for me, becomes slightly creamy. Overall, I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of harkjohnny
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to BrewDog for this one.

strong opaque black with a dense 1 finger head. heavy chocolate roasty aroma (like a bitter dark chocolate) and flavor. Also getting a canned coffee grind aroma/flavor combined with fruity esters. Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy and coffeelike with sprightly carbonation on the tongue. Aftertaste leaves a mellow roast and a touch of hops to balance the sweetness of the malt.

I well made beer that i'm lucky to have tried as it's not available in my area.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Best by 10/31/11

Aroma: Rich chocolate malt, some roasty coffee notes, and a bit of herbal hop. Pretty straight-forward aroma profile, amd a good one.

Appearance: Dark espresso brown body. Light tan, thick 3 finger head settles very slowly into a dense collar of foam. Decent lacing clings to the inside of the glass.

Flavor: Sweet, fruity blueberry up front, then roasty cocoa and coffee notes. A light mineral note, and then a strong, hoppy bitterness comes through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation and medium-high viscosity. A creamy mouthfeel overall. Comes across as just a tad bit on the flat side, but not to the point of detracting from my enjoyment.

Overall: I'd been wanting to try this one for a while, so this was a treat. Nothing bad to say about this brew, and I'll definitely be buying more once Deschutes (hopefully) expands distribution to Indiana over the next year! I recommend you try Obsidian as well.

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Photo of nataku00
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a straight sided glass. Pitch black, with no light visible through the bottle. Initial finger of light brown khaki head, foamy and stuck around for a good ten minutes.

Nose is dominated by bitter dark roasted malts, bit of coffee fruitiness, and dark caramel sweetness. Burnt sugar bitterness as well.

Dark malt and burnt sugar upfront after the first sip. Bitter throughout with a dark chocolate sweetness on the sweetness.

Smooth light bodied beer with fairly high carbonation is easy to drink but the light body makes it a bit similar to black butte.

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Photo of cosmonick
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an English Pint Glass

Appearance: Poured pitch black with a medium sized, fizzy brown head.

Aroma: Malty with a strong scent of molasses and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a very slight bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery with medium carbonation.

Overall: I have drank so many Imperial Stouts lately, that the lessor flavor of a "single" was immediately noticeable. That's not a critique, as I realize this is par for the style. The light body and medium flavor makes this a very enjoyable and drinkable stout.

Eis Igian,

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Photo of jmd1978
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black color with creamy tan head. Nose coffee heavy, with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste espresso with bitter chocolate and a little happiness. Finish lingering like morning cup of coffee. Very drinkable stout.

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Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obscure, unfathomable black, Obsidian Stout reminds one of, well...obsidian. Even a lift right next to a lamp reveals only the faintest cranberry highlights. A two-finger head the color and consistency of a mocha latte crowns this beast, gripping the sides with impressive vigor as it recedes at its leisure. The nearly full patina of lacing left behind is impressive.

The nose is classic roast flavors all the way. Sweet milk chocolate, coffee with cream. Hops are hinted at, but charred malt is the overseer of this little enterprise.

Bitter, seared barley brings notes of smoked maple stabilized by a more noticeable piney hop flavor, with a finish just that leans just slightly to the sweet side.

Medium-light mouthfeel, with light carbonation. Although I'd have appreciated a slightly fuller body, there is and a dulcet smoothness I find very pleasant.

A solid American stout with classic flavors from a brewery that has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle poured into Founders Snifter. Best by 1/28/13

A- Pours a dark slightly translucent dark amber brown that appears jet black when sitting in the glass. About two fingers of creamy fairly thick mocha brown head that has great retention and coats the glass with fairly thick foamy lacing. Decent carbonation for a stout with consistently rising bubbles.

S- Roasted malts, espresso beans, barley, and some dark chocolate. Fairly roasty, about average aroma strength.

T- Roasty malts, espresso beans, some light hops that blend with the barley, light dark chocolate on the finish that lingers along with the barley taste. Fairly robust, definitely roasty, well balanced, and decently tasty.

M- Fairly carbonated for a stout, smooth, a little bit velvety, goes down easy. In my opinion a little bit overcarbonated and a tad bit too velvety which made it a little bit hard to finish for me.

O- A decent stout that I enjoyed drinking but nothing that stood out too much. A tad bit too roasty, overcarbonated, and velvety on the feel for my liking. Looked fantastic when pouring. Overall a decent stout that was definitely above average, but there are plenty that I would take over this. I would recommend trying it out especially if you like a lot of roast.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 2/27/08; Poured into a pint glass from the brown, 12oz. bottle (Best By: 03/28/08). Pour produced a tan/rocky head of 2" over an ebony beer that, when held to light, only lets a slight glimpse of ruby light through. Good head retention and good lacing left on the glass.

Aroma: Slight, but nice roasted malt and Starbucks coffee-shop smell.

Taste: Roasted malt, sweetened coffee and cream, some caramel. A smokey aftertaste lingers

MF: On the thin side and low carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing objectionable here.... good solid American Stout. I never thought that I'd say THIS: But this beer could use just a touch more carbonation.

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