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Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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94
outstanding
1,100 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:
1,100
Ratings:
3,686
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
17.58%
 
 
Wants:
549
Gots:
735
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 1,100 | Ratings: 3,686
Photo of Lofty
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a pint glass which revealed a thin film of head

S: smells typical for most stouts with a hint of chocolate and strong roasted malts

T: flavors are quite pleasant with a tiny bit of chocolate but the star is clearly the roasted malt which hangs around for a bit after some smoky oak-ness fades away. You can tell this is a high quality beer as there's definitely no watery, metallic, or alcohol-y flavors

M: the carbonation seems a little much for my preference and it sits a little heavy on the tongue, but I figure it's within reason for a stout

O: A solid offering from one of my favorite breweries. I would certainly buy another six-pack.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served nitro-tap in a pint glass

A- Obsidian, the name says it all. Just a few light highlights in this hazy dark storm of a beer. Chocolate two finger head with great head retention and great lacing.

S - Delightful roasted malt with nice chocolate and hop pine balance.

T - Chocolate and smokiness as first follow by coffee bitterness in the back palate and a little dry. Tastes just slightly watery in the end, but well balanced overall.

M - Creamy, full bodied, good carbonation. Almost perfect.

O - Excellent stout, would be the best beer at many breweries. Just wish I would have drank this before, and not after The Abyss because that is one tough act to follow. Would get this beer anytime.

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Photo of chrisms86
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost solid black (when held up to a light some brown shines through) with a fine layer of lasting head. Smells of alcoholic chocolate. Mouthfeel is very thick with just a slight tingle of carbonation, with a slight sweetness to complement the chocolate, coffee, and malt.

A fantastic stout. Recommended without a meal, as the chocolate and coffee flavors tend to be more dessert-oriented and aren't the best at complimenting food. A great after dinner beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours just a shade or two away from being completely pitch black with a nice tan head that provides some solid lacing. The aroma is dark and roasty with a good dose of coffee and chocolate. The taste is very well crafted with dark roasted malts with a good amount of roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. The drinkability of this stout is off the charts, I would love to be able to throw down a few more of these in one sitting. Overall, Obsidian Stout is a pretty damn tasty stout that is highly recommended.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – Jet black with a lot of nice tan frothy head. The lacing left is plentiful.

Smell – The smell is very strong of roasted malt. There is a little caramel and coffee as well.

Taste – Very nice roasted malt flavor off the get go. This is followed by some coffee and burnt wood. There is a nice balancing bitterness also. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel – Nice subtle carbonation and a substantial enough body to hold its own.

Drinkability – Amazing…it goes down like cold water on a hot day.

Thanks to elricorico for the bottle. A great beer which I hope to get more of soon!

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian Stout into pint

Decanted pour is densely black with a thich beige head that tracks big
sticky webbing on the way down.

Nose is dominated by roasted grain, French roast coffee, and citrus.
It smells very roasty and bitter, walking the fine line of being
acrid, and its a touch smokey.

Starts off with a faint sweetness that is quickly run over by a clean
roasty bitterness, more French roast coffee, smoke, and a faint hop
citrus on the finish. The flavor is just intensely coffee focused.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a coarsely bubbled carbonation that
seems a bit rough.

Way easy to drink, with the abundant carbonation being the only
lackluster point. This is a well put together American stout that is
heavy enough to qualify for export strength.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Obtained from an exceptional trader, msubulldog25.

a - pours black with a one-finger tan head, retention around the edges, slight lacing

s - bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt dominate, not much alcohol presence, slight nuttiness

t - bittersweet chocolate up front followed by a smooth roasted malt, finish is slightly bitter with no noticeable alcohol

m - full-bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish with a bit of warming

d - very drinkable stout, alcohol is not noticeable and the taste is quite smooth

Very good stout, not on the level of Cadillac Mtn., but excellent nonetheless. I could drink this all night and not get bored.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle poured into tulip glass. Obsidian color just like the title. One finger head settles easy. Nice lacing.

Aroma not overpowering. Subtle molasses and coffee, roasty.

Dark chocolate overtones backed up by some nice roasty espresso flavors. Reminds me of chocolate espresso beans. A bit thin on complexity of the malt body.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Medium bodied and real creamy easy finish.

Outstanding beer and the flavor and experience that comes through given the ABV means you can have more than 1 and enjoy anytime.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dense black color with a 2-finger mocha-colored fluffy head that tapers down to a thin film. There is a lot of sticky lacing left behind.

S- Dark roasted malt and strong coffee/expresso. It has quite an inviting aroma, there's a hint of sweetness as well, chocolate.

T-Roasted malt and coffee flavors are dominant for me. The chocolate is balanced by the 55IBUs so it's not sweet.

M- A little thin despite the good carbonation. Those coffee and malt flavors linger.The hop balance on the finish is near perfect.

O-This is a very good stout, too bad it's N/A in NJ.

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Photo of beernut7
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is teh first American stout I ever had. It has a great thick body, higer alcohol content, nice creamy head and great roasted flavor from the heavy dark malts. This one'll keep you warm at night.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours jet black with a good tan head. Lots of lacing and good head retention as well.

S: Lots of roasted malt along with a whiff of some sweetness.

T: A solid roasted malt taste up front with just the right amount of sweetness. A bitterness cuts right through in the form of some roasted coffee. Nice complexity in this brew along with an incredible smoothness throughout which is even more outstanding with all the big and bold flavors.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation.

D: Exceptional drinkability. An easy drinking and incredibly smooth beer to go along with all the big and great stout flavors.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! BC brews very few stouts, but the rest of the "Cascadia" (read: American) region does a damn good job of their stouts. I picked this up "across the border" in Bellingham on a mad-dash-who-gives-a-damn beer spree. This is a strong, full stout that beats almost anything brewed in Canada (with a few exceptions).

This is what a stout should be: black, with a coffee-and-cream head. Black, like obsidian. When held up to the light, a faint bit of ruby shows through.

This smells like ovaltine and roasted malt. There is a definite malt smell on the nose as this excellent beer warms. I can taste coffee, chocolate, and burnt malts. There is a faint alcoholic sweetness that blends nicely with the "dark" flavours.

Overall, this is a very well done stout. The only detractor from drinkability is the abv, which at 6.4% is a bit high for a standard (i.e. non-Imperial) stout. Despite this, Deschutes has come up with an outstanding beer that I wish I could obtain easily.

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Photo of OldSock
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – 12 oz bottle with hop cones embossed onto it, obtained in a trade with Gueuzedude. In my snifter this stout is black with a thin tan head. The head falls to just a thin coating within a few minutes, but there is nice lacing.

Smell – Coffee and chocolate with some milk sweetness. It is a nice stout aroma, with just a hint of hops and alcohol.

Taste – Similar to the smell, coffee with a creamy sweetness that is really good. Very smooth flavor with just a hint of roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. Certainly not an overly complex flavor, but it is just really well done.

Mouthfeel – Full with medium-low carbonation. Just what a stout should be.

Drinkability & Notes – Easy to drink, because of the great flavor and perfect mouthfeel. In my experience this is one of the better American single stouts out there, I really wish this was available here on the East Coast.

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Photo of woemad
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sixer bought at either Huckleberry's or a Rosauer's (same owners, regardless) in Spokane for somewhere between $6-7.

Poured a deep, dark, oily black Head was moderately sized, fluffy and dark tan. Slight lacing. Nice, foamy collar.

Smell is of those smells that one expects from a classic stout: Rich, dark chocolate; dark,roasted malts; dark fruits a la raisins, figs; high quality black coffee. All wrapped in a slight, beguiling smoky scent.

Taste was every bit as rewarding as the scent foretold. This is a yummy stout! The first taste is of velvety chocolate, swiftly followed by the rich bitterness of dark fruits. At the swallow is more of the chocolaty character, along with a very slight hoppy crispness.

The mouthfeel of this stout is oily and thick. The last thing I had this oily was an Anchor "Our Special Ale." Very good company.

This a little bit thick and rich for session drinking, so I slightly graded down in drinkability, though I'd be only to hapy to have 2-3 of these, so long as there is room in my stomach. This would be an excellent accompanament to a rich dessert.

This is probably my favorite NW stout. Though I've been drinking Black Butte for years, I've been gravitating more towards the other fine Deschutes beers lately. They are definitely doing something right down there in Bend.

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Photo of cvfish
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a deep black color that produced a nice fluffy brown head that had great retention and left a beautiful lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and molasses

T - This beer had flavors of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, some great molasses, a bit of vanilla hiding in the back, and a little bit of creaminess to it

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium to heavy body that had a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was a wonderful example of a Stout, lots of flavors and complexity to it, a great beer, to bad Deschutes does not distribute down here

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Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours "obsidian" black with a nice full finger mocha head, really sticky on the sides of the glass.
Rich roasted barley smell with a smokey edge, dark chocolate, burnt toffee, roasted coffee bean, light caramel. Some dark licorice and a really really faint whiff of citrus.
Wow, what a great taste! Rich roasted malts, grainy, bready, with a really authentic smokiness, feels like nice bread that's been left on a countryside bakestone for a few minutes too long. Nice chocolate to go with it, sweet with caramel and light toffee, a tiny bit fresh with some lemon zest, reeeaaally subtle. Hint of vanilla, dark licorice and burnt wood. Heavily roasted finish, but not ashy (as they usually are), which is really nice.
Long finish, the rich roasted malts heading to the aftertaste, with some coffee bean hints and cocoa. Medium body, smooth carbonation.
Wow, what a wonderful stout, just so damn tasty and rich in flavor!

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Photo of jera1350
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an obsidian black color with a two finger head that is light brown in color. The head is rich and creamy. Probably could cut it with a knife and it leaves sheets of lacing around the glass.

Has a RIS quality in the scent. Rich chocolate malt, lightly toasty, some vanilla and a hint of oak. A bit of booze comes through as well.

Really nice complexity for a non-imperial stout. Has to be one of the most flavorful regular stouts around. Rich toasty malt, chocolate and coffee notes along with vanilla, oak and a bit of blackberry jam. Toasty aftertaste.

Medium bodied full of soft carbonation. Very dry finish on the tongue.

A top notch stout, but I have to knock a few points off due to the strong roast here. I could have two of these, but that would be my cutoff. The roasty malts to take their toll on the palate, but by no means does that hurt the overall beer. One fine, fine brew.

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Photo of zornbeast
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Treat from Deschutes here!

A- Poured a rich dark brown, nearly black but not opaque. Darker brown head around 1/2'', good lacing.

S- Wonderful rich coffee and roasted malt aroma with hops present as well. Hints of alcohol linger, almost like RIS, very complex smell, very nice.

T- Smooth, creamy upfront with roasted and chocolate malt present throughout especially vibrant in middle. Hops add nice crisp finish and make this hoppy stout wellrounded. Wonderful flavor from start to finish.

M- Silky smooth mouthfeel, medium body. Not the lightest stout out there but this little brother to RIS is perfect for stout lovers who dont want 10+ percenters.

D- Good for style, and the smoothness helps bring it up

Amazing Flavor out of this stout, making it my new go to for stouts, happy to have access out here in hawaii...highly recommend.

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Photo of olmatty
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours out thick and black a tan head with nice stickey lacing

Smell- Roasted coffee like malts

Taste- Roasted black malts, Italian coffee, dark molasses, bakers chocolate and lots of carbonation for a stout.

Mouthfeel- High carbonation and very gooey think liquid. I found myself chewing mouthfuls and enjoying this immensely. Swish it in your mouth, suck in a very small quantity and feel it expand like a marshmallow in your mouth, fun.

Drinkability- Very easy dinking yet a substantial beer. Outstanding overall.

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Photo of BlastBeats
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours pitch black with a sizable, lingering tan head.

Smell: roasted barley and malts were easily detectable. Mild coffee scents were present as well.

Taste: the full-bodied malty construction of this beer is built in to compliment the roasted complexity throughout the finish. Chocolate and subdued hops are evident.

Mouthfeel: I percieved the mouthfeel to be somewhat similar to an Irish stout. Creamy and frothy, but with more weight and viscosity.

Overall: A brilliant beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixer at my local grocer. The best by label suggests it's still good for about a month. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours coffee black--looks a bit like used motor oil as it goes in--with an inch khaki head that dissipates after a bit and leaves good cling on the glass.

S: Roasted malts dominate the nose. There's coffee notes present, along with a bit of vanilla. Very nice bouquet.

T: Big roasty malts at the front with a healthy dose of coffee and vanilla in the mix. Dark chocolate comes through a bit in the middle, along with some clear alcohol. Just a touch of black licorice. The back end has plenty of the malts carry over, but there's some definite hop bitterness that stays on the palate for a bit. Well-rounded and balanced flavors in this one.

F: Full-bodied and creamy. Very nice carbonation on this one. It's smooth with some nice bitter brightness at the back end.

O: This isn't a flashy stout, but it's impeccably balanced and smooth. I don't like being blown away by coffee or chocolate notes in a stout--I like to know that I'm still drinking beer. This one definitely delivers in that respect. Hats off to the Deschutes brewmaster in crafting such a lovely single stout.

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Photo of Schmittymack
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Next to last brew for me tonite at my local watering hole; finally getting around to reviewing it. Poured a dark brown/nearly black with a very creamy head that disapated rather quickly. Nose picked up a little roasted malt; nothing else. Taste was great. Chocolatly malty goodness with no bitter after taste. As it warmed, it just got better and better--I even splashed a bit of Lindeman's Framboise into the last three ounces or so to make a GREAT raspberry stout. I don't think this little brother of Abyss gets any respect: I'd do more than a couple in a sitting.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass (Best by 4/23/13)

A- Poured black with big frothy mocha head that left dense glass coating lace. Exactly what a stout should look like.

S- Huge roasty, bready, caramel, mineral, and dark chocolate notes. Very bold aroma and well-balanced between roasty and sweet.

T- Big roasted notes, dark fruits, caramel, bready, smokey, mineral, and dark chocolate notes. Balanced and bold like the aroma. Quite a bit of coffee bitterness especially on the finish.

M- Full bodied, creamy, super smooth, dry, and a soft mouthfeel

O- A really great balanced stout with huge flavors, highly drinkable, great mouthfeel, and like all Deschutes six packs an incredible value.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Rogue in SF.

A: Eerily reminiscent of a Guinness Draught actually (which is the one saving grace of a Guinness, i.e. the look). The nitrous obv has much to do with this.

S: Chocolate espresso with a slight vanilla kick.

T: Burnt chocolate malts, slight espresso hints, and a smooth vanilla end.

M: Creamy and dry.

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Photo of goschool
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours about as close to black as possible with a reddish-tan head. The mouthfeel is chewy and the carbonation level is noticeable, nice and not too high. The flavors are remarkably complex- roasted malts, coffee and chocolate followed by a bitter hoppy finish. Obsidian is a top-notch stout.

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