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Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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94
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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
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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cool, rainy day here in the First State...perfect for a nice stout.

Pours black as night with a nice peanut butter colored head. Some nice lacing remains behind.

The smell is a blend of strong coffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit. Gets even better as it warms a little bit.

Roasted barley, bitter bakers chocolate, coffee, molasses and then a touch of bitter coffee at the finish. Very good. The bitterness is actually very enjoyable and this beer wouldn't be half as good without it.

Smooth, creamy, fuller bodied beer. More carbonation than I expected, but it works. Very easy drinking stout. More than one bottle wouldn't be a problem...and that's rare for me and stouts. Hopefully I can get more of this someday.

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Photo of marcusR111
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Obsidian well represents this beer as the color is almost black. light brown head.

S- Definately smell the chocolate and espresso with the smokiness of the roasted barley

T- Very good, roasted malt and black barley. Chocolate and coffee make an appearance in the back.

M- Lots of carbonation

D- I could drink a whole six pack in one sitting

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JackieTH
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Opaque brown-black with a finger of tan head that slowly recedes, leaving nice lacing all around.

Smell: Coffeehouse scents along with roasted malt and a trace of chocolate.

Taste: A fleeting hint of molasses sweetness followed by heavily roasted malt, dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee. Hops are discovered toward the end imparting distinct character into a loooong slightly bitter, slightly burnt and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. The carbonation is mild to moderate and adds nicely to the character of the beer.

Drinkability: Perhaps one of the most drinkable stouts I've had recently. It was easy to drink three 12-oz bottles at one sitting. Looking forward to more.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black, finger of nice mocha head with solid retention and leaving some fine sticky lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate and honey, touch of vanilla, and a nice espresso finish with the faintest bitterness.

T - The milk chocolate flavours are dominant with a dark cocoa finish, the espresso comes through on the tongue as it warms, and lingers with a bitter leafy hop. This stuff is delicious.

M - Nice medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. Not chewy or overly thick. Very impressed.

D - At 6.4% I could drink this stuff all night. Perfect for a cold winter afternoon, or for any occasion where you're looking for a full flavoured stout that won't bog you down with complexity.

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Photo of Elimination
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is one of my favorites, not only for the availability of such a rich dark stout, but the price cant be beat.

Look is a deep dark black, foamy white/brown mocha head

Smell Rich chocolate, cocoa, a bit of carmel strong coffee. For a stout that comes in a 6 pack, this is right up there with the big boy bottles.

Taste dark chocolate, coffee, cappuccino, sweet yet rich.

Mouthfeel is thick as can be, but smooth going down.

Drink for a stout its very high, but its not one to have a slammed 6'r in a night.

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Photo of number1bum
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to younger35 via BeerTruth for this one. Thanks guys!

Pours pretty much pitch black, with about two fingers of creamy tan head. Head recedes to a thin patchy lace and leaves a decent amount of stick.

Smells strongly of coffee, along with chocolate malt and some roasted in there, too.

Coffee is also the dominant flavor as it was in the smell, and it's complemented wonderfully by some chocolate and roasted flavors. There is some dark fruit in there, too, and it finishes with a slightly bitter, roasty aftertaste. Also somewhat dry through the finish.

Mouthfeel could maybe be a touch softer as the carbonation is a little too tingly, but it's medium bodied with a nice creaminess. Quite dry through the finish.

This is one hell of a stout. I've been impressed with every Deschutes offering I've had and I wish I could get my hands on them more easily. Awesome brew that I'd stock my fridge with if I could.

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Photo of m1ked
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours an opaque black.... no light getting through this glass. A 1 inch cafe colored foamey head, which fades inot a ringed glaas with sticky lacing.

S-Mmmmm smells good. A lot of things. Definetly some coffee, wood, leather, smokey, dark chocolate & cocoa. I love the woody choclate notes.

T- a slight bitterness to the woody coffee dark chocolate. A smoky woodiness throughout. I don't get any heat here.

M- Medium bodied, with almost a creaminess to it. Nice carbonation to it.

D- I will preface it with this is one of my top styles. It goes without saying not a session beer (for me). I see this beer widely available out here in SD. I need to remember how lucky I am for that. Great, solid stout.

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Photo of Foxman
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a jet-sleek namesake black, with the slightest glint of ruby at the margins. Two fingers of light brown pepper-flecked head sustains well. Pollock splats of lacing paint the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, deep roasted malt is alive with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toasted nuts, black cherry, soy, port, and some slight char. A lilt of yeast and a breath of floral hops spice things up a bit.

Upon tasting, forward comes a wash of dark roasted malt, just burnt, briefly sweet, and rich with espresso, black cherry, cocoa, and leather. A rounded, dark earthy fruitiness joins a soft port/sherry note, as well as an airy hop spiciness. More charred grain and a mellow tanginess fade into a refreshing dryness, nicely bitter and green-apple crisp. The flavor makes for an involved, blended, and wonderfully engaging stout.

Medium bodied, the malt sticks a bit and the roastiness leaves a lively edge on the palate.

The name nails the color and speaks volumes of the earthy, satisfying richness blended into this sumptuous beer. It's the best of coffee, grain, and chocolate, mixed with yeast and hops...talk about a riveting combination. It's about as drinkable and fresh as you could hope for from a stout, and that's saying a lot. But the thing is- dammit man, I want another one!

Thanks to flexabull for this!

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Photo of leedorham
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is widely available in my area and, since I am a stout lover, it is one of my regular selections. I somehow thought I'd already reviewed it but I guess not.

Pours a rich dark brown with a tan head that has good staying power.

Full malt aroma with noticeable acidity and sweetness. A bit of bite from the hops maybe.

The taste is rich and balanced like a gourmet coffee but not so rich as to be prohibitive of indulgence. The carbonation is just right. Only enough to give it a little "sparkle" on the palate. There is a constant background of malty sweetness but it does not take away from a full hop aroma and taste.

This is about as good as a stout can be without being taken to the Imperial level.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle marked best by 7/08/16. Black as obsidian with a half finger tan head. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Medium feel, touch of carbonation, and a bitter chocolate finish. Just great, what a stout should be.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice and big stout from the Pacific Northwest. Very black in color with brown head. Roast malt and coffee aromas pours out of the glass, slightly smokey and slightly sweet...very nice. The flavors lean heavily on the roast malt/coffee side with enough sweet malt and nuttiness to balance. It is medium bodied with some chocolate and licorice in a nice dry finish. Highly recommended for the serious stout lovers.

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Photo of qthompso
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black. Very little lacing after a pretty hard pour.

S: Cocoa, lots of cocoa. Oak and a bit of hops.

T: Great smokiness with the chocolate and roasted malt coming through. A hoppier stout than expected.

M: Medium to thick mouth feel. Strongly carbonated, almost too much, in fact.

D: Great drinkability. Goes down really smoothly with a creamy finish. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of beer2day
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, motor oil pour with 2-finger deep, dark cream head. Mild retention. Nice rings of lace formed after each sip.

Dark mocha and rich French roast coffee greet the nose. Nice shot of pine hops, too.

Thick hit with chocolate, dark roast coffee, hint of cream and a tad bit of smoky ash. Dry finish with a nice chocolate malt and hop bite.

Feel is just right. Thick enough to stand up to the rich flavors.

Despite the thick feel, this one is pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Pours midnight black, no detectable translucency aside from hints around the edges, a heady foam rests on the top and doesn't quit.

S -- Dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, a touch of smoke.

T -- Malty, smoky, a touch of chocolate and a subtle hop nudge to balance it beautifully.

M -- Silky smooth, justs coasts on the palate. Lightly drying hop finish.

D -- A decadent stout that would stand up to any other I can think of. Another textbook example from our friends in Oregon.

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Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a pint glass. Have had this beer many times but never reviewed. It’s one of my favorites.

Appearance- Pours exceptionally dark brownish/black with a huge creamy light brown head. The head slowly dissipates to form a nice collar that stays the entire beer leaving thin lacing down the glass.
Smell- There is more coffee/espresso notes in this beer than any other stout that I’ve had that hasn’t been brewed with coffee or dry “hopped” with coffee. Subtle sweet chocolate, liquorices and molasses make there presence known. Very feint alcohol comes through.
Taste- Bitter roasted chocolate and coffee are in abundance here but not overpowering. There is a nice sweet smokiness here that I really enjoy. Lightly bitter hops are semi fruity, reminds me of a chocolate covered cherry. Leaves a nice roasted coffee aftertaste with the alcohol that slowly fades.
Mouthfeel- Very light, creamy body with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish with fading alcohol warmth.
Drinkability- This is such a terrific stout that I wish I drank more often. It is readily available to me yet I don’t enjoy it as often as I should. Such balance and flavors. It’s in the same realm as a Imperial Stout with a touch less alcohol which really helps in it’s drinkability. Awesome!!

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Photo of Figgy
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a good, strong, stout with a good dark color, suitably called "Obsidian". Appearance was very positive, a look I wanted to chew on. It had an earthy smell. The taste was very pleasing, with a lot of presence.

I would love more of it, but I live way out of the Deschutes marketing area.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is the creamiest, thickest, chewiest nitro-stout I've had. It is a sheer joy to savor in the mouth after admiring a one-inch thick head and decent lacing. Don't let the full-bodied character intimidate you if that's a danger... This is a very drinkable, pleasant beer.

Smell-wise, it's rather standard with hints of chocolate and coffee. It tastes like stouts of similar quality; the thing that sets it apart are the body and creaminess. A definite advantage I had, even here in Colorado, was getting served on nitro (thank you Taps, in Fort Collins).

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz stout from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured dark black, produced a huge thick tan head, excellent retention and off the charts lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this stout consists of roasted barley,and milk chocolate. Full bodied, the mouthfeel of this stout is creamy and smooth. Sweet up front, the sweetness moves to roasted barley, coffee and milk chocolate that gives way to a bitter hop finish. This is one of the best Stout's I have tried. This is a must. Great Session beer.

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Photo of IronLover
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown to black in color. Poured with a frothy, steady, longlasting beige head that leaves huge, thick sheets of lacings on the glass. Mellow chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Velvety smooth, with a delicate feel, but at the same time a bit thick. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavors up front and into the middle. Bitter hops begin to show thru in the middle as the raosted malt flavor deepens to a nearly burnt flavor, but never actully gets there. Dark roasted malt flavors, with a hint of coffee through to the finish. Finished semi-dry with roasty, bitter hop aftertaste.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Redish brown only when poured, otherwise black, with a medium brown head.

S: Bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt in the nose, as well as some molasses.

T: Big dark chocolate and molasses, decent amount of roasted malt and a touch of black coffee. A bit sweet.

M: Medium-full bodied, and a bit over carbonated, but not so much so that it really matters.

O: One of my favorite stouts. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like stouts but I bought the sampler pack for the porter and this was the last I tried. It seems I saved the best for last.

A - Black color but still slightly clear. Light brown head with coarse bubbles and nice lacing.

S - Tremendous stout aroma with the traditional malt along with caramel/chocolate/roasty tones. All of the flavors swirl together seeming to create an invitation for you to smell it some more.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer is full of malty goodness that coats the palate with the chocolate and roasted characters that I was expecting. The flavor is strong with sweetness but is balanced with the coffee/roasted/burnt character that can hint on your palate after you swallow. Light bitterness is there but the overall flavors linger and make you wish you had a bigger glass. There is really no hop character but with all of the other flavors it isn't a bad thing here.
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M - Moderate to high mouth-feel, definitely not as high as a RIS. Light carbonation perfect for the style. The substantial body with a more moderate ABV makes this brew a delicious finishing beer.

Overall, this is probably one of the best "standard" american stouts you can get. I could understand someone wanting an imperial over this but it is a great beer and the best part is you have no qualms drinking more than a few and enjoying it longer since it is not >10% ABV. If you like darker beers you will most likely fall in love with this one. Will try to make a clone and hope it comes out half as good as this one is.

Glass- Stout glass (looks like a compromise between a tulip and a snifter)

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Photo of OStrungT
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown color, with a slight ruby, mohogany tint to it. The head is brown. It is thick and fulffy, but it fades a little too quickly. It leaves a good lacing.

The aroma of this beer is detectable from a few feet away. It smells very malty. Caramel sweetness. It smells fo chocolate. Some molasses is also present.

This beer has a strong chocolate flavor. It is good. Behind the chocolate, I taste some dark fruit. Plumbs and raisins. It has a very sweet caramel malt flavor.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a chocolatey aftertaste. It is perfectly carbonated for the style.

I tink this beer would make a good session beer. It is not overly aggressive, and the alcohol content is not too high.

Overall: I like this beer. I will probably buy it more often.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is excellently balanced in all aspects from appearance to flavor and feel. My favorite part is the feel, its not extremely heavy and doesn't overpower the palate, and it also doesn't overcompensate with extreme amounts of roasted malts. Excellent brew.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Library Ale House in Santa Monica; a stunning stout.

Poured a beautiful near-black with impressive chocolate coloured head. Mouthfeel is super creamy and wonderfully smooth. Aroma of chocolate and roasted dark malt sweetness. Well balanced flavour of sweet malted barley with an underlying dry backbone. Impressive chocolate and coffee tones in the lingering, cleanly bitter finish.

Would highly recommend!

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Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet,
Obsidian Stout is black with a very dark tan head that quickly settles to a thick skim, leaving scattered lace.

Smell is very robust, freshly ground coffee and bakers chocolate. I could stand just a flash of sweetness, but it's really phenomenal. I should start mixing this with my coffee for those lazy fridays - or painful mondays!

Taste is also very intense, but really well rounded, lots of bittersweet chocolate, a flash of condensed milk and hint of herbal hops. A bit of waxy phenols that I could see tampered is my only complaint. Lingering, roasty finish, normally this kind of profile would be too astringent for me, but this is just so damn good, truly in a league of it's own.

Mouthfeel is awesome, super creamy, espresso like, for a bottled beer, wow. They cite the krausening on the bottle, and it really shines. Still, a touch thick for the heft.

Drinkability is dangerously high. If you like American stouts, this is one of the best, period. The fact they they can maintain such a luscious mouthfeel in the bottle is a true testament to their skill. A masterpiece.

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