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Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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1,115 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:
1,115
Ratings:
3,758
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
17.58%
 
 
Wants:
560
Gots:
773
For Trade:
5
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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 pianoguy
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle (best by 02/16/2016)

Pours a solid black body with a generous dark tan frothy head. some retention, good lacing.

Smell starts as a burnt roasted malt with a little sweet chocolate caramel, leading to a big black coffee note

Taste has less sweetness but other then that it follows the nose. Coffee, with a nice slightly bitter finish

Medium-full with a slightly creamy feel

A very tasty stout ! I like the way the taste is not overly sweet. It's like a cross between an English and an American stout. A lot of work must have gone into making this one... And at around $7 a six pack it's a great value too ! Bravo

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Photo of Reema
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

Pours a jet black color. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee grounds, toasted nuts, slight alcohol scents, and toasted biscuit. Taste reflects the smell wonderfully with great coffee ground and bitter chocolate flavors, that ends with a nice malt/bread sweetness. Feel is thick and slightly creamy with below average carbonation that works with the flavor profile. Overall, this is a very good stout with great coffee and dark chocolate characteristics.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pint, on nitro, at Holy Grale, Louisville, KY

A: Deep nearly black pour; opaque; cascade effect; finger thick sandy head; creamy with good retention.

S: Roasty/nutty, mild coffee; soft chocolate notes; in fact, the nose itself is very soft, muted really, likely a result of the forced nitrogen.

T: Light roast, mild breakfast blend coffee; nutty; light powdered cocoa sweetness peaks through the middle; smooth with a touch of roasted bitterness, but not overly complex. I wonder just how much of an impact the nitrogen has on the flavor profile - like the nose, this just seems a bit muted, like the edges have been softened, almost too much.

M: Oily, slightly creamy; it is smooth, but not overly thick on the mouthfeel.

O: A solid nitro stout, if not a bit unremarkable - again, my only qualm is that the roasted/coffee/chocolate flavors don't really pop like some other stouts of the same ilk. I would be interested to see how the flavor profile changes (if at all) when served from a bottle instead of on a nitro tap - I'm guessing the nitro probably dulls the overall aroma/flavor profile. Notwithstanding that point, this is still smooth drinking and easy on the palate.

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Photo of ChugMan
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Lovely soft khaki-tan head, black body turning burgundy at its edges. Great lattice lacing throughout.
S - Clean, roasty, dark chocolate flakes, some breadyness too. Simple and inviting
T/M - The hops and roastyness combine to give the sensation of biting into a dark, moist sodabread, quite a mouthful! A surprising amount of snappy-spicyness with the lingering bitterness as well, again contributing to the bread motif but this time of a nice crackling crust. Just enough roasted sweetness to tie it all together without becoming dessert-y. Very pleasant.
O - This beer is a great example of craftsmanship that can be appreciated by newcomers and vets alike. It drinks like a meal! Likely a fantastic pairing to a hearty campfire-cooked breakfast or dinner, be it Dinty Moore or bangers n mash, and a casserole / shepherds pie might be ideal.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 11/22/16 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak roasted malt
Head average (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular two to three mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing good – curtains with tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor roasted malt, some coffee, some malt bitterness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4,Overall 4

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Photo of breadwinner
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exactly as a good, hearty American stout should be, nose of dark grained bread, roasted barley, light espresso. Palate combines a smooth creaminess and roast with a pop of hops to jazz things up. Excellent, archetypal stuff.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

L- Black a slight fraction of light coming through on the edges, two finger medium brown head.

S- Dark roasts, chocolate, coffee, some light dark dried fruit, slight minerally.

T- Similar to aroma, dark roasts, chocolate, coffee, some fruity cherry, plum notes. Finishes with a good bitter roasted note.

F- On the more full side of medium, nice bit of silkiness.

O- A very good low abv stout that stands well next to Founders Porter and Kalamazoo Stout in my book.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on nitro at the mayor in Fort Collins. Wish. Could get this is jersey. The nitro added some amazing creamyness but the base beer itself really stood out for a single stout. Nice roast and chocolate really wowed me.

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Photo of Strix
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a good brown head. Gobs of lace at the top and a permanent ring.

Rich malty roastedness, slight chocolate, coffee, and a burned note.

Subtle notes of chocolate, char, caramel, and cream underneath a black coffee and roasted malt base. Subtle cascadey aftertaste.

Medium thick and quite smooth.

The word here is balance. Easy-drinking and quite flavorful, among the top American Stouts out there in my book.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just like drinking a good cup of coffee, great when enjoying in a cold glass and with friends. The body of the beer promises great flavor that will make you ask for more.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black, opaque, with a light tan head that is quite persistent. Huge lacing.

S - A wonderful bouquet of roast grains, barley and wheat, chocolate and coffee come from this melange of malt, with toast overtones.

T - The positive is a powerful black coffee element, with molasses and chocolate. A bitter turn in the middle is a bit stronger than my taste. The close brings a punchy umami element, as well as herbal hop bitterness.

M - The issues here are the drying and chalky elements. It is ultimately a bit taxing.

O - There are huge positives here, and I can see what some find so compelling, but there is a bitter hit in the middle and a certain fatigue in the close that prevent this from scoring top marks.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black, color with a small tan colored head of one finger height. The head has a decent level of retention fading over a moderate amount of time to leave a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a coffee smell mixed with a nice showing of a roasty smell and a little bit of cream like aroma. Along with these smells comes a light caramel sweetness and a little bit of a burnt toast smell, giving a very nice deep and dark strong expresso like smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins as the nose would suggest with a whole lot of roasted malt and a strong showing of coffee. Upfront there is a bit of a caramel sweetness which seems to fade as the taste advances. While the caramel fades, other sweeter flavors of a light vanilla and sweet crème flavor come to the tongue. These remain lighter overall keeping the taste on the drier side. More and more roast and coffee come to the tongue at the end of the taste, where with a little bit of an earthy and char taste, end up leaving one with a nice dark and roasty coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to slightly lower for a stout of 6.4 % abv., with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thicker body and lower carbonation level may have accentuated the nice coffee and roasted flavors slightly better, but overall, the feel was OK.

Overall – This is a very nice coffee heavy flavored stout with tons of roasty and dark flavors. The taste and aroma are nearly spot on, with the only thing holding it back a bit being its moderate mouthfeel. Even with that said, I must say this is a nice, more moderate in abv. stout overall .

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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 wethorseblanket
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a 1-inch thick cream colored head which leaves semi-rings of lace. Roasted malt aroma with a chocolate flavor. Smooth and full bodied.

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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 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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Photo of Edman5P
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick dark brown color with an almost chocolate colored head.. very nice. Lacing is moderate.. Even at a warm temperature this beer maintained a very balanced dark malt taste with a light bitter finish. Best stout I have tasted thus far

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Photo of Myotus
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spiegelau stout glass. Pours with a finger's worth of cinnamon colored foam that maintains. Black in color with a ruby tint. Bubbles are mild. Lacing is moderate. Has aromas of strong coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt with mild bitter chocolate aromas and a hint of alcohol. Initial taste consists of strong bittersweet chocolate flavors that combine with mild coffee and vanilla flavors. Strong roasted malt flavors enter the palate next along with subtle alcohol flavors as vanilla flavors fade very gradually, but coffee flavors persist in strength and bittersweet chocolate flavors grow stronger and just transform into bitter, earthy chocolate flavors. All of this results in a very bitter (but not exactly repulsive) aftertaste. Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth, with almost no carbonation and a dry finish that isn't over the top. Another great beer from Deschutes (and another great stout from the beer multiverse), but it was a little bit too bitter for my taste.

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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 BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful tan head that builds after the pour. A really intense roastiness to it with a nice burnt aftertaste. Definitely a sipper, but very impressive.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled
It is a damn fine stout, black bodied with huge foaming tan head
Aromas and flavours of blackcurrant, coffee & chocolate
Good solid mouthfeel

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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 Cannibalgasm
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

L: Pours a rich black with thick creamy mocha colored head. Good retention with a fair amount of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, cherry, plum, caramel, berries, resiny hops are all detectable.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted grains, espresso, brown sugar, earthy hops, cherry, raspberry, even some subtlety sweet tartness almost sour like qualities. Excellent balance of a multitude of flavors.

F: Lighter then you would expect, moderate carbonation, nice creamy finish.

O: A very complex yet well balanced brew. Easily one of the best readily available stouts on the market. Deschutes truly does a great job creating quality beer.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a great stout! Pours an almost pitch black body, with a big frothy tan head. The smell is chocolatey and roasty. The taste is perfect balance of coffee flavors and dark chocolate and has a full creamy body. If you have a chance get it, you will not be disappointed.

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