Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

1,140 Reviews
Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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: 1,140 | Ratings: 3,843
Photo of MedaryvilleEscapee
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite American stout. A magical balance of chocolate, coffee, malt, hops, and dark fruit. No single flavor overwhelms, all make their presence felt.

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Photo of mchegash
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark, almost black. Loads of delicious looking light-brown head.

S: Roasted malts, alcohol. Not really getting much coffee or chocolate notes, disappointing.

T: What was lacking in the smell was definitely made up for in the taste. Sip begins with a nice coffee and chocolate taste, proceeding into a deliciously strong smokiness. Roasted maltiness and a tiny bit of alcohol as well. Very good.

F: A medium-full body, with an average amount of carbonation. In between being smooth and creamy and crisp, with elements of both. Overall I am very happy with the feel.

O: Overall I was happy with everything in this beer, except I couldn't really detect much in the aroma. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

L - Pours dark brown/black/appropriately Obsidian color with a thick, one-finger, tan-coffee head that dissolves quick, lacing sticks to the sides like syrup

S - Coffee, roasted malt and barley, chocolate, licorice, berries, some earthy vanilla

T - Much like the smell and the brewer notes on the bottle: "Notes of espresso and dark chocolate with a roasty finish." Starts off with an espresso bitterness that doesn't overpower. Nice malty, chocolate/caramel sweetness to balance it out. Finishes dry and fruity.

F - Medium-bodied, very creamy with a good bite of carbonation. Chewable like a stout yet not too heavy. Very drinkable and warming on a cold winter day/night.

O - This is the stout I've been looking for. Offers a great profile and balance of flavors. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, malt, hops all work together very harmoniously. Not too heavy or bitter like a (smoked) porter, and not too sticky sweet like a chocolate stout. Not too shabby that you can spend less than $10 for a 6-pack of this very excellent stout, either. Will buy again.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with a creamy tan colored head, lots of lacing, great head retention, lots of tiny bubbles in the head, looks great.

A: Lots of roasted coffee, freshly grounded dark roasted coffee like aromas, roasted malts, hint of alcohol in there, this smells very good.

T: Like the nose, lots of coffee bitterness, roasted malts, dry, no alcohol, very bright flavors, tastes good.

M: Dry finish, medium bodied, very drinkable.

O: This beer was bigger than what I was expecting, very coffee forward, could use a little sweetness to balance it out but this is still really good. If you like coffee you will like Obsidian stout, a great cold weather beer.

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Photo of WayneEsten
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

What a great looking beer when poured. Black with a lovely tan head.

The smell is very nice, roasted malt/barley with nice subtle chocolate, quite inviting

The taste, for me, was a bit disappointing. I was hoping for roasted malt with some mild chocolate and a little espresso/coffee. But, as another reviewer stated, what I got was coffee, coffee and more coffee; too much coffee for me. I do recognize the quality of the product, but the taste was just too much.

I have a 6 pack and couple of strays left and will drink them over the next few months (before the best by date), maybe one every couple of weeks or so. I can't take this one more often than that.

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

Dark black with a tan head with giant foamy bubbles. Decent lacing is left behind after drinking it down. Smell is roasted malt, bitter coffee, sweetness and molasses. The taste is slightly sweet at the start, roasty bitter coffee in the middle and a nice finishing bitterness. This is a real nice stout.

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Photo of Jeremiah87
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, almost opaque with a thin, amber silhouette. Almond foam, about one finger, that dissipates quickly. Black coffee taste up front with mild, lingering caramel after tones. Soft conditioning but not too syrupy.

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Photo of mtvolkens
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious. Packed with flavor, but super drinkable. Absolutely delicious, and for some reason it has odd tendencies of being robust and flavorful, but still easily drinkable. Wonderful combination that I haven't seen often.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ap: opaque brown with red highlights. A 1/2-finger light brown head of coarse and fine bubbles.
Ar: strong roasty, black coffee, but can't identify the hops.
T: like the aroma but not as strong. Somewhat shallow and sweet. Has an astringency that intensifies and lingers. Again, can't identify the hops.
M: appropriate for the style (fairly light carbonation).

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Photo of frothy_80
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The body color is black with dark brown highlights around the glass. A foamy light khaki colored head that left thick lacing throughout. Dark chocolate and coffee/espresso dominate the nose. There are hints of tobacco, licorice, and dark fruits that came out as the beer warmed. The coffee and chocolate bounce back and forth as the beer passes over the tongue, along with a roasty character that balances the two. Dark fruits, tobacco, and licorice stay in the background but aid in adding more layers. Malt driven sweetness that ends dry with a good hop bitterness keeps it interesting. Smooth and slightly creamy from a full medium body that is properly carbonated. It's no surprise that this hit all the right notes coming from a brewery that has a robust porter as a flagship beer. Truly fantastic! I believe I have found my go to stout for winter.

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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 Tele
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle (Best by 4.26.16)
Consumed: 11.16.15

A: 4.75 Pours pitch black with a dense, tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S: 4.25 Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, and espresso on the nose. The malt really dominates, adding an earthy quality to the background. Subtle vanilla, berries, and licorice come through as the beer opens up.

T: 4 Taste is similar to the nose with lots of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Starts a touch sweet then moves to a a pretty high level of bitterness; seems like the bitterness is coming from the malt, but also some hops that don’t add much flavor.

M: 4.25 Nice and thick with great carbonation. The finish is a bit too dry for the style.

O: 4 This is a very good stout from Deschutes. Plenty of flavor while still being pretty light and drinkable. A bit too dry and bitter for my tastes, but still solid.

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Photo of Roguer
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perfectly black brew; the name is quite accurate. Tan head; no comments on lacing or retention, as I tried this brew on nitro.

Milk, creamy aroma, slightly roasty, with big wafts of banana and lesser notes of prunes and slightly overripe, sour fruit.

Flavor follows, favoring chocolate, with cream and roasted barley a close second and third (in some order). Quite nutty and slightly ashy finish.

Smooth medium feel (again, on nitro). Sticky finish.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a creamy, tan, halo of head. Nose of rich coffee and cocoa nib. Smooth and rich. Flavors are rich chocolate and roasted coffee forward, with a smooth cream overlay. Very rich and roasted throughout. Smooth, creamy body, with a mocha coffee aftertaste. The finish is slow, smooth, and creamy. This is a great beer.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deschutes is one of my favorite breweries. This stout is one of the reasons why. No need to dissect if you like stouts buy it this is world class even chocolate stout fanatics will appreciate this one.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/29/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, licorice, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, licorice, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness from roasted bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic American stout style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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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 PA-hunter
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.4% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep black. "Obsidian" like for sure. Lofty frothy head, a medium brown in color. Head lingers with good lacing. Opaque.

Smell- Milk chocolate, toasted bread, some coffee aroma.

Taste- Velvety dark chocolate smoothness. Sweet, yet turning roasty, and blending into a roasted coffee bean taste right into the finish. The coffee notes retain the roasted flavor which adds balance. Ends with a snooth bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy, rich. Medium carbonation.

Overall- A fine stout, exemplary of the style. Lots of flavors, just about that as a Russian imperial stout, though half the abv. Well put together, well balance. Recommended.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours night black into my pint glass with a massive tan head. Burnt coffee flavor, with a mellow char smokey nose. Subtle bitterness, with a slight java espresso taste. Just a bit thinner than my favorite stouts, but then I tend to favor RIS. Doesn't coat the tongue, and actually tends towards a nice porter. I like it and would buy it again. Nicely done.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A massive head, with a stylistic dark body.

A traditionally coffee smell, with sub-tones of sweetness and malt.

The taste is relatively subtle, considering the style. With a sweet roasted coffee-flavor dominating, with hints of caramel and vanilla.

Overall, a very good stout that could very much become a go-to beer when there is a lack of interesting seasonals.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours an opaque pitch black.

Overall:This is a deep, robust, and richly rewarding beer. This beer has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley.. It has just the right amount of hop to cut the sweetness. Excellent beer. Cheers!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a tulip. Best by 02/13/16. Utterly amazing to me that I haven't reviewed this before.

Pours very dark brown with a very small head, moderate carbonation. Smell is coffee and roasted malt, something slightly sweet in the aroma.

Taste is brutally bitter coffee, which is awesome. Super roasty. A little anise. Such a good stout, and gets so little love on the boards here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clingy. Overall, excellent stout. For price, quality, and availability, it's easily a go-to beer for me.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking stout. black body, brown head is dark and thick and sticks around. Smells like some kind of alcohol laced espresso. Taste is a little tingly, but not overly carbonated. Some coffee, dark chocolate, not to sweet, roasted without any burnt taste. Some alcohol bite at the end. Don't remember liking it this much, but this was a single ignored in the back of the fridge from a few months back. Time to pickup some more and keep it up front.

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Photo of braker649er
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Frankly, I had forgotten this beer. Several years ago, it was a standout before I was really geeking out. This time, I got in the mood for solid stouts, and revisited this old friend. I couldn't believe the quality at the price and availability!! Overall, it delivers what it says it will on the label--coffee and dark chocolate notes. An honest stout.

L - this wowed me. The head was thick, foamy and stuck around. The color lived up to the big word in the name. A good word, obsidian.

S - not the highlight, but not bad. Gave a sense of what was to come. Maybe hard to decipher this mysetery through the foam, though.

T - as noted. True to labeling: Rich and dark and a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. not a sweet chocolate for me. More roasty.

F - very good. Oh, that foam contributed.

O - again, I was impressed by a beer I'd abandoned for a while. Very available in my area, and very good.

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

Perfectly smooth, balanced stout. The rich roasted malt flavours are there but not aggressive. Slight chocolate and coffee flavours. Overall, a good stout.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,843 ratings.
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