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Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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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:
1,116
Ratings:
3,762
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
17.58%
 
 
Wants:
561
Gots:
774
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 1,116 | Ratings: 3,762
Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Only the slightest hints of brown around the edges. Otherwise jet black. One finger of mocha head.

S: Tons of roasted malt. Hints of chocolate. Sweetness in the back.

T: Starts off with a ton of roast with a sweet hint in the middle. Then it goes into chocolate and cocoa. Finishes sweet again with hints of chocolate.

M: Med to heavy body with a nice thick note. Slightly syrupy. Carbonation is dead on.

D: Great big beer taste without the drunken lawn mover ride to the store to get more! Seriously great beer. On nitro tap this would be sublime.

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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 Avryle
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super-duper black, some would say, obsidian, in color. One-finger tan head appears thin and disipates to just a ring around the edge of the glass

S- Dark, roasted malts & coffee with a hint of booze

T- Heavy on the dark roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee & booze in the body. Finishes with a strong bitterness and cocoa powder

M- Full-bodied and creamy. Chocolate & coffee flavors linger

D- Pleased to be traveling through Deschutes distribution-land. Would be drinking this A LOT if it were available at home.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured very dark brown and looking black in the end absorbing all light that tries to go through it. 2 finger width head that was creamy brown in color and stuck around a long time leaving good lacing on the glass (this is the reason for the 5.0 score).

S: Smells of strong malts, slight alcohol, and chocolate which is very common for the style and is why I gave it a 4.0. Some added dimension would be nice.

T: Great taste leaving a very bittersweet chocolate aftertaste but goes in like a milk chocolatey brownies. You can taste the great use of malts and the slight hops inside as well.

M: A little heavy in the mouth but it does not affect the drinkability. There is no dry bitterness to it and everything blends very smoothly.

D: As I said before the drinkability is not affected by the heaviness and it goes down really well. The taste and smell leaves you wanting more which can be very dangerous at the bar. I really enjoyed this one and looking forward to our next meeting.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.19/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz from Bel-Air

A - Black, dark mocha head, which dissipates very quickly. Lt-moderate carbonation.

S - Dark cherry-chocolate. Light alcohol presence.

T - Dark coffee, grassy notes, lightly earthy, and light dark chocolate.

M - Lightly bitter and moderately dry.

D Good, but the mouthfeel is nothing special. Also the alcohol presence is slightly alarming in a 6.4 beer.

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Photo of brdc
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks JohnGalt1 for this one.
Best by 05/15/08.

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter, it is pitch black with a very nice chocolate colored head that drops a bit too fast, but leaves a lot of lacing.
Delicate aroma of roasted malts and chocolate, opening to a smooth taste of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. It is very nice, well balanced, but lacks some "edge".

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Photo of EliteDigger
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to NCVBC for giving this to me in a recent trade as an extra!
A-Like it's name, it's a beautiful black colored body with nary a hint of light shining through the edges. A cocoa colored head makes a brief appearance, then gradually fades away to a thin ring around my glass.
S-Aromas of chocolate and roasted grains with a mild hopiness hiding in the background.
T-More of the same... Mild tastes of chocolate, coffee, toasted (close to burnt) grains and a pleasant bit of hops riding shotgun.
M-I'm so used to Impy stouts that this feels thin, but actually its very nice for a regular stout. Coupled with some good carbonation and it's got a nice feel.
D-While not overly impressive in any one area, this is a completely solid stout in all areas that I think a person would be more than happy to drink multiples of.
I'm sure this will go excellently with the fudge walnut brownie that I have sitting beside it. A very nice beer from Deschutes that I'm happy to have tried!

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

A malty, toasty stout, this one poured black as midnight in the glass with a two-finger chocolate head. The aroma wasn't quite there, much more subtle than I was expecting. This is also more of a dry stout, tasting of dark roasted coffee more than anything else. Perfect hop balance, and finishes pretty quick. This one lacks some of the hints of fruit I generally prefer in stouts, but not going to hold that against Deschutes. This is a nice beer.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aptly named, pours obsidian black, like motor oil, with a big thick dark tan head, which stays around for a while, but the lacing is minimal. The aroma is vaguely impy stoutish, but also a bit tame. Pretty nice though.

The taste leaves little to the imagination though. Like the nose, it gives the impression of an impy stout, a big beefy flavor but without the massive body, abv, etc, as if it were a super drinkable tongue lasher. There is plenty of roasted, toasted, deliciously whoppin malts, a very nice bitter hop counterpoint and some fruit, a bit of full roast coffee. Very, very nice. The mouth is full but not overwhelming, nice and smooth and easy to drink, its just a fantastic stout, kind of the little brother of their Abyss, but no underachiever itself.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle that has a best by 3/28/08 and poured into my snifter. Thanks to bbothen for throwing this in as a great extra.

A - This is one beauty of a beer as it is a pitch black and a bit reflective which in a way reminds me of the obsidian that the beer is named after. There is a nice creamy, bubbly and frothy, one thumb head that sits on top and just looks really nice. The head leaves a bunch of lacing and the body appears to be a viscous.

S - heavy on the roasted notes and reminds me a bit also of a burnt oak smell coming through. Also a slight small hint of chocolate is also noticed.

T - Taste is also a mix of a light roasted flavor that reminds me a bit of a light chocolate taste. More on the dark chocolate aspect than the milk that leaves a roasted taste in the mouth.. There is a bit of a caramel sweetness as well that helps to balance that aspect out. In the end, there is a bit of a bitter hops that come in and adds some pine aspect into this one. The hoppy bitter aspect was a bit intriguing and not really what i expected. Has a nice flavor profile but nothing that is blowing anyone out of the watery. Also seems a bit watery.

MF - Light amount of carbonation that sits on the tongue. Creamy beer that makes it easy to drink but didn't really have the ummph behind it that I was expecting and hoping for from a stout.

D - overall a good stout but not one that really left me wanting another one. have to say I was a bit disappointed by this one and just thought it would have been a bit better. Plus, something in the aftertaste makes me not really want to have another one either and I think it maybe that the hops seems to linger and leave a bit of an odd feeling in the mouth.

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

The Black Rock stout poured an obsidian with a good 1-2 finger foam head with some solid retention. The lacing was excellent and lasted for a while.

The aroma was deep roasted malts and coffee.

The taste was rich, complex and satisfying. It left a nice bitterness in finish. It was a sweet malty in the front. You gotta love the work they are doing in Bend and this is another example.

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Photo of edchicma
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate with nice initial head and great lacing. Smell is a ricjh blend of coffee, burnt malt and hops. Taste follows a similar pattern with the balance of malt and hops doing quite well. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, rich and chewy. Easy on the drinkability scale...smooth yet with a light dry finish.

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Photo of clint21
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night once its in a glass. Its so dark that no light passes through it. One inch head that is brown. Doesn't last long.

Very earth smell and flavor. Acidic and tastes like dirt, but in a good way. A bit of standard stout flavor, ie chocolate, but still very acidic and earthy.

Good bite to it but very drinkable. Kind of takes some getting used to at first but becomes very smooth. If you drink this anthen another dark beer like for example a porter, the porter tastes like water in comparison.

One of my favorite local brews.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Dnichols for this fine brew! Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Beautiful dark black with touches of light around the edges. Huge tan foamy head that left tons of lacing. wonderful roasted coffee and slight smoke smell. I have to take a while to enjoy the look of this beer before drinking. Taste if full and tremendous. Hints of chocolate and/or coffee. I really cant tell as they blend together and make for a really satisfying full flavored stout. This is not thin or crisp. It does a slight bitter finish which makes it easy to drink, I feel. This may be the perfect beer to drink by the fire on a cold night!

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Photo of Lupe
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a brown hue at the bottom of the glass when held to the light. Huge cocoa colored rocky tan that leave tons of sticky lace all over the glass. If you like them dark, they don't look much better than this one.

Big dose of acidic/astringent roast hits you with a hint of cocoa powder, and smokey notes. A touch sweetness rounds out the aroma.

A quick touch of dark chocolate sweetness is thrown aside by a bitter and acidic burnt twang of roasted barley. This lingers a bit before moving over for ripe fruit and burnt caramel. The first sip is almost overwhelming with roasted bitterness, similar to iced coffee sans milk and sugar. Once the initial shock is over other flavors come out. A hint of rum soaked cherries, smoke, and spice. Hops are herbal and leafy. Espresso/French Roast coffee lingers throughout. Finishes dry with lingering roast.

Medium bodied and smooth. A little biting on the tongue between all the roast and the carbonation.

Very robust. Drinks bigger than you would think - after being on a Imperial Stout kick, I figured a stout at 6.4% would be a session beer. Not quite the case. Alcohol gets warming and more noticeable midway through. High roasted character and astringency takes a notch or two away from the drinkability. Nice solid stout.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Streams out of the bottle an even pitch blackness settling into my Maudite glass. Builds a two finger deep chocolate brown head that hosts fuzzy bubbles that leave lace as they disapate. Nose consists of smokey malt and soured toffee sense. Maybe even some dark fruit sweetness. Dark alchol soaked cherries wraped in coco grace the tongue on first sip. A clean biscuit like richness fills the mouth joined by dark malt and slight spiceyness. An slmost phenol like sweetness develops on the back of the tonguw as this one warms a bit. Mouthfeel is a soft mix of richness and dark bitter. This stout is not to big to really enjoy drinking.

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Liked the dark color and initial head, but the head went away quickly. Smells of chocolate mostly and some fruity smells.
Initial malty and hint of chocolate in taste. Taste of alcohol is stronger at first than most stouts but does not sit on the palate. Nice smooth, thick body in the mouth and it felt good as it went down the throat.
Overall an excellent beer that I would definitely buy again. Deschutes Brewery has several good beers and this is my favorite so far. Try their Black Butte Porter as well

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another highly anticipated brew from Geoff aka SurlyDuff, thanks man. Appearance, this one absolutely absorbs all light it fades to black as soon as the stream of carbonation bubbles rise to the top to form a huge moccha tan textured head like whipped cream it rises a good inch above the rim of my glass, awesome appearance. As the head dwindles even fine lacing is left evenly behind in an annular ring like pattern. Aroma is full of dark creamy yet mildly acidic coffee roasts, dark chocolate strong herbal hop leaf approach as well. Awesome creamy robust roasted malt layers with a fine herbal hop aroma. Flavors blend poetically, a beautiful clash of cream caramel and mild toffee liqueur with brash dark roasted malts bringing burnt toast, chocolate, and robust espresso to the mix. Mouthfeel is medium bodied doesn't way you down at all drinks like a light beer easy moderate carbonation yet a bitter dry roasty finish makes it all so good velvety smooth on the palate. Drinkability is amazing the most flavorful session beer I've come across this one brings out Imperial stout like flavors with out crushing your skull beautiful beer I plan to get some more. Whether friends or liquid solutions.com thanks Matt Maples.

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Photo of dsigmon
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a luscious dark black with offwhite pillowy head leaving a great amount of lacing slowly moving down the side as it resides.

S: smells of sweet liquorish dark fruit with light bitter cocoa undertones.

T/M: taste of dark roasted malts and liquorish with a nice bitter hop finish. Has a sweet dark fruit taste undertones. Moderate carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

D: great tasty stout with great hop bite finish. only thing I could ask for is to be a little thicker on the mouth feel.

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Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black oily pour with a fluffy tan head. Rich roasty and chocolate smell mostly, with a touch of hops. As one rater noted, it was nice and roasty without any burnt smells (or tastes). Taste was beautiful on first sip. Creamy, chocolately, perfectly bittersweet roasty goodness with a nice amount of hop bitterness. Perfectly light to medium carbonation, and an solid slightly thick mouthfeel and flavor. Goes down easily and smooth, and leaves me wanting more. Definitely a great stout, and worth going out of the way for.

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Photo of NDPDuke
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz in a snifter via trade from Nitrogen (as always, thank you).

APPEARANCE: Dark black with a thin head, quickly disappears into the thick black

SMELL: Strong smell of chocolate, roasted malts and grain. Powerful smell.

TASTE: Smell of chocolate and malts. The taste isn't as strong as I expected. Wasn't as much there as the smell gave off. I guess I expected more from this beer.

MOUTHFEEL: To thin for stout for me. Too watery for me. Not quite what I expect.

DRINKABILITY: I Could sip this for awhile, but overall, I wouldn't want too many of these.

I expected more from this beer because of the reviews and all of the talk, but it really didn't do much for me. I honestly expected a lot more, but it really didn't do much for me.

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Photo of DHGranstrand
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is based on my 3rd bottle of Obsidian Stout tonight.

Pours very dark, dark brown with nice creamy head.

Smells like licorice, burnt coffee/chocolate.

Tastes sweet with burnt coffee, good malt flavor and bitter hops on the end.

Mouthfeel is great with a nice viscosity.

I really like this beer! On sale at $5.99 a six-pack it is really a bargain in this age of $6 to $15 bombers. Very drinkable (I'm on my 3rd of the evening). Very well balanced without any one flavor dominating the taste. One of my regulars!

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GGLWebster for the sample

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head. Excellent retention and a dark brown color.

I smell coffee, milk, and chocolatey malts.

Milky texture with some licorice undertones. Coffee and chocolate malts come out as well. Finishes with a slight roasted characteristic. Finishes with a dry hop bitterness. Not an overly big beer like many complex stouts are, but a nice complexity.

Nice creaminess. The hop bitterness creates a dryness that detracts a little bit from the mouthfeel's awesome creaminess. There is also a tiny bit of astringency that detracts. Still good, though.

I like this beer a lot. The milkiness of it is awesome. I could easily make a session out of this.

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Photo of SargeC
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black brew with a frothy brown head.

Smell: Toasted malt, pumpernickel and brown sugar.

Taste: Toasted malt base embraces coffee flavors and a decent hop presence. Slight mineral presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a dry finish.

Drinkablity: A solid stout, very enjoyable.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,762 ratings.
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