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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Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a decent tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is thick with coffee and malt. The flavor is very smooth, the bitter coffee and chocolate is balanced nicely with the roastiness of the malt. Avoids the soy-sauce bite. Good hop bitterness as well. A very good stout.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep obsidian black body with a large dark brown head.
Rich chocolate nose with roasted, and burnt underlays.
Large amounts of rich chocolate attack the palate immedietly. Followed by some semi-sweet roasted caramel malt that rounds out the balance. Creamy and rich coffee notes sweep the palate near the finish and combine with some floral/citrusy hops on the back end. Finished slightly smoky and roasty with feint coffee in recession.

A solid stout, especially creamy and full bodied. Nothing really stands out for me, but its still a damn good offering non the less.

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Photo of jkendrick
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours black and smooth. There is a thin frothy head and carbonation bubbles dot the glass all the way down to the bottom. The head recedes relatively quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma: Roasted smell with some coffee, but not much. The smell is characteristic of a stout and sweet with perhaps a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body approaching full body with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is a bit aggressive at first, but quickly mellows leaving a smooth chewy mouthfeel.

Taste: There is a sweet maltiness right up front that is quickly balanced by a bitter blast. The bitterness is pleasant to me, but I know many might find it too bitter. I taste some espresso, bitter chocolate and some dark fruits and barley to join the roasted sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops.

Overall impression: I have always loved this stout, but I must admit looking at this with a critical eye there ARE better stouts out there. It's aggressive though and despite the abv of 6.4%, it has an almost Imperial stout quality and the bitterness characteristic of a West Coast brew. Locally this is reasonably priced and the lower abv allows it to be an excellent session stout.

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

From a bottle into Midnight Sun goblet

Pretty much black. Impenetrably dark. Thin tan head dies rapidly. Fresh lacing with each sip, then slides away. Looks like a stout should.

Dark roasted grains dominate but hops battle for attention, and malty sweetness underlies all of this for balance. Smells bigger and bolder than it is.

Sharp, dark roasted grains take center stage, but in the middle some malty sweetness plays supporting role. ops are definitely in the mix, but not able to push past the dark grain flavors. A sharp, rather pleasant to me, roasted grain and hop bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

A bit thin, but I've been drinking mostly way bigger beers lately. Lightly carbonated, with a teeny bit of warming.

To a guy who's been drinking big Belgians and Imperial everything lately, this beer is seriously poundable. I have pounded it often. I will again.

Some friends whose palates I admire (AKBelgianBeast, for example) just don't like this one, for whatever reason. I do. It is not a Speedway or Abyss or Berzerker, by any stretch, but it is a great, blue collar stout in my book. Even way out in rural Alaska, 90 miles by sea from the distributor in Juneau, I can get a sixer for as little as $7 sometimes. $8.50 this time.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A - Poured as dark as night with a brown head and good lacing.

S - Lots of burnt coffee, chocolate, and a bit of toffee.

T - This Stout made me a believer. Heavy on the malts, with wonderful coffee notes with caramel malt trailing behind.

M - Loved it! Great feel; dangerously smooth.

D - This is a absolute drinker for sure. Great flavor, buttery smooth and superb balance.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass; freshness date clearly stamped on the bottle:

P: Dark brownish- almost black upon pour out of the bottle. Densely packed light brown head with small bubbles. Good retention, sinking down to form a cap on top and leaving that beautiful lace on my glass that most great beers leave behind as evidence to their brilliance. Body is black in color, with tiny streaks of light only barely shining in on the edges of my glass. Looks very good!

A: Chocolate malts, coffee, roasted barley, and a nice and noticeable element of hops.

T: Sweet at the start with burnt sugar, barley, and roasted chocolate malts. Hops pop up, but stay out of the way of the malts until the latter half on the palate. They provide a nice bittering finish, and really balance this one out well. Also, a milk chocolate flavor seems to linger for awhile after swallowed. Extremely tasty, this one.

M: Obsidian Stout feels really good on the tongue. It's just barely a notch under being full-bodied, with a slight chewiness that feels just right. It's smooth as hell, and goes down so gosh-darned easily it's dangerous.

D: Absolutely! Beings that it's 6.4% ABV, it's a very drinkable stout. I can drink this one all night long (and have). Just be careful, it will lay waste to you before you even realize it.

Notes: Another delicious offering from Deschutes Brewery. A rich, creamy, flavorful stout that tastes great and is incredibly smooth. Easy to drink and a pleasure at that. This is one that I have made a regular in my beer diet. A truly delicious American-style stout that I thoroughly enjoy(and quite often at that).

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Photo of Magpie14
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured black and murky brown with a large creamy tan head. The glass was littered with random blobs of foam, clinging desperately

S: burnt coffee, roasted grains, maybe a whiff of dark fruits

T: heavy malts/grain sweetness, luscious mellow coffee flavor. Roasted malt is king within this flavorful . Big caramel sweets, a touch of brown sugar, and semi sweet chocolate chips. The hop content teases the tongue with bitterness for a nice added dimension

M: velvety and smooth paired with ample carbonation...good balance. Easy to drink is an understatement with the heavy lush feel

D: gotta love it! great brew and easy drinker. Nice flavors throughout

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a thick oily black with a 1" light brown fluffy head.

S: The aroma is mostly chocolate and coffee. There is an underlying spice note (perhaps from hops) and a hint of dates.

T: The taste follows in line with the smell. Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. There is a residual bitter/spiciness that is quite welcome.

M: The mouthfeel is full and creamy with noticeable carbonation.

D: This is a very flavorful stout. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours nearly black (can only make out some dark brown near the bottom edges of the glass) with a mocha froth colored head that fades quickly.
S: Almost entirely of roasted malts and some malty sweetness. The other main smell is of yeast.
T: Taste is predominately of roasted malts as well. Some chocolate flavor as well; without the bitterness of the cocoa in a lot of stouts. It is a nice break away from the strong smoke and coffee smell and flavor of a lot of stouts I've been having recently.
M: Sticky and lingering, but a bit lighter that I may have expected from a stout.
D: Again, it is a nice departure from the strong smoke and bitter coffee flavors of a lot of stouts and is quite drinkable for a stout.

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

a. a 12oz bottle with an average pour yielded a striking one-finger head of a burnt sugar and mahogany color, sitting atop a deep dark opaque abyss of black which only hinted at some ruby coloring when held up directly infront of a light. Lacing was light and didn't stay quite as well as I would have liked given the beauty of the color.

s. Malt with a sharp hop note. Sweetness and sour notes waft from the glass. Raisins, cocoa and burnt bread darken aroma, with hints of rum and just a touch of burnt (old?) coffee fill out the aroma. It's an interesting, unusual, yet pleasing aroma.

t. The malt is definitely present, as is the sharp hop note. There's almost a burnt sourness present, which lightens things up and gets away from that common roasty-smokey-cocoa-coffee taste that so many stouts fall generically into. Definite coffee notes, along with burnt figs, rum raisin, and floral hops round it out in a different but good way.

m. a touch light for a stout, with some decent carbonation and an interesting interplay between the sharp piney hop oils and the slightly sour burnt malt flavors on the tongue. I want a bit more chewy body to compete with the flavors, but the sweetness kind of warms me up to the lighter body.

d. definitely drinkable, and I thoroughly enjoyed the bottle. This one has a bit of uniqueness that separates it from the generic stout, but that also makes it a bit strong in flavor to drink a ton of - it begins to wear at the tastebuds in a good way... the sweet, sour, roasted, and burnt flavors are incredible but take a turn away from sessionability in my mind. Definitely worth trying if you have the chance, if nothing else than do see what a stout has the ability to be. This one nears an Imperial Stout in the best ways.

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Photo of atsprings
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is an abundance of roasted black malts with espresso and cocoa notes. The taste is a nice abundance of fresh espresso, cocoa and a plethora of roasted malts. The beer is crisp and light with decent carbonation, very smooth drinking. This is certainly an enjoyable stout, one that I would love to see here on the east coast.

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Photo of corey0212
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another tasty beer from raiser as part of the New Trader BIF Redux!!

Pours a midnight black, with some faint brownish highlights, foamy mocha colored head fading very slowly, with just a few spots of lacing left in the glass. Lots of milk chocolate in the nose, faint coffee, and nice burnt/charred edges. Taste follows right along, just the perfect amount of sweetness, nothing overly bitter. Creamy mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. This is just plain delicious, and drinkability is completely off the map. Extremely impressive stout.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for largadeer for sending me a bottle of this from my favorite West Coast brewery.

I read some of the reviews that mentioned hops; hops? This was a malt bomb in my mouth. Malts were piled higher & thicker than Mississippi sediment. Normally not my thing, but these didn't appear to be lager-level malts, but gave the beer a rich, deep feel to it. The depth of the malts give Obsidian a fairly unique taste to me, & one that was easy to drink by Stout standards.

Good beer. I'd drink it again, happily.

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Photo of mrkc
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of Obsidian Stout about a week ago, and I've been slowly working my way through it. I tried, I really did, to like it. Deschutes is generally such a great brewery, and I've been just flat-out impressed by their line almost each and every time. Almost, because this time, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't fall in love with this stout. It's malty odour is fine, but the taste of the hops and the burnt cocoa seem to war with each-other. each are too strong. The mouth-feel is watery, like and is acrid like a cup of coffee you left on the counter for four days. This beer is in dire need of a time-out to mellow it down just a bit, so drinking it isn't like getting beat in the face with a baseball bat.

I'm sorry, Deschutes, I really tried. It's me, not you.

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Photo of TEXTONE
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer Name- Obsidian Stout
Style- American Stout
Brewery- Deschutes Brewery
Serving-12zo bottle

Look- Body is deep, dark, and black do not look for light through your glass. Nice creamy, caramel head with good carbonation to boot.

Smell- Dark roasted malts, sweetness, and coffee smell all blended together that is vary pleasant to the nasal passages yummy smell over all.

Taste- Mouth feel is full crisp from the carbonation. Dark malts produce a sweet creamy, roasted coffee taste and bitterness (burnt coffee flavor) with the combination of hops. There is a slight alcohol taste mixed in here also. This beer has become a current favorite of mine and I highly recommend this bier to friends and fellow members and bier drinkers.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with three fingers of chocolaty,chunky head that leaves some massive Swiss cheese lacing as is drops at a snails pace. The nose is caramely with some light roasted coffee aromas. This Stout is rich and full of bitter chocolates and burnt coffee,some good hoppy bitterness on the tail. The body is full and just rite for my liking,this is a bit dry,and could use a touch more creaminess,but overall is a great stout with lots of character to spare. Very quaffable and a great example of the style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a roasty chocolaty affair with some dried fruit and a touch of hop aroma for good measure. Taste follows the smell, but lingers with a bit of ash in the finish. Full body, creamy texture, ample carbonation. If not for the ash in the finish I'd love this beer. As is its still good, just not spectacular.

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Photo of jamesm7485
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very nice, a thick dark black pour with a light frothy dark tan head.

Smell is big time roasted malts a smell of coffee beans perhaps

Taste is very nice very upfront with the roasted malts

Mouthfeel is smooth but not dull like some stouts can be

Despite the darkness and abv this is easily a session beer and a regular purchase of mine, just took forever to get around to reviewing it.

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Photo of ATPete
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

best by 8/08/08

reviewed on 8/21/08

Obsidian pours a dark brown almost black color, only a small slice of a ruby red highlight peaks through at the bottom of the glass. It sports a small tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Its got a big nose of roasted chocolate malt, and semi sweet coffee beans. This beer is a roasted master piece, an awesome caliber of malt quality shines through right away followed by hints of caramel and coffee. A great, balancing, hop character on the finish and a bready yeast character. Its got a smooth medium body, slightly sticky and excellent drinkability. Awesome beer, wish i could get it here in NJ!

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Photo of blackjack000
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a milk chocolate head.

Smell: Black liquorice and baker's chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Instant taste of dark, semisweet chocolate. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, instantly followed by perky carbonation that highlights the bittersweet aftertaste.

Drinkability: A very drinkable stout. So smooth and silky that you immediately crave another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of secret santa: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge medium brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee with some roasted malt and black chocolate is very enticing. Taste is also a well balance mix between some black chocolate, dry coffee and roasted malt. Body is full with a perfect creamy texture and good carbonation. I very much enjoyed this beer from a brewery that I am starting to learn about.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super dark black, inky liquid that pours into my glass. Medium-sized bubbles that pack tightly together and leave awesome lace. Turns out that the retention is great too.

Roast malt leading the way initially along with a nice complement of bittersweet chocolate and plenty of herbal hopping. The powdery chocolate gets even stronger as the head recedes. Is it slightly smoky?

It is moderately smoky! Awesome mix of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. The malts have been absolutely roasted to within an inch of its life. Tons of complexity, without a huge amount of alcohol which is really cool. The finish leads toward the coffee side and it seems that the bitterness congregates here as well.

In the mouth it's medium-full, not super-chewy but great for style with enough carbonation to keep things in line. Great American stout, I'm sad I've not had it until now.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black...very deserving of it's name. The head is a dark brown one finger cap with some nice brown lace coating the glass.

S - Bitter espresso beans and dark unsweetened chocolate. This is one of the most coffee intensive stouts that I've ever smelled. Literally smells like the strongest dark roast espresso with a huge chunk of baker's unsweetened dark sugar lumped in.

T - Again, huge espresso and bitter dark chocolate. There are some woody campfire flavors in there too.

M - Bitter, medium bodied, with some raspy carbonation that is a bit too rough for the style IMHO. The finish is bitter and "stoutish" as hell, and will stick to your teeth for the next few hours.

D - Pretty good stout honestly. I prefer less dark bitter coffee, but I know that's exactly what a lot of stout lovers are looking for so I can't fault it for that.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Daniela for bringing this back from Portland. Poured oh-so black and beautiful. A lovely looking stout. Bit of hop aroma, roasty aromas for sure. Milky and semisweet flavors, yum. It had a wet almost to porter-ish mouthfeel. High drinkability, only the MF throwing me off a bit. I'd love to have this on draft.

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that descends to a patchy cover. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, ashy, earthy.

The taste is of roasted coffee, caramel/toffee, and chocolate, some anise. Wonderful roasted malt complexity. Smokiness and a bitter bite keep sweetness well-balanced. Finishes semi-dry.

Medium-to-full bodied.

This is a lovely American stout - nice mix of dark maltiness, smokiness and bitterness.

Try this with some lightly charred grilled steak.

Another great brew from a, so far, impressive brewery! Thanks again, Bill!

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