Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

3,856 Ratings
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 larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours slick and jet black with a thin and tempting layer of a mixture of dark brown and creamy beige foam.

Old coffee grounds, dark chocolate, roast, and some very subtle fruitiness.

The coffee comes out much better in the flavor than in aroma, roasted chocolate malts, dark fruit notes are still apparent but subtle, some slight smokiness.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, slick, slightly chewy, hefty.

Overall, this is hands down one of my favorite American Stouts. Solid all around.

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

Big thanks to fartindog for sending this one as part of BC-2. The beer was served in a Imperial pub glass.

Appearance: This beer is a nearly dead black in coloration. The head is a thick and fluffy dark tan. The head has great retention and leaves thick streams of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beer kicks up a sweet and slightly sour melange of cocoa and espresso.

Taste: The beer has a very rich roasted espresso intial taste. This gives way to semi sweet cocoa. The beer then breaks slightly citric and goes pleasantly bitter. Nice dry aftertaste to the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is loaded with roasted flavors. The beer has a low carbonated medium body. This is a dam fine beer and I would definately have it again.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of NonicPanic
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of moarmare
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obscure, unfathomable black, Obsidian Stout reminds one of, well...obsidian. Even a lift right next to a lamp reveals only the faintest cranberry highlights. A two-finger head the color and consistency of a mocha latte crowns this beast, gripping the sides with impressive vigor as it recedes at its leisure. The nearly full patina of lacing left behind is impressive.

The nose is classic roast flavors all the way. Sweet milk chocolate, coffee with cream. Hops are hinted at, but charred malt is the overseer of this little enterprise.

Bitter, seared barley brings notes of smoked maple stabilized by a more noticeable piney hop flavor, with a finish just that leans just slightly to the sweet side.

Medium-light mouthfeel, with light carbonation. Although I'd have appreciated a slightly fuller body, there is and a dulcet smoothness I find very pleasant.

A solid American stout with classic flavors from a brewery that has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Jim's. BB 4/14.

A - three finger tan head over jet black body. Lacing moderate but all in all a treat.

S - roast malts and coffee in the main.

T - on the money, integrated, with coffee and choc to the fore, but well balanced. Roasts do not dominate.

M - nice and smooth. Low medium carbonation, velvety.

O - a real surprise, from a blind buy. Well made beer.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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

Photo of whitenads
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKCNittany
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stillyman11
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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

Pours out really black and clear with 1/2 finger of tan suds that quickly dissapate.Swirlling reveals lots of lacing.
Smell is black coffee and sugar. Malty dark hot chocolate. Not much else but it is such a sweet prominent aroma.
Taste is bitter coffee at first because of the aroma ,then the sugary malt comes into play quickly leaving and being replaced by the black sharp bitterness that slowly falls back into a malty sweetness. This one is complex as all get out.
I rate this higher than the Victory Storm King because of the blackness upfront. Both are excellent though. Each is so different.
This one is so Black though. I like a nice malty blackness and this one serves me right.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bennetj17
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As it pours the head takes time to develop. It expands into only a small crust on top, the color of the foam being a very reddish brown/tan. It then dissipates pretty quickly also. The beer color is very dark black, not much light penetrates. The smell is amazingly smoky and burnt, with maybe a hint of chocolate. Taste is more smokiness, reminiscent of a campfire. Burnt coffee flavors are present also before the right amount of bitterness shines through at the finish. For a stout, it's not real thick, the carbonation is low but adequate. Suprisingly drinkable beer, maybe because its not too strong or chewy like some in its class.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,856 ratings.
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