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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Ratings: 3,856 |  Reviews: 1,141
Photo of FreshZ
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - by looking at it I think it's a nitro from the look. Dark as night with a tan head.
Smell - sweet dark chocolate espresso smell
Taste - dark rich coffee dark chocolate taste
Feel - creamy and goes Down smooth
Overall - great coffee creamy stout

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

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of drtth
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As with most stouts, this beer, poured into a Duvel glass is an opaque black with not a bit of light showing through it and a nice 1/2" dark tan head.

The foam persists for a reasonably long time but eventually settles into an island of thin foam on the surface and a small ring of foam around the glass, as do most stouts. There is some foam coating one side of the glass and a couple of patches and rings of leggy lacing. By the end of the beer there is only a small ring of foam and a few scattered speckles of lacing.

The light aroma is full of dark roast malt highlighting coffee and chocolate.

As expected from the aroma, the flavors are nicely complex. There is dark, bitter roasted malt underlying the coffee flavors and semi-sweet dark chocolate and they are all playing together nicely here without any one of them insisting on dominating the action.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with light persistent carbonation. The finish tapers off into that lightly bitter dryness that invites another sip (or three :-) ).

Overall this is so far an impressive beer and one that offers an abundance of flavors and complexity along with an ABV (6.4%) that would easily allow having more than one. It has definitely earned a place on my “have more in the future” list.

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Photo of jroberts8811
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of grittybrews
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, solid black into a tulip with two fingers of frothy, dark tan head that was slow to dissipate and left lots of robust lacing.

Aroma wasn't overpowering...roasty and a little watery, like an iced mocha. Roasty profile becomes more pronounced and complex as the beer warms.

Lively flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, and toast, with a slightly hoppy and earthy bitterness on the long espresso-like finish.

Refreshingly light mouthfeel for a stout, especially given the full flavor. Balanced, complex, and very drinkable!

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Photo of JoelClark
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of robwestcott
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to ivanwho and Noob BIF round 2 for this one

poured cold from the bottle to a surly darkness 10oz goblet a dark-ish cola black with a big bubbled, quickly dissipating, foamy mocha head with good retention.

big aroma dark chocolates, sweetened espresso and maybe a bit of toasted malts and dark fruits in the way-wayback.

leans to the bittersweet side, with dark fruits and molasses up front til it warms a bit and then the chocolate and slightly bitter espresso comes through a bit more.

fairly light bodied for the style, highly carbonated, bittersweet, smooth.

drinkable - yeah, sure, a couple 3 maybe.

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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 brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black with brown undertones and slight ruby highlights when held to bright light. Two finger fluffy brown head with creamy lacing.

S - Roasted malt, sweet milk chocolate, maybe even a lactic hint, coffee and a slight hint of citrus hops.

T - Roasted malt, sweet creamy milk chocolate, lactic hint, coffee with some hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel that makes it very smooth.

D - A good stout that I could drink all night.

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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 augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 10oz nonic.

Opaque bistre body with a buff head forming a lasting collar and a delicate surface slick. Sandy lacing, average retention.

Aroma is like malt roasting in the forest. Hints of tobacco, hazelnuts, and brown sugar round out the nose.

Dark, brooding, and dry palate entry with a tantalizing malt profile (the black patent and roasted barley are forward but you can discern lighter/sweeter varieties as well - a lovely mix of grains). Clean earthy bitterness from the hops with a vanishing hint of fruit as well. Hints of cocoa nibs, coffee, tree bark, and over-steeped African black tea in the finish. I don't know if it is the water or more likely their house yeast, but there is a distinctive unifying quality to the flavor that makes this simply unmistakable as being crafted by Deschutes.

Medium-light bodied with zesty carbonation (almost a little too much for the style).

One of the first beers I ever had (I was born in Bend, though I was living in a different state when the brewery opened) - making it difficult to rate since it's sort of the equivalent of Proust's madeleine for me. Even if your glass isn't full of memories when you pour one of these, I can safely say it remains one of the defining recipes for the style and should appeal to anyone who enjoys a classic, middle-weight, dry, American stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

12oz (best by 11/5/2012) into a snifter. Pours a deep brown/black w/ a thick mocha head that settles to a dense pillow.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate/coffee, dark fruit, molasses, floral hops.

Taste is chocolate malt, bitter hops, dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, soft but bitter finish.

Overall a solid, hoppy American stout, nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah! After having this one in Corvallis, Oregon I was convinced the cask conditioned pint was far superior to the bottle version. It tasted fuller bodied and creamy smooth and had a pleasant chocolatety aroma as well as a nice deep roasted barley aroma that was not burnt or harsh smelling. It was so easy to drink this one down in big gulps almost like a chocolate milkshake in a cool sort of way. Only black as a Bend, Oregon night!
Don't pass this one up if you see it on cask, even if you did not care for it that much out of the bottle. It's worth it!

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Photo of nh2032
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of rkarimi
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured deep mahogany to black with a cream colored head that melted to a fine cream lacing.
Aromas of rich roasted sweet malts and faint coffee/espresso scents.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout, but still pleasant.
Taste is sweet malt initially, followed by rich coffee as you swallow with only a slight hop bitterness...just enough to balance everything out.
No noticable alcohol to me until much later in a warmth that starts faintly in the chest...not in the back of the throat.
Aftertaste is a pleasant dry coffee....not bitter...not sweet...just a pleasant dry satisfying coffee aftertaste.
Drinkability? I don't think that is a fair question for either this style or this particular beer. It is satisfying in itself...in the single glassful. I'm drinking this while eating a brownie and believe me, one could want for nothing else. The perfect ending to a wonderful meal.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by date of 07/07/2012, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours jet black, topped with a big creamy tan head that leaves loads of lacing.

S- Big roasted aroma, a bit of chocolate and fruity sweetness.

T- Lots of roasted grain up front, has a chocolate center with some caramel, slight fruitiness, solid hop bitterness and a bitter chocolate finish with some smoke.

M- Medium bodied at the most, slightly watery, it's refreshing but probably more thin than I would like.

O- A very good, drinkable stout and another solid offering from Deschutes.

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

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