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:
1,136
Ratings:
3,828
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
565
Gots:
806
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 1,136 | Ratings: 3,828
Photo of 05Harley
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 10/31/11

Purchased through Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa CA.

Price - $9.47/sixer

Appearance is close to black with a three fingered creamy lite tan head. Retention is long lasting finally rescinding to floating foam bergs. Nice legs from start to finish.

The aroma is full of roasted malt followed by mocha and unsweetened chocolate. No real presence of sweetness to speak of.

Flavors of roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate and coffee. You can really taste just how burnt the malt is from the start.

The body is light and smooth with a perfect blend of hop bitterness. Low carbonation especially towards the finish. After awhile a fair amount of dryness is felt on the palate.

Overall a great example of an American Stout that hasn't gone overboard. Rich and robust for a 6.4% beer. A more sessionable stout @ 6.4%.

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Photo of TheFlern
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black with a voluminous tan head that laces very nicely and has good retention.

Smell: Chocolate with a perfect amount of complimenting bitterness from the hops Also, some roasted/smokey malts in the background. As the beer warms more coffee notes come out in the aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with chocolate up front. The bitterness from the hops really brings out the flavor of the malts and makes it taste like real chocolate. As the beer warms it the malts take on a more coffee like flavor which is, like the chocolate flavor from being cold, accented by the bitterness from the hops. Ahmazing!!!

Mouthfeel: Not overly thick like many stouts seem to be these days. There is a good amount of carbonation and this viscosity is where a drinkable and tasty stout should be.

All in all this is probably the best good old fashioned American Stout on the market. Give it a try ASAP.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Jet black with hints of dark ruby red on the edges. A huge three fingers of tan head that retains forever and laces the glass like crazy.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. A hint of floral hops coming through.

Taste: Starts off rather pleasant. Nice sweet caramel and dark fruit front end that gives way into a chocolate and coffee middle. However the back end finishes up with a rather unpleasant burnt bread taste, which actually gets less noticeable as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium and rich. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Average. The front and middle are delicious but they need to do something about that back end.

Final Notes: A decent American stout. I'll drink it, but I think there are better American stouts out there. If you like the taste of burnt toast, however, this is probably the beer for you.

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Photo of joedon
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly opaque black beer with a creamy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, licorice, roasted malt.

Taste is perfect! Rich malty sweetness and a good amount of roasted-coffee/barley notes. Exceptionally smooth [Nitro!] and has a dark toasty, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel also perfect. Almost like a dessert custard-thats how smooth and creamy this stout is. Drinkability was outstanding for a pretty big beer.

I would love to have more of this but I never see it in the midwest.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 03/23/11 printed on bottle. Enjoyed on 03/02/11. Really looking forward to another one from Deschutes.

A - Looks great. Big tan two finger head that leaves great lacing as I drink. Pitch black and opaque, no light whatsoever gets through even around the edges.

S - The aroma holds some roasted malts, chocolate, and a light hoppiness. Also a faint coffee smell to it as well.

T - Nice mixture between some roasted malts and sweet chocolate flavor. Good coffee and hop bitterness in the background. Finish is pretty dry, with a lingering milky chocolate/coffee flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied, the carbonation may be a little high. Quite drinkable, delicious beer.

Another good one from Deschutes, only my second offering from them. Looking forward to more!

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Photo of DallasK
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with no head or lacing. Nose is of chocolate as the bottle suggests. Taste is roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate. Slight bitterness. Low/moderatw carbonation. At 8.99 a sixer Obsidian is a value stout.

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

Thanks to alexgash for this one. Pours a you guessed it obsidian black/very dark brown with a dark head that you could eat with a spoon. Smell is raisin, rum, cocoa, and some hops. Full bodied mouthfeel. Taste is dominated by thick malts with a distinct and prominent mineral flavor, makes me think of river water. Lingering bitter chocolate and roasted flavor finish off this high quality stout.

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

Well this is a great stout.

A - Pours viscous black into a pint mug with a huge thick brown head that's pillowy and recedes to sticky lacing with a slight thin head constantly residing on top of the brew

S - Big nose of burnt toasts, caramel, roasted malts. Very good smell

T - Taste is big. Great malt backbone the a touch of the caramel and bitter chocolate tastes..finishing with just a small hop bite to cut the sweeter flavors..very balanced

M - Big and creamy..full in the mouth...light on carbonation

D - This is damn good..as far as stouts go I would put this close to the top of the class..for the fan of stouts this is a must

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Photo of hophead247
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and opaque with a thick brown creamy head. Tons or roasty coffee aroma and charcoal. Favor is rich with roasted barley. nice malt backbone but the burnt woody and dry coffee take over. Finishes semi dry and clean. Really drinkable stout, but I can name a handful of others I'd rather drink...

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

Pours a black stout with ruby highlights and a nice thick tan head with great retention. Fine looking beer, although I was expecting darker with the name obsidian. Not going to hold that against them though. Aroma is also great with mounds of chocolate. Coffee and dark roast malts, so breadiness here too.

Taste is top notch as well with chocolate and dark malts, and a nice bready malt body. Nice balancing bitterness here as well, with some earthy tones.

Mouthfeel is smooth and, as mentioned, perfect bitterness. Easy drinker. Overall probably the best stout I've had to date.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with brown edges and a small, dense, tan head. The aroma has notes of rolled oats, with a mild balance of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and tobacco. The flavor is similar to the aroma. It's a bit sharp though with notes of dark chocolate and a bitter coffee finish. The body is a bit thin but creamy with lots of carbonation.

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

As part of a six pack of 12 oz bottles. Poured into a pint glass. Pours black, and has a big fluffy tan head, more than two fingers, with excellent retention and lacing. Impenetrable to the light except for a bit around the edges. Smells of roasted malts over dark chocolate, with just a bit of hops tucked away in there.

Strong black coffee and dark chocolate up front with a little dark fruit, good balance of roasted and sweet flavors. Creamy mouthfeel than finishes clean and bitter. More bitter, in fact, than I expected from the sweeter smell, with a bit of hops that hits you in the middle.

I can vouch for its potential as a session beer based on its drinkability and complexity; I had to restrain myself and save the last one of the six pack to review with! The bitterness remains for a bit, so clear your palate before moving on to another brew, and keep this in mind for food pairings.

How about serving this one with a mole?

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

This beer is one of my favorites, not only for the availability of such a rich dark stout, but the price cant be beat.

Look is a deep dark black, foamy white/brown mocha head

Smell Rich chocolate, cocoa, a bit of carmel strong coffee. For a stout that comes in a 6 pack, this is right up there with the big boy bottles.

Taste dark chocolate, coffee, cappuccino, sweet yet rich.

Mouthfeel is thick as can be, but smooth going down.

Drink for a stout its very high, but its not one to have a slammed 6'r in a night.

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Thick and dark, very dark brown, nearly black. Two finger-width dark tan head. A little bit of lacing left behind.

S: Sweet coffee smell, chocolaty notes. A bit of brown sugar there, too. Very pleasant.

T: Nice coffee dominates. That thick sweetness is there, too. Presence of roasted malt as well. Very nice combination and a great example of a stout. One of my favorite beers out there.

M: A little heavy, but not overwhelming. Certainly not a session, but it's surprisingly smooth.

A great beer from start to finish. One of my favorites out there.

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Photo of Schmittymack
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Next to last brew for me tonite at my local watering hole; finally getting around to reviewing it. Poured a dark brown/nearly black with a very creamy head that disapated rather quickly. Nose picked up a little roasted malt; nothing else. Taste was great. Chocolatly malty goodness with no bitter after taste. As it warmed, it just got better and better--I even splashed a bit of Lindeman's Framboise into the last three ounces or so to make a GREAT raspberry stout. I don't think this little brother of Abyss gets any respect: I'd do more than a couple in a sitting.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle poured into a stout/porter glass. Nice dark tan head that dissipates quickly to a small ring. Toffee and chocolate on the nose. That continues on the palate with some coffee and tobacco following. Doesn't drink too heavy. Quaffable. Great beer !

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

Pours a deep black with a milk chocolatey brown head that quickly fell apart to a light film. Smells like chocolate, malts, piny hops, a bit of java. Tastes deliciously chocolatey, malty, and bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, wonderfully complimenting the taste. Drinkability is absurdly good.

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

Simple, drinkable, bitter cocoa and earthy hops Stout.
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A: Black hole black... can't even get a highlight when holding it to a bare bulb. Two finger medium khaki head of fine bubbles that settles quickly to a film

S: Roasty espresso, baker's chocolate, molasses, and earthy, spicy hops. Straightforward and delicious.

T: Taste is all about bitter... cocoa and earthy hops. A sweet, creamy foundation provides distant but persistent counterpoint. Perhaps just a tad flavor shy, but it's not an RIS. What it is, however, is a simple, delicious, and extremely drinkable stout.

M: Creamy, yet with enough fine texture to hold on to.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The label description of this stout implies that it is a good stout choice for both stout fan and stout newbie. Really??? The 6.7% abv is the high end of stouts in my experience, and this ain't no nitro Murphy's (which I tried in the same go-round of tastings, and I would consider more appropriate for those unfamiliar with the style.)

A thin reddish brown head resulted from my pour. Obsidian is good as a jumping-off point for color, jet black it is, but with some surprising tan sediment in suspension. A little bottle conditioning intended?

Nose is not as redolent of alcohol as expected; it's actually a fairly light aroma of rich roasted chocolate and chocolate cake.

Some of the Sam Smith's Imperial Stout "oiliness" in the mouthfeel. Taste is big and powerfully alcoholic; rich chocolate and coffee are here. Beginning stout drinkers drink this? Really??? I see this as more of a "nitro can stouts are for wimps" selective drinker's taste.

Bituminous Stout might be more appropriate.

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Photo of jayfarley3
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate with a nice balance of hops. Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. This is very good stout, I would recommend this to anybody.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark, very dark, black dark. With a small foam head that doesn't last long tan in color, and sits around the edge of the glass.

Smells dark, like chocolate, maybe roasted chocolate.

Tastes of a dark chocolate with a bitterness in the likes of coffee int he aftertaste. Slight "bite" to it.

Nice mild carbonation making it smooth to drink.

Overall, quality stout, and I don't care much for stouts. Adding this to the list of the few that I like.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle.
This was part of the I'm Bored Tonight Stout-Off, up against Rogue's Imperial Stout and Bell's Expedition Stout. Pours a deep black with hints of red when swirled. A thin bubbly, tan head forms and then recedes fairly quickly, but leaves a nice bit of lacing behind. The smell is mainly of chocolate, but a dark cocoa kind of chocolate and some whiff of alcohol to it - a roasty, but not smoky, smell. It has a bubbly mouthfeel and goes down nice and easy with a nice roasty-coffee aftertaste. Up front, I don't taste any bitterness and most of the taste is in the aftertaste. Good stuff!

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into standard pint glass. served at fridge temp.

A: Black as black can be with a 2 finger dark tan head that is cloud fluffy and leaves phenomenal lacing. BEAUTIFUL.

S: Dark coffee and sweet roasted barley. Fresh smelling instead of the strong almost dank smell of most stouts. Hops come through perfectly. Best smelling beer I have encountered.

T: WOW! Opens with bittersweet chocolate then fades into that dark coffee. Sweetness from the malt washes over the palate before the back of the tongue is hit with a hefty hop bitterness. Leaves a wonderful roasty aftertaste. This is delicious.

M: At fridge temp it is medium body that is just light enough to invite you back for another drink but hefty enough to say "I'm a stout!" Smooth.

O: Great stout. Not heavy handed in any direction, superb balance. Another huge score for Deschutes. This is now tied with Ninkai's Oatis Oatmeal Stout as my new go to stout. This beer rocks.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Milky chocolate brown head floating on top of total blackness. I stuck a cop-sized Maglite behind the pint and nothing. Smell is pretty mild with a hint of roasted coffee beans and malt.

Taste is rich and chewy and very much roasted malt and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Not much hop flavor but the malts aren't too heavy either. Smooth finish with bitter coffee aftertaste, goes down really easy though, especially good on a cold windy day. Somewhat one-dimensional, but a great dimension I wish I could visit more often.

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Photo of BDJake
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- super dark brownish black, with little head or retention

S- roasted coffee up front, with bitter dark chocolate and rich dark malts

T- much like the smell, but even more amplified as it warms up, with a nice touch of hoppiness in the finish

M- medium gravity, coating your tongue well, with a dry and bitter finish

D- a very sessionable everyday stout from a solid brewery most well known for it's juggernaut imperial stout

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,828 ratings.
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