Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

3,870 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: 3,870 |  Reviews: 1,147
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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Photo of cadaugherty
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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 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 Blaze5445
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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 GeoffreyM
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylemckinnis
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of WesM63
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ALC82
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of q33jeff
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Styrofoam cup. Road beer to Baltimore. Look: dark black, thick, really big foamy tan head. Aroma: lots of roasted malt and oatmeal, touche of coffee. Taste is barley oatmeal, very grainy. Some chocolate, coffee, vegetable. Mouthfeel is thin, but creamy. A lingering siltyness like some Irish stouts. Overall, Reminds me of Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout; a beer that has special meaning to me.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of benloho
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 mattycasey
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Westyn
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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

Served this 12 oz. bottle in a New Belgium Globe glass. Dated best by: 7-02-12. The color is deep brown/black...you know, like obsidian. Frothy tan head that left heavy lacing.

The smell was ashy with candied fruit and toasted bread. Cocoa powder or shaved dark chocolate.

The taste was rich malty sweetness but not too much. Very well balanced with a drying, roast bitterness. Burnt biscuit char - in a good way! Nicely constructed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with modest carbonation.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,870 ratings.
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