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Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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:
1,099
Ratings:
3,683
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
17.58%
 
 
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Photo of ReebShorts
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours very dark brown to black in color, nice thick sticky brown head, lacing throughout.

Aroma of Coffee, Cocoa, Vanilla, cherry (maybe raspberry)...

This is a big stout, lotsa flavor here, with a nice hop bite at back to close it out. Not to say there is a lot of hop here, but just enough, very well balanced.

Creamy mouthfeel, tasty, great nightcap, dessert material. Actually a few of these would be a nice meal in itself. This brewery has yet to dis-appoint, another top notch selection from Deschutes.

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

Poured into a standard red wine glass.

Appearance: Pours with a quarter-finger, coffee-bean colored head. Lacing is fairly impressive for a beer which is not "Imperial" or "Double" - fizzy and sheet-like, settling into some small fingers and ovals of lace. The body is pretty standard stout material, a deep black which one might be tempted to give more points to because of the rather excellent descriptor "Obsidian." But still, many stouts could be said to be "obsidian," now couldn't they?

Smell: Wow. A creamy smoothness is the most striking feature of the aroma, which carries all the way through your inhalation of the beer, marrying and highlighting each individual aroma excellently. Cinnamon, some coconut milk, nutmeg, chocolate of both the bittersweet and milk varieties, medium-bodied coffee, a faint hint of leather. Amazing.

Taste: Some cinnamon-infused coconut milk, heavy whipping cream, bittersweet chocolate, cup 'a joe-like coffee, some cake icing-like sugarness. A little bitter on the back end, and definitely a little dry upon swallowing. Not quite as harmonious as the aroma suggests, but still pretty great.

Mouthfeel: Nothing to complain about here. Borders on being a little too fizzy, but the creaminess pulls through. Otherwise thick, sugary, oil-like.

Drinkability: Overall definitey deserving of its high rating, and one of the finest examples of the style I've ever tried. The ABV sneaks up on you a bit, as I found myself going through a six-pack fairly quickly before slowing myself down.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - black as it gets no light shining through. Massive rocky dark tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Hints of coffee and chocolate and sublte yeast.

T - Extreme bitter black coffee and bitter chocolate. This beer is phenomenal.

M - Very silky and smooth.

D - I want this beer to be part of my life.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sucked down as dessert after pub food, on tap, over 25 glorious minutes.
The pour hue is deep chocolate with a dark tan head. Blanket lacing. Just enough light goes through to evolve red highlights.
Coffee, smoke, walnut--all tightly bound and understated characterize the scent profile. There's just a whiff of hop pine both at the start of a sniff and in the clean lift of the end of a breath.
The taste profile is stylistically on point and beautifully balanced unlike the majority of these creations. Mocha and toasty nuts hold the center. There's a suggestion of berry. But it's all still beer with a nosey burst of booze and edge of pine hop bitterness on the end.
Silky start with some barley chew. Consistent cream flow. Just right for the style, but a hint of carbonation buzz would be beautiful.
This creature is blended so well and kind to the tongue. Just a dram of extra ethanol would elevate it to near perfection by lifting the nose and adding a warm edge to the flavor and feel.

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Photo of wknight167
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours nearly black with brown edges. Definitley lives up to its name here. One finger, tan head quickly drops down to a crown. Minimal lacing.

Nose- Roast malts are dominate. Dark chocolate is also present.

Palate- Much softer than the nose hints at. Sweet up front and then the roast malts come with rich coffee and a hint of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and full bodied.

Drinkability- I like it. Great beer for a cold night.

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

a beautiful beer, full of flavor and character.

deep dark brown in color, true to the type it is totally opaque, with a 1" big, rich, cocoa tan head when poured, and lots of residual lacing.

There is no unusual smell to speak of, neither over the glass or after the pour emptied. Although if it is there, it is only lightly hoppy.

the flavor is wonderful roasted malts. I didn't detect any real coffee or chocolate notes, and no excessive sweetness. There is some light hops, and a slightly bitter dry aspect, that while it can be savored and rolled over the tongue, it is more of a pounder beer, rather than a sipper. Very different from the average lager. Solid flavor, not too much alternative aspects, just straight on toasted malt.

medium bodied, very smooth but not excessively creamy, with little if any carbonation tickle.

Highly drinkable when first poured, it did seem to lose a little of the flavor character and became slightly hoppy sour when flattened to room temp, but nothing really to complain about-- just not as sweet as some barelywine type ales.

Overall a straight-on great stout, very true to it's pedigree type, and the slightly higher alcohol content packs more punch than an average lager...just not as memorable as some of the other more flavored varietals--such as Lagunitas cappuccino stout.

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Photo of RenzoD
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good stout.
Cappaccino appearance. Poured into the glass like sweet black oil. Leaving a nice looking coffee foam head. Doesnt have that ashtray aftertaste that so many stouts can have. Perfect initial taste. Follows through with a medium roast flavor. It's a beautiful beer.

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

Acquired via a secret santa with mwompus.
Poured an inky, opaque black with a thick two fingered dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Mochachino aroma, with maybe some alcohol soaked fruits as well.
Creamy choco coffee flavor with a finishing of bitter hops, cocoa, spiciness.
Mouthfeel was medium, with a creamy felling.
Extremely drinkable stout, especially with the ABV not blowing you off your seat.

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Photo of starkmarvelo
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Obsidian Stout

A- pours pitch black with a loose tan head.

S- dark chocolate, some smokiness. Good coffee like flavors with a bit of sweetness to it as well.

T- again dark chocolate bitterness, big robust stout flavors. Borderline imperial. Tastes great, a lot of chocolate flavors.

M- medium to thick with pretty aggressive amount of carbonation. Still smooth though. Also as a bit of warming alcohol presence.

O- one of the best regular stouts I've had. No barrel aging, no vanilla, no extra bells and whistles. Just a superb example of beer that doesn't need to be limited to be great.

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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 jakon
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best before date of 12-7-7.

Pours pitch black with an impressive mocha colored head which displays excellent retention and leaves webs of sticky lacing in its wake. The aroma is of roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee mingle with overpowered hops. Don't know how else to describe it, but there's a crayon-like aroma in there as well. Taste is lightly sweet at first and then turns deeply bitter. Especially in the back. The bitterness of the coffee flavor and hops combine to create an overall bitterness that hits you from all angles. There's also an earthy wood-like flavor in there. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Abrasiveness builds on the tongue as you dig deeper into the glass. This has been a longtime standby that I will continue to revisit as long as the fine folks at Deschutes keep sending it through the bottling line. A classic.

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

Beer Thirty Tasting - thanks younger35 for providing this one.

Two finger mocha head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste is well balanced. Smooth. Creamy...very nice mouthfeel. If this was local to me I could see making it a go to beer. Good stout.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle (best by 02/16/2016)

Pours a solid black body with a generous dark tan frothy head. some retention, good lacing.

Smell starts as a burnt roasted malt with a little sweet chocolate caramel, leading to a big black coffee note

Taste has less sweetness but other then that it follows the nose. Coffee, with a nice slightly bitter finish

Medium-full with a slightly creamy feel

A very tasty stout ! I like the way the taste is not overly sweet. It's like a cross between an English and an American stout. A lot of work must have gone into making this one... And at around $7 a six pack it's a great value too ! Bravo

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Photo of Bcant
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an extremely well balanced stout. It looks good too. Pours almost back with a medium brown head that lasted to the end, leaving a touch of lacing on the side of my pint glass on the way down. Smell is mostly of dark chocolate but is rather delicate, almost too slight, but still very nice. The taste starts with strong coca notes but seamlessly transitions through toasty malts to an excellent dry hop finish. The mouthfeel is very round, smooth, and chewy. The carbonation level is just right. This stout is very complex but not at all difficult to drink. None of the flavors are overpowering and with a very velvety mouthfeel the first pint begs a second.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to Faro for this one.

Smell is pretty off, not very good, but thats the least of my concerns.

Taste is quite robust, and I mean robust. Huge malt and dark chocolate flavors, not to mention this brew is hopped up more than Dudley Moore in "10." This one should be listed as a Robust Stout, just to warn you of what your about to imbibe. Solid structure, a great beer.

Overall, this beer surprised me, I was not looking for such a complicated and masterful brew, One of the best stouts I've had in a while.

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Photo of Kelly88
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Snifter. Huge thanks go out to stxOOlax (Jacob) for such an amazing extra

A- very dark color of... Obsidian. nice mocha head that is leaving some sporadic lacing on the glass. Just a classic looking stout.

S- again very classic stout smells. Dark fruit like plums and raisins. Cherries and chocolate coffee are rounding out the waft.

T- starts out tart and sweet that is followed by huge roast. Bitter chocolate adds complexity to the finish. A nice bitter end to a great brew

M- a little on the light side for a stout but enjoyable none the less. carbonation is a bit high as well. Leaves some room for improvement but feel is not a total put off.

Overall this beer is great. Classic stout but a top quality classic stout. Huge dark fruits and roasty characteristics that are in harmony and deliver nice flavors. Mouthfeel is a little weak but the other aspects take up the slack. Great Stout

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Photo of takusan1000
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Obsidian is the standard I use for stouts. Midnight black tan lacing, complex dark roasted aroma. The taste is absurdly good, with bitter dark roasted malt and dark chocolate sweetness predominant, anise, rum-soaked berries, and a healthy taste of bittering hops that do not bite. It's a bitter brew, not for those expecting Guinness or stouts of that ilk, but the bitter is elegantly balanced by a complex flavor profile. Moderate mouthfeel. Overall one of my all-time favorites in this style and in beers in general.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Jet black and totally opaque. Generous 1.5 finger, rocky, tan head retains well and leaves near perfect sticky lacing rings.

Smell - Nice coffee and cocoa notes coming in right away, roasty/nutty malts, licorice/fruity sweetness, earthy grassiness

Taste - Much like nose, but with a nice little hop bite on the end. Coffee/cocoa roastiness throughout, a touch of charred malt bitterness, a bit nutty, nice presence of fruity yeast esters, slight earthy/grassy hop nip on the end cleans, balances, and adds some mild bitterness in the offdry finish.

Feel - Creamy smooth and well carbonated medium-full body. Thick and rich feel, yet avoids feeling heavy. Doesn't exactly feel "sessionable", but that's not what it's going for anyway.

Overall - What a kickass stout, and for an insane value to boot ($7.50 a sixer for me). As you can see from my review, I think this beer rocks on all levels, and there just isn't much more to say about it than that.

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Photo of Gump
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My label is tan, not blue.
I've heard that Obsidian Stout is very good, so I had my Dad bring some back from his visit to Seattle.
Carbonation is evident from the open.

Deep, rich, black pour with a dark head that overtakes the glass. It takes awhile for this one to settle down. Stiff dense head, like is was whipped into shape.

Coffee, maple syrup and moss-like earthy aromas. (Hey, this might make good breakfast beer:)

The dry bitterness is rounded out by a creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of rembrant
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obsidian.

Great name,beautiful bottle,a wonderful Stout,not "Imperial" but close in many ways and more drinkable and affordable than most.
This is...alas...the last bottle of a few I brought from California when moving back east.

I looked at the other reviews after my tasting...any most are quite true. Obsidian has an abundance of subtle details and you may find a new one with each sip. I guess one could get an old or sub par bottle but most folks will find something in here they like a lot.

Look....Black Obsidian. A rich tan head,moreso than typical of a stout,lots of lacing.

Scent....Aromatic and complex,though not ultra intense. Malts + hops are present with traces of fruit,choco,coffee,hickory smoke,Dark brown sugar....

Flavor...The magic is that nearly any flavor you might expect in a Stout from an ace brewer is THERE and if you didn't catch it on this sip,just wait, it's in the next.
The Big dark roasty stuff leads,smooth, not a massive/abrasive sledgehammer but warm and intimate beer sex.
The hoppy touches come soon, with fruits,and deep woods pine,juniper,earthiness.

It all seems in harmony with a lot going on but no single element too dominant. As others note, not a high ABV,and out west,not a brew that's scarce or a budget buster. Alas,of my "Top10 USA Breweries", Deschutes is the one I can't find around here. Yet.

Mouth?feels beefy,substantial the cabonization seems delayed and comes on with the hops and a slight caramel syrup cling for a nice finish.

Drinkable? Hell...if I could GET a bottle, I'd drink it now.

Robust,not a big Alcoh slam,and I like 'em chilled a bit more than recommended for Stouts. It's got ample flavor for that.

Bell's Expedition is the best Big Stout I've found (that's not enhanced by add-ins or barrell) and Obsidian is damn close and just over half the $.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at LiquorMart in Boulder, CO in March...

Appearance: Pours like the darkest time of night. Completely opaque. No light comes through at all. Not even the slight sliver. A nice light brown head that dissipates quickly leaving lots of glorious lacing. Pretty!!!

Smell: Roasted chocolate malts, some hints of coffee and vanilla, some caramels mixed in, but mostly chocolate on the nose.

Taste: Mmmm, malty, heavenly goodness. The smoothness is a bit overwhelming in such a good way. The coffee taste lingers on the back of the tongue, but as quickly as the smooth came, it went and it begs you to take another sip.

Mouthfeel: I believe I already said it's smooth. The chocolate malts shine here and create a very rich, very smooth stout.

Drinkability: At 6.4% ABV, this might be a slightly more sessionable stout. The richness and the complexity of the taste profile challenge you to drink just one. If I had more in the fridge, there would be more going down the hatch tonight. Oh well! All in all, this is one hell of an American Stout.

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

P: 12 oz. Squat brown bottle, best by 01/12/08 is stamped on the label, 6.4% Alc. by Vol.

A: Dark India ink pour with a thick-burnt dark sugar foam head that dissipates to a thin cover and enough lacing for three beers.

S: Sweet brown sugar, roasted malt, and thin alcohol vapors at the end of the nose.

T: Starts with a slightly thin roasted malt, bitter espresso and then slowly dissolves into a very slight sweet finish.

M: Gives the entire mouth a workout, in a good way! This one is a sipper to be enjoyed as it lowers in temperature.

D: Could do one or two at a sitting I am classifying this as a great nightcap drink to be savored rather than an all out session.

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

Appearance: Pours an opaque pitch black.

Overall:This is a deep, robust, and richly rewarding beer. This beer has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley.. It has just the right amount of hop to cut the sweetness. Excellent beer. Cheers!

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Photo of tylerprince
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a one-finger head. Poor head retention and no lacing. It looks like others have had a better looking pour...perhaps I have this beer a little too much TLC.

S: Roasted malt and coffee primarily, undertones of chocolate. Alcohol twang at the end.

T: Roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate, pleasant bitter coffee and alcohol finish. Tasted better with each sip.

M: Medium body, quite creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

O: A very satisfying stout, airing towards an imperial. I'll stick to the Green Flash double, but this one comes in at a not too distant second.

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Photo of jtfest
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like 40 weight -- a beautiful thick, dark brown, with a small but creamy brown head to match. Smelled like malted coffee, but not as strong as I expected (or would have liked). Thick mouthfeel that actually felt 'heavier' than other beers to me -- like my tongue was getting a workout just bearing the weight and pushing it back into my throat. Rich roasted flavor with hints of hickory. Very enjoyable for a dessert beer or treat, and taste-wise I could drink a few, but I think I'd either get full or a tired tongue before I drank too many.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.
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