Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

3,848 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: 3,848 |  Reviews: 1,140
Photo of leaddog
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate/black with one and a half finger width of creamy mocha head. Nice lacing and head retention.

Smell - Roasted malts, barley, hint of espresso/coffee bean, dark chocolate.

Taste - All the aromas come through in the flavour with bold intensity and roasted taste. Great bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Touch of smoothness.

Overall - A well-crafted and flavourful stout from Deschutes. I really enjoyed the bitterness from the espresso/coffee bean and it makes this brew a real stand-out.

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Photo of vkv822
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours black with a thick, craggy light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is of big roasty malts and chocolate.

The taste follows the nose, with chocolate upfront and a roasty, slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly low carbonation.

My favorite year-round release from Deschutes thus far! A very enjoyable stout at a great price!

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Photo of Bdel34
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of beerwolf77
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark chocolate brown bordering on black. The mocha colored head reaches two inches before slowly receding to form a perfect cap on top of the beer. A smattering of lace is left around the rim.

The aroma is roast chocolate malt, espresso beans and black coffee. The hops are there but the bitterness is light.

The flavor is rich mocha coffee with hints of smoked malt and hops. Again the hops are present but the bitterness is fairly low. Which makes this beer rich and smooth.

Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

Overall a very good stout. I wish this was available in my area.

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Photo of Rihup
4/5  rDev -5%

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

Best by: 07/23/13

Poured into a snifter revealing a black body with a finger of brown head that retains and laces nicely.

An inviting aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate chip cookies.

Comes in roasty and chocolatey. There is a fair amount of hop presence providing bitterness and a touch of grassiness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth.

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Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Jimmys
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. best before 09-30-13.

A: pours really really dark brown. head is a coffee hued brown. frothy. very frothy. head has great retention

S: a lot of bitter dark chocolate. a decent amount of espresso. this thing really does walk a fine line between bitterness and sweetness, with bitterness taking the edge. not getting much hop aroma, but I could care less. this thing is all about fantastic dark aromas.

T: similar to the nose, a dry bitterness starts off the flavor. very similar to dark chocolate. more bitterness in the middle. a little bit of dark coffee, but this body is very close to dark chocolate. finish is, you guessed it, bitter.

M: subtle and creamy. this think on nitro would be tits. medium bodied.

D: a very well-made American stout. lots of dark aroma, however a bit one-note on the flavor end. not that it is a bad flavor so you are not gonna catch a lot flack from me. if you like stouts, definitely check this brew out.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark black with an almost non-existant dark brown head that fades really fast. Nose is strong with roasted coffee and malt. No hops or yeast here.

Mouthfeel is very nice, rich, full, thick and creamy. Strong roasted coffee finish with a bit of a bitterness from it but not overwhelming. Carbonation is low, adds to drinkability for the style. Finish is a bit too bitter for me but it's decent.

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Danobold
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of savagepm
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of drone
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of TheBishopco
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scotv
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Boston_Steve
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of aracauna
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The carbonation is a little high on this one. The head is nice an large, but a little airy because of the heavy carbonation. It settles into something a little more dense later on. Nice black and when you get to the bottom of the glass, you notice its base is a nice ruby. Heavy on the caramel, a little roasty, but not really a big flavor for a stout. The body could benefit from a slightly lower level of carbonation.

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

From a bottle that conveniently fell off the truck at the WBF last weekend in Durham. Pours a deep, dark, almost pitch black, with an inch or so of creamy dark tan head on top. Big aroma of rich roasted malt, espresso, prunes, a touch of phenol, and a faint whiff of brown sugar. Palate is lightly sweet up front, with the huge yet mellow maltiness and flavor of very dark chocolate taking over as it passes the tip of the tongue. Slightly roasty on the finish, with notes of dark fruit and just the slightest bit of hop bitterness at the end. Smooth, creamy body is like velvet. Slow-drinking, but immensely enjoyable. Reminds me of why Deschutes is one of my favorite breweries in the world.

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Photo of lunarbrew
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of kingjohnh
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mythaeus
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dunt for this bottle. Best by 1/27/11.

A- This beer pours with a big, rich cascading head. The glass is absolutely plastered with tan lacing. The beer is an obsidian black indeed. Quite a deep little stout.

S- The aroma has a little bit of a vegetal hop smell. Lots of roasted husk, bitter dark chocolate, tootsie rolls and coffee.

T- Very nicely balanced. Bitterness comes from lemon-grass hops and a nice even roast. Sweetness comes from tootsie roll-like chocolate and a creamy vanilla/toffee. The finish leans toward roasty bitter.

M- The carbonation is too high. The feel is very much a dry roastiness.

D- Really highly drinkable. I would like to see many more well constructed stouts with lower abvs like this one.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,848 ratings.
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