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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,563 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,563
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 385
Gots: 234 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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Reviews by ThePortlander:
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ThePortlander

New York

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle in a mug.

A: A wonderful smooth black, no light can get through this one. Truly 'obsidian.'

S: For some reason I couldn't get much aroma out of this one. I got some vague milk chocolate aromas, and the malt is there, but not much else. Perhaps a slight hint of dates or plums with agitation.

T: The silky sweet malt rushes in first, bringing chocolate, dried fruit and nut flavors as well. There is some hop bitterness in this stout, which works to even out the sweetness, but it never quite fully evens out. (Or, at least the brew from the batch I'm basing this review on never seemed to even out; I have had this brew before at it was much more balanced). Overall, a wonderful evening or dessert stout, as the sweetness seems to win out. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and milky.

D: Despite being a bit too sweet for my tastes, this is a very solid stout and another great brew from Deschutes. Despite being a heavier beer, the mouthfeel and sweeter taste make drinking it quite easy.

Note: This was not the best bottle of Obsidian I've encountered. It's usually quite a bit more even, like a good cup of coffee; not too sweet or bitter, but complex and full. Maybe it was me, maybe it was the brew. Either way, I have given this a combined rating which may change the next time I buy a bottle or order one out.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 05:09:20 | More by ThePortlander
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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,563 ratings.