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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,685 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,685
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 400
Gots: 273 | 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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macher0

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottle to tulip.

A: Very dark brown. Poured a 2-finger head that slowly retreats to an amber, frothy film.


S: Mild fragrance. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.


T: Minor hop bitterness blends nicely with major notes of dark roasted malts, coco, coffee, and chocolate. A slight sweetness prefaces the hop bitterness. Nicely balanced with a chocolaty finish.


M: Full body, slightly harsh (sometimes a down side of hops), moderate carbonation.


O: A very good imperial stout, especially for a year-round, mass-produced ale. Tons of flavor, but the finish is a minor setback.

08-15-2014 19:46:13 | More by macher0
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flux702

Nevada

4.2/5  rDev 0%

08-15-2014 19:31:45 | More by flux702
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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-15-2014 17:24:20 | More by Dreamer
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AndyEdgar

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

08-14-2014 17:04:25 | More by AndyEdgar
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dmgeng

Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%

I really like stouts but I bought the sampler pack for the porter and this was the last I tried. It seems I saved the best for last.

A - Black color but still slightly clear. Light brown head with coarse bubbles and nice lacing.

S - Tremendous stout aroma with the traditional malt along with caramel/chocolate/roasty tones. All of the flavors swirl together seeming to create an invitation for you to smell it some more.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer is full of malty goodness that coats the palate with the chocolate and roasted characters that I was expecting. The flavor is strong with sweetness but is balanced with the coffee/roasted/burnt character that can hint on your palate after you swallow. Light bitterness is there but the overall flavors linger and make you wish you had a bigger glass. There is really no hop character but with all of the other flavors it isn't a bad thing here.
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M - Moderate to high mouth-feel, definitely not as high as a RIS. Light carbonation perfect for the style. The substantial body with a more moderate ABV makes this brew a delicious finishing beer.

Overall, this is probably one of the best "standard" american stouts you can get. I could understand someone wanting an imperial over this but it is a great beer and the best part is you have no qualms drinking more than a few and enjoying it longer since it is not >10% ABV. If you like darker beers you will most likely fall in love with this one. Will try to make a clone and hope it comes out half as good as this one is.

Glass- Stout glass (looks like a compromise between a tulip and a snifter)

08-14-2014 15:08:22 | More by dmgeng
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gdbe3r


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-14-2014 04:59:53 | More by gdbe3r
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Nice black color with good light brown head with great lacing

Smell: Good roasted malts, with some sweetness to it

Taste: Good malt sweetness, with some bitterness from roasted malts, some fruitiness, nice earthy hops, a little bit of coffee

Mouthfeel: Full body, light carbonation, very smooth and creamy

Overall: This is a fantastic brew, definitely a must try for anyone who gets the opportunity

08-14-2014 02:08:23 | More by MadCat
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mt2mtl

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

08-13-2014 22:59:13 | More by mt2mtl
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Wobbly

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-13-2014 20:56:49 | More by Wobbly
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Dan_Metcalf

Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +14%

Wow.

I am not usually a fan of stouts. This is a extremely wonderful surprise and a absolutely WONDERFUL beer. I'm a hefe, witbeer, type of guy (but my tastes are changing, I recently tried a APA that I actually liked!)

With that being said, if you're wanting to try a stout, and are afraid to do so, this is the beer to try. It makes Guinness take like absolute trash. And I'm serious. It's like comparing Bud Light to a Belgian Trapist. A damn near perfect blend of hops and malts in this stout that is black as night. I held it up to a 100 watt bulb. ZERO light penetration. This beer is a black hole of good flavors, it sucks up all things wonderful you'd expect in a stout, and obliterates that bad.

The only thing (and this is truly minor) is its mouthfeel. I tend to like a stout a bit less "liquid"... when I think stout, I almost think I should be chewing the beer, not sipping it. My favorite beer for mouth feel is Köstritzer Schwarzbier.

If you're looking to venture out and try a stout, and you're a bit afraid to do so. Don't be afraid to try this stout. If you don't like this stout. You wont like ANY stouts.

08-13-2014 05:10:45 | More by Dan_Metcalf
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Aaron_Kerkvliet

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-13-2014 01:41:17 | More by Aaron_Kerkvliet
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sjrodriguez

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-13-2014 01:19:15 | More by sjrodriguez
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therainman

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-13-2014 01:14:32 | More by therainman
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KevChiTown


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

08-12-2014 23:28:31 | More by KevChiTown
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thedankness

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-12-2014 21:09:20 | More by thedankness
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zachattack555

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-11-2014 22:45:02 | More by zachattack555
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Eagleyes

Missouri

5/5  rDev +19%

08-11-2014 21:41:52 | More by Eagleyes
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Helgy

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-11-2014 20:41:52 | More by Helgy
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Beardo

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-11-2014 17:21:39 | More by Beardo
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Jburnsm

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.6%

08-09-2014 22:47:49 | More by Jburnsm
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HB-Beersnob

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

08-09-2014 19:12:00 | More by HB-Beersnob
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Berls_McSquirrels

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

08-09-2014 14:40:17 | More by Berls_McSquirrels
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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

08-08-2014 21:46:21 | More by Bowers-Brew
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sharkboy

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-08-2014 21:40:01 | More by sharkboy
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dkboston

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-08-2014 19:27:25 | More by dkboston
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,685 ratings.