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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,988 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,988
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 433
Gots: 357 | FT: 7
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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3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drtth
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As with most stouts, this beer, poured into a Duvel glass is an opaque black with not a bit of light showing through it and a nice 1/2" dark tan head.

The foam persists for a reasonably long time but eventually settles into an island of thin foam on the surface and a small ring of foam around the glass, as do most stouts. There is some foam coating one side of the glass and a couple of patches and rings of leggy lacing. By the end of the beer there is only a small ring of foam and a few scattered speckles of lacing.

The light aroma is full of dark roast malt highlighting coffee and chocolate.

As expected from the aroma, the flavors are nicely complex. There is dark, bitter roasted malt underlying the coffee flavors and semi-sweet dark chocolate and they are all playing together nicely here without any one of them insisting on dominating the action.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with light persistent carbonation. The finish tapers off into that lightly bitter dryness that invites another sip (or three :) ).

Overall this is so far an impressive beer and one that offers an abundance of flavors and complexity along with an ABV (6.4%) that would easily allow having more than one. It has definitely earned a place on my “have more in the future” list.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.16/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.16/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

This is an ultra black, thick brew. Tan head with a decent lace. Grain and a touch of smoke and coffee in the smell. Firm bitterness in the taste. Some underlying thick smoothness. Bitter and powerful. Excellent brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If Guinness had a bigger, badder, stronger, better looking twin brother Obsidian would be it.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,988 ratings.