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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
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2,652 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,652
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 401
Gots: 262 | FT: 9
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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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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bhoffman_5


4.04/5  rDev -3.8%

08-22-2014 01:42:52 | More by bhoffman_5
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ironchefkook

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-21-2014 06:50:48 | More by ironchefkook
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PBIU

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-21-2014 03:44:58 | More by PBIU
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BeerRunner

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-21-2014 02:08:28 | More by BeerRunner
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Dylanjf

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-20-2014 16:44:42 | More by Dylanjf
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jordanimal

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

08-20-2014 05:34:08 | More by jordanimal
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

08-19-2014 14:55:48 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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Anero92


4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-19-2014 10:55:18 | More by Anero92
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Justin-m


3.96/5  rDev -5.7%

08-19-2014 01:19:13 | More by Justin-m
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Benh777


4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-18-2014 23:47:52 | More by Benh777
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%

Reviewed at Big Meadow Campground, Shenandoah National Park, VA. Full notes taken.

A- Pitch black pour out of the bottle to a chalice. A dark mocha brown crown of cream tops the beer to over a finger with great retention and thick consistency. Massively thick sheet at the top followed by

S- Rich chocolate notes right off the top with big roast aromas as well. Dark fruits bring a bit of a truffle feel with earthy hops chiming in too.

T- For below 8% it delivers a lot of roast malty flavors. Thick dark chocolate and baking cocoa, darkly roasted cereal grains, coffee hints and slight caramel. Other notes of dark red fruits, raisin, earthy hops, slight citrus and pine hops.

MF- Medium to thick bodied with a fairly chewy, creamy texture. Roast bitterness lingers on the back end of a medium high carbonation. Quite smooth.

Packs a lot of punch for a standard Stout. Smooth and flavorful chocolate and roast richness with the convenience of only being 6.4%.

08-18-2014 03:41:23 | More by cbutova
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travy82

Missouri

4.52/5  rDev +7.6%

08-18-2014 01:58:29 | More by travy82
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Hophazzard

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

08-16-2014 21:24:19 | More by Hophazzard
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jmculak


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

08-16-2014 18:11:10 | More by jmculak
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chillin

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-16-2014 04:22:00 | More by chillin
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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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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,652 ratings.