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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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3,176 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,176
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 463
Gots: 471 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving
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Ratings: 3,176 | Reviews: 1,022
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4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful oil black with one and a half fingers of an awesome tan, bubbly head. This is what you want your stout to look like!

S - Deep dark, chocolaty, coffee - like a mocha. Has a syrupy smell to it. I get walnuts as well. Smells like walking into an old coffee shop with oaken walls.

T - Great taste. It hits with this great bitterness from the hops. It has this great nuttiness as well. Chocolate at the end, but very faint, as well as the coffee was bigger than the taste.

M - Has a sharpness from the bitterness. Medium bodied. Close to full bodied, but a touch lite. Has good drinkability and the lowish carbonation is spot on.

O - Was very excited for this one. My first form Deschutes. Nose was huge! Taste a little below that. I would recommend to anyone, especially those who love a less smooth stout. Spot on with the bitterness and hops!

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2.63/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark with a moderate foamy head
Smell: Molasses
Taste: I kept getting a taste that seemed familiar, but I couldn't figure it out until after I'd had this beer a few times. Then it hit me: Ashtray. A distinct taste that made me feel I'd poured an ashtray into my mouth.
Mouthfeel: Zesty
Overall: Ok, but the ashtray association was a little disconcerting.

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4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a pint glass. There was room left over. Dark as night, with a head that is not very big, per se, but does last for the entire session in somewhat of a cloudy manifestation, and gives way to a small amount of lacing.

S: Chocolate. Chocolate chocolate chocolate. Some espresso nudges its way in there, but it's a fairly one-dimensional smell, and I'm not complaining.

T: Unsweetened chocolate just explodes from the get-go, and gives way to a peppery, coffee-y finish. Many stouts are intrinsically sweet, and that's not an inherent problem, but this one is bitter going in, and bitter going down, and consequently there is a bite that doesn't normally exist in this family of beers. It accentuates the flavors, and in a beer not crafted with this level of expertise, that could be a death sentence. Here, it's anything but. Absolutely delicious.

M: Again, perfect. In addition to boosting the character of the taste, the bitterness also accentuates the carbonation, giving it a very spicy feel. It is also perhaps the driest beer I have ever had. A true sipper.

O: As I've alluded to, this is the gold standard of stouts as far as I'm concerned. I'm only out west for the summer, but I already know that I'm gonna grab a few sixers of these babies for when I'm back on the other side of the Mississippi. A spicy, strong entry to the stout canon. Altogether familiar and yet like nothing you've ever had before. A triumph.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

{Gifted to a friend; gifted to me. Unsure when brewed, but likely >6mo. I drink stout/porter infrequently}

A: Dark mahogany with a thick head. big, uneven head of bubbles that spider-web the stein. Like peering into a warm abyss

S: Caramelized nuts and a hint of licorice.

T: Velvet chocolate. crisp. there as a dry bite on the aftertaste. Very pleasant overall, and beckons another sip

M: Crisp and cool, but perhaps a bit thin. not at all clingy, but there is a residual dryness of the tongue after the fact.

O: What a delight! this is a rich and thoughtful beer, worth a taste. Its the kind of stout you could easily make a session of.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
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