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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,647 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,647
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 401
Gots: 261 | 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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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Near black. Head is the color of coffee milk. Rocky and creamy to start. head drops to a thin cap and fluffy collar. Some nice splashes of lacing. Pours nice and smooth.

Smell: Deeply roasted malts with a tiny burnt edge. Coffee grinds and cocoa nibs. Touches of chocolate malt as well. Lingering malty sweetness. Some caramel malts. Mild alcohol in the back.

Taste: Solid roasted malts up front. A nice undercurrent of burnt goodness. Sweet cooked malts. Caramel and some bitter cocoa. Lingering spent coffee. So deeply roasted. Grainy. A touch of citrus zest on the back. Almost smoky level of burnt. Borders on char. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Body pushes toward full but firmly resides in medium. Smooth carbonation. Creamy with a bitter dryness from the roasted nature.

Overall: Benchmark achieved.

Deschutes sets the bar yet again. A solid American stout. No frills, no muss, no fuss. Pure malty goodness.

09-13-2012 20:29:55 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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creez

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

09-11-2012 23:36:13 | More by creez
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Beercounter1


4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-10-2012 04:13:57 | More by Beercounter1
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HuaiDan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-10-2012 00:08:06 | More by HuaiDan
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JayKay412

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

09-09-2012 19:06:26 | More by JayKay412
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minneapolitanjim

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-08-2012 20:04:04 | More by minneapolitanjim
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WheelsRule

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-07-2012 01:24:01 | More by WheelsRule
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WritersBlock

Texas

5/5  rDev +19%

09-06-2012 23:16:50 | More by WritersBlock
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Pinche_Oso

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-06-2012 02:51:26 | More by Pinche_Oso
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brandon911

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-05-2012 03:02:42 | More by brandon911
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Devi0us

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

09-03-2012 03:02:42 | More by Devi0us
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Lynn

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-03-2012 02:21:19 | More by Lynn
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astraker

Idaho

5/5  rDev +19%

09-01-2012 02:54:51 | More by astraker
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TBoneJones

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Looks pitch black to me. Great fluffy head sticks around.
Smells light and roasty. Some coffee.  
Tastes creamy, with that same roasted taste, cocoa, coffee, nice.
Good, slick mouthfeel with lingering bitter goodness.
I will certainly buy this again, and what a great value in a six-pack. One of the more highly drinkable stouts I've had.

08-30-2012 02:44:04 | More by TBoneJones
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Best by 12/02/12.

Appearance: Pours very dark, oily, and nearly completely black. Lots of bubbles and a huge five finger creamy tan head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Fairly sweet with lots of roasted and burnt aromas. Dark roasted malts with good hints of dark and milk chocolate, coffee beans, burnt caramel, milk, cream, toffee, and a little bit of nuts. Also some molasses and a light touch of smoke. Some hops are also in the mix giving a earthy aroma. A nice robust aroma.

Taste: Very rich and roasty, with a nice hop kick to balance the sweetness. Big taste of roasted barley malts with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, chocolate milk, cream, nuts, toffee, and molasses. Nice mix of sweet chocolate flavor with some bitter roast and smoke. Nice hop presence with some earthy hops and even a little bit of citrus. A really good roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Creamy, and sweet to start, then finishes with a bitter roast that lingers into the aftertaste.

Overall: A really great American stout. Very big taste for a non imperial stout. Nice balancing of the sweetness and roast bitterness.

08-29-2012 06:33:57 | More by MattyG85
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joelparker

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-28-2012 19:43:09 | More by joelparker
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Nugganooch

California

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz to taster nonic style glass – BB 11/14/13

A: Pour is a dark dark brown. Nearing black but not quite “Obsidian”. Has a sort of ruddy edge to it. Forms a thick and creamy light brown sugar colored head that displays some great stay. Finally subsides to a thin cap leaving sporadic splashes of lace down the glass upon each sip.

S: Smells of toasted grains/cereals and light roast coffee bean. There is a fair amount of earthiness with a faint licorice note. Aroma is mild but pleasant.

T: Tastes of rich espresso mixed with bakers chocolate. Black malts and toast grains are invasive and give a dash of smokiness. There is a nice subtle sweetness throughout and a great hoppy bitter charge bringing in a bit of earthiness. I get some mixed dark berries and black pepper spice towards the end. Slightly acrid toast flavors. Big step up from the nose. Really robust and complex for a session stout.

M: Smooth creamy texture like that of an Oatmeal Stout. Moderate thickness overall. Frothy on the palate with a real dry crisp finish.

D: A very nice quaff. This should be the standard for the American Style Stout. Big imperial flavors packed into a more sessionable format. Great roast flavors without the filling body, overbearing sweetness, or boozy abv’s.
A classic in its own and one I quite enjoy.

08-27-2012 22:42:38 | More by Nugganooch
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-26-2012 21:05:41 | More by TonyTalon
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beerpadawan

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-26-2012 20:00:03 | More by beerpadawan
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ZorroMulder

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-26-2012 15:13:24 | More by ZorroMulder
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-26-2012 03:35:56 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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Steimie

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-26-2012 01:46:42 | More by Steimie
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Patrick2012

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured into tulip Glass

A: Pitch black, Thick caramel head. very nice appearance

S: Not intense, fairly light aroma. Notes of espresso.

T: Roasty coffee bean taste that is very delicious. Very good balance of maltiness and hopiness. I could put this one down in a few gulps if I was dehydrated haha

M: the coffee sticks out, it tastes like i drank a cappucino and then an ale.

O: a delicious, roasty, coffee noted stout that is very appetizing and lives a tingly sensation and you can taste it around your entire mouth

08-23-2012 22:22:40 | More by Patrick2012
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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-23-2012 13:44:16 | More by enelson
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-22-2012 23:43:52 | More by atone315
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,647 ratings.