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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,800 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,800
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 412
Gots: 302 | 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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4.24/5  rDev +1%

crossharpbrew, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ironchefkook, Aug 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

PBIU, Aug 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

BeerRunner, Aug 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Dylanjf, Aug 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

jordanimal, Aug 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Anero92, Aug 19, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%

Justin-m, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Benh777, Aug 19, 2014
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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%.

cbutova, Aug 18, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +7.6%

travy82, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Hophazzard, Aug 16, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

jmculak, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

chillin, Aug 16, 2014
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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.

macher0, Aug 15, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev 0%

flux702, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Dreamer, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

AndyEdgar, Aug 14, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.
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)

dmgeng, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

gdbe3r, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

MadCat, Aug 14, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

mt2mtl, Aug 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Wobbly, Aug 13, 2014
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,800 ratings.