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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,587 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,587
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 394
Gots: 241 | 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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2neardead

California

3/5  rDev -28.6%

05-02-2012 03:57:33 | More by 2neardead
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Sirvis

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-29-2012 00:19:10 | More by Sirvis
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goblue65

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-26-2012 15:08:20 | More by goblue65
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ATXRyan

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-25-2012 21:17:35 | More by ATXRyan
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a jet black color with a thick, creamy chocolate colored head of 1.5 fingers. Retention is pretty good and the head leaves nice lacing as it recedes. Inviting.

S - Sweet cream, bold roasted barley and surprisingly spicy. Subtle coffee notes, though I don't find any chocolate even when I search. Moderate in strength.

T - A creamy open smooths the abrasive nature of the deep roasted malt. The malt is the main focus. Light plum and caramel bleed through the lightly bitter finish. Very, very well balanced. It's far from complex, but the quality of the ingredients speak volumes. Slightly boozy on the finish.

M - Strangely light and coarse, though it's got an awesome dry finish. I wish it were thicker and much more creamy. Probably the most glaring fault.

D - Another great offering from Deschutes. I don't think they can make a bad beer (or really an average one for that matter). High quality and incredibly approachable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 03:35:42 | More by blakelive784
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Hack72

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-23-2012 20:40:25 | More by Hack72
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LockeSD

New York

3/5  rDev -28.6%

04-23-2012 05:28:06 | More by LockeSD
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Irrationalist

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-23-2012 05:06:00 | More by Irrationalist
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black stout with ruby highlights and a nice thick tan head with great retention. Fine looking beer, although I was expecting darker with the name obsidian. Not going to hold that against them though. Aroma is also great with mounds of chocolate. Coffee and dark roast malts, so breadiness here too.

Taste is top notch as well with chocolate and dark malts, and a nice bready malt body. Nice balancing bitterness here as well, with some earthy tones.

Mouthfeel is smooth and, as mentioned, perfect bitterness. Easy drinker. Overall probably the best stout I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 03:18:02 | More by IllNate
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-22-2012 02:50:22 | More by DelicateDelirium
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obrike

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixer on sale at Round Rock Specs for 7.99

Black pour into my 512 pint glass. Rousing full tan head that left a coating of lace on the glass. Lovely looking stout.

Clean, crisp scent. Roasted malt followed unsweetened chocolate. Not much sweetness at all...but sweetness does get a bit more pronounced as it warms. Good!

Flavors of roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate and bitter coffee. This one is quite tasty. Leaves you wanting another sip as you put it down...always a good sign. A very nice blend of hop bitterness at the end as well.

This is a great example of an American Stout for those not willing to take the boozy Imp Stout leap. Flavorfull, but it won't knock you on your ass.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 23:48:50 | More by obrike
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blandle12

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-19-2012 03:53:03 | More by blandle12
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zbooks

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.6%

04-18-2012 23:52:28 | More by zbooks
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conradh


4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-18-2012 02:48:08 | More by conradh
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-17-2012 23:30:52 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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drh1382

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-17-2012 00:49:53 | More by drh1382
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Frankieteardrop


1/5  rDev -76.2%

04-16-2012 06:22:46 | More by Frankieteardrop
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monaquee


2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

04-15-2012 06:10:41 | More by monaquee
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Leschber

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-15-2012 02:12:40 | More by Leschber
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3Hops

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-15-2012 00:33:16 | More by 3Hops
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I'll step out and say that this is the first time I've had a stout off of a nitro line that was this good. Spicy almost oat tones on this one. Very hearty, yet not overly thick malt tones that make up the backbone of this stout. Very consistent and very well executed. This should be a standard for stouts.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-14-2012 07:32:33 | More by RblWthACoz
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blindseer


3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-14-2012 04:49:30 | More by blindseer
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-13-2012 02:53:37 | More by vbiliyar
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Dark33

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-12-2012 02:48:34 | More by Dark33
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calmond72

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-11-2012 05:47:43 | More by calmond72
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,587 ratings.