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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,528 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,528
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 385
Gots: 227 | FT: 10
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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BadLemur

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-25-2012 14:56:09 | More by BadLemur
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Drinkerofales

California

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black. A large mocha head left plenty of spidery lacing.

Smell is of dark coffee and tobacco.

Taste is similar to the smell. Plenty of dark roasted malt with coffee and tobacco notes.

Texture is stellar. A medium body with some chew. Some carbonation and a bite.

A very surprising great feeling from such a low abv. My favorite part of the beer. Flavors are big and bold. It's not an imperial, so I can't expect more complexity, but it's well done.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 04:04:08 | More by Drinkerofales
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elshaggy

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-22-2012 02:20:04 | More by elshaggy
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40ontarget

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-22-2012 01:38:49 | More by 40ontarget
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shelby415

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-21-2012 08:23:02 | More by shelby415
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep black, red glints on the pour. Creamy brownish head and excellent lacing.

A: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, charcoal, caramel biscuit, herbal hop. Very clean, crisp and rich aroma.

T/M: Firm bitterness upfront, big coffee/charcoal and dark chocolate, wheat tartness. The middle reveals some herbal hop caramel biscuit adding some richness to the roasted flavors. The mouthfeel is full and the finish has some lingering sweetness, but it is heavily out-wayed by the drying roasted flavors.

Overall, what a stout. Extremely complex and balanced, bringing flavor from many places. The wheat malt was genius, I would have never thought to put that in a stout, but it works beautifully with the charcoal roasted notes. A real winner, I cannot think of a better year-round offering available in my state.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 06:28:51 | More by Siriusfisherman
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heather625

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-19-2012 03:56:38 | More by heather625
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-19-2012 03:54:31 | More by jfcaa193
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will1256

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-19-2012 01:41:13 | More by will1256
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KingsCup

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-18-2012 17:23:56 | More by KingsCup
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bdkucharski

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-18-2012 16:59:39 | More by bdkucharski
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sharpski

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-15-2012 21:14:45 | More by sharpski
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

5/5  rDev +19%

02-15-2012 04:35:09 | More by ChaseTheAce
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-15-2012 01:13:41 | More by Cramerican
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AbbeyNORML

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-12-2012 18:40:09 | More by AbbeyNORML
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Murrhey

Montana

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half creamy looking mocha head. Nice retention and wonderful lacing. Black color.

S- Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Wonderfully warm and inviting smell. Roasted notes and possibly toffee.

T- Roasted tastes and some darker malts and barley. This is a tasty brew with a bitter finish.

M- Surprisingly light body, but dry finish.

O- What can I say? Deschutes always treats me right.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 09:22:30 | More by Murrhey
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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to johnhenryconway for this brew.

A - Pours a black opaque color with a tan froth about 1" thick. A thick ring remains and the froth sticks to the glass like a melted marshmallow.

S - Coffee and roasted malts with some hints of nut in there as well. A nice roasted scent.

T - Slightly bitter malts roasted with a nutty finish.

M - Medium carbonation with a slightly bitter finish.

O - Not a bad stout. Would definitely have more.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 04:53:51 | More by brstls4drmrs
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bdm620

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-12-2012 02:54:46 | More by bdm620
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ChumleyX

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-11-2012 19:33:22 | More by ChumleyX
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep dark black. 1 finger inch brown head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate malts. Licorice, bourbon barrel.

Taste: Milk chocolate. Raisins. Charcoal. Cocoa malts. Strong northwestern bittering hops. Vanilla finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied heavy malt stout with good slow bitterness and drying finish.

Overall: The prototype for the Abyss. An absolutely phenomenal American stout. Probably the best in it's style. You can't beat it for $7.99 a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 06:12:28 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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Hoolihan

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-10-2012 06:06:20 | More by Hoolihan
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BCross

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-10-2012 06:05:19 | More by BCross
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PorterPig

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow.

A: Black as night. Beautiful tan head. Could have left more but was poured a bit too close to the rim.

S: Toasty malt and char

T: Wow. A suprising minerality that almost hits my pallet with something that verges sourness but opens up into rich malt with chocolate/espresso notes and closing with a lasting bitterness. Lively yet composed.

M: very round and buttery yet not heavy or oily. How does it remain so full yet clean? I guess the Nitro probably adds something here. I can wait to try a bottle.

O: Wow.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-08-2012 03:55:24 | More by PorterPig
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TCJosh

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-06-2012 02:07:54 | More by TCJosh
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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Rogue in SF.

A: Eerily reminiscent of a Guinness Draught actually (which is the one saving grace of a Guinness, i.e. the look). The nitrous obv has much to do with this.

S: Chocolate espresso with a slight vanilla kick.

T: Burnt chocolate malts, slight espresso hints, and a smooth vanilla end.

M: Creamy and dry.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-06-2012 00:29:05 | More by Heavenisbeer
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,528 ratings.