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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,563 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,563
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 385
Gots: 234 | 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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stx00lax

Washington

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

A- pitch black, light-brown head with nice lacing

S- Sweet roasty malts, charcoal, hops, black licorice

T- Nice hop presence along with bitter bakers chocolate. Very balanced and actually refreshing for a stout.

M- Full, creamy and a little dry on the palate. Definitely not sticky or syrupy like other stouts. Just perfectly carbonated and smooth.

O- perfect. What more can you ask for in a stout? $8 for a six pack of a perfectly balanced and drinkable stout. Not flashy, just consistently good and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:01:34 | More by stx00lax
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DMc8ride

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-25-2012 19:52:53 | More by DMc8ride
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pdeepak

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-25-2012 04:13:44 | More by pdeepak
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LeoPanna

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-25-2012 01:42:35 | More by LeoPanna
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denver10

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thumbs width brown, creamy head. Nice lacing to it. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and some dark fruit. A pretty damn awesome strong and bitter roasted coffee flavor is the first to introduce itself, this is followed by some bittersweet chocolate and liquorice. Underneath the entire sip is a vanilla like sweetness that I didn't at first detect. A nice, bitter flavor lingers in the aftertaste. A nice, creamy body to this. I slacked on giving this one a try for the longest time and realize that this was a mistake. This is a great stout and worth all the love it receives.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 01:35:47 | More by denver10
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canadianghetto

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-23-2012 05:47:05 | More by canadianghetto
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TheBeerologist

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +19%

01-22-2012 16:08:45 | More by TheBeerologist
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-21-2012 21:22:22 | More by poppyjohn
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bwyu

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-21-2012 05:20:00 | More by bwyu
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-19-2012 23:43:20 | More by doucmehu
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LordVodka

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-19-2012 01:24:33 | More by LordVodka
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danjohn1234

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-18-2012 22:11:28 | More by danjohn1234
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raynmoon

California

4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No light coming through. Jet black, caky, white head with a hint of alcohol legs actually. It looks really nice.

The smell made me laugh because of happiness. It smells like super dark chocolate, slightly sweet breadiness. Smells amazing.

SO good. Holy hell. It tastes of super bitter dark chocolate, and toasted caramel malts. Super creamy on the feel, very low carbonation, but it works perfectly.

This is the closest thing to chocolate milk in the form of beer.

It could be a LITTLE more full flavored, but this is still just so damn delicious.

This has to be my favorite stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 07:53:29 | More by raynmoon
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-18-2012 04:19:36 | More by jacewg
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switzer

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-18-2012 00:09:30 | More by switzer
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JazzIPA55

California

5/5  rDev +19%

01-17-2012 22:22:26 | More by JazzIPA55
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strongaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-17-2012 16:26:18 | More by strongaf
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.6%

01-17-2012 02:42:12 | More by gafferjohn
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rocklibster

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-16-2012 16:07:30 | More by rocklibster
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-15-2012 20:22:09 | More by nickfl
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dcook11

California

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pitch black. Two finger mocha head, Seafoam lacing.

S- charcoal, roasted malt, hops, coffee, massive chocolate.

T- hops, heavy, roasted character.

M- medium bodied. One of the best all time stouts. A must try. Completely embodies what a stout should be.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:13:28 | More by dcook11
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

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

Served on-tap @ The Heathman Hotel in Portland and quaffed in the comforts of the Tea Court.

Pours as black as the volcanic rock for which it is named. Modest head with good retention and exceptional lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Opens with rich, roasted malts and bitter-sweet chocolate. Hints of caramel, molasses and burnt toast emerge. Velvety-smooth mouthfeel. French Roast coffee moves to the forefront, followed by suggestions of licorice and oatmeal. All of these rich and roasted complexities are artfully balanced with a touch of hop bitterness. Finishes powder dry. Obsidian Stout is an approachable sipper and the perfect nightcap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 02:55:25 | More by CaptainIPA
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-14-2012 00:06:29 | More by BierBliss
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz glass into pint glass. Opaque black pour along with a dark brown head atop that cakes a bit, laces decently and stays fairly large. Aromas are roasty and creamy, strange, almost sweetened lactose in there. Moving into roast and creamy silky chocolate, coffee, soda bread, and toast. Some caramel, toffee. Rich roast and sweetness. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a bit fuller as some roasty malts come to the forefront, burnt coffee grounds, some caramel, toffee, dark cocoa and some more burnt roasty grains. Moves into sweet toffee and caramel, to temper the roast. A touch dry finish, moving into lingering roast and silky sweet malts of cocoa, toffee, and milky chocolate. A bit too sweet even though it is fairly balanced and full, just not complex enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 17:33:10 | More by CuriousMonk
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stealth

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh bottle poured in a tulip glass.

My first impression of Obsidian was 'baby Abyss'. What a nice looking beer. Great lacing, great head, dark as hell, and tastes amazing. Molasses, some licorice on the finish, and coffee somehow/somewhere. Does this have coffee in it? I don't know but I really get that impression, and I love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 08:51:22 | More by stealth
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,563 ratings.