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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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3,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,142
Reviews: 1,016
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 461
Gots: 449 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving
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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one. Poured from 12oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown that's just short of opaque. One finger's worth of tan head that fades pretty quickly on top of a mild amount of visible carbonation.

S: Roasty, coffee, moderate bitterness, and a little creamy.

T: Follows the nose. More chocolate than the aroma, with a slight pine hop bitterness, and hints of sweet leather. Quite roasty, and some bitter roastiness in the hang.

M: Medium to light body for a stout, not much alcohol presence at all, and good carbonation sensation.

O: This is a tasty, solid brew...but in the end it's kind of forgettable. Nothing particular to make it stand out. Still, if this were available at the local bottle shop, I'd probably buy a six-pack.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Photo of Treyliff
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark pitch black color with a creamy light tan head that reduces to a thin layer, leaving lacing around the entire glass.

S- awesome pronounced roasted notes, not too smoky, some chocolaty malts with a bit of toffee and unlit charcoal. Loving these aromas.

T- huge chocolate notes from start to finish. Roasted, almost smoky malts provide huge pronounced flavors on the palate. Citric hops provide a slightly tart undertone and match well with the malts. The finish provides a bit of earthy and smoky coffee with a sweet-yet-bone dry chocolaty sweetness. Dark chocolate with a touch of hop bitterness stays on the palate long after .

M- medium-light mouthfeel, seems a bit light and not able to hold up to the strong flavors going one. Carbonation is just enough to provide a creamy mouthfeel with a silky finish.

O- one of the best American stouts that I've had. It has the flavors of a DIPA, with amazing roasted chocolate flavors. It's going to be a sad day when I run out of the 6 of these I traded for.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.4.13
Best By 03/25/13

A - Pours a dark brown with a huge foamy brown head with great retention.

S - Lots of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

T - Coffee, then nutty, some sweet chocolate and coffee again.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Perfectly balanced and simple, but right.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured two fingers of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate and
The taste is great. Lots of roasted malt and bitter-sweet chocolate. A dry bitterness through; results in a complex drink.
The texture is smooth and crisp with low carbonation and medium body.
It's just about everything I ever wanted in a stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jvillefan
3.12/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: I can see why they called it obsidian stout. Jet black body with a thick and heavy mocha colored head.

S: Not a big fan. It smelled like a chocolatey lager. There was intense chocolatey aromas but the soggy bready aromas were also very strong.

T: I'm not so sure why this beer is reviewed so highly. The malt has too mush sharpness from the roast. I love stouts but the roast is way too much. The lager soggy bready flavor matches that in the aroma. There is some chocolate flavors here as well.

M: Nicely carbonated and the body is a tad light for a stout but still good.

O: Know what this beer tastes like, I would not be disappointed if I never tried it. There are much better stouts available year round for less out there.

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,142 ratings.