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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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3,176 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,176
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 463
Gots: 471 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 3,176 | Reviews: 1,022
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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of sevenarts
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish black with a tan head. Light to moderate lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee, a mix of bitterness and sweet underlying malts. Not a very strong aroma at all.

T/M: Really tasty and smooth. Rich chocolate and licorice up front, followed by some milky coffee flavors, and some bitterness, from the hops and the lingering coffee taste, in the follow-through. A trace of alcohol shows up in the aftertaste, along with that rich coffee. Very delicious. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

O: An very good all-around stout that gets better and more layered as it warms up.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black into a snifter glass. An amazing tan head over an inch in height that keeps rebuilding as you drink it.

Smells of dark chocolate and coffee. Upon the first taste I get unsweetened chocolate and espresso. Very nice first impression. Super smooth and not a bit bitter at all. Leaves a lingering chocolate mocha flavor in the back. Sooo good.

Overall this is well deserving of such a high score. I can't get over how good this stout is. It's very well balanced. Probably my new favorite stout. Perfection.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into standard pint glass. served at fridge temp.

A: Black as black can be with a 2 finger dark tan head that is cloud fluffy and leaves phenomenal lacing. BEAUTIFUL.

S: Dark coffee and sweet roasted barley. Fresh smelling instead of the strong almost dank smell of most stouts. Hops come through perfectly. Best smelling beer I have encountered.

T: WOW! Opens with bittersweet chocolate then fades into that dark coffee. Sweetness from the malt washes over the palate before the back of the tongue is hit with a hefty hop bitterness. Leaves a wonderful roasty aftertaste. This is delicious.

M: At fridge temp it is medium body that is just light enough to invite you back for another drink but hefty enough to say "I'm a stout!" Smooth.

O: Great stout. Not heavy handed in any direction, superb balance. Another huge score for Deschutes. This is now tied with Ninkai's Oatis Oatmeal Stout as my new go to stout. This beer rocks.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
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