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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

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3,144 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,144
Reviews: 1,016
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 462
Gots: 448 | 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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Photo of steve8robin
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from a competition I was helping out at. 12oz bottle, best by 04/16/12...

A: A nice dark brew that has a slight red hue around the edges. A thick 2+ inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: I get a nice creamy roastiness upfront with some nice vanilla notes blended in. Some hints of black licorice in the middle with a faint lactose on the back. Decent.

T: A light creamy vanilla quickly followed by a subtle roastiness. Quickly some carbonation begins to bury the other flavors and eventually gives way to a slightly earthy coffee hidden on the back. Decent.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A little over-carbonated for me. Finishes with a fizzy roast. Decent.

O: All in all, this is a decent beer. If the carbonation were toned down some, this would be a great beer. The over-carbonation on this one kind of takes a few points away for me. Try if you like easy drinking stouts.

Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tylerprince
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a one-finger head. Poor head retention and no lacing. It looks like others have had a better looking pour...perhaps I have this beer a little too much TLC.

S: Roasted malt and coffee primarily, undertones of chocolate. Alcohol twang at the end.

T: Roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate, pleasant bitter coffee and alcohol finish. Tasted better with each sip.

M: Medium body, quite creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

O: A very satisfying stout, airing towards an imperial. I'll stick to the Green Flash double, but this one comes in at a not too distant second.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks MADhomebrewer!

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter. pours a watery black, but settles rich. very generous creamy tan foamy head. sticky lacing. looks great.

s - roasted malts with some coffee bitterness. kind of creamy and a touch smoky. mostly roasted malts.

t - very classic. great roasted malt with some bittery backer's chocolate. some burnt stuff.

m - creamy and smooth. carbonation is light. leaves a cooling feel. bitter. little tingly. super creamy.

o - overall great stout. classic to style. wish this was local as i'd have it regularly.

Photo of dwaz
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of zillo043068
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Unchi
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Rutager
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thank you to DraftCaskBC for making this one just appear on my doorstep last night!

Appearance. Pours a deep, deep brown with two finger of dark tan head that fades pretty quick but what's left leaves some nice bands of lace.

Smell. Dark roasty malts and bakers chocolate. Some vanilla and light roasted coffee as well.

Taste. Roasty malts and again, bakers chocolate. A little vanilla and wood with ssome grassy hops. A little nice roasty coffee in the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with a below medium amount of carbonation.

Overall. Great stout. Had this on tap during a beerfest but didn't remember it being so nice. (And that's why I don't review after more than a couple!)

Photo of ejw127
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of rashbash22
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours black with lacing around the rim of the glass

S- coffee, chocolate, ripe fruits, hops

T- sweet coffee chocolate taste in the beginning with a dry bitter finish

M- pretty thin with the same feel to guinness somewhat

O- definitely worth a try but I think sierra nevada still makes a better stout

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mhenson42
5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Demosthenes255
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,144 ratings.