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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,665 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,665
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 400
Gots: 268 | FT: 9
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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Benh777


4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-18-2014 23:47:52 | More by Benh777
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%

Reviewed at Big Meadow Campground, Shenandoah National Park, VA. Full notes taken.

A- Pitch black pour out of the bottle to a chalice. A dark mocha brown crown of cream tops the beer to over a finger with great retention and thick consistency. Massively thick sheet at the top followed by

S- Rich chocolate notes right off the top with big roast aromas as well. Dark fruits bring a bit of a truffle feel with earthy hops chiming in too.

T- For below 8% it delivers a lot of roast malty flavors. Thick dark chocolate and baking cocoa, darkly roasted cereal grains, coffee hints and slight caramel. Other notes of dark red fruits, raisin, earthy hops, slight citrus and pine hops.

MF- Medium to thick bodied with a fairly chewy, creamy texture. Roast bitterness lingers on the back end of a medium high carbonation. Quite smooth.

Packs a lot of punch for a standard Stout. Smooth and flavorful chocolate and roast richness with the convenience of only being 6.4%.

08-18-2014 03:41:23 | More by cbutova
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travy82

Missouri

4.52/5  rDev +7.6%

08-18-2014 01:58:29 | More by travy82
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Hophazzard

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

08-16-2014 21:24:19 | More by Hophazzard
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jmculak


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

08-16-2014 18:11:10 | More by jmculak
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chillin

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-16-2014 04:22:00 | More by chillin
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macher0

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottle to tulip.

A: Very dark brown. Poured a 2-finger head that slowly retreats to an amber, frothy film.


S: Mild fragrance. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.


T: Minor hop bitterness blends nicely with major notes of dark roasted malts, coco, coffee, and chocolate. A slight sweetness prefaces the hop bitterness. Nicely balanced with a chocolaty finish.


M: Full body, slightly harsh (sometimes a down side of hops), moderate carbonation.


O: A very good imperial stout, especially for a year-round, mass-produced ale. Tons of flavor, but the finish is a minor setback.

08-15-2014 19:46:13 | More by macher0
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flux702

Nevada

4.2/5  rDev 0%

08-15-2014 19:31:45 | More by flux702
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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-15-2014 17:24:20 | More by Dreamer
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AndyEdgar

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

08-14-2014 17:04:25 | More by AndyEdgar
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dmgeng

Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%

I really like stouts but I bought the sampler pack for the porter and this was the last I tried. It seems I saved the best for last.

A - Black color but still slightly clear. Light brown head with coarse bubbles and nice lacing.

S - Tremendous stout aroma with the traditional malt along with caramel/chocolate/roasty tones. All of the flavors swirl together seeming to create an invitation for you to smell it some more.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer is full of malty goodness that coats the palate with the chocolate and roasted characters that I was expecting. The flavor is strong with sweetness but is balanced with the coffee/roasted/burnt character that can hint on your palate after you swallow. Light bitterness is there but the overall flavors linger and make you wish you had a bigger glass. There is really no hop character but with all of the other flavors it isn't a bad thing here.
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M - Moderate to high mouth-feel, definitely not as high as a RIS. Light carbonation perfect for the style. The substantial body with a more moderate ABV makes this brew a delicious finishing beer.

Overall, this is probably one of the best "standard" american stouts you can get. I could understand someone wanting an imperial over this but it is a great beer and the best part is you have no qualms drinking more than a few and enjoying it longer since it is not >10% ABV. If you like darker beers you will most likely fall in love with this one. Will try to make a clone and hope it comes out half as good as this one is.

Glass- Stout glass (looks like a compromise between a tulip and a snifter)

08-14-2014 15:08:22 | More by dmgeng
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gdbe3r


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-14-2014 04:59:53 | More by gdbe3r
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Nice black color with good light brown head with great lacing

Smell: Good roasted malts, with some sweetness to it

Taste: Good malt sweetness, with some bitterness from roasted malts, some fruitiness, nice earthy hops, a little bit of coffee

Mouthfeel: Full body, light carbonation, very smooth and creamy

Overall: This is a fantastic brew, definitely a must try for anyone who gets the opportunity

08-14-2014 02:08:23 | More by MadCat
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mt2mtl

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

08-13-2014 22:59:13 | More by mt2mtl
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Wobbly

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-13-2014 20:56:49 | More by Wobbly
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Aaron_Kerkvliet

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-13-2014 01:41:17 | More by Aaron_Kerkvliet
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sjrodriguez

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-13-2014 01:19:15 | More by sjrodriguez
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therainman

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-13-2014 01:14:32 | More by therainman
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KevChiTown


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

08-12-2014 23:28:31 | More by KevChiTown
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thedankness

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-12-2014 21:09:20 | More by thedankness
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zachattack555

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-11-2014 22:45:02 | More by zachattack555
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Eagleyes

Missouri

5/5  rDev +19%

08-11-2014 21:41:52 | More by Eagleyes
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Helgy

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-11-2014 20:41:52 | More by Helgy
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Beardo

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-11-2014 17:21:39 | More by Beardo
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Jburnsm

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.6%

08-09-2014 22:47:49 | More by Jburnsm
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,665 ratings.