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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,673 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,673
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 400
Gots: 272 | 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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parkwood

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

10-13-2013 18:39:06 | More by parkwood
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stanale

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-13-2013 05:41:34 | More by stanale
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-13-2013 02:11:27 | More by maDUECEgunner
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zbjk02

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

10-13-2013 01:19:09 | More by zbjk02
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larbush

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-12-2013 22:49:35 | More by larbush
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-12-2013 03:11:20 | More by mikefuski17
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Bosazga

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +15%

I moved to Portland OR metro area in 2003 and always loved how the pacific NW caters to stout lovers... I have drunk a lot of beer in my life (much of it bad), and though I always liked how the microbrew phenomena coincided with my achieving legal drinking age. Sadly, though, the Atlantic seaboard does not carry many dark beers, hence my equal love for IPAs... Back to the review... I'm not a beer geek, but I love well crafted things in general. Deschutes Brewing has always been great with balancing fine beer with mass production (except maybe for JubelAle) and obsidian stout has been at the top of my list for 10 years running. Equal layers of coffee, chocolate , with a slight tobacco and leathery sweetness (yes, I've tasted leather). The mouthfeel is like real maple syrup consistency with a whipped foam coffee aftertaste. Just bitter enough to remind you that bitter is a masculine taste profile. The beer is hearty like a bowl of chunky soup, without the chunks. It drinks likes meal. If you find this on nitro, get it, as it lightens the beer while adding richness. Second only to Alameda black bear on nitro, but tops on a regularly available beer of any kind. I have loved European beer for far longer, but have a difficult time justifying their cost when craft brewers like Deschutes keep it real! This is the best value of any stout on the market, folks. Enjoy it when you can.

10-11-2013 19:26:59 | More by Bosazga
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BierStein711

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19%

Jet black body, toasty tan head, smooth beer

moderate lacing

Mouthfeel thick

Taste: Chocolate, charcoal, grape, dark fruits, toffee, and burnt roast malt at the finish

Smells: booze, cocoa

Overall, this is brilliant. I'm buying a six pack very soon.

10-11-2013 05:22:43 | More by BierStein711
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FatBoyGotSwagger

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

10-09-2013 05:07:31 | More by FatBoyGotSwagger
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vidguy17

Iowa

4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-09-2013 02:26:34 | More by vidguy17
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Anidrew

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-08-2013 23:37:06 | More by Anidrew
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scottwurst

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-08-2013 21:57:52 | More by scottwurst
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vfalstad

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

10-08-2013 17:57:20 | More by vfalstad
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mikerieder

South Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

10-08-2013 02:29:07 | More by mikerieder
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Bsetz

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-08-2013 01:48:56 | More by Bsetz
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Obsidian is an appropriate name for this beer, as it pours dark as night with a healthy glugging sound out of the bottle. A one and a half finger head forms above the beer and leaves thick lacing with a few swirls. The head persists even after several sips.

The smell hits you first with some bitterness, not of the hop variety, but more that of acidic coffee or dark chocolate, and both of these aromas are very present, as is deep roasted malt and hints of burnt toast. These aromas carry into the taste, as the palate juggles the roasted coffee and malt notes, chocolate and caramel. There's a lot going on and it's a good thing.

For the mouthfeel, the beer alternates between the dry bitterness and a creamy oatmeal-stout-like quality. It's the best of both worlds.

Overall, an outstanding beer and one I could easily drink everyday.

10-07-2013 19:55:28 | More by ONovoMexicano
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9uns

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

10-07-2013 05:54:19 | More by 9uns
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Vlaminck

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-06-2013 02:49:04 | More by Vlaminck
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kushlash23

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-05-2013 02:12:46 | More by kushlash23
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NickSMpls

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

10-05-2013 00:07:56 | More by NickSMpls
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XLR8

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-04-2013 21:18:45 | More by XLR8
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EB1

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

10-04-2013 04:52:57 | More by EB1
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ReverendJon

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-03-2013 23:07:58 | More by ReverendJon
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-03-2013 23:03:36 | More by ahbithwabm
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justwork

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-03-2013 02:41:51 | More by justwork
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,673 ratings.