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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,721 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,721
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 405
Gots: 281 | FT: 10
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

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5/5  rDev +19%

beercatbrew, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -1%

Six pack purchased from Fleming Place Wine & Spirits in Topeka, KS. Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Best by date of 10/14/2013.

Appearance: 2 fingers of light brown colored head. Looks thick and creamy. Black body with some reddish highlights when held up to the light. Left some great lacing. A nice cap remained while drinking the beer.

Smell: Roasted coffee beans and dark milk chocolate. Like a slice of chocolate coffee cake. Brown sugar and caramel. A bit of bitterness. Some green hops. Great nose.

Taste: Follows the nose with those roasted coffee and creamy chocolate notes. Some citrusy hop bite at the end with a bit of bitterness. Very little heat.

Mouthfeel: The lower carbonation gave it a really nice creamy mouthfeel. The body itself though seemed thinner and more "watery" than I expected.

Overall: A great looking stout. Especially impressive was the nice cap the head was reduced to. Like a cappuccino. Impressive nose with that nice, medium roasted coffee smell. I felt like the body could have been a bit more, well, "stout." It was a little too slick and thin for my liking. Though the carbonation was perfect. That aside a great American stout that would go well with most desserts. In my case a cake doughnut.

CowsandBeer, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

pastramionrye7, Aug 29, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -19%

Pours a pitch black with a low retention head.

Faint aromas of chocolate, coffee and roast.

Roast malt and grain step forward and finish with a metallic tasting hop. Not very sweet at all.

Mouthfeel all the way through is very silky, velourish and creamy.

Never had such an incredible mouthfeel fall so one dimensional. Aroma was muted and taste was off-set with a metallic taste, cold draft to even warmed up. Mehhh. Feels more like a porter or even pretty close to their Black Butte Porter. Sowwy!

joeseppy, Aug 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

kraticus41, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

freemanj, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

omnibusfilms, Aug 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

DangerDawg, Aug 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Stinger80OH, Aug 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

BrandonZp5, Aug 20, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

A: Black with a long lasting head of compact, creamy bubbles. Leave a fair amount of fine lacing on the glass.

S: A good amount of chocolate, coffee and roast in the nose with some low burnt notes. There is a low citrus hops aroma.

T: Dark malt flavors dominate the flavor as well, again bring chocolate, some bitter coffees, roast and a bit of burnt bitterness to the party. There is a low caramel sweetness in the middle. There is a low caramel sweetness that gets dried out pretty quickly. There is a moderate hops bitterness teaming up with the roast bitterness making for a beer that is moderately bitter on balance. The finish is off dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste that shows some citrus hops flavors.

M: A medium full bodied beer with a moderate amount of creaminess and a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: Outstanding aroma and flavor having all of the dark malt notes of chocolate, coffee and a a touch of burnt bitterness along with some hops bitterness. It's fairly dry with and smooth. It's pretty evident why the beer has earned so many awards.

MadScientist, Aug 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

cclark67789, Aug 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

teleforce, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Tayloraphilips, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Iowacraft, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

quin42, Aug 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

nearengine, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

sooner961, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Joshpu, Aug 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

jryanj927, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

icehawk, Aug 09, 2013
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,721 ratings.