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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,752 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,752
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 407
Gots: 288 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Update 12-22-2010: 5.0/5.0/5.0/5.0/5.0

I have had this dozens of times since first reviewing it over 16 months ago. My admiration for this beer has increased significantly. It is now my favorite stout, other than imperials, and my favorite in Deschutes' year round line up. I am amazed by the consistency this fine brewery produces, and of this beer in particular. I never pay more than $8.99 a six pack at full retail and usually pay $6.99 to $7.49. Occasionally, I buy it on sale for $5.99. Awesome beer. Hard to imagine a better representation of the American stout style.

8/16/2009: 4.5/4.5/5.0/4.5/4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date 9/25/09. Single purchased from local health foods store for $1.29.

A-Black and tan. Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a two finger, creamy tan head with great retention and artsy lacing. A gorgeous craft beer. Briefly thought about getting my camera to take a picture. Absolutely beautiful.

S-Deep, dark chocolate and toasted malts with a lovely hop balance.

T-One word: delicious. Other words include wow, amazing, wonderful, etc. The superlatives are unending. Very well balanced. Rich malt and dark chocolate. Hoppy, clean, and complex. Very nice. My favorite American Stout.

M-Exceedingly smooth and nicely carbonated.

D-This is about as drinkable a stout as I can imagine. I like imperial stouts better, but this is extraordinary. I could drink this all night long. Expect I will in the fall and winter months ahead.

Maybe my favorite ale in Deschutes' very fine year round lineup. A great beer and very affordable in Salem, OR. Often available for $6.99 a sixer on sale. Great value.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,752 ratings.