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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,530 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,530
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 385
Gots: 227 | 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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bamadog

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel a little bad for my lower rating of this beer since I know it's very popular, but I feel that I've been spoiled by so many great stouts that I've become a little pickier and judgmental. Deschutes still rocks, though. Review is from notes taken on 6/17/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: The pour is black and starts with a scant 1/4 finger dark brown head that fades immediately to nothing; body is entirely opaque; an oily residue and very thin strands and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Super solid! Lots of sweet and bittersweet dark chocolate; burnt roasty coffee grounds come through in the maltiness; the nose is very robust and almost makes me hungry for a Hershey's dark chocolate bar.

Taste: A bit of a let down in the end, but still not awful. Taste is thin and watery, flavor is bitter and dark, with burnt roasty maltiness and a faint bittersweet chocolate; bit of an oaty presence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery for a stout... Carbonation is soft and fairly smooth; a pleasant stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth; body is of medium weight and really not too heavy. If the flavors were a bit better, and the body was a bit thicker, this beer really would have done much better in my eyes.

Drinkability: Meh, sadly, I could kind of take it or leave it. I really remember this being better when I lived in Oregon, but oh well. I feel the flavors are OK, but deceiving at the same time due to the amazing smells blasting out of the glass -- if only the flavors matched the smells.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 02:46:16 | More by bamadog
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my tulip glass from a 12fl oz bottle.

Pours an opaque black color that lets no light shine through. The head measures around two inches and is rather dense. In the middle of the head there are medium sized bubbles that soon begin to pop. Great head retention that fades very, and I mean very slowly, leaving behind minimal lacing on the sides of my glass.

Fresh mineral water, roasted malts, cocoa powder, unmalted barley, leather, and sweet dark fruit.

I tasted that of roasted malts and barley. This gave off a rich sweet dark brown roasted flavor. Roasted malts contributed a dark chocolate taste that I would go border on saying more like cocoa powder. As this subdues it leads to a dry sharp bitter finish on the palate.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a slight bitter dry aftertaste that lingers in your mouth for a while.

Pretty good stout but I have seen better ones out there. Overall its something you can try, but nothing fascinating to pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 03:14:56 | More by tr4nc3d
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with brown head.. smells sweet and chocalatey. Taste chocolatey with a little coffee, a little boozy.Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, with low carbonation. overall its good, but there are a few better stouts out there, this is one of the better american stouts ive had...

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 02:33:48 | More by Beermazter310
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mrkc

Alaska

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of Obsidian Stout about a week ago, and I've been slowly working my way through it. I tried, I really did, to like it. Deschutes is generally such a great brewery, and I've been just flat-out impressed by their line almost each and every time. Almost, because this time, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't fall in love with this stout. It's malty odour is fine, but the taste of the hops and the burnt cocoa seem to war with each-other. each are too strong. The mouth-feel is watery, like and is acrid like a cup of coffee you left on the counter for four days. This beer is in dire need of a time-out to mellow it down just a bit, so drinking it isn't like getting beat in the face with a baseball bat.

I'm sorry, Deschutes, I really tried. It's me, not you.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 15:17:35 | More by mrkc
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BarbiJ

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

10-11-2012 03:25:39 | More by BarbiJ
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TCJosh

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-06-2012 02:07:54 | More by TCJosh
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Desaparecido

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-18-2011 02:22:25 | More by Desaparecido
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jmccraney

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-04-2013 06:08:38 | More by jmccraney
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oso

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-13-2014 06:14:08 | More by oso
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Dayman766

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-14-2014 19:46:41 | More by Dayman766
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rogerthegill

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-30-2012 20:18:33 | More by rogerthegill
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Sazz9

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-17-2014 01:54:50 | More by Sazz9
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dav2080

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-15-2014 21:01:00 | More by dav2080
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-30-2014 12:12:48 | More by BuckTuckian
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-05-2012 02:11:20 | More by IdrinkGas
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KSMONHNYIL

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

06-24-2014 15:12:35 | More by KSMONHNYIL
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keenanite21

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

12-09-2012 00:22:02 | More by keenanite21
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mcdsports

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-18-2013 00:51:12 | More by mcdsports
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Ribsandwhiskey

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-29-2013 17:44:59 | More by Ribsandwhiskey
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pin

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-25-2014 04:50:43 | More by pin
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blindseer


3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-14-2012 04:49:30 | More by blindseer
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-19-2013 19:11:44 | More by ChrisPro
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Kirch

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

12-27-2011 23:43:52 | More by Kirch
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3SH33TS

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

06-17-2013 04:04:42 | More by 3SH33TS
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-29-2013 22:40:26 | More by cofeeguru
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,530 ratings.