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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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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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Unchi

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-07-2011 17:40:54 | More by Unchi
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-10-2012 22:40:32 | More by DWarcher
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-14-2011 17:04:13 | More by sbricker
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lotr15800


4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-22-2012 02:58:03 | More by lotr15800
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Westuh

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-17-2014 02:19:58 | More by Westuh
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Le_HopHead

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-03-2013 14:27:16 | More by Le_HopHead
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-24-2011 20:54:09 | More by GrindFatherBob
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KimenTshom

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-01-2012 01:08:53 | More by KimenTshom
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-26-2013 00:14:09 | More by tdmccarthy
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rocklibster

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-16-2012 16:07:30 | More by rocklibster
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astronautjones

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-04-2014 00:19:22 | More by astronautjones
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-27-2013 23:11:28 | More by mpayne5
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archero

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-03-2013 14:45:30 | More by archero
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz to a pint glass, best by 3/18/14

Pours black with about a finger of khaki colored foam. Not any transparency when held to a lamp, shades of brown on the sides and bottom though. Head receded sorta quick, lacing is okay

Smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, vanilla, and a little bit of alcohol. Not super complex by any means, but a solid smelling stout

Taste is strong coffee and dark chocolate malts, cherry and dark fruits, vanilla, and heavy smoke on the finish. Comes together well

Medium/thick body, dry and sticky finish. Really bitter, alcohol concealed well

Overall nothing fanatical, but a solid stout

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:57:47 | More by lordofstarside
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nkersten

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Black13 - thanks! Poured into NB globe, opaque black with dark brown edges when held up to light. Thin tan head fades to collar. Smell is spicy hops, roasted malt, some coffee and black patent. Taste is a nice balance of bitter bakers chocolate and spicy hops with dark roasted malts in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively medium carbonation - a bit bubbly even after a vigorous pour. A very drinkable American Stout, but not my favorite. Definitley gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 03:57:42 | More by nkersten
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small dark head.
Nose shows intense roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of smoke. Very nice.
Very similar flavours, lots of roasted malt and coffee beans with more noticeable smoke. Finishes with a light roasty bitterness.
Carbonation is a little too high.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 00:37:29 | More by CrazyDavros
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best buy 10/20/07. Very close to pitch black in color. Thick, creamy mocha head. Very nice to look at! Good head retention and lace.

Roasty with milk chocolate notes, and very vinous in the nose.

Roasty flavor, with a citrusy bitter edge. Lots of fruit comes out as it warms, dark fruit to be more specific. Nice and rich.

Good body, and carbonation. Well balanced. Love the darker fruit flavors in this one, versus the typical coffee or espresso flavors. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 16:41:17 | More by Bierguy5
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gunnerman

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a jet black with a creamy tannish head that leaves insane amounts of lace on the glass. Smell is roasted/smoked peat moss. Taste is spot on with the smell, a slight hop bitterness toward the finish. I can smell smoked meat, a bit of coffee grounds, with smooth creamy finish. Not to sweet but dead on with the style and one that I truly enjoyed overall this is one fine damn offering of a stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:41:34 | More by gunnerman
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jakon

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best before date of 12-7-7.

Pours pitch black with an impressive mocha colored head which displays excellent retention and leaves webs of sticky lacing in its wake. The aroma is of roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee mingle with overpowered hops. Don't know how else to describe it, but there's a crayon-like aroma in there as well. Taste is lightly sweet at first and then turns deeply bitter. Especially in the back. The bitterness of the coffee flavor and hops combine to create an overall bitterness that hits you from all angles. There's also an earthy wood-like flavor in there. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Abrasiveness builds on the tongue as you dig deeper into the glass. This has been a longtime standby that I will continue to revisit as long as the fine folks at Deschutes keep sending it through the bottling line. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 06:14:03 | More by jakon
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Mark

California

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black color and a foamy tan head that left real nice lace. This stout had a nice roasted smoky taste. Good solid stout that can become a regular in one's repotoire. I enjoyed this with some lamb sausage, ground beef, baked potato and some sourdough bread. Great for a cold evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2002 20:50:52 | More by Mark
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hiku7

California

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in a tulip glass.

A - Pours the color of coffee with a big bold tan-brown head. As the head dissipates, a medium thick lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.

S - Caramel and molasses and other things dark, roasted, and delicious.

T - Caramel and coffee flavors up front with a mild hoppy finish that really balances the initial flavors. There is a tiny spiciness that comes through the carbonation on the tongue.

M - Smooth and creamy, with a mildly fizzy carbonation to finish every swig.

D - Pretty good. Even though I've been working my way slowly through a six pack over the winter, I wouldn't turn down a second or third in one night.

Very enjoyable stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 02:55:42 | More by hiku7
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Umbra

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via a secret santa with mwompus.
Poured an inky, opaque black with a thick two fingered dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Mochachino aroma, with maybe some alcohol soaked fruits as well.
Creamy choco coffee flavor with a finishing of bitter hops, cocoa, spiciness.
Mouthfeel was medium, with a creamy felling.
Extremely drinkable stout, especially with the ABV not blowing you off your seat.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 20:33:04 | More by Umbra
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juju7

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful chocolate malt aromas with a slight hint of caramel and molasses. Roasty, dry and not as big as the nose would have you believe on the palate.
Medium bodied, quite approachable and pleasantly satisfying. Simply one of those beers that is hard to fault - not that I'm trying to fault it, it's just a great beer without being mind-blowing. Which in itself is kind of refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 10:38:07 | More by juju7
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles slowly, leaving a thin blanket of foam remaining on the surface, dry residue on the glass, and a thick ring around the rim. Persistent spider web lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, black licorice. Woody and nutty.

T: Bitter roasted coffee beans. Black licorice is somewhat prominent.

M: Bitter and biting. Hearty and earthy. Dry finish. Almost a little boozy.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice bubbly head, remaining foam, persistent spiderweb lacing. Nose is char roasted coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Bitter coffee beans and licorice are mostly outstanding. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:44:15 | More by bmwats
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,530 ratings.