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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,580 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,580
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 393
Gots: 238 | 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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BeerBeast

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-21-2013 05:51:39 | More by BeerBeast
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ranger7

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up from Central Market on sale.
From the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark brown-to-black brew. Tan head sticks to glass.

S - Roasted chocolate and coffee smell.

T - Chocolate front with coffee bean bitter finish.

M - Smooth and thin. Little carbonation that lessens quickly

Summary - Pretty nice stout. I've liked some other stuff from Deschutes, but this is definitely now one of my favorites of theirs. Typically, I will enjoy a stout if it refrains from pounding me with its roasted-ness. This one has just the right amount to be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 04:00:10 | More by ranger7
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da_beers

Florida

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful oil black with one and a half fingers of an awesome tan, bubbly head. This is what you want your stout to look like!

S - Deep dark, chocolaty, coffee - like a mocha. Has a syrupy smell to it. I get walnuts as well. Smells like walking into an old coffee shop with oaken walls.

T - Great taste. It hits with this great bitterness from the hops. It has this great nuttiness as well. Chocolate at the end, but very faint, as well as the coffee was bigger than the taste.

M - Has a sharpness from the bitterness. Medium bodied. Close to full bodied, but a touch lite. Has good drinkability and the lowish carbonation is spot on.

O - Was very excited for this one. My first form Deschutes. Nose was huge! Taste a little below that. I would recommend to anyone, especially those who love a less smooth stout. Spot on with the bitterness and hops!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 02:08:35 | More by da_beers
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forestkcary

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-18-2013 19:30:18 | More by forestkcary
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-18-2013 05:37:04 | More by DerekMorgan
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

5/5  rDev +19%

07-18-2013 03:03:00 | More by Mullinger1980
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MIrvine

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-17-2013 23:32:53 | More by MIrvine
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Evans_Tucker

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.6%

07-17-2013 20:43:11 | More by Evans_Tucker
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-17-2013 00:50:43 | More by Brushkanna
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leroybrown10

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-16-2013 21:38:26 | More by leroybrown10
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bostonpat6172

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-16-2013 02:37:08 | More by bostonpat6172
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-15-2013 02:01:19 | More by BeerForMuscle
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-14-2013 23:33:33 | More by WOLFGANG
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GeorgeH

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-14-2013 21:46:33 | More by GeorgeH
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-14-2013 20:48:15 | More by pathman
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craigmj7

Kansas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-14-2013 04:28:27 | More by craigmj7
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Vickaroo

Washington

2.59/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark with a moderate foamy head
Smell: Molasses
Taste: I kept getting a taste that seemed familiar, but I couldn't figure it out until after I'd had this beer a few times. Then it hit me: Ashtray. A distinct taste that made me feel I'd poured an ashtray into my mouth.
Mouthfeel: Zesty
Overall: Ok, but the ashtray association was a little disconcerting.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 03:05:22 | More by Vickaroo
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jamespub

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-11-2013 03:39:59 | More by jamespub
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lancecenter

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-10-2013 00:19:31 | More by lancecenter
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bcsbeer

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-09-2013 03:02:56 | More by bcsbeer
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HardWater

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-08-2013 16:20:28 | More by HardWater
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akang

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-07-2013 07:06:17 | More by akang
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Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-07-2013 05:30:31 | More by Zbeetleman
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ebrifan

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

07-06-2013 06:21:25 | More by ebrifan
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The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop

Wyoming

4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a pint glass. There was room left over. Dark as night, with a head that is not very big, per se, but does last for the entire session in somewhat of a cloudy manifestation, and gives way to a small amount of lacing.

S: Chocolate. Chocolate chocolate chocolate. Some espresso nudges its way in there, but it's a fairly one-dimensional smell, and I'm not complaining.

T: Unsweetened chocolate just explodes from the get-go, and gives way to a peppery, coffee-y finish. Many stouts are intrinsically sweet, and that's not an inherent problem, but this one is bitter going in, and bitter going down, and consequently there is a bite that doesn't normally exist in this family of beers. It accentuates the flavors, and in a beer not crafted with this level of expertise, that could be a death sentence. Here, it's anything but. Absolutely delicious.

M: Again, perfect. In addition to boosting the character of the taste, the bitterness also accentuates the carbonation, giving it a very spicy feel. It is also perhaps the driest beer I have ever had. A true sipper.

O: As I've alluded to, this is the gold standard of stouts as far as I'm concerned. I'm only out west for the summer, but I already know that I'm gonna grab a few sixers of these babies for when I'm back on the other side of the Mississippi. A spicy, strong entry to the stout canon. Altogether familiar and yet like nothing you've ever had before. A triumph.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 00:45:37 | More by The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,580 ratings.