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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,734 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,734
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 406
Gots: 282 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Bsetz, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Obsidian is an appropriate name for this beer, as it pours dark as night with a healthy glugging sound out of the bottle. A one and a half finger head forms above the beer and leaves thick lacing with a few swirls. The head persists even after several sips.

The smell hits you first with some bitterness, not of the hop variety, but more that of acidic coffee or dark chocolate, and both of these aromas are very present, as is deep roasted malt and hints of burnt toast. These aromas carry into the taste, as the palate juggles the roasted coffee and malt notes, chocolate and caramel. There's a lot going on and it's a good thing.

For the mouthfeel, the beer alternates between the dry bitterness and a creamy oatmeal-stout-like quality. It's the best of both worlds.

Overall, an outstanding beer and one I could easily drink everyday.

ONovoMexicano, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

9uns, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Vlaminck, Oct 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

kushlash23, Oct 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

NickSMpls, Oct 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

XLR8, Oct 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

EB1, Oct 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ReverendJon, Oct 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ahbithwabm, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

justwork, Oct 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

TaylorBrake, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Yeti1979, Oct 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

tpaetow, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jimmyjazzercise, Oct 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Stoutfan23DJ, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

2Xmd, Sep 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

WolfsbaneBloom, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of CHickman
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with a creamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of oats, coffee, toasted grains, molasses, cocoa powder, lemon zest, caramel, light floral hops, charcoal and crackers; the roasted grains and chocolate in the nose has a sweetness that is like an espresso with a hint of hops. Nice rich stout nose that means business and is near perfect for the style.

Flavor is just like the nose, with chocolate, oats, coffee, toasted grains, molasses, cocoa powder, lemon zest, caramel, light floral hops, charcoal, citrus hops, herbs, burnt crackers and a sweet smoky flavor like a coffee left over a campfire until it was burnt. Strong coffee, dark chocolate and bitter citrus hops mix for a sweet and yet bitter stout that is quite smooth and well balanced while remaining bold and full of rich flavors.

Mouthfeel is on the thin feeling side yet heavy at the same time as it slides down smooth with a medium to heavy body, average to light carbonation and a chewy bitter finish that is like a lightly hopped Starbucks coffee.

Each sip is very tasty and complex and overall this was a damn good stout that was extremely easy to drink. Dangerously drinkable due to the 6.4% ABV and a definite recommendation.

CHickman, Sep 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Beerriver, Sep 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

dvnb, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

HookemHops13, Sep 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

GardenWaters, Sep 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

OKCNittany, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jschott75, Sep 28, 2013
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,734 ratings.