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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,085 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,085
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 452
Gots: 410 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of MrBoz21
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky black - opaque. Thick, creamy brown head that settles down to ice cream float. Thick, sticky lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malt, grainy and a bit of ash. Light chocolate and faint faint hops.

Taste: Sweet roast and vanilla chocolate. Very little bitterness.

Mouth: Creamy and thick. Not really slick. Malty.

Overall: Very balanced and tasty. Sweet.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of OneEye78
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blind tasted alongside Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout and Sierra Nevada Stout.

A - Patchy carpet of mocha head lingers. Good retention.

S - Burned caramel, alongside peat and char.

T - Follows the nose but without the sweetness of caramel. Char and peat predominate.

M - Thick and velvety.

O - Well-constructed. Literally a stout beer.

Ranked Obsidian the highest, with Barney Flats second, and SN Stout slightly behind in third.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of KornWallace
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Location: Whole Foods Erdenheim, PA
Glassware: Delirium Tremens Tulip
Appearance: Pours Black with a light brown head. Light carbonation through and through.
Aromatics: Very sweet chocolates, some bitters.
Flavor: Lots of chocolates sweet and bitter. Hops come as the beer warms. The alcohol wraps itself on the young along with a very smooth mouthfeel.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deschutes has come to PA at last and naturally, The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop was the one to make this (and others) available to me.

From the bottle: "Give into the deep, dark spell as the layers unfold."; "Like the plot of some eerie mystery you can't put down."; "Created for explorers everywhere since 1988"; "Deep, robust and richly rewarding, roasted malt and black barley give way to notes of chocolate and espresso. Smooth and black as the glassy volcanic rock fields it's named for."

Once again, a heavy-handed, aggro pour caused a pseudo-cascade as three-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan head formed with excellent retention and everything went on hold until it settled. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Obsidian, indeed! As the initial head settled, I continued my pour and now it looked like a muffin top protruding from the glass. Will this head ever subside? The nose smelled like Devil's Food cake - rich, chocolaty, slightly smoky, underlain by a coffee-like odor. It smelled like a birthday cake that I had when I was really young, like 5 y/o, chocolate with purple icing. Dig that! I was obsessed with purple when I was really young and my cake played into it. Mouthfeel was big, dense and creamy and the chocolate cake was having espresso as a chaser. Phew. You had better really like those kinds of intense flavors in combination with one another and since I am the king of intensity, it was right up my alley. Beautiful lacing began to form as I drank so I sat back and watched it do its thing while taking a contemplative moment for myself. Finish was exceptionally smooth. I had drank down almost half of it without a second thought. At 6.4% ABV, this would be a great beer to get people interested in the style who may be put off by dark-colored beers.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,085 ratings.