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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,803 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,803
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 412
Gots: 304 | FT: 9
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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Photo of joecast
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy thanksgiving! Starting off right.

Obsidian is right. The name suits this beer. Head is a bit thin but on the darker side. Nice lacing.
Light aroma mainly of roast and coffee beans. Maybe a touch of alcohol.
Robust stout flavors. A bit of dark chocolate with lots of roasted malts.
Fits nicely with the milder porter and this stout as two excellent dark beers. I prefer the porter, but this a great beer in its own right.

joecast, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

closisinthehouse, Jul 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Irrationalist, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Inglewood, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jsurfs82, Sep 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

BJasny, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

AlexChillton, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

craft_shannie, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ahbithwabm, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of hwwty4
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a generous trade from bennetj17. Thanks a million.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a dark black with light mahogany tones around the edges when held up to the light. Had a thin mocha head that vanished quickly. Taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, and creamy coffee. There is a slight astringent taste at the finish. Mouthfeel is more medium bodied then full with just a little carbonation. One of the better stouts on the market.

hwwty4, Jan 14, 2008
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Unchi, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Rihup, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

drgonzo2k2, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Agentveba, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

July2Nov, Mar 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

tswater, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

videofrog, May 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BYOFB, Feb 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of zac16125
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

Thanks to 3hops for sending this one over as an extra.

A: Pours a thin appearing black with some browning on the edges and 2plus fingers width of mocha colored head, which dissipates down at a moderate rate to a thick film that hangs around throughout the entire drink. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, burnt wood, heavy cream. The roasted and char notes are by far the most prominent aromas, and I dont get much else.

T: Follows the nose. Roasted malts and charred wood. Some mild dark fruit notes that I didnt get on the nose. A bit of anise and some medicinal phenolics. Surprisingly bitter on the finish, not necessarily in a good way.

M/D: Smooth, appropriately low carbonation, good drinkability but somewhat limited by the odd lingering bitterness on the back end. Could be creamier too.

O: Overall, not bad, but not terribly good either. Seems pretty mediocre, and I dont really see why the ratings are so high. Ive had a number of American standard stouts significantly better than this one. Its not bad, but its just slightly above average in my book.

zac16125, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Sazz9, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Skunkdrool, May 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

prisdefer, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of mscudder
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a globe.

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice big tan head. Pretty nice retention.

S - A nice nose on this one! Roasted malts, cocoa, coffee and some molasses round out the aromas. A nice warm balance comes in from the alcohol.

T - The beer hits the palette with a tight explosion of bitterness. I feel that there is little flavor to start and some bitterness explodes. As the rush settles I get a wealth of flavors begin to disperse, seemingly with little balance at all. The composition of these flavors were all present in the nose. Finish is heavy on the roasted notes. I cannot say I like this stout very much as far as taste is concerned. The balance is just not there for me.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Beer seems a bit chewy and a tad thing for a stout. I may be more acclimated to RIS's yet I just cannot get behind this one.

O - Highly bitter and a total let down in my books. After sampling the Butte Porter and the Abyss I had very high hopes for this one. It just did not live up to the hype and I would be hard pressed to ever revisit it.

mscudder, Aug 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

rdooley, Apr 27, 2013
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,803 ratings.