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Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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4.2/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,062
Reviews:
1,159
Ratings:
3,905
pDev:
9.52%
Bros Score:
4.7
 
 
Wants:
578
Gots:
844
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 3,905 |  Reviews: 1,159
Photo of rudiecantfail
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Black, opaque with a nice light brown head that hung around for a while and left good lacing.

S---Bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts.

T---Follows the nose. Roasted malts, dark chocolate & coffee.

F---Lighter than I would've thought based on the nose/taste. Nicely carbonated.

O---Very good example of a stout. I'd even go so far as to call it a proper stout.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Geologist
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rstar
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fmakalidude
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A classic example of a coffee stout with a creamy head and rich malt character. Medium heavy body and light on the hops. Holds its own against other classic stouts in its category.

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Photo of ZeneralGodzilla
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dodgerfan_33
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So I just started getting into stouts recently and picked this up based upon the review I read.

L: Look is a very dark expresso color with about 1/2 finger of head on pour with no lacing.

S: The Smell is of rich dark coffee and chocolate with a roasted malt to it.

T: The taste is like the smell very rich coffee flavor , a bit hoppy and chocolates notes.

F: The feel is very heavy and quite a bit of carbonation. Not bad just not whst I was expecting.

O: overall for me this beer was good not fantastic. It’s not near what I was hoping it would be, wishing for a little cream feel and maybe a little less hoppy malt flavor. I probaly wouldn’t buy this again, but I would drink it if I had nothing left.

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Photo of brewtalthrone
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ehmdubya
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cush6
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SmokeWagon1776
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdubya
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MTKATL
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sethcroisant
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ccheng9
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At this price point, the only stout I've ever had that even rivals it is Old Rasputin. I'd say I'd very slightly favor ol rassy but this is even cheaper than that is.

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Photo of kinmundy77
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBobber
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really oilly black color with no light coming through at the bottom of the bulb of my tulip glass. Has a nice, close to a finger, of a light brown head topping it.

The smell is of of a dark bitter chocolate with loads of espresso like coffe coming out.

The taste is surpringly strong in that roasted and toasted espresso coffee tone. Actually that was sarcastic as the taste of the beer can be found so prevalant on the nose.

The mouth was actually fairly light for a stout and has a darn near dry finish. Seems kind of unexpected for the style.

Overall this really is a fantastic beer. I wish more of that bittersweet chocolate that comes out on the nose could hit the palate, yet for that minor detail this really is a fine stout. I can pick up a six pack for around $8 and that is just one more bonus added to this very fine, and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Billy Jack's in Harrisonburg. Beautiful beer, looked like it was nitro but was not. Very creamy tan head. Medium strong malty aroma with a bit of dark chocolate and roast. Delicious, the taste follows the nose. Creamy but not chewy. A really good stout, enjoyable and not overly strong.

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Photo of omahawk
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great roasty, smooth Stout. Pours a pitch black with a small brown head. Nice roast aroma with a slight earthy hop hint. Smooth roast flavor, well balanced bitterness, slight warming alcohol hint. Great beer.

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Photo of kessa
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tankg
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pens1967
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of watchnerd
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,905 ratings
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