fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Black, roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, nutty, slight coffee, smooth, sweet, with smoky finish.
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasty and Toasty! Very noticable tones of chocolate and coffee...roasted to say the least...some hop balance in the finish, but overall...sort of sweet and syrupy...
vulcanmeister (240) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love this stuff! One of my first forays into the world of "dark beers" after the unschooled years of light lagers. This beer pours dark brown with a creamy white head. Bouquet of caramel, nuts, and coffee.
Lovely roasted malt flavor with a nice balance of hops. Long sweet finish, chocolaty and a whisper of vanilla. Marvelous! Those guys in Bend really know what they’re doing!
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small cream head. Smells of cocoa, wood, and roasts. Palate is smooth and medium bodied. Flavor is very similar to their Obsidian Stout: dark chocolate, cocoa, intense roasted flavor, and chalk. Finish is pretty dry. Good blend, if you ask me. Well made overall, I think I prefer Deschutes’ Obsidian stout slightly for its more intense flavors.) 3.7
gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very deep but translucent brown, thick cream-brown head that laces nicely. Seems quite fizzy. Roast malt with a sweetish hint of chocolate in the aroma. Some piney/citrusy notes as well. Medium body with somewhat sweet roasted coffee flavor, with a touch of the citrusy hoppiness near the end. Also some real smokiness that lingers. Pretty tasty.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber/black color. No light traveling throug these colors. Smells of roasted malt. Not as watery as expected. Pretty darned good.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent porter that is exactly as described: Malty, chocolatey, somewhat nutty. A little bitter toward the end. This is a very drinkable beer, but doesn’t really compare to Deschutes Obsidian, which is it’s bigger, stronger, bolder stout brother.
Oscbert (1230) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at West Coast Brew Fest ’08
~Poured black with small disappearing brown head.
~Sweet malt scent with some chocolate.
~Taste smoky and malty with a bit of alcohol tinge.
~ Goes down smooth with a barley bitter aftertaste.
~ Nice porter. Easy to drink.
nimbleprop (7201) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Savor DC event. Pours a watery, opaque black with a thin slightly beige head. Big malt aroma, sweet, chocolaty, toast and nuts. Flavor is similar, nuts, coffee, sweet malts, grain, toast. Slightly chalky on the palate with plenty of carbonation. Drinkable, but served next to the Obsidian, this was a let down.
dmac (5377) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from ??, sorry I didn’t label this beer, but thanks! Pours a solid black medium to slightly thin looking body with a large light beige foamy head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate that has a slight touch of chalk and some bitter citrus rind aroma finishes it off. Medium to slightly thin body with lots of carbonation. Perhaps the carbonation seems so strong since the body is a little thin? Flavor very close to the aroma but after the first few sips the chalk flavor disappears, or maybe I simply became used to it. What is left is roasted malts, chocolate and some bitter citrusy hops that finsihes on the sweet side. An okay Porter but I prefer to see more roasty/toasted notes and less sweetness.