Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


on tap

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RATINGS: 1329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
Deep, robust and richly rewarding, this is beer to linger over. Obsidian has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley, with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2373) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
12 oz bottle. Very dark. Nice foamy head. Lots of nutty roasty burnt aromas. Very similar flavor. Super nutty... roasted nuts. Some coffee came through on the flavor as well. Some alohol flavor on the finish. Very yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2007
bottle; best by 5.26.07. obtained via trade with kenb. Opaque, with a moderate sized brown head. Fairly subdued aroma, with notes of chocolate and licorice. Roasted malt up front builts in intensity towards the finish. Hops most evident towards the end. Long lasting bitter finish. Thanks, Ken!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2007
bottle from yonkers65: pours black with a large fluffy tan head. aroma of sweet chocolate and malts i dont know if a scent can be smooth, but this is a smooth aroma with some nuttiness. flavour is smooth chocolate balanced well with the malt sweetness. a very well balanced stout that has a nice lingering bitterness to it, that finishes with some bitter coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5742) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2007
A dark brown pour with a tan head and more good lacing. An aroma of buttery chocolate cake. A rolling flavor of carbonated espresso. The flavor seems to transition from espresso to that chocolate then to a hard bitter that really makes this beer special. No bad tones on the bitter it just spreads across the palate. I hate to sound like a broken record but the palate is solid except for a touch overly carbonated a really good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Thanks to awaisanen for the trade. Pours a deep black with just hints of some amber coming through. Large foamy/rocky deeper tan head that left nice spotty lacing. Aroma of up front grainy maltiness, doughy, roasted malts, caramel, nuts and a very light hop presence. Flavor of roasted/toasty malts, some dark chocolate, coffee with cream and sugar, nutty and just an overall very solid stout. One of the best I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - MAR 15, 2007
My bottle seems to have passed the "Fresh by" date, can’t wait to try a fresh one. Very roasted, sweet chocolate. Mellow, calm and fulfilling. Not overly dimensional, bold and delivering. Creamy, slightly acidic in the finish. Somewhat earthy. Hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2007
Bottle. A tasty stout, but perhaps lacking the complexity of stout if a similiar ilk. Nice deep brown to black appearance. Aroma has the usual suspects of mocha, roast and chocolate. Palate is sweet, with light caramel notes, then a roasty malt character and then, as is the tradition in the NW US, lots of citric, piney hops in the finish. Lots of flavour, but the body was quite light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Nice black pour with a slight smoke aroma and some malt as well. Tasted very smooth with nice chocolate and smoke flavors. Had a real subtle coffee feel to it also. Good stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
L5V9 (5) - Colrain, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2007 does not count
I first had this beer on tap in Olympia WA and it was an experience that opened my eyes to good beers. Beautiful obsidian in the glass with a thick creamy head. Full bodied, smooth and hearty with subtle smoke and chocolate notes. A wonderful everyday stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Another jet black pour for the evening with a smoky chocolate aroma. Similar chocolate body.

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