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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (3249) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2006
12oz Bottle Pours out a nice dark blabk. Topped of with a Great tan head. There is a good tast of roastiness. Over very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2006
This was really a GOOD stout. Poured jet black with thin tan head and okay lacing. Aroma was that of chocolate mixed with dark fruit..grapes, plums, cherries. Taste was very much chocolate malt. As beer warmed, alcohol became more noticeable about mid-glass, but perfectly blended with the flavor. Very good, long, smooth finish. This has to be my favorite stout to date....just sorry I canít readily obtain in GA

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LadySusan (721) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2006
A good stout with all the tastes a stout should have. The dark rich color, the coffee and some chocolate taste.Just what you would expect from Deschutes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2006
Pours a blackout black with a nice tan head. Tastes of roastiness, malts, coffee and chocolate tones, and a nice amount of hops present. A great stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2006
I enjoyed this. Lacked the magical intensity of a Storm King Draft, but geat balance of chocolate and coffee, good sweet malt, and enough hop bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Draft - An excellent stout with tons of chocolate and coffee flavors. Bif malty flavor. An excellent stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2006
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
Full bodied, plenty of dark chocolate, cappucchino and dark malts. Well balanced sweetness with flowery hops in the background. Slightly toasted finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Pours as black as black can be, with a dark tan, pillowy head that you would expect from an imperial. Nose is heavily of roasted coffee, and cedar hops, faint chocolate. Palate is a lively carbonation with an almost chewy, creamy texture and medium-full body. Maybe a little more carbonated than I would like. The roasted coffee is still very prominent (moreso than some coffee Iíve had!), with a dark chocolate flavor showing through. A moderate hop bitterness balances the stout well. Finishes with the bitter sweet chocolate taste and the hop bitterness showing heavily through. This reminds me a lot of a small imperial without the alcohol taste and without the complexity. The only thing I think this beer really lacks is some other malt flavor to back up the chocolate and roasted coffee. Nonetheless, one of the most interesting stouts you will try; and definitely at least worth the try.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2006
This oneís among my 10 favorites. Chewy stout goodness, with coffee and chocolate notes. I have a tough time comparing Obsidian to other stouts. It has the body of some lesser Imperial Stouts, but less bitter and without a pronounced alcohol bite.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
The aroma offered by this beer consists of roasted nuts, chocolate, and coffee. This black beer settles under a decent brown head. This thick beer surrounds the tongue. It introduces itself with the taste of chocolate that soon turns to a coffee taste. The aftertaste is a mild almond taste that lingers well.


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