Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


on tap

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RATINGS: 1283   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Black body. Aroma is roasted coffee with notes of chocolate, caramel and grapefruity hops. Probably would have been much hoppier and bitter if it wasn’t for the nitro thing... based on my nitro IPA experience. Sorta reminded me of Guinness... which to me is bad. Still, a solid stout. Would be nice to see an imperialized version of it if there isn’t one already.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2006
This stout pours to a black body with a dark reddish-brown, fizzy head. Poor lacing and a fully diminishing head contribute to a lack of visual appeal. Aroma is of sweet cookie malts. Initial taste is lightly sweet with a moderately bitter finish. Watery and thin on the palate, it has a burnt taste with light carbonation. Dry on the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 26, 2006
bottle, thanks linc. pretty deep black with only a light mocha head. pine and burnt hay aroma. some fierce burnt bitterness and a furry aroma. very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours like your typical stout except for a thinner light brown head. Aroma is like cold chocolate milk and a little smoke. Not big, but pleasant. Taste is bigger than I would’ve expected from the aroma. Taste is bitter coffee, chocolate and toffee. Somewhat acidic and plastic aftertaste that lingers, don’t care for that, got better as it warmed, but a solid brew otherwise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Pours deep, mysterious... the perfect complement to midnight. Aroma is smoky/chocolaty malt. Pleasant, fluffy mouthfeel of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Dubbercody, thanks again Jaime! Pitch black pour with a nice somewhat fizzy tan head. Nice aroma of coffee, roasted chocolate malt, some hints of smoke...very full and inviting. The flavor is roasty malts with somebitter chocolate and coffee and a bit of toffee. Nice carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfell with a roasty almost warming finish. Nice stuff, I wish we had it around here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 (Bottle) Pours dark to black. Dry cocoa and coffee in aroma with a light smokeyness. Roasted malt and hints of rubber. Salty, well balanced flavour with dry cocoa and light smokey, anise aftertaste. Medium bitterness and body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (24512) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2006
Bottle at Stockholm Beerfestival. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of coffee. Roasted flavour of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle from mystery beer swap V2.0. Opaque body with red edges and a half inch reddish brown foamy head. Nose-chocolate malt and toffee. Taste-toffee, malted chocolate, bittersweet, a bitterness I can only describe as burnt orange zest, unroasted coffee beans, slightly lactic. Pretty damn good. BTW, Obsidian is not necessarily volcanic. I’m just saying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2006
Tasted 10/9/06 from BrewNZ . Nice interplay of powdery cocoa and stone fruit aromas. Big chocolate notes continue on the palate with hints of roast and toast. Very nice warming stout. I wish it was imported here so I could get some more.

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