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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle (Sydney Summer Gathering 2007): A solid performer. Thick opaque black with a menacing tan head. THereís no mistaking where this is headed, or is there? In the nose, slightly salty, roasty aromas over a base of chalk. Possibly a touch thin. Thankfully, it was just a case of the liquid not wanting to give up its essence. In the mouth lots of roasted grains swirl around creamy chocolate. Thereís not really a lot of complexity here, but thereís a hell of a lot of flavour. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Pours black, thin tan head. Flavor is dark chocolate and roasts. Finish is more roastiness and dry. Might be a little too much roasts for my taste, but still a nice beverage.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1452) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2007
Another star performer at an Australian group tasting of absurd extravagance. I might rate this even higher had it not been sandwiched by a couple of stunning Mikkellers and succeeded by a pair of Pannepots, Westveleterens and a Belle Vue Selection Lambic. Oh, that every day could be like that Sunday. Obsidian Stout was an impenetrable black capped by a lavish layer of coffee cream. The aroma was rich with molasses, cocoa powder and sump oil - a feast of roasted grains. Medium bodied but quite lactic. Good bitterness. Itís sweet but very balanced, with a late sourness in a dry finale. A fine balancing act. (Bottle courtesy of Linc at the Sydney Jan 2007 RateBeer gathering)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brstp (201) - - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Black color, fluffy brown head with some nice lacing. Roasty aroma with a hint of imperial stout-ish hops, taste is pretty simple with some dirt, coffee, chocolate. Medium bodied, dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a medium tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Taste is of dark chocolate earthy and bitter. Finishes very dry. Not a very complex stout but still manages to keep your interest.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1733) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Itís a pretty average black with some espresso head. Malted milk balls, grocery store coffee and a little soy sauce in the aroma. Tastes of milk chocolate, oatmeal, some smoked dry meat, probably venison, lending itself to a distantly salty finish. More coffee asserts itself after the fact. Very engaging and subtley unique amongst its peers of equal, classic simplicity.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Very dark with a nice head. I found it quite dry with hints of dark chocolate and roasted nuts. Iíll enjoy the rest of my 6 pack but Iím not sure itís worthy of the high praise itís received here. Iím sure itís better on tap.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bottle: Ruby with a tan head, dark fruits and roasted grains in the aroma, thin bodied with mellow carbonation, starts and ends lightly sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Courtesy of bditty187. Pours a dark black with a faint touches of ruby highlights around the edges. This has a frothy one finger head that settles slowly to a thin cap and ring that leaves some substantial lace behind. Smell; thereís bits of chocolate and coffee, and roasted malts. Overall Iíd say the aroma is fairly subdued for a stout. Taste; roasted malts dominate upfront with some nice touches of chocolate and coffee. Thereís a bit of a sweet fruitiness that developes as the beer warms I canít quite place. At first I was a bit disappointed with the flavor of this beer, but the seond half of the glass made a much better impression once this warmed up a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with plenty of carbonation. For a stout this is pretty darn drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1749) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle thanks to the awesome Kenb. Mmmmm...creamy rich stout. This poured a black body with a hugh head. Sweet roasted malts and small amount of chocolate in the aroma. Sweet flavor of hops and chocolate. Full bodied. Smooth. Good stout.


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