Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


on tap

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RATINGS: 1231   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 Very dark, opaque in a mug, nice roasted aroma. Full bodied roasted flavour with some nice hop bitterness in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Aroma is malty and choclatey. Malt also present. Pours a dark black with light brown head. Flavor is slightly accidic,. Warming and full in flavor, choclate and roast come through, bitter coffeeish finish. A very nice beer. Thanks once again to Indiana Red, who IS the man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20568) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2004
Bottled. Black with brownish head. Roasty aroma with licorice and grapefruit. Dryish with clean mouthfeel. Salty finish with long bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
(sampled bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival) Very dark brown, thin light brown head. Roastad aroma with a big clean maltprofile. Chocolate and cocoa. Rather powerfull flavour of black coffee, cocoa and coconut. Strong flavour of black coffee in finish, hops and coconut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Thick dark black with a huge compact brown head. There is big, bold roasted aroma in this beer. Coffee and roasted malts in the aroma and on the tounge. The maltiness is smooth at points, and even a little sweet, despite itís largeness. The coffee malt is sharp and works nicely to lend some bitterness along with some present hops. Thanks to HeRftYDrF for this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Bottle for this review. IMHO this is Deschutesí crowning achievement--and they donít make a single bad beer. Obsidian doesnít reach up and grab your nose--it goes straight to your tongue. Roast coffee and chocolate go straight in, and the hops finish nicely on the back of the palate. Exquisite on nitro at the pub in Bend; itíll become your new religion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Dark brown pour with red accents. Huge tan head. Aromas are of chocolate and roasty malts. Slightly oxidized hint in there, too, unfortunately. But, thatís what I get for waiting too long to drink it! Flavors of soft mocha, coffee, and roast malts blend very well. Finishes dry and coffee-like. Very good. I hope this is available here in OH soon!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5960) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Black as the volcanic ash found at the Newberry Volcano Center near Bend, Oregon (which Iíve been to) which this beer is named after. Prominent, off-white head, decent lacing. Dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted marshmallows make up the aroma. The delectable aromas carry over to the flavor as well with some licorice notes added in there as well in the back end. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. A most enjoyable little stout from one of my lately favorite breweries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2678) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Pours pitch black in color. Has a really nice roasty chocolate aroma. Very nice balance of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Very nice, strong bitter roasted finish. Good quality stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Perfectly pitch black color, and an impressive, towering, flowering cocoa-tan head that maintains itís majesty for some time before tumbling down. Aroma: deep, rich, roasty, bitter, and invigorating. Taste: remarkably flavorful, mouth-filling, and complex. Warm, tingling, tantalizing. This one feels good in the mouth, and slips down remarkably easy. Puts me in mind of an oatmeal stout, but Iím not sure it is one.Long, lovely, lively finish. A very impressive, solid, satisfying stout, this one. I find myself scratching at the roof of my brain trying to find new, further ways to describe itís excellence. If I lived in Oregon, this would get a lot of business from me!

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