Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1281   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 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1763) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2005
On Tap at Deschutes Brewpub: Dark in color with a light brown frothy head (like a latte) that wouldn’t die with sticky lacing. Aroma and taste was chocolaty charcoal and the body was thin. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a huge, thick picturesque tan head. Very nice, rich roasty mocha aroma. Pretty sweet. Flavor has notes of roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Roasty finish. Not that complex but tasty. Medium bodied with a very smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Very nice stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackbocracken (36) - Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Taste is similar to their porter, although drier and with a hoppier kick at the end. Mouthfeel is thick and almost oily. More alcoholic warming than their porter as well. Better winter brew, I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Airy aroma that is slightly roasty and slightly yeasty as well. Very dry body, loaded with bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Bitter finish, almost puckering with some warming as well. Too dry and bitter for me.. Good, but definitely not great. I have a feeling this beer gets extra points because it’s a Deschutes product...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2005
I must have really deleted more ratings than I thought--I keep running across beers that I know I’ve rated. I like this one. Deep, deep tarry brown, verging on black with caramel-colored head. Strong roasted barley aroma with some milk chocolate and light coffee. Slightly acidic, but delightfully creamy body. Slightly fatty and sweet somewhat befitting an oatmeal stout, which I presume this is not--not a bad thing though. Incisive, nondestracting bitterness alloyed with mid- to light-roasty notes. Finishes with a glowing, melding, well-balanced feel. A consistently good stout and better than the more famous porter from this brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle. Pours out black in color with a nice, large light brown head. Great lacing is left behind. Nicely done in aroma with roasted grain and sweeter chocolate aromas. Medium bodied which would be my only fault on this beer, it just didn’t seem to have the heft I was wanting. Roasted grain, chocolate and a bit of coffee in flavor. Nicely balanced with hop bitterness. Nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4508) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Bottle. Medium sized tan head that was mostly lasting, fair lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation and a black hue. Malt and chocolate aroma. Malty, roasty, coffee and some chocolate in the flavor. Smooth palate. Medium body. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thoreaubred (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 Though Deschutes beers are a little too sweet for me, this one is pretty nice and smooth, with a nice roasted flavor. Not my favorite stout but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Bottle at the Crow’s Nest outside Denali Nat’l Park. Pours beautifully with a big cascade that settles into a big rocky top. There’s a big nose of currant and sugar which carries to the flaovrs ... wood and bitterly fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Very dark, nearly black color with a medium sized tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with tinges of coffee and chocolate. Definitely a mouthful to drink with strong malt flavors, good bitterness, rich flavors and a satisfyingly long finish. World class stout by anyone’s standards

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