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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2005
dark, murky beer. small head with slight release of gasses. creamy and smooth and rather earthy, with strong tastes of malt and toast. chocolate and hops, nuts, and some hints of dried fruit/plums. pretty well rounded for a dark stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2005
black appearance with no head...smooth palate...aroma of nuts and roasted malts with a touch of chocolate and coffee...flavor has some sweet notes in it, as well as chocolate coffee, and nuts

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (6123) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
Bottled. Black with a beige head. Nutty and burnt nose. Dry, fresh and nutty flavour.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2004
This beer pours a dark brown to black color with a thick carbonated brown/tanned head...absolutely massive! It dissipates rather quickly and left little lacing. The aroma is strong and enticing. Surprisingly complex aroma with strong hops, citrusy notes, nuts, cotton, wood, twigs, cocoa and chocolate. The flavor is surprisingly equally complex. There’s almost a little trace presence of alcohol in the finish with a thick chocolate tongue coating front and a slight bittersweet hop and butterscotch syrupy finish. Definitely a wood/nutty type deal going on here that makes this beer truly interesting. Full bodied, light carbonation, and truly one of the best stouts I’ve tried to date...though it’d be unfair to admit that I really do love stouts. Fairly wet finish for a stout, medium to low carbonation. Candy sugar and nut finish with a hint of cotton candy. Very impressive and surprising beer...id like to get more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1431) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Nice, rich stout. Simplistic to a degree, but very pleasant and enjoyable. It has initial flavor and it has a finish and the only reason I’m putting these few words that take this above and beyond the tiny sentence submitted by one rater with thousands of ratings is to bypass the 75 character minimum, okay?

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Dark chocolate brown colour. small dark frothy head. robust roasted malt nose. thin chocolate and coffee taste

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Opaque black pour, small tan/light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and dry chocolate, very rich, slight alcohol. Burnt malt flavor, with some light coffee tones, some chocalte comes through. Long bitter chocolate finish. Rich feel, rich body. Will buy again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Another beer from Gromit...Pours opaque no light seeping through even around the egdes..BIg roasted malt flavors here that are joined by a good dose of hops...Slights hints of chocolate arise toward the finish...Good solid Stout

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Deep chestnut brown body, medium/thin clumping tan head. Black malt aroma with roasted coffee and piney hops. Surprisingly hoppy body (of the pine cone variety) adds a spicy character to the black malts, coffee, and roast. The black malts impart just a hint of dark fruit. The hops are an unusual twist; I think the same hops are used in Victory Storm King. Thanks Bill (batkins) for the bottles!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rogueminded (41) - Newport, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2004
roasted flavor. poors black, nice tan head. Perfect for camping or outdoor festivels. Smooth, but seems to jump from level to level. Interesting brew. Worth trying.


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