Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1145   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Pitch-black, small head. Okay, this bottle was bought about four months ago, so this *MIGHT* be a distorted rating, but it seemed a little off. It was an okay stout with the standard roasted coffee flavor, but there was definitely some sourness to it that didn't fit in and lingered in the finish. Or maybe the bar was set too high by last night's Siberian Night Imperial...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Good roasted barley presence. Dry, bitter finish with notes of chocolate, slight soy in the nose. Bit nutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Tan, frothy head. Sticks around for a while. The aroma is fairly bland, a little bit of malt. Sweet malty flavor. Soft mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2003
A deep brown/black with a off white head. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and nuts. The flavor is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and nuts. A very nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2003
Thanks to Gregory for this bottle. Very good stout. Nice robust roasted flavor. Poured jet black. This is a keeper!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 3, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 One of my favorites, although I haven't had it since leaving Seattle. Smooth creamy texture with a dry, strong crisp flavor. Enjoyed right out of fridge and closer to room temp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2853) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2003
Jet black colour with a small & creamy mocha head. Aroma of burnt coffee, bitter chocolate and warm alcohol. Nice, smooth body with a pleasant creaminess. More bitter coffee & chocolate in the flavour. A very good quality stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
(8Mar2003--draft) What the hell is wrong with this stuff? Almost a pour, but alas, I had no sink handy. Nitro-priming was the first sign of trouble. Pours with a thick, synthetic head. Opaque. Roasty, oddly alcoholic aroma. The same roasty, oddly alcoholic notes dominated the flavor. The best analogy I can concoct is chocolate liqueur. I think there is a definite problem here with fusel alcohols.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Alot of roasted malt comes through on this one. Has a coffee taste and an aroma of roasted malt. Very good stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Extremely creamy head. Nice average stout with hint of roasted malts and a hint of hops. Not an overpowering stout, and surprisingly easy to drink.

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