kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very solid stout. Nothing that will knock your socks off but right up there. Lots of roasty yumminess
cstuartj (1019) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 One of my favorite everyday beers, and a meddle winner at the Great American Beer Fest. I never seem to tire of this stout. Midnight black, and thick with only a slight deep tan head is the pour. The smell is deep and earthy, with plenty of roast and fine coffee coming through. Let this one stand for a few minutes before testing the nose and you will be rewarded. A deep coffee roast and then fruit and hops hit the palette early, finishes dry and warm, thick lacing is all youíll soon have in your glass as this one is hard to leave on the counter. If you donít have a Stone Imperial Stout handy or donít want to spend the extra for one then pour yourself a couple of these and you wonít be disappointed
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Obsidian sits in the glass a used oil black color with a firm pinky high head of light brown hue, turns a bit crusty as it fades and leaves a very thin skim on top and thin whispy sheets of lace stick.
Aroma has a soft bakers chocolate and a good load of dry coffee thats well rounded and quite roasty, nearly burnt. Taste is quite roasty as well, burntish dark malts, slight coffee tone, slight bittering, all gaining a bit more in the finish which is nice. Finish builds with an overall burntness with touches of coffee and bitterness, turning dry and fading off slowly leaving more bittering coffee notes and later still, some chocolate. Nice finisher. Feel is just past medium body, nearly full with a solid carbonation and pretty strong with its drying efforts where burntness and coffee sensations really take hold. A solid stout, not what I'd call a super drinker with more then I like for burntness and coffee drying, but very nice to let settle and sip.
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black, black and black. Definitely smooth in character, although its mouthfeel is similar to an imperial stout. Incredibly roasty body under one of the darkest brown heads I've seen in a beer. Probably just one will do ya.
Darkover (1527) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate with a little roastiness. Flavor of chocolate, the dark swiss 70% kind. Bitter chocolate finish. Body is smooth and thick. Good stuff.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2004 Pours with a medium tan head. Roasted malt nose. Chocolate malt body, very smokey and sweet after taste. I like this one.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stout pours with a balck body topped by a thick tan head with lots of lacing. The aroma is bitter, very roasty and malty with notes of licorice and a very slight coffee note. The flavor is slightly sweet but mostly bitter and malty with roasty notes, a slight note of coffee and a very slight licorice note. Full bodied and smooth with a very slight dryness.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours very dark brown, almost black, with a nice light brown head that is retained. Aroma is quite delicious with notes of sweet malt, roasted nuts and coffee. Quite nice depth to the aroma. Flavor is thick and multi-layered with flavors of coffee and sweet malt. Very nice smokey finish. This is very good stout.
Lunan (2) - Bend, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tasted this directly from the Deschutes Brewery from tap... Nice malty, sweet, nutty/chocolate/carmel flavor, has nice hop aroma. Nicely carbonated and drinks smooth. Slightly too bitter after-taste for me. But still a Great Stout. Could have slightly more body for my liking. I have lived in Bend for five years and this is the first time I have tried it. I will be drinking a lot more of this in the future!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was malty and expresso,very small head, roasted malt sweeted with a date like aftertaste, alittle thin, described as chewy on the bottle, I didn't think so, a nice beer to get someone started on stouts.