Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


on tap

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RATINGS: 1195   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2003 Stout is my favorite style. This one pays a great hommage to the style. Pitch black color, sweet and stout smell. Chocolate and slight coffee taste. Very smooth aftertaste, not too bitter like some stouts. Very drinkable. I like this beer especially because it is readily available in my area and not too expensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3403) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2006 Black, small lasting brown head. Great roasty nose and flavor with a bitter burnt but dry malt end. Good body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcalbi (378) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Ink black with a tall and void filled tan head. Aromas of sweet dark chocolate and raisins. Flavor of powdered hot chocolate mixwith a somewhat grainy mouthfeel and a pronounced initial sharpness that settles and smooths as it passes down the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 black black! double dose of fricken' black!...tan head subsided and left a ring around the collar...aroma shouted BURNT!, ROASTED!, subtle coffee bean & fudge brownie...blackened coffee bean 'special' brownie, especially baked for your pleasure...roasted coffee bean was such a pleasing 'hello' that I double-taked it's presence...Damn fine..Coffee lovers unite...this is the beer for you, as long as you like it black, as I do, and not with all that cream and sugar panzy style!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Black color, silky foamy head, sweet malty aroma, coffee sweet chocolate flavors, some hop biternes, finishes sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2002
This beer rocks. The aroma is of heavily roasted malt, roasted nuts and very dark chocolate. There are also a few floral notes in the nose which provide a hint of the flavor that is still yet to come. The color is black. Total and complete black. I held the pint glass up to a very strong halogen lamp and still nothing but black. Actually, I thought I saw yeast particles floating in there, but it may have simply been the slow rising light brown bubbles which eventually form the beer’s medium-sized, creamy head. Excellent lacing. Up front, the flavor is of heavily roasted malt, roasted coffee and obscenely dark chocolate. Moderately bitter and pungent on the backside. Blasts of espresso and alcohol. Full-bodied with very lively carbonation and a creamy/fizzy mouthfeel. A long, bitter, crazy-dry finish. There wasn’t a sweet note found in my bottle. A stout man’s stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2002
porter and stout tasting ’02: pours black, off white head. fruity, roasty, nutty aroma. low carbo gives a nice mellow mouthfeel. malty dark chocolate flavours up front, some sligtht smoky nuttiness in the background. finish was more sweet and less hoppy than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1054) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2002
What a great beer. Thick and oily in the mouth, just what you’d expect and hope for after looking at the deep blackness and thick foam in your glass. Malty with a decisive hop bite. Bitter chocolate and fruity. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Black, opaque, impressive chocolate mousse foam. Nose is roasty but with some fruitiness for the style. Definitive dark chocolate and roastiness on the palate followed by mild hop bitterness and fruit in the second half. Pretty easy drinking for its style. Typical of several west coast stouts but not particularly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
Bottle. Black with a coffee brown head and a dark chocolate aroma. A thick rich body that screams roasted coffee. It leaves a long and sweet aftertaste. This is how I like my stouts.

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