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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Very solid stout. Nothing that will knock your socks off but right up there. Lots of roasty yumminess

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cstuartj (1019) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2004
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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1527) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2004
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2004
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2004
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lunan (2) - Bend, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2004 does not count
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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2004
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.


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