Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


on tap

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RATINGS: 1342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Very dark, nearly black color with a medium sized tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with tinges of coffee and chocolate. Definitely a mouthful to drink with strong malt flavors, good bitterness, rich flavors and a satisfyingly long finish. World class stout by anyone’s standards

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2005
a strong chocolate scent with a trace of bitter grassy hops waft off of the solid black body with its thick foamy head. a progression of flavors starting with heavily roasted coffee, giving way to some sweet chocolates,and ending with a bitter grassy hop bite. in terms of texture, the smooth and creamy mouthfeel was excellent. unfortunately, the aftertaste was rather sour and the bitter hops were the taste that lingered behind, rather than the coffee or chocolate, as i would have preferred.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle, rating from old notes. Dark opaque pour. Huge coffee aroma. Roasted malty flavor, more roasted coffee, and a noted small but there hop presence. Somewhat bitter end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2005
On nitro @ Archer Ale House. Great tan head that lasts and lasts and lasts. Aroma of roasted coffe and chocolate. Very full and rich flavor, with hints of caramel, massive chocolate and a slight bitter tinge of black coffee. There are hops here, but on nitro the hop flavor is very subdued. If you can get this brew on nitro, you must! It adds a whole new dimension to a well crafted stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Black color with a tan head around the edges. Mild coffee aroma. Full rich body. Very smooth. Bitter coffee flavor that lingers. Nice Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Aroma of roasted malts, mainly chocolate. Black body witha creamy tan head. Had a rich roasted chocolate flavor that was good for the palate. Agood stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2960) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2005
Opaque jet with a wormy dark and light brown, creamy head that formed good lacing. Floral aroma from both hops and esters mingle to make a candy/gummi bear aroma that changes into a creamy and meaty dark malt aroma. The flavour is also creamy with plenty of roasted malt and quite a bit of coffee accent and pear notes. It tastes a little salty, but not unpleasantly so, and the roasted coffee flavour lingers. Medium to full body with a lasting bitterness from the dark malt. Medium carbonation. Excellent stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 27, 2005
12 oz bottle. Thick rich pour that yeilded a light brown head. Roasted aromas. Body is medium to heavy with a sweet malty taste. Nice mix of chocolate and coffee kicked up with a relaxing mix of hops. Creamy and smooth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2005
From notes taken at the Southwest Beer Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona: Had on draft. Black with a creamy beige head. Aroma of malt and chocolate. Flavors of coffee and dark chocolate with some licorice. Slight to more bitter finish. Smooth and creamy and not too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2005
Bottle poured black with a nice chocolate head. Aroma and flavor of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Easy drinking.

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