Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


on tap

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RATINGS: 1190   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
RhetoricalAns (368) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle. Midnight black pour with a tall foamy dark-tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, some wood / earth notes. Taste has lots of chocolate, some coffee, roasted malt. Nice heavy body. Very nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BRiddoch (11) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2014
12 Oz. Bottle poured into a frosty mug. Pours like 40 weight oil with a nice thick, dark head. Smells of coffee and licorice. Nice sweet flavor that has a nice lingering aftertaste. Found this 6 pack of 12 Oz. bottles and a local market. I’m going back for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (3548) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Hoppy and fruity smell with dark malts, chocolate and some coffee. Similar taste. Nice and malty, flavourfull beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8908) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Joes. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, lightly roasty, raisins, lightly earthy, lightly ash. Taste malts, lightly roasty, a hint of coffee, pretty bitter, a touch of liquorice. Decent body, decent carbonation. Pretty damn good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (4288) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle @benzai shared by Joes. Pitch black colour with a medium sized brown head. Smells coffee, sweet, roasty. Tastes sweet, roasty, chocolate, coffee. Medium body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benderone (47) - FRANCE - SEP 24, 2014
Bouteille 33cl, DLUO légérement dépassée (25.08.14), dégustée dans un teku. Léger col de mousse beige, carbonation moyenne. Nez: caramel/sucre céréales rôties, café, réglise. Idem en bouche, bcp de corps, excellente plénitude, amertume moyenne et astringeante. m’évoque le royal porter de chez nomada en moins chaud/alcoolisé. bon breuvage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2562) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2014
12 oz. bottle viscously poured to a Czech-pils glass, showing a black/brown hue with enough clarity to show the rush of bubbly effervescence from the base, a billowy, brownish tan head that gradually formed a creamy, mousse-like hat, and thick, ribbons & spots of clingy lacing. The nose was roasted, malty, with cocoa, a bit of coffee, and light woodiness. Medium bodied, the taste contributed a medium hop bitterness that was earthy, dry, and included some lingering charred & tannic astringency. Carbonation was okay, but expended a good deal of it’s liveliness on the opening act. A solid, flavorful Stout, nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eruizgarcia (222) - - SEP 19, 2014
One of the prettiest pours I?ve had, black with a luxurious head like mousse. Dark roasted coffee and cocoa in a surprisingly light body. Could be more complex. A better version of Guiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
egg (98) - USA - SEP 18, 2014
Bottle on 9/18/14. Pours pitch black. Nice, tight, silky light tan head. Nose is faint dark roasted malts, dark chocolate but not much else. Taste bitter dark chocolate, dark malt, a dash metallic, burnt wood at the end. Not noticeably sweet. Some sweetness would be nice to balance out the burnt and bitter taste I’m left with. Thin mouthfeel, dry. Maybe its the bottle I got but this seems pretty middle of the road to me. Was looking for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2291) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle: I’d say the name is accurate... Obsidian, charcoal colored body with a soft, velvety mocha head that grows nice & large before slowly trending downward leaving lots of splotchy, sticky lacing behind. Lovely balance of roast & sweetness on the nose. Slightly milky, bittersweet cocoa nibs, burnt caramel, a hint of roasted barley, light brown sugar, & I get a moderately sweet cookie dough aspect that I love. More of a roast punch on the flavor; roasted malt, faint char, blackened coffee beans, adding a touch of bitterness but never losing the sweet, tame undercoat. Dark chocolate, a touch of faint milkiness, burnt brown sugar in small amounts. A tiny bit of anise lingering in the finish with a big aftertaste of slight smoke, roasted malts, & dark chocolate covered coffee beans. I would like a little thicker of a mouth feel, but it still has a decent amount of creaminess. Overall, a very nice stout to have around the house.

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