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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1147   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (548) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2014
12 oz bottle. Thanks Jason! The pour is a nice dark black and a touch of ruby around the edge with a medium dark khaki head and some light lacing. The aroma is big and full. There is a nice roasty maltiness to go along with great chocolate and coffee aromas. This definitely doesn't smell like a normal stout. The flavor is nice and roasty. There is a great chocolate and coffee presence, and it's just a very solid beer. The mouth feel is thick and viscous. Nice and creamy with good coating and a great carbonation. The aftertaste is lingering and roasty. This is a great stout! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewGoblin (261) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
Deschutes don’t play. I have never had a bad beer from them. They definitely have great quality control. This one is another classic, it doesn’t stun the shit out of me but it delivers on it’s simple promise. Bliggity blacker than a Chris Rock special but not enough head to get Bill Clinton in trouble. A stink-boom of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and burnt bread. Taste is that too with enough hops sting to hold the fort down. Nothing wrong here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hockey9930 (80) - - MAY 19, 2014
Pours black with tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet dark malts, a little roasted coffee and cocoa. Taste is bitter sweet like dark chocolate with roasted coffee. Lingering dark chocolate after a sip. Heavy bodied and moderately creamy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (229) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
355 ml bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavour is sweet with roasted malt, chocolate a hint of licorice and a dry, bitter coffee finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
a_sully (106) - - MAY 18, 2014
Nice deep rich taste tastes lightly bitter taste but refreshing on the palate. Would pair well with pizza. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (918) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2014
At my place with Taylor on a Friday night while trying to figure out what to do. Pours is black with huge grey cream head the drops to a film. Aroma is roasted malt that is on the leathery side, paper, slight stout tang. Taste is big stout tang, leather cardboard, roasted malt. Finish is kinda quick, and all of the bad flavors go away.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jur (260) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle @ home from WholeFoods SF Pours opaque blackish brown, modest beige head. Smells like iced espresso, cacao not chocolate. Bit sweetish, light sour. Very straight stout, balanced, crème caramel, hint of rye, dry finish. Not heavy, as souts can be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreamflower (567) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
On tap at JL Beers in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Creamy head, dark rich, coffee with a hint of chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4635) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Courtesy of umich03jm

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy dark chocolate, lighter espresso, roasted malt, light anise, burnt notes, and a hint of smoke. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a large creamy tan head that has great retention. There is a lot of thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. I rarely give 5’s for appearance, but this beer probably deserves one. The flavor starts with a quick dose of dark chocolate with a hint of dark fruit. The finish has moderate black coffee, burnt notes, roasted malt, light anise, and pine. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1145) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2014
12fl oz BB 06/08/14 Pours a near-opaque black beer with a thick creamy persistent espresso-like head. Moderately intense nose; bitter chocolate, licorice, burnt nutiness, roast grain, with a good whack of hop citrus and resiny spice. Full bodied, nice chewy maltiness, restrained carbonation. Nice smooth, lengthy palate, packed full of roasted malts, dark chocolate, nuts, rich toffee and spicy citrus hops. Finishes with a decent bitterness, roast character lingers. Very nice, class act really.


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