Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


on tap

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RATINGS: 1345   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Pours an ominous black color with light brown head. Head fades fairly quickly but leaves amazing amount of circular lacings. Big bold slightly bitter coffee flavor that smooths into dark chocolate. Bought some by mistake, there were two bottes in a different descutes six-pack. Stouts arenít really at the top of my favorites list but I enjoyed this one. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3869) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Bottled. Pours like dark brown oil with a tan head including hints of red. Aroma of dusty bittersweet chocolate. Flavour was more chocolate, some hops and even a hint of smoke. Nice, busy beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Bottle. Pours almost black and totally opaque. The head is dark tan, short and sturdy. It holds up for a couple of minutes but eventually gives way to nice lacing. Aroma is very chocolaty with some coffee and dark fruit. Taste is solid roasted malts with quite a bit of sweetness balanced out by a higher than average hops load for the style. Palate is thick and firm with relatively low carbonation. This is a solid beer choice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Opaque black with a light brown head. Medium intense malted chocolate - nutty smell. Medium bodied and softly carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel. Taste is a strong, nicely bittersweet chocolate malt flavor. Finishes with a tasty hop burp. My favorite everyday stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Very nice stout. Fairly tight nose, but nice balanced between the malt and hop flavors. A bit of molasses and a hint of baking cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6170) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2008
On nitro. Black with a 1 inch velvet head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt and a touch of hop bitterness. Flavors of roasted malts and chocolate malt with secondary notes of maple and brown sugar. Creamy and smooth. A very nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a lovely cap of delightfully dark brown head. The aroma picked up sweeter chocolates and milky notes on top of darker roasted chocolates and coffee.. very well-balanced between the sweeter notes and the roasty darker ones. The flavor had sticky roasted coffee and dark chocolates at the core with mild earthy and coffee bitterness surrounding.. sweet chocolate and sour lactic notes laced throughout with grace.. caramel and molasses joined the coffee on the finish.. tasty! Medium-bodied, and it gets to be a bit tacky at times on the palate.. nice roast and a sticky finish. Overall a very good beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle thanks to BuckeyeBoy. Tastes like a big roasty chocolate covered cherry. Chocolate and cherry are really what this is all about. A bit sweet up front, but well balanced. Not really bitter or hoppy at all. Slight hints of licorice and molasses. Wonderfully smooth and slick palate. Kinda a poor manís Kalamazoo Stout, which is FAR from an insult. Very well done beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Bottles from many over time. Black, with no head, oily. Plenty of chocolate up front fades to coffee. Flavor much the same. Coffee takes over through the middle and dominates from there out. Body thins out at times. Just not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Chocolatey and smooth. Itís like a Black Butte but with a bit more alcohol to it, and chewy feel in the mouth. A very nice stout.

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