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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
Bottle from Iowaherkeye, thanks! Nice roast chocolate scent. Black with a tan head. Medium palate at best. Plenty of roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a tangy sort of finish. Not as good as I had expected.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2007
Bottle : Pours black and opaque with a thick brown creamy head. Tons or roasty coffee aroma and charcoal. Favor is rich with roasted barley. nice malt backbone but the burnt woody and dry coffee take over. Finishes semi dry and clean. Very nice house stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopDuvel99 (39) - Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2007
Dark ruby-brown with abundant, lasting light brown head. Aroma is roasty, malty, alcoholic, licorice. Full-bodied, foamy mouthfeel, roasty/hoppy flavor. Tasty, well-balanced, easy-to-drink. A finely-crafted stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25075) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2007
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours completely black and opaque with a dense, creamy, light brown head leaving laces. Very burned aroma. Medium body with a very smooth mouthfeel, distinct flavours of burned malt and a high degree of sweetness - this really comes close to a Sweet Stout. Burned, bitter finish. 290307

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2007
bottle split with Muenster. The pour is pretty black here with a lasting dark tan head. The aroma is spiritous with just a touch of hops. Notes of coffee, bourbon, and even some fruits, maybe apples, are present. The mouthfeel is just slightly viscous. Flavors of espresso are apparent along with that harsh, ashy, burnt oat taste Iím so fond of in stouts. Itís not a very sweet beer, but there is a substantial amount of fruity character like banana or apple. Finish is a bit ashy. Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2007
Bottle split with NachlamSie. Pours black, with a nice tan head, and some mysterious sediment at the bottom. Aroma is strong roast, with coffee beans, dark, musty fruit, and some mild hops. Flavor is nice roasty malt goodness with some bourbon and strong oaky notes. Nice stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2624) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2007
Medium statured tan head, good retention and a lovely stringy, coating lace that hangs. Black, opaque brew. Nose is grainy, roasty and fruity with light coffee notes too boot not to mention some tarry notes. Body is med/full, oily with a tangy touch. Nice roast flavors, coffee, citrus notes creeping threw, a hint of black patent and dark fruits. Finish is fairly dry and roasty. Another enjoyable Stout! Props to kenb for this one in a trade awhile ago.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Treephiend (58) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Pours black with tan head. Aroma is toasty and light. The flavor is what you expect from a stout. Chocolate coffee and roasted malts. Nothing stand out but very solid. Plus the flavor isnít as strong as many stouts and I actually like that. It lets you appreciate the subtilties a bit more I think.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Served in my delirium tremens tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a nice quarter inch head. Nice lacing and froth remains. Smell is roasted malts and cocoa bean. Taste is of bittering coffee bean. The mouthfeel is carbonated and medium in feel. A decent stout from an above average brewery. A good session beer that I would like to have on hand at all times.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2007
12 oz. bottle on 3/19/07 in Colorado. Pours black with a large deep tan head. Aroma is dark roasted and burnt coffee. Thick and full mouthfeel thatís smooth and satsfying. Dark caramel and molasses sweetness is balanced by a nice peppery bitterness. This a really nice everyday, easy drinking stout.


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