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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1104   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 Pours black with nose of chocolate and coffee. Smokey and coffeish. I’d drink this again. Less sweet than the Deschutes Porter, so I like this one better. Re-rate gives this a two tenths bump up

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Nice dark color, a smoky aroma and flavor. Its more like a smoked porter almost than a stout, and this prevailing smoky-roastedness is what keeps it from being truly top notch.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1190) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Deep garnet body and a foamy tan head, lots of lacing. Lots of coffee and chocolate in there, but nothing to distinguish it from the myriad other stouts out there.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1395) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2005
On Tap at Deschutes Brewpub: Dark in color with a light brown frothy head (like a latte) that wouldn’t die with sticky lacing. Aroma and taste was chocolaty charcoal and the body was thin. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a huge, thick picturesque tan head. Very nice, rich roasty mocha aroma. Pretty sweet. Flavor has notes of roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Roasty finish. Not that complex but tasty. Medium bodied with a very smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Very nice stout.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackbocracken (36) - Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Taste is similar to their porter, although drier and with a hoppier kick at the end. Mouthfeel is thick and almost oily. More alcoholic warming than their porter as well. Better winter brew, I think.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Airy aroma that is slightly roasty and slightly yeasty as well. Very dry body, loaded with bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Bitter finish, almost puckering with some warming as well. Too dry and bitter for me.. Good, but definitely not great. I have a feeling this beer gets extra points because it’s a Deschutes product...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2005
I must have really deleted more ratings than I thought--I keep running across beers that I know I’ve rated. I like this one. Deep, deep tarry brown, verging on black with caramel-colored head. Strong roasted barley aroma with some milk chocolate and light coffee. Slightly acidic, but delightfully creamy body. Slightly fatty and sweet somewhat befitting an oatmeal stout, which I presume this is not--not a bad thing though. Incisive, nondestracting bitterness alloyed with mid- to light-roasty notes. Finishes with a glowing, melding, well-balanced feel. A consistently good stout and better than the more famous porter from this brewery.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle. Pours out black in color with a nice, large light brown head. Great lacing is left behind. Nicely done in aroma with roasted grain and sweeter chocolate aromas. Medium bodied which would be my only fault on this beer, it just didn’t seem to have the heft I was wanting. Roasted grain, chocolate and a bit of coffee in flavor. Nicely balanced with hop bitterness. Nicely done.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (3951) - Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Bottle. Medium sized tan head that was mostly lasting, fair lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation and a black hue. Malt and chocolate aroma. Malty, roasty, coffee and some chocolate in the flavor. Smooth palate. Medium body. Nicely done.


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