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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Pours very dark black. Med. thin head with dark mocha foam. Slight Dark Malt aroma. Smokey taste, hops in the back. Tongue tingler!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Deep brown pour with a medium head. Aroma of sweet, milky chocolate and roasted malt. Very sweet flavor; chocolate and lactic with some dark fruits and roasted malt. Medium to heavy body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
runaway (78) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Pours dark brown with a thick dark caramel head. Aroma is rich and sweet. Flavor is sweet malty with chocolate, coffee, molasses notes. Good body, smooth finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 5, 2007
A good stout with big body and matching hops. Robust flavor. A nice Deschutes product.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Black as night with a moderate tan head. Very roasty flavor that leaves a bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2007
This was very approachable, yet not boring stout. I really enjoyed its moderate roastiness, and thought it very drinkable. It pours a slightly viscous black, with a fluffy tan (nude pantyhose colored) head formation of tiny bubbles. Aroma was light roastiness. Flavor was more roastiness with some good "burned pizza crust" character and some chocolate and coffee flavor notes. Slightly creamy, but definitely not an extremely thick stout. Highly drinkable. I had a roommate from OR who said that Deschutes was available in most gas stations & c-stores there...how wonderful that would be! Far from the biggest and baddest in this style, but very nice. Highly recommended. I bought this at Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO during a visit to attend the GABF.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle via trade with Jake65. Aroma of charred sweet caramel and toffee. Dark chocolate. Some fading hints of vanilla and alcohol. Pours dark, dark brown. Almost black with a thin khaki head. Flavor was quite dry with lots of roasted and charred malt. Come coffee and dry chocolate notes as well. Medium boded. Would have liked it to be richer and creamier on the palate. Thanks Jake!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Nutty with a hint of chocolate. Very smooth with only a little bit of a bitter finish. Overall a good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gauguin007 (11) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Pours color of old motor oil with attractive parchment tan head. This stout looks good and leaves a nice lace on the glass. Scent of bread, chocolate, toffee and pine tar, maybe some figs. Smooth mouthfeel w/ sharp bitterness. Flavor of ethiopian coffee and caramel chocolates. Big hop presence at the end but overall not overbearing and leaves you wanting more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Tasted alongside Lion Stout. Aroma of airy cocoa. Brown head frothy. Tastes of roast coffee, but not overpowering. More crisp and lively than Lion. Finishes slightly bitter


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