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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1342   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudsmeister (75) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Pours a nice dark with quickly diminishing head. Reminds me immediately of Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout, only a little more watery. Coffee and chocolate are there. A pretty good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19119) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007
Black color; thin creamy head. Coffeish aroma. Silky mouthfeel, good body, good flavors (caramel, roasted malt, chocolate malt, sweet liquorice); quite sweet. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Bottles from Dirty_Martini and BlackForestCO. Black body with a medium-sized, tan head that fades to a cover. The aroma is lightly sweet with a good dose of molasses and cola, some chocolate and roast in there as well. The flavor is just lightly sweet with dark chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee and a touch of dark fruits. Medium body is moderately carbonated and is a bit thin, especially in the finish. Finish is dry with a lingering presence of baker’s chocolate. Nice.

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 (81) - 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!


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