Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1161   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Pours as black as black can be, with a dark tan, pillowy head that you would expect from an imperial. Nose is heavily of roasted coffee, and cedar hops, faint chocolate. Palate is a lively carbonation with an almost chewy, creamy texture and medium-full body. Maybe a little more carbonated than I would like. The roasted coffee is still very prominent (moreso than some coffee Iíve had!), with a dark chocolate flavor showing through. A moderate hop bitterness balances the stout well. Finishes with the bitter sweet chocolate taste and the hop bitterness showing heavily through. This reminds me a lot of a small imperial without the alcohol taste and without the complexity. The only thing I think this beer really lacks is some other malt flavor to back up the chocolate and roasted coffee. Nonetheless, one of the most interesting stouts you will try; and definitely at least worth the try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2006
This oneís among my 10 favorites. Chewy stout goodness, with coffee and chocolate notes. I have a tough time comparing Obsidian to other stouts. It has the body of some lesser Imperial Stouts, but less bitter and without a pronounced alcohol bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
The aroma offered by this beer consists of roasted nuts, chocolate, and coffee. This black beer settles under a decent brown head. This thick beer surrounds the tongue. It introduces itself with the taste of chocolate that soon turns to a coffee taste. The aftertaste is a mild almond taste that lingers well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAR 2, 2006
Bottle. Bottle conditioned. Pours relatively thick and black. Canít see through it at all when held up to the light. ~1 in. dark tan head that sticks around a little while and then laces. A little coffee in the nose. Really nice flavor - a good bit of bitterness with a robust malt backbone. Definitely some coffee flavors and some roastiness. Rich, medium bodied mouthfeel. A very drinkable and very enjoyable stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate and nut. Pour was black with a tan head. Flavor was just as advertised in the nose with a nice bitterness to remind you stouts arenít for sissies!! Palate was medium thickness and smooth. Overall a nice treat from the west.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twcguy (32) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
Deep, dark stout. Little head retention .Chocolate and coffee, acidic bitterness. May need time to mellow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Dark black in color with low head that disappears quick. low bubbles and some hard lacingA nice a complex mixture of dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and nicely roasted coffee. Palate is nicely bittered and full flavored with fantastic texture. The flavors are heavy on the chocolate side, with some really intense roast flavours coming on through. Really nice bitter chocolate aftertaste.Good strong stout from a damn good producer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2006
For the life of me I canít wrap around what makes a dry stout different from a regular stout different from a labbelled-sweet-but-not-actually-all-that-sweet-st So, you know, this was a really tasty stout. Lots of chocolate and cocoa both combined with a mellow roasted acidity and a tinge of astringent walnuts. Some small amounts of dark fruit, but not enough to detract, and a creamy, full mouthfeel. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2006
Used motor oil with a creamy light brown head, leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells like Jamocha ice cream as Baskin Robbins... Baking cocoa, berries, strong coffee...nice. Sweet, slightly roasty with a cotton candy sweet middle fading to a strong roasted malt finish, dry, mineral salt aftertaste. IMO feels a bit thin for a stout but still quite good. Thank you BuckDich!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2007 Pours midnight brown w/ a medium sized, semi cremy spattered froth. Head retention is average receding to a bubbly ring. Itís a little sticky. Aroma of perfectly malted bitter cocoa. Medium full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. Flavors of bitter chocolate are forward developing into a mild roast component. Itís a very flavorful, smooth, and mellow stout. The finish is bittered perfectly w/ a mild hop factor while the malts seem to linger a bit. Great balance. Highly recommended.

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