Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1190   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 12 oz bottle from Roths Grocery. Roasted coffee, toffee, licorice aroma. Very nice. Full roasty flavor, chocolatey but subdued chocolate. Great balance between malts and hops. Very nice lingering hoppy aftertaste. This is a great American Stout and a very good price!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2006
12 oz. bottle from OhioDad via a recent trade. pour is a near black with a creamy tan head. head is still a 1/4 of an inch thick after 10 minutes! aroma is of roasted malts, flavor is heavily coffee and roasted malts. slightly oily without a lot of carbonation. nice stout! thanks Scott.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. The aroma is quite roasty with some caramel and even a hint of smoke. The flavor is also very roasty with an occasional hint of chocolate and a slightly smoky, ashy finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Big hiss is well met with a frothy and deep tan head that’s 3/4" thick. Below it lies an opaque and midnight brown body. Aroma ejects singed marshmallows, ash, lactic dark chocolate, smoldered s’mores, soggy cocoa puffs and mocha cappuccinos. Deciduously dry and bitter flavor. Espresso grinds latch on and punch caffeinated holes in the mouth’s outer realm for the sake of aeration. Dark chocolate, cocoa beans and arid mocha torte line the tongue like the bottom realm of tiramisu, and then it’s tickled by a matchstick. Warming vibes and an acutely dry tongue sweep keep the well-rehearsed number at rising star status. Hard crushed mocha beans with a lick of burnt french torte crust come through in the finish. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11061) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Bottle at Old Chicago in Billings, MT. Black color with a huge frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy roasted coffee dark chocolate aroma. Full body with a creamy texture. Heavy roasted balanced bitter sweet flavor with a medium sweet roasted coffee of long duration. This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeaman (16) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2006
very good stout. like a cup of dark starbucks +truffle lacing+toffie. fantastic all the way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 Re-sampling - Thin body but very rich, complex roasted malt body. Heavy on the bitter chocolate and roasted espresso bean. Finishes with a strong roasted coffee profile. A great everyday stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Bottle. After trying it agaian after a long time, I think it is much better than I remembered. Full flavored and medium to full bodied this is a great stout that does not make a meal in itself. It pours black with a nice head. Aromas are dominated by chocolate andf malts, more of that in the flavor department with hops added for balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Fresh beets, peanut butter, burnt wood, more peanut butter. Pours with a huge, delicious brown head. Taste is very nutty, kinda rough, lactose shows up with burnt peanut butter (chunky), slight lemon maybe. A pretty unique tasting stout, IMO, with the strong peanut presence that I’ve never really seen before. A very fine offering, and my first from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Bottle. Pours an opaque black brown, with a rocky/lacy brown head. The aroma has all the stuff I look for: coffee, chocolate, roasty malt, and just a bit of vanilla. The body is medium full with light carbonation, and a creamy/oily mouthfeel. The taste starts lighlty sweet with the same elements as found in the nose. The finish is hoppily bitter with some coffee and a bite of burnt toast.

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