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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

bottled
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RATINGS: 1317   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle, pours a dark black with a one finger dark tan head that drifts to a whispy covering, good lacing. Pleasing aroma of roasted/burnt malts, chocolate, and fresh ground coffee. Flavor has a nice roast, and more chocolate; slightly lingering toastiness. Palate is full and creamy, medium carbonation. This is a nice stout!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 Bottle. Dark, rich brown with a rich and creamy tan head. Roasted mocha aroma. Has a nice little bite to it. Great flavor with hints of roasted chocolate. Smooth and creamy but not heavy. Really enjoyable - I wish I had another one to drink today.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lb4lb (2582) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2013 Black oily pour with a fluffy tan head. Rich roasty and chocolate smell mostly, with some coffee, graham cracker, and tobacco and ash. As one rater noted, it was nice and roasty without any burnt smells (or tastes). Taste was beautiful on first sip. Creamy, chocolately, perfectly bittersweet roasty goodness with a nice amount of hop bitterness. Perfectly light to medium carbonation, and an solid slightly thick mouthfeel and flavor. Goes down easily and smooth, and leaves me wanting more. Fantastic stout and very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2007
Near black with nice tan head. Aroma is coffee and roasted malts. Smooth and creamy with nice coffee and choclate flavour. Nice rich malts throughout with a toasty presence.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lipscomb216 (80) - USA - SEP 9, 2007
Damn fine beer. Perfect effort by Deschutes. Smooth going down, not cloying on the tongue or leaving any nasty aftertaste. Chocolate flavors, coffee smells, enjoy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
piddleness (5) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2007 does not count
You can sample 50+ stouts from U.S. producers and not find a major contender like this one. Way to go Deschutes by not getting to big to make absolutely fabulous beers. This beer’s roast dominate character is so well integrated it’s scarry. Big roast (not burnt charcoal) flavors dominate, but are balanced with serious carmel notes and a dollop of chocolate. Bitterness sits at medium grade and roughens the back palate. So, so nice. A must taste or hell drink a 6’er while you’re at it.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2007
A pretty decent stout. I wasn’t expecing much but it was a good surprise. LOTS of flavor and DARK. I will buy this one again.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/13/1996
Mode: Draft
Source: corvalis pizza joint

black, whispy tan head, rich roasted chocolate aroma, rich roasted flavor followed by a strong chocolate finish, medium body
-------- /> Date: 10/17/1998
Source: Brewfest
Score: ii+ to ii
Words: Bottle Conditioned
Words: Real Ale Festival

black, whispy tan head, rich roasted aroma, hint of chocolate, rich roasted flavor followed by a chocolate finish, medium body

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Score: *4
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Icommonsewer (124) - TUCSON, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2007
this stout has a harsh bitter character that overwhelms the taste buds... there is a late bite on the palate that is displeasing as well

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robforbes (2129) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2007
black with medium size khaki head. smell of roasted malt, cocoa, whiff of coffee. nicely bitter, smooth, taste of dark cocoa, the cocoa taste hides the alcohol extremely well, you can just taste a little bit on the back-end. very, very, nice stout, deschutes did well with this one.


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