Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1231   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Brownish/black body with no head. Sharp aroma, alcohol and dark fruit. Malts, hops and chocolate dominate the flavor. Smooth ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zimmo (57) - Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA - NOV 29, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a slow forming head that starts off brown, finishes creamy tan almost guiness like. Sweet aroma, like freshly cut hay. Strong raosted coffee and malt flavors. Silky feel. Really good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Dark brown body with ruby highlights. Big roasted malt and dry grain aroma with big toasty notes. Big roast and yeast flavor and some toasty notes. Medium full body wtih moderately low carbonation. 7/4/8/4/14 - 3.8 11/29/2006: Sampled at the Richmond Beer Industry Gathering 2006. Dark black body with a small light brown head. Sweet coffee aroma. Sweet coffee flavor with some mild bitter in the end. 8/5/8/3/15 - 3.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Bottle poured black with a small tan head. Aroma to chocolate and coffee, with a tinge of toast. Full balanced taste, malt, chocolate, coffee, hops. Finish of a coffee with bittersweet chocolate, and a twist of banana at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
w0nderb0b (6) - Lacey, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2006 does not count
This beer holds a special place in my heart, i used to think drinking beer was about chugging yellow fizzy piss beer. I drank one of these, hated it at first, but kept drinkin it. here i am years later writing reviews on hella yummy brews. sigh. this beer is great, very dark in color and flavor (not to mention the head) can get it year round at the bars in olympia. has a very distinct roasted taste that i enjoy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2006
Bottled. Black with creamy head. Sweetish roasted aroma with coffee, leather and mint. Rich roasted flavor with coffee. Good malty and bitter-roasted finish. Very balanced with good maltiness and roastedness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2006
(07.26.06) 12 oz brown bottle from Liquid Solutions. 6.4% ABV. Roasted malt aroma. Best by 8/16/06. Roasted malt aroma. Poured opaque black with giant tan head. No discernable carbonation. Medium bodied that starts with light malt sweetness and roasted malt flavor. Finished dry with lingering hop bitterness. Some chalkiness in the mouth. Though rather monodimensional in the flavor department, this is a good drinkable stout with an edge toward bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iskirwan1 (66) - monument, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle.pours a very deep inky black with a large brown head.Aroma is deep with coffee,chocolate,burnt malts and a hint of licorce.taste is creamy coffee smoke and chocolate.meduim lacing and a burnt oak finish.Overall a very well rounded stout just wonderful

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Black body. Aroma is roasted coffee with notes of chocolate, caramel and grapefruity hops. Probably would have been much hoppier and bitter if it wasn’t for the nitro thing... based on my nitro IPA experience. Sorta reminded me of Guinness... which to me is bad. Still, a solid stout. Would be nice to see an imperialized version of it if there isn’t one already.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2006
This stout pours to a black body with a dark reddish-brown, fizzy head. Poor lacing and a fully diminishing head contribute to a lack of visual appeal. Aroma is of sweet cookie malts. Initial taste is lightly sweet with a moderately bitter finish. Watery and thin on the palate, it has a burnt taste with light carbonation. Dry on the mouthfeel.

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