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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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.


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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Nutty with a hint of chocolate. Very smooth with only a little bit of a bitter finish. Overall a good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gauguin007 (11) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Pours color of old motor oil with attractive parchment tan head. This stout looks good and leaves a nice lace on the glass. Scent of bread, chocolate, toffee and pine tar, maybe some figs. Smooth mouthfeel w/ sharp bitterness. Flavor of ethiopian coffee and caramel chocolates. Big hop presence at the end but overall not overbearing and leaves you wanting more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Tasted alongside Lion Stout. Aroma of airy cocoa. Brown head frothy. Tastes of roast coffee, but not overpowering. More crisp and lively than Lion. Finishes slightly bitter

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Bottle via jake65 - thanks, Jake! Robust aroma has a coffee bean, roast, and chocolate profile similar to that of much bigger imperials. Pitch pour with a rocky, bubbly, lacing light brown head. Superbly balanced chocolate and roast taste, nothing really standing out or dominating, just smooth and tasty all the way through. Somewhat dry with light hop funkiness (and just a super faint hint of grapefruit. Picking up some mocha notes in the chocolaty aftertaste. Thin body but very sessionable. Only lightly bitter, and just as salty. Not the obvious powerhouse - but luscious and pleasant. There’s a lot of joy to be had here.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
pour is nearly coal-black with light brown head - bitter aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt wood - chocolatey/coffee/toffee taste with a slightly burnt taste (which is why I would rate it down slightly more than most seem to in this forum)

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Very dark (opaque) brown. Large thick foamy/creamy head. Aroma is slightly bitter with notes of dark chocolate. Flavor hits you quickly big sweet with slight alcohal taste. The usual suspects are here. Charcoal, coffee, dark chocolate, yet they are weak and most definitley in the background. The sweet fruity flavors that come through in the nose is slightly overpowering. A quality stout.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
12oz Bottle $1.55 Single Liquid Solutions Obsidian Stout pours the blackest of browns (if that makes any sense). Mahogany highlights only when held directly to the light and only creeping through the bottom of the glass. A strange looking big three finger tan head formed on the pour. I say strange because it was soapy looking and creamy at the same time. Very odd but definately a tasty looking stout. Leaves excellent lacing. Unfortunately the nose seems to be lacking. Mild lightly roasted malts are there in the background but weak. Mild dark fruits, a lactic quality, and a pronounced metallic twang. If I smell deep I can pull out the aromas I like to expierence in a stout but they’re all just too weak and distant. This is a quality stout. Roasted malts start things off with faint flavors of anise. Mild nuttiness mid-palate along with a creamy lactic quality. Nice balancing on the finish with bitter roasted malts and a touch of hop bitterness that make this smooth and exceptionally balanced. Medium body with a slightly airy but creamy mouthfeel as it moves through the mouth. Nice lingering bitterness from a comonation of the hops and bitter malts. This is a very good sessionable stout. Perfect beer to have on hand from Autumn through Winter if you’re in the mood to sit down and have a few to warm up. I believe this is only my second beer from Deschutes (the other being Black Butte Porter) and I wouldn’t hesitate in buying either one of them again. Both very good examples in their respective styles. 10/1/07

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sneed (8) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2007 does not count
Very tasty, nice dark tan full head, flavors of chocolate and coffee are present but not overpowering. My favorite stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours thick with roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Flavor has espresso and bitter chocolate notes. This is a great stout. Easily one of my favorite stouts!


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