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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1341   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 bottle 12 oz. This stout was better than I expected. well into med bodied, decent flavor with some spiciness, complexity, and dark roasted coffee. Plenty of malty creaminess with some pleasant hop flavors and bitterness. Available almost everywhere, I may even drink some again. A bit to the sweet for me, but not bad. (3 days later) bought a 6er today for $6.99. Iím upping this .2 to a 3.7, not bad at all for supermarket beer. Iíll probably be looking at this brew every time I open the reefer door from now on. 9/22/07: There is a somewhat unpleasant bitterness from the bittering hops that lingers on the palate for many minutes with a bit of a menthol characteristic that I donít care for.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RasputinsBeard (11) - Why do you give a fuck?, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2007
I am a stout fan, and this is a fine example of how a stout is supposed to be. Very dark color, really no ruby highlights on the edges. The taste is of roasted coffee beans and dark roasted chocolate...very good. This is an example of a Master Brewer showing his skill at the craft.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2007
9/5/07 From the bottle. Aroma is fruity esters and citrus blended with sweet roast malt and some light alcohol notes. Appearance is dark brown with a persistent tan head. Flavor is sweet, heavily roasted malt forward, full flavored with earthy/citrus hops across the palette, followed by some fruity esters and moderate bittering. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, warm, with light astringency and a resiny finish. Overall, this has great complexity and might be a little rich for some, but it goes down easy for such a big brew.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pelicanfleck (15) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
I picked his bottle up at a local store and decided it was time to try it. Here is my review: Aroma: The aroma was of strong coffee and dark chocolate. No real hop aroma to be found. Appearance: The brew poured into my glass a dark cola color. No ruby highlights could be seen on the sides. The head was a medium tan color and was about a finger width. Carbonation was very low to none. Flavor: This brew tasted like coffee and roasted coffee beans. The taste has a bit of a "bite" to it, though after about two drinks, that goes away. The burnt coffee taste also shoots to the foreground and really sets this brews taste apart from others. Mouthfeel: Not harsh nor bitter. No carbonation bite. Smooth and very very dark feeling. Overall Impression: This is a damn fine example of a Master Brewer strutting his craft and knowing how to brew a craft beer. I really donít understand how some could give it such a low review as they have done...but to each his own...this is a dman fine brew. Drink More Beer!!!

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 (2584) - 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 beerís roast dominate character is so well integrated itís 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 6íer while youíre at it.


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