Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


on tap

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RATINGS: 1161   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Aroma is roasty and fairly smoky. Black with a slightly bubbly thumb thick mocha head. Fore is all roasted coffee beans with moderate chocolate sweetness in the middle. Finish is bitter coffee and a hint of chewing tobacco.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
Bottle shared with tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a nice size light-brown head. Wonderful aroma and flavour of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt, smoke and hops. The flavour is dry and very well balanced. Body’s a tad thin for a Stout, it’s more like a Porter but it works for it. This is a really good Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle shared with Blankboy. Black, with a frothy tan head - looks good. Wonderful roast in aroma - hints of coffee and chocolate too. Really strong roast and coffee bean taste. Very dry. A little thin - almost a strong porter. Very well balanced. Dry bitterness at the end. This totally works - a fantastic stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 A totally drinkable stout. Nothing outstanding on any front, but solid across the board. A great beer to have on hand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Jet black pour. The aroma is of roasted malt, roasted nuts and dark chocolate. Burnt malt flavor, with some coffee tones, some chocolate comes through. A great bitter chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2617) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
12oz. bottle. Enjoyable roasty malt aroma, some espresso and semi-sweet chocolate notes along with lighter hints of oatmeal and toffee. Deep black color, bottle-conditioned (swirled and poured), with a light brown, creamy head. Rich depth of malt flavor, more highly roasted malts, coffee and creamy chocolate to be found, very nicely balanced with a slight amount of fruity hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes long, with a smooth, fairly silky palate and medium-full body. Just very drinkable, flavorful and balanced, certainly deserving of its relatively high rank here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2208) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2005
As promised, this stout poured obsidian black with a short tan head. Strong aroma of dark chocolate and roasted to burnt malts. Flavor is sweet at first with the malts dominating — chocolate, caramel, latte. The dry, bitter finish takes over at the back of the mouth. Overall, an ejoyable, dry stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
amalsugar (41) - Tremonton, Utah, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Wow, this is a dark beer. The maltiness is very present, with a slight bit of hops for bitterness. I did not get much in hop aromas. Excellent beer on a frigid day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Good brewski! Very dark in color, nice and satisfying for sure. Roasty and has the nicest malts ive tasted. Smooth and somewhat sweet, kinda like ur mammy. Dark like Wesley Snipes’ upper lip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2005
[At Stockholm Beer Festival 2005] A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of chocolate, while the flavor is weirdly sweet - slightly perfumated, but also with notes of peach and roasted malt. The roastiness gives it a dry end.

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