Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1146   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Big aroma and flavor of coffee. Nice malty sweetness, with tart bakers chocolate in there too. Nice and smooth. (But got a little rougher as it warmed)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8406) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2005
hocolately mocha powder aroma. Coffee dark. Smooth, although some cookie crumbs and coconut strings mouthfeel in there. Well roasted, bittersweet and neither leaning to coffee nor chocolate. Very nicely carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 Pours black with nose of chocolate and coffee. Smokey and coffeish. I’d drink this again. Less sweet than the Deschutes Porter, so I like this one better. Re-rate gives this a two tenths bump up

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Nice dark color, a smoky aroma and flavor. Its more like a smoked porter almost than a stout, and this prevailing smoky-roastedness is what keeps it from being truly top notch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1211) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Deep garnet body and a foamy tan head, lots of lacing. Lots of coffee and chocolate in there, but nothing to distinguish it from the myriad other stouts out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1435) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2005
On Tap at Deschutes Brewpub: Dark in color with a light brown frothy head (like a latte) that wouldn’t die with sticky lacing. Aroma and taste was chocolaty charcoal and the body was thin. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a huge, thick picturesque tan head. Very nice, rich roasty mocha aroma. Pretty sweet. Flavor has notes of roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Roasty finish. Not that complex but tasty. Medium bodied with a very smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Very nice stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackbocracken (36) - Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Taste is similar to their porter, although drier and with a hoppier kick at the end. Mouthfeel is thick and almost oily. More alcoholic warming than their porter as well. Better winter brew, I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Airy aroma that is slightly roasty and slightly yeasty as well. Very dry body, loaded with bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Bitter finish, almost puckering with some warming as well. Too dry and bitter for me.. Good, but definitely not great. I have a feeling this beer gets extra points because it’s a Deschutes product...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2005
I must have really deleted more ratings than I thought--I keep running across beers that I know I’ve rated. I like this one. Deep, deep tarry brown, verging on black with caramel-colored head. Strong roasted barley aroma with some milk chocolate and light coffee. Slightly acidic, but delightfully creamy body. Slightly fatty and sweet somewhat befitting an oatmeal stout, which I presume this is not--not a bad thing though. Incisive, nondestracting bitterness alloyed with mid- to light-roasty notes. Finishes with a glowing, melding, well-balanced feel. A consistently good stout and better than the more famous porter from this brewery.

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