Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1157   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 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 (2607) - 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 (2198) - 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 (29223) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2005
Bottled. Pitch black opaque, brown mediumsized head. Strong roasted malt in aroma with hints of caramel and toffee. The same in flavour. Aftertaste sweet malty with weak soapy hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours an opaque black with a thin, tan head and nice lace. Aroma is bold and is a equal blend of coffee and chocolate with some earth notes. There is also a hint of sourness in the aroma, but it is far from unpleasant. Flavor is nicely bitter, although it starts sweet for just a second, with toffee, chocolate and some grapefruit/spice hops. Bitterness lingers for a bit too long (so good thing it has a pleasant flavor). Full-bodied, moderately carbonated at best and silky smooth. Wow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12544) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Opaque black, good creamy cappuchino head. A bit yeasty, hoppy, slightly roasted nose with hints of vegetables. Medium-bodied, sweetish, caramelly, nice flavor. Coffee and roast in the flavor. Aroma is not promising but flavor is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Thanks Wohlfs! Poured thick black with rd highlights. A dry chocolate and expensive coffee aroma. Thick creamy brown head, Tasted like dry bitter dark chocolate. There is an abundance of carbination, maybe if there was a bit less... This was a very good stout, I would call it a dry stout. Did I mention dry? re-rate 11-17-07 this is a very good brew. As it warms, lots more chcolate comes out, and it is still dry!

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