brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 This beer is overrated. Pours a nice midnight black with a brown rocky head. Looks good. Smells like chocolate, roasted coffee, and maybe dark cherry. Aroma is good. The flavor is rich and creamy, even though it is somewhat watery. Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, and lightly smokey. Its a little thin at the end. This gets better as it warms. Overall, Better at the end than the begining.
0o9i (436) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Virtually black in the glass, opaque; good sized tan head that leaves behind thick sheets of lace. Lasting, lacing. Aroma is very sweet with molasses, chocolate, light yeast and roastiness--smells creamy and delicious. Flavor has caramel malts with much roasty bitter carrying to the finish where bakers chocolate joins in. Well balanced, although a long lasting bitter aftertaste that is thoroughly roasty with hints of bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is lively carbonation, medium body, a bit watery finish; mouthwatering effect on finish. A great stout, although the carbonation lacks the courseness of "stout" bubbles and it doesnít foam right as the glass tilts, but otherwise great.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In my opinion, this stout has some "holes" in its malt profile... the roasted barley/black malt character stands too far apart from the base malt character (overshadows it too much)
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a rich dark black, rocky brown head Ė thick, rich roasted malt, lightly burnt, coffee, hops, nutty, hints of mocha; flavor is rich and roasted, burnt, coffee, light hints of mocha, some nuttiness
tbone52384 (9) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best stout i've had. Very dark and smooth. I'd love 2 have another but i can't find it in MI.
Nuffield (3549) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I sat down with my wife and a plate of homemade nachos, and the Obsidian Stout hit the spot as an above average stout. Very black, though the head couldn't maintain itself very well (soap hasn't touched my drinking glass in years, so I don't think it was that....). The aroma weighed heavily on the chocolate/coffee side with some sense of the alcohol though not intrusive except on close inspection. The flavor then leaned more heavily in the direction of the roasted, with a moderate bitterness that reminds me this is a Northwest US beer. The mouthfeel didn't overwhelm me--solid enough, but only average. Overall there was a sense that this was a cousin to Rogue's Shakespeare and Chocolate Stouts, having some good flavors and an overall commendable beer around home, but not something you'd go out of your way to get.
milljame99 (24) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am NOT a dark beer fan. This is good as dark beers go, black as midnight, brownish head, bitter finish.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very solid stout. Nothing that will knock your socks off but right up there. Lots of roasty yumminess
cstuartj (861) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 One of my favorite everyday beers, and a meddle winner at the Great American Beer Fest. I never seem to tire of this stout. Midnight black, and thick with only a slight deep tan head is the pour. The smell is deep and earthy, with plenty of roast and fine coffee coming through. Let this one stand for a few minutes before testing the nose and you will be rewarded. A deep coffee roast and then fruit and hops hit the palette early, finishes dry and warm, thick lacing is all youíll soon have in your glass as this one is hard to leave on the counter. If you donít have a Stone Imperial Stout handy or donít want to spend the extra for one then pour yourself a couple of these and you wonít be disappointed
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Obsidian sits in the glass a used oil black color with a firm pinky high head of light brown hue, turns a bit crusty as it fades and leaves a very thin skim on top and thin whispy sheets of lace stick.
Aroma has a soft bakers chocolate and a good load of dry coffee thats well rounded and quite roasty, nearly burnt. Taste is quite roasty as well, burntish dark malts, slight coffee tone, slight bittering, all gaining a bit more in the finish which is nice. Finish builds with an overall burntness with touches of coffee and bitterness, turning dry and fading off slowly leaving more bittering coffee notes and later still, some chocolate. Nice finisher. Feel is just past medium body, nearly full with a solid carbonation and pretty strong with its drying efforts where burntness and coffee sensations really take hold. A solid stout, not what I'd call a super drinker with more then I like for burntness and coffee drying, but very nice to let settle and sip.