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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1229   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.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Poured into tulip glass with a best by: 7/28/12. Glad I noticed this since it is 7/15/12 Appearance: Big beautiful 2 to 2&1/2 finger size head that is khaki color with tight condensed bubbles. It is a dark black beer with absolutley no light penetration through this beer. The lacing on this is ridiculous as I swirl the glass it really sticks to the side. I was taken by the head that formed on this. Awesome! Smell: Upfront is the espresso and toasted malts along with dark chocolate and nuts. I get some slight molasses and some fairly noticable hops. Taste: Roasted malts big time! Some bitter chocolate and mild coffee present. A noticable bitter hoppy finish for a stout that prevents any overly sweet finish. Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout and rather carbonated. Not slick or viscous but that is nice on this one because it makes it highly drinkable. Overall: This is a nice change of pace stout for me. Slightly hoppy and roasted goodness through and through. Low abv makes this easy to drink and that is apparent as my glass is nearing empty and only after about 10 minutes.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tsekouratos (451) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - APR 18, 2015
355 ml bottle from Saveur-biere.fr, France. Black body with a thin light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted notes. Taste is bittersweet with chocolate and dark fruits, paired with coffee and roasted notes. Medium body with low to medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kespecial (100) - - APR 15, 2015
Pours opaque black brown with dark tan head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, overall chocolate covered malt balls. Itís well hopped, so the chocolate combines with the bitterness for coffee and caramel in the mouth. Not quite the heights of black butte, but damn good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skk325i (2) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 7, 2015 does not count
Great roasty flavour, nice lacing. Overall a fantastice medium bodied stout with mild carbonation. Beautiful rich taste with hints of chocolate and coffee. Mild sweetness and a nice bitter note to it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (629) - CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
Pours opaque deep brown with barely present brown highlights, two fingers of fluffy tan head, good retention and excellent lacing. (4/5) Nose is dark roasty malt, dark chocolate, coffee, toasted grain, mild liquorice and vanilla. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter. (8/10) Medium to full body, mild carbonation, dry and slightly warming finish. (4/5) A very good stout, and only slightly ďAmericanĒ - the ABV is somewhat higher than most traditional English stouts and thereís a tiny hint of citrusy tartness in the finish, but thatís the extent of its variation from type. Iíd like to try it on a nitro tap, though, for some extra smoothness. (16/20)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1663) - Granollers, SPAIN - MAR 25, 2015
Cervesa amb aroma i gust a cacau, en boca tť una textura molt sedosa. Cerveza con aroma y sabor a cacao, en boca tiene una textura muy sedosa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SODAK14 (299) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Pours a nice dark brown, almost Guinness-like though the head doesnít come close. Had a much more pronounced coffee taste than chocolate...not a bad thing. Left a bit more bitter taste than I wanted, Was actually expecting to rate this higher but 3.5 isnít a bad score.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niksko (418) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2015
Bours black with a fine tan head. Nose is coffee and milk chocolate, a little caramel. Body is heavy and rich. Chocolate cake, coffee, spiced chai, a little burnt toast. Medium to heavy body, surprising given itís not that heavy a beer. Creamy and viscous mouthfeel. A bigger beer than I expected.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (7536) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/16/15] Draught at Cameronís Inn in Half Moon Bay. Black with a nice brown head. Nice roasty aroma with dark chocolate and coffee. Bittersweetish roasty flavor with coffee and some dark chocolate. Creamy and slightly watery nitro mouthfeel. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (3365) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Black body, large, creamy off-white head, soapy lacing. Earth, bittersweet chocolate, light roast, a little bit of chalk. Medium bodied, velvety effervescent on Nitro tap, mild bitterness, semi-dry throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VinegarStroke (319) - Napa, California, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle: Clear, dense, red hue, light head and moderate lace. Lifted fruit, spice, malt, anise, clean, fresh and certainly not excessively roasted. Dry, not sour and moderate bitterness. Palate is clean, only medium weight. Good balance and texture. Flavours are complex with coffee, chocolate, fruit and brown spice. Nice beer but lacks the next level of saturation and mouthfeel that iím looking for.


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