Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1145   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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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
M_Sack (352) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle. Pure black, thick mocha head and strong lacing. Dark chocolate, espresso and roasted malt aromas. Similar flavours of dark chocolate, espresso and roasted malt, made more complex with just a lick of smoke and and underlying savouriness. Spicy hops and a long, bitter finish, coupled with a smooth, perfectly carbonated mouthfeel make this a highly drinkable, fantastic stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (6873) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUL 18, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Kaffee, bittere Schokolade. Geschmack sehr schokoladig, Kaffee, bittere Schokolade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roxtersoxter (267) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Pours very dark brown with large brown head out if bottle. Aroma of cocoa beans, vanilla, and bread. Flavor of light cocoa with vanilla finish. Excellent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (594) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: opaque black beer with small carbonation and medium brown head. Smell: oat domination with black bread, coffee and caramel notes. Taste: nice balance of malt with bread notes and oat. Aftertaste: smoothy sensation, creamy coffee taste, caramel ! Nice finish. Impressive sensation on mouth! Good work!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4447) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
23/VI/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: I/13/14 (2014-661) Thanks to PriorL for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, irregular beige head, bit stable, non adhesive. Aroma: roasted, mocha, caramel, some coffee, chocolate, chlorine. MF: ok carbon, medium body, creamy texture. Taste: caramel, mocha, some coffee, little bitter, bit sourish. Aftertaste: dark chocolate, mocha, bit of caramel, bitter hops, roasted finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badpuppy69 (208) - orange, California, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Pours a dark Red amber with minimal Head. Aroma. Is mild chocolate Taste is dark chocolate. Upfront with. Some dark cherries. And mild coffee. Nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (3026) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2014
355ml bottle. Near black colored beer, dark brown head. Roasted malts, espresso and licorice in aroma. Flavor has dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice. Dry finish. Long finish. Decent above average stout, tasty.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1402) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2014
On nitro at Stouts. Dark black pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Malty chocolate goodness in the nose. Starts a touch sweet, then coffee, bitter chocolate and just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (319) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with a nice mocha head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, some roasty malt and a touch of dark fruit. Flavour is espresso and dark chocolate with some more roasty malt, bitter at first but sweetening as it warms. Fairly full-bodied for a stout. One of the best regular stouts, in my opinion - very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
khays (49) - - JUL 4, 2014
Smells of chocolate, roasted malt. Pours black with a tan head. Tastes bold, slightly bitter, not sweet, roasted malt. Heavy body, moderate carbonation dry finish. A good solid stout, however a little more one dimensional than I would have thought, but is nails the profile on that dimension. Being a higher than normal ABV, I would expect a few more bright notes, but the malt is the most prevalent feature about the beer.

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