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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1164   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.


ACHops' rating

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (689) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours dark black with a brownish tint. Thin mocha head that lingers. Aroma is lightly charred malts and earthy hops. Taste is creamy bitter black roasty malts. Rich but not overly so. Finishes hoppy and bitter. Nice low ABV (relatively speaking...), this is very easy drinking and sessionable. Not heavy bodied, which you might expect. For a straight up, plain old, not imperial, chocolate, coffee, belgian, whatever stout, this is as good as it gets.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2425) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2014
12 oz. bottle viscously poured to a Czech-pils glass, showing a black/brown hue with enough clarity to show the rush of bubbly effervescence from the base, a billowy, brownish tan head that gradually formed a creamy, mousse-like hat, and thick, ribbons & spots of clingy lacing. The nose was roasted, malty, with cocoa, a bit of coffee, and light woodiness. Medium bodied, the taste contributed a medium hop bitterness that was earthy, dry, and included some lingering charred & tannic astringency. Carbonation was okay, but expended a good deal of itís liveliness on the opening act. A solid, flavorful Stout, nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eruizgarcia (201) - - SEP 19, 2014
One of the prettiest pours I?ve had, black with a luxurious head like mousse. Dark roasted coffee and cocoa in a surprisingly light body. Could be more complex. A better version of Guiness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
egg (79) - USA - SEP 18, 2014
Bottle on 9/18/14. Pours pitch black. Nice, tight, silky light tan head. Nose is faint dark roasted malts, dark chocolate but not much else. Taste bitter dark chocolate, dark malt, a dash metallic, burnt wood at the end. Not noticeably sweet. Some sweetness would be nice to balance out the burnt and bitter taste Iím left with. Thin mouthfeel, dry. Maybe its the bottle I got but this seems pretty middle of the road to me. Was looking for more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1871) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle: Iíd say the name is accurate... Obsidian, charcoal colored body with a soft, velvety mocha head that grows nice & large before slowly trending downward leaving lots of splotchy, sticky lacing behind. Lovely balance of roast & sweetness on the nose. Slightly milky, bittersweet cocoa nibs, burnt caramel, a hint of roasted barley, light brown sugar, & I get a moderately sweet cookie dough aspect that I love. More of a roast punch on the flavor; roasted malt, faint char, blackened coffee beans, adding a touch of bitterness but never losing the sweet, tame undercoat. Dark chocolate, a touch of faint milkiness, burnt brown sugar in small amounts. A tiny bit of anise lingering in the finish with a big aftertaste of slight smoke, roasted malts, & dark chocolate covered coffee beans. I would like a little thicker of a mouth feel, but it still has a decent amount of creaminess. Overall, a very nice stout to have around the house.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattyhennessy (311) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2014
Pours black with a thick tan head that holds. Bitter cocoa and espresso aroma, with some molasses and stonefruity notes. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Feels like silk down the throat. A little smokey flavours to compliment the well-balanced coffee and chocolate bitterness and raisin sweetness. Very difficult to fault

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (2161) - FINLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle. Black. Nice soft roasty coffee, dark chocolate on nose. Soft body, roasty, slight ashy. Dry bitter. Very flavourful nice.

-- bb

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
winto (30) - Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2014
nose: oh my, this is heavenly. brownies, espresso, dates, figs, licorice. like a refined version of old rasputin palate: ...and the fat lady gagged! well, not quite, but this is very roasty, very hoppy, very bitter. think starbucks espresso with pacific nw hops profile. thereís fig and date sweetness underneath, and nuance once you get past the heavy roast but it requires a bit of mental acrobatics to ignore the slamming smoky and herbal bitterness that grabs your throat. finish is like root beer and cigar and heavily oaked wine [iím thinking syrah]. still, itís worth exploring the corners of flavor this offers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3110) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle from Five Bar. Pours black with a small, firm tan head. Nose is very coffee forward with mild dark fruits and brown sugar. Taste is dark fruits engulfed in espresso bitterness and fresh coffee. Very brekky stout-like. Has that fullness and coffee focus one would expect in a brekky stout. Kind of like a less sweet Founders BS. Very decent stuff

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (245) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2014
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle at GBBF, 2014. Black pour with a beige head. Roast malt, raisin and dark chocolate aroma. Smoke, dark fruit and chocolate flavour. Easy going stout action. I like this.


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