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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Pours black with a tight brown head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee, but floral and citrus hop notes do come thru as well. A hint of sweetness at first, but burnt toast and espresso follow. The astringency works fairly well with the bitter hops. Rich, thick mouthfeel.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (3439) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle share at Leighton’s, thanks to Fergus. Pitch black, big foamy brown head, light lacing. Aroma is ashy, tangy hoppy blackcurrant jam, coffee bean. Body is light, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is strongly ashy, biscuity malts, bourbon biscuit, medium bitterness. Has a pleasant ashiness. My kind of stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (9349) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
Bottle thanks to Fergus. It pours near black with a decent beige head. The nose is rich, toasty, liquorice, charred aspect, plum, prune, coffee and chocolate cake. The taste is smooth, toasty, chocolate, rich roast, robust, burnt fruit cake, ashy, cocoa and light pepper with a smooth, toasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Good body and drinkability. Nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (14302) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Fergus. Pours deep black-brown with a frothy khaki head. Dry roasty malts in the nose, cocoa, ash. Medium sweet flavor with burnt wood, earth, chocolate, dried dark fruits. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and velvety texture. Fairly sweet on the finish, more ashy roast, burnt earth, sugary chocolate, raisins. Not bad overall.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iggynelix (98) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2015
On tap, kop f&h. Deep dark brew with strong silky tan head coating the glass all the easy down. Strong coffee and bakery bites and rich malted earthy tastes. Smooth on the palate. Dessert in a glass

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (2025) - - AUG 21, 2015
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black, color with a small tan colored head of one finger height. The head has a decent level of retention fading over a moderate amount of time to leave a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a coffee smell mixed with a nice showing of a roasty smell and a little bit of cream like aroma. Along with these smells comes a light caramel sweetness and a little bit of a burnt toast smell, giving a very nice deep and dark strong expresso like smell overall. Taste – The taste begins as the nose would suggest with a whole lot of roasted malt and a strong showing of coffee. Upfront there is a bit of a caramel sweetness which seems to fade as the taste advances. While the caramel fades, other sweeter flavors of a light vanilla and sweet crème flavor come to the tongue. These remain lighter overall keeping the taste on the drier side. More and more roast and coffee come to the tongue at the end of the taste, where with a little bit of an earthy and char taste, end up leaving one with a nice dark and roasty coffee flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to slightly lower for a stout of 6.4 % abv., with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thicker body and lower carbonation level may have accentuated the nice coffee and roasted flavors slightly better, but overall, the feel was OK. Overall – This is a very nice coffee heavy flavored stout with tons of roasty and dark flavors. The taste and aroma are nearly spot on, with the only thing holding it back a bit being its moderate mouthfeel. Even with that said, I must say this is a nice, more moderate in abv. stout overall .

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnymusky (587) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2015
They really did a nice job with this one...nose is roasted malt....flavor is delicious nothing over the top...very enjoyable...yummy!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartzluke (389) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 6, 2015
12 oz pour from chilled bottle into tulip glass. Black, opaque, moderate light brown head with nice lacing. Roasty nose, sweet, caramel, coffee. Body is fairly thin for a stout, a little crisp and sharp on the end. I’d prefer it thicker. Taste is good though. Roasty, a little woody, coffee, maybe burnt toast. Aftertaste is bitter with some woodchip notes. Not bad, but I prefer stronger stouts with more body.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrus86 (199) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2015
BOTTLE. Cola black with solid tan head (coke spider).. Dark malts on the nose with a hint of warm booze.. Good dark roasted malts throughout the beer, good rich creamy finish with a burnt malt/dark chocolate back end.. Sourced RW

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dtdtdtdtdt (28) - - JUL 11, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2015 Smells like burnt coffee. Dark obviously. Nice off white foam. Taste cigarettes, coffee, mild sweetness, mild bitterness. Relatively savory stout, not sugary like many others. Mouthfeel medium to thick. Great

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Knilas (25) - Sidney, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Midnight black in the glass. Tan head...just not much of one. Heavy mouthfeel. Rich, dark coffee and chocolate. Some molasses in the background. Lotsa malt. Hops come in just enough to balance everything out. Well made. Worth the coin.


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