Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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.

ARH's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (911) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2014 On nitro, poured into a shaker. Being on nitro, the aroma was mostly muted, but what did come through was a tobacco hint, an espresso note, and a slight grass aroma. Of course, aided by the nitro, this pours a beautiful black body with a very soft velvet, marshmallow head - tan in color - which sticks around forever and leaves a heavy spray of lace all over the empty glass. The taste is a nice blend of medium light sweet and medium light bitter with flavors of espresso, grass, some ash-like quality, toasted grain, nuts, and chocolate milk. Itís a pretty slcik texture with a medium full body and an unnoticed / impossibly smooth carbonation. As it mellows out, some caramel starts to show up, along with a note of pine, at the finish, but itís mostly espresso.which sticks around in the aftertaste with notes of cherry and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1479) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle. A: Pitch black with a large mocha head. N: Roast, espresso, bakerís chocolate, some black cherry, black peppercorn, earth, some leather, some vanilla, more char. T: Bitter and sweet in rich proportions. M: Medium body, no alcohol presence, crisp carbonation. O: A stout that thinks itís a double and acts like an imperial. Really get the sense of Abyss in this and it is really, really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (512) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2015
Aroma is robust, chocolate, roasted malt, very nice. Appearance is black, light brown head, poured thin. Taste is robust roasted malt, chocolate, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick, soft carbonation, oily, very nice. Overall, this is very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Draft: (nitro) Black with a creamy tan head. Coffee, roasty chocolate aroma. Slightly smoky....coffee, chocolate malt....mild ashy bitter flavour. Very good...rich....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownALEx (363) - Portland, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Roasted malt and chocolate dominate the nose. This thing is BA. Black as night pour with a khaki colored head. Taste is wonderful, coffee, chocolate, smoke and slight bitter hops. Palate is medium bodied and creamy. This is so good, glad I got a six pack, canít wait to get another one. Must try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1778) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Leans sweet...with heavy coffee and chocolate flavor. Dark black color with thick creamy head

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
njager246 (645) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2015
Tap @ the chance... aroma is espresso, malts, and chocolate, taste is soy, espresso, coffee, and some hops. A real hop finish on this, very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (6020) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2015
Bottle shared at Leightonís place. 25/08/2015. Bottle from GBBF. Aroma is toasted coconut, earthy ashy roast, charcoal, oyster. Pitch black coloured pour with a lasting frothy mid tan head. Flavour is composed of ashy charcoal. cocoa, toasted coocnut, dry roast coffee, ashy. Bitter roast in the finsh. Palate is medium full, moderate carbonation. Ok some earthy mushroom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhp40219 (408) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Nitro tap at the Holy Grale. Pours black with a creamy beige head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma and taste of rich dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, espresso, black licorice, caramel and toffee. Full bodied, creamy and thick palate, moderate carbonation. An absolutely excellent stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (3824) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle share at Leightonís, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (9735) - 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.

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