Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


on tap

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RATINGS: 1383   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lipscomb216 (80) - USA - SEP 9, 2007
Damn fine beer. Perfect effort by Deschutes. Smooth going down, not cloying on the tongue or leaving any nasty aftertaste. Chocolate flavors, coffee smells, enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
piddleness (5) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2007 does not count
You can sample 50+ stouts from U.S. producers and not find a major contender like this one. Way to go Deschutes by not getting to big to make absolutely fabulous beers. This beers roast dominate character is so well integrated its scarry. Big roast (not burnt charcoal) flavors dominate, but are balanced with serious carmel notes and a dollop of chocolate. Bitterness sits at medium grade and roughens the back palate. So, so nice. A must taste or hell drink a 6er while youre at it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2007
A pretty decent stout. I wasnt expecing much but it was a good surprise. LOTS of flavor and DARK. I will buy this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/13/1996
Mode: Draft
Source: corvalis pizza joint

black, whispy tan head, rich roasted chocolate aroma, rich roasted flavor followed by a strong chocolate finish, medium body
-------- /> Date: 10/17/1998
Source: Brewfest
Score: ii+ to ii
Words: Bottle Conditioned
Words: Real Ale Festival

black, whispy tan head, rich roasted aroma, hint of chocolate, rich roasted flavor followed by a chocolate finish, medium body

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Score: *4
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Icommonsewer (125) - TUCSON, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2007
this stout has a harsh bitter character that overwhelms the taste buds... there is a late bite on the palate that is displeasing as well

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robforbes (2233) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2007
black with medium size khaki head. smell of roasted malt, cocoa, whiff of coffee. nicely bitter, smooth, taste of dark cocoa, the cocoa taste hides the alcohol extremely well, you can just taste a little bit on the back-end. very, very, nice stout, deschutes did well with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Poured from a bottle. Poured a deep brown, nearly black color with a nice tan head. Initial smell is milk chocolate and roasted malts. Taste matches the aroma with a nice milk chocolate start that leads into roasted malt flavor. Little bitterness. It is thick, and nice lacing is left throughout the glass. Very nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Draft at Taphouse Grill in downtown Seattle. Pours midnight brown with a tan head and good lacing. Aroma of subtle dark roast, milk, and chocolate. Full bodied with a slight creaminess to the texture. Initial flavor of milk chocolate, hazlenut, and dark roasted grains that transitions to coffee and tamed bitterness mid palate. Moderate amount of residual sweetness. Finish is semi-dry and smooth. Very well done. Almost, I say almost, as good as Bells Kzoo Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Pours a opaque black with thin, dark tan head that fades quickly into a thin layer of cloudy tan with a few patches of large bubbles. The head laces the glass heavily. The aroma is big and dark: dark fruit, sugar, coffee, malts, and alcohol. The flavor is quite nice - it starts bitter-sweet with loads of coffee, chocolate, and fruity hops. The middle of the tongue picks up more roasted grain flavors (burnt toast, coffee) combined with hop flavors and sweet malts with a hint of caramel. The beer finishes with a touch fruit, lots of dark, roasted, bittersweet malts, and a light dose of hops. The mouthfeel is pleasantly creamy with just a subtle impression of acidity from the carbonation, and it finishes full in body. Overall, an awesome stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tatinek (59) - South Dakota, USA - AUG 19, 2007
The best stout I have had to date. Very smooth body nice tan head that stays. Wonderfully rich and malty flavor with a faint coffee essence. My first Deschtes beer. For this beer alone I wish Deschutes was marketed in my state.

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