Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1362   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2006
ever start to rate a hard to find beer only to be interrupted by a phone call or dinner? it just happened to me, and now ive got a mere five ounces of obsidian-- well warmed-- to interview for an informed rate. (the rest i guzzled with my dinner. i can report it complimented my haricots provensal quite nicely). the beer of course is fairly dark, like something scraped off the bottom of coal-burning locomotive boiler. a sandpaper head rose in foamy castles with some rigidity-- like atlantis confident in its eternal and grand loft above the deep-- yet likewise it too sank. obsidian reeks of cola, raisins and plum jam, with coffee and raspberry sherbert and just a note of a smoldering cigarette on a hemp mat. a sweet, full-bodied stout with corpulent crowds of dark malts and fruity sour orange bitters rushing forward all at once to pack onto the modest elevator of my palate. some jostling occurs, but everyone gets to their corner and it seems balanced enough to lift me and my mood to higher levels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2006
Tasted 18/09/2006. 12oz bottle from BrewNZ. Inky black with a dark tan head that dies but laces strongly. Ash-like on the nose, with subtle plummy notes and a little sweet malt. Clean, dry and roasty in the mouth. Big burnt toast middle and a pleasant lingering astringency. Slightly warming. Medium body with light carbonation. Simple and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Big thanks to Kenb for hooking me up here on one damn fine stout. I actually had never really known or heard much about this beer, which is good, because I just went ahead and rated it without any preconceptions- and I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a very deep dark black with a nice fluffy lasting beige head- that never dies. Aroma is a sharp dry acrid roast character that defines a well made stout- light hints of chocolate and coffee in the background. Light sweetness and toffee in the flavor, with more nutty chocalate and dark malts with a great dry roast finish. Smooth body and aftertaste. Damn- I wish I had more of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Black body with a decent tan head. Dry, roasty aroma with hints of chocolate and wood. Flavor starts out roasty but is replaced with a rather acidic bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 Black but penetrable by light. Gentle pour raises a lasting, chunky gray-tan mound of foam. Bottle conditioned. Pleasant aroma of black licorice, plums, and roasted barley. Buried notes of nougat. Feisty carbonation settles into a blanket of cream. Satiny body. Airy and sharply roasty initially, but fluffy nougat and a moist bed of roasted grains provide sweetness and structure. Relaxed fruity esters generate just enough vinous acidity to gently pucker the cheeks and spawn an onset of burnt malts. Char continues in its briskness as the high level of attenuation tickles the palate, stopping just shy of overwhelming the nuanced malt. Despite the abundance of dry char, it finishes chewy with nougat, salty licorice, and smoky whispers of roast. Disappointing but typical that their slowest seller happens to be their most flavorsome offering. A very solid stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Best by 3/17/06. Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a dark blackish ruby body with a brown head. The aroma is what Ive been looking for in a stout. Deep chocolate, nicely roasty dry charcoal, chocolate chips, oatmeal, condensed milk. The flavor is dry roasty charcoal and chocolate with light coffee. Some milky characteristics. Dry roasty palate, lightly tart. Medium-full bodied. A very nice stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Pours a dark black color w/ a nice tan head & a decent lacing. Heavily roasted aroma good sweet chocolate notes hints of coffee a touch of alcohol even a light smokiness. Palate is rich full and lightly creamy. Flavor is well roasted slightly burnt malts a quite dry a bit of bitter coccoa powder in the finish as it finishes a bit dry hints of grassy hops. Some light dark fruits and a hint of grahm cracker as well. Very good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Bottle via trade with kenb. Aroma: Nice roasted malt with touches of anise and coffee. Also getting a chocolate/caramel mix which smells wonderful. Slight alcohol detected, as well. Appearance. Black with no visible highlights. Tan head was full and frothy and lingered for a long time. Good lacing. Flavor: Rich, roasty flavor with some of the same traits as the aroma (coffee, chocolate, anise). Also getting some smoke. Hops come through strong, but dont steal the stage from the malt. A bit of grassiness in the finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied with a slight creaminess. High carbonation was a little prickly at times. Nice dry finish. Overall: A good, solid stout with some great roastiness. Hops accentuated rather than overpowered. Nice balance. Im glad Ken sent me two of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Onn Nitro... Nice buubbly nitro head that slowly joins the black goodness below. Very gentle smell that does not beat you over the head with over strong scents, but ones that entice you to find what lurks witthin the glass before you. The nitro gives a smoothness that unveeils the flavors before you with chocolate, burnt caramel and a softly balanced bitterness in its aftertaste. Having this on Nitro is a real treat for any stout lover. It takes an amazing stout and just brings it up to that...holy jeez I cant even believe how good this is level. Great in the bottle...un-believable on Nitro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2006
12 oz bottle. 6.4% abv. Obsidian is a fitting name. Black color with a tan, foamy head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Aroma of roasted barley & dark chocolate. Burnt malts and rich dark chocolate are abundant in the taste. Molasses flavors coat the tongue and theres also a lingering coffee finish. Velvety smooth texture and goes down ridiculously easy for a stout. I can see why this is near the top of its class.

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