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99
style
Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours an opaque black with a thin, tan head and nice lace. Aroma is bold and is a equal blend of coffee and chocolate with some earth notes. There is also a hint of sourness in the aroma, but it is far from unpleasant. Flavor is nicely bitter, although it starts sweet for just a second, with toffee, chocolate and some grapefruit/spice hops. Bitterness lingers for a bit too long (so good thing it has a pleasant flavor). Full-bodied, moderately carbonated at best and silky smooth. Wow.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16434) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled
Opaque black, good creamy cappuchino head. A bit yeasty, hoppy, slightly roasted nose with hints of vegetables. Medium-bodied, sweetish, caramelly, nice flavor. Coffee and roast in the flavor. Aroma is not promising but flavor is excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Thanks Wohlfs! Poured thick black with rd highlights. A dry chocolate and expensive coffee aroma. Thick creamy brown head, Tasted like dry bitter dark chocolate. There is an abundance of carbination, maybe if there was a bit less... This was a very good stout, I would call it a dry stout. Did I mention dry? re-rate 11-17-07 this is a very good brew. As it warms, lots more chcolate comes out, and it is still dry!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
homebrew (15) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Black. Toasty malt aroma and flavor with some coffee. This beer has enough hops to balance the malt with a little left over for an aftertaste of hop and nutshell. Nice bitter finish. A very drinkable stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Big aroma and flavor of coffee. Nice malty sweetness, with tart bakers chocolate in there too. Nice and smooth. (But got a little rougher as it warmed)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11484) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2005
hocolately mocha powder aroma. Coffee dark. Smooth, although some cookie crumbs and coconut strings mouthfeel in there. Well roasted, bittersweet and neither leaning to coffee nor chocolate. Very nicely carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 Pours black with nose of chocolate and coffee. Smokey and coffeish. Id drink this again. Less sweet than the Deschutes Porter, so I like this one better. Re-rate gives this a two tenths bump up

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5829) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Nice dark color, a smoky aroma and flavor. Its more like a smoked porter almost than a stout, and this prevailing smoky-roastedness is what keeps it from being truly top notch.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Deep garnet body and a foamy tan head, lots of lacing. Lots of coffee and chocolate in there, but nothing to distinguish it from the myriad other stouts out there.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1921) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2005
On Tap at Deschutes Brewpub: Dark in color with a light brown frothy head (like a latte) that wouldnt die with sticky lacing. Aroma and taste was chocolaty charcoal and the body was thin. Pretty good.


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