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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1385   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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4.3
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAR 2, 2006
Bottle. Bottle conditioned. Pours relatively thick and black. Can’t see through it at all when held up to the light. ~1 in. dark tan head that sticks around a little while and then laces. A little coffee in the nose. Really nice flavor - a good bit of bitterness with a robust malt backbone. Definitely some coffee flavors and some roastiness. Rich, medium bodied mouthfeel. A very drinkable and very enjoyable stout.

3.7
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate and nut. Pour was black with a tan head. Flavor was just as advertised in the nose with a nice bitterness to remind you stouts aren’t for sissies!! Palate was medium thickness and smooth. Overall a nice treat from the west.

3.8
twcguy (32) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
Deep, dark stout. Little head retention .Chocolate and coffee, acidic bitterness. May need time to mellow.

4.1
chargerfanjess (129) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Dark black in color with low head that disappears quick. low bubbles and some hard lacingA nice a complex mixture of dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and nicely roasted coffee. Palate is nicely bittered and full flavored with fantastic texture. The flavors are heavy on the chocolate side, with some really intense roast flavours coming on through. Really nice bitter chocolate aftertaste.Good strong stout from a damn good producer.

4.1
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2006
For the life of me I can’t wrap around what makes a dry stout different from a regular stout different from a labbelled-sweet-but-not-actually-all-that-sweet-st So, you know, this was a really tasty stout. Lots of chocolate and cocoa both combined with a mellow roasted acidity and a tinge of astringent walnuts. Some small amounts of dark fruit, but not enough to detract, and a creamy, full mouthfeel. Excellent!

3.7
IslandHaole (1268) - Misawa, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2006
Used motor oil with a creamy light brown head, leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells like Jamocha ice cream as Baskin Robbins... Baking cocoa, berries, strong coffee...nice. Sweet, slightly roasty with a cotton candy sweet middle fading to a strong roasted malt finish, dry, mineral salt aftertaste. IMO feels a bit thin for a stout but still quite good. Thank you BuckDich!

4.3
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2007 Pours midnight brown w/ a medium sized, semi cremy spattered froth. Head retention is average receding to a bubbly ring. It’s a little sticky. Aroma of perfectly malted bitter cocoa. Medium full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. Flavors of bitter chocolate are forward developing into a mild roast component. It’s a very flavorful, smooth, and mellow stout. The finish is bittered perfectly w/ a mild hop factor while the malts seem to linger a bit. Great balance. Highly recommended.

3.1
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Pours deep, almost black, brown with vigorous carbonation leaving a robust head. Mild burnt aroma. Strong coffee flavor with slight flowerly undertones. Mouthfeel is primarly carbonation, which imparts a slight bitterness.

3.1
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Opaque dark brown colour with a mostly diminishing frothy tan head. Dark chocolate, coffee, and lightly roasty aroma with light citrus notes. Dark chocolate, fruity, lightly roasty bitter finish. Medium bodied, but a bit thin.

2.7
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle. Black body, small chocolate head. Fruity aroma, mild roast notes. Flavour is muted with mild roast that lingers with a strong bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Thin palate. Disappointingly ordinary.


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