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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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3.7
TeijoA (67) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2017
35,5 cl bottle, BBE 24/4/17. Black beer with a light brown cappucino-like head. Wonderful aroma of coffee, chocolate, muscovado, the usual really, but it works every time. Fairly light body, I suppose due to the ABV in part. The coffee comes through pleasantly enough in the taste despite that, but there’s also some ashen character in the initial taste, a bit like a too bitter French press. There’s a nice fruitiness in the taste, but overall this just needs more body. Still a solid coffee-infused stout, these just tend to shine more at about 3-4 % higher.

3.3
martjoobolut (4386) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle, BB 24.04.2017 (from beergium). Pours black with brownish head. Aroma is sweet, roast, oats, ashtray, lactose. Flavor is sweet and bitter, roast, coffee, ash, bit acidic, some licorice. Finish is roasty-ashy bitter with some sweetness. Body is on the thin side. Overall: ok. Technically even good, but lacks something I can’t but my finger on. Definitley would like more malt backbone, but that’s not the only problem.

4
basaywhat (279) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2017
12 oz bottle. Dark black pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Malty chocolate goodness in the nose. Starts a touch sweet, then coffee, bitter chocolate and just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Excellent.

3.8
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2017
Bottle. Pitch Black in colour. Very Malty; roasted/burnt malts, espresso coffee, liquorice, caramel, hint of dark chocolate. Fruity: berries. Full bodied. Underlying sweetness with sour burnt edge. Tasty. Enjoyed this a lot. Very Nice Stout! (2008)

4
PugUglyBrewer (653) - - FEB 21, 2017
Black color with a light tan head of creamy foam. Light espresso and bakers chocolate notes. Medium to full bodied, rich mouthfeel. Dry coffee bean roast finish.

3.2
jflopsu (1614) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2017
On nitro. Pours pitch black with light brown foamy head. A faint roasted malt and grain aroma. A creamy body with a taste of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. A lingering roasted malt aftertaste.

3.5
Onslow (1495) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Inky black brew with small tan head, good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt toast and coffee. As it warms in the glass ethanol aroma becomes noticeable. Taste is moderate sweet malt up front, coffee and dark roasted grains. Coffee and some chocolate emerge mid swallow with a sour / bitter hops emerging at the end. The hops in the finish is a little pronounced for a stout but compliments the roasted grain nicely and gives a dry finish. Palate is fairly thin but bolstered by moderate carbonation that keeps things lively. Overall a really enjoyable stout, though not the most complex.

3.8
bigcat03 (323) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - JAN 27, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2017 Bottle poured into an English pint. Pours pitch black with a thick brown head that leaves light lacing. Aroma is pretty big and roasty with lots of coffee. Initial taste is espresso, earthy, coffee, bitter roast. That bitter roast aftertaste hangs around for a while. Body is full with surprisingly high carbonation. Good, for sure. Not my favorite out of their line up, though.

3.7
hershiser2 (3233) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2017
$2.10 bottle, Wine Warehouse. Pours somewhat thick and black, small tan head. Aroma is coffee, floral hops, citrus, and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, roasted coffee, light floral notes, light ash. Not a huge, strong, in your face flavor, but quite solid and drinkable.

3.5
BeerViking (4782) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2017
Pours thick and black, with a tan crema and light aromas of cocoa, custard and a hint of tart plum. Initially creamy with roasted malt and lightly chocolate notes, thinning on the palate as red fruit and drier cocoa come through, along with a little ash and roast coffee. Good yet somehow unusual.


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