Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


on tap

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RATINGS: 1380   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2800) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Nitro tap at Papago. Black with creamy lasting brown head. Roasted chocolate, coffee, and chocolate chip cookie aroma. Smooth, rich and creamy roasted chocolate with mild fruit and medium bitter finish. Medium-full body with nitro creamy low carbo. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
This one is always easy to overlook sometimes. Yeah, its not a sexy imperial stout, and the label is kinda lame. But the contents in the bottle are fantastic. Ive consumed this beer several times over the years, so a 6-pack and $8.00 later, its time to rate.

The beer pours out a deep black color with a really nice two-finger thick tan head. The head sort of shimmers in the glass as it dissipates. An arom of smoke, charred malts, molasses and toffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Smooth dark roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate truffles. Pretty dry in terms of a stout. Not a whole lot of residual sweetness left. Nice stout anyway you look at it."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Dark brown in color with medium-sized bubbles that dissipated quickly. The nose was sweet with scents of coffee, chocolate and oats. The palate comes off soft and has a dry bitterness to it. Fairly simple in the mouth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2008
This was just a tad too dry for a dry stout. Extremely roasty, like coffee burned to the bottom of the pot, a light bit of chocolate and cocoa, burnt maltballs. Not my favorite stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8508) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2008
12oz bottle pours deep darkness with mocha head and spotty lacing. The aroma is roasty, chocolate covered malt balls and some licorice. The taste kicks off with a mouth full of highly roasted malts, burnt malts and coffee beans. Chocolate notes surface midway and ride with the roasted malts into the finish. Very nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 19, 2008
Bottle. Huge tan head, dense and lasting with some lace, black body, roasty nose with espresso notes and perhaps some dark chocolate and maybe some floral hop notes. Pretty dry, typical roasted malt flavors, sort of like drinking powdered bakers chocolate with some ground espresso mixed in. Could use more crystal malt. Finish sort of disappears.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2008
Black pour, medium beige head. Aroma is roasty and coffee smells nice. Flavor is roasty, chocolate, a touch of coffee. Dry aftertaste with a touch of citrus hops. Medium bodied, smooth finish and just a great example of what a stout should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 1, 2008
12 oz bottle from unclejedi - thanks! Best by 06/27/07. OK, so Im a tad late. Anyway, black with a brown head. Excellent brown lace. Rather roasty, nutty nose, chocolate and a bit of floral character. Flavors are very much chocolate and coffee, a bit more floral hop than the nose foretold. Body is on the full side of medium, pretty smooth. Finish starts oddly sweet, then moves to a herbal bitterness, a bit of burnt coffee. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured an opaque black color. Head was thick, brown, and reduced over a minute or two to a lasting film. Aroma was of malted milk balls with a hint of caramel. Slightly sweet with a bit of roasty bitterness at the end. Tasted of milk chocolate, caramel, and subdued cashew. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Thick pour with long lasting white head. Milky lactic acid aroma with some bourbon whiskey and malt. Flavor is nothing but roasted, almost burnt malt. Completely dry and bitter. Good stout.

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