overall
98
99
style
Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1361   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2008
This was a very goOd stout and was thick but not to sweet at all ,black with a nice tan head and a nice roasted malty flavor with hints of chocolate,overall a nice stout CHEERS!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 Pours pitch black, with a small, tan head. Light aroma of coffee. Flavor of roasted nuts, espresso, brown sugar, and dark chocolate. Palate is creamy, thinner than expected, and finishes on the dry side. Overall a solid stout, but not spectacular.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4652) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Thanks bmartin. Poured a nice dark black with a one finger dark brown head. The aroma was very rich, roasty, molasses, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar. The flavor was also very rich, soy, molasses, chocolate, coffee, roasty flavor. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Excellent stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2008
The color was very dark brown/black. The head was thin, fizzy, and light biege. The aroma was coffee, molasses, chocolate, roasty, and a light metalic nose. The flavor was coffee, roasty, chocolate, sweet, and hops. The palate was smooth and thick-bodied. The finish was hoppy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Bottle. Can also get on tap around town. Pours black with a mocha colored head that seems to last for a while leaving a rather nice lacing to the glass. Aroma isnt this beers strongest suite...very subtle notes of toffee and roasted malt. Flavor however is another story...nice full bodied stout with a somewhat sticky mouth feel. Complex flavor profile with definite chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Very good Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Props to thooper41 for sending this one my way! Pours black with a small frothy head. Aroma is licorice and toffee. Texture is very creamy, and the flavor combines coffee, toffee, and licorice. Very much a "lite" version of Dark Horse Reserve Black Bier, just a tad weaker and watery. Still a solid brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Poured black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Some chocolate mixed with coffee. Lots of fruit that almost overpowers the coffee. Different.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkMagus (507) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Wow, nothing this brewery creates can go wrong. This beer was a dark black with a sticky and long-lasting brown film of bubbles on the surface. Aroma was slightly sweet with loads of roasted malt. Some hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavors were really powerful and intense, with a satisfying amount of rich roasted malt with even more coffee and chocolate, and a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Perfectly well-balanced. Full bodied and slightly sticky-but-slick mouthfeel. I love the fact that this beer exists AND IS SOLD IN SIX PACKS. Awesome stuff, I need to stock up.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
highibus (812) - Vail, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Pours a deep dark black with a three finger frothy tan head. Held beautifully for 20 min. Aroma of coffee, toffee and toasted nuts. Flavor is roasted coffee with a nice dry bitter aftertaste. Chocolaty and burnt toast. I really like this stout. Flavor lasts and lasts in the mouth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 8, 2008
(Bottle (best by 12/28/07) via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>TheCheeseMan, thanks Daniel!) Pours very dark brown with four fingers of big mocha head that recedes to about 1/8" and stays. Aroma of molasses, dark chocolate and coffee. Big meaty mouthfeel. Smooth and a little oily. Lots of broken lacing. Flavor is big rich coffee and dark chocolate. Plenty of roastiness. A bit of roasty molasses emerges as it warms. Medium amount of bitterness overlays and gives a little hit through finish. A straightforward heavy-duty excellent-tasting stout with a great palate as well.


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