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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

bottled
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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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3.9
elihapa (1553) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 21, 2008
bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small but beautiful tan brown head. Smells of chocolate malts, coffee, and charcoal. Palate is creamy, with medium carbonation. Flavor is rich of burnt notes, espresso, semisweet chocolate, maybe even some roasted chestnuts. Definitely dominated by a smoky, toasted flavor. Finishes dry and bitter. Really a nice blend of dark flavors, though I felt like I tasted some hops in there to help round the brew. A great beer, though not for those looking for a summer thirst quencher.

3.4
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle, pours a black color with a fast fading brown head. Aromas of toast, hops, and coffee beans. Flavor is roasted coffee, citrus and a nice blast of hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but a good beer anywa.

3.5
nimbleprop (8384) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Sampled at the Savor DC event. Pours a medium bodied, opaque black with a cloudy white head. Aroma has roasted malts, nuts and coffee. Flavor is both sweet and creamy with plenty of coffee, toasted grain, chocolate, and a hint of citrus. Finish is dry with coffee bitterness.

4
jefcon (1858) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Really a tremendous beer with a rich, deep character that spans the palate. Starts midnight black with tons of visible malt. Smells of chocolate and chicory and roast. There is a surge of malt on the tongue, and a nice hop balance to the beer. Somewhat viscous, medium weight. Long, drying, bittering chocolate and coffee finish. Still, there is more character in the beer than I can describe, with a terroir, mineral depth that few American stouts achieve.

3.8
anders37 (26657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2008
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small longlasting tan head. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted malty hoppy bitter coffee flavor with some hints of chocolate, also some hints of licorice. Has a roasted malty licorice finish with a bitter aftertaste.

3.1
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle pours pitch black with a tan head. Smells are mild for the style. I gather some malt and hop flavors. Has a light-medium mouthfeel. Tastes like more hop upfront with a slight malt aftertaste. Descent brew.

3.8
sunevdj (4087) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2008
Pours a clear black with a beige head. Sweet with a bit of bitterness. Strong aromas of coffee and roasted malts. Also hints of oats. Medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation. Bitter finish with more coffee.

3.6
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Pours a deep black with a creamy thick brown head which slowly gives away to some nice lacing. Roasty grain and coffee aroma, with hints of malt and chocolate. Nice flavor as well, mainly roasted malt and coffee. Thin dry finish. A good stout for the price.

4.1
malrubius (2902) - 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.

3.6
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
This one is always easy to overlook sometimes. Yeah, it’s not a sexy imperial stout, and the label is kinda lame. But the contents in the bottle are fantastic. I’ve consumed this beer several times over the years, so a 6-pack and $8.00 later, it’s 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."


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