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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1377   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
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Pours a dark opaque brown color witha small tan head. Nose of heavily roasted malt, chocolate, touch of dark fruits. Initial displays that robust richness of the roasted malt flavoring enhancing to like black coffee. Chocolate seeps in. Mid palate of hints of mollasses. Finishing with a hoppier finish than expected and continuing deeply roasted malts. Good palate duration. Found the flavor to be too dominated by the roasted malt which lack complexity making it one dimensional. However, the beer was still enjoyable. Good head retention. Medium body.

3.9
mgermani (1010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2008
Pours a pitch black with a thin layer of beige foam and great lacing. Aroma is pungent - alcohol, oatmeal cookie. Perfect stout taste - chocolate mousse, nice present hops, which is refreshing after so many sweet stouts. Just a tad tangy/acidic and roasty in the finish, nice warming alcohol. Body is not too thick, but still very creamy and substantial. I really like this stout, I wish I could buy it locally. Many thanks to my friend Stefan for the generous gift of 2 bottles!

3.6
dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Pours a nice thick black with a thick tan head. Big roasted grain chocolate malt aroma. Smooth chocolate, roasted grain taste. Very nice medium body. Finishes with a dry slightly bitter aftertaste. Very nice stout.

4.2
Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle courtesy of SuzyGreenberg. Pours jet black with a dense, creamy tan head that leaves a blanket of lace on the glass as it recedes. The nose is a sweet and roasty malt and dark chocolate with supporting notes of lactose, faint coffee and Cavendish tobacco. Medium-bodied and silky-soft with a lightly bitter, roasted finish. The flavor is of sweet, roasted malt, bitter-sweet cocoa, light coffee and just a touch of sweet & sour lactose, finishing lightly bitter and roasty. This is an exceptional brew and one that I will drink regularly if it’s ever distributed here in KC. Thanks a ton for sending me this excellent extra, Ben!

3.7
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Jake65. Pours a deep black with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose is roasted malts , coffee and cocoa. Palate is slightly bitter upfront, with burnt coffee grounds and some molasses sweetness, followed by a lingering bitter hop finish. Semi-creamy mouth feel. Decent stout.

4.1
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
Pours black with a moderate brown head that has moderate retention and good lacing. Aroma is on the dry side and herbal with notes of pipe tobacco and coffee. Pleasingly complex flavor starts dry then quickly becomes sweeter, presenting chocolate and dark roasted coffee, finishing with a solid complement of bittering hops. Lovely rich mouthfeel, just enough carbo that doesn’t get in the way. A very fine Stout.

3.9
brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2008
12oz bottle thanks to a trade I made some time ago. Very dark brown-black pour with a brownish medium head. Very roasty aroma with big malty grain. The flavor is nice. Roasty malt grain with a touch of mineral, hints of dry coco but mostly roasted grain. Medium mouth fell. Creamy and (again) roasty. This was a very enjoyable stout.

4.2
DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
Near black pour, thick brown head. Very roasty aroma, chocolate too. Intense burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, quite sweet, a touch nutty. Velvety mouthfeel. Long dry bitter finish. Really terrific!

3.9
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Yummy. I was pleasantly surprised by this unassuming beer. Tastes almost like an Imperial, but with a little less complexity and alcohol. Roasted nuts, very malty, and unassaulting to the palate. This could make a great session beer, in my opinion. I’ll definitely have to remember this one. Thanks Deschutes.

3.9
elihapa (1554) - 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.


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