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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1364   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Poured into tulip glass with a best by: 7/28/12. Glad I noticed this since it is 7/15/12 Appearance: Big beautiful 2 to 2&1/2 finger size head that is khaki color with tight condensed bubbles. It is a dark black beer with absolutley no light penetration through this beer. The lacing on this is ridiculous as I swirl the glass it really sticks to the side. I was taken by the head that formed on this. Awesome! Smell: Upfront is the espresso and toasted malts along with dark chocolate and nuts. I get some slight molasses and some fairly noticable hops. Taste: Roasted malts big time! Some bitter chocolate and mild coffee present. A noticable bitter hoppy finish for a stout that prevents any overly sweet finish. Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout and rather carbonated. Not slick or viscous but that is nice on this one because it makes it highly drinkable. Overall: This is a nice change of pace stout for me. Slightly hoppy and roasted goodness through and through. Low abv makes this easy to drink and that is apparent as my glass is nearing empty and only after about 10 minutes.


3.7
yoxik75 (137) - Wroclaw, POLAND - SEP 14, 2017
Piana drobna, obfita, trwała, zdobi szkło, ideał. Kolor Czarny. Aromat nuty palone, estrowe, lekko kawa, przyjemny. Smak, wysoka palonsc lekko kwaskowa, kawa, gorzka czekolada, są owocowe estry, lukrecja, zauważalne chmielenie, średnia goryczka. Piwo gładkie z średnim ciałem, delikatną słodyczą, Bardzo Dobre.

3.7
tntracey (92) - Hood River, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2017
12 oz bottle poured into frosted pint glass. One my absolute favorite "mass produced" craft beers. Predictable, well balanced and good to the last drop stouts. Kinda early in the season to begin drinking dark and heavy beers, but I could not resist!

3.6
BlazerT (1205) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - SEP 7, 2017
Nice, smooth, velvety, creamy, light to moderately coffee and dusty. Medium body, oily texture, light heavy bitterness. In overall nice, decent and drinkable.

3.9
KevinReddirt (198) - Midland, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2017
Always pleased to get to try a Deschutes beer for the first time. That is the case here, a single 355 ml bottle picked up in North Dallas and carried home. Poured into my Buffalo Bayou tulip glass it delivers a tuxedo black liquid and a dark tan head that promptly subsides. Taking a smell, dark raisin, baker's chocolate, malt and rock candy. A sip now, dark roast coffee, licorice, malty and hoppy both, a very small touch of sweetness. Finishes with a strong, decent bitterness. I would like to have again if it ever shows up.

3.5
Klimaet (2894) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2017
Tap @ Deschutes, Bend as Nitro. Pours black with a medium creamy dark brown head. Aromas of roasty ashy malts, chocolate, bread. Taste is roasty, bitter, coffee, ashy notes, bready malts.

3.6
sulawang (1172) - - AUG 13, 2017
Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours ultra dark brown without a head but temporary surfacing bubbles, thin ringed retention, barely visible singular micro streams.

Nose: toffee malt, sweet cocoa, chocolate truffle. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: off-dry crisp, roasty malt impression

Mid-palate: background controlled acidity, (lvl-3-sweetness), coffee fruity overtones, medium dry roasted barley malt

Finish: long-lingering medium bitter dry woody roast, roasted exhale

Summary: Lots of lengthy roasted malts with a just enough sweetness and acidity to balance it out. Medium bodied, low creaminess. Smooth drinkability.

3.8
HighlanderOne (1353) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2017
Poured from bottle / can AROMA - malt and cocoa APPEARANCE - stout black, lacing. FLAVOR - roasted malt, dry cocoa, licorice, hint of coffee. PALATE - smooth, full, slightly sweet OVERALL - I would buy again

3.9
hman43 (1726) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2017
It pours black with a tan head. It has moderate coffee aroma. Also hints of chocolate and dark roasted coffee flavors. Spicy elements and slightly burnt notes.

3.7
charlotte (5401) - rødovre, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2017
Bottle.Black colour with small head. Aroma og expresso and roasted malt,nice nots of Cold coffee and malt good full body and malty mouthfeels well balanced and nice by style beer overall.

5
HourGlass13 (1000) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2017
Sans aucun doute l’un des meilleurs succès. Les plus magnifiquement dans le verre sont brun foncé profond, avec une tête nitro en cascade. Saveur de chocolat noir avec malt sombre. Le goût est soyeux lisse et crémeux. Doux, mais pas trop. Presque parfait. Magnifique bière. Sur le robinet à Blue Rock Pizza High Point, NC.


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