Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


on tap

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RATINGS: 1381   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MavDunk (91) - - MAY 14, 2017
On nitro. Pours oil black with steadfast beige head. Nose is coffee and chocolate with a similar taste. Mouthfeel is smooth nitro. Solid stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hauxe (669) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - APR 19, 2017
Pours very dark brown, with a tan creamy head. Chocolate milk aroma, chocolate taste and lots of rich roasted flavors, sweet overall, but with a low underlying bitterness. Low carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (3698) - CROATIA - APR 17, 2017
Bottle, 355 ml, courtesy of Max. Shared with him and JFK10000. Pours dark brown with light brownish head. Malty, cohocolate, roasted, coffee, sweet with somewhat harsh bitterness in finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Korcz (3134) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 13, 2017
Klasyczny Stout z fajnym, kremowym ciałem. Dość wytrawne, mocno palone, trochę popiołu i lukrecji. Smaczne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (2380) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2017
12oz bottle from Reid Market. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted nuts, light molasses, light raisin. Black with a lasting tan head. Dry, roasty, burnt chocolate, light char. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pdubyah (708) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2017
This is quite a sound beer, big aroma, big mouthfeel, and a lot of somewhat unexpected bitterness. Lovely mouthfeel though and a nice bitter hop like finish make this a rather interesting and extricating beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (2113) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Pours opaque black with a large rocky tan head. Amazing roasted malt nose hints at espresso and licorice. First sip is dark roast malt at its finest. Rich and complex with notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark coffee. Hops come through in middle, balancing this stout nicely. A wonderful balance of sweet and dry make this a delicious stout of epic proportions. The finish has lingering malt roastiness that seems to last forever. Simply delicious and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (12721) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, cream, light liquorice, taste is sweet, creamy, dark chocolate, light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjmoen (494) - - MAR 15, 2017
C-. Pours a black color with khaki head. Lighter body than expected. Also a bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Werckmeister (3040) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 14, 2017
0,355l bottle at home bought from Beergium, courtesy of Saeglopur, big thanks. BB 04/24/2017. black color, medium coffee-colored head. smells milky, spices, peppery, bit joghurty, light roast, earthy. decent smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of ash, spices, bit milky, peppery, some cardboard notes, chlorophyl, some vanilla. finishes bit roast and dry with notes of vanilla, cardboard and chlorophyl. do not like this, drinks rather unpleasant. the bottle from beergium arrived just a couple days ago, so I am rather surprised by the short BB date. not a fan.

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