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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1366   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2005
Nice - black color with a beige head. You can taste coffee, chocolate and it is very smooth with just enough hops to make it a very complex beverage. GREAT cold weather beer.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PugUglyBrewer (373) - - FEB 21, 2017
Black color with a light tan head of creamy foam. Light espresso and bakers chocolate notes. Medium to full bodied, rich mouthfeel. Dry coffee bean roast finish.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jflopsu (1482) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2017
On nitro. Pours pitch black with light brown foamy head. A faint roasted malt and grain aroma. A creamy body with a taste of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. A lingering roasted malt aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onslow (1452) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Inky black brew with small tan head, good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt toast and coffee. As it warms in the glass ethanol aroma becomes noticeable. Taste is moderate sweet malt up front, coffee and dark roasted grains. Coffee and some chocolate emerge mid swallow with a sour / bitter hops emerging at the end. The hops in the finish is a little pronounced for a stout but compliments the roasted grain nicely and gives a dry finish. Palate is fairly thin but bolstered by moderate carbonation that keeps things lively. Overall a really enjoyable stout, though not the most complex.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigcat03 (298) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - JAN 27, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2017 Bottle poured into an English pint. Pours pitch black with a thick brown head that leaves light lacing. Aroma is pretty big and roasty with lots of coffee. Initial taste is espresso, earthy, coffee, bitter roast. That bitter roast aftertaste hangs around for a while. Body is full with surprisingly high carbonation. Good, for sure. Not my favorite out of their line up, though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2594) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2017
$2.10 bottle, Wine Warehouse. Pours somewhat thick and black, small tan head. Aroma is coffee, floral hops, citrus, and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, roasted coffee, light floral notes, light ash. Not a huge, strong, in your face flavor, but quite solid and drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (4455) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2017
Pours thick and black, with a tan crema and light aromas of cocoa, custard and a hint of tart plum. Initially creamy with roasted malt and lightly chocolate notes, thinning on the palate as red fruit and drier cocoa come through, along with a little ash and roast coffee. Good yet somehow unusual.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darwenus (1009) - Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2017
This is a fine, classic take on the American style stout. It pours dark brown to black with copper highlights and little foam. The aroma is coffee and a bit of citrus and charcoal. The flavor is all about the roasted malt. Not a bit sweet, not off balance, just a dark, rich, roasted malt character that is delicious to the last drop. A fine stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arn8897 (363) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Pours black with small brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate and malt. Has a bitter hoppy finish. Thin mouth feel. Slight smokiness at the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StoutBeerReviews (107) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Just a bit too thin for my taste. good balance between sweet and bitterness, overall very tasty. just not quite there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sawbuck (680) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Nice aroma of bitter chocolate, some charcoal, and a hint of vanilla. Ebony color with a huge tan head that you can float a bottle cap on. Sweet roasted malt up front. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and cacao, all swirling on the tongue. Bitterness is dark chocolate like and slightly dry. Finish had more sweet than bitter but balances somewhat at the end. Light to medium mouthfeel. Solid.


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