Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 1369   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 The aroma is dark malt and chocolate. A big chocolate smell as it warms. The taste is intense dark roasted malt and dark baking chocolate. Flavors are clean and defined. Great beer.

Bill Becker (1371) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Jul 2006 Poured from 12oz bottle a pitch black with a large off white head of foam that dissipated slowly The smell has a lot sweet roastiness to it with notes of chocolate and coffee. The taste is also very roasty...nice balance between the sweetness from chocolate and coffee flavours and the hop bitterness. Makes for a very tasty yet smooth brew and there's no alcohol presence on the palate at all. Yum! Bottom line: One of my favourite American Stouts out there. I highly recommend it!

ricke49 (68) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2017
Has been the ‘standard’ for more than 20 years imho. Just bitter enough to let you know you’re not sipping a sweet malt bomb. Great on a Fall afternoon.

bdleedahl (594) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 6, 2017
On nitro at the brewery. Nice feel, but he hops come through significantly more than the roasted malts, which to me is not overly desirable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

yoxik75 (165) - 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.

tntracey (102) - 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!

BlazerT (1226) - 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.

KevinReddirt (211) - 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.

Klimaet (2965) - 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.

sulawang (1189) - - 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.

HighlanderOne (1365) - 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

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