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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery
Style: Stout
Bend, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 1380   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (1124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2016 On nitro, poured into a shaker. Being on nitro, the aroma was mostly muted, but what did come through was a tobacco hint, an espresso note, and a slight grass aroma. Of course, aided by the nitro, this pours a beautiful black body with a very soft velvet, marshmallow head - tan in color - which sticks around forever and leaves a heavy spray of lace all over the empty glass. The taste is a nice blend of medium light sweet and medium light bitter with flavors of espresso, grass, some ash-like quality, toasted grain, nuts, and chocolate milk. Its a pretty slcik texture with a medium full body and an unnoticed / impossibly smooth carbonation. As it mellows out, some caramel starts to show up, along with a note of pine, at the finish, but its mostly espresso.which sticks around in the aftertaste with notes of cherry and dark chocolate.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hauxe (631) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (3626) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Korcz (2915) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 13, 2017
Klasyczny Stout z fajnym, kremowym ciałem. Dość wytrawne, mocno palone, trochę popiołu i lukrecji. Smaczne.

4.2
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pdubyah (704) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (1850) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (12545) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, cream, light liquorice, taste is sweet, creamy, dark chocolate, light bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjmoen (468) - - MAR 15, 2017
C-. Pours a black color with khaki head. Lighter body than expected. Also a bitter aftertaste

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Werckmeister (2758) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (4235) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle from Beergium. Aroma is roasted malt, powdery cocoa, chocolate, caramel, touch of charcoal, coffee, hint of dark fruits. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet and above moderate roasty bitter. Body is medium. Lacks some depth, but tasty roasty coffee Stout.


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