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Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged - Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel AgedObsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-17-2013

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Reviews by decimator:
Photo of decimator
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 9.2%.

A - Poured a deep near black with a thin light brown head, head reduced to nothing, zero lacing.

S - Roasted/toasted flavours with coffee & dark chocolate, vanilla, hint of spiced rum

T - Roasted/toasted flavours, some molasses, some vanilla, a bit of wood, some booze in the finish. As it warmed up a slight sour tang became noticeable.

M - Medium-low carbonation, heavy body, finishes dry with some heat.

O - The rum barrel aging is subdued. Overall a decent beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, shiny red foil around the cap. Nice to finally try a big beer from this brewery.

This beer pours a rather solid black, with pervasive red cola basal highlights, and a tower of foamy, frothy, bubbly, and nitro-tap-esque cascading tan head, which leaves a stellar array of warming back windshield lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates. Pretty sexy.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, toffee, bittersweet powdered cocoa, black licorice, reduced dark sugar, subtle grainy barrel notes - vanilla and wood fibre, mostly - a touch of wet ash, and a faint sweet rum booziness. The taste is gritty dark chocolate, bready caramel malt, thin anise, molasses, ethereal sour milk notes, a simple rum cask warmth - dry vanilla, grainy wood, and brown sugar - and a loitering ashy earthiness.

The carbonation is pleasant enough with its light frothiness, the body medium-full in weight, and generally quite smooth, with a hint of burgeoning aerosol creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, caramel/toffee, and rum sugar sweetness sort of pulling back, and allowing the grainy wood and sly lactic tartness to emerge, all under the watchful eye of the murmouring alcohol heat.

I gotta give this one credit - it fully duped me into thinking I was drinking a big chocolatey, brainless, boozy, wood-blasted new world porter. And I was, until the thing warmed a tad (I think), and the sweetness became noticeably offset by a decent drying trend, motivated by hop, sourness, and alcohol alike. I like this, I really do, even if the rum character is duct tape over the mouth muted at best.

Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick black pour. Nice amount of head. Very porter, with burnt parts, virtually no rum detected but yes there was some wood-barrelling characteristic. Not super drinker but a decent porter to bring to a tasting. Decent aroma like the wood in a sauna. Middling mouthfeel. A bit of investment and risk to go for a SE from this brewery, which has to prove itself. A 330 ml would have made better sense.

Photo of DougT
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black with 2 finger pillowy tan head that slowly settles leaving tons of lace and settling into a thick cream layer across the surface of the brew.

Smells of smoke, rum, chocolate, roast malt, plumbs and dark fruits.

Hop bitter and black malt with a sharp bite from the alcohol predominate the first hit. Some malt sweetness and chocolate tones drift in on a second sip. Rum flavors the aftertaste. Balance is a little off allowing a bit much alcohol taste to come through.

Feel is medium to full. Not very creamy but a nice tingle from the carbonation is present.

Overall very good, but the sharpness of the liquor bite is detracting. But otherwise good flavor and a nice winter warmer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with some sweet notes and some subtle rum barrel notes. Taste is a mix between some dry roasted malt notes with some light rum barrel notes with slightly sweet finish. Body is bit lighter then I was expecting with some good carbonation. Dryer then I was expecting with not as much rum notes as I was originally expecting.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip.

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Roast, some chocolate and lighter toasted oak aromas with some spice.

T - Roast and char up front, giving way to some chocolate, woody/oak notes and a touch of spice. Some warming throughout.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O - Fairly average overall but not bad relative to Cameron's past efforts at barrel aging. Nice to see an improvement.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Long813
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Slongie
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fizzyted
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: deep dark almost black, no light penetration even when held up to the window. A cola like head of two fingers upon pouring with good retention, breaking down to a thin film.

S: roast, coffee, some sweet and perhaps oak?

T: roast is forward, followed by coffee and sweet.

M: moderate to thin carbonation, this beer feels slick and yet it lingers.

O: the claim to fame on this beer is supposed to be the rum barrel aging. Perhaps I have an immature palate, but I could not sense this at all. This is a decent porter, and I think it is one of the better I have had from this province, so they have that going for them. All in all, it is an easy to drink porter.

Photo of andrenaline
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of leaddog
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with two fingers of creamy light mocha head.

Smell - Roasted malts, rum, aged wood, dark fruit, cocoa.

Taste - Roasted malts, wood flavours, and a strong rum flavour. Dark fruit and cocoa finish it off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Warming alcohol sensation.

Overall - A well crafted rum-barrel aged imperial porter. Excellent roasted malt and rum barrel flavours that blend together to make a warm, inviting brew.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WeedKing4
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This porter pours a dark jet black, with good caramal head. Tastes very smooth, roasty with good chocolate roasted notes coming through in the finish. You couldn't taste the high alcohol and the mouthfeel was very nice. Not to thin, and not to thick. This is one of the better canadian porters I have had so far. Delicious stuff. Its really unfortunate how something like this won't make it out to southern ontario often, let alone regularly.

Photo of nullbort
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged from Cameron's Brewing Co.
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