Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged - Cameron's Brewing Co.
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4.21/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
05-18-2014 04:06:50 | More by leaddog
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
650ml bomber poured into tulip 14/2/14
A darkest of cola, I can see a little light through the glass but not much, big three finger mocha head has great retention but only leaves a few random patches of lace
S lots of dark roast, bakers chocolate, espresso, charred wood, and licorice, a little spice and wood, it wouldn't surprise me if it was spiced rum they used but the barrels not over the top, some root beer, vanilla, and raisins, smells great
T a little more char then the nose, barrel comes out stronger, some cola added to the mix, still solid but the nose takes it
M not all that heavy for the color, just on the creamy side of foam, a little tannin grit at first but slick after the fact, booze is very well hidden, more rum on the aftertaste then anywhere else with plenty of char
O lots of dark roast, well concealed booze, well rounded overall, could use dome more body but its a small complaint
I'm a little surprised this one doesn't get more love from my fellow BA's, I don't see any reason why people wouldn't enjoy this one, well worth trying for sure
02-15-2014 05:18:35 | More by wordemupg
4.08/5 rDev +10%
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.
06-23-2013 02:13:55 | More by WeedKing4
4.06/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
01-29-2014 04:57:29 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
650 ml bottle picked up from the lcbo which was poured into a pint glass at about 50 degrees.
A - Pours a deep black with no visible light penetration when held up to the light, caramel light head about half an inch thick which falls quickly into a thin ring which holds over time. No long term lacing.
S - Scent is heavily centred on roasted malts scents of dark chocolate and caramel with a hint of alcohol, limited coffee undertones.
T - A quick one-two to your tongue from an earthy coffee flavor and very dark chocolate, alcohol comes in to round out the major flavors. Lesser flavors of smoky wood and caramel are present
M - This beer sits very heavy on the palate but feels slick unlike some porters, almost like a beer oil but it works very well so the stong flavors don't overpower you.
Obisidian is a great name for this beer, it is similar to many porters in basic flavors but those flavors are much more pronounced and crisp while nearly hiding is 9.2% ABV
05-22-2013 22:50:46 | More by jmkoscie
3.94/5 rDev +6.2%
A- into a tulip, a dark black colour, with nice whispy and bubbly film, great lacing.
S- mild roastiness, with boozy rum casks, sweet vanilla, quite interesting, lot of cool rum notes, brown sugar and herbal aspects. 4.25
T- smooth start with dark malts, lemony oiliness, smooth rummy woodiness, dark sugar, a kick of licorice comes into the finish where is gets quite dry. A lot of body, boo zones holds up well against the malts, woodiness melds fairly nicely. I thought the beer itself was less of a contributed than the BA. 4
M- full bodied, fair bit of alcohol on the feel but it drinks quite nicely, moderate carbonation, noticeable but works well enough.
A strong showcase for rum barrels which really run the show here, perhaps less than 7 months would have been preferable, I didn't pick up enough of the porter notes to really push this into great territory, still a strong rummy, sugary, woody, porter. Worth trying.
12-17-2013 04:11:20 | More by mick303
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
(3.75): Beautiful black with a tall creamy, bubbly, mocha coloured head. Lengthy retention and streaky lacing.
(4.0) S: Oak, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, rum covered darker fruits (raisins, plums, dates), and caramel. Not a strong boozy or oaky aroma but enough to compliment the other aromas.
(3.75) T: Bitter dark chocolate, black licorice/anise, sweet dried dates & raisins, oak, and solid caramel-like malt backbone. Alcohol is quite well hidden.
(4.0) M: Full bodied with a lower carbonation. Syrupy with a creamy and smooth texture. Appropriate.
(3.75) D: I am really enjoying these special Cameron’s releases. The oak presence is very nice and works well with the other tastes which can each be picked out. An intense anise/licorice flavour is another redeeming quality.
06-16-2013 01:25:58 | More by Digimaika2
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Bottle from the LCBO. Served in a snifter at Jason's place while watching a 3OT thriller.
A - Dark tan foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Very dark brown body.
S - There's a lot of oak and wood present, but not a ton of overt rum spirit character; perhaps they rinsed the barrel or the rum largely evaporated en route to Canada. The base beer has plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a yeasty dark bread character to it. I'm not totally upset by the faint rum character, as too much rum can be overpowering.
T - The taste is sweeter, with some light spice and molasses from the rum, particularly as the beer warms up. Oak isn't as intense here, with dark chocolate, anise, and roasted malt rounding out the flavor profile. Alcohol is reasonably well-concealed.
M - Medium-full body, pleasant carbonation, and a mildly dry and tannic finish. Not much alcohol presence for the listed 9.2%.
D - Rum is a bit less present than expected, but otherwise it's a decent imperial porter with some mild oak and spirit mixed in. Overpriced for the quality, but drinkable all the same. I'd give it another shot if I saw it on-tap in a smaller serving size (5-8oz).
06-30-2013 18:00:50 | More by MasterSki
3.69/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-07-2013 21:43:11 | More by Sammy
Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged from Cameron's Brewing Co.
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