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
4.06/5 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
3.56/5 rDev -4%
Not certain whether this bottle is thanks to CanBIF (thank-you mtomlins) or the one we had in the cellar beforehand, but either way it is a reasonably aged bottle from which I expected a nice blend and smoothness. Unfortunately, or fortunately for those who enjoy such elements, many rough edges are still in tact.
Pours an oily near-black with ruby highlights at the very edge of the glass after being held up to light. Has a reasonable chocolate coloured head with good retention and resultant lacing. Barrel-forward aroma showcases a lot of oak wth some brandied fruit and roasted dark chocolate malts. Not certain I'd have been able to get "rum" if it wasn't listed on the label, but definite elements of a fruitcake soaked in liquor. The barrel tannins dominate the taste more heavily, with an earthy twinge to the bitter & hot finish. Dark chocolate is present but overshadowed by the oak. Not as well balanced as the aroma and with a harshness in the transition between body and finish that I'd expected to dissipate as it warmed.
Glad to have tried, but more "barrel" than my personal tastes require.
12-31-2013 02:33:53 | More by hopsolutely
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
3.41/5 rDev -8.1%
Great looking beer. Awesome looking head over top of a walnut black brew. Long-lived chunky head, with lots of lace. Impressive.
You can smell lots of charcoal in the beer. A bit of alcohol, but nothing really rummy. Similar to taste. Lots of charcoal, some chocolate, bitter and dry to finish after a sweet start up. Generally sweet overall. Not bad, but not overwhelming beyond looking so good.
10-01-2013 00:24:05 | More by TerryW
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
Got this at the LCBO in Waterloo.
From a bomber into a snifter
Spent 7 months in Caribbean rum barrels
APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a small, medium looking, tan head with good retention. Head fades to faint wisp and ring. Black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. A dotty wisp and ring remain but leaves no real lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Oak, vanilla, caramel notes, with dark chocolate on the nose. Rum notes, with a pinch of roasted grain as well. Pretty nice, and bold enough as well.
TASTE: Caramel, oak and vanilla up front, with a rum and oak finish. Dark chocolate bitterness, sweet caramel, rum and vanilla linger on the palate. Pretty solid really. Caramel sweetness, rum sweetness and oak are balanced by bitter dark chocolate and a touch of roasted rain. Good.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Alright.
OVERALL: This is pretty good actually. Not as impressive as their Rye IPA, but still a solid and enjoyable barrel aged porter. The nose is probably the best part of the brew, but it's still a solid all around effort. Well balanced and worth checking out if you get the chance.
09-23-2013 18:38:59 | More by Jeffo
Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged from Cameron's Brewing Co.
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