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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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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-17-2013)
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Photo of tbeckett
2.54/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

From notes.

A - Poured black with a two finger faded brown head. Mild spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Sweet malt, rich, sugar, roast.

T - A little booze, roasty, quite sweet, cola, sugar. Became quite sweet later with a rough woody flavour as well. Didn't end up being overly tasty.

M - Cloyingly sweet finish. Good carbonation, body was too light and felt medium at best.

O/D - Not my favourite porter by a long shot. Way too sweet. Barrel character added far too much sweetness and the base beer couldn't cope. Couldn't finish this one.

tbeckett, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -19.1%

beerhunter13, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.1%

cfalovo97, May 21, 2013
Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

byronic, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of hotsudge
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

hotsudge, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

TerryW, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of decimator
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

decimator, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, May 23, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Ham-Nord
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Ham-Nord, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

DaPan, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

polloenfuego, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

hopsolutely, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Jeffo, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of peensteen
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nearly jet black, one finger of creamy tan head, good retention with nice lace. Nose is of black liquorice, roast and some chocolate also, oak is there but subtle, just a bit of coffee as well as a bit of vanilla-coffee crisp. Taste is roasty with chocolate, more herbal anise and liquorice like in the nose, some spice and rum flavours, a bit of oak and vanilla, chocolate aftertaste, a bit of booze and a bit astrigent. Medium carbonation, medium body. A decent porter and by far the best barrel aged beer they have made but not much worth getting excited about here.

peensteen, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Sammy, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

JonnyBeers, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

liamt07, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Long813
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Long813, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of fizzyted
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

fizzyted, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

yancot, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

KrisDLSmith, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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).

MasterSki, Jun 30, 2013
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Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged from Cameron's Brewing Co.
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