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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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BA SCORE
84
good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.97%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-17-2013)
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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 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 biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

biboergosum, Jan 29, 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
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

liamt07, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

wordemupg, Feb 15, 2014
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 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 Molson2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Molson2000, Dec 20, 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 DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

DaPan, Jul 02, 2014
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 cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.1%

cfalovo97, May 21, 2013
Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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 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 mick303
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

mick303, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

RedAleMan, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -19.1%

beerhunter13, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

yancot, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of leaddog
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

leaddog, May 18, 2014
Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +7.8%

bigox420, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of fizzyted
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

fizzyted, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +7.8%

FadetoBock, Jul 27, 2014
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Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged from Cameron's Brewing Co.
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