Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged - Cameron's Brewing Co.
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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
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
06-25-2013 02:24:52 | More by decimator
2.54/5 rDev -31.5%
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.
06-23-2013 03:13:14 | More by tbeckett
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
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
06-18-2013 01:55:07 | More by Phyl21ca
3.66/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
06-17-2013 13:55:43 | More by peensteen
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
3.51/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
06-14-2013 20:50:25 | More by polloenfuego
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
3.48/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
05-23-2013 02:44:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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
Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged from Cameron's Brewing Co.
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