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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
cameronsbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 05-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$ 11.87 (Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.540/oz) at Oppermann’s, Saginaw, MI
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter; allowed to warm to 50 degrees.
Aroma – pretty much like every barrel-aged brew; oaky and some roasted malt.
Head small (Maximum < 2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, dense and creamy with some rocks, decent retention finally diminishing to an irregular six to ten mm creamy ring and a thin layer with a large rocky island.
Lacing excellent – wide rings of tight lacing connected by short stalactites, mostly tiny bubbles with a few small one to break the monotony.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – starts off with some harsh alcohol and a little bit of rum, little to no vanillin, no roasted malt chocolate or caramel. After it warms, the alcohol becomes less harsh to the taste but begins to be felt in the gastric tract. Not really tasting or smelling any hops. No diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

You’d think a beer from an oak aged series brewed in a town called Oakville would have a little more oakiness evident in the flavor as well as the nose.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Bihotz, Bilbao - Pours jet black with a medium tanned head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste - sweet, smooth, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hint of sourness - barrel aged, light alcoholic warmth, dry bitter finish. Solid BA Imperial porter.

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Photo of janubio
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark opaque colour, with a small brown head that does not last much and leaves a small lace. Aroma of chocolate, red and dark fruitls, licorice, wood, hints of rum. Creamy a bit bitter palate, medium body. Taste is sharper than the aroma, the wood is more noticeable, dark and red frutis, chocolate, coffee, licorice, pepper. Extraordinary.

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Photo of Mousel
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Geosuds
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ikidunot
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Gtg642
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice imperial porter pours a deep muddy brown verging on black with a decent light tan head of foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice lacing. Nose of deeply roasted malts, light coffee, dark bakers chocolate, light vanilla, and sweet dark brown sugars. Flavors exceed the nose with rich deeply roasted malts on all sides, subtle char, dark bakers chocolate, and hints of raisins. Middle to rear of the palate features dark coffee and light vanilla blending nicely with brown sugars and very light rum notes that are easily taken for brown sugars. Finish is deeply roasted bitter malts with a lightly carbonated and lightly slick mouth feel that goes down very nicely. A stout drinkers porter a nice equal of the sum of it's parts. Could use a touch more of the rum note, but still solid with a moderate warming effect. Solid.

Cheers

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Photo of Sunsetlane_guy
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CurtisD
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Having difficulty with this one. Lots of rum barrel aged cough syrup going on, perhaps licorice. Hard to finish.

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Photo of mlockman
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am hardly a fan of rum, but this was quite tasty. Enjoyable mouthfeel, the flavors of this beer definitely seemed more nuanced/melded as it warmed up. Nonetheless, it left a bit of a strange aftertaste in my mouth that I'm having trouble reconciling even as I write this review.

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Photo of Giggy
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of parintele
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerQuebec
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO a few months ago, and served barely chilled. Can't find a bottling date anywhere, but I'm assuming it's from last winter's batch, which makes it about 5-7 months old.

Pours an opaque jet-black colour, capped off with one finger of dense, creamy beige-coloured head. A thick curtain of uninterrupted lace is painted onto the glass by the receding head, which within 2-3 minutes has been replaced in its entirety by a modest-sized foamy collar. The aroma is rich and enticing - there's caramelized sugar and molasses sweetness, with a mouth-watering array of dark, roasted malt notes. Baker's chocolate, fig, oak and vanilla are all present and accounted for, with a bit of coffee and even a slight hint of anise. The rum is barely noticeable, which would be a bummer if I were a big rum fan (fortunately, I am not).

A satisfying strong porter, with the barrel-borne features of the flavour profile acting more as a complementary role than as the focal point. Molasses and sugary caramel sweetness come through right off the bat, with notes of toasted bread crust, figgy dark fruit and dark-roasted coffee also swirling across the palate. Hints of vanilla and rum are also noticeable, but not particularly prominent. It finishes with a mixture of baker's cocoa and a pronounced bitter, roasty earthiness that becomes increasingly ashy into the aftertaste. A slight booziness is noticeable, but it blends nicely with the rest of the flavour profile, rather than being a detriment. Medium-full in body, with mild carbonation levels that gently agitate the palate, with a silky-smooth feel on the tongue.

Final Grade: 4.15, an admirable A-. Cameron's Obsidian Imperial Porter is a truly robust beer. I can understand the argument that the barrel features are a bit subdued - in fact, I can agree with that. But just because I'm not being slapped in the face with rum-soaked oak after every sip, does not make the final product any less appealing to me. It is still rich-flavoured, beautifully balanced, and one of the best products that this brewery has sent to the LCBO. It's good, but the $11 price tag still stings a little - and would prevent me from buying more than one of these per batch.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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