Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged
Cameron's Brewing Co.

Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel AgedObsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged
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Style:
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #343
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #25,779
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 9.95%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
89
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Cameron's Brewing Co.
 
Ontario, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel AgedObsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged
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Reviews by Jeffo:
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.59/5  rDev -6%
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.

Sep 23, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Jun 18, 2013
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Oct 01, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Jun 07, 2013
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janubio from Spain

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.

Sep 18, 2016
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

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.

Jun 20, 2015
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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).

Jun 30, 2013
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irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Sep 05, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Jan 29, 2014
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Bung from Michigan

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

Jul 10, 2015
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spycow from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Oct 12, 2014
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Feb 15, 2014
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RedAleMan from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Jul 01, 2013
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Jun 23, 2013
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decimator from Canada (ON)

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Jun 25, 2013
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WeedKing4 from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Jun 23, 2013
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Jul 05, 2013
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Long813 from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Jul 04, 2013
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Gtg642 from Michigan

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

May 14, 2016
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jan 03, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

May 23, 2013
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bigox420 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Dec 29, 2013
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

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

May 29, 2016
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Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Dec 20, 2013
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Jun 17, 2013
Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 89 ratings