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

very good
84 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel AgedObsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 05-17-2013

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 27
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.

 340 characters

Photo of nullbort
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Lynn
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $9.00 or so for a 650ml bottle. Served t 6deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high brown head that films out in 2mins. Super dark almost black color.

S- Has the rum scent for sure. Lots of coffee and malt too. A touch of heat takes this score down from 4.5 to 4.25

T- Excellent porter! The rum accentuates the beer and does not overpower. Good BA blend. Coffee overtones and with a solid malt backbone takes this beer up a notch or two

M- Dry and fresh. Has this most light bitter aftertaste that takes this beer down from perfect for a porter

O- One of the best porters I have ever had. Excellent blend.

Food Pairing

This wonderful porter went well with...... Pulled pork roast.


 741 characters

Photo of Wajohnst
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WeissBoy
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

 299 characters

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

Photo of leaddog
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

 482 characters

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

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.


 911 characters

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 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.

 2,230 characters

Photo of mikemands
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
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

 1,079 characters

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/3/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, vanilla, toffee, oak, light smoke/char, light spiced rum, and roast/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and moderate rum barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, vanilla, toffee, oak, light smoke/char, light spiced rum, and roast/yeast earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, vanilla, toffee, oak, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, balance, complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and moderate rum barrel flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and moderate rum barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,696 characters

Photo of WeedKing4
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.

 442 characters

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

Photo of biboergosum
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.

 1,603 characters

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

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +4.7%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged from Cameron's Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.