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

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3.8/5
Very Good
87 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#18,241
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
87
pDev:
10.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of bylerteck
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

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Photo of BlackNote
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Weird bitterness and lack of depth or rum flavor.

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Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
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 byronic
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of hotsudge
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of TerryW
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of decimator
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Photo of Ham-Nord
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Giggy
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of polloenfuego
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mlockman
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of skaboom420
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopsolutely
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of ikidunot
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 87 ratings
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