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

Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel AgedObsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged
BA SCORE
3.8/5
86 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 05-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,875
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
86
pDev:
10.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of thehyperduck
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of mikemands
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Enjoy

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Photo of BT_Bobandy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wajohnst
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DougT
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black with 2 finger pillowy tan head that slowly settles leaving tons of lace and settling into a thick cream layer across the surface of the brew.

Smells of smoke, rum, chocolate, roast malt, plumbs and dark fruits.

Hop bitter and black malt with a sharp bite from the alcohol predominate the first hit. Some malt sweetness and chocolate tones drift in on a second sip. Rum flavors the aftertaste. Balance is a little off allowing a bit much alcohol taste to come through.

Feel is medium to full. Not very creamy but a nice tingle from the carbonation is present.

Overall very good, but the sharpness of the liquor bite is detracting. But otherwise good flavor and a nice winter warmer.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slongie
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lynn
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of artemh
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Obsidian Imperial Porter - Rum Barrel Aged from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 86 ratings
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