Obsidian Imperial Porter Rum Barrel – Cameron’s Brewing Co. (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B+

Obsidian Imperial Porter Rum Barrel – Cameron’s Brewing Co, 9.2% ABV – 650ml., (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

on the front left-side label:

“Dark & intriguing as the midnight sky. Cameron’s Obsidian Imperial Porter is loaded with magnificent and robust flavour. Aged for seven months in Caribbean rum barrels, roasted malt and chocolate character abound in this velvety nectarous ale.”

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-Question: “What’s the difference between a stout and a porter?

Here’s a good article: http://www.beerconnoisseur.com/porter-versus-stout

TLDR: “The answer to the question: “What’s the difference between a stout and a porter” is that originally a stout was simply a strong version of porter: today the difference is whatever you want it to be.”

  • Style: (Rum) Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Sweet dark chocolate deep roast malt rum woody bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $17 (5% off) – 650ml, March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours jet black with just a shade of brown at the base of the glass, a good-sized very foamy lasting head, very sticky clumps of lacing, a good layer of retention, lots of fast and slow streams all the way from the base of the glass. Beautiful visually.

Nose: chocolate, thick sweet malts, molasses/brown sugar, a hint of woody roast. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: immediate thick malts, creamy-fizzy, oily-medium thick-silky mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (MAIN) rum caramel sweetness (lvl-7) + alcohol detection, deep dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt wood, licorice, molasses

Finish: biting bitter hops mixed with lingering burnt malt exhale

Summary: Superb depth, body, mouthfeel, and balance. A bit heavy on the palate but expected from the 9.2%. One of the better Imp stout/porters I’ve had recently.

Going Dutch Jenever Barrel Aged Imperial Porter – Brouwerij De Molen (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

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  • My Rating: C-

Going Dutch Jenever Barrel Aged Imperial Porter – Brouwerij De Molen, 9.5% ABV – 75cl., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

Ingredients: water, pale, caramel, chocolate and roasted b arley malts, premiant and saaz hops, katjes drop, yeast (top fermenting). Unpasteurized.

  • Style: (Jenever) Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
  • Taste: Barnyard sour roasted malts
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $20 (after 10% off) – 33cl., June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: certainly not for everyone, it’s pretty funky; at your own peril

Notes: A beer made for Sherbrooke Liquor store and Keg n Cork Liquor store, both of which I’ve frequently visited in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I’d say Sherbrooke has the best selection of beers in the city and if you buy enough they should hook you up with a 10% discount. By the looks of the reviews this beer is only available in AB and BC. Pretty special considering De Molen is a world-class craft brewery IMO and Edmonton is a pretty… plain city of about 1.1 million people.

Visual: Pours jet black with a large lasting foamy head, extreme lacing, a thick layer of retention, some streams if you look closely.

Nose: pukey sour, light smoky malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming gueze sourness

Mid-palate: high yet manageable sourness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) pukey barnyard, roasted malts, mild oak

Finish: lingering sour roasted malts

Summary: Initial sip = this is f*ckin’ weird! Quite interesting, certainly and idiosyncratic brew. Barely any alcohol detection. This drinks like if you mixed a geuze and porter = sour porter. I’m not getting much of the juniper from the barrel aging but just a bit of oak and the malt. Last sip = this is still f*ckin’ weird! My least favourite De Molen brew so far; it’s pretty hard to finish alone.