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.

Innis & Gunn Winter Treacle Porter (Scotland)

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  • My Rating: C

Innis & Gunn Winter Treacle Porter (39-day matured), 7.4% ABV – 330ml, (Edinburgh, Scotland)

-this is part of their Limited Edition 3-pack which includes their branded glass

On the back label:

“This is the first time we have brewed and oak matured a Porter, which has been imparted with great depth of flavour thanks to the addition of some roasted wheat, crystal malt and molasses (rich, dark treacle). These flavour packed ingredients, along with our long, slow signature approach to maturation, have created a sublime beer that is perfect for cold, dark winter nights.”

  • Style: Barrel- Aged Porter
  • Taste Profile: very sweet/alcohol -> malt/rum/cola/light roast -> alcohol/med hopped bitter finish
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $16/3pack +glass (after 10% off), December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Tasting notes: pours dark cola brown with a small dissipating head, ringed retention, lots of active streams, some thin lacing. Sweet malts and a hint of cola on the nose.

Attack: aggressive 9/10-sweetness mixed with detectable alcohol

Mid-palate: malts, rum-like alcohol (from the molasses), cola, traces of nutmeg, light roast, mushroom earthiness

Finish: persistent alcohol detection, mildly hopped med-bitter finish.

I have to say the mid to finish flavour is quite flat. It’s not all that exciting and is best had with a meal.