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Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Aged) - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Aged)Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Aged)

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%


Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Enhanced with Brettanomyces

(Beer added by: Billolick on 03-18-2007)
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Reviews by brystmar:
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brystmar

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4 (2010) shared by Denise -- thanks!

Gotta start out by saying this beer redefines the term "gusher." Label on the bottle advises cold storage and immobility for >24hrs prior to opening, and wow, they weren't lying! A solid 5 minutes was spent with my hand holding the fury inside the bottle before distributing pours.

Pours a deep, murky brown with some manila head and beady lace. Wine aromas greet me from afar -- honestly reminds me a lot of b3 Rosso e Marrone. Tart fruits, smokey undertones, hints of roasty malts, and plenty of other stuff that "shouldn't" be in a beer of this style. But to hell with that: this is awesome.

Tart fruitiness up front; wine-like acidity. Complex mixture of flavors, ranging from smokey to sour; roasty to oaked. Again, comparisons to Rosso dance in my head. Endlessly creative, and utterly delicious.

Body is a bit thin, especially for a porter. Matches the style for a sour (I'd categorize this as an Oude Bruin), though. Overall, this is among the most creative beers I've tried, and it works marvelously. Truly unique; such a shame they altered the recipe. Further reinforced my faith in Captain Lawrence to produce world-class sours.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 23:04:25 | More by brystmar
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Thanks UDbeernut for sharing -- bit of a gusher, batch #2

The beer pours a a slightly hazy dark black/brown with a thin tan head that laces. The nose is wine barrel forward with a touch if funk and smoke...quite pungent. The taste is a strange mix of smoke and wine barrel with a lingering vinous dryness. It's medium bodied mouthfeel is smokey with a touch of sweetness upfront followed by a dominating wine barrel funk. Definitely unique tasting and has the great vinous feel that I was hoping for when I poured my glass. I'd recommend this beer to those who want a 1-2x try of a funky, tart, vinous porter, but not for an everyday drink.

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Lasting tan foam, creamy texture, dark coloration.

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Pours a dark brown color with a fairly sizable khaki colored head. Much more head than I expected for a 3+ year old beer; bottle conditioning must have ate up some residual sugars to add to the bubbles here.

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Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.