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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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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to gn0sis for this bottle. 750ml Batch No. 4. Into my Delirium Tremens Tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown, light brown head about half an inch thick that sticks around very nicely, lots of sticky clumps of lacing. For the most part this beer is opaque. Great color and great head retention. Nice.

S: So much going on in the nose of this beer, wow, lactic sourness, tart cherries, grape skins, tannins similar to red wine, lots of oak and vanilla, some chocolate and burnt malts way underneath. One of the more interesting beers I've smelt in a while.

T: Like the nose, an incredible amount of things going on here. Initially there is a fairly noticeable amount of sourness going on here, tart cherries, lead way into some chocolate, roasted malt, and a definite bitter black patent/roasted malt like profile, I guess charred would be the best descriptor. Definitely some funk in there. The wine barrel aging really shines at the end of this beer, dry red wine is nice. Very nice flavors.

M: Incredibly dry, and tart, not much in the way of booze. The carbonation on this beer is intense, much like the warning sticker says on the bottle. As it hits your tongue it gets even stronger and more prickly.

D: I'm glad my girlfriend is helping me to share this. Everything is pretty intense in this beer, and it isn't something I'd like to drink a lot of. However this 750ml bottle will share nicely. Very glad to try this beer, as it is a fantastic beer showcasing a lot of American Wild Ale traits with the underlying porter flavors. Nice beer, and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 02:36:07 | More by pokesbeerdude
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A really big want for quite a while, finally fulfilled by boatshoes. Batch 4 poured into a snifter.

A- I didnt take heed to the "Highly Carbonated" warning sticker and opened it unprepared for the gushing that ensued. My lesson was getting beer all over my computer desk.

Once everything was cleaned up and gotten under control I was left with a really solid looking glass of beer. The beer is a bottomless shade of black. Its strangely black because the body doesnt appear to be very thick. The head, naturally, is huge and a pale sand color. It fades down but stays at a dense lily pad of foam. No real lacing.

S- After the gushing incident all my expectations were thrown out, or so I thought.
The smell is more along the lines of a sour ale. The wine barreling had intense effects. Very acidic and tannic smelling. There is even a little bit of funk. Big smells of red wine, old oak and red grapes. The porter isnt totally lost, however. There are faint suggestions of it in the manifestation of a smooth chocolate covered raisin aroma.

T- The first sip was really a shock. Tart, dry, acidic, tannic red wine. Funky old oak barrels, vinegar and grapes and under ripe berries. The portery flavors really only show on the end and through the aftertaste with a little flash of chocolate.

M- The "Highly Carbonated" warning seems more and more necessary. Its like having one of those 4th of July sparklers in your mouth. The carbonation expands like canned insulating foam.

D- I wish I had help with this one.

I'm very glad to be drinking this. Ive wanted to try it ever since I heard about it, but this beer isnt want I was expecting. It took my expectations and turned them on their head.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 03:13:29 | More by MbpBugeye
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to witbier for this bottle from Batch 4. Sure as the label warned, this one was a gusher.

A: The porter is a full syrupy brown color, concentrated to the point of blackness. The carbonation lends over four fingers of off-white head that are slow to recede.

S: The nose is a conflicting mixture of smoked, roasted malts and tannic red wine. And you know what? There's just enough of a funky sour aroma running through the ale. Very interesting.

T: The red wine barrel leaves the porter bone dry. More funk follows, further drying the taste out. The porter, a bold chewy ale on its own, has disappeared behind the barrel. The red wine presence is bold, a strong flavor that meshes well. The contrast of the sourness of the chocolate that emerges late in each sip is the lynchpin. It's how the differing flavors don't get along that makes the porter enjoyable. A tannic finish is a good way to go.

M: The mouthfeel stresses the dryness of the wine barrel with a small dose of funk. Porter flavors are slow to emerge, giving the barrel the primetime spotlight.

D: Under 7%, incredibly complex and a touch funky. What more do you need? The wine barrel is not my preferred vessel but the tartness is very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 18:58:43 | More by akorsak
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a light tan head. Nose brings forward a hit of acidity atop some dark roast, berries, oak, and a touch of vanilla. Taste brings up the afidity a tiny notch. It is not dominant, but makes its presence known. Oak and roasted malt are also there with a bit of chocolate. Feel is a bit lighter than I would expect. Drinks quite well. Fairly unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 22:26:11 | More by Thorpe429
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Batch 4. This one had overcarbonation issues. After being in the fridge for several hours, this still gushed as I released pressure. Put it in the freezer for 1/2 an hour and got the bottle open and poured with minimal loss.

4.0 A: Deep brown nearly black color. Nearly three fingers of light brown dense frothy head. Retention isn't that great, but lots of lacing.

4.0 S: The merlot is super strong and is probably the most prominent aroma. Lots of oak and some acidity accompanies the vinous character. From the porter, the smoke comes through strongest, while much of the rest is lost behind the wine. However, you can tell the porter adds some depth though most of the flavors are hard to pick out.

3.0 T: Though the nose is mainly red wine, the taste is an equivalent mix of wine and porter. Unfortunately, the flavors don't mesh well. Vinous grape doesn't seem to complement the roasty components of the porter. The barrel comes through pretty well again. Lots of oak and some vanilla. Roastiness of the porter as well as toffee and some dark crystal malt come through.

3.5 M: Medium body. Initally way too much carbonation, but good moderate amount after letting most of it dissipate. Decently creamy, but could be a bit smoother. Some tannins in there.

3.5 D: Though I was most excited about this SFTO, I'm sure it is the worst. The wine barrels didn't work for Deschutes Jubel and it didn't work for this one as well. I still will eventually seek out the other ones. I will say that this does get a bit better as you get through the bottle though.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 02:35:34 | More by DavoleBomb
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emmasdad

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, ruddy brown color, with a moderately stable medium brown head. Big vinuous aromas here, tart and funky, with a bit of smoke. On the palate, this one was tart and bretty, with notes of red grapes, oak, pinot noir, roasted malt and smoke. Better than the bourbon, and one I'd like to try again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 22:49:16 | More by emmasdad
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augustgarage

California

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ShogoKawada for sharing the Captain Lawrence love. Batch 4. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

Toffee-tinged seal brown body, opaque but cut through with surging lines of microbubbles feeding the rocky yet dense three fingers of fawn foam. Heavy sticky lacing clings like scum on the surface of consommé.

Heavily vinuous estery aromatics suggest substantial oxidation at first whiff. Grape skins and light roast malt show up faintly in the background.

Sour and smokey palate entry with hints of ancient balsamic vinegar, pomegranate, pipe tobacco, cherry pits, and Irish Coffee. Mild citrus and earth from hops contribute a vague bitterness leading to a tart tannic finish. Thoroughly unique, though the barrel notes overwhelm the roast malt base (which come out a bit more as the ale warms). On flavor alone, in some ways, this reminds me more of a sangria than a beer!

Effervescent (though not explosively carbonated as the warning label suggested!), creamy, lightly astringent, and not quite medium-bodied.

Surprisingly drinkable, though if you aren't keen on sours, you should know this this has about as much in common with an Oud Bruin than an American Porter...

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 00:37:05 | More by augustgarage
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BTPete

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cl sfto wine batch 3

A: dark, dark brown, reddish hues in direct light. Nice fluffy head off of gushers.

S: sweet malt, some vinous notes, a little note of sour tinge, probably from the wine barrel.

T: big flavor profile, dark sweet malts and big vinous flavor. The time in the barrel really ups the complexity.

M: highly carbed, gushed a little, medium to full bodied.

D: a sipper for me, just too flavorful to drink a lot, split 4 ways. Enjoyable though.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 14:34:40 | More by BTPete
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark brown with good carbonation and a nice dierty white head(sts)

S: Cherries, tart, Pinot and wood

T: Tart with an affront of wood and Earthiness. Tart cherries, acidic

M: Well carbonated, lighter booze but it was sharp on the booze bite at times

D: Really good. my first from CL and I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:52:32 | More by barleywinefiend
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youradhere

Arkansas

3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark body, khaki head that quickly dissapears. Sour cherry aroma, carmelized malt extract and oak, burnt surgar and roasted marshmallows. Tart lactic flavor on the back of the palate, almost bleu cheese flavor on top of subdued malt and vanilla. Very sweet, thick bodied oak tannin and hop bitterness in the background. Almost cold coffee qualities, very mucha desert beer. Smooth and tasty!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 04:48:53 | More by youradhere
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to whoever shared this at Al's of Hampden- poured chilled from the bottle into an ale glass and allowed to warm slowly.

A - A murky and hazed reddish brown color, the bottle immediatley foamed out of the bottle even though it was chilled.

S - The smell indicated the barrel that was used right off, sour, vinous aroma w/ out much roast or malt at all really

M - The feel is tart, tannic, semi-dry and lightly acidic w/ medium body

T -The taste is good with a malt quality that is completely overided by the red wine barrel used which can be good or bad depending on your perspective. The result taste less like a porter than it should to me, but it still has plenty of flavor so I err on the side of taste

D - The drinkability is very good for sour, wine barrel aged porter. I am glad there are brewers willing to put stuff like this out and I didn't like the first bottle I tried a couple years ago, but this one was very drinkable -a beer you have to try at least once

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 14:12:21 | More by Slatetank
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great looking beer. Jet black with a two finger light tan head, lacing coats the glass. Aroma is super, one of my favorite smelling beers. Oak, winey tannins, and berrys, a small amount of brett funk and maltyness. The predomenant flavors are again red wine soaked oak, red wine soaked blackberries & raspberries, a bit of sourness, not much funk, and the finish is kinda chocolaty and smokey and lingering. Rich and thick on the palate, fairly prickly from the carb and the wine flavors. Kinda strongly flavored to be a drinker, but a whole bomber is no problem at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:12:09 | More by pmlondrigan
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured carefully into a snifter, revealing blackish brown body under a thick, tall beige head with very good staying power. Beautiful lacing. Smells like grape cola when cold, or maybe like grape and regular cola mixed together. Now that's all I can think of.

Tastes smoky and a little tart up front with smooth vinous quality on the finish. I would totally have this with a grilled tenderloin, warm or chilled. Nice roasty and a little sweet flavors intermingle between the porter and the wine characteristics. Mouthfeel is very tingly with all the carbonation, but not rounded like a porter and rather more champagne like in its piercing. As it warms, a slight funkiness comes through with additional tannins that makes me wish there were a sour version of this delicious brew. Very flavorful and very drinkable. Something about the combination makes me keep coming back.

If only I could cellar this!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 23:10:38 | More by abuliarose
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch no. 4

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Body is black like soot with a creamy, light-tan, head on top. Patchy lacing left behind.

Dark grapes, chocolate and roasty malts on the nose. Oaky with vanilla and a nice fruit presence. A hint of funky sourness comes through as well.

On the tongue this beer truly does taste like a porter with wine characteristics. Creamy, chocolaty, roasted notes mix with oak and slightly soured grape. Traces of vanilla, a touch of tannin and a bit of woody smoked malt. Very well done.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with adequate carbonation. Touch of acidic sourness. Bitterness and sweetness are well balanced.

Drinkability is good. This is a fun beer to drink and the lower ABV means that splitting a bottle won't be a problem. Captain Lawrence has done a great job of pulling out the wine notes while still keeping the porter front and center. Smoke from the oak (wine barrel) crosses the beer-wine border quite well, much like DFH's Red and White. Great for pairing with steaks or introducing wine lovers to beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 23:09:14 | More by sisuspeed
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this 750mL bottle, batch 3, as part of a BIF earlier this year. I've had the apple brandy version previously and over the last few weeks my appetite for this style has been steadily increasing.

The beer slowly pushes foam out of the bottle after uncapping, not enough volume to cause a spill but enough to make me cautious. The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color, completely opaque, with a thick (gushing) tan foam that laces in huge gravity-defying chunks on the side of the glass. It smells sour right off the bat, similar to my recollection of the apple brandy version, with some smoked malts underneath. It actually smells a lot like I remember the apple brandy smelling, minus whatever apples were in there. I cannot get any wine aromas, the malt and smoke and sour bite are too strong. Really delicious smelling to me though.

The beer tastes just as it smells, a little tart and bracing upfront with hints of smoke and roasted malts, and a lasting sour bite in the after-taste. A lot of flavor, probably pushing the boundaries for those who don't have the palate for sour beers or rauchbiers, but to me it was ideal. It's what I imagine porters in early colonial America might have tasted like. The body was about average, maybe a little thin in contrast to the large flavors, but still OK given the low ABV. Extremely good and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 22:50:42 | More by TurdFurgison
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the mothman for cracking this open.

Pours a deep dark color with a bubbly mocha color head that does not dissipate at all.

Lots of sour notes in the aroma, very nice. The smell is malty and smoky like many porters, very good.

Taste is funky and tart. The wine comes through here big time, very original. This beer is quite tasty, and quite unique.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, tart, and has a leather finish.

Drinkability is pretty damn good for such a unique and original beer. I am a fan.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 05:48:34 | More by pmccallum86
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 4 thanks to fbm115!

Poured in a pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of creamy tan head. Amazing retention leaving some thick lacing down the glass. Color is a deep dark brown.

Aroma: Sour wine-like notes from the barrels show right away. Has some oak and grape flavors. Chocolate and roasted malts. A very unique porter.

Taste: The taste is almost a bit sour, but still roasted. Grape and oak flavors. It is like beer meets a wine. A lot of wine flavors, but has so much roasted notes with some chocolate. It is very unique.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and smooth. A medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends a bit sour, but surprisingly clean.

Overall, this is a hit or miss beer imo. If you are not expecting the wine flavors, you probably will think this beer is off. It is odd, but for what it is, I think it is fairly good and somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 05:47:15 | More by mothman
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RedChrome

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick ultra dark mahogany liquid that is impossible to see through. Massive three inch head proves the warning label about high carbonation is not just for show. Tan colored lace in big clumps.

A sour and tart aroma hits the nose first and brings to mind a cherry scent. The roasted malt smell is hidden behind the sour and gets downplayed a bit too much. There is also a faint hint of bubblegum sweetness mixed in.

Sour tinge to the sweet malt of the porter. The wine comes through with a very dark red wine presence leaning towards cherry. Very faint bit of vanilla and plum.

Extremely clingy on the tongue. Carbonation bursts all over the mouth and helps flavors develop.

A great brew. Would work well with beef medallions sauteed in a red wine. Definitely a nice beer to seek out if your a fan of sours. Another hit from a great brewer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 08:34:56 | More by RedChrome
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billab914

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured black in color with a huge foamy khaki colored head to it. I had to wait for the foam to settle a bit a few times to get enough in the glass. Head retention was good and it left some nice full lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows a sour and tart characteristic to it with some wine, sour cherries and a general funkiness. Very nice complex aroma that is a lot like a wild ale. The roasted porter flavors are very light in the aroma but they did seem to be more present in the taste.

The taste starts with some of the sour funk, tart, fruity flavors found in the nose. The sour cherry flavor really seems to come out, and I love that. Towards the finish more of the smoke, chocolate and roasty porter flavors start to come out with a moderate bitterness. Complex and delicious.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, it had a great mix of flavors to it. It had a lot of wild ale qualities to it which were very interesting with the roasted porter flavors. They mixed much better then I anticipated and it was a very enjoyable and complex beer overall. It's tough to review to style a porter that is more like a wild ale. It's so different and unique I'm just basing everything on how much I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 21:59:03 | More by billab914
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from ShogoKawada...thanks man! Poured safely from a capped 750ml bottle into my tasting snifter. Pours a wonderful looking dark black, with brown and reddish tinges shining through. A massive toffee colored head arises and not only has excellent retention, but great looking lacing as well. Overall, a great looking beer!

Aroma is also very inviting! Tons of roasted malts, slight booze, sour cherries...mixed with a mild wine/funkiness.

Flavor is very decent, but not as good as I was hoping for. Based on the style, I was hoping for just a bit more sweetness, which doesn't really exist. Loads of roasted malts and semi-sour cherries. Not overwhelmingly sour, but a decent contrast. Booze doesn't really come through in the mouth. Carbonation is very high, mouthfeel is a medium body. Overall, a tasty beer...different, but not one I"ll probably seek out anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 18:40:15 | More by ShadesOfGray
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, light brown head of soft, foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of a strong sourness with notes of oak and red wine.

T - Didn't really have many porter qualities. It was sour and had a strong oak and vanilla present. There was some maltiness but no roasted flavors you get in a porter.

M - It was soft and smooth with a very dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is interesting. The wine barrel aging removes the porter-like qualities and mellows it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 03:34:26 | More by zeff80
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from batch 4, purchased at the Cuvee de Castleton release on July 24. Consumed on July 26, after 40 hours of refrigeration, per the warning label's directions. The bottle opened with an uninspiring and unimpressive hiss. Then the foam started creeping upward. Luckily, I was able to catch it all.

Poured into my snifter, the pour produces a nice 1-inch thick creamy white head that sits nicely atop a completely opaque black body. Sipping slowly, the foam leaves behind a great wall of lace...very thick, and not delicate at all.

The aroma is incredibly complex and interesting...like nothing I have ever smelled before. There is a combination of smoke, vinous notes, and sour pediomyces. I am also able to make out undertones of caramel/toffee. The potency of the wine barrel contribution is astounding. The red grape aromas are really well done.

On the pallet, the beer continues to improve. I am having a hard time rating this because for a porter, it falls extremely short ("infection" subdues the smokey roast), but for a wild, I think it is pretty impressive. Rating strictly to style is really difficult for this. Even so, that's what my numbers say. I will continue, though... The smoke comes through pretty nicely, but not as well as it does in the nose, as the sourness from the wild yeasts and bacteria stomp it out and begin to add their own flavors. Those sour notes meld beautifully with the vinous characters from the wine barrels. The finish is roasty, caramel-filled, and a little bit smokey.

Despite the high level of carbonation from the pour, the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, especially in the finish. The sourness isn't overbearing at this point, though I imagine it will eventually get there. It does make the mouth pucker a bit, but it is very enjoyable. This is such an amazing beer, I could drink this all night. The manageable alcohol level makes it a multiple-serving beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 01:50:56 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All four variants of Smoke From The Oak served side by side at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks to Pete, Chris, and Brad for supplying the bottles. Review is from notes.

To say this was a gusher is an understatement. The beer spewed forth in a rage all over my kitchen. Infected...ya, pretty much.

This beer is a dark brown color. It has an absolutely enormous head (gusher) that fades after about five minutes leaving very little lacing. Aromas are smoke, oak (go figure), and tannins. The flavor is pretty nice overall, infection or not. The beer is sour and tart, with a tannic presence. The feel is smooth with some noticeable heat in the finish. Overall, a pretty decent brew. Too bad most of the bottle ended up on the counter and floor.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 22:20:31 | More by Huhzubendah
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasing. Bottle was from Batch 2.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 inches of tan
head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of wine, dark fruits, and cherries. Also some roasted and toasted malts and hint of chocolate.

t - Tastes of cherries, dark fruits, wine, and a little bit of bitterness. Some roasted malts and smokiness comes out in the flavor.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - I really enjoyed this porter. I thought it smelled amazing and was very easy to drink. I'd like to try it again sometime and try the other variations.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 01:14:43 | More by mdfb79
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berkey

California

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle split with friends on 06/30/10. My portion poured into a Duvel tulip.

Affixed with a sticker warning of high carbonation instructing to refrigerate for at least 24 hours but exploded in my friends kitchen even when I followed that advice. I detect what seems like a sharp blast of pedio acidity as I clean up but we'll get back to that shortly.

Forms a medium sized light brown head w loose bubbles atop a porter black body. Some lacing briefly attempts to cling to the sides of the glass but doesn't stick for long.

Vinous, sour, acidic, and slightly sweet, this smells like a wild ale with some underlying chocolate notes. Surprised they don't label this as a sour ale, it's more tart than some beers categorized as 'wild'. I can imagine someone picking this up who wasn't used to sours being more than a little put off.

The chocolate notes of the base beer still shine but some of the roasted character is lost in the tartness and wine-like acidity. Interesting that this reminds me slightly of some unintentionally 'soured' porters and stouts I've tried (think Portsmouth) though it works better in this case. Still, between the flavor and the bottle-bomb I experienced on opening I can't be 100% that this tastes as intended and didn't pick up an accidental infection of some kind.

The surprisingly strong influence of the wine barrel has this Porter leaning almost towards a slightly tart Port. Very interesting but can't really say I prefer this to the regular Captain Lawrence Porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 02:59:43 | More by berkey
Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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