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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

174 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 109
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

ithinkimasofa, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Bottle stored in temperature-controlled, zero light conditions. Served in a goblet.

Lasting tan foam, creamy texture, dark coloration.

Woody aroma, some dark chocolate comes through from the base porter possibly. Wet barrel staves, bretty yeast lends some notes of wet hay and light horseblanket.

Vinous fruit, dry grape skin and plum, oaky and tannic in a big way. Medium level of tartness, dry finish with a creamy smooth feel. Carbonation is low to medium, body is fairly light and dry. Comes across like a well aged and blended Oud Bruin, nice fruitiness and wet barrel character with restrained touches of funkiness.

To the sounds of: Regulate ~ Warren G, from Ben's collection.

emerge077, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of and shared with mrand01. Batch 3 so I believe it was from 2009.

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.

Aromas really threw me off guard. I was expecting a lot of dark roast and smoke but I get straight red wine barrel here. Quite red grape forward with a hint of acidity atop some light dark roast, berries, oak, and a touch of vanilla as it further warms.

The tastes begin fruity, up front, with a green apple and red grape flavor, with a light tartness element that grows through mid-palate and into the finish. Smoke pops up a little mid-flavor but is quickly over-run by the vinous dominant flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with buoyant carbonation. Dry oak and tart berries linger ever-so-slightly on the palate, which no surprisingly, make the finish nice and dry. Darker malt backbone also adds to that element.'

Overall I was very skeptical to try this beer because I hate smoke beers; they are probably my least favorite style, but at this point of this beers lifespan, there is little to none present. Red vinous flavors dominate the aroma and flavor which I love and really make this an interesting and enjoyable beer for me. Such a great flavor profile for such a low ABV is the most impressive thing for me here. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out.

claspada, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pencible, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of TangTKE402
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: Bottled in '10, been in the fridge since then.

A: Poured syrupy from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Dark-chocolate black with a creamy, khaki, 1-finger head. Minimal lacing.

S: Smoky, bacon-flavored nose up-front. Rich, sweet, inviting. Roasted caramel and chocolate malts, with big berry hints, dark cherries, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, all smelled as if they were put in a smokehouse together. Beautiful nose.

T: Big, bold, beautiful beer. Tart and sweet up-front, malty and smoky on the finish with a mellow, slightly toasted aftertaste. Too many flavors to describe in here: Sour grapes, cherries, vanilla-hazelnut coffee, roasted malts, woodsmoke, hickory, and a touch of alcohol esters. This beer tastes like an intimate campfire with friends in your mouth. Delicious.

M: Smooth and silky, but lacking a touch in the robust department. It's a tad watery and thin compared to what one would expect. The overall afterfeel of dry smoke is very appealing, and the thinner nature of the beer isn't a negative, as the flavor doesn't get crowded out by a big robust feel.

O: It's a shame this beer is no longer available, because it is a great "special occasion" beer to be enjoyed in the company of friends and family, around a fire, at a table of cards after dinner, or on a day you want to remember. This beer will stick with you as the cherry on top.

TangTKE402, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

brystmar, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge shout out to Ryan (Mag00n) for this beer. Cheers! 750ml, batch 4. Shared with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a dark chocolate color into a tulip with massive amounts of mocha colored head. The bottle comes with a sticker warning about excessive carbonation (ehhh…it didn’t overflow and it mainly reminded me of some JP beers I’ve had, heh). Head recedes slowly leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Roasted malts and coffee/chocolate, oak, slight tartness (green apples), and red wine.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. A tartness up front from cherries and granny smith apples, followed by slight porter-like qualities (though more subdued than I was expecting). Tannic flavors, oak, and the red wine shine through at the end.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, plentiful carbonation.

Overall – A very interesting beer and one I am glad to try. I like soured stouts so this was intriguing to me. My brother-in-law and I both finished the bottle with ease and I would not mind getting another one. Solid beer.

SpdKilz, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

sideshowe, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

djrn2, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes.
shared by Oreo AND Drewba at a tasting.
served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy, murky, reddish/brown with a good toffee colored head.
The nose is strong oak with a grapeskin tannin quality. Solid smokey malt base hiding beneath the surface. The sip reveals a bit of tartness here -- me likey.
The sweetness up front-- toffee and caramel malt. The smoke comes next with an acrid dryness. Then come dark fruits like red grapes, blackberries, and tart black cherries.

The smoke runs through like the bass-line to the song Under Pressure-- it's just there man. You can't ignore it, but after a while, it blends so seamlessly into the tune, that you hardly notice it.

Nice feel-- highly carbonated, but not overly so.

This drinks insanely well. I like it.

AleWatcher, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

hiphopipa, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

stevefinny, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photekut, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

monsterzero, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -38%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to wedgie9 for sharing this bottle!

Batch 4. Finally getting the chance to try some of this series. Here goes: It pours a straight obsidian topped by over two fingers of rich tan foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, light roasted malts, dark chocolate, brown sugar, red apple skin, light oak, nutmeg, and light molasses. Not much of the wine barrel in there, but it does smell pretty damn good. The taste deviates a bit, holding notes of red wine, dark vinegar (can't tell which one, as my experience with vinegars is pretty limited...I just know it's brown...), sour black cherry, dark chocolate, very light roasted malts in the back, oak, and some smoke stuffed way in the background. The body is a lazy medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda sticky finish. Overall, a decidedly interesting beer. It's got some smoked porter character, but it's shoved to the rear in favor of some sour, vinous notes. Combined, it's like nothing I've had before (that hasn't been infected, that is). I can't at all say it's bad, but it's not the best barrel-aged smoked porter I've ever had, in terms of strict style.

TMoney2591, Aug 25, 2011
Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.