Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Aged) - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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3.53/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
09-21-2010 14:34:40 | More by BTPete
3.55/5 rDev -11.9%
Appearance: A gusher, as expected, that pours a chocolate fudge color with a massive head; some shards of lace stick to the chalice
Smell: Vinous, tart aroma of green apples and red wine grapes
Taste: Tart and fruity, up front, with a green apple and grape flavor, with a vinegary element that grows through mid-palate and into the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation
Overall: No porter and no smoke...but I kind of expected that as the infection has taken its toll over the years
04-10-2011 23:04:39 | More by brentk56
3.58/5 rDev -11.2%
Batch 4 750 ml bottle into several glasses. Thanks to Stakem for generously busting this one out during a tasting.
Pours black with a finger of rich light mocha colored head. This retains with about a ½ finger of smooth froth that hangs a robust cascade of patchy foamy lacing up on the sides of the glass. Wow, I'm definitely getting that vinous character here in the nose which blends in with some vanilla sweetness and oaky wood character to impart a flavorful tannic tartness to this. Not souring at all but this maintains a steady tart feel throughout. The base Porter sits underneath with some notes of sugary cocoa and smoky roast. Very wine heavy overall though.
The taste is similar to the aroma with of LOT of that wine barrel being present with notes of dark fruit, vanilla, and woody dryness but I will say that this is definitely coming off as more souring than it did in the nose. Almost lactic feeling in spots. Once again, the Porter characteristics are relegated to the background, with some chocolate and roast being barely detectable underneath. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy soft texture to the carbonation but this is mostly overall woody and tannic feeling with a slick dryness that permeates the feel.
Just way to much wine barrel and not enough Porter here and while I could see some liking this, I'm not a wine guy, so my enjoyment of this was overall limited to a degree. This was decent though in the small quantity that I took in and I'm glad that there were a few people to share the bottle with.
11-30-2010 15:41:25 | More by Kegatron
3.6/5 rDev -10.7%
750mL bottle, batch 2, courtesy of multiple generous traders poured into a tulip.
A: Sure enough, we've got a gusher! Pours dark, dark brown (and full of foam) out of the bottle before settling in to a black in the glass with a huge tan head that lingers forever and leaves blankets of lacing.
S: The red wine and slight funk hit me from across the room as it gushed out. As it settled down, the aromas of the porter, with its roasted malts and dark chocolate, came out a lot more.
T: The initial sour red grape taste dominates everything else. There are faint hints of the porter in the background and a bit of roasted coffee and chocolate in the finish.
M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and uber-carbonated which leaves the palate tingling with the sour red grape taste.
D: This is extremely complex and tasty brew, though I wish the porter came out a tad more in the taste. Nonetheless, original and enjoyable, though not particularly up my alley.
09-16-2008 01:11:08 | More by gford217
3.63/5 rDev -9.9%
A gusher as expected. Even after I poured some liquid out of the bottle, the beer kept on gushing. Pours a murky brown with 2 fingers of tan/light mocha head. A lot of retention and some spotty lacing.
The first thing I notice in the nose is tart fruits like cherries and blackberries. Pretty vinous, smells similar to a dry red wine. Some lacto sourness as well. I also get aromas of tart green apples, brett, leather, oak, lemon, and fresh cut grass.
Initially, I taste mostly tart fruits like sour cherries and blackberries. Then a whole bunch of tart green apples. The beer has a vinous quality obviously from the barrel. In the midpalate, I taste a lot of citrus- mostly lemon. It's pretty acidic. The finish is dry and tannic. I can taste some faint hints of the smoked porter: roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and a slight hint of smoke. The barrel and the yeast really dominate the base beer.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with some prickly carbonation. Seems a bit thin for a porter. This beer might be highly attenuated?
The tannic character and dry finish of this beer make it feel heavier and more alcoholic than it actually is. It would be best to share this 750ml with a few people.
06-05-2010 00:30:16 | More by Dubber55
3.65/5 rDev -9.4%
750ml bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Batch No. 2.
It's a stealth foamer, quietly boiling over after opening, BE VIGILANT! Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 3/4" brown head above the opaque dark brown brew. Thick head lasts and lasts, with dense coating lace. Aroma is dominated by tartness. Taste begins with sweet malts, promptly giving way to the tart fruitiness which reigns the rest of the experience. Some oakiness comes out slightly, but just gets shouted down. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is pretty good, but the tart character is just too much for what this beer should be this time around.
6/1/07 - 5/4/4/4.5/4
750ml bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Batch No. 1.
Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2 1/2" brown head above the opaque dark brown brew. Very dense, frothy head is has incredible staying power, with tons of heavy lace. Aroma is vinous and tart, little to any malt or smoke components noticeable. Taste starts with moderate maltiness, quickly yielding to the wine and oak flavors, which linger through the close, coupled with some light warmth. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is quite nice as well. Just wish the smoke had stayed longer at the party.
06-06-2008 01:24:41 | More by ppoitras
3.65/5 rDev -9.4%
A- Poured into the snifter very quickly as I had heard that this one is a gusher. Pours a deep reddish brown with a huge, creamy, fluffy, brown head which leaves tons of lacing as it goes down.
S- The vinous red wine notes come through strong in the nose. Difficult to distinguish the varietal used but it is certainly potent. Sour, bretty notes fade to a very understated coffee smell.
T- Much different than the nose let on. Lots of coffee all the way through, especially lingering towards the end. Red wine characteristics seem to float on top of the palate and are backed up by deep, rich, chocolaty maltiness.
M- Strangely the carbonation in this one isn't as agressive as you would suspect. Very creamy, medium bodied.
D- Honestly, i'm not the biggest coffee fan and to me, that detracted a bit from the brew. Very interesting offering however i'm just not sure how well everything works together yet. Maybe in a year this one will grow into itself more.
05-31-2008 02:51:27 | More by Lothore
3.65/5 rDev -9.4%
Batch 4 poured into my trusty Capt. Lawrence pint glass.
A- Due to my overzealous pour I ended up with a glass of massive dark tan head. Pretty quickly it died down to a disc of head that stuck around until the very end. The beer itself is completely opaque black with red/brown highlights.
S- Sourness, wine, dark fruits, some malty notes. The wine takes center stage here.
T- Nice mild sour start with a mellow roasted malt and faint smoke finish. Lots of winey dark fruit, sour cherries, bittersweet chocolate, dark malt, and just a hint of smoke on the end. The sourness and late chocolate notes work really well together.
M- The pour made it look thicker than it is as well as a nice lingering "chewiness", but this is definitely on the lighter side. Not quite medium bodied. Some prickly carbonation, but mostly smooth. Lingering acidic dryness.
D- One to share. I drank the whole bottle myself over the course of a rainy evening, but it was almost too much. I really liked the sourness a lot and I didn't find it "funky" like some other reviewers. The wine flavors seem to be the main thing going on here, but it is still nicely balanced by the malts.
10-18-2010 07:44:43 | More by misinformed
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
Bottle from The Ginger Man. Black body, soapy head.chocolate aroma, with wine. Malted tastes, but sourness is clearly there and cumulative. The bulk of the mouthfeel is above average. Late in the bottle, more wine, more sour aroma, and more lace.Oak in minority, perhaps this doesn't age all that well. Nice one.
05-15-2009 23:08:41 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
750ml bottle batch 3. Purchased at the brewery. Part of Compound Spring Binge 09'. Poured into a snifter.
A- Being cautious while opening, SFTO was not a gusher thankfully. Batch 3 is a jet black dark color with no light coming through. A gracious dark tan/brown head reached one inch in height. Some nice streaks of lace on the inside of the glass. Nice for a barrel aged beer.
S- The wine barrel really comes forth in the smell with a lighter presence of oak from the barrel. Some vanilla as well with a overall sour sense. Getting some dark fruits and roastiness from the base beer. A bunch of roasted malt giving of a sweet aroma. Smoke is in the back as well and is not heavy unlike the name of this beer would suggest.
T- Well this version is good no doubt about it. As expected the wine just jumps out at you leaving most of the porter qualities to the end. The barrel aging is pronounced with both Merlot and Pinot Noir notes coming in strong. In the middle some chocolate and licorice and some smoked malts and more porter tastes towards the backend. With warming some vanilla rears it's head making for a nice addition.
M- SFTO wine is pretty much on the medium bodied side of things but the taste would suggest otherwise. This has the feel of a beer but the taste of wine. A bit hard to get accustomed to but time heals this. The sweet malts used in this makes for a pretty smooth BA beer. The carbonation is nice and is felt but I guess is not as high as earlier batches with the no gusher.
D- Not knowing the ABV on this I would assume the barrel aging would step up the regular smoked porter(6.4%) a notch or two and im feeling quite nice as I type. I took my time with this to really get to know it. Not really being a big wine drinker I prefer the bourbon barrel more but this is a nice addition to the bunch. Maybe some age would bring out some more porter qualities but that would defy the purpose of SFTO, wouldn't it?
04-24-2009 05:12:07 | More by BARFLYB
3.7/5 rDev -8.2%
EXPLOSION CITY!!! Half the bottle ended up on the carpet. I emailed Captain Lawrence and if they make it up, I'll revise this review.
A: Dark brown body with a bit of light penetrating at the edges, but not through the center. A bit of head is an understatement, considering half the bottle was head.
S: Nice sour aroma dominates and no smoke is detectable.
T: The smoke is more detectable in the flavor. There is a bit of fruitness from the wine as well. The sour kicks in mid palate and lasts.
M: Fairly light bodied for a porter but the bugs will thin it out.
D: I can't give it great drinkability because I only got to drink half the bottle.
04-16-2008 01:42:18 | More by drseamus
3.75/5 rDev -6.9%
25.4oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, batch 4.
This bottle was a slow gusher, my first, and I had a bowl at the ready after reading some previous reviews. Slight overflow was not a problem, as I began pouring and it ceased. The beer is a standard but handsome one; dark with a garnet hue at the bottom and medium brown foam with great retention.
Ribbons of wood smoke hang out with tart berry, red wine, and port. The aroma would not give away any type of infection had I not known of some such issues before hand. A bit of dry cocoa is evident.
Initially upon sipping Porter characteristics show up; chocolate and roast. Berry and cherry-like tartness intensifies the further in I go and the smoke is always in the background, coffee too. Nothing screams red wine, but when you know it's obviously a part of the whole.
Mouthfeel isn't overly affected by the excess of carbonation. The body feels thinned out but not fizzy.
Here is a beer that I feel could be excellent. I don't think it was meant to be sour, and honestly I feel that at the level it's at it adds to the beer more than subtracts. The base beer needs a bit more oomph, to be a more expressive Porter. It's close, Captain.
05-15-2011 18:27:51 | More by brewerburgundy
3.75/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
07-30-2010 03:34:26 | More by zeff80
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
b.4 From Shogo as part of a trade, thanks much.
Heeding the warnings from the giant additional label, this was kept darn cold and still in the back of the fridge for a couple months before opening. Without much effort at all the head spilled to 3" over 2.5" of brew.
Almost smells like cherrys mixed with kalamata olives. Once the head settles (still nearly 1/2") this is much more sour/wine and the smoke is present.
WEIRD taste. I'm not getting much by way of 'smoke' in it at all, but there are numerous sour/fruit flavors overlapping and the middle/end is all malt. The sour and lots of carbonation make this much lighter than any other porter I've had (smoked or otherwise). The taste is 'good' just 'not what I want in a porter'.
very bubbly on the tounge. After waiting quite a while to enjoy this, I must say I'm not really. It is more confusing than exciting; more mashed than mixed.
If 'drinkability' still existed I would rate this a 2/2.5. The sour doesn't enhance the base porter.
03-17-2011 01:18:04 | More by CooperEllis
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
Perfect appearence, evidence of the natural nature. Glorious head and dark brown color. Mild aroma, showcasing a bit of oak , chocolate, smoke and red wine. Flavor is nicely balanced and enjoyable, but could be a bit more amped up. Its not very concentrated or very flavorful in general. Its an impressively made and unique beer, but the finished product is just ok. This is one of the few instances that the beer might have been aged a bit too long in oak. Very little character of the original beer comes through, and I think that would be a welcome element. Still, I am impressed with Captain Lawrence thusfar.
05-13-2007 06:18:07 | More by Crosling
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
08-03-2010 18:40:15 | More by ShadesOfGray
3.8/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
08-25-2011 02:13:39 | More by TMoney2591
3.83/5 rDev -5%
First off, thanks to ScorseseZoe for sharing!
Poured from a 750 ml into a Duvel tulip, Batch #3.
The beer poured a beautiful deep deep brown with a huge volumonus 1 1/4" tan head that bubbled and poped, resembling a lunar surface. On of the best looking beers that I had seen in a while.
Up front on the nose, the wine barrel aging comes in first, followed by some estery notes and a slight molasses finish.
Let start off by saying this is a good beer but I was able to enjoy it more by not thinking of it as an aged porter but rather as a sour ale with notes of roasty porter-ness. I would have really liked more porter to come through, instead of strong sour notes up front, giving way to notes of port and then finally a very slight porter finish. If I had had an anchor steam porter in the fridge I might of tried blending the two for kicks. I will say that once this brew warmed up more, the porter came through slightly more (no surprise there) but I just wish that this was bigger bodied beer to support it's big taste. In a way, it almost tasted watered down with the flavors dropping off very quickly.
Mouthfeel was definitely a porter mouthfeel, light feeling but with a medium body.
For the sour notes, it made this beer almost refreshing to drink but do to the lack of balance with flavors I couldn't give it higher than a 3.
05-22-2010 16:36:28 | More by MYSTIKPIZZA
3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
Got this one from Rciesla, cheers Ryan! This was slightly leaking when I received it today, despite the fact Ryan had wrapped electrical tape around the cap. Maybe it's an altitude deal, seen this before with beers coming from near sea level, plus various plastic bottles of stuff I've brought up to 6,600 feet, this has a #2 in the label, batch#2?
Damn, should've read some reviews, this sucker GUSHES like CRAZY, only got about 8 ozs, shit happens. What a whoosh & what a mess! When this settled down I got mahogany with 4+ fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Sourness, oakyness
T: Slight sourness, vanilla, oakyness, some hints of burgundy up front. Dryness & oakyness dominate as this warms, plus a bit of dark fruit, more vanilla & mustyness& hints of smoke. This doesn't make think American porter, maybe Belgian Porter
MF: Medium bodied with not much carbonation, now that it has dissipated all over my kitchen!
Drinks pretty good despite all the drama, too dry to session on. I have another bottle from Ryan, so I'll adjust my scores if the second bottle shows me something new. I damn sure will open it outside with a pitcher to catch as much beer as feasible!
07-16-2008 04:55:57 | More by russpowell
3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
07-02-2010 02:59:43 | More by berkey
Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.