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

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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 99
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%


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

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 05-25-2007)
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Reviews by gregc:
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gregc

New York

4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at the brewery.

Poured a cola looking black color, with no head at all. The beer does not even look carbonated.

Aroma is very nice...bold sweet rum, smoke, vanilla, roasted malts and some chocolate.

Taste is also nice...alot of rum in the beginning, then balancing itself out to revel the smoked porter, vanilla and smooth roasted flavors.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, smooth, a wonderful beer.
I love their smoked porter, so this was a winner for me. The rum barrel was a great idea. I do think this is much better then last years version. Im a big fan of brett beers, but i just didnt get the rum in last years version like i did this time around.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 16:14:59 | More by gregc
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by HoppasaurusRex, thanks for the opportunity Todd
Opened over the sink and the bottle proceeded to pour itself. Dark brown/black color with a huge never ending tan head. Aromas of tart cherry with hints of chocolate and dark sugary rum notes. A hint of oxidation and a touch of earth. The flavor is tart with a lactic twang. Fleeting caramel and roasted notes with a bit of woody vanillin round out the flavor. Light body with a bubbly tart mouthfeel, and a moderate to high level of carbonation. Infected, but not horrible to drink.

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Had this one cellered for about 2.5 years. Cracked it open and was surprised that it smelled a bit sour. Very dark, viscous looking pour. Taste was a bit sweet, oak didn't come through as much as I expected. Ultimately, a little bit disappointing. Seemed like there was too many conflicting flavors going on at once.

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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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Batch 2, which means this has been in the bottle for at least 4 years.

A standard pour into a Duvel glass produces a creamy head that looks like a milk chocolate mousse. After reading some other reviews of this batch, I was ready for a gusher, but I just got a properly-carbonated, quite attractive beer in my glass. The beer itself is dark and hazy.

Wow. I was not expecting this to smell sour. I'm suddenly very excited about this beer. I normally don't find rum very interesting, so I expected this to be less interesting than, say, something aged in bourbon barrels. This smells like a chocolatey oude bruin. It also reminds me of a chocolate cherry cordial. The rum -- and the oak for that matter -- is very subtle.

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Thanks Ben for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Bottle stored in temperature-controlled, zero light conditions. Unfortunate gusher due to botham's hasty maneuvers. Served in a goblet.

Brownish black, reddish glint in the meniscus of the glass. A constant presence of sturdy tan foam, due to the furious carbonation levels. Head eventually breaks on the surface, no lacing.

Tart, indistinct barrel notes with perceptible alcohol in the aroma.
Lightly tart and tannic. No rum character. It comes across as a generic barrel aged beer, oaky and thin with a marked acidity. Not very cohesive or nuanced, it's faded into something of a muddy mess (maybe it always was, based on some early reviews). Overall its not terrible, but nothing worth seeking out really, unless a new batch is released and there are positive reports.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:19:37 | More by emerge077
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Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.