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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 83
Gots: 4 | FT: 2
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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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with another BA on 09.12.08. Batch 2 labeled on the side, no ABV noted. Served in tulip glasses. Very dark brown pour with a nice 2 fingers of khaki froth. Rum-soaked oreo aroma iimmediately detected on the aroma. Sweet, roasty rum cocoa flavor dominates on this one. Huge alcohol notes felt in the glands. Spicy, smokey lingering finish...almost peaty.
Goes without saying, but I've never tasted a beer like this...tough to evaluate. I filled my glass 3 times though...

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 20:09:06 | More by RustyDiamond
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largadeer

California

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Dark brown in color, opaque but not quite black. Two inches of tan foam rises, with pretty solid retention.

Smell: Intense rum barrel aroma at first, which completely overpowers the malt at colder temperatures. As this begins to warm the chocolatey dark malt comes forward, mixing brilliantly with the rum barrel to create a molasses cookie sort of aroma. Amazing.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and roasty. The rum barrel is up front, lending sweetness, body and slight heat to the dry, roasty and subtly smoky porter. Vanilla and sugar cane come through as the beer warms. The finish is mildly bitter, with a hint of oxidation from barrel aging. The body is medium-full, fairly spot-on but I wouldn't mind a bit more viscosity. Fantastic stuff on the whole, my first rum barrel-aged beer but hopefully not my last.

Got this one from Dyan in our last trade. Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 18:36:34 | More by largadeer
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thatguy314

New York

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Having had the very excellent Smoke from the Oak Bourbon Barrel I was expecting a lot from this and was honestly, sorely disappointed. It poured rich black and creamy, much thicker than the regular smoked porter which I poured next to it. Its nose was smokey, sweet and complex, which was a good sign. However, the sweet rum character completely overpoured the dark, astringent character of the porter when I drank it. I couldn't finish my whole glass. The rum flavor was just too overpowering (you might think differently if you are a rum person, but I am not). Oak aging did provide it with an excellent mouthfeel. Scott obviously knows how to make a good oak-aged beer. I think rum-barrel was an interesting experiment to try (and one I was very interested in tasting), I just don't think the results are my thing at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 15:54:11 | More by thatguy314
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JoeMayo

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours very thick and pitch black with almost no head (or lacing).

S- I wish there was a little bit of head to really help release the smell, but even without it, the smell is pretty intense. The rum definately comes through with a really nice dark, raisin-like aroma. The smokey notes are pretty evident as well and are accented by earthy, oaky notes.

T- A little on the sweet side, but still very good. Rum-raisin ice cream comes to mind. The creamy flavor of the beer along with the rum and dark fruity notes blend just right. A nice smokiness comes through, complimenting notes of cocoa.

M- Almost no carbonation, yet it's so creamy that I don't even miss the bubbles.

D- It's heavy, but I could definately go for more after drinking half the 750 mL bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 13:32:28 | More by JoeMayo
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gregc

New York

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
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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seanpachefddfa

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black no light getting through this one. A very thin milk choc head with very little lace.
A strong rum aroma with a little smoke. Also maybe a little vanilla and dark fruit.
The rum really jumps out at first then as the rum flavor moves out semi sweet choc and the smoke flavor moves in. very nice taste different than the nose would leave you to believe.
This is a medium body beer that dries the mouth just a bit. Very smooth in the mouth though
A good beer that I am glad I tried. I don't think I would buy but would not turn down if offered to me

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 01:16:52 | More by seanpachefddfa
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aerozeppl

New York

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 2. No gusher here. Opened barely with a noise at all.

A: Super dark black/cola with no light getting through. Absolutely no head at all and therefore no lacing.

S: Little bit of smoke lots of rum. My guess would be Bacardi? Sweetnes from the rum and some hints of sugar cane. The smoke is very subtle but runs throughout the nose.

T: Totally different than anything else out there. This years batch has no bret so it is their smoked porter aged in rum barrels and that is what it tastes like. Having had the smoked porter it makes it easier to pick out. The more it warms the more smoked and porter you get. The rum is up front. You get the sweetness and a little bit of the burn. Then it goes into this nice fade into a porter. Almost seemless. Finished with more porter than anything else.

M: There is almost no carbonation but it works. I was really worried when I opened it. I had 4 glasses ready after reading previous reviews. Leaves a nice sweetness on your tongue and kind of numbs them. Wacky.

D: How the hell to you rate something like this? This is the only rum barrel beer I have ever had. Though I am into a big wild ale kick I don't see it working with the rum barrel. The wine barrel worked really well with the bret. This is more straight forward. The question I have now is how will this cellar? Its basically a 7% porter. Damn fine though.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 23:02:14 | More by aerozeppl
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Avryle

New York

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

A- Dark, dark brown, but where's the head or the carbonation??? At least we don't have to worry about these SFTO's exploding! This is the only downside to this beer.

S- Mmmm, Ruuum. But, the smoke still comes through underneath the rum. Very sweet & sugary.

T- This is really quite nice, almost liquor-ish because of the lack of carbonation (there is just the tiniest amount) Nice smokiness upfront with the sweet tanginess of the rum dominating the palate in the middle all the way to the finish.

M- Weird because of the lack of carbonation. That's not to say it doesn't drink very smooth. The rum adds a nice boozy burn to the finish.

D- Very smooth, very nice. The rum kicks it up a notch making it heavier than the regular smoked. Very individual, not to be compared with the other SFTO's.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 22:59:44 | More by Avryle
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this 750 ml. bomber from Eyedrinkale as part of the BIF Race 2008. The warning about a gusher in one of the previous reviews was on my mind as I opened the bomber, and sure enough quick hand work was needed to prevent a full eruption onto the desk. Hell as I poured the beer and set the bomber down, foam kept building up and filled all of the headspace and started oozing out. That's a carbon footprint Al Gore surely would not approve of. The beer itself looked very black in the tulip, and the foam atop it died down to some serious lacing that formed legs. The smell was oak and a lot of it. I am a fan of barrel aging in general, but the woodiness was a bit overdone here. The oak tannins made this tasted a lot like a dark Saison than a Porter. There was a little bit of chocolate in the background. I could not taste much of a rum character, and if smoke was not mentioned on the label, I would have not noticed the absence of it. The beer felt thick and soothing in the mouth, and although not mentioned, the belly warming indicated that this was quite a potent brew. That being said, the complicated aging process seems to have detracted rather than added to this Porter. I'd like a lot more smoke please.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 03:28:48 | More by rajendra82
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with nutbrow. Thanks Alan!

It pours(Batch 1)..yikes! nutbrown *told* me to open the bottle by the sink and I totally forgot. Gusher! Gusher!

Ok, it's a clear dark brown with a substantial head of foam and lots of lacing. I couldn't help but smell it while I was trying to tame the foam: sour cherries, just a bit of rum, really, and some roasted malt. Last pour and it is no longer a clear brew but it's still a looker in the glass with very good head retention.

The taste has more of the same. Again, nutbrown said that it took a turn towards the sour and he was spot on. Me, being a big fan of sours beers, found that to be a little enticing yet confusing, especially since this is an American Porter and I've never had one that was any way near having sour charactaristics but Captain Lawrence changed that, for sure.

Back to the tasting, the sourness is very vinuous and could overtake every other flavour easily but for me, the roasted malt and coffee, a touch of smoke, along with a bit of chocolate, make a mad dash and calm the sourness to the point of near balance. Mind you, if sour isn't to your liking, it's still noticeable enough that it will probably put you off and so I wouldn't recommend you try it unless you're really game. As it is in its present state, I'd consider it more of an Oud Bruin than an American Porter but whatever you want to call it, it works for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 18:11:44 | More by Bitterbill
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1.

A: Poured a opaque dark cola brown with a huge firm, dark khaki heat that was mostly lasting. The head was very firm, almost Styrofoam like moving as one solid structure with the tilt of the glass.

S: On the nose was a smooth, fresh roasted burbon aroma with spicy alcohol notes. Very boozy nose.

T: The initial flavor was sweet vinous grapes, dark roasted malting, spicy burbon alcohol and light charcoal/smoky hints. There was a campfire charred woodiness along with spicy fruitiness (prunes). There was a dark raisin grist lacing and vinous grape flavor in the finish and fade.

M: Mouthful was light, some liveliness from the carbonation with a touch of sourness.

D: The high alcohol and vinous nature limits this beer to a sipper with one 750ml bottle being plenty. A rich palate of dark fruits, alcohol and vinous nature makes this a great substitute for any dinner wine with great results.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 00:16:03 | More by beerthulhu
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Capt. L presentation, "Batch #1" pours the darkest shade of near black with a robust dark tab head, that leaves a thick, tiny bubble film and then ringed sheeting and string lacing. Dark chocolate, licorice and dark, burnt malts in the nose. Full flavor brew, notes of more of all the stuff in the nose, but also some woody hints, dark coffee, burnt, smoky leather noted. Complex, heady creation. Well worth a try and likely would age well.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 21:45:24 | More by Billolick
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a geyser of a 22 oz bottle to a snifter, the liquid is dark with just way too much carbonation, the bottle spewed as well. The head is way big dark tan yet leaves no lace.

The smell is Rum, a bit of chared malt to boot.

The taste follows, lots of rum, some dark roasted malt. Very hard to tell is the beer is sour or has a mild infection. I have had porters that had sour notes, in this one the rum seems to enhance the sour note and cover them or maybe impersonate them is better. It's just Safe to say, it's hard to tell.

The mouthfeel is good, nice porter-ish body, but the carbonation get spent early.

The drinkability is still good after all it was in a Bum Rarrell. Hik'up

Prosit MK

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 10:30:37 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. Dense, meringuey head is in for the long haul, leaving hunky lace wherever it goes. Aroma is tart, with barrel notes, and like my experiences with the other iterations, little to any malt or smoke components noticeable. Taste starts with a peek of malt, promptly shouted down by the tartness, and closes with some rum character. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability interesting also. This one just doesn't seem to meld together well enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 00:57:51 | More by ppoitras
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IntriqKen

California

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was the first real gusher I've had. It just kept going and going and going...like the bubbles were Eveready powered.

Poured a deep, dark amber with...oh, yeah, a MASSIVE head of off white that melted surprisingly quickly to a ring of sticky white that left a nice lace in it's wake.

Aromas are sour brett yeasts like a farmhouse ale with some fresh sour fruits and cherries. Wild yeast isn't mentioned in the brew but it sure has that profile in both the aroma and taste. There is a warming quality to the combination of sour cherries and rum with the porter type of roasted malts.

Taste is rummed backed cherries and oak with some lightly toasted malts. Smoked flavors and aromas are almost completely lost in the rum barrels but the rum doesn't overpower...merely "mellow". Not terribly sour like you would expect from the aromas...more of a balance between the sweetness of the rum and malts and the sour cherries.

Mouthfeel is adequate...not too thin...not overly smooth or thick either. Aftertaste becomes a drying cherry and wood.

Definitely interesting. Definitely different. Definitely worth buying and then buying again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 02:53:04 | More by IntriqKen
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Lupe

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a mahogany hue at the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Huge creamy coffee colored head that slowly settles to a one finger cap that leave a sheet of lace down the glass. Incredible looking beer - so visually appealing.

Interesting aroma with a mix of sweet dark malt, oak, and rum. Notes of chocolate, dark brown sugar, and molasses. Malt stats and yields to the oak, with rum coming in at the end.

Sweet and roasted malts - caramel, cocoa, and rum-raisin. Slight sourness and woody oak. Alcohol builds as time goes on and it warms - the rum really starts to come out. Not but in the way of smoke, just a light hint. Complex and a bit funky.

Medium in body, smooth and creamy. Starts off a little thinner than expected, but thickens up as you swallow. Good drinkability for the complexity of this beer. All the rum keeps you at a sip, but quite addictive. Definitely an interesting beer - recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 19:36:46 | More by Lupe
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2; Sampled November 2008
Pretty darn well carbonated, a careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip rises a full-two fingers above the rim of my glass, for a total of seven-fingers of height. The head is a nicely browned, dark tan color. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber / brown that approaches black in color and the beer is pretty opaque as not a hint of light passes through it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of roasted grain, a weird, fruity rum-like note (with a bit of plum in there) and perhaps a touch of funk (I sure hope not though as I had enough of the funk in batch 1). The aroma is significantly burnt, at times smelling like burnt plums, burnt whole grain toast and there is also a significant, though at first not noticed, phenolic smoke character to this beer. The smoke can come off as a burnt vegetal note at times, but does add a savory, almost salty character to the finish of the nose. A touch of spicy alcohol also seems to come from the Rum barrel, though the barrel influence in the aroma is somewhat subtle.

Lightly sweet, savory, a bit hot and this finishes with a smoky phenolic note that sort of turns into a vegetal & plastic like flavor in the long, lingering finish. The upfront sweetness in this seems contributed by rum (both the alcohol and a touch of fruitiness), this beer quickly dries out though as the beer flows across the tongue. This has a nice roast character to it with notes of burnt cocoa, a touch of burnt acidity, a roasted nut note, a chalky burnt grain husk note and a burnt graininess. This is fairly light bodied and, if not for the hot alcohol and phenolics, this would be down right quaffable. Other notes of tart plum / prune, a touch of white pepper, a touch of brown sugar, fig and perhaps just a hint of cola.

As the beer warms up it becomes a lot more drinkable and balance, it loses a bunch of the harsh alcohol and roast notes and just becomes a bit more enjoyable. An interesting beer, it still doesn't quite work for me, but is much better than batch 1. I am a bit surprised how tame the Rum character is, with a 12 year old Rum, I would expect a lot of rich Rum character, but that is just not the case.

Batch 1, Sampled December 2007
3/2.5/2.5/3/3
total: 2.7
A definite gusher, both the bottle and my tulip glass gush. The head easily fills up the five fingers of space in my tulip glass. It is a dusty, cocoa tinged, brown-tan color and sits atop a basically black colored brew. Funky sour aromatic notes mix in with the cocoa / roast malt character typical of a Porter. The funky notes lean towards an ample fruit character reminiscent of tart plums, green apples and grapes (I think the rum comes in to play here too). The funk produces aromas of moldy leather, touches of over-ripe cheese, musty earth and in combination with barrel notes produce wood-like aromas and spicy oak. The porter contributes notes of dusty cocoa, a dry toasted malt notes, browned biscuits and lightly burnt soda crackers. The aroma is all over the place; strangely I have a hard time picking out either notes of rum or of smoked malt.

The beer has calmed down considerably since pouring it, but it still is a bit frothy as it hits my tongue. Despite being forewarned by the aroma, the beer is a shocking mix of astringent oak and acidic sourness. A persistent undercurrent of moldy, over-ripe cheese lingers throughout the flavor profile. Flavors of moldy cotton and decaying loam intersperse with oak derived notes of spice and tannic wood. The smoke is a bit more noticeable in the flavor, but somehow it only seems to accentuate the harsh phenolics (leaning towards burnt plastic), rather than producing that appetizing smoke infusion I love from Rauchmalz. Quite tart, this seems to accentuate some flavors of tart plums, star-fruit and even something that reminds me of durian.

I usually like really funky beers and this one is super complex, but this one is just jarring; the oak character is too harsh and the funkiness, especially when paired with the sharp roast malt notes just doesn't work here. Hopefully the next batch will resist the wild-wee-beasts as I would really like to try a clean beer aged in a Rum-barrel.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 02:03:09 | More by Gueuzedude
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joe1510

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml

Batch #1

Bottle courtesy of mcallister. The rum barrel version of Smoke from the Oak pours black into a snifter. This is one hell of a dark porter. There's not a hint of light coming through. A nice two finger creamy ecru head rose as I poured and settled very slowly to a one finger crown leaving sheet lacing down the glass. Great looking brew!

Smell is pretty unique. The porter and rum barrel qualities are pretty balanced although the barrel seems to just nose ahead. Roasty malts and faint semi-sweet chocolate get things started. The ghost like aroma of rum glides in and out throughout. The oak comes through in the middle and the end brings notes of molasses and brown sugar. Although this mostly sounds like it's all rum it's really well balanced.

This is one of those beers that has a different flavor than the aroma would suggest. The rum notes come quick as this porter hits your tongue but disappear just as quickly. Dark fruits take over as the rum disappears and lead into semi-sweet chocolate that's lasts through the swallow. There's a hint of oak here and a drop of rum there (molasses and brown sugar) but they're just small components of a porter. There's not much in the area of smoke like I was expecting. Some alcohol warmth (or the idea of warmth from the rum) comes through on the finish and warms me up after the swallow. As I drink this beer the chocolate notes really come through and linger after the swallow. Very nice!

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel. This beer works through very quickly so you better be ready to taste as you drink. My only complaint, and it's a small one, is the body could be just a little heavier. The medium body does boost drinkability.

For a barrel aged beer this goes down very easy. This bottle is a breeze to finish.

Interesting idea and a good beer from Captain Lawrence. My first of the rum barrel aged variety and hopefully not my last. Captain Lawrence is doing some interesting things and I want to try them all.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 02:17:17 | More by joe1510
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled Batch # 1.

Appearance: dark brown almost black in color. 1" head falls quickly to a thick surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: overall a sweet aroma filled with caramel and cocoa. Rum aromas and alcohol are also noticeable.

Taste: roasted malts, caramel, mild chocolate, and rum soaked raisins are bold and up front. Alcohol level is warming but mild. Bitterness is a bit mild. There is some background sourness that is soft but noticeable. More complexities arrive as this warms.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. A bit of dryness and sour tones linger at the finish. Medium bodied beer. Long aftertaste as the rum, alcohol and malt sweetness sticks to the tongue.

Drinkability: nice warming beer on a evening the temperature is dropping. Slow sipper but I find the bomber bottle to be just the right size for a evening session. Must pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 22:47:58 | More by Gavage
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

yobdoog hooked me up with this one.

750 mL bottle, Batch 1. A special beer poured into my special Sam Adams glass.

Pours a dark molasses with a generous two finger light tan head that slowly descends. A stickiness that is a bit weak, but present. First whiff I get is of big rum scents that the Captain would love. Dark fruits, french roast, espresso, and sweet chocolate also make an appearance in the nose. Rum is a bit much for me, but it isn't exactly my favorite liquor. Taste starts with a quick rum burst that is quickly taken over by the smokey wood flavors. Dry oak and vanilla with a toasted nut flavor in the aftertaste. Good mild chocolate malt flavors from start to finish. A somewhat light slick mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation. I'd be very interested to know the abv. in this brew. There is a detectable booze like flavor but I have a feeling this one may be much stronger than most would think. Very interesting brew...I want Cuvee De Castleton!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 01:25:35 | More by BeerTruth
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, dark brown with mahogany edging.
A moderately thick, tan head of about and inch built up from a carefull pour.
Retention was not lengthy and the brew was left with a placid surface after several minutes. A few errant dots of lacework clung to the glass.
Aromatics are filled with rum, bitter chocolate, and coffee notes.
The rum comes at you straight on with an almost "green" quality, followed quickly with the cocoa.
The nose trails off with a lactic and vineous nod, and warming.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thinnish for a porter and oily from the rum.
Slightly tannic and drying.
The pallet is boozy with rum, as promised. The rum isn't of the raisiny type, but more neutral and tropical, with a hint of citrus.
Bakers chocolate, with shades of Kahlua and smoked embers follow the almost hot rum.
A lactic tinge starts to linger with each sip, and begs one to wonder if aging a bottle would add to the tartness.
Finishes with a throat warming alcohol nod, and drying burnt chocolate bits.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 00:35:21 | More by brewandbbq
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brantadid

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer on the advice of my favorite beer store, and I had never had a beer from this brewery. Spot On!

Poured black with a quarter inch head. Nice lacing.

Smelled of oak, smoke, and figs. Slight cocoa or dark chocolate in the nose. Molassis came about as the beer warmed

The beer tasted of dark chocolate, the bitter aspects. Oaky with toasted malts. Slight sourness as the beer warmed and a bit of coffee. Fantastic depth of flavor. Not unlike tannins in a wine, the flavor goes on and on.

My only detraction from the beer is that the alcohol shows a bit, but not much.

I highly recommend this beer. I can't wait to try the rest of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 01:58:49 | More by brantadid
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Trevor257

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As a big fan of the CL Smoked Porter, I was really excited to try the rum barrel aged. My first impression was that it is really tart, and the tartness lasts all the way through till the end, and then lingers. It has a very light mouthfeel, with a clean dry finish, similar to drinking a glass of Red Wine. The tartness of this beer really mellows out all of the heaviness and smoke. The rum flavor was not terribly pronounced. A cross between a tart beer and a dark winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 22:50:53 | More by Trevor257
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WesWes

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bold sour scent along with some roasted and crystal malts. I smell only a faint hint of rum. The taste is good. It has a very complex taste. It's full of traditional porter flavor (pale, roasted, and black malts) along with a sour Brett taste as well as a bold rum flavor. Damn, this is an interesting beer. It goes down easy and finishes sour with a bit of warmth and rum taste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a beer to be had once in great while. I'm not crazy about the rum flavor, but I give these guys big ups for trying something new. I'm not sure I'd do it again though.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 22:04:39 | More by WesWes
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to egajdzis for opening this...
Appears a near black, dark brown with mahogany edges when held to the light. Small, light tan head slowly fades into a mild cap. Mild bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart cherry, oak, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some light grassiness coming through mixed with the cocoa. Seems a bit odd to me.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, hot, sweet, mildly tart with cocoa and booz lingering.
There seemed to be something slightly off but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I've enjoyed all the Captain Lawrence brews thus far. This one seemed to be the first bump in the road from my experiences with the Captain thus far.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 14:25:12 | More by weeare138
Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.