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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 83
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gregc on 09-10-2009)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A porter a minority taken down in strength of taste by the apple brandy, with lends a mild but still significant secondary taste.This agrees with the tasting notes of the brewery. The acidity is high, making it difficult to finish a 750 ml. by myself,sharing recommended. Neither my favorite nor my least liked of the entire Smoke from The Oak series, and certainly very good porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 01:34:16 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

09-09-2012 23:18:18 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-04-2011 14:53:19 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours dark brown with a large, billowing off white head with very nice retention. Great lacing as well. Clingy on the sides of my tulip. Nose is a bit smoky with some light, tart fruit and a bit of booze. Mild roast. Taste is similar with a light tartness and some heat. Feel is over-carbonated, offsetting some of the flavor. A bit of booze as well. Drinks well and is pretty tasty. I hope to make the release of the sampler pack they're doing.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 14:33:57 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The kindness /of the BA community gets this one in my hands with the quickness. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 9/23/2009.

Pour was the typical huge Captain Lawrence pour. Dark as night with a towering three inches of foam coming up and over the top. Majestic looking I have to say. Rich tan lacing coming all the way down the sides of the glass and just immensly thick. I lean in for a smell and rich woody notes and light fruit coming up very quickly. Quite complex and just what I was looking for. Light touches of smoke, and molasses as well as a nice brown sugar all make this one quite sweet and subtle. Each sip brings more and more of the barrel forward. Incredible. Rich apple and a vanilla combine seemlessly into a rich creation that is playing off perfectly. Sweet notes of sugar are now blending with a light peat flavor and a really well done hint of chocolate. Very well carbonated and not overly heavy it balances all the flavor wonderfuly and the alcohol is soo well hidden I had finished off the bottle before I knew where I was!

Overall this was as solid as they come and next to the wine barrel my favorite in the series. I would do this one again any day.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 00:52:27 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a super huge dirty brown color head with great retention and super good lacing. Aroma of funky yeast ester with some rich apple brandy notes is quite interesting. Taste is also a very nice mix between some light funky notes with light Brett touch with some subtle tart notes that are mix with some rich sweet malt with light vinous apple brandy notes in the finish. Very complex and somewhat far from the original porter recipe. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Nicely done and outside of the standard brewing norms with some great complexity which makes me say that I can't even pick-up all of the complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 02:46:58 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby. Bottle from Batch 1.

A: The pour is amber in color, and surprisingly not as explosively carbonated as some of the other Smoke from the Oak beers I've had.

S: Definitely get a smokey aroma in the background and throughout the sniff. Some light tartness and fruitiness to the beer and quite a bit of brandy aroma.

T: The tartness is a bit more pronounced on the palate. Light fruit notes of green apples and pears, maybe some lemon zest. Apple brandy is in full effect and maybe makes this a bit too boozy. The smoke is omnipresent, but not overpowering.

M: Medium in body with a rather high carbonation.

O: Hard to evaluate this beer. I like what the tartness adds to it, but it's still not all that successful.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 22:32:04 | More by womencantsail
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2013 04:39:28 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-30-2011 07:44:20 | More by ygtbsm94
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to wedgie9 for sharing this bottle!

Batch 1. After the wine version, my mind is much more open to strange things from this series. This one pours a dark black-brown topped by plenty o' dark-ish tan foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, light roasted malts, light molasses, red apple skin, very light chocolate powder, sour apple, and sour cherry. The taste holds notes of black cherry, white vinegar, light whiskey, green apple, light chocolate, light roasted malts, very light molasses, light brown sugar, and oak. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda sticky finish. Overall, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the wine version: The same kind of sour/smoked porter combination from that version is here as well, but the sourness was more brusque, more in-your-face, and more o'erpowering vis-a-vis the porter. This bottle was more of a gusher than the other (which had a warning sticker on it, no less!), so perhaps some further infection had set in, but I feel this is immaterial, as things probably would have been just as strange regardless. Still not a necessarily bad beer, just one that I can't see drinking much of again in the future (given the chance, of course). I am, though, glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 04:46:57 | More by TMoney2591
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from Dyan last week. Thanks!

Black in the glass with slight translucency. A gentle pour left me with a head three fingers high - this one's a bit overcarbonated. The head ultimately settles to a crown, leaving webs of lace in its wake.

Apples come through strongly in the aroma, tart green apples in particular. There's some roastiness, some chocolate and a hint of smoke. There's a bit of heat from the barrel as well. This has a slight bacterial sourness and funk to it, which was unexpected but adds an interesting dimension to the beer.

The taste is semi-sweet, apple-infused and slightly hot. Roastiness and lactic sourness are about even on the palate. The body is medium-light, carbonation quite high - a bit too high for this style of beer. It gets better with a bit of swirling. The finish is tart, fruity, dry and vinous with some lingering heat from the barrel. Pretty interesting stuff, I'm liking this trend of aging beers in apple brandy barrels. This could turn into something very interesting if the bacterial character develops.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 23:06:47 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

11-15-2011 18:19:57 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SMason for sending a bottle of this my way. Served in a FoBAB taster.

A - Pours with a huge soapy tan head that eventually settles to a couple fingers and slowly dissolves to a solid cap with tons of glass coating lacing. Dark raisin brown color that's slightly lighter at the fringes.

S - Calvados, tart granny smith apples, some wet horsey funk, some roasty cocoa, a touch of hickory woodiness. This stuff is just terrific smelling.

T - The taste has a little more chocolate and smokiness, and the amazing apple and funkiness is a little more in the periphery. It's good, but downplays my favorite elements from the smell.

M - Medium body with very active carbonation, but it complements the funky wild element of this brew. Nice dry finish. There's a little bit of heat at the back end but the alcohol is pretty well hidden otherwise.

D - This stuff is super drinkable - I'd have no problem with drinking 750ml of this stuff. I'd love to try some of the other releases to see how the different barrels affect the base beer. The rum sounds like it'd be really successful.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:27:58 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At a recently tasting, all four variants of this beer were tasted side by side. I was personally surprised at the consistency of the results.

Beer is brown to black with a brown head that falls away and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass.

Aroma is really strong with liquor. More smoke in this one as well.

The beer's body seems slightly thinner, slightly cleaner, finishes much nicer than the others. The liquor in the body seems to highlight the other flavors more than the wine or the rum had. A very nice, highly drinkable but ultimately slightly hot variant.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 19:16:14 | More by drabmuh
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice porter scent; roasted/black malts, dry and earthy. The apple brandy aroma is outstanding! It quite boozy and warm to the nose. The taste is awesome! It has a really nice, warm brandy feel along with some chocolate and roasted malt character. It goes down smooth and finishes with a acidic/tart character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an outstanding beer. It's damn complex and full of flavor. Two thumbs up! Thanks again Arpit.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 02:28:50 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a SMBDC Stout tasting thanks to Amy and Michael, but don't remember who brought this one.

Almost no head, dark cocoa brown color.

nose has light smoke, apple tree wood smoke, burnt, light heat, smoked sharp cheese like, light roast, hint of bitter chocolate.

Taste has chewy malts, oats, creamy chocolate, light roast, cocoa, bitter earthy bark wood taste, apple wood, smoke, light campfire, light bitter roast and dark choc, caramel, etc.

Mouth is creamy malty, med bodied, light carb.

Overall unimpressed, maybe the age has decayed it a bit, but not great, a bit too crazy smoky, malts are lacking, overall a bit light.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:05:38 | More by jlindros
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mdfb79

New York

3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 06/04/11 notes. Shared this one with a few friends. Big thanks to dmeadows for sending me this one; thanks Dennis, huge want! Batch 1, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with a brownish tint when held up to the light, moderate carbonation evident, and two fingers of fluffy light tan head. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of apples and fruit, though a bit sour, roasted malts, very light smokey malts in the background. based on the sour dark fruits, I'm afraid this one might be infected, though I still enjoy the nose quite a bit.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, bretty, roasted malts, smoke, sour apples, lactic notes. Definitely infected, and a huge step down from the nose, though still not awful.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a bit disappointing due to the infection. I actually still liked this one compared to some other infected porters and stouts I've had, but would love to have it again the way it was intended to be drank.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 17:38:12 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprise, surprise (not) this beer pours with an excessive carbonation that produces a four finger thick, lightly browned head that lingers for a long time and leaves some light lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a deep brown color that shows some flashes of bright ruby color around the edges when held up to the light. The beer smells quite fruity, with a definite brandy note, there is a touch of spiciness that makes me think of cinnamon in some ways. There is also a touch of mustiness here, that almost leans towards a light funky cheesiness or a funky mushroom type note. If you really dig through the fruitiness there is a rich, toasted malt character in the finish; toasted whole grain bread notes, a touch of acidic roast malt, and maybe just a touch of smoke (but this is really hard to notice). The nose is actually pretty decent, it sort of reminds me of a really funky batch of crushed grapes that is in the middle of being fermented by a cheese and wine culture.

Tart tasting and quite dry, this is coupled with a toasted grain and a lingering light musty mushroom character. The excessive carbonation definitely contributes to an initial harshness, but luckily I can manually dissipate the excess carbonation. There is a light smokiness that also lingers in the finish along with a bitter / acrid roasted malt character. There is a touch more malt fullness than one might expect from a beer that is as dry as this is; the light acidity (which is definitely not just from the dark grain) tends to make this taste drier than it actually is. An at times biting roast character is noticeable here and can be a bit too jarring sometimes especially when you consider the light acidity. The fruitiness of the nose is not nearly as apparent in the flavor, unfortunately.

As the beer warms up it picks up a very light sweetness that lightly accentuates a dry chocolate note as well as boosting a very subtle smoked malt character. The middle and finish also begins to pick up some brandy like fruitiness, though just a touch.

This is definitely my second favorite of this series (behind the wine); it isn't nearly as funky, and in fact could actually work with a bit more funk if it had a more boosted fruit character like the Wine-Barrel one does. A bit more fruitiness would really help this be much more balanced, though this still achieves a balance that most of the other SFTO don't come close to achieving. Definitely an enjoyable beer, but it is showing hints of being great, but definitely isn't quite there yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:38:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque except for the faintest of deep dark mahogany edges when held up to a light source and a 2.5 finger frothy light beige head. Very good retention slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with lacing.

Very interesting aroma with sweet light crisp granny smith apples, brandy, chocolate, smokey roasted malt and an earthy oak presence. It's also quite vinous from the oak aging with subtle hints of vanilla. Like the other beers in the series the oak aging and the liquor from the barrels mask the smokey charcoal characteristic of a typical smoked beer.

Creamy, rich full body with a lots of silky maltiness underneath the vinous, sweet sour apple brandy flavor. Slightly puckering with a nice oak/vanilla flavor from the barrel aging and a sour green apple presence on top of a very rich chocolate malt body. The maltiness becomes slightly more smokey as it warms up but is not dominant like it is on other smoked beers. Very well balanced with all of these flavors bouncing off of each other and the nice sour apple and sweet brandy flavor lingering over everything into a slightly dry finish.

This is a very complex and extremely well made beer. I found this to be the most well balanced beer in the series. While I loved the other ones, I thought that the barrel aging gave them a hotness and dominant liquor presence that overshadowed the other smokey chocolate malt flavors. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 05:46:50 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-13-2012 19:28:22 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to josh for sharing this.
Appears a murky dark brown with a dark tan head that never fades. It settles into a thick, battery head. Scattered bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cherries, cocoa, caramel, toffee, and mocha. It reminds me of Oerbier Reserve.
Taste is of the aromas with a wine like flavor with vanilla, and oak flavors pulling through.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front with tart and chewy caramel flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 00:10:00 | More by weeare138
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from the source last weekend. Pours pretty darn near black, under an all star head, huge, slow to shrink, turnig to a merainge cap, and finally to a very thick, stay forever film. Stringy and spotted lace. The nose reveals tart apple, burnt grains, wood, smoke, vanilla, brandy.
Flavorful, complex and bold. Notes of the expected tart apple, more wood/smoke, and I get brandy/rum in the finish. Intense stuff, that can only get better with some aging to perhaps let things gel together, mellow and soften out the edges a bit. World class sipper, night capper, after dinner brew. Note to self: would be great with apple pie after Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 14:44:14 | More by Billolick
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-30-2012 04:51:48 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into old guardian snifter.

Pours a huge layer of fluffy tan head. Fades down leaving some thick lacing. Color is fairly black. Too much head for a porter.

Aroma: Reminds me a lot of the wine version. Some sourness, oak, chocolate and caramel showing. Fairly roasty. The oak and apple brandy is fairly subtle.

Taste: Wow, this one is a bit too smoky/roasted. It has a bit more of the apple brandy showing with some sweetness, but it still has a sourness to it. Chocolate and caramel malt base behind the roasted malts. I like the barrels on this one better than the wine.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and a bit fizzy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation for a porter. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, the sour/tartness really makes this porter odd. It is very roasty/smokey. It is somewhat enjoyable, just weird. I think the SftO Series is just an odd series overall. Somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 02:50:29 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at De Cicco's in NY, Apple smoke was all out at the brewery when i went up for the fury.

Apple smoke blazes a dirty dark brown liquid out of the bottle forming a almost black color in the Duvel tulip. Up to the light a rusty brown appearence with some muted red towards the edge. A mocha tan head reached three fingas of some semi tight foam, this looks great for a barrel aged brew. Nice clingy lace for a bit.

Apple scents with granny smith qualities, (too bad I don't have any apples on hand to partake with this smoke) Some acidic scents reminding me of past SFTO's. The brandy does not really hit me in the taste. Some light chocolate/coffee from the base beer but it has been extremely muted from the aging. Roasted malt in the rear. Im sure there is some other porter scents but they are drowned out from the barrel.

Apple tastes great, a nice semi smooth apple porter if you will, this experiment was a success in my mind. Granny smith apples with some very faint brandy. A little more brandy would of been nice but may have distracted the apple portion. Very low amounts of chocolate and coffee, actually the coffe is almost dead in the water. As with all SFTO that i've had there is a slight acidic taste but not as pronounced as other versions (especially the Bourbon SFTO), in fact the wood/oak seems lighter than usual to. Not really picking up any smoke from this.

This smoker has a medium build with a smooth ride on the way down. Again, not as acidic or sour if you will making this the easiest feel from the series IMO. Apple smoke spent the perfect amount of time in the barrel. As this warms more of the base beer shows itself in feel and taste. A loud hiss on cap pry told me this was well carbonated and I was not wrong, this beer is not dead but not overly crisp, except for the slight acidity which I think is a different matter all together. The aftertaste is short lived with minimal apple and porter.

SFTO is a great series with great results. Barrel aged porters are limited from a selection standpoint, but I think that Scott and the Captain Lawrence team have this style down pat, it cant be beat, at least on the east coast. Im guessing this is around 8 percent or in that ballpark. Not terribly high in ABV but a whole bottle to the head could be a chore, I suggest finding a friend and sharing the love. With that said this version has the most potential for a whole bottle to the head as it's delicious and less acidic. Get some if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 01:04:19 | More by BARFLYB
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Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.