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Imperial Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Imperial Smoked Porter
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 27
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 08-03-2010)
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Reviews by asparkoflife:
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

asparkoflife, Dec 29, 2011
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Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce "Growler" filled at DeCiccos in Ardsley, NY. An always welcome new one from the captain. Pours black, under a dark mocha head, that is dense and lasting. Turns to a thick tiny bubble film, collar and leaves plentiful fine bits of lacing. Rich smoky nose, with some undertones of dark chocolate. Thick and viscous brew, allowed to warm up quite a bit, this one is loaded with chocolate, bacon infused smoke, rich dark/roasty/burnt malts, espresso, ripe dark fruits. Dark mocha/dark chocolate beer shake. Simply yummy stuff. Hoppy and drying in the finish, all through the mouth and down the throat. Enjoy with some smoky BBQ or as a desert beer with a chocolate after feast treat. Great new one from Scott V/CLB

Billolick, Aug 03, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

beerman999999, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going to have to follow in line with Billolick on this one. I think his review is spot on. I picked this bad boy up as a 22oz. counter-pressure filled bomber at Bierkraft in Brooklyn. Poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet.

A: Dark brown teetering on black with a fine looking 2-finger beige head.

S: Smoked wood, molasses, and oak barrel. This beer smells fresh.

T: Starts with a mellowed-out oaky flavor that turns into a dark chocolate bliss and has a smoky finish.

M: Liquid gold. As smooth as can be with the perfect amount of carbonation. This beer has the perfect amount of body too.

D: 12%?! I think not. Nevertheless, this is also not a filling beer as I find most smoked porters are.

Overall, I can't wait until this comes out in bottles! Cheers Scott!

hoppymcgee, Aug 17, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

black with a small tan, caramel colored head that did not have much staying power. Low retention led to a quick fade to a skim layer on top and a smll amount of lace.

Big smoked flavors were the predominant course here. Small hint at some sugary sweetness and perhaps a bit of a bittering hop in their at the end. But just about anything in there would have been overwhelmed by the absolutly absurdly strong smoked flavors.

Tons of flavors in the back here, but I think this may need to sit down for a few to get the strong aromas to mellow and allow some more of the subtle stuff to come though. Great, really light frothy carbonation left the palate feeling cleansed and refreshed. A slight bittering hop could be found in the finish and and a long lingering flavor that I could still taste several hours later!

overall like a chocolate campfire. wonderfully well done and just about as solid as you can get for the style.

mikesgroove, Jul 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Black with dark tan head
s: Initial heavy smoke, dark malts and roast, chocolate.
t: Totally delicious and rich, but not overpowering, smoked malt, followed by a sweet, almost berry-like flavor and chocolate as it warms up (reminds me a bit of Hunahpu's chocolate profile).
m: Creamy and smooth with low carbonation that's just right.
d: Goes down really easily and alcohol is quite well hidden.

Terrific. One of the Captain's best and one of the best porters I've had. Scott is really stepping it up now.

billyshears, Oct 01, 2010
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1/5  rDev -77.1%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

alalvarez75, Dec 02, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, huge thanks to capra12 for grabbing me a growler of this from DeCicco's. This one has been a longtime coming and I'm glad Jon was finally able to grab this for me. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours near black with a good light tan head and a bit of lacing as it falls down the glass. The nose brings some night roast and light chocolate and also a bit of a mild coffee presence. Behind this comes a moderate amount of smokiness. Nothing too complex or in your face, but it's certainly there. The flavor also has smoke as the dominant characteristic, though it doesn't overwhelm or wow me. Similarly, the background notes come together cohesively, but don't really stand out too much. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and moderate dry smokiness in the finish. Drinkability was quite good. Hard to believe this was 12%. I'd love to revisit this one eventually to see if there's something I'm missing.

Thorpe429, Mar 08, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to jrallen34 for popping this one open.

A - Solid black beer with a finger of tan foam that left a little bit of lace behind.

S - A great smoke smell on top of an awesome buttery and chocolatey malt smell. Truly great smelling beer with roast, smoke, malt, chocolate, awesome.

T - Taste is just fantastic. A great smoke taste on top of roasted malts and chocolate, some butter and just the perfect hints of dark fruit. Not sure how to improve on this one.

M - Fuller bodied with some good carbonation.

D - Can't believe this is 12%, love this beer and can't get enough. Just about perfect.

AgentZero, Mar 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

sideshowe, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of drewd0g
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another good one from CL. From what I understand this is the base for the SFTO beers (before the barrels) Appearance is nice and black with a couple fingers of head on it. Smell is super smokey, reminds me of a barbecue. The taste is phenomenal if you like smokey beers. Really really nice smokeyness in the nose and the mouth, lots of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a nice smokey aftertaste. This is a big beer but I consider it pretty drinkable, althow im sure a lot of people will consider this one a slow sipper. Very enjoyable

drewd0g, Oct 29, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lazy Boy Saloon. Owner is such a cool dude. He gives Jlynn a free pint of bluepoint blueberry and me a free la choufee tulip with my KBS to go in a bottle. Really knows his beer. Recommended me a Keedhan Ale Jo Mama's milk stout that was bangin. He also hand out a nice Brooklyn Bottle opener. On to the review. Poured into a 12 ounce glass.

A Black body with a nice brown head. This porter looks like me with my shirt off... BigTyme.

S Smoke, Roasted Oats, Sugar, Chocolate, smells like roasting marsh mellows around a campfire with a bowl of oatmeal.

T Smokey, chocolate covered roasted oats. Wow this flavor is intense. I haven't had many smokes porters besides the stone smoke porter. The smoke in this one blows the stone away. I feel like I'm hanging out by a bonfire with this one. Very interesting.

M Huge flavor profile. Overwhelms the palate in a good way. Very full bodied especially for a porter.

O Easy to drink for the huge smokey flavor and high abv. I was definitely feeling it after this one. CL has really gotten me interested in smoked porters. I'll have to see more out.

DNICE555, Apr 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

smutty33, Dec 30, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler > tulip glass.

A - Silky shiny black with a thin mocha head with sticky lacing.

S - Campfire. I've never smelled a beer that had such a deep smokey smell. Really fantastic. Also malty, a bit chocolatey and creamy with a touch of licorice or gummy bear. Overall though...smoky campfire!

T - The smoke is at the forefront. Chocolatey roasted malts. Very rich in flavor. Alc is pretty well hidden, except for the tingle in my mouth.

M - Alc bite although absent in the taste...is there in feel, but overall the smokiness dominates everything about this beer. Pretty silky as it goes down.

D - Possibly the best Capt Lawrence beer I've ever had and probably the best porter I've ever had as well. That being said, it is a really rich and thick beer as well which makes this one not big for volume drinking.

cosmicevan, Sep 12, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Orbfan, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of kevinv
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't thank Dave (cavedave) enough for a 64oz growler of this one. Poured into my New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a dark, dark black with mahogany hues around the edges. About a 1 finger mocha colored head that resides to the surface fairly quickly. A small amount of lacing remains. I hope this beer tastes as good as it looks.

S - SMOKE. The nose is truly exceptional with all of these big smoky aromas. It reminds me of sitting around a campfire. It smells like salty, cooked meats. While the smoke and salty meats dominate, there are undertones of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee.

T - The taste is akin to the smell. Big smoky and salty flavors up front. The chocolate comes through more on the taste than it did in the aromas. The smoke has a very clean taste to it. Only the slightest amount of alcohol comes through as the beer warms. Simply amazing.

M - Medium-high mouthfeel with a low carbonation, a perfect amount to let all of the flavors shine through. Nice creamy finish.

D - Very high drinkability. I personally love the smoky taste, but can see how it may be overwhelming to some. I would LOVE to have this beer available at all times.

Like another reviewer said, this beer is damn near perfect. Really glad that I got to try this one.

kevinv, Feb 27, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

MystikCelt, Dec 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jrbuch
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Green tulip at Bridge View Tavern, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

A: Very Dark, 35+ SRM for sure with a nice coffee colored head.

S: Very smokey; A pretty dry toasty flavor. Not a very sweet nose.

T: Roasty with a good BU:GU ratio.

M: Carbonated to style. Not too heavy.

D: Roastiness and the high ABV do not make this a light drink. Smooth and heavy, great for cold weather.

jrbuch, Dec 28, 2010
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Ineedabeerhere, Dec 12, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at Bridge View Tavern, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

a: very dark with nice dense head that fell away within minutes

s: roasted grain, smoke

t: very nice. very very smokey (I would actually like it a bit better if it were not so heavily smokey, but I guess that's the point of this beer). complex dark fruit appearing in the background as it warms.

m: not too heavy, which was nice. well balanced

d: pretty good especially for such an in-your-face beer.

jpoder, Dec 31, 2010
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Imperial Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.