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Imperial Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Imperial Smoked Porter
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50 Ratings
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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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cavedave

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from DeCicco's. Into a long stemmed tulip.

Pours a deepest dark brown, opaque, topped by a one finger head which fights the good fight, but ends up as a skim, then finally to a bare cap and thin ring, atop this thick looking beauty.

Not a strong smell, but full of dark fruit, smoky roast malt, dark caramel, hints of tart yeast, and some other sweet aromas hard to define.

Full flavored, and once this baby opens up it is a feast for the palate. It starts tart and sweet, almost vinous, but the malt and smoke kick in, some really nice yeast balances it with tart. Dark fruits come into the sip, plum, ripe cherry, some figgy flavor kicks in, some coffee, the smoke just carries it, never overpowering like in some rauchbiers, finally ending in a juicy finish that is the sweet of the fruit, the drying flavor of the smoke, spicy yet subdued alcohol, along with hints of floral, earth, and herbal bitter. As it warms this becomes a pleasure that is rare, a delicious taste unlike any others I've tried. What a shame this is listed as a porter, it should have its own category.

Mouthfeel is just short of stoutlike, highly viscous, very low carb., and a superior and complex finish.

Drinkability is dangerously good. Besides for the lack of alcohol presence, the flavors beg for another sip.

Impression: Get this if you can, absolutely stellar work by the HudVal's other great brewer.

Serving type: growler

09-04-2010 18:35:14 | More by cavedave
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DNICE555

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 19:05:44 | More by DNICE555
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1200. Huge thanks to Sean for acquiring a 32oz growler of this one, after I missed out on it earlier. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of dark tan foam that settles to a near-complete thin cap and thick big-bubbled ring. Not much in the way of lace, but it's a solid, dark, dark brown body.

S - Smoke and buttery cocoa are initially at the forefront, but as it warms there is more caramel, meat and hickory, and milk chocolate. Like a maple-glazed ham drenched in butter with a side of chocolate.

T - Smoked meats and a slight hammy quality to it. Milk chocolate, some nice residual coffee bitterness, and shockingly no alcohol. I did a double-take when I saw this was listed at 12%. I would have guessed 8-9% at most.

M - Smooth medium body, nice soft tingly carbonation, lightly tannic and smoky finish. Maybe a touch light for the alcohol, but since you can't taste there isn't much incongruity.

D - This is a really good beer. Why do they ruin most of it by making Smoke from the Oak? Shockingly drinkable for a 12% smoked porter.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2011 19:32:49 | More by MasterSki
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Billolick

New York

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

Serving type: growler

08-03-2010 00:20:26 | More by Billolick
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beerman999999

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-20-2012 11:36:00 | More by beerman999999
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billyshears

Maryland

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.

Serving type: growler

10-01-2010 01:28:02 | More by billyshears
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smutty33

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-30-2011 02:19:48 | More by smutty33
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for this one. 22oz CP bottle from Bierkraft which was poured into a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, two fingers. Some sticky lacing along the sides of the glass and a nice cap remains on top after the initial pour. Picture pefect.

S - Bacon, holy jeez. Milk/dark chocolate, smokey richness, some slight woody/oak. Very rice, bold, in-your-face.

T - Much like the nose. Chocolate, oak, bacon, smoked richness. No real alcohol at all...it's hidden very well. Sweet in the end. Just f'n good.

M - Medium to full, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

D - No real flaws in this beer and quite possibly the best porter I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Just solid. A fine example and I can see why it's rated so highly. Excellent...get you some.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2010 23:50:49 | More by Sean9689
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jackie7787

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-17-2011 20:14:31 | More by jackie7787
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asparkoflife

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-29-2011 09:56:00 | More by asparkoflife
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afksports

New York

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fortunately, this beer has done me well. No life crises induced, no depressing beer fanatic moments, just some solid taste that makes me smile. I got it in a growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn and poured into a pint glass. As the guy described it: "Man, the smoke in there is like a football field was filled with tires set on fire and then all at once put out... then they trapped that smoke and put it in this beer". So... yeah, it's bad ass.

Appearance: Dark and rich, very portly. (I have a small vocabulary). Rich lacing.

Smell: Smoke. And ... barbeque? I'm a vegetarian and eating, er, drinking this beer makes me feel like I've sinned.

Taste: Along the same lines. Sinful. There's a rich and creamy sweetness to it, plus meatiness, and some pleasant hints of chocolate and other good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Total.

Drinkability: High. And not overdone with alcohol, so you don't feel like you should apologize after drinking it (although maybe you should).

11/3/2010 Update: After having this a second time, it might be too smoky for me. I like barbeque, but this is like sitting inside of one.

Serving type: growler

09-18-2010 23:18:58 | More by afksports
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2011 03:05:43 | More by mikesgroove
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

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!

Serving type: growler

08-17-2010 02:48:02 | More by hoppymcgee
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Brianjames16

New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a opaque black with a beautiful hue of brown on top. Head is a tan color but dissipates quickly. Good looking porter. Decent amount of alcohol in the nose.

S- Big roasted burnt aromas. Reminds of how my clothes smell like after a night of hanging around a camp fire. Also some sugars and chocolate in the background. Very welcoming aroma.

T- Huge flavors. Raisin's , chocolate and roasted malts coat the mouth. This one has a very smooth taste with a sufficient bite on the finish. Very balanced.

M- Nice medium body coats the palate leaving a pleasing aftertaste. Very smooth and drinkable.

O- Very drinkable porter with awesome flavor and great balance. This is definitely one of my favorite porters so far. Cheers Captain Lawrence !

Serving type: growler

04-02-2011 00:17:25 | More by Brianjames16
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dasenebler

Maine

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler (small bottle) filled at DeCicco's. 12 percent ABV.

Dark, voluptuous, opaque black with a tight, but lasting creamy tan head.

The nose has a rich, earthy smokiness reminiscent of old fireplaces and slow-cooking bacon. Bit of dark, ripe fruit. Exceptional.

The flavor is awesome as well. Sharp smokiness a la Schlenkerla mixes with chocolate and molasses, creating a delicious marriage of styles. Not so much coffee or roast as peaty, smokey notes. Surprising amount of fig and prune, too. Thick mouthfeel with smooth, low carbonation. I could taste the alcohol but would never have guessed it to be 12 percent. Quite the beer.

This is one of the most delicious smoked beers out there. Gotta love the Rauch!

Serving type: growler

09-03-2010 04:11:00 | More by dasenebler
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cosmicevan

New York

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.

Serving type: growler

09-12-2010 01:39:16 | More by cosmicevan
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Orbfan

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-11-2012 01:34:41 | More by Orbfan
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MystikCelt

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-16-2012 04:55:08 | More by MystikCelt
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Manoftyr

New York

4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 64oz growler into 22oz snifter.

Appearance-This is the blackest porter I've ever seen right off the bat and it pours with that slick motor oil consistency I usually associate with an RIS. A small head rises but quickly bubbles away.

Aroma-Smoke upfront of an almost peaty variety but it's by no means overwhelming, coffee and caramel undertones with a clean roastiness. No alcohol that I can smell.

Taste-Dark chocolatey malts upfront followed quickly by roasty, peaty smoke, as a reviewer before me put it this 'isn't bacon smoke' but has far more in common with the kind of smokiness you find in a peaty Scotch. Some coffee notes as well but they're an undercurrent, the big players are the chocolaty malts and the smoke which last clean and straight forward all the way to the end. After the finish the smoke leaves a nice smokey aftertaste, again, like a good peaty Scotch. Amazing, just jaw droppingly awesome.

Mouthfeel-Rich, syrupy, almost chewy with low carbonation; a perfect blanket for the peaty smoke.

Drinkability-Zero alcohol presence plus additively sip-inducing flavors make this dangerous on the drinkability scale.

Notes-Captain Lawrence was under the radar for me for awhile, none of their brews ever really 'wowed' me...until now. This beer is amazing a peat-lover and a dark malt lover's dream beer.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2010 22:34:09 | More by Manoftyr
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kevinv

Texas

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.

Serving type: growler

02-27-2011 01:43:16 | More by kevinv
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650 counter pressurized bottle from BierKraft, another huge thanks to hoppy...A dark black pour with about four fingers of head, falls pretty quickly. The head is a bright light tan, ok lacing...A super strong aroma of salty bacon and smoke, its awesome...The taste is equally amazing, the salted pork comes through strongly with smoke, but what sets this apart is the complexity brought about by the addition of some sweet chocolate, which just takes this too a whole new level. Unreal smooth chocolately finish. An unreal feel and super easy to drink.

I really hate to throw this term around, but this beer is almost perfect in every way. Get this beer.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2010 02:44:58 | More by jrallen34
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AgentZero

Illinois

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.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2011 05:15:47 | More by AgentZero
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richbrew

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-15-2011 15:26:36 | More by richbrew
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alalvarez75

New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-02-2011 22:00:45 | More by alalvarez75
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randomdanger

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-15-2011 14:56:00 | More by randomdanger
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Imperial Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.