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Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Imperial Version) - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: aerozeppl on 12-19-2010)
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Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large capped bottle, "Bottled in 10". Been sitting with its cousins in the snazzy gift box, since before Christmas...cool spring evening with next to nothing to do, seems like a sensible time to crack this baby open and enjoy.

Pours near black, dark prune, moderate mocha head, leaves some thick sheeting, a thick collar and moderate slippery lacing.

Big and bold nose of smoke, cooking meat and red wine.

First sip....wow..this stuff is rich, densely flavorful, and viscous, thick, luxurious and creamy on the tongue.

More smoke, red wine, sweet malts, dark fruits, and a hint of sweet melon in the finish.

Add it all up… I get complexity, intrigue, a world class sipper/dessert beer/night capper.
Well done Captain Scott. Drinking great now, likely only better with a year or two in a cool dark place…….

Billolick, May 16, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +2.6%

dogfishandi, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Corey – thanks! Side-by-side with the rum and brandy versions.

Pours black with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with large amounts of smokiness and hints of tobacco. Also present are mild amounts of tannins and dark fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Heavily roasted malts up front are joined quickly by large amounts of smokiness. Midway through the smoke fades a bit, allowing dark fruit flavors and light oak to work their way into things, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was the version that was least-influenced by the barrels. A nice showcase of the base beer however I would like more of the wine barrel. Still, it’s worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

acurtis, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Hessian257, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black color with a big light brown fluffy head that slowly settled into a light cap.

The aroma is big on smoke, burnt wood, and charred meat. Exactly what I expected from a smoked porter and then-some. Some nice caramel undertones and a bite of red wine from the barrel.

Again big on the smoke, with some peat, burnt wet wood and charred beef. Noticable sour presence from the wine barrels. Doesn't add much flavor but adds a strong offset to the smoke. I actually think the sour from the red wine takes too much away from the smoke.

Full bodied with prickly carbonation. Sweet and smokey on the palate but is nicely offset by the sour from the wine barrel. Very balanced for a smoked beer.

A very well made and surprisingly balanced beer. Bold flavors. The wine adds a bit too much balance for my liking as I like my smoked porters quite smokey. Still very excellent.

Gmann, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The SFTO wine was always my fave in the series. It was kind of a smokey "half sour" that was wonderfully complex and surprisingly drinkable. This imperial is a great progression of the brew. A real winner in my book as this hits on all cylinders in progressing from the original version. The rum and brandy versions benefitted the most but to be honest they all do and the SFTO Imperial Series is an unqualified success in my opinion. Truly great beers.

Dark brow fluid with a brown head that leaves lots of lace and stays for quite a while. Light covering remains. Not as sticky as the others as I guess the rum and brandy added a sugar component that thickened things up. Aromas of smoke, cherries and oak with a whiff of alcohol. Dark roasted malts at the core and notes of char and chocolate. Taste follows the smokey half sour paradigm of the original and builds on it. The bigger beer backbone adds a burnt caramel and molasses center and and chewy brown bread malt foundation. Dry cab and oak facets really blossom and make that at times like a thick rich carbonated molasses wine. The finish is earthy and super dry with a silky feel and spot on carbonation. A sipper for sure as the oak and vinous flavors are quite strong but I quite enjoyed large sips as the feel and big sweet malts we just wonderful to hold in the mouth while the smoke and oak filter through the nose. This a kick but super complex brew that I really wish I had a plate of cheeses and smoked foods to enjoy with. Will have to get more/

scootny, May 15, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.6%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

waddellc2, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

pjkelley82, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

hoppymcgee, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of jegross2
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. This is my first ever beer from Captain Lawrence, but I have heard good things about this brewery out of New York.
Score: 90

Unknown vintage bottle (forgot to check the label!) served in a "The Bruery" brand tulip and enjoyed on 03/23/12.

Appearance: Deep brown, mostly opaque save for a strip of brown highlight atop the glass when held up to a light. Between the glasses poured at the table, it seems like there is a combined 2-3 fingers of creamy milk chocolate covered head at pour that quickly settles into a bubbly ring around the glass. Minimal lacing, poor retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Huge notes of smoke, oak, and hickory wood. There's some funky white grape, white wine acidity, a little roasted chocolate and a light vinegar aroma too. 4/5

Taste: Like the nose, there is lots of smoke on the palate. I am glad I capped the evening off with this beer, because it's a lingering palate wrecker! Tart white grape, oak and roasted chocolate. There is a "fatty meat" flavor on the palate entwined with the smokiness that others described as "pork-like." I do not detect any booziness whatsoever despite the 12% ABV. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high carbonation. Oily/smooth mouthfeel. Smokey and sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: This beer struck a real nice contrasting balance between the heavier smokey flavors and the lighter white wine/tart grape flavors that left an interesting effect on the palate that can only be described as a "prickley sweetness." I still do not like sours, and this one has Brett intentionally added to it, but I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. This one is a true smoke bomb. I would definitely be interested in trying the other variations of this beer at some point in the future.

Recommendation: Fans of smoke beers and wine wine should seek this beer out. Be warned, however -- this one is heavy on the smoke!

Pairings: Barbequed chicken.

Cost: $12 for a 750 ml bottle.

jegross2, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, nearly black emerged from the bottled and rattled around the inside of the glass producing a nice three inch high head f tan colored foam.

The first notes to hit you were the nice sour funk that was present from the barrels. hints of chocolate and coffee as well; a rich imperial porter, smoked, aged in sour wine barrels. smoky flavor starting to come through in here now, after being nearly absent in the aroma. Nice chocolate malts and hints of roasted coffee throughout as well. This was a nice sweet porter, and I even could pick up hints of vanilla way in the back. t sour note just really kicked in. These must have been one hell of a set of barrels this was aged in as they were all over the flavor as well. The finish even was dominated by a long drawn out sour flavor that really just was just the icing on the cake.

Mouthfeel - This was a nice robust porter with a medium Mouthfeel and as you could imagine, absolutely awesome carbonation. A nice velvet like smooth feel going down, the bubbles tingled your tongue and kept it active throughout. There was a nice dry feeling in the finish. I have to admit, I was again really surprised with how well this went down.

mikesgroove, Jul 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

BColton1, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

manutdfan, Feb 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

BGsWo22, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Arenbeer
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Captain Goblet that came in the special 3 pack

Served at fridge temperature

A- Pours jet black with a 2 finger light brown creamy looking head that slowly dissipates. Not much lacing but some really nice legs on the side of the glass.

S- Interesting to say the least. Smoke and leather notes up front that combine surprisingly well with the viscous aromas. Actually has a slight funk and sour smell to it as well. Slight oak but mostly that smoke.

T- Just like the aroma your immediately hit with smoke, bacon, fresh leather, slight coffee, creamy milk chocolate and burnt malts. But just when you thought that was enough the flavors from the wine emerge and give you an almost brett like funk and slight sourness as well as a grape fruitiness. Excellent.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a puzzling finish for the mouthfeel hah

Overall this is an absolutely amazing beer. All of the flavors are so well blended and compliment each other perfectly. I'm impressed and pumped to try the other two.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, May 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

alalvarez75, Dec 02, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

ygtbsm94, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a ton to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this.

Pours a super dark colored beer with a creamy lighter head.

Nose has dark roasty but salty malts, lots of smoke, bit of brine, hint of chocolate, bit of booze, lots of roast, a bit less oak than the rum and a hint of red wine, also some fruit.

Taste has semi sweet dark roasty malts, tons of smoke, bit of brine and salt but less so than the rum barrel, dark malts, touch of oak and vanilla, bit of chocolate, nice smoked malt flavor and chewy caramel malts, hits of red fruits and a red wine flavor.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall great but a bit briny and salty, nice smoke, nice malts, not too drinkable but great flavors.

jlindros, Jul 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second from the SFTO Imperial series drank side-by-side with the rest.

A - They all relatively of look the same. Black beer, brown on the edges. This one had a little bit more of a head than the brandy version, but I'd say they're comparable in look on the grading scale.

T - Holy balls, this is one of the best things I've ever smelled. Smoke, roasted malt, a little vanilla, some wood, and a great rich wine smell that mixes perfectly with everything else. Fantastic.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose, but its still quite nice. It's a little more disjointed, as the wine and roast/smoke seem a bit more separated, but it's still great. Some nice sweetness added from being in the barrel.

M - Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O - This was my favorite one, just due to the amazing aroma. Would love to drink this again. Once again, not sure how this is an F beer, but to each there own.

AgentZero, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of KeefD
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Knifestyles for this extra! I'm assuming this is the correct version I'm reviewing as it says "Bottled in 10" on the side. Poured into a Captain Lawrence tulip that Chris also so graciously sent along with it. Thick, dark brown color, totally black and opaque in the glass with an inch or so of creamy khaki colored head that fell slowly and left some spotty lacing all over the tulip. Holy oakiness Batman! This thing just wreaks of oak, plenty of smokiness, and some red wine, but the oak really dominates the aroma in a way I've never experienced in a beer before. There's also a bit of plastic-like aromas that are little odd, but I guess that's from the oak as well. Taste follows suit. Oak just dominated, there's lots of red wine character, a bit of roast int he background coupled with a touch of raisin, dark fruit, and a whole lot of smokiness. I just can't get over how oaky this things is. Mouthfeel is silky/creamy/smooth, perfect amount of carbonation. I really want to like this beer, but not sure if I can get over the raw/wet oakiness. The wine must have been extracted about 3.2 seconds before they put the beer in there without any time for it to dry out. Just an oak-bomb, so if that's your thing, you will love this. For me, it's pretty good but now wishing I would have split this with others as it might be tough to down the whole thing.

KeefD, Apr 13, 2011
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Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.