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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aerozeppl on 12-19-2010)
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

djrn2, Dec 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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acurtis, Jul 20, 2013
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nmann08, Apr 28, 2013
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Texasfan549, Aug 18, 2012
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kjkinsey, Aug 16, 2012
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GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

ygtbsm94, Jul 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Mike. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - More foam than the apple brandy version for some reason. Settles to a thick collar and near-solid thin cap. Body is the same in appearance.

S - Really unusual combination of the flavors, but strangely compelling. Wine, oak, smoked meats, plenty of vanilla sweetness, as well as some caramel and roasted malt.

T - Taste is not quite as good. Smoked porter base with light vinous notes and mild oak bite. For some reason the flavors don't integrate as well as they do in the nose.

M - Smooth, chewy, medium-full body, with lower carbonation. Not as gritty as the apple brandy version.

D - Gets a little tiring between the sour vinous notes and the charry bitterness, but still reasonably successful. I'd take the Apple Brandy version over this one nine times out of ten.

MasterSki, May 31, 2011
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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
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/13/12 notes. Big thanks to Wherethewildbeersare for sharing this one at the Top Hops tasting; thanks Joey!

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks exactly like the Rum version.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, sweet dark fruits, raisins, vanilla smoke, peat, wood, toasted malts, and light coffee. Sweeter than the Rum version and more going on; I like this nose better.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sticky sweet dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, wood/oak, peat, burnt malts, coffee. rum. Again, sweeter and more vanilla, chocolate, and fruit than the rum version for me; definitely prefer this one.

m - Thick, full bodied porter with moderate carbonation. Considering the ABV it is pretty easy to drink, but I felt more alcohol in the rum version than the wine version.

o - Overall a good smoked porter, and I definitely preferred this version to the Rum. I felt this one had more going on, and the rum barrel hid some things I really enjoyed about this one. Worth seeking out.

mdfb79, Oct 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger thick, nicely browned head that leaves some nice layered lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a nice black hue that shows a hint of ruby to it around the edges when held up directly to the light. The aroma smells of roast and berries is apparent as I am pouring this, but a more focused look at the aroma smells of fresh cut sawdust that is backed by a sort of medicinal phenolic note that smells like a freshly unwrapped bandaid (I actually like that smell quite a bit, but I am not sure I want it in my beer). There is perhaps a hint of tartness to the finish (I am not sure if it is roast or whine barrel derived). Hmm, let me reevaluate that Band-Aid note, it is actually contributed partially by the smokiness from the malt, I still can’t shake the comparison to a Band-Aid, but it is much more pleasant than I had originally surmised; the oak character definitely mixes with the smoke to contribute to this character as well. A deep draught of the aroma reveals a rich toasted maltiness as well as the red-wine derived, tart berry notes, but you really have to dig for these most times. In the end the nose is fairly solid; not as objectionable as I had at first feared, but also not as appetizing as I would have hoped before cracking this beer.

The beer feels somewhat rich and viscous as it first hits my tongue, but it finishes with a light, dry oak and tart wine character in the near finish, but then the long finish sees a touch of the malt heft coming back to linger on the palate. Buttery oak flavors, spicy oak, ample berry like wine character and a fresh cut wood flavors define the good side of the oak contributions. There is a touch of plastic / Band-Aid phenolic notes towards the finish; again I think this is a flavor derived from the combination of oak and smoke flavors. The smokiness also contributes a touch of a savory quality to this beer. A dark berry character becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up, though it still plays a supporting role in the flavor. The malt character certainly has a richness to it that is quite satiating at times; the smoke definitely boosts this, but there are flavors of toasty whole grain (this really stands out in the flavor, especially as the beer warms up), amply roasted notes, some touches of roast bitterness, complex dark malt sugars (not sweet, but really moved towards the savory side) and a deeply toasted nutty note that stands proud in the flavor profile.

This beer really ends up being quite tasty and enjoyable as it warms up, though it never entirely shakes the Band-Aid notes (moreso in the aroma than in the flavor, though it is still always at least subtly in the flavor as well). I am not sure if the Band-Aid notes are purely from the oak / smoke combination, or if there is a start of something funky going on here, but this isn’t nearly as integratedly good as the funk’ified non-imperial Smoke from the Oak Wine Barrel; the lush texture is perhaps a bit better than the “regular” strength version, but every other category was better in the original (even if it was likely harder to be consistent). I have a feeling that my overall impression of this beer would be better if it had started out towards the high 50°F (mid 10°C), as opposed to the low 40s (~5°C) that this started out at; in fact I find myself giving this a bump up in its enjoyable quality as I drink more of it on the warm side of cool.

Gueuzedude, Aug 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

InspectorBob, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

BARFLYB, Jan 26, 2014
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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
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

THECPJ, Nov 18, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Dark black/brown with medium-brown highlights. Mocha head sits relatively low.

S – Blackberries. Light, hammy smoke. Grape skins. The fruit character is subtle and dry.

T – Boozy oak. The wine character is definitely present: oxidized merlot, tannins, and a sharp acidity. Gentle coffee note. Spice (mulling spice?) on the backend.

M – Highly carbonated. Medium / light body. Smooth. Peppery-spicy, dry finish with a lingering alcoholic warmth.

O – A very interesting and complex porter, but not necessarily the tastiest.

vfgccp, 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.