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

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very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 16.45%
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

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Beer added by: aerozeppl on 12-19-2010

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Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for this one. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours black, tan head, thin ring, thin film on top.

S - Huge cabernet note, which is delicious, slight chocolate, dark fruits, oak. Being a wine lover, it's probably my favorite nose of the three variants.

T - Not as much wine here, but still, very good. Tannic notes, chocolate, slight smoke, oak.

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

O - My favorite nose of the 3 but the taste doesn't live it to the nose. Still, very enjoyable and being that I'm a wine guy as well, liked this one. Recommend.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from joefuzz. Thank you for this trading this great set of beers to me. Like I said, it's strange that this beer's been out for about 10 months and is only at 25 reviews.

Pouring black with dark reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, thick, creamy brown head with excellent retention and lacing.The nose is great. The stronger smoked porter base is obvious, again lending a moderately meaty, smoky, mildly ham-like smoked salt character. The wine is difficult to describe apart from a generic tannic red wine. There's a blend of mild tartness, mild Brett character and the creamy, mildly caramel milk-like character from the base beer. Unlike some other reviews, I don't pick up much bandaid character on the nose. Solid stuff.

The palate is rich and luxurious. With a blend of cream, smoke (and a rather intense smoke character at that), dark chocolate (think closer to Lindt's 90% cocoa versions) and a rich, vinous character. The wine character is hard to pin down. It's got dark fruit characteristics, but none of the sweetness. I guess a blend of raisins and darker cherries, stripped of their sweetness, is how I can best describe this. Some moderately floral vanilla is present in the mid-palate as well. What all of this yields is a beer that's rich, savory and creamy, beautifully balanced and potentially very food friendly. Medium-full in body, this beer has a wonderful mouthfeel, helped greatly by the creamy carbonation. Smoky and mildly meaty on the finish, there isn't much of a tannin character that lingers. I guess my one complaint would be that the finish is *just* a hair watery, but not enough to make me penalize it too severely. As of now, the sourness (intended or not) hasn't fully fleshed out, and this beer is excellently balanced, and is ready for drinking. I think I prefer this over the original Wine Barrel SFTO.

Photo of jrbuch
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Captain Lawrence tasting goblet.

A: Pitch black. Good amount of lacing with a mocha colored head. Head does not last long and settles down into a halo.

S: Smell is overbearing with smoke. Oak is very present, you could almost hold a piece of oak side by side to the beer and there would be little difference. Almost fruity and similar in a sense to Nor' Easter; CL house flavor.

T: Red wine, oak, smoke and chocolate malt. Sweet in the middle without much trace of the high ABV. Still very oaky with a deep malt character and balanced bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is to style. Good viscosity, I might have expected it to be a little heavier, but fits the red wine persona.

D: Good, a stand alone beer or smoked food at most.

Overall a great smoked beer. If you want smoke from the oak, you got it. If I had aged this beer, the smell and taste most likely would be more balanced. Give this beer 6-12 mo. and it will be an A+.

Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid black-brown color with a creamy tan head and fantastic lacing. The aroma has a nice sour lemon and wheat wine. Not what I expected from a porter and the smoke is not obvious, but quite likable none the less. The flavor follows suit with great sour lemony rhubarb in a malty Alka-Seltzer mix. This tastes like a decent sour and in no way like any typical porter. The smoke is only evident at the end of this brew and remains subtle at best. Medium bodied with fair tingly feel. Not sure about the style but I love it as a sour.

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.