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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 16.71%
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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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared generously by maximum12. Thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

Perhaps the smokiest beer I have ever had to date! Very strong notes of smoke and char with only a tiny bit of dark fruit character coming through in the nose. The taste is mellower than the nose, although still mighty smoky. Dark and raisin-y with decent amount of roast and tannins leading towards a mildly astringent finish. A very unique beer but lacking balance.

4, 4, 4, 4, 3

Photo of jaxon53
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again, another big thank you to my boy FishGetter, for getting me this bottle at the release. Batch #4. I've been waiting to try this for some time. Served this chilled, as the bottle states, but allowed it to warm abit before sampling.

Appearance: Smoke from the Oak Wine Barrel pours out a deep brown color, almost into black. Very gently poured this into an Ommegang chalice, not really sure of the carbonation level. I'd say about two fingers of thinnish, off-white head rose. Head faded away on the quicker side, leaving bits of webby lace behind. Can just barely see some tiny floaties moving around in the glass.

Smell: Quite a bouquet here. Definitely getting some soft wine notes. Just the slightes bit funky. Weak hints of oak. Roasty to say the least. Light touches of friut. Bits of wood here and there and some smoke.

Taste: Very interesting. Wine is in there, just not what I expected. A just barely noticeable tart flavor. A little funk, all but buried in the background. Roasted malt and some rich chocolate. A little smoke around the edges. Finishes smooth and dry, with a tart zip in the end. A little bit of alcohol is present in the finish. If I tasted this blindly I would have never guessed the base of this beer was a Porter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. A pleasure to the palate.

Overall: Quite a complex beer, that I feel needs to warm a bit to really show off. Definiteley worth seeking out.

Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a chalice. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a frothy, loose, one inch, mocha-colored head that dissipates into a cluster of bubbles around the edges. Nose expresses smoke, band-aids and tannins towards the back. Fortunately, there is much less of a band-aid presence and more of a rauch-like quality in the flavor profile. In addition to the smoked malts, the wine barrel really comes out here. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a creamy/oily texture and a carbonation just shy of still. Overall, really interesting and complex. Having not had too many wine barrel-aged brews, I don't have much of a frame of reference, but this beer was quite pleasant and I have to say that I definitely like the Imperial Porter base on these beers over the old recipe.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of jegross2
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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