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

Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Imperial Version)Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Imperial Version)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 16.19%


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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dogfishandi

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. 750ml bottle around fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out nearly black, dark brown highlights on the edges, a nice sized head off of the pour, decent head retention, khaki to light mocha in color. Decent lacing after a swirl of the glass, a bit of alcohol legs as well.

Initially I almost suspected infection, but as it warms this goes away. Boozey rum notes, some smoke behind the rum, campfire like, plays off one another nicely. A slightly musty barrel quality. Almost wanted a bit more complexity and intensity from the aroma.

Similar to the aroma, lots of rum qualities, some booze, but slightly more subdued than the aroma leads you to believe. Sweet, slightly spiced rum, some warming. The smoke adds a nice nuance to the rum, very slight bitter roast.

Bigger side of medium bodied. Almost expected slightly more body.

The more I drank this and it warmed and opened up, the more I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 19:54:13 | More by dogfishandi
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joe1510

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml

Batch #1

Bottle courtesy of mcallister. The rum barrel version of Smoke from the Oak pours black into a snifter. This is one hell of a dark stout. There’s not a hint of light coming through. A nice two finger creamy ecru head rose as I poured and settled very slowly to a one finger crown leaving sheet lacing down the glass. Great looking brew!

Smell is pretty unique. The porter and rum barrel qualities are pretty balanced although the barrel seems to just nose ahead. Roasty malts and faint semi-sweet chocolate get things started. The ghost like aroma of rum glides in and out throughout. The oak comes through in the middle and the end brings notes of molasses and brown sugar. Although this mostly sounds like it’s all rum it’s really well balanced.

This is one of those beers that has a different flavor than the aroma would suggest. The rum notes come quick as this porter hits your tongue but disappear just as quickly. Dark fruits take over as the rum disappears and lead into semi-sweet chocolate that’s lasts through the swallow. There’s a hint of oak here and a drop of rum there (molasses and brown sugar) but they’re just small components of a porter. There’s not much in the area of smoke like I was expecting. Some alcohol warmth (or the idea of warmth from the rum) comes through on the finish and warms me up after the swallow. As I drink this beer the chocolate notes really come through and linger after the swallow. Very nice!

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel. This beer works through very quickly so you better be ready to taste as you drink. My only complaint, and it’s a small one, is the body could be just a little heavier. The medium body does boost drinkability. For a barrel aged beer this goes down very easy. This bottle is a breeze to finish.

Interesting idea and a good beer from Captain Lawrence. My first of the rum barrel aged variety and hopefully not my last. Captain Lawrence is doing some interesting things and I want to try them all.

Reviewed: 11/22/2007

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:07:59 | More by joe1510
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep opaque black. Thick mouse-like light tan foam billows almost out of the glass, possibly from an overly vigorous pour. A streak or two of lacing is left on the glass.

S - On this barrel aged imperial smoked porter the first thing that jumps out at me is a rich molten chocolate sauce followed by the classic fresh doughy bread character of american 2-row malt. A touch of ashy campfire lingers in the background along with hints of spice in the form of anise and pepper grinds. As it warms woody notes become more present.

T - syrupy chocolate flavors coat the mouth. Sweet bready malt character adds weight to the flavor. The center seems to be a bit brighter. Peppery spice lights up the palate. Slight hints of smoke twoard the back. The finish is medium length and a touch sweet and chocolatey which balances the smokey character.

M - smooth and creamy. Full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O - interesting beer. I feel like i should have drank it sooner and i am now missing out on when the barrel notes where most prominent. It is a very enjoyable beer but i think i was expecting something different.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 02:42:51 | More by Teleweizen2
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SpeedwayJim

New York

2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

2013 vintage. 750ml capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger rich coffee colored head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black but pretty thin. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent legs and good stick. Solid.

Nose is maple, smoke, roast and meat. Like a maple glazed smoked ham. Pretty polarizing.

Opens sweet maple syrup, roast, smoke, and burnt malt. Chocolate, anise, and cocoa powder mix in, in the middle. End is sweet with a touch of booze. Sweet chocolate, roast, and cocoa cola finish with a lingering maple and roast aftertaste. Average.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth but goes down relatively smooth. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. The body doesn't hold the flavor of this one.

This is a pretty middle-of-the-road offering. However, considering its $20, its a hard pass. Not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 02:09:16 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 bottle.

Appearance - Black with a nice mocha head. Thick collar and nice legs.

Smell - Very smokey. Meaty. A little bit of sugar. Chocolate. The faintest of rum aromas.

Taste - Much more chocolate. A little ashy. Sharp smoke. Sulfur. Oaky. Some rum in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is some intense smoke. I don't get the rum so much.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 02:29:56 | More by Alieniloquium
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 Vintage. Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured black with a thin layer of light brown head that quickly receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A massive smoke aroma hits the nose right away and overpowers the other elements of the beer in the nose. Some oak and a hint of alcohol (rum) are present in the background.

T - The base beer and barrel aging qualities are much more integrated than the nose suggested. Smoke is still the dominant component but a big charred oak presence shows up along with an alcohol taste that must be the rum with lighter notes of spice and roast in the finish. The rum barrel aging notes are a little rough and don't seem to enhance the overall flavour profile.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 13:20:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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MadScientist

New York

4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up from the brewery in May.

A: A very dark brown beer with a deep garnet hue.The head is made of compact brown bubbles that leave a fine lacing on the glass and have a long retention period.

S: Fruity, dark malt, coffee and some roast aromas from the porter blend with oak notes. There is a medium vanilla and cinnamon oak character but very little rum character in the nose.

T: The porter flavors of roast, dark malt and some coffee are much more discernible in the flavor along with the rum. The porter and oak dominate the flavor with the rum and a little bit of dark fruit supporting that. There isn't much in the way of hops flavor and a moderately-low bitterness. Some chocolate malt character is evident as it warms. The balance between the malt sweetness and bitterness is about even, maybe just slight bitter. There is a slight charcoal flavor coming out in the aftertaste but it's mostly dark malt, oak and a light fruit juiciness.

M: A creamy, soft beer with a medium-full body and a medium level of carbonation.

O: A velvety porter with roast, coffee and some chocolate layered with oak and supported with some rum making for a nicely balance beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:14:18 | More by MadScientist
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is brown with thin head and minimal lacing. Nose is heavy on smoke, band aid, and oak. Not getting much rum, just a hint of spirit in the back. Taste has sweet malts paired with a very heavy, somewhat harsh smoky character. The flavor is strong and increasingly more rum character sneaks through. Mouthfeel is too thin for the stature of this brew. Overall, this brew doesn't all add up. Too much going on and makes for a bit of a mess.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:23:20 | More by homebrew311
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Florida9

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in '10

A: dark brown. Still fairly translucent. Forms a minimal light brown head. No lacing.

S: very smokey, but its almost a liquid smoke type smoke. Chemically almost. Dark fruits. Dark malts. Raisins. But mostly smoke.

T: unsurprisingly, there is lots of smoke. Raisin, molasses, dark malts. A touch of char. A little oak character, but not much.

M: on the heavier side of medium though not much of an imperial feel to it. Mild bitterness. Slightly alcoholic.

O: a pretty good beer, though not quite what I expecting. Not sure where the rum is in this other than the slight alcoholic quality.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:15:05 | More by Florida9
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. The head fades down at a fairly quick pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of chocolate and dark caramel malts, oak, rum, dark fruits, coffee, black licorice, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of chocolate and dark caramel malts, rum, sugar cane, dark fruits, and black licorice. Through the middle, smoke and oak come through with some coffee, and some more dark fruits. The finish is a mix of rum, oak, smoke, chocolate malts, dark fruits, vanilla, black licorice, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and smokey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice Imperial Porter with the RUm barrels adding some nice complexity and depth to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 06:57:44 | More by ngeunit1
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2010

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger mocha colored head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks and chunks of lacing left behind.

Intensely smokey aroma with a nicely integrated barrel character that compliments the smoked malt without overpowering the characteristics of the base beer. Strong campfire presence with charcoal, smoked meat and butane along with toasted oak, roasted malt and a subtle spiced rum character. I can see how some folks would prefer more of a barrel presence but I'm a huge smoke head so this beer smells great to me.

On the thinner end of medium bodied with a stronger barrel presence than the aroma suggests. Still plenty smokey but there's a prominent oak and spiced rum character that's present throughout. Some zesty spice, toasted oak, coconut and sweet alcohol countered by deeply smoked malt. Hints of charcoal, BBQ and bacon along with burnt toast, coffee bean and oatmeal. There is plenty of sweet alcohol flavor but the high ABV is excellently masked making this beer deceptively drinkable. Nice barrel integration but I would prefer just a bit more smoke to tone down the rum flavors. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 06:56:57 | More by corby112
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/13/12 notes. I brought this to the Top Hops tasting and drank it side by side with the Imperial Wine version thanks to Wherethewildbeersare; 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 Wine version.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, peat, alcohol, wood, toasted malts, and light coffee. Not as sweet as the wine version, and more alcohol.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol, smoke, wood/oak, peat, burnt malts, coffee. rum. The wine version had some sweet dark fruit to it which was nice, whereas this one did not.

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

o - Overall a good smoked porter, but I prefered the wine version. I felt it had more sweet fruit and more going on. Still a good beer I was glad to try, and would have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 20:27:49 | More by mdfb79
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep dark black color porter with a large dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt and residual sugar with some medium smokey notes and some light funky Brett notes. Taste is a very well balanced mix between some smoke notes with dry roasted malt offset by some residual sugar and light molasses notes with some notes funky Brett notes on top of this mix. Body is about average with good carbonation and alcohol is very well hidden. Rum notes provide a nice sweet edge without overpowering the rest of the flavours. Very well brewed and something I would like to drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 13:23:43 | More by Phyl21ca
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got all these variants from STEG a while back. Thanks again man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: This one was a gusher, but once it settled down, it was just fine. All the variants basically look the same as well. Pours our transparent brown and yields a small, medium looking, tan head with god retention. Head fades to a wisp and ring. Black, relatively transparent looking body with no carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end and leaves lots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Milder here again, with some smoked malts, dark malts, chocolate and oak on the nose. Some tobacco as well, which differentiates it from the other variants. Not as boozy at the others either.

TASTE: Actually quite nice. Some smoked malts, roasted malts, and then a good dose of rum in there as well. Tobacco flavors and smoky notes at the finish, moving into a bold and lingering aftertaste of rum, smoke, and a bit of bitter dark chocolate. Pretty flavorful and well crafted actually.

PALATE: Somewhere in between the other two variants. Medium-light body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly creamy, goes down alright and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Too light to be average for the style.

OVERALL: This one was definitely my favorite of the series. The only one I went back to for multiple pours. While the palate could have been a little more impressive, the flavors were definitely complex and forthcoming enough to be quite enjoyable. This is the only one I’d look forward to drinking again. Thanks again for the trade STEG. Was fun to try all these together.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 20:35:28 | More by Jeffo
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Aporkalypse.
Pours a deep dark oily black brown with a slightly reddish hue.
Smell was incredible! Roasted malts, some raison, and of course a nice caramel vanilla booze.
Taste was very similar, of vanilla and caramel booze, roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. Slightly sharp mouthfeel, but otherwise a very delicious brew. I would love to get my hands on a bottle to age for a while...

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 13:55:45 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle date of 2010; Sampled September 2011
A steady pour, that ends with a flourish, into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale cocoa tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is an almost black color, that just shows that it is really a deeply concentrated brown color; the beer remains quite dark and opaque when held up to the light, but just might show a touch of an amber glow (but I could just be imagining this). The aroma smells of spirits and oak as I am visually inspecting the beer, a more focused look at the nose yields lots of dry, peppery, spicy oak notes; this is more spicy and dry than typically from oak, and I get some feeling that the rum character is part of this. Lots of toasted / roasted malt notes are noticeable, these are actually probably a bit more pronounced than the oak notes, and wait a minute, I completely forgot the smoke character (took it for granted maybe) which is actually the biggest aromatic note in this beer. The smoke lays down a savory base for all the other notes in the nose. The nose can seem to have a sort of green apple like note to it at times as well as some warm alcohol notes, both of which can be somewhat distracting.

Rich feeling and viscous as it first hits my palate, the smoke lays downs a savory base note to some roasted brown malt notes and the finish has some spicy oak notes as well as some cheap clear rum spirit character to it (though I wouldn’t really describe this last as hot). There is a fair amount of carbonation here, though it is not overly much, that provides a nice lively prickle which helds to move along the viscous body. There is also a fair amount of dark malt sweetness to this brew, but it is fairly well hidden by the savory smoke, slightly bitter and roast dark malt, and spicy oak / rum notes. Touches of chocolate are noticeable from the dark malt and this pairs well with the inherent smokiness of this brew.

In the end this is a fairly enjoyable beer, but it has a touch too much sharpness to it; both the oak and the booze contribute an edge that is just jagged enough to not make this the smooth, savory, sipping experience that it should be. I am not really sure what the rum adds to this (other than the spicy, somewhat hot boozy character), I would have loved to have tasted more of the concentrated, dark rum character that would have gone perfectly with the base beer (I don’t even know what the actual rum type was though).

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 18:49:04 | More by Gueuzedude
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared by Sender, along with the Apple brandy version. Thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

This was the last in the series followed by the Wine and the Apple brandy version, and the most disappointing one. I went in expecting spice, chocolate and vanilla, and found none :/ The smoke was fine but in my opinion it should have had something more to offer than just a smoked porter, especially for the hype and what not. Nothing new to say, it's just an above average smoked beer.

4, 3, 3, 4, 3

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 19:33:31 | More by tewaris
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dam I forgot who sent this beer to me! Anyhow thanks! This beer was lightly chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is black with a thin cocoa colored head. Whisp of lacing line the glass as it was consumed.

S- True to the label smoke signals rise out of the glass. Vanilla more smoke darkly roasted and mildly burnt cocoa rise from the glass.

T- The smokey flavor seemed to be layered and deepened with consumption. Darkly roasted malts hit cocoa notes. Earthy peat flavors and yes definately rum flirts with the flavor.

M- The body of the beer is full kind of chewy. The carbonation is light but works really well with the earthy smoked character of this beer. Its a bit boozy but again it plays well with the beers character.

O- This was a very nice smokey / boozy beer treat. Wish I had more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 11:47:46 | More by nlmartin
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sender for popping this open at a tasting last night, so we had a complete set of the 2010 Oaks.

Pours near black just like the other oaks. This one isn't as aggressive as the wine barrel in the nose. There's plenty of smoke, but a touch of rum & some roast amongst the campfire.

Smoke from the Oak Rum is the middle child of the three we tried. The smoke is readily apparent but not trampling everything in its path like the wine version. Roast is distinct from the smoke & helping to tame it a bit. Spiciness from the rum tickles, and the rum itself drifts in on the aftertaste. But another beer that would be difficult to wade through another full glass of; smoke is just too dense.

Good beer that moves towards the right balance of smoke & barrel.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 19:56:22 | More by maximum12
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle courtesy of Cuzco. 2010 vintage served in a tulip. Pours pitch black with a creamy, dense, quarter inch khaki-colored head. Textured clumps of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose gives off a big smoked meat/jerky character that is a bit overpowering. Once that dissipates a suggestion of artificial sweetener comes out. Taste is consistent with nose; however, the smoked meat quality is a bit more tempered by the malt and char. The rum barrel aging also pleasantly manifest towards the back and nicely dissipates some of the more assertive cured meat qualities. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation and a slightly creamy texture. All and all, a decent brew. I am not a huge fan of overly smoked beers, but these brews have been interesting. That said, I have to say that the Apple Brandy barrel was my favorite of the three, followed by the wine and then the rum. A solid beer if you like smoked brews, but this just becomes a bit too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 23:14:47 | More by Jwale73
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

VDubb86 and I cracked this bad boy as part of our post-Nellie's nightcap. It pours a ridiculously dark brown, as close to black as one can get while still being brown, topped by over a finger of dark brown (though decidedly lighter than the beer itself, o' course) foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, cocoa, light coffee, molasses, dank oak, light peat smoke, brown sugar, and mild alcohol. Not much rum, strictly speaking, just yet. The tase brings in more of the same, with the oak coming across a bit toasted here, and the molasses seems darker. There's finally a vein of rum in there, running close to the back of everything. It really comes through near the finish and seems to gain some momentum as the beer warms, but never really gets all that prominent. The body is a hefty medium, with a light mdoerate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice beer, with a delectably subtle use of rum, but I was expecting a bit more smoke... Oh well, it was still there, and everything came off damn fine to me. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 18:56:41 | More by TMoney2591
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jamescain

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Black with dark brown edges and a dark brown head that lingers until I finish my glass.

Aroma: A mix of chocolate, roasted notes, vanilla, smoky undertones and rum. Mostly rum and booze.

Taste: Slightly smokey and roasty with alcohol and rum, not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation with a boozy finish.

Overall: I already knew that I wasn't going to like this beer, because I don't like rum. The only other rum barrel aged beer I had I felt the same way about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 20:11:46 | More by jamescain
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost 9 months and only 30 reviews? I guess this beer doesn't have the hype going for it. I received a set of these from joefuzz, thanks, man! It's very fitting to drink a rum barrel aged beer on this night when Irene wreaks havoc everywhere but here.

For all intents and purposes, this beer is black. I can't really say I see any highlights either. There's a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention, slowly falling off to a thin disk, leaving some lace. The nose is rather intensely smokey, and in a way I really like. With a blend of smoldering wet wood and a mildly meaty malt backbone, this is *really* good. Swirling my glass brings out the barrel character, with a big, rummy sweetness with brown sugar, some coconut and vanilla and the aromas you expect from a good rum. The smoke and the rum play off each other really really well. Excellent stuff.

My one beef with liquor is that the alcohol is too prominent, making the beverage seem too light. I find myself wishing for the flavors expressed on a more bodacious platform, which is why I enjoy a lot of barrel aged beers. Some do it right, some fail. This beer is an unabashed success. The smoke, chocolate and cocoa of the base beer (one I regret never having) lay a wonderful foundation on which all the things I love about rum - its complex sweetness with brown sugar, molasses and a little bit of burnt sugar - are expressed. In fact, there's even a mild brandy-like character here. The exceptionally expressed rum character then fades, leaving layers of smoke, vanilla and dark chocolate. Alcohol warmth is noticeable on the finish. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation (initially too high but letting it sit in my glass solves that problem), this beer is incredible. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 01:03:43 | More by DefenCorps
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from cosmicevan in the Hype Train BIF. Really looking forward to this! Bottled in 2010

A: Deep brown pour with a huge brown head. I was very impressed with the color, size, and thickness of the head. Retention isn't great, but the lacing is.

S: The smell from the bottle after I took the cap off was phenomenal, smokey and rum. From the glass, the smoke really takes over, roasted malts, oak, and rum all come in the background. Smells far more like a rauchbier than a porter!

T: This beer developed phenomenally on the palate. The roasted malts, and perhaps some chocolate start it off. Next up is roasty smoke, much like meat (bacon specifically). The finish is rum, oak, vanilla, more chocolate, with dry notes lasting well after the beer has been enjoyed. As the beer warms, the rauchbier effect really back off and the chocolate, rum, and roasted malts shine.

MF: Very heavy, creamy, notes of alcohol, nicely carbonated.

O: This beer was top notch. Really glad I got this in the BIF (essentially for Voodoo Black Magick, the rules were funny). From the look to the taste, just loved it.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 19:52:33 | More by russwbeck
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this one.

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, and hints of oak and rum.

Taste has semi sweet dark roasty malts, tons of smoke, bit of brine and salt, dark malts, oak hint of vanilla, bit of butter rum, bit of chocolate, nice smoked malt flavor and chewy caramel malts.

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.

Serving type: bottle

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