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

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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

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 47
Gots: 37 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: aerozeppl on 12-19-2010

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Ratings: 151 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by Florida9:
Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one and its cousins have been sitting in their cozy gift box in my "cellar" closet since late last year (2010). Thought they could use at least a few months in the bottle, and with a quiet night ahead...here we go...

Pours near black, dense and murky looking with no light shining through. The head is mocha, stays and stays, plenty of sheeting and thick blobs of lacing.

Rich nose infused with dark chocolaty malts, some vanilla and cafe au lait.

Intense, full flavor and heady offering. This is some serious stuff that the captain is putting out there. Loads of milk chocolate, vanilla, coconuts, brandy and just a hint of smoke. Yum...

Velvet on the tongue, beer milk shake, loving it, world class night capper

Photo of dogfishandi
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours black with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with a good deal of boozy rum and hints of vanilla. Also present are slight hints of smokiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as complex. Robust roasted malt flavors up front are joined by a light smokiness midway through. Near the end the rum barrel comes into play with lightly spicy rum and mild amounts of oak that carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I thought this was the barrel treatment that meshed the best with the style of beer, something I don’t normally expect from rum barrels. An interesting beer that’s well worth a shot.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many Captain L brews, this one is a sipper. A small tan head on dark body, some lace dots. Creamy, particular at the end of the bottle. A little sugar on the margin, rather than any overt rum taste. So drinkability is OK, mouthfeel is very smooth.Thanks for sharing Liam.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

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

Pours a pitch black color with a big dense light brown head which slowly disipates leaving a wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a smokey malt with a noticable sweet and sour berry scent. Notes of brown sugar round out the aroma.

A nice solid toasted pumpernickle bread, sweet sugar presence with a touch of vanilla from the rum. Substantial smoke flavor, it adds an earthy and woody presence. There is some char and wet wood as well as some sour berry.

The feel is moderate to full with prickly carbonation. There are some sweet and sour aspect to the palate but has a malty sweet overall feel.

A very woody porter. The base is quite earthy and the smoke just adds another layer. I like the vanilla and brown sugar sweetness that the rum barrels add

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

Just an exceptional beer. This is my second of the series as I had the apple brandy on a cool night as a spring chill chaser. The pour is a stickier sight with a bigger head and considerably more lace clinging to the sides of the glass. The nose has a good amount of oak and rum with a charcoal undercurrent and hits of cherry and dark fruits. A touch of chocolate and coffee with an alcohol sweetness traces of molasses. Taste is in keeping with the nose but a punchier rum presence really has you sipping with respect. A big molasses malt core flows mild vanilla with the rum and finishes with rum and mild earth. A touch of coconut in the finish gives a platform for a dark fruity melange that lingers deliciously on the palate and tongue. Feel is sticky and gently carbonated with a lightness that is somewhat surprising but not too light as this beer is a chewy one. Overall a superb brew in the series with a sugary molasses stickiness that I'm sure is due to the same found in rum. Not quite as complex as the brandy but equally delicious.

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

The aroma is tons of smoky wood chips very potent in the nose. The appearance is excellent, rich dark chestnut roasted black with a tan head and a nice size to boot. The flavor is a rich creamy porte with light bitter notes at the end. The body could be a bit thicker, but no bite at all for such a high ABV.

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

(750ml bottle courtesy of cuzco!). Pours black with khaki head. Aroma has loads of savory smoke, bandaid, and alcohol. Taste is sweet malt with a nice smoked flavor that accentuates any bitterness. As it warms, I’m getting quite a bit of chocolate. The rum also adds some extra sweetness along with warmth in the chest and throat. Full bodied with an oily texture. Finish is semi-dry and quite smooth. I’m happy to say that this is a beer that tastes much better than it smells.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of n2185
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with three fingers of brown head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Lots and lots of smokey malt aromas at first--almost like a rauchbier. Aromas of vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, and rum come out on the finish as the beer warms.

T: Similar to the aroma, this beer tastes almost like a rauchbier at first with lots of smokey, roasted malt flavors. Caramel, vanilla, oak, and rum flavors bring up the finish along with a light alcohol burn. The flavors blend surprisingly well, which I did not expect since rum is normally a sweeter liquor. Very tasty, though.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is relatively light for such a high gravity beer. The lighter body goes well with the strong smoke flavors, though.

O: I quite enjoyed this beer--it's like rum-infused bacon. I wish the smoke wasn't quite so strong to let the rum characteristics shine through a bit more, but that's a minor complaint since the beer is still delicious (if a bit pricey).

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour was very nice. Rich, deep, dark brown in color with no light cracking through this one at all. A smallish head, maybe a half an inch in height coming up over the top, never really did fade away as it kept that nice layer there throughout the session. Rich side glass lacing left a wonderful chocolate tan color that draped the sides of the glass completely.

The aroma was just rife with whiskey. Huge notes of it just all over the place here with a ton of roasted malts and chocolate like notes hiding right under its surface. Letting it warm really let the oak and vanilla start to become dominant, and a hint of alcohol started to present itself in the back end. This was insanely good smelling for a whiskey barrel beer. The flavor was more of the same, rich, full bodied, I would have sore this was a stout in a blind tasting, but no, this indeed was apparently a robust porter. Luscious, velvet like feel in the carbonation never gave way. The flavor started with that warm influx of vanilla and whiskey, lots of caramelized malts and a light roasted or smoky note to it. This then rolled over with nice touches of chocolate rippling throughout. This was amazingly complex. Huge notes of whisky just oozing through the flavor, coating the tongue with a viciousness that was never-ending. Ridiculously sweet underneath of this, it was literally almost too good to be true. A wonderful sipper, I had to pace myself on this one as it was huge.

Overall this will go toe to toe with any of the biggest BA beers I have ever had. It was just so well crafted and complex I was nearly beside myself after taking the first sip. It is still on tap as of this review and you need to go check this out, it was seriously one of the best beers I have ever had period.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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...

Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Food Bowery NYC, 750ml into a snifter. 2010 vintage marked on the bottle.

Pours black, with a finger and change of light brown head. Big legs on this one, solid retention. Nose has an immense smoked character, rivaling but different in many senses from a Schlenkerla. Big, meaty, brown sugar, alcohol, some tar, rum and molasses are here but are quite peripheral - not alot of barrel character evident initially. Taste is just as smokey, charred, some brown sugar, rum again only to be found around the edges of this one. Adds more sweetness and alcohol notes than it does a distinct 'rum' character, although some makes its way to the front when this hits room temp. Sweet and smokey throughout, interesting but not mind-blowing. Sticky, thick and full mouthfeel; intense lingering smoke that refuses to subside and refrain from being 'in your face.' Overpowering in many senses, but enjoyable as I enjoyed alot of the flavours been thrown at me here.

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

750ml bottle straight from the brewery into a goblet glass

A- Pours pitch black with a solid 2 finger light brown head. Decent retention and some sexy legs on the side of the glass as well.

S- Huge smoke and bacon notes dominate up front, subtle chocolate, with subtle spice from the rum as well as some alcohol.

T- On the tip of the tongue i get some nice sweet chocolate, roasted burnt malts that's quickly followed by the infamous brutal smoke characters of this beer. Tons of burnt wood, bacon, and ashtray flavors. Not really getting much from the rum barrels unless you really go digging for them. Slight spice and molasses with a solid alcohol sting in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slight bitter finish.

Overall the rum barrels didn't do as much as I hoped they would. The tastes were very subtle but definitely added a new element to an already solid brew. Not my favorite in the series but definitely worth a shot.

SkÅL!

Photo of jlindros
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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like the other versions, leaning toward more head like the wine one did. Black beer, brown on the edges, minor lace off a tan head.

S - Out of all the versions this one seems to have taken the least to the barrels. A lot of smoke, roasted malts, a little chocolate, slight bit of barrel and some rum spices.

T - I don't generally go for rum, and don't find it to be a particularly great addition to this beer. It seems to have thinned out the flavors a little bit, although there is still plenty of smokey goodness. Their is some sweet spiced notes from the rum and I don't think are a good addition.

M - Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O - My least favorite of the three, I just didn't care for the addition of the rum and found it kind of strange. Not bad, but I'd rather have the other two or the base beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
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.

Photo of drewd0g
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the SFTO giftset for Christmas....Poured into the CL Tulip it came with...

Appearance is jet black with a two finger head...the head dissipated overtime but a thin layer of brown foam lays on the top. the smell is awesome, really smokey and roasty, toasted malt, a lot, and some rum notes. the taste is just as good as it smells. Really smokey and roasty and a very very pleasant warmth from the rum. the mouthfeel is a nice really creamy medium body. pretty high drinkability, probably just because it's so good although i guess it is a sipper. Sharing this bottle with my girl and we are both loving it. A big fan of CL beers all around and this one is a great example why. looking forward too trying the other 2 bottles....i wonder if any of this was kegged and if so when it will be tapped. If you see the giftpack, buy it while it lasts.

Photo of nlmartin
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
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.

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Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.