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

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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 15.75%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aerozeppl on 12-19-2010)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 13:59:34 | More by Sammy
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

12-04-2011 14:53:56 | More by djrn2
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South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:44:06 | More by mikesgroove
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-01-2013 02:14:02 | More by nmann08
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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-04-2013 01:09:33 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev +5%

09-03-2012 14:53:44 | More by kjkinsey
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-26-2013 21:50:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-04-2012 01:36:54 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev +5%

12-14-2011 00:06:15 | More by spycow
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-26-2011 13:50:48 | More by GRG1313
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

11-14-2011 22:19:25 | More by JAHMUR
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

11-15-2011 18:17:13 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again Mike! Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Looks nearly identical to the wine version.

S - Smells mostly like the base beer - the rum adds a bit of molasses and spice, but I don't get much overt spirit character. Largely smoked malts, chocolate, light oak.

T - Again, this is the least spirit forward of the series. Mostly chocolate, smoke, wood, and perhaps a little bit of spiced rum in the periphery.

M - More like the Apple Brandy version, with some gritty barrel tannics in the medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation, and a faint bit of alcohol warmth.

D - I actually liked this better than the wine version, but the rum barrel-aging seems to muddle some of the rich flavor complexity and sizzle of the base beer rather than enhancing it.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 03:49:16 | More by MasterSki
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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

07-23-2011 20:38:10 | More by jlindros
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-26-2014 00:42:49 | More by Rifugium
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-27-2014 08:12:40 | More by SocalKicks
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-16-2013 23:22:24 | More by oline73
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New York

4/5  rDev +5%
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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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

11-22-2011 18:50:58 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-12-2013 13:27:47 | More by mendvicdog
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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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New York

4.38/5  rDev +15%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 02:36:58 | More by Billolick
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Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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