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Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version) - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%


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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metter98

New York

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—slight traces of reddish brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin light tan head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of iodine and smoke are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark malts and smoke, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is deceptively drinkable for clocking in at 12% abv as little if any traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 01:34:37 | More by metter98
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler procured from Nathaniel Square Corner Store. Imperial smoked porter aged in apple brandy barrels- sounds tasty! Let's go.

Pours very dark. Foamy, mocha-colored head forms, then dissipates into a very oily film on top of the beer. Very good, sticky lacing.

Smells like apple brandy, chocolate, and vanilla.

The taste is similar, with added oak, mild smokiness and char, roasted malts, caramel, and boozy fusels. The alcohol presence keeps the taste from achieving perfection, but it's pretty damn close, really.

Slighlty thinner body and mouthfeel than I would've expected. The thin mouthfeel allows the alcohol to make a stronger presence that I'd ultimately want. Still, for a porter, pretty thick mouthfeel nonetheless.

Probably the best brew I've had from Captain Lawrence. Would love to try the rum version.

Serving type: growler

12-09-2013 02:09:33 | More by GreesyFizeek
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dar482

New York

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color with some reddish brown.

The aroma has tons of smoke, but also that apple brandy barrel coming through. Oak coming and sweetness coming through.

The flavor has this extremely aggressive smoke flavor. There's some roasted malt, but it's dominated by the smoke and there's some barrel character as well with some vanilla coming through.

A huge beer and a bit aggressive for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 03:18:48 | More by dar482
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 11/13/13 notes. This was a big want of mine as it is the only SftO version, imperial or otherwise, I hadn't had. Was very happy to see them re-brew this, and even happier to find it in NYC without having to head to the tasting room. Had a 12 oz pour in a tulip at The Jeffrey in NYC.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with two inches of medium tan head and low carbonation evident. Leaves some light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, light sour apples, oak, smoke bitter chocolate, and toasted malts. Nice sweet chocolate to it. Smoke is light, and little barrel.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, toasted malts, burnt malts, smoke, light brandy barrel, oak, light vanilla, and light coffee. Taste has a little bit more of the barrel to it and more smoke.

m - Thick, full bodies porter and low to moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth and easy to drink, especially for 12% ABV.

o - Overall I was surprised to see some less than favorable reviews towards the top of the page, but then realized those are reviews form the 2010 bottling. Not sure if I just like this better than most people, or if they tweaked the recipe, but I think the new 2013 version is pretty good. I would rank them Wine > Apple Brandy > Rum. Not a ton of barrel to it, and not a ton of smoke, so maybe that disappoints people, but it is a really good imperial porter with light smoke and light brandy, especially in the taste. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2013 20:08:43 | More by mdfb79
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Florida9

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 1

A: dark brown color. Fuzzy, frothy light tan colored head. No lacing.

S: apple brandy is the predominate aroma. Apple, tart green apple. Some dark malts, but not much.

T: More apple,light dark malts. And really nothing else.

M: over carbonated. Lighter medium body. No bitterness.

O: not very good and possibly infected. No smoke and no malts. The worst of the three.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:51:12 | More by Florida9
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beer is dominated by a heavy smoked malt presence that overpowers the brandy barrel character. I don't know if it's because they made this imperial, but the smoke presence is really strong and the apple brandy notes that are so pleasant in the regular version are almost undetectable. I'm a huge smoke head so I'm not going to complain too much but it would be nice to pick up some of the brandy. There is some toasted oak but the nose is overwhelmingly smokey with hints of campfire, charcoal, smoked meat, ash and burnt toast. Really nice but could use something else for balance, especially in a BA beer.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a subtle brandy barrel character that is faintly integrated into the flavor of intensely smoked malts. There is a sweet calvados character that gives of vinous and green apple flavor but that is quickly countered by toasted oak and almost burnt malt. Pretty dry but never becomes acrid with luscious smoked malt and subtle chocolate cake sweetness. Hints of charcoal, barbecued bacon, burnt toast, liquid smoke and ash followed by oatmeal and dark chocolate sweetness. There is some nice brandy flavor but the high ABV is very well masked, and although this beer is pretty intense, I'm loving the peated, smokey flavor and find it very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 08:53:58 | More by corby112
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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 normal pace leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts with lots of smoke, some vanilla, apple brandy, oak, coffee, dark fruit, black licorice, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of chocolate and dark caramel malts, vanilla, apple brandy, and some black licorice. Through the middle, lots of smoke and some oak come through with some dark fruits and coffee. The finish is a mix of apple brandy, chocolate, oak, smoke, 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 barrel aged imperial porter. The smoke is nice and the apple brandy is a nice addition.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:40:40 | More by ngeunit1
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel. Batch 1, from notes.

Interesting hue here on the head. It's purple, with a light bit of tan, guess it's picking up that real nice hazy reddish brown body. Bit of a pour from the bottom of the bottle so it's got some yeast cloudy character, but it's still quite attractive on first glance.

For a barrel age, it doesn't come off particularly oaky for a bouquet. But the nose provides a mild bitter chocolate and sour berry tinge, almost crabapple sense, but it gets into under-ripe raspberry or some red berry, with some slight funk. Solid.

Palate is a strange mix of wet and creamy texture. A very light body for a barrel aged brew, with a mild sour bit of tart kick, and mellow milk bitter chocolate and sour cherries. The feel does provide even with the lightness a real good creamy texture surprisingly, the feel seems to be the best part. It's almost contradictory to how the flavors come out on the palate. I don't get much smoke off of this either.

Overall though, kind of mellow, simple, and alright. It's ok but I can't get a sense of style for what this is either.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 23:34:34 | More by smakawhat
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DovaliHops

California

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely, dark black color with a medium-large tan head with a hint of red to it. Scent is SMOKEY as hell! Tons of smoke and BBQ-like aromas...it reminds me of the way this tri-tip smelled when I marinaded it in Shlenkerla. Lovely, with a bit of brandy and fruit-like characteristics as the beer warms up. Definitely some tart green apples. Taste is a bit off...or is it? I can't really decide yet. At first, it is quite tart...with some green apple flavor and booze. The smoke comes through in the middle, and being more mellow than the nose would imply (still VERY smokey). Nice BBQ beef flavors with some smoked malt and charcoal. Overall, very complex. VERY little brandy character...more Port-wine-like. Mouthfeel is full bodied and warming. Drinkability is actually pretty high. Overall, this beer has its ups and downs...making it very hard to rate it. It has some off-flavors that work to the beer's benefit at times. It's complexity is all over the place... I'll taste a dark sour beer, then I'll taste a rauchbier, then a smoked porter, then an imperial stout, then some pulled pork...it's crazy. I'm not saying this beer is top notch, but I would recommend every fan of craft beer to give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 05:24:10 | More by DovaliHops
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: All the variants basically look the same. 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 nose with some definite smoke, dark chocolate, oak notes, and booze. Definitely more enticing than the wine variant.

TASTE: Smoked malts up front with some dark chocolate and nice vanilla notes through the middle and a bit of booze at the swallow. A milder aftertaste lingers nicely with some smoked dark malts, oak flavors and vanilla as well. Brandy notes are there as well, but not overpowering.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Alright here.

OVERALL: A decent beer for sure, but nothing worth writing home about. Not one you’ll remember I don’t think. Enjoyed the flavor here much more than the wine variant, though the rum treatment is the only one I’d actively ask for again. Thanks again for the trade STEG. This set was good times!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 20:33:27 | More by Jeffo
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ehammond1


3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2010, I think?)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged for 1+ year)

A big, thick, black stout. This pours without a lot of visible carbonation even after a fairly aggressive pour. It leaves the glass coated with an oily sheen.

The aroma is certainly smoke-forward with almost a pork-like character to it. There's a good amount of barrel character and a touch of vanilla once you can find something other than smoke. Per the style, it's very nice, though I'm not the biggest fan of smoked beers.

A very well integrated smoked/barreled beer. There's roasted malt character to be found underneath the smoke, wood, and slight boozy sweetness. Well rounded, moderately bitter, and very drinkable.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

This beer is so big, expressive, and flavorful on its own, I think it would hold up nicely against some big assertive foods: funky cheeses, barbeque, or sweet chocolates.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 02:48:06 | More by ehammond1
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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks cosmicevan for this smokey brew.

A - Pours a flat, thin-like, dark coffee color with a thin, frothy snowflake on top. The froth has some brown/cinnamon tint to it and it disappears rather quickly. Lacing doesn't last long here at all.

S - Heavy on the bourbon & booze scents with hints of apple and just a splash of oak. There's also a small hint of a bacon fat scent in there too. Quite interesting.

T - Bourbon and some caramel in there as well. Could be some brown sugar too. Good mixture with some good balance.

M - Smooth with light carbonation. Almost no bitterness in there. Just silky smooth and goes down real easy.

O - A very tasty porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:02:54 | More by brstls4drmrs
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared at a tasting by Sender. Thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

Had it immediately after the wine barrel version, perhaps that's the reason for this to seem mellow? The slightly lower smokiness was certainly better but I was not able to make sense of the other notes in the aroma, not one bit.

I was expecting something like Matt, but this was at a different level, softer but not nearly as delicious. Vanilla perhaps, and some booze. Muddled fruitiness riding on smoke was my overall impression.

4, 3.5, 4, 4, 3

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 19:32:22 | More by tewaris
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third & final of the Oak series, once again thanks to Sender for toting this one along.

Looks just like the others, mostly black. Nose is gentler still than the other two varieties, smoke, but with significant sweetness, green apples.

Smoke from the Oak Apple Brandy is balanced like a cute gymnast, barrel much more integrated with the beer than the other two. Smoke, of ccurse, but the barrel rolls in almost immediately, bring warm apples, a faint tang, more evident booze. Faint chocolate that didn't rise to the top of the other varieties. This is one that I could happily swill.

Very good beer, & easily my favorite among the three Oaks.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 20:03:48 | More by maximum12
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aerozeppl

New York

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Last of the 2010 batch to try.

A: Jet black. A decent amount of brown head. Quite a bit of lacing as well. The black controls all.

S: The nose on this beer is great. I found the nose on the base a little bit over the top. Very earthy and almost meat like. You get more brandy in the nose than apple brandy. The smoke is there for sure but it has mellowed out nicely and is super enjoyable right now.

T: The brandy comes across nicely in the taste. The smoke has mellowed out as well. This just really integrates all it's parts nicely together. The brandy and smoke are just delightful together. The apple part does not come through until about 30 min after poured but it really makes this beer for me. Chocolate more as it warmed as well.

M: A tad on the thin side but so smooth. Carbonation is just about perfect.

D: What a great beer. Super drinkable while at the same time being complex. Really have not had a beer quite like this before but hope to again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:09:20 | More by aerozeppl
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The final bottle from the set that I received from joefuzz. Thank you, Joe.

The cap comes off without a whisper, catching me by surprise. The beer, however, is carbonated, as evinced by the dark brown head that sits atop this black beer. With the poorest retention of the 3, the head falls off to a thin disk leaving minimal lace. The nose is rather excellent. With a blend of apple brandy, smoke and some vanilla sweetness, this is intoxicating. Couple the barrel character with the mild cocoa and caramel, you get this beer which almost seems sweeter than the other two. The pairing of vanilla, caramel and apple brandy makes this almost smell like an apple candy (I'm blanking on the name at the moment). The freshness and vibrancy of the liquor calls to mind a fine eau-de-vie. Excellent.

The palate bears to fruition the promise that the nose holds. While brasher and bolder in its booziness than the other beers in the series (I can't help but compare them), the apple brandy character does lend itself to bold flavors. The smoke character also does seem a little bit more intense here, with smoked mead and a handful of smoldering wet leaves thrown in for good measure. The mid-palate brings into focus the sweeter flavors, with the vanilla from the barrel and the creamy chocolate from the porter enhancing each other. The finish reveals that this is the most tannic of the series, drying out my palate and lessening the enjoyment from the wonderful flavors up until this point. With a lingering smoke and caramel apple character, I feel a little less tannin character would greatly enhance this beer. Still, and excellent beer and probably my 2nd favorite of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 03:08:03 | More by DefenCorps
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Billolick

New York

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottled in '10, this one has been in my "cellar"/closet for about 10 months.

Pours black, dark tan head, staying and staying at about the 1/4 inch level. Going quite slowly to a well developed thicker blotchy film, thick collar and nice amounts of strands and bits of sticky lacing.

A sniff reveals brandy, wood, vanilla, honey.

Super complex and tasty brew, with notes of the aformentioned brandy, wood, vanilla, honey, plus fruity jam...

I truly enjoyed every ounce if this offering from the good Captain.

Fine creation in brewing.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 01:43:18 | More by Billolick
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HopHead84

California

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/12/2011

Thanks to Michael for sharing this.

A: Dark brown with a subtle crimson tinge.

S: Huge beechwood and applewood bacon smoke nose. The smoke is really strong. Chocolate lingers beneath, and there's a light apple brandy note. Malt is moderately roasted.

T: Milk and dark chocolate blend with a pervasive smoke element that's reminiscent of charred beechwood. Roasted malt is at a moderate level. The flavor doesn't quite match the quality of the aroma, but it's still nice. There's a low earthy bitterness.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: A good beer with a great aroma. I haven't had the regular version for a while so it's hard to compare, but the aroma on this seems a lot smokier and more complex.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 16:49:39 | More by HopHead84
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Pahn

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled in '10. From the gift pack with the Rum and Wine barrel aged versions, both of which I've drank and reviewed over the past year.

Sidenote: Let it not be said that Captain Lawrence tries to stiff its customers out of beer, as this bottle was filled to about an inch from the cap.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick ring of lacing. Pours dark brown / black and leaves big swatches and spots of lacing everywhere. Looks like both of the other versions, ie excellent.

Smell: Lots of soft vanilla oak, smoked malt, and some apple. Booze and pine quickly emerge. Nutty.

Beautiful and balanced aroma. Probably the best smelling of the three, actually.

Taste: Smooth feel and flavor up front, oaky and malty with a healthy cutting bitterness, leading to an apple and smoke finish with a giant alcohol heat in the chest. Heat and aftertaste last a long time.

Smoked malt is much more subdued in this beer than in the regular Imperial Smoked Porter or the other imperial Smoke from the Oak beers. While this provides a great balance up front, there's unfortunately some unpleasant solvent / cheap whiskey flavor around the finish. This beer wears its ABV on its sleeve much moreso than the other two.

At the same time, the long, delicious apple / smoke interplay aftertaste and powerful heat make this beer a rewarding sipper. Also, the beautiful, balanced character of the smell steadily emerges in the beginning and middle of each sip, oak-forward, nutty, boozy, with some brandy notes to make things more interesting. The finish alternates between campfire and cheap whiskey.

Surpassed by the almost-perfect flavor of the rum barrel aged version, this beer tastes simultaneously better and worse than the wine version. Up front, more is going on, more balance is achieved, and the flavors work better together. In back, there's surprising flaws that are not present in either of the other barrel versions, nor in the original Imperial Smoked Porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very creamy, but welcomely punched up by the carbonation and bitterness.

Overall: The apple acidity, nuttiness, and deep overall flavor make this a very enjoyable beer, but all told I think it's the weakest of the three. To put it another way, I would pay $60+ for 3 bottles of the imperial rum barrel aged Smoke from the Oak, but if they were all apple brandy I'd have to take a pass.

Another giant American beer that hits very high heights, but can't avoid some notable flaws. Still, the apple brandy influence is, if nothing else, very interesting, and the base beer is so good that it would be hard to really mess this up. Mildly recommended to any beer drinker, highly recommended to fans of Captain Lawrence's Imperial Smoked Porter, since in the end I believe the experiment yields enough unique flavor to make trying it worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 23:45:00 | More by Pahn
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a C Lawrence goblet glass.

The last of the series for me to try. If this is anything like golden delicious I know it's going to be amazing!

A- Pours solid black with a fluffy 1 finger brown head that sticks around. Not much retention but leaves some really nice legs on the side of the glass.

S- Just like the rest of the series the smoke and meat notes dominate with subtle tones of burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Not really getting to much from the brandy unfortunately, other than some slight strong boozy notes as I swirl it around the glass. I think the smoke is just to strong. It's definitely there but I feel as though if I didn't know this was apple aged I would have never picked up on it.

T- Well unlike the aroma the first sip just coated my palate with a nice boozy heat and subtle yet distinct flavors from the brandy. Sweet apple or hard cider flavors mix wonderfully with the strong smoke that takes over the palate. I was a little leery after the smell but wow the taste of this beer makes it the best of the series. So simple yet so complex in flavor.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice wet strong finish that will warm you all the way down.

Overall the flavors of this beer are extremely unique and can honestly say I've never had anything like this even after having the rest of the series. The only flaw of this beer for me is the booziness. I'm normally not bothered by strong ABV beer but the brandy from this sucker warms you right up!

Highly recommend!

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:28:06 | More by Arenbeer
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ark as night with a heavy tan head that was thick and gave the beer that thick and creamy look i had so wanted it to be. nice lacing down the sides of the glass as well..

aroma starts with warm vanilla and roasted malts, hints of light oak and coffee, some smoke peaking its head up at times, very interesting. nice touches of chocolate and a warm brown sugar as it hits room temperature. flavor follows suit perfectly as the warming from the roasted malts and rich barrel flavor are simply superb. rich vanilla and caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee and a nice smooth finish that was dotted with notes of light bitterness that were balanced against the malts with near perfection, creamy, full and just a delightfully wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 03:19:30 | More by mikesgroove
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 5/17. Picked up the boxed set at Bierkraft in Brooklyn in January. Reviewed from notes.

Liquid has a dark purple body with a brown head of foam and the lightest swirl of lacing. Looks sweet, like an imperial stout, but without the deep black visage.

Smoke and wood are the most prevalent aromas, making my nose strain for that apple acidity. Luckily, the warming alcoholic scent in the conclusion brings brandy to mind.

Taste is smoky (dare I say rauchbier-esque) with the apple brandy peaking out in the acidic and boozy conclusion. Anise, irish cream liqueur, coffee and a woody earthiness are also present. It's nice to sip, if a bit on the strong side.

The mouth is quite smooth with a roasty bite that's not as abrasive as something with so many strong elements can be.

Overall, the flavors are interesting and original, but I feel like this is a step or two behind the rum-barreled version. Also, the apple brandy isn't forthright enough, allowing elements of the base beer to take over.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 23:08:25 | More by deapokid
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The regular version of this beer is one of my favorite beers. Let's see what putting it into a barrel did.

A - Black beer that gets a little bit lighter around the edges. Not really much left in the way of lacing, just some minor wisps.

S - Apple brandy adds an underlying mellow sweetness to the roasted and smoked porter. It is a nice mix, although I think I prefer the smell of the regular just slightly. Some barrel smell.

T - Taste is along the lines of the nose, although the smoke and roast is a little bit more pronounced. The base beer had a certain buttery characteristic that is not as evident here. Apple brandy adds touches of apples, and a mellowing sweetness that contrasts the smokey properties of the beer in a good way.

M - Full bodied beer with some fairly active carbonation.

O - Liked this a lot, although it would be pretty hard to mess this up given how big and good the base beer is. Not sure how someone gave this an F.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 15:30:47 | More by AgentZero
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours black with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of boozy green apple aromas. Also present are slight amounts of smokiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though note as robust. Moderately roasted malts up front are joined quickly by sweet and boozy green apples. Midway through the apple flavors fade a bit, allowing some smokiness to shine through and carry on to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, as I have with most beers aged on apple brandy. My second favorite, slightly edged out by the rum barrel version. A nice combination and a beer that is well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 18:59:44 | More by glid02
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trappistlover

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(750ml bottle courtesy of Cuzco!). Pours a nice black color with a thin espresso head. Its a really nice picture. Aroma is savory smoke, beef jerky, faint, but sweet apples. The smoke is so powerful, but the fruit does peek its head out in a very pleasant way. Taste is sweet; much sweeter than I expected. I recall trying the other two versions and I thought they were harsh (but good). The smoke is there for sure, but the apple brandy has really started to emerge. Medium bodied and a slick texture. Finish is smooth except for the alcohol bite. This has been my favorite of the imperial SFTO beers, but a revisit of the other two is now something I’m very interested in.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 06:11:50 | More by trappistlover
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Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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