Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version) - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Manoftyr:
4.83/5 rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance-Pours a dark, dark, dark very nearly black mahogany with only the faintest of highlights betraying its true color. About an inch of tan head tops the snifter and bubbles its way down to about a milimeter of film, dabs of lacing line the glass as it recedes; looks just like the non barrel aged version really.
Aroma-Hints of the apple brandy upfront, but somewhat less than I was expecting. Underneath is that same good ol' smokeyness I loved in the regular Smoked Porter, perhaps dialed down a few notches by the barrel aging but not by much, though it is less peaty than I recal; maybe because of the barrel aging.
Taste-The smoke is the main player through and through and honestly just as peaty as I remember it being in the regular version, still picking up that darkly roasted chocolate flavor as well. Honestly, the apple brandy taste is more on the outskirts and in the aftertaste than in the forefront. I guess my only complaint would be that I kinda wish the apple flavor would be a 'little' more pronounced; it's still every bit as delicious though.
Mouthfeel-Rich, but not quite as plush and luscious as the regular version; I'd assume this is due to the time spent in the barrel.
Drinkability-Every bit as addictively delicious as the non barrel aged version.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2011 00:29:45 | More by Manoftyr
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev +1.3%
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
4.4/5 rDev +10.3%
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
3.58/5 rDev -10.3%
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
Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.