Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version) - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by foogerd:
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- Smooth and really rich looking pour, dark black body with some brown on the edges. A beautiful thick luscious looking coffee brown colored head, full lacing lining the glass.
S- Lots of sweet apples and smoke but a sweet smoke, some woody smoke as well but the apple brandy really delivers the smoke in a sweet bbq kind of way.
T- This reports to the palette in a more smokey way than to the nose. Here the smoke is showcased and the sweet apple brandy takes more of a supportive role. Theres a bit of heat as well at the finish, it would probably be best to sit on this for a year or so before cracking it open to see the full potential of the apple brandy treatment to this brew.
M- Cant complain here, full and rich would be the only way to describe this.
D- Very tasty but best to share.
I detracted some points off the taste because of the heat but I believe this brews best days are yet to come with some age.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2011 04:33:58 | More by foogerd
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4.04/5 rDev +1%
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
3.58/5 rDev -10.5%
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
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
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
Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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