Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version) - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ironbike1:
4.3/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a Cpt.lawrence tulip. It is black as night with a tan head that is about 1/2" thick and fades slowly with nice lacing throught.
The smell of this is unique. I smell a lot of smokeyness and the brandy coming through nicely.
The taste is full of flavor from the smoke which hits strong to the backbone of the brandy. I get a faint taste of the apple and caramels in this aswell.
The mouthfeel is very thick and almost creamy with a nice little bite to it from the alcohol.
Overall another great beer form the Cpt. that I wish they would release on a regular basis aswell as a little more afordable. However this beer is fantastic and very easy to drink on my ownm goes down smooth but be prepared for the smoke flavor as it is huge in this beer, unlike any other smoke beer I have had.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2011 22:35:04 | More by ironbike1
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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
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
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
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
Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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