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

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 125
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.79%
Wants: 59
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: aerozeppl on 12-19-2010

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.82/5  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. (1,287 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brown black brew with a light brown frothy head. Some lace here and there with nice amount of retention. Smell is sweet with notes of chocolate, coconut, cherries, molasses and caramel. Good amount of smoke and oak. An undercurrent of dark fruits and light coffee. Vanilla wafts through atop a wave of mild apple brandy. Some light earthiness. Yumm. Taste is much like the nose with a larger oak and brandy presence. Some lovely dry tartness as the alcohol cuts in toward the finish adding a sweetness as well to a crisp dry somewhat astringent finish. Dry oak and cherries linger along with burnt caramel and charcoal. Feel is lighter that you would expect but still a beer with some girth to it. Nice smooth carbonation helps to keep it from sticking as this beer has a light syrupiness to it. Goes down well and while a sipper it is definitely easy to sip fast. Just a perfect beer for this chilly spring night. (916 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SFTO Gift Set.

Poured from a 750 into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a jet black with a light tan head with decent lacing.
S: Heavy smoke and really not much else.
T: Sweet apple, heavy smoke, and some porter flavors to follow.
M: Great carbonation, medium body, smooth finish.
D: Possibly the smokiest of the three, but I really like the sweetness that the apple brandy imparts. (376 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
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. (830 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a big dense tan head that settled into a solid cap.

The aroma primarily is of smoke. Nice charred wood, peat, and meaty aromas. Just beautiful smoke aromas. There is also a hint of sweetness, though you can't really tell what it is. I imagine it is from the apple brandy, its a bit vinous. Also a hint of sour oak.

The smoke is definitely not as strong as the aroma but is still there. The taste starts off with a solid roasted malt and caramel base. This is followed by the sweet brandy flavor with hints of red delious apples. The smoke follows through in the end bring some charred wood, soy, and peat flavors. Just a real nice transition of flavors.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation. Great balance on the palate between the sweet and the smoke. A hint of ABV belly burn but really not much and it finishes slightly sticky.

Great smoked porter. Perhaps not as smokey on the flavor as I expected but such great balance between the barrel aging and the smoke. (1,000 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for sharing this set with us. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Pours with a quick-dissolving tan foam that settles to a thin ring and hazy wisps, but minimal lace. Near-black body with some brownish notes at the fringes.

S - Smokes, apple, chocolate, dark roasted malts, some eau-de-vie spirit character. Light oak and barrel notes.

T - Less apple brandy and more smoked porter in the flavor. There's still some mild apple sweetness, but this is a lot like the base beer plus some oak and vanilla mingling with the smoked meats, chocolate, and, roastiness. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M - Smooth full body, medium carbonation, gritty tannic texture, and light alcohol warming.

D - This is really good. I loved the base beer, and I liked the lower ABV Apple Brandy Smoke from the Oak as well. Would gladly have this one again. While it doesn't necessarily improve the base beer, it's a nearly as good variant. (945 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.3/5  rDev +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! (1,534 characters)

Photo of ironbike1
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

WELL DONE!! (812 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
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. (676 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,221 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (2,926 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,680 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,494 characters)

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

a-Just like the wine aged version and the unaged imperial smoked porter, this brew poured a silky black with a frothy creamy head that built as the beer was poured. Drank this one out of the tasting glass that came with the set which is a bit tulip shaped so it lends to pulling that nice head. Lacing is milkshake like and the brew is gorgeous. A quick swirl of the glass rebuilds the head on command.

s-Like the wine version, there is a peatiness to the smell and it really tames the campfire smoke of the base beer.

t-This brew seems even more tamed back on the smoke than the wine version. Heavy on the dark chocolate...the apple brandy adds a tingle to the taste, but nothing like I had expected, but it does give the beer a sort of sangria touch to it.

m-Very rich and creamy. Leaves a wonderful tingle in my mouth, but not much of the smokiness that I love about the original. Alcohol comes through most in the mouth. As it warmed the smokiness came out more in the mouth.

d-Dangerously drinkable, but awfully heavy and filling. The original imperial smoked porter is a phenomenal brew and I really wish that this set had a bottle of the original for comparison sake since I seem to be chasing that original beer in this set. Very enjoyable beer, but not quite as tasty as the wine version (IMO). (1,307 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cuzco for the trade. 750ml bottle served at 53 degrees in my Darkness tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a dense, half inch mocha-colored head that is refreshed with a gentle swirl. Delicate strands of lacing are exposed during the tasting. Nose is rich, sweet and malty with pleasant smokey aromas and a slightly medicinal quality. Taste consistent with nose - the smokey quality pleasantly infiltrates the rich malty backbone. Apple brandy becomes evident as the brew warms. Mouthfeel on this is exquisite - medium bodied with a light, almost still, carbonation and a creamy/velvety texture. I have to say that I found this beer much better than the previous version and more on par with my expectations. The base porter on this beer is really quite good and my interest is definitely piqued by the rum and wine barrel variations. (848 characters)

Photo of corby112
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. (1,483 characters)

Photo of foogerd
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of metter98
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. (748 characters)

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Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.