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

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89
very good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 63
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aerozeppl on 12-19-2010)
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Photo of black13
1.27/5  rDev -68%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the third and final installment of the holiday gift pack from CL. I've had some good brandy barrel aged beers and was hoping this one followed in their steps.

A: Pouring this jet black beer into my Portland International Beerfest glass produces an ample mocha colored head, that slowly dissipated to leave only a few scant bubbles. These are very dark beers that portend to what this 12% porter could taste like.

S: I could not pick out any of the signature aromas you would expect (brandy, smoke, chocolate) as the dominant aroma of band-aides was to over-powering. Subsequent passes of my nose in the glass did reveal some roasted malts, but it was too subdued.

T: God-awful is all I can say. I was hopeful that the malts I picked up in the nose would transpire into the flavor. This was not the case. The putrid taste of band-aides was the all I could get. Not giving this one a second try as it's just too much, in a bad way.

M: Seemed somewhat thin, but I wasn't so focused on this aspect while my one sample was in my mouth.

O: Wanting a beer to taste good and having them actually taste good are two different things. In this case, they did not meet on the same page. This beer was not pleasing in any way, shape or form. Aside from looking OK in the glass, that is all the good I have to say for this beer.

black13, Jun 08, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

thebigredone, Mar 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Florida9, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of deapokid
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

deapokid, Jul 10, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Ralphs66, Nov 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

thudean, Nov 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Lare453, Aug 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

seeswo, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
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!

Jeffo, Apr 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

420Rick, May 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

MrHirschybar, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

BGsWo22, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Hirshi, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

nanobrew, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

ehammond1, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of dar482
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

dar482, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of tewaris
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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

tewaris, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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.

smakawhat, Oct 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

acurtis, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Gonzoillini, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

campfirebrew, Nov 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

mendvicdog, Oct 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

johnnnniee, Jun 14, 2014
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Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.