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

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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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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

GreesyFizeek, Dec 09, 2013
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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
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4.1/5  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.

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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.