Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Aged)
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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From:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
Style:
Smoked Porter
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 11.69%
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
42
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 31, 2015
Added:
Mar 18, 2007
Wants:
  107
Gots:
  9
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Enhanced with Brettanomyces
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Rated: 4.03 by wethorseblanket from California

Mar 31, 2015
 
Rated: 3.25 by LeeEvolved from Virginia

Nov 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4.4 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin

Jul 14, 2014
 
Rated: 2.75 by Rekrule from Massachusetts

Jun 23, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

Jun 23, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by BGsWo22 from Texas

Jun 11, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by petermethot from New Jersey

Jun 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by thebigredone from Wisconsin

Mar 16, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by ajzy from Wisconsin

Dec 01, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by magnusdave from New York

Nov 12, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by PsilohsaiBiN from New York

Oct 23, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by tommyguz from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by Nolen12 from Kentucky

Sep 03, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by Phillyz from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by jmarsh123 from Indiana

Jun 21, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

May 19, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by jkane101 from New Jersey

May 15, 2013
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Reviewed by ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thanks UDbeernut for sharing -- bit of a gusher, batch #2

The beer pours a a slightly hazy dark black/brown with a thin tan head that laces. The nose is wine barrel forward with a touch if funk and smoke...quite pungent. The taste is a strange mix of smoke and wine barrel with a lingering vinous dryness. It's medium bodied mouthfeel is smokey with a touch of sweetness upfront followed by a dominating wine barrel funk. Definitely unique tasting and has the great vinous feel that I was hoping for when I poured my glass. I'd recommend this beer to those who want a 1-2x try of a funky, tart, vinous porter, but not for an everyday drink.
Apr 07, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by sliverX from S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

Apr 07, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by spycow from Illinois

Jan 14, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by Gonzoillini from Illinois

Jan 05, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by imperialking from Illinois

Nov 13, 2012
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle from Batch 2 thanks Mcallister.
Good thing I was near the sink when I opened this. Huge rush of foam from a self pouring bottle, I filled my glass and then the bottle she kept on giving. The color is a porter all right, but the rest is lambic like. Smells of tart fruit and a bit of funk. The flavor is very funky and tart. The Porter is gone and I can’t even say I like the lambic that it left behind. Another casualty from my cellar.
Oct 10, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Sep 27, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by BeerHunter76 from Texas

Aug 17, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by jsilva from Massachusetts

Jul 02, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by Jakers90 from Michigan

May 05, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by ithinkimasofa from Washington

Mar 02, 2012
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Thanks Ben for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Bottle stored in temperature-controlled, zero light conditions. Served in a goblet.

Lasting tan foam, creamy texture, dark coloration.

Woody aroma, some dark chocolate comes through from the base porter possibly. Wet barrel staves, bretty yeast lends some notes of wet hay and light horseblanket.

Vinous fruit, dry grape skin and plum, oaky and tannic in a big way. Medium level of tartness, dry finish with a creamy smooth feel. Carbonation is low to medium, body is fairly light and dry. Comes across like a well aged and blended Oud Bruin, nice fruitiness and wet barrel character with restrained touches of funkiness.

To the sounds of: Regulate ~ Warren G, from Ben's collection.
Feb 29, 2012
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Reviewed by claspada from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bottle courtesy of and shared with mrand01. Batch 3 so I believe it was from 2009.

Pours a dark brown color with a fairly sizable khaki colored head. Much more head than I expected for a 3+ year old beer; bottle conditioning must have ate up some residual sugars to add to the bubbles here.

Aromas really threw me off guard. I was expecting a lot of dark roast and smoke but I get straight red wine barrel here. Quite red grape forward with a hint of acidity atop some light dark roast, berries, oak, and a touch of vanilla as it further warms.

The tastes begin fruity, up front, with a green apple and red grape flavor, with a light tartness element that grows through mid-palate and into the finish. Smoke pops up a little mid-flavor but is quickly over-run by the vinous dominant flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with buoyant carbonation. Dry oak and tart berries linger ever-so-slightly on the palate, which no surprisingly, make the finish nice and dry. Darker malt backbone also adds to that element.'

Overall I was very skeptical to try this beer because I hate smoke beers; they are probably my least favorite style, but at this point of this beers lifespan, there is little to none present. Red vinous flavors dominate the aroma and flavor which I love and really make this an interesting and enjoyable beer for me. Such a great flavor profile for such a low ABV is the most impressive thing for me here. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out.
Feb 18, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by Pencible from Virginia

Feb 11, 2012
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Reviewed by FeloniousDrunk from New York

4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Note: Bottled in '10, been in the fridge since then.

A: Poured syrupy from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Dark-chocolate black with a creamy, khaki, 1-finger head. Minimal lacing.

S: Smoky, bacon-flavored nose up-front. Rich, sweet, inviting. Roasted caramel and chocolate malts, with big berry hints, dark cherries, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, all smelled as if they were put in a smokehouse together. Beautiful nose.

T: Big, bold, beautiful beer. Tart and sweet up-front, malty and smoky on the finish with a mellow, slightly toasted aftertaste. Too many flavors to describe in here: Sour grapes, cherries, vanilla-hazelnut coffee, roasted malts, woodsmoke, hickory, and a touch of alcohol esters. This beer tastes like an intimate campfire with friends in your mouth. Delicious.

M: Smooth and silky, but lacking a touch in the robust department. It's a tad watery and thin compared to what one would expect. The overall afterfeel of dry smoke is very appealing, and the thinner nature of the beer isn't a negative, as the flavor doesn't get crowded out by a big robust feel.

O: It's a shame this beer is no longer available, because it is a great "special occasion" beer to be enjoyed in the company of friends and family, around a fire, at a table of cards after dinner, or on a day you want to remember. This beer will stick with you as the cherry on top.
Feb 03, 2012
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Reviewed by brystmar from Texas

4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Batch 4 (2010) shared by Denise -- thanks!

Gotta start out by saying this beer redefines the term "gusher." Label on the bottle advises cold storage and immobility for >24hrs prior to opening, and wow, they weren't lying! A solid 5 minutes was spent with my hand holding the fury inside the bottle before distributing pours.

Pours a deep, murky brown with some manila head and beady lace. Wine aromas greet me from afar -- honestly reminds me a lot of b3 Rosso e Marrone. Tart fruits, smokey undertones, hints of roasty malts, and plenty of other stuff that "shouldn't" be in a beer of this style. But to hell with that: this is awesome.

Tart fruitiness up front; wine-like acidity. Complex mixture of flavors, ranging from smokey to sour; roasty to oaked. Again, comparisons to Rosso dance in my head. Endlessly creative, and utterly delicious.

Body is a bit thin, especially for a porter. Matches the style for a sour (I'd categorize this as an Oude Bruin), though. Overall, this is among the most creative beers I've tried, and it works marvelously. Truly unique; such a shame they altered the recipe. Further reinforced my faith in Captain Lawrence to produce world-class sours.
Jan 08, 2012
 
Rated: 3 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Dec 30, 2011
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Reviewed by SpdKilz from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A huge shout out to Ryan (Mag00n) for this beer. Cheers! 750ml, batch 4. Shared with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a dark chocolate color into a tulip with massive amounts of mocha colored head. The bottle comes with a sticker warning about excessive carbonation (ehhh…it didn’t overflow and it mainly reminded me of some JP beers I’ve had, heh). Head recedes slowly leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Roasted malts and coffee/chocolate, oak, slight tartness (green apples), and red wine.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. A tartness up front from cherries and granny smith apples, followed by slight porter-like qualities (though more subdued than I was expecting). Tannic flavors, oak, and the red wine shine through at the end.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, plentiful carbonation.

Overall – A very interesting beer and one I am glad to try. I like soured stouts so this was intriguing to me. My brother-in-law and I both finished the bottle with ease and I would not mind getting another one. Solid beer.
Dec 26, 2011
 
Rated: 5 by sideshowe from Pennsylvania

Dec 06, 2011
 
Rated: 5 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

Dec 06, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by nmann08 from Virginia

Dec 05, 2011
 
Rated: 4.25 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Dec 04, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by rab53 from Washington

Dec 01, 2011
Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 175 ratings