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

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From:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
Style:
Smoked Porter
ABV:
10%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 13.68%
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
33
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 02, 2015
Added:
May 25, 2007
Wants:
  78
Gots:
  4
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Rated: 4.08 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Sep 02, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by ptramontozzi from New York

Aug 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by zestar from California

Jun 23, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by BGsWo22 from Texas

Jun 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by ubufan2112 from Connecticut

Jun 09, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by dcloeren from Texas

Mar 25, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by ari32 from Georgia

Mar 19, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas

Mar 15, 2014
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Bottle shared by HoppasaurusRex, thanks for the opportunity Todd
Opened over the sink and the bottle proceeded to pour itself. Dark brown/black color with a huge never ending tan head. Aromas of tart cherry with hints of chocolate and dark sugary rum notes. A hint of oxidation and a touch of earth. The flavor is tart with a lactic twang. Fleeting caramel and roasted notes with a bit of woody vanillin round out the flavor. Light body with a bubbly tart mouthfeel, and a moderate to high level of carbonation. Infected, but not horrible to drink.
Feb 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by ajzy from Wisconsin

Dec 01, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by IrishColonial from Texas

Aug 17, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Aug 13, 2013
 
Rated: 3 by markasparov from District of Columbia

Aug 11, 2013
 
Rated: 1.5 by thegerm87 from Massachusetts

Aug 09, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by mendvicdog from Maryland

May 16, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by jkane101 from New Jersey

May 15, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by acurtis from New Jersey

Apr 04, 2013
 
Rated: 2 by jlenik from New Jersey

Mar 21, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by Jason from Massachusetts

Mar 17, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by BeerThursdays from Delaware

Mar 16, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by spycow from Illinois

Jan 14, 2013
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Reviewed by beagle826 from New York

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Had this one cellered for about 2.5 years. Cracked it open and was surprised that it smelled a bit sour. Very dark, viscous looking pour. Taste was a bit sweet, oak didn't come through as much as I expected. Ultimately, a little bit disappointing. Seemed like there was too many conflicting flavors going on at once.
Jan 09, 2013
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Reviewed by DaveAnderson from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Batch 2, which means this has been in the bottle for at least 4 years.

A standard pour into a Duvel glass produces a creamy head that looks like a milk chocolate mousse. After reading some other reviews of this batch, I was ready for a gusher, but I just got a properly-carbonated, quite attractive beer in my glass. The beer itself is dark and hazy.

Wow. I was not expecting this to smell sour. I'm suddenly very excited about this beer. I normally don't find rum very interesting, so I expected this to be less interesting than, say, something aged in bourbon barrels. This smells like a chocolatey oude bruin. It also reminds me of a chocolate cherry cordial. The rum -- and the oak for that matter -- is very subtle.

Unfortunately, the flavor of this beer simply does not live up to the smell. I would have preferred either a lot more sourness, or none at all. There are two beers in this glass, and they are fighting each other for my attention. I'm starting to wonder if this was supposed to be sour at all. Maybe it's just infected.

It is extremely difficult to rate the mouthfeel on this beer, because I can't figure out what it is supposed to be.

In the end, I found myself quite disappointed. To quote Emperor Joseph II from Amadeus, it had "too many notes".
Dec 09, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by imperialking from Illinois

Nov 13, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by Shango42 from Minnesota

Oct 01, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by t0rin0 from California

Sep 10, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by stevefinny from New Jersey

Jun 20, 2012
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Thanks Ben for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Bottle stored in temperature-controlled, zero light conditions. Unfortunate gusher due to botham's hasty maneuvers. Served in a goblet.

Brownish black, reddish glint in the meniscus of the glass. A constant presence of sturdy tan foam, due to the furious carbonation levels. Head eventually breaks on the surface, no lacing.

Tart, indistinct barrel notes with perceptible alcohol in the aroma.
Lightly tart and tannic. No rum character. It comes across as a generic barrel aged beer, oaky and thin with a marked acidity. Not very cohesive or nuanced, it's faded into something of a muddy mess (maybe it always was, based on some early reviews). Overall its not terrible, but nothing worth seeking out really, unless a new batch is released and there are positive reports.
Feb 29, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by Pencible from Virginia

Feb 11, 2012
 
Rated: 3 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Dec 30, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Dec 04, 2011
 
Rated: 4.25 by rab53 from Washington

Dec 01, 2011
 
Rated: 3.75 by brandoman63 from Illinois

Nov 29, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by Photekut from Tennessee

Nov 18, 2011
 
Rated: 2.5 by leschkie from California

Nov 17, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by HopStoopid120 from Connecticut

Nov 16, 2011
 
Rated: 4.5 by ixodus from New Jersey

Nov 15, 2011
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Reviewed by rwmiscik from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I poured this beer into a snifter where it appears a very dark brown almost black color. Just a little bit of lacing occurs down the glass. The nose on this beer is amazing...it rum mixed with oak and hops and alittle bit of tannins thrown in all next to the smell of the booze. The beer tastes like a mix of chocolate, rum, coffee, oak, and alcohol. there is so much going on in this beer it is incredible to find out that it is extremely balanced, granted the bottle i drank had lots of age on it and ive never had a fresh one to compare it to.
Jul 03, 2011
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Batch 2

Appearance: Another gushing disaster from this series and as I saw some ugly sediment at the top of the bottle I knew it would be a problem; by the time the gushing was over, there was very little head to the beer

Smell: To its credit, it smells like rum

Taste: Unlike the aroma, the beer is sour from the get go, without any real hint of rum, just a vinegary, green apple mess

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Overall: Another infected bottle from the series; I can see why it has been retired
Apr 11, 2011
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Reviewed by stakem from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Review from notes taken 12/11/10. Thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this at his tasting.

Batch #1 poured into a snifter appears dark brown with some clarity around the edges. 2 fingers worth of bubbly tan head form and quickly recede to a thin film across the top. Patchy lace clings to the glass with thin legs. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength.

The aroma of this brew is rum reinforced alcohol that is lightly tangy. There are plenty of subtle spices, sweet caramel malt that is deeper, more burnt smelling almost like toffee or molasses. Chocolate emerges once the brew warms to a point where it almost dominates all the other character. Swirling the brew releases sone minorly sulfur notes.

The taste is rum mixed with a dry cocoa powder. Lots of booze is present here with a tangy alcohol character. The tangy aspect hangs inside the mouth. This brew is deep and complex with subtle spiced flavor imparted from the rum. A vanilla smoothness comes out once warm and leads into a sweet caramel malt flavor.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation that really pops in the mouth. Quite drinkable, I enjoyed this brew quite a lot. Thanks again Jason!
Dec 29, 2010
Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 104 ratings