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

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mcallister on 05-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 104
Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of beagle826
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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".

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Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of rwmiscik
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
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 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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
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

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

And for review 300! SFTO Rum! Batch 1!

Pours a dark mocha with a heavy head. This was a gusher, but I was expecting this going into it. Managed to only lose a few drops and was very excited about this beer.

Smell of sweet cherries , Oak, very light vanilla rum aromas, smoked malt, and roasted dark malts.

Taste was very good, I was worried that from being a batch 1, this might not have held up and gotten partially vinegary, however that was definitely not the case. This tasted fantastic for a beer from July 2007. While the body may have mellowed down, and the smoked malt flavors were more subdued, it has a nice cherry sour flavor mixed with oak, caramelized sugars and yes, Rum. Rum barrel aged beers are pretty rare from what I come across, so I look forward to this one returning in its Imperial reincarnation. I think some of the flavors have mellowed, but it is very smooth and still very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is on the medium side with mild carbonation. I cannot wait for this one to come out in the Imperial bottles and will be stocking up for sure.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes. Batch 2.

a - Pours a dark brown color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of cherries, dark fruit, oak, and rum of course. Unfortunately not a big fan of the smell of rum, so that hurt it for me.

t - Tastes of alcohol, oak, dark fruit, and a little bit of smoke.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - Personally I enjoyed the SFTO wine much more. Would not seek out this variation of it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All four variants of Smoke From The Oak served side by side at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks to Pete, Chris, and Brad for supplying the bottles. Review is from notes.

This beer is a dark brown color. It has a decent sized head that fades quickly leaving very little lacing. Aromas are smoke, oak (go figure), and slightly sweet liquor. The flavor is pretty nice. This beer tastes alright, but is my least favorite of the Smoke From The Oak line. The beer was sour, but not overly so. There is some noticeable heat in the finish. Although, I would drink this again, I wasn't especially impressed by any of the Smoke From The Oak lineup.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At a recently tasting, all four variants of this beer were tasted side by side. I was personally surprised at the consistency of the results.

Beer is brown to black with a brown head that falls away and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass.

Beer is medium bodied and has a very mellow / mild character and flavor. Out of the four variants of this beer it is the weakest and the most boring of them all.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color body with a cocoa colored head.

Rum is definitely detectable in the nose here, along with rich malt aromas.

Big flavor, big rum. Lots of rich malts with some oak flavor as well. Very interesting beer, first time I have ever tried a rum barrel aged beer before.

Mouthfeel is just smooth and terrific, very nice.

Very drinkable, I would like to try this again sometime.

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Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a recent tasting. Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this one.

Batch 2 into CCB Snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Fades to a ring. Color is a dark brown, near black.

Aroma: Sweet and sugary. Slight smoke notes. Big rum flavors and oak flavors with some vanilla. Solid aroma for a porter. Nice and malty.

Taste: Light smoke again with roasted malts. Good rum and oak flavors. Some smoky flavored malts go along with the roasted malts. Very subdue smoke flavors however. Solid porter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and crisp. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and oaky.

Overall, a very solid porter. I really enjoy the subtle smoke flavors that go along with this beer and the rum aging is great as well. I like it and it is pretty drinkable. Thanks Peter for sharing this one!

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Photo of kbutler1
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Peter for sharing this one with us.
Pours a deep ruby brown color with a tan fluffy head.
Aroma is of rum followed by smoke and some sweetness.
The flavor is for rum and beer lovers! As it warmed in my glass the rum overtook the flavor of everything else and really dominates this beer. Maybe almost a little too much in my opinion.
The mouthfeel is medium/heavy.
Drinkable but a sipper for sure.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one opened at a tasting. Bottle thanks to pmccallum86. Second to last bottle I swear!

I think this was batch 2 but I didn't take note of it at the time.

Pours nearly pitch black, and a tan head about two fingers in width sits on top. Good retention, but lacks lacing.

At first whiff, there is no doubt in our minds this is rum aged. Rum is dominant in the nose, almost completely covering up all other aromas. I get the light smell of a smoked porter in the background, but it's overpowered by the saturated rum. Unfortunately it's kind of one track minded.

Thank god, there is so much more to this beer than the rum. The smoked porter shows itself in full force in the taste department, asserting itself as a solid beer and one that makes me want to drink more. The smokey character isn't as strong as one might think given the name from the beer, but it plays nice with the rum and makes for a complex and tasty brew. One taste that came to mind was charred wood.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, with a smooth texture and good drinkability.

Overall, I was skeptical at first but this turned out to be a good beer. It all comes together in the end. Thanks for the chance Peter!

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Photo of maximum12
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for this bottle, which slipped into the back of the cellar & was forgotten for the better part of a year. Had a CL Golden Delicious recently & it was divine - so I'm thinking of more Captain. And this was the only available candidate. Batch #2.

Pours into two Darkness snifters very black. Rum is all over the smell, very enticing. It does, however, drown out anything else.

Rum Smoke from the Oak doesn't clip the heels of the nose at all. Rather than the rum-soaked porter I was expecting, the smoked porter is all over the rum. The rum provides a lovely counterargument though, & keeps this from tipping into bacon beer territory. Chiclets of licorice are entered into the record, sweet malt bruised by the smokiness. The wood is absent from my palate.

Very good beer. Thinking now I should have had this a bit earlier to capture more of the rum flavor, but still, nice porter, nice smokiness, & the rum holds it together very well. Nice.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 750 mL, cork-n-cage Belgian bottle. This beer is simply their smoked porter (pale, smoked, Munich, Vienna, chocolate and roast malts, Goldings and Willamette hops. 16 Plato, 45 IBUs.) that is aged in 12 year old Virgin Island rum barrels. It almost gives the impression of an imperial stout, with a deep black color, and two fingers of milk chocolate head that doesn't lace much, but maintains a nice collar of foam. Vinous in the nose, with rich dark malts, vanilla and maybe some brown sugar, but there are few wood and smoke notes. Warming on the palate, with lots of roasted malts that impart burnt/charred notes, licorice, coffee, mild chocolate, raisins and a vinous character. The barrel is well-integrated, with light tannins, a hidden sweetness, and distinct rum flavors while the hops give up fruitiness and a fair bitterness. Still not much smoke. The beer is smooth, heavy at times, with medium carbonation and a dry, tannin presence. This is a rich and complex beer, but the smoke is hidden and the base beer is too roasty to let a lot of the nuances come through. But I am happy to have tried it, and if you dig barrel-aging, this is certainly one to seek out.

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Photo of scootny
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a well cellared batch one bottle. A black brown fluid with a dark tan head. Decent head and bits of lace. Smell is super complex with a large sour/brett funkiness. Roasted grains, smoke and alcohol. Hot. Rum barrels and coffee. More tannic sourness. Taste is full of wood and souring red wine. Alcohol wedded to rum and coffee follows with a subtle vanilla in the finish. Dry and somewhat chalky. Leather and sour red wine hangs out for quite some time on the palate and tongue. Smoke give a nice reprise with light charcoal and coffee. A soupcon of vanilla. Feel is well carbonated with a medium light weight. The lively carbonation helping the drinkability by breaking a what is a rather dense or intense flavor palate. Definitely a sipper but the beer itself is lighter than you might think. Nice one for winter warming but it's a hot beer that has the rum flavor way forward and maybe a bit out of balance

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Photo of mikereaser
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle on 12/10/09
Batch 2

A - Pours a pitch black with a 1/4 inch of tan foam that quickly disappears into a layer of fine bubbles

S - smokiness dominates, hints of the rum left, nothing too overpowering, just a nice blend of the flavors

T - Rum barrel dominate with a malty backbone, smoke is paired with the rum in the finish

M - a bit overcarbonated, but that that, very nice, smooth, tart in the middle

D - flavor hides the alcohol well, i wish i had more of this

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch 2

A: Pours a deep cola-brown/black. Topping this is a massive dark khaki colored head. That quickly fades to two fingers where it stays for quite a while. Very sticky lace was left behind.

S: Aromas of roasty malt, burnt/smoky barrel, and slightly tart fruit.

T: Roasted malt and campfire smoke with dark fruit, rum, dark chocolate, and tart orchard fruit.

M: Sweet booziness with some tart/tangy fruit, and dry/roasty malt & barrel. Tart and tangy.

D: We were expecting sweet rum to play more of a role here and were caught a little off guard by the tangyness of this. After we got past that we found this to be excellent!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure I picked this up at Oaktree when it was around. A capped 750ml bottle - Batch 1. Poured into my standard shaker glass. Did not gush at all, just a slow rising snake of foam from the bottle that was easily caught with my glass. The porter appears a translucent deep chestnut color with about an inch of fluffy, fizzy tan head. The head leaves a minimal lace in its wake. Well, there is certainly brett and/or some type of wild yeast in here. Rum notes are more prevalent in the nose than the taste. Mildly funky, but more sour and tart vinegar - mostly apple cider vinegar, as well as notes of green apple, bitter cocoa, oaky tannins, light hints of smoke, barely noticeable. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Leaves the tongue tingling - like after eating some sea salt and malt vinegar chips. Quite unique.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2

Pours a deep dark black that is all but completely opaque aside from very slight deep dark mahogany edges when held up to a light source. Two finger frothy dark beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring and cap that leaves splotchy lacing in it's path.

Nice funky aroma with lots of oak and vanilla notes from the aging and a very prominent strong rum presence. Underneath there is a nice roasty maltiness with notes of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, toffee and subtle hops. Very vinous and vinegary smelling as well.

Funky tart mouthfeel that is very vinous up front with a sweet alcohol rum flavor and thick roasty maltiness underneath. Heavily carbonated with a slightly creamy body and a puckering dry finish. Lots of warmth from the alcohol.

Lots of tart vinegary sour oak flavor up front that dominates throughout. Huge rum/spirit presence with a decent amount of alcohol heat. There is a bit of a vanilla characteristic from the oak aging but the flavor is dominated by the sweet alcohol/rum. Roasty maltiness underneath with hints of oatmeal, toffee, chocolate and bitter hops. Also hints of dark fruit notes; dark cherry, plum, raisin, etc. Sweet alcohol warmth in the dry finish.

This is a complex beer with a lot of unique flavors that are overshadowed by the strong vinegary oak rum presence. Probably my least favorite of the three Smoke from the Oaks.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2. I've enjoyed this brew a couple of times, and now it's time to review it.

A: Black with a three-finger thick dark brown head. The head's rather lively, bubbling and frothing rather angrily. Impressive lacework is left behind on my Duvel glass.

S: It smells like an early stage of infection, but it's still solid. Mild lactic notes come through, and the underlying porter comes through very well. There's a great roasted/burnt malt aroma, and the smoke works well with the rum. The rum sweetness is rather big and very appealing with a mild barrel character. Strangely, giving the beer time to breathe makes the initial sour note disappear, much to my joy

T: Awesome stuff. Opens up with a big, boozy rum character that's great. The rum sweetness cuts through the burnt malt backbone and the mild smokiness gives the beer a whole other flavor component. Finishes very dry with rum booziness and burnt malt. Again, there's a faint hint of a lactic character, thankfully, it's not intrusive.

M: This is where I wish this beer did better. The light body doesn't hold up to the rum character very well, and the overcarbonation initially hurts the palate (it stings!). Time again helps tame the carbonation down, and improves things. The finish, as noted, is an interesting combination of the base porter and the rum booziness

D: I'm totally digging this beer. I can't wait for the next batch, as well as the Apple Brandy and Port barrel versions!

Notes: I do think time hasn't helped this beer very much. Early on, it was the best CL beer I'd had (worthy of a 4.5), now, it's second to Castleton.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have done the trio, thanks to Dmeadows. This bomber pours black,and an aroma of malt, a bit of smoke. Smooth integration of the rum and the porter. A bit sour at the last sixth of the bottle, very much so in last 5% if you are so inclined. Masterful.Good mouthfeel, very drinkable.

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Photo of joepais
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks go out to Kempleton for his bottle
I almost didn't post a review, the bottle foamed a little when opening but the aroma of Brett was strong. I didn't know if it was infected on purpose or not? It was from batch 2

The tulip looked glass was filled with two fingers worth of tan head on a black body. Again the Brett was strong I got a little rum and one other person got some smoke as it warmed.

A funky porter for sure with a splash of rum was how it tasted to me the body was medium with good carbonation for a porter.

I'll give it an average score on the drinkability only because I don't know if the infection was on purpose. I may change it later

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