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

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #2. Dark brown bordering on black with deep garnet accents. A big, bubbly creamy light tan head. Quite carbonated overall, but the bottle was not a gusher. Aromas of roasty malt with puffs of cocoa. Smoky accents collide with a rich rum aroma. Oak, residual sugar and some dark fruits in the background.

First sip brings a dark roasted, toasty malt upfront with cocoa and smoke. Rum flavors meld in really nicely with some added spiciness. Flows down on the dry side with woody oak accents and hints of fruit. I really like how the rum plays into the smoked porter here, really original and tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of bubbles that expand in the mouth with each sip. Overall very tasty and a good bottle to share with a friend or two. I like how the rum accented the beer and wouldn't mind seeing more brews aged in rum barrels in the future! Thanks to dmeadows for this one.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Capt. L presentation, "Batch #1" pours the darkest shade of near black with a robust dark tab head, that leaves a thick, tiny bubble film and then ringed sheeting and string lacing. Dark chocolate, licorice and dark, burnt malts in the nose. Full flavor brew, notes of more of all the stuff in the nose, but also some woody hints, dark coffee, burnt, smoky leather noted. Complex, heady creation. Well worth a try and likely would age well.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was the first real gusher I've had. It just kept going and going and the bubbles were Eveready powered.

Poured a deep, dark amber with...oh, yeah, a MASSIVE head of off white that melted surprisingly quickly to a ring of sticky white that left a nice lace in it's wake.

Aromas are sour brett yeasts like a farmhouse ale with some fresh sour fruits and cherries. Wild yeast isn't mentioned in the brew but it sure has that profile in both the aroma and taste. There is a warming quality to the combination of sour cherries and rum with the porter type of roasted malts.

Taste is rummed backed cherries and oak with some lightly toasted malts. Smoked flavors and aromas are almost completely lost in the rum barrels but the rum doesn't overpower...merely "mellow". Not terribly sour like you would expect from the aromas...more of a balance between the sweetness of the rum and malts and the sour cherries.

Mouthfeel is adequate...not too thin...not overly smooth or thick either. Aftertaste becomes a drying cherry and wood.

Definitely interesting. Definitely different. Definitely worth buying and then buying again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cap. Lawrence- Smoke from the Oak (Rum)

I forgot who sent this to me, I apologize! Once I figure it out I'll edit the review!

A- Deep reddish black with a flat appearance and a small foamy head. No lacing.
S- Very sweet rum aroma, a touch of charcoal, and the mildest of cocoa.
T- Again sweet charcoal rum flavor hits you. Light chocolate cocoa powder body with a dash of vanilla extract.
M- Very sweet with a mild body and an even sweeter slight alc. touched finish.

Overall- Bland. A weak, smooth, rum with a touch of cocoa. Thats all I'm getting!? I was expecting much more.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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 leschkie
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of scootny
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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 MuenchenerKindl
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a geyser of a 22 oz bottle to a snifter, the liquid is dark with just way too much carbonation, the bottle spewed as well. The head is way big dark tan yet leaves no lace.

The smell is Rum, a bit of chared malt to boot.

The taste follows, lots of rum, some dark roasted malt. Very hard to tell is the beer is sour or has a mild infection. I have had porters that had sour notes, in this one the rum seems to enhance the sour note and cover them or maybe impersonate them is better. It's just Safe to say, it's hard to tell.

The mouthfeel is good, nice porter-ish body, but the carbonation get spent early.

The drinkability is still good after all it was in a Bum Rarrell. Hik'up

Prosit MK

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1.

A: Poured a opaque dark cola brown with a huge firm, dark khaki heat that was mostly lasting. The head was very firm, almost Styrofoam like moving as one solid structure with the tilt of the glass.

S: On the nose was a smooth, fresh roasted burbon aroma with spicy alcohol notes. Very boozy nose.

T: The initial flavor was sweet vinous grapes, dark roasted malting, spicy burbon alcohol and light charcoal/smoky hints. There was a campfire charred woodiness along with spicy fruitiness (prunes). There was a dark raisin grist lacing and vinous grape flavor in the finish and fade.

M: Mouthful was light, some liveliness from the carbonation with a touch of sourness.

D: The high alcohol and vinous nature limits this beer to a sipper with one 750ml bottle being plenty. A rich palate of dark fruits, alcohol and vinous nature makes this a great substitute for any dinner wine with great results.

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Photo of emerge077
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The last of the three that I was finally able to track down and try. Having been a huge fan of the other two, needless to say I was waiting for this one to come around. Served cold, to avoid a gusher as I have had these bottles before and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 12/28/2008.

I was right to chill this one down as soon as I poured it into the glass, it immediately filled the entire container with brown foam, ugh. I let it settle down, and subsequent pours went by much better I have to admit. Dark brown, nearly black and completely opaque, this thing was a monster.

GThe aroma was a bit of a let down for me. Light notes of chocolate with barely any bourbon coming through on this one. Still decent, though I was expecting more. As it warmed some more pronouced cocoa and oakey aroma came off of it, but still, not overly strong. The flavor was all over the place. Way overcarbonated, and this really distracted from the overall flavor, making it feel thinner then it was. Chocolate and dark fruit notes were the biggest players here, with the rum way at the back and adding only a subtle spice quality to it. Easy to drink as it felt much lighter then it was and most, if not all the alcohol was well hidden,

Overall a solid beer, though I wish it was a bit less carbonated and spent a little more time in the barrel, my least favorite of the three by a long shot.

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Photo of largadeer
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Dark brown in color, opaque but not quite black. Two inches of tan foam rises, with pretty solid retention.

Smell: Intense rum barrel aroma at first, which completely overpowers the malt at colder temperatures. As this begins to warm the chocolatey dark malt comes forward, mixing brilliantly with the rum barrel to create a molasses cookie sort of aroma. Amazing.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and roasty. The rum barrel is up front, lending sweetness, body and slight heat to the dry, roasty and subtly smoky porter. Vanilla and sugar cane come through as the beer warms. The finish is mildly bitter, with a hint of oxidation from barrel aging. The body is medium-full, fairly spot-on but I wouldn't mind a bit more viscosity. Fantastic stuff on the whole, my first rum barrel-aged beer but hopefully not my last.

Got this one from Dyan in our last trade. Thanks!

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet rum with an astringent alcohol aroma. Burnt grain and coffee detected as well.

The taste consisted of a vinous alcohol element with the accompanying porter flavors.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style.

Overall an interesting concept and a tasty brew.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to egajdzis for opening this...
Appears a near black, dark brown with mahogany edges when held to the light. Small, light tan head slowly fades into a mild cap. Mild bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart cherry, oak, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some light grassiness coming through mixed with the cocoa. Seems a bit odd to me.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, hot, sweet, mildly tart with cocoa and booz lingering.
There seemed to be something slightly off but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I've enjoyed all the Captain Lawrence brews thus far. This one seemed to be the first bump in the road from my experiences with the Captain thus far.

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Photo of Lupe
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a mahogany hue at the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Huge creamy coffee colored head that slowly settles to a one finger cap that leave a sheet of lace down the glass. Incredible looking beer - so visually appealing.

Interesting aroma with a mix of sweet dark malt, oak, and rum. Notes of chocolate, dark brown sugar, and molasses. Malt stats and yields to the oak, with rum coming in at the end.

Sweet and roasted malts - caramel, cocoa, and rum-raisin. Slight sourness and woody oak. Alcohol builds as time goes on and it warms - the rum really starts to come out. Not but in the way of smoke, just a light hint. Complex and a bit funky.

Medium in body, smooth and creamy. Starts off a little thinner than expected, but thickens up as you swallow. Good drinkability for the complexity of this beer. All the rum keeps you at a sip, but quite addictive. Definitely an interesting beer - recommended.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to gpcollen for this via trade.

A - black with a reddish tinge at the sides. a wisp of foam with an aggreive pour.
S - rum, smoke, dark ripe fruits.
T - dark ripe fruits, smoke, rum
M - medium full in body, lightly carbonated, a nice residual rum feel
D - sadly, a potentially great beer done in by a lack of carbonation.

This brewery is an enigma to me in many ways. Great flavor, slightly off mouthfeel due to the lack of carbonation. Every other beer from them has been way overcarbonated, this one suffers from a lack of carbonation. GO figure. I might take one or two of these and cellar them for a year or two to see what would happen. I hope batch 3 they get the carboantion right.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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 iRun2Beer
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch No. 2:

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that gives it an "espresso" look. Some films of lacing temporarily stick to the glass.

The smell is of rum (spiced?) with vanilla. A scent of the Caribbean comes to mind (coconut suntan lotion?) It's not all rum - there are vinuous notes and an underlying smoked porter characteristics, including some dark fruitiness.

The taste is of rum and vanilla - This one is sweet. There is a punch-like fruitiness with a dark fruitiness underneath - an odd combination that works in an "interesting" way. There are some vinuous notes, as well. Underneath, there is a nicely done smoked porter (that I wouldn't mind if it came out to play a bit more). Some alcohol shows. It has a dry-ish finish despite sweetness.

It has a silky medium body.

A "different" sipper. The rum and vanilla from the oak are certainly noticeable - so this is highly dependent on one's personal view of rum, though the smoked porter aspect is not lost. Personally, I much prefered the bourbon barrel. I might choose this over the wine barrel, but probably not, and would depend on my mood, I suppose. Bottom line - I'll put this in the "interesting" category.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from gpcollen1 via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Batch No. 1.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2 1/2" brown head above the opaque dark brown brew. Dense, meringuey head is in for the long haul, leaving hunky lace wherever it goes. Aroma is tart, with barrel notes, and like my experiences with the other iterations, little to any malt or smoke components noticeable. Taste starts with a peek of malt, promptly shouted down by the tartness, and closes with some rum character. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability interesting also. This one just doesn't seem to meld together well enough for me.

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Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 104 ratings