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

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Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Aged)Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of younger35
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew quite awhile ago from scthaden in a trade. This will officially be my first Captain Lawrence brew and I can't wait. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Batch #1, Bottled July '07. Read the bottling notes and it said this could be gusher. I opened it VERY cold and it opened perfectly. Lost zero beer but it's slowly bubbling up the neck of the bottle.

Appearance- Pours dark as night with a nice ULTRA fluffy murky white head that never recedes. The giant cap and collar leave the fluffiest lacing than I've ever seen left on a beer glass. It's like plaster stuck to the inside of my glass. Amazingly beautiful beer.
Smell- Ha! Totally weird, unexpected nose. This thing has soured, drastically. While cold it's full of cider vinegar and a very light funk (horse blanket). Golden delicious apples and tart cherries ooze out of the glass. And that's it. No rich chocolaty malt, no smoke, no rum. Smells more like Red Poppy than Alaskan Smoked Porter.
Taste- Don't know where to start. This is crazier than the nose. Starts with a soft smokiness that is lightly chocolaty with burnt charcoal and tobacco. It's amazing how the nose is so sour yet there is just a tinge of sour. A light apple cider vinegar kick lends a bit of acidity that's gone as quick as it came. Caramel and bitter bakers chocolate finish with the kick of rum (finally!) and a lingering Tootsie Roll flavor. As it warms a hair, some light fig and raisin hop in the mix a long with a bit of wood and vanilla. No idea what the ABV of this thing is but 0% is detectable and the only thing resembling alcohol is the rum.
Mouthfeel- Kind of a lighter bodied beer but I think that may have something to do with the extremely crisp carbonation. The bubbles are VERY fine though and really nice.
Drinkability- This is the most complicated and sophisticated beer I've ever tried. If someone would have told me that they were going to brew a Smoked Porter that had slightly soured, I would have laughed (still tried it, but laughed). Wonderful beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. I wish that I had another bottle to age for another couple years and see how sour this thing can get. Huge thanks again to Shannon!

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Photo of gregc
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at the brewery.

Poured a cola looking black color, with no head at all. The beer does not even look carbonated.

Aroma is very nice...bold sweet rum, smoke, vanilla, roasted malts and some chocolate.

Taste is also nice...alot of rum in the beginning, then balancing itself out to revel the smoked porter, vanilla and smooth roasted flavors.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, smooth, a wonderful beer.
I love their smoked porter, so this was a winner for me. The rum barrel was a great idea. I do think this is much better then last years version. Im a big fan of brett beers, but i just didnt get the rum in last years version like i did this time around.

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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 brantadid
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer on the advice of my favorite beer store, and I had never had a beer from this brewery. Spot On!

Poured black with a quarter inch head. Nice lacing.

Smelled of oak, smoke, and figs. Slight cocoa or dark chocolate in the nose. Molassis came about as the beer warmed

The beer tasted of dark chocolate, the bitter aspects. Oaky with toasted malts. Slight sourness as the beer warmed and a bit of coffee. Fantastic depth of flavor. Not unlike tannins in a wine, the flavor goes on and on.

My only detraction from the beer is that the alcohol shows a bit, but not much.

I highly recommend this beer. I can't wait to try the rest of their beers.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally get a few minutes to myself to enjoy this one. Missed the release but thank god the hype machine did not sell this one out right away. Purchased at the brewery the week after the release.

Pours wonderfully dark as the porter always does, yet when pouring it at a moderate drizzle, the head does not rise a bit like the porter does. Barely able to get the head over an 1/8 inch - but this one looks good.

Aroma is dominated by the rum but it is not too strong and yields a bit to the sweetness and smoke of the porter. Taste is the same - a bit of roasty smoke and then right to the rum - yet no big wallop of alcohol and just a wonderful marriage of flavors.

This one lacks a bit of carbonation as compared to most brews yet the hit of the rum on the tongue sorta takes the place of the carbonation rolling over the tongue - as does a bit of drying bitterness and oak on the finish as this warms.

Quite a nice brew for sure and one of the better ones from the Captain. The scary thing here is that I could drink way too much of this...

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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 wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

Thought I'd try this sooner-than-later after tasting the extremely sour bourbon barrel version yesterday.

This beer was a joy to drink and what I was expecting.

A: jet black, too dark for a porter, head was full and light brown
S: very good nose - rum attributes are definitely noticeable
T: nice roasted quality, very different with rum taste - smokiness was there but not that pronounced, nice balance
M: great mouthfeel
D: I would definitely trade for another bottle

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 2. No gusher here. Opened barely with a noise at all.

A: Super dark black/cola with no light getting through. Absolutely no head at all and therefore no lacing.

S: Little bit of smoke lots of rum. My guess would be Bacardi? Sweetnes from the rum and some hints of sugar cane. The smoke is very subtle but runs throughout the nose.

T: Totally different than anything else out there. This years batch has no bret so it is their smoked porter aged in rum barrels and that is what it tastes like. Having had the smoked porter it makes it easier to pick out. The more it warms the more smoked and porter you get. The rum is up front. You get the sweetness and a little bit of the burn. Then it goes into this nice fade into a porter. Almost seemless. Finished with more porter than anything else.

M: There is almost no carbonation but it works. I was really worried when I opened it. I had 4 glasses ready after reading previous reviews. Leaves a nice sweetness on your tongue and kind of numbs them. Wacky.

D: How the hell to you rate something like this? This is the only rum barrel beer I have ever had. Though I am into a big wild ale kick I don't see it working with the rum barrel. The wine barrel worked really well with the bret. This is more straight forward. The question I have now is how will this cellar? Its basically a 7% porter. Damn fine though.

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Photo of Avryle
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

A- Dark, dark brown, but where's the head or the carbonation??? At least we don't have to worry about these SFTO's exploding! This is the only downside to this beer.

S- Mmmm, Ruuum. But, the smoke still comes through underneath the rum. Very sweet & sugary.

T- This is really quite nice, almost liquor-ish because of the lack of carbonation (there is just the tiniest amount) Nice smokiness upfront with the sweet tanginess of the rum dominating the palate in the middle all the way to the finish.

M- Weird because of the lack of carbonation. That's not to say it doesn't drink very smooth. The rum adds a nice boozy burn to the finish.

D- Very smooth, very nice. The rum kicks it up a notch making it heavier than the regular smoked. Very individual, not to be compared with the other SFTO's.

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Photo of rye726
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark woody brown with a lacy tan head. The nose has roasty malts, smoke, oak, rum, , coffee, cocao, spices and some subtle funk. The taste is a nice balance of sweet boozy rum, rich smokey malts, wood, chocolate, and dark fruits. Not much, if any funk in the taste. The body is a bit thin for the style, but still drinks quite well.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours very thick and pitch black with almost no head (or lacing).

S- I wish there was a little bit of head to really help release the smell, but even without it, the smell is pretty intense. The rum definately comes through with a really nice dark, raisin-like aroma. The smokey notes are pretty evident as well and are accented by earthy, oaky notes.

T- A little on the sweet side, but still very good. Rum-raisin ice cream comes to mind. The creamy flavor of the beer along with the rum and dark fruity notes blend just right. A nice smokiness comes through, complimenting notes of cocoa.

M- Almost no carbonation, yet it's so creamy that I don't even miss the bubbles.

D- It's heavy, but I could definately go for more after drinking half the 750 mL bottle.

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Photo of Gavage
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled Batch # 1.

Appearance: dark brown almost black in color. 1" head falls quickly to a thick surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: overall a sweet aroma filled with caramel and cocoa. Rum aromas and alcohol are also noticeable.

Taste: roasted malts, caramel, mild chocolate, and rum soaked raisins are bold and up front. Alcohol level is warming but mild. Bitterness is a bit mild. There is some background sourness that is soft but noticeable. More complexities arrive as this warms.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. A bit of dryness and sour tones linger at the finish. Medium bodied beer. Long aftertaste as the rum, alcohol and malt sweetness sticks to the tongue.

Drinkability: nice warming beer on a evening the temperature is dropping. Slow sipper but I find the bomber bottle to be just the right size for a evening session. Must pick this one up.

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Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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 rwmiscik
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 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 dcloeren
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is batch #2.
When I opened the bottle I had to pour it out quickly because it was ready to come out the top. I'm excited to taste this too because I love rum.

A- The beer is a very dark dark brown. The head is frothy and light. I wonder how that will be for the mouth feel.

S- Rum can be smelled for sure. Too bad it wasn't a spiced rum, that would be tasty! The coffee from the porter is very prevalent too. But the rum, it is very much there even from a distance.

T- This is tasty. I didn't get the smoke in the smell, but it is there in the taste and it is great. It is a great underlying booster to the rum taste. I'm getting a nice hint of vanilla as well as the tasty rum. The more I drink this the more the coffee and chocolate start to come to the fore front. As a lingering after taste the rum is there with the smoke. Reminds me of a mild cigar smoking in the back ground while you sip on a nice tasty rum on a fantastic sandy beach in the Caribbean. I heard that batch 1 had Brett, and I can see how that would be tasty in this beer.

M- The mouth feel is a bit overly carbonated, yet not thin. It would be nice if it was a bit thicker.

D- Very drinkable and I almost just want to sip it.

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

Had been saving this for a while, but finally found the right opportunity to crack it open, at a BA gathering in Portland at Bailey's.

The beer pours the expected brownish black color with very good head retention and lacing. However, the aroma on this bad boy is the best part of the beer IMO, as one really gets the aroma of fine rum interwoven around coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Quite a lot of vanilla in fact. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with even more vanilla. There is a real rum flavor kick on the finish that is also very nice, and helps to offset some of the sweetness a tad. This beer is very smooth and long, showing off the barrel aging quite well. Drinkability is pretty good, but you can tell the booze is up there a bit.

A very good beer I must say, and I can now understand the hype surrounding it. This was a real treat to sample with friends the other night. Thanks for picking up a bottle for me Dyan!

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

Pours opaque, dark brown with mahogany edging.
A moderately thick, tan head of about and inch built up from a carefull pour.
Retention was not lengthy and the brew was left with a placid surface after several minutes. A few errant dots of lacework clung to the glass.
Aromatics are filled with rum, bitter chocolate, and coffee notes.
The rum comes at you straight on with an almost "green" quality, followed quickly with the cocoa.
The nose trails off with a lactic and vineous nod, and warming.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thinnish for a porter and oily from the rum.
Slightly tannic and drying.
The pallet is boozy with rum, as promised. The rum isn't of the raisiny type, but more neutral and tropical, with a hint of citrus.
Bakers chocolate, with shades of Kahlua and smoked embers follow the almost hot rum.
A lactic tinge starts to linger with each sip, and begs one to wonder if aging a bottle would add to the tartness.
Finishes with a throat warming alcohol nod, and drying burnt chocolate bits.

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Photo of stakem
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!

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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