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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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 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 largadeer
4.57/5  rDev +19%
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 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 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 mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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 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 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 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 jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 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 Gavage
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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 WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bold sour scent along with some roasted and crystal malts. I smell only a faint hint of rum. The taste is good. It has a very complex taste. It's full of traditional porter flavor (pale, roasted, and black malts) along with a sour Brett taste as well as a bold rum flavor. Damn, this is an interesting beer. It goes down easy and finishes sour with a bit of warmth and rum taste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a beer to be had once in great while. I'm not crazy about the rum flavor, but I give these guys big ups for trying something new. I'm not sure I'd do it again though.

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Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Gueuzedude
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2; Sampled November 2008
Pretty darn well carbonated, a careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip rises a full-two fingers above the rim of my glass, for a total of seven-fingers of height. The head is a nicely browned, dark tan color. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber / brown that approaches black in color and the beer is pretty opaque as not a hint of light passes through it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of roasted grain, a weird, fruity rum-like note (with a bit of plum in there) and perhaps a touch of funk (I sure hope not though as I had enough of the funk in batch 1). The aroma is significantly burnt, at times smelling like burnt plums, burnt whole grain toast and there is also a significant, though at first not noticed, phenolic smoke character to this beer. The smoke can come off as a burnt vegetal note at times, but does add a savory, almost salty character to the finish of the nose. A touch of spicy alcohol also seems to come from the Rum barrel, though the barrel influence in the aroma is somewhat subtle.

Lightly sweet, savory, a bit hot and this finishes with a smoky phenolic note that sort of turns into a vegetal & plastic like flavor in the long, lingering finish. The upfront sweetness in this seems contributed by rum (both the alcohol and a touch of fruitiness), this beer quickly dries out though as the beer flows across the tongue. This has a nice roast character to it with notes of burnt cocoa, a touch of burnt acidity, a roasted nut note, a chalky burnt grain husk note and a burnt graininess. This is fairly light bodied and, if not for the hot alcohol and phenolics, this would be down right quaffable. Other notes of tart plum / prune, a touch of white pepper, a touch of brown sugar, fig and perhaps just a hint of cola.

As the beer warms up it becomes a lot more drinkable and balance, it loses a bunch of the harsh alcohol and roast notes and just becomes a bit more enjoyable. An interesting beer, it still doesn't quite work for me, but is much better than batch 1. I am a bit surprised how tame the Rum character is, with a 12 year old Rum, I would expect a lot of rich Rum character, but that is just not the case.

Batch 1, Sampled December 2007
total: 2.7
A definite gusher, both the bottle and my tulip glass gush. The head easily fills up the five fingers of space in my tulip glass. It is a dusty, cocoa tinged, brown-tan color and sits atop a basically black colored brew. Funky sour aromatic notes mix in with the cocoa / roast malt character typical of a Porter. The funky notes lean towards an ample fruit character reminiscent of tart plums, green apples and grapes (I think the rum comes in to play here too). The funk produces aromas of moldy leather, touches of over-ripe cheese, musty earth and in combination with barrel notes produce wood-like aromas and spicy oak. The porter contributes notes of dusty cocoa, a dry toasted malt notes, browned biscuits and lightly burnt soda crackers. The aroma is all over the place; strangely I have a hard time picking out either notes of rum or of smoked malt.

The beer has calmed down considerably since pouring it, but it still is a bit frothy as it hits my tongue. Despite being forewarned by the aroma, the beer is a shocking mix of astringent oak and acidic sourness. A persistent undercurrent of moldy, over-ripe cheese lingers throughout the flavor profile. Flavors of moldy cotton and decaying loam intersperse with oak derived notes of spice and tannic wood. The smoke is a bit more noticeable in the flavor, but somehow it only seems to accentuate the harsh phenolics (leaning towards burnt plastic), rather than producing that appetizing smoke infusion I love from Rauchmalz. Quite tart, this seems to accentuate some flavors of tart plums, star-fruit and even something that reminds me of durian.

I usually like really funky beers and this one is super complex, but this one is just jarring; the oak character is too harsh and the funkiness, especially when paired with the sharp roast malt notes just doesn't work here. Hopefully the next batch will resist the wild-wee-beasts as I would really like to try a clean beer aged in a Rum-barrel.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 HopHead84
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 acquired in a trade at the beginning of 2008 and stored at 55 degrees. I don't know why I waited so long to open this, and I'm even more uncertain why I decided to open it tonight.

Expecting a gusher I open the beer over the sink. I'm glad I did as it gushes, but I lose only a small amount of the liquid. The beer is black with a frothy, light brown 2 finger head. The retention is good and the scattered lacing is all over my glass.

I'm immediately greeted with the aroma of rum and sweet roasted malt. Dark fruits are evident, with some cherry and plum.

Now, the flavor is interesting. At first the beer is sweet roasted malt. It's fruity and delicious. A smokiness comes through. The rum is outstanding. I want to give this an A+...but after a few sips a slightly odd flavor becomes evident near the end. Metallic? It tastes slightly off in the finish. The first half of the taste is outstanding, but the beer doesn't quite come together at the end. I don't know if the marriage of Rum and smoked porter just doesn't finish neatly or if this is just the way the beer was intended to taste.

The mouthfeel is really good. It's a champagne-like porter! Light and bubbly. It looks full bodied but it's light-medium bodied on the palate. Carbonation is great.

My roomate, Pat, simply says, "This is fucking delicious," as he watches the Lakers beat the Trailblazers.

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Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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 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 beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with nutbrow. Thanks Alan!

It pours(Batch 1)..yikes! nutbrown *told* me to open the bottle by the sink and I totally forgot. Gusher! Gusher!

Ok, it's a clear dark brown with a substantial head of foam and lots of lacing. I couldn't help but smell it while I was trying to tame the foam: sour cherries, just a bit of rum, really, and some roasted malt. Last pour and it is no longer a clear brew but it's still a looker in the glass with very good head retention.

The taste has more of the same. Again, nutbrown said that it took a turn towards the sour and he was spot on. Me, being a big fan of sours beers, found that to be a little enticing yet confusing, especially since this is an American Porter and I've never had one that was any way near having sour charactaristics but Captain Lawrence changed that, for sure.

Back to the tasting, the sourness is very vinuous and could overtake every other flavour easily but for me, the roasted malt and coffee, a touch of smoke, along with a bit of chocolate, make a mad dash and calm the sourness to the point of near balance. Mind you, if sour isn't to your liking, it's still noticeable enough that it will probably put you off and so I wouldn't recommend you try it unless you're really game. As it is in its present state, I'd consider it more of an Oud Bruin than an American Porter but whatever you want to call it, it works for me.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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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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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Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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