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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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 Pencible
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of leschkie
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ixodus
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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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Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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