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

Smoke From The Oak (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Smoke From The Oak (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
97 Ratings
Smoke From The Oak (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Smoke From The Oak (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mcallister on 05-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of stevefinny
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of jwc215
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at the Brazen Head (Brooklyn):

Poured black with a creamy head that left plenty of lacing.

The smell was of bourbon, vanilla, oak with dark fruits and chocolate. Vinuous with some peat smokiness.

The taste is of bourbon, oak, vanilla. However, it doesn't cover the other flavors that come through nicely and work well-together. Dark fruitiness - plum/raisin with chocolate/toffee. Long, dry finish.

Full-bodied and creamy. At a somewhat modest 6.5 abv that is well-hidden and with it's wonderful aroma, taste and smoothness, this one is very drinkable and enjoyable. Nicely done! Highly recommended!

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Photo of gregc
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch one bottle, poured into a clear solo cup...just moved all we had around.

Poured a dark cola like color, with a huge foamy light brown/reddish head. Head leaves lots of lacing in the cup.

Smell is beautiful and super complex...bourbon to start out, sour cherries, vanilla, smoke, red wine, dark chocolate and coffee grinds.

The flavor is also hugely complex...cola flavors, as well as, bourbon, red wine, vanilla, sour cherries (almost brett like)and it finishes with a nice chocolate note.

This beer is super think feeling in the mouth...its a little over carbonated, but very smooth and goes down nicely, hardly any alcohol burn.

all out of batch 1, can't wait to get the batch 2 of the bourbon...this is definitly my favorite in the series, with the rum in second and the wine bringing up the rear...

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 2.

A: Exceptionally dark for a porter. Only a hint of brown around the edges. A quarter finger of tannish head. Good lacing.

S: A nice big bourbon nose. Tons of sweetness. Raisins. Quite a bit of dark fruit as well. A tiny bit of funk in the back. Vanilla is in the back. The barrel is fairly well blended.

T: Nice sweet bourbon flavor. Tons of wood and vanilla. A nice sweetness throughout. The nice thing is a hint of tartness towards the back. A telltale sign of the funk eating this beer away. A slight hint of chocolate in there as well. Upon further review as it warmed this is pretty funky and tart. Not Russian River tart but definitely tart.

M: Well carbonated but not overly so. Medium body. A little bit silky.

D: Exceptional. I think I like the wine barrel a little bit more but damn this is good. Totally different than any other bourbon barrel beer I have ever had. I think this will continue to develop nicely and hope the funk gets stronger with time. Perfect after dinner beer on a cold night.

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Photo of diddly
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I only had this beer in a sample size at the brewery, but definitely had to take some home with me. Delicious brew, and the taste of the bourbon definitely comes through. Not a tremendously smokey taste, but I don't feel that the standard smoked porter really did, either. Very full flavor, and a great beer with the cold weather approaching.

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Photo of corby112
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a huge frothy beige head that lasts throughout leaving chunky lacing in the glass. Earthy oak aroma with hints of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, toffee and a huge bourbon presence. Full-bodied with a very smokey flavor. Notes of chocolate maltiness, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Slightly sweet with tight carbonation, smokey and huge bourbon presence.

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Photo of hopdog
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Batch 1.

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, wood, bourbon, roast, chocolate, and coconuts. Tastes of bourbon, whiskey, vanilla, roast, and wood. The bourbon was done nicely. Not over powering. Once again, I'm a sucker for Bourbon Barrel Aging.

Notes from 10/26/07

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up this lovely Batch One bottle sometime last year and have kept it cellared ever since. I decided to open her up tonight, really just on a whim, as I wanted something a bit different. 750ml bottle was served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter. Consumed 08/19/2008.

What an absolutly beautiful pour, adn I have rarely seen better. Rich, thick, paque brwon notes were just a wonder to behind. Full head of at least three inches capped off the top and took what seemed like forever to settle down to a reasonable level. Once it did it left behind soo much side glass lace it was utterly obnoxious. Seriously one of the best I have ever seen.

The aroma was amazingly complex once it warmed up. Rich notes of sour cherries, light caramel, some molasses and a touch of bourbon, very light though on the bourbon. Lots of almost Brett like sourness though. THe flavor brought the game though. Huge note of sour cherry, tart was the understatement. Some light sugary notes, and the bourbon you had to go searching for, though it was there. Luscious mouthfeel with a carbonation profile that was second to none. One of the easist drinking big beers you are going to find, hands down.

Overall I was thoroughly impressed by this one. One of the best I have had in quite some time, i would have no issue in seeking this one out again. I do have to admit, I am a bit partial to the wine barrel, but still, a top notch beer here for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to mcallister for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a tulip a very nice brownish color, very nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing (one huge pond in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, bourbon, slight smokey, and sweet. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice notes of bourbon, nice little smokyness here and there, with some sweetness (vanilla). Full body, there is a nice creamy body to this brew, I like. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, highly recommended. Thanks Mike.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep dirty brown/black color ale with a super large light brown foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett with loads of sour and tart notes with some funky yeast and light warming bourbon notes. Taste is very nice with loads of notes of Brett with a clear tart profile and good notes of oak. Bourbon is harder to distinguish though still noticeable. Body is about average with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and very unique - makes me wish I had access to this on a more regular basis.

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Photo of Amalak
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, three-finger head that stays. Great lace. Black completely opaque, even darker than the Capt. Law. Porter.

S: Smells like wine or liquor. Very pungent smell of alcohol.

T: Tastes like an extremely sweet port wine. This is a sipping beer, but awesome.

M: Drys the mouth and leaves aftertaste of grapes.

D: Tastes like grapes after a while, but sooo smooth.

Literally, this beer came out last week and was bought at the brewery. It was from batch #1 and was completely awesome. Pricey though, $12 for a 25 oz bottle, but worth it.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 1/10/09. Poured from bottle to goblet.

A: Black/brown pour with 2 finger head. Patchy fading to near nothing quickly.
S: Barrel funk! Bottle-conditioned sourness! Subtle smoky whiffs arose.
T: The funk continues. Sweet anise and black licorice. Dark fruits, of plum and fig, also poke through. Complex profile.
M: Highly carbonated. Lasting flavor, that lingers across the palate. Intriguing complexity.
D: Mmmm! I really enjoyed this one. I was shocked at what I just enjoyed. I was expecting something else when the word bourbon appeared on the bottle, but I was impressed by this departure from other barrel-aged options.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 2007 batch one release I have been sitting on. Not a gusher like others have had.

Nice tan head about 1/2 inch. Really complex nose. Smoke, bourbon, dark cherry sour notes. The taste was excellent. Really nice with the bourbon not over powering. Fruit notes were interesting with Brett character. The finish was a bit dry and oaky from the barrel. Overall a great brew from the captain.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great big thanks to an outstanding trader, DrDogbeer, for giving me the chance to try this one!

750 mL bottle, batch 1

Pours a deep brown, basically black, with some faint burnt sienna highlights on the edges. Dark khaki foam climbs pretty fully, even with a gentle pour, leaving a nicely formed and decently lasting soft cap of froth, slapping patches of lace down the sides of the glass with each swirl.

Nose is not overwhelmingly strong, and yet what's there is quite sturdy. Vinous character comes through over faint dark roasty malt, blending plenty of oak with a mild smoky spice. Bourbon adds a nice mellow richness that gives slight depth to the overall aroma.

This wasn't at all what I expected, so I had to go back and check the label on the bottle just to make sure I actually opened the one marked "bourbon barrel," and not "wine barrel." The slight tartness and firm oaky character of this beer cause one to pause momentarily at how infrequently bourbon barrel aged beers come out with such delicate complexity. Some of my favorites resemble more bourbon than beer, yet this one is different, but alas, I digress... Slight porter notes begin on the palate, with hints of burnt grains yielding into an airy wood smokiness that mingles nicely with old oak flavor. Hints of tobacco and tart fruits fade into brighter new oak notes and a hanging smoky bourbon aftertaste. It has a lot of the deep leather, tobacco, and overripe berry quality of a heavily oaked Napa cabernet, but with the added mellow complexity of bourbon, all without being too strong.

The lighter medium body comes across as somewhat creamy with the full foamy carbonation bubbling with each sip. A nice clean feel, very nicely complimenting the flavor.

I have to admit the taste wasn't at all what I expected, especially for a porter claiming to be aged in bourbon barrels. Instead of a deep, rich, heavy, boozy dark beer, what I got was a rather complex beer, constructed with a unique CL yeast profile and some highly oaked but nicely balanced flavor. Smoke is also mild, only faintly detectable as a compliment to the beer and not as a stand out feature. The more of this I drink, the more complex and enjoyable I'm finding it. Very nicely done.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a one finger tan head that falls to splotchy islands. Smell is chocolate, red apple, a bit of vanilla oak. Very complex. Taste is almost a merlot-porter. Some sour notes from the wood, taste very brett a -esque. Chocolate drizzled raspberries, a bit astringent. Mouthfeel is very winey. Impressivly awesome!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours basically pitch black. Flavor is vanilla, perfume, bourbon, and wood - in that order. A bit bright, but very well done. Nice feel and easily drinkable. Gotta love those vanilla tones. A very nice production I have wanted to try for a long time, but finally got around to.

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Photo of scootny
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1

Thick head that recedes gently leaving good lacing. An opaque brown with no visible carbonation.

Smell is bourbon, sour cherries, and vanilla

Taste is sour cherries, oak, vanilla and coffee. Dry tart finish with light graham crackers. A good amount of bourbon throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium weight with a touch of chewyness. Lively carbonation.

A good sipper, maybe a very good one to warm the nights with.

From tasting notes 6/18/2008

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to both kirok1999 and gregc for bottles of this one.

This beer appears to be a dark brown with a touch of cola coming through the edges. The head is a smooth and creamy tan.

Smells of nice balance of cocoa, strawberries and molasses but there's a whole lotta dryness on top. This consists of a sweet bourbon and a touch of lime sourness.

The flavor is a little less balanced, but uniquely delicious in its own way. The flavor begins with a dry sting from something funky in the barrel. This unfolds into a lime rind and fades to a bit of bourbon. The porter from the smell comes through only faintly with a touch of tart cherry too. The subtlety of this one is rather nice.

Feels slick and clean with a small but playful carbonation. This seems to work excellently with the flavors here. I couldn't ask for much more.

Not a bad brew at all. It does seem a little unbalanced in that it's a little heavy on the funk and bourbon, but as I mentioned above, it's quite unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown in color with a nice inch of tan head. Smell is sour. A porter that is bourbon barrel aged that smells sour. Sure enough even more sour notes in the taste. There are very faint bourbon oak and vanilla notes in the taste. Not what I was expecting but still Im enjoying it quite a bit. Decent mouthfeel. This is a weird animal but Im digging it. Now the question is was the sour notes by design or by accident.

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Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Same as the rum barrel aged in terms of appearance. Deep russet with a tiny off white head.

Much fuller aromas than the rum version. Toasy vanilla enhanced oak with sweet bourbony esters. Peat type smokiness. Black currant is noticeable with raisin qualities as well.

Very nice, complex, full, lavishing and long. Finish is slightly shorter than it's rum counterpart but that doesn't take away from the depth of this brew. This version also shows more alchol in the mouth. Tongue coating mouth. A brownie type chocolate flavor with caramel, and vanilla, mixing nicely with a bourbony characteristic. Black and red currant and raisin make up the mid palate with a touch of mollasses.

A beer I could sip all day on cask. I believe this isn't the final version as it won't be bottled for a few more months. Bottled reveiws are imminent.

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label states Batch #1.

Appearance: black in color with a 1" head that sported some big bubbles. Some spotty lacing developed during the session.

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate, and bourbon are easily detectable and pleasant.

Taste: thick roasted malts, chocolates, raisins, prunes, vanilla, and strong bourbon tones. Alcohol is strong and provides serious warming. Bitterness levels are just right to balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Very long aftertaste as the flavors cling to the tongue and takes a while to leave.

Drinkability: despite the high alcohol level, this is a nice slow sipping brew that I enjoyed in front of a nice fire. Definitely could have had some more after the bottle was emptied. Great beer.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great one in the SFTO series from Captain Lawrence .
( Batch 1)
This is really dark ; almost black, with a beautiful big tan head served up in a Duvel chalice. The smell was roasted malts , a bit of smoke and some winey alcohol.
We sipped ; then decided it had gotten way too cold to appreciate...not easy to just let it sit there... looking and smelling so good...but, we knew that this was a special brew that should not be consumed cold. Skip ahead about 15-20 minutes...well worth the wait. Dense toasted malt , smoky and winey....most of the aromas were pretty much like the taste. There was some alcohol warming through; just enough. Lots of complexity that defies my ability to describe....but , waves of sweet and sour, smoke, dark fruits,vanilla, bourbon and even a hint of funk are just a bit of what we were enjoying. Mouthfeel was OK, but everything else about this was great. What a treat. This is really a special glad we bought more than one...and glad that CL is within driving distance so that we won't miss out on any of the other releases.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, picked up from the brewery, large green bottle. Pours very dark, dark tan head, showing less then moderate retention and leaving scattered lacing after a gentle swirl. Nose shows traces of vanilla, bourbon and dark, ripe fruits. Flavor notes consist of plenty of whisky/bourbon, dark cola, vanilla, and over ripe rum soaked plums/fruits. Wow, complex and heady stuff. Nice fall/winter beer, good after dinner/dessert/night capper type creation. More fine brew from Scott V. and the Captain....

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Photo of sleazo
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind tiger for the VSK event

A_pours a dark dark black. Minimal head and lacing.

S_very roasty with hints of that bourbon sweet sticky scent.

T_sweet and roasted at the same time. A bourbon flavour is strong. The alcohol is subdued somewhat. Good stuff all around

M_slightly syrupy mild carbonation

D_off the charts. So different from the wiine barrel aged but so good

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