Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Barrel Aged)
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Barrel Aged)Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Barrel Aged)
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Porter - Smoked
3.88 | pDev: 14.95%
Nov 26, 2014
Sep 10, 2009
Very Good
Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Barrel Aged)Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Barrel Aged)
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3.5 by kuishinbo_tantei from New York on Nov 26, 2014
4.4 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Oct 28, 2014
3.75 by zestar from California on Jun 23, 2014
3.5 by BGsWo22 from Texas on Jun 11, 2014
4 by Butch_DeadLift from New York on Feb 13, 2014
3.75 by campfirebrew from New York on Jan 13, 2014
3.25 by ajzy from Wisconsin on Dec 01, 2013
4.25 by JRod1969 from New York on Nov 18, 2013
3.5 by billab914 from Virginia on Oct 08, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Amalak from New York

Version 2010.

A. It is straight black ,with a good brown head that leaves some lacing. Totally black.

S. Very strong alcohol mixed with a malty grape scent.

T/M. It has a very smokey taste. It has a fairly strong alcohol taste--full bodied. Very big flavor. Some tobacco. A thick malt taste. Some dark fruit.

O. It is very thick and rich. Perfect for a 10 oz. pour, but wouldn't want much more. A bit over bearing, but complex.

Aug 03, 2013
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4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Beerzebub from California

Says batch 1 on the bottle. I think I got this from corby112 back in 2009 or so - thanks man!

It's a bit of a gusher. Opaque dark brown with massive tan head that subsides to a sticky matt. Plenty of lace.

Smells like sour, moderately smoky fresh apples and brandy barrels.Nothing too suprising apart from an unexpectedly fresh appleiness. Some oxidization, but not in a bad way. A sweet malty element ties everything together, and it smells pretty nice overall.

Tastes like dark malt and apples, with an underlying, restrained, smooth smokiness, some well integrated barrel, and some moderate acidity. Good complexity an depth, augmented by some graceful oxidization. Fairly long, tart finish. Nice richness to the texture, and still refreshingly juicy from the tartness and fresh apple. A very nice and tasty interesting aged beer.

May 30, 2013
3.75 by jkane101 from New Jersey on May 15, 2013
4 by spycow from Illinois on Jan 14, 2013
2.75 by Gonzoillini from Illinois on Jan 05, 2013
3.75 by imperialking from Illinois on Nov 13, 2012
3.75 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Oct 30, 2012
4 by jacewg from District of Columbia on Oct 16, 2012
3.75 by Myst from Maryland on Oct 15, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Batch 1 Bottle received in trade from alpinebryant, thanks for the opportunity!
This eventually became a dark brown/black liquid after the tan head that filled most of the glass subsided. Yup another disappointing infected and over-carbonated beer from Captain Lawrence.
Smells of tart fruit, funk, a hint of alcohol, a bit or earth and ash. Very little if any porter left in there. The flavor is actually a little better than the SFTO's from the previous two nights, theres a hint of porter left in the flavor. A little bit of roast and chocolate with a lot of tart cherries and lemon and strangely still a hint of alcohol burn. Medium body with an asinine level of carbonation and a tart ashy mouthfeel. On the plus side I hear they have gotten better at barrel aging these days.

Oct 11, 2012
3.75 by t0rin0 from California on Sep 10, 2012
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3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by brystmar from Texas

Batch 1 shared by Denise, thanks!

Murky, ugly brown pour with way too much carbonation. Head erupts from the body spewing tiny bubbles in every direction. Smells a little like Rosso aged in brandy barrels. Some smoke and a very dry strain of yeast stand out in the aroma.

I let the carbonation run its course before continuing, and that was a wise choice. Body is actually pretty hefty and creamy once the bubbles died down. Dark apple cider flavors meet dry porter roast; minimally smokey. Sweetness in the middle carries through to the back end, leaving a pleasant apple aftertaste in my throat. A decent blend of ingredients, though it's nothing special.

While this is significantly better than the newer imperial versions, it cannot touch the b4 wine barrel variant from 2010.

Jul 17, 2012
4 by whartontallboy from New York on Jul 16, 2012
4 by hoppymcgee from Maine on May 14, 2012
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3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Had a SMBDC Stout tasting thanks to Amy and Michael, but don't remember who brought this one.

Almost no head, dark cocoa brown color.

nose has light smoke, apple tree wood smoke, burnt, light heat, smoked sharp cheese like, light roast, hint of bitter chocolate.

Taste has chewy malts, oats, creamy chocolate, light roast, cocoa, bitter earthy bark wood taste, apple wood, smoke, light campfire, light bitter roast and dark choc, caramel, etc.

Mouth is creamy malty, med bodied, light carb.

Overall unimpressed, maybe the age has decayed it a bit, but not great, a bit too crazy smoky, malts are lacking, overall a bit light.

Feb 25, 2012
4.5 by taigor from New York on Feb 13, 2012
4.5 by Pencible from Virginia on Feb 11, 2012
3.5 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Dec 30, 2011
5 by sideshowe from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2011
4 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Dec 04, 2011
3.25 by brandoman63 from Illinois on Nov 29, 2011
5 by stevefinny from New Jersey on Nov 23, 2011
3 by Photekut from Tennessee on Nov 18, 2011
4 by HopStoopid120 from Connecticut on Nov 16, 2011
2.75 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Nov 15, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to wedgie9 for sharing this bottle!

Batch 1. After the wine version, my mind is much more open to strange things from this series. This one pours a dark black-brown topped by plenty o' dark-ish tan foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, light roasted malts, light molasses, red apple skin, very light chocolate powder, sour apple, and sour cherry. The taste holds notes of black cherry, white vinegar, light whiskey, green apple, light chocolate, light roasted malts, very light molasses, light brown sugar, and oak. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda sticky finish. Overall, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the wine version: The same kind of sour/smoked porter combination from that version is here as well, but the sourness was more brusque, more in-your-face, and more o'erpowering vis-a-vis the porter. This bottle was more of a gusher than the other (which had a warning sticker on it, no less!), so perhaps some further infection had set in, but I feel this is immaterial, as things probably would have been just as strange regardless. Still not a necessarily bad beer, just one that I can't see drinking much of again in the future (given the chance, of course). I am, though, glad I got to try it.

Aug 25, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by mdfb79 from New York

From 06/04/11 notes. Shared this one with a few friends. Big thanks to dmeadows for sending me this one; thanks Dennis, huge want! Batch 1, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with a brownish tint when held up to the light, moderate carbonation evident, and two fingers of fluffy light tan head. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of apples and fruit, though a bit sour, roasted malts, very light smokey malts in the background. based on the sour dark fruits, I'm afraid this one might be infected, though I still enjoy the nose quite a bit.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, bretty, roasted malts, smoke, sour apples, lactic notes. Definitely infected, and a huge step down from the nose, though still not awful.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a bit disappointing due to the infection. I actually still liked this one compared to some other infected porters and stouts I've had, but would love to have it again the way it was intended to be drank.

Jun 09, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by brokensail from California

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby. Bottle from Batch 1.

A: The pour is amber in color, and surprisingly not as explosively carbonated as some of the other Smoke from the Oak beers I've had.

S: Definitely get a smokey aroma in the background and throughout the sniff. Some light tartness and fruitiness to the beer and quite a bit of brandy aroma.

T: The tartness is a bit more pronounced on the palate. Light fruit notes of green apples and pears, maybe some lemon zest. Apple brandy is in full effect and maybe makes this a bit too boozy. The smoke is omnipresent, but not overpowering.

M: Medium in body with a rather high carbonation.

O: Hard to evaluate this beer. I like what the tartness adds to it, but it's still not all that successful.

Apr 20, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by Phelps from Arizona

Batch 1, poured from a chilled bottle shared by tlay10.

Popped off the bottle, the cap rolled off the counter and to the ground. As I bent to pick it up, I heard excited shouts from Tyler behind me. I look up in horror to see the beer pouring all over the counter like a foamy volcano. We manage to salvage most of it, however, pouring my bit into a tulip glass.

There's about two fingers of cardboard-colored foam topping this cola-colored brew. It's dark, but not encompassing; some maroon highlights are visible at the edges. The foamy head recedes slowly, becoming a thick top layer that lingers for a long while. Some thick, jagged streaks of lace decorate the glass.

The nose is all sour brett and sweet cola. Some searching reveals the porter underneath -- I get brown sugar, maple, a bit of dark chocolate.

Before the swallow, the beer feigns tartness. It seems like it's be very sweet and sour as it rolls over the tongue. Once it's down the throat, however, the porter flavors emerge: chocolate, light roast coffee, cola, vinous oak and sweet marshmallow. Very light smokiness.

The infection seems to have decimated the body. This is a fizzy, watery mess. It's like drinking soda.

The bottle exploded and there's a distinct sour character -- both telltale signs of infection. But I don't have a ton of experience with apple brandy, so I'm not entirely sure this isn't how the beer was intended. If it is, Captain Lawrence created some nice flavors but needs to work on the balance and mouthfeel. If it isn't, it's too bad and I'll have to try this beer again someday.

Jan 10, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by scootny from New York

A hugh tan head of ridiculous proportions. Super retention and a ton of clingy lace and foam. Smell is full of oak and vanilla. Good amount of cherries and a whiff of brandy. Some smokey porter notes as well. Taste follows the nose. Brandy is subsumed into the brew in a way that enhances the whole. A delicate sweetness with a mocha/choco note. There is a tart wine like aspect to the finish that shifts to a a sour bitterness as the hops show up. Finish is dry with bit of brandy and fusel alcohol notes. Firm acidity. Feel is smoothly carbonated with a medium weight and quenching feel. A sippper but a high quality winter or fall beverage.

Cracked a cellared bottle tonight just cause I can. Wow! Smoother and richer. Carbonation starts out on steroids as I omitted the freezer because the temperature was just perfect for right now drinking. As a consequence I got a gusher but I caught it in time and pulled a save. Anyway this brew has integrated beautifully. The richer feel is complimented by an increase in the chocolate while bringing out the apple and oak. Brandy which was well integrated to start has mellowed subtly to a perfect place and is a catalyst for the excellence of the porter backbone. Great balance between the sour and dry happiness. Oak and smoke are right there. This was smooth to start out with a low alcohol heat but the cellaring has brought out a superb integration that makes me almost regret opening this without company to share in the glory of this brew. Feel is the other area where it has really improved. Carbonation is velvety. Weight is lightly thickish. Just a touch of syrupy stickiness that is quite satisfying at this time of year. swallow is smooth and easy making this is super drinkable. As score now it would go like this: A 4.50, S 4.0, T 4.50, MF 4.75, O 4.5

Jan 03, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Thorpe429 from Illinois

Reviewed from notes.

Pours dark brown with a large, billowing off white head with very nice retention. Great lacing as well. Clingy on the sides of my tulip. Nose is a bit smoky with some light, tart fruit and a bit of booze. Mild roast. Taste is similar with a light tartness and some heat. Feel is over-carbonated, offsetting some of the flavor. A bit of booze as well. Drinks well and is pretty tasty. I hope to make the release of the sampler pack they're doing.

Nov 04, 2010
Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Barrel Aged) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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