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

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Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Barrel Aged)Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy 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)

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Added by gregc on 09-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 65
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Hautacam
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lives up to it's label.
Pours out pretty dense and super creamy. The head is pretty huge. A whiff of smoke and some fruity's a carnival in my nose.
First taste is a smack of green apple and oak, followed by a smokey , sweet and sour, acidic caramel..very much like the smell. There's a lot to this one, but as usual I'm at a loss for identfying the subtle layers of flavor. Now it's a mouth carnival.
Really nice, creamy mouthfeel.
I had my doubts about liking this one....loved the Golden Delicious....but didn't really think this combination would work. It does....and it is more drinkable than I expected.
Yet another complex masterpiece from Scott V.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The usual 4 finger head pur from a smoke from the Oak release. The head was brownish in color. The beer appeared black with some brown showing through when held up to light.

S: There is something going on that I can only describe but the smoke from the oak smell. It is the smell from the smoked porter being exposed to the barrel. It is a nice smell. Fresh apple smell and the barrel and this beer combine nicely together. Reminds me of a light golden delicious.

T: The porter and barrel work really well together. I have had all of the SFTO and this was a really nice combo.

M: Very smooth. Almost velvety.

D: This is the best SFTO fresh I have ever had by far. It is a singular and excellent beer. Hopefully time will make this even better. Another winner from the captain.

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Photo of drseamus
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: dark brown body with a super thick head. Head isn't as big as wine was but massive none the less.

S: Smoke in the nose but not that strong. Smells similar to the wine and bourbon.

T: Very balanced despite being fresh. This is by far the best of the SFTO fresh. Definitely some apple in there but not as much as the golden delicious.

M: Super smooth. Med bodied.

D: I can't wait to see how this ages. It is starting off life kick ass so I hope it goes places.

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Photo of weeare138
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to josh for sharing this.
Appears a murky dark brown with a dark tan head that never fades. It settles into a thick, battery head. Scattered bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cherries, cocoa, caramel, toffee, and mocha. It reminds me of Oerbier Reserve.
Taste is of the aromas with a wine like flavor with vanilla, and oak flavors pulling through.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front with tart and chewy caramel flavors.

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Photo of mikey711
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer at the release, the following day and this past weekend finally while taking notes.

A: Big puffy brownish/tan head. It was a murky brown in color. Lacing was excellent.

S: Smokiness is present as are some sour apple notes. A slight bit of woodiness is present as well.

T: It tastes very much like a green apple. Very nice balance of sweetness and sour with some nice woody tannins. The porter provides a little more sweetness.

M: Smooth and creamy. Nothing harsh tasting at all.

D: Unfortunately I have shared this beer each time that I have had it and I always end up wanting more. Excellent beer

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The kindness /of the BA community gets this one in my hands with the quickness. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 9/23/2009.

Pour was the typical huge Captain Lawrence pour. Dark as night with a towering three inches of foam coming up and over the top. Majestic looking I have to say. Rich tan lacing coming all the way down the sides of the glass and just immensly thick. I lean in for a smell and rich woody notes and light fruit coming up very quickly. Quite complex and just what I was looking for. Light touches of smoke, and molasses as well as a nice brown sugar all make this one quite sweet and subtle. Each sip brings more and more of the barrel forward. Incredible. Rich apple and a vanilla combine seemlessly into a rich creation that is playing off perfectly. Sweet notes of sugar are now blending with a light peat flavor and a really well done hint of chocolate. Very well carbonated and not overly heavy it balances all the flavor wonderfuly and the alcohol is soo well hidden I had finished off the bottle before I knew where I was!

Overall this was as solid as they come and next to the wine barrel my favorite in the series. I would do this one again any day.

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Photo of younger35
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew recently from gpcollen1 in a recent trade. I loved the other Smoke From The Oak's and I have high hopes for this guy too. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Batch #1

Appearance- Pours a super dark blackish brown with a huge two finger plus dark tan head that stays forever. Seriously, doesn't fall below one finger the entire time.
Smell- Slightly tart and sharp in the nose with a green apple like scent right from the start. Bing cherries and even some lime sneak in the nose as well. The beer isn't really smoky at all but there is some cocoa and/or coffee that is perceivable. A tiny bit of oak and vanilla as well but for the most par that apple tartness is the majority of the nose.
Taste- Wow the apple brandy is really potent here. It's somewhere between ripened red apples and alcohol soaked plums. The beer is lightly bitter and lightly astringent from the oak. A bit of vanilla and dry chalky chocolate sneak in but I think for the most part (right now anyways) most of the Smoked Porter is covered by the brandy. The finish is lightly bitter and lightly alcoholic but nothing a little time won't fix.
Mouthfeel- Nice silky and creamy feel from the lightest yet most aggressive carbonation around. I love these SftO's because of the mouthfeels. The beer is always SO carbonated yet the feel is nothing but perfect.
Drinkability- I think my review of the taste may have sounded a bit more negative than I intended. This beer is super duper tasty, it's just still a bit young. It's got this nice tartness and great oaky chocolate thing. I think in a year or so, this thing will challenge the rum barrel as the best SftO. Thanks much George!

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Photo of corby112
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque except for the faintest of deep dark mahogany edges when held up to a light source and a 2.5 finger frothy light beige head. Very good retention slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with lacing.

Very interesting aroma with sweet light crisp granny smith apples, brandy, chocolate, smokey roasted malt and an earthy oak presence. It's also quite vinous from the oak aging with subtle hints of vanilla. Like the other beers in the series the oak aging and the liquor from the barrels mask the smokey charcoal characteristic of a typical smoked beer.

Creamy, rich full body with a lots of silky maltiness underneath the vinous, sweet sour apple brandy flavor. Slightly puckering with a nice oak/vanilla flavor from the barrel aging and a sour green apple presence on top of a very rich chocolate malt body. The maltiness becomes slightly more smokey as it warms up but is not dominant like it is on other smoked beers. Very well balanced with all of these flavors bouncing off of each other and the nice sour apple and sweet brandy flavor lingering over everything into a slightly dry finish.

This is a very complex and extremely well made beer. I found this to be the most well balanced beer in the series. While I loved the other ones, I thought that the barrel aging gave them a hotness and dominant liquor presence that overshadowed the other smokey chocolate malt flavors. Highly recommended!

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Photo of almychristopher
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a dark black with only slight brown highlights when held to the light. the aroma is really amazingly complex, the apple brandy catches you right away, with the smoke, and dark malt playing a nice counterpoint. the taste follows with a nice bit of sweet apple and malt up front finishing with a lip puckering dry tartness. the light mouthfeel and crisp carbonation make this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of rye726
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark earthy brown with a thick tan head. Excellent lace and retention.

Nose has tart apples, brandy, oak, vanilla, smoked malts, molasses and cocoa.

Taste has a sour apple presence up front followed by roasted malts, smokey wood, brandy, chocolate and vanilla.

Creamy body is well carbonated. Nice dry finish. Another very well done beer from CL.

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Photo of bmwfan1987
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer from the source last weekend, it is from batch #1

A-Black, with a dark brown hue when in light.

S-apples and brandy. smells great.

T-sour apple, and brandy notes.

M-very good, full bodied.

D-one is enough for two, the alcohol really kicks you in the face on this one, but from what I hear, should smooth out with time.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of rasta16ry
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the release yesterday and picked up six, if anyone wants to trade.

Obviously if you've had the Golden Delicious before from CL, this one will ring some bells (although you wouldn't be able to tell from the look of it). Pours very dark, almost black, with a tasty head and a tart-ish smell. Apples etc.

The taste is both smokey and tart, which is really up my alley but is also something I didn't expect to be so good. The apple and tart tastes seem to emerge throughout the duration of each sip, with the smokiness, sorta chewiness and oak each taking a turn on the old pallet.

I expected to like this one, as I do most of CL's specialty beers. It was a nice surprise, and I'm glad I made it up there for the release! It's not an overwhelming beer, but very enjoyable and a very easy bottle to drink. It's going to be one of my favorites.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...Dark brown with TONS of carbonation, at least four fingers of light tan head. Good retention, really really great lacing. Full bodied...The aroma is super sweet apples but a nice tartness to it, wasn't expecting tartness. No porter notes of smoke or coffee, domainted by the apple brandy aging...Taste is also not at all like a porter, almost like a heavy wild ale. Super funky but smooth throughout, I guess the porter really balances it out. Slightly sweet but in tart way. Very unique and tasty...Feel is robust, very carbonated and bubbly, super easy to drink.

This is a totally unique and easy to drink beer, love it.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice porter scent; roasted/black malts, dry and earthy. The apple brandy aroma is outstanding! It quite boozy and warm to the nose. The taste is awesome! It has a really nice, warm brandy feel along with some chocolate and roasted malt character. It goes down smooth and finishes with a acidic/tart character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an outstanding beer. It's damn complex and full of flavor. Two thumbs up! Thanks again Arpit.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SMason for sending a bottle of this my way. Served in a FoBAB taster.

A - Pours with a huge soapy tan head that eventually settles to a couple fingers and slowly dissolves to a solid cap with tons of glass coating lacing. Dark raisin brown color that's slightly lighter at the fringes.

S - Calvados, tart granny smith apples, some wet horsey funk, some roasty cocoa, a touch of hickory woodiness. This stuff is just terrific smelling.

T - The taste has a little more chocolate and smokiness, and the amazing apple and funkiness is a little more in the periphery. It's good, but downplays my favorite elements from the smell.

M - Medium body with very active carbonation, but it complements the funky wild element of this brew. Nice dry finish. There's a little bit of heat at the back end but the alcohol is pretty well hidden otherwise.

D - This stuff is super drinkable - I'd have no problem with drinking 750ml of this stuff. I'd love to try some of the other releases to see how the different barrels affect the base beer. The rum sounds like it'd be really successful.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of LennyV
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black into my over sized wine glass. Crazy thick creamy brown 3 finger head after a gentle pour.

Smells of sweet brandy and alcohol. The smell made me nervous that the apple brandy will overpower the taste.

Tastes of sweetness and apples intialy then a breaf hint of brandy and alcohol and then finishes sweet.

feels soft and velvety in the mouth...carbonated perfectly.

This brew is a great sipper, something to be enjoyed slowly with some nice conversation

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Photo of Cuzco
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the brewery release today.

Pours black, little to no light passes through this one. There is nice full head that laces the glass throughout the session. The smell is of sweet and sour apple. Almost a candy type smell. Hints of smoke and chocolate come through as the beer warms. The taste compliments and confirms the smell. First taste is sour apple. As it warms the smoke/oak/chocolate begin to come out. The mouth feel is excellent. Very full flavored and complex. The sour apple gives way to the sweet/wood flavors over time. Drinkability is top notch with this beer. The flavor continues to develop throughout the bottle.

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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from the source last weekend. Pours pretty darn near black, under an all star head, huge, slow to shrink, turnig to a merainge cap, and finally to a very thick, stay forever film. Stringy and spotted lace. The nose reveals tart apple, burnt grains, wood, smoke, vanilla, brandy.
Flavorful, complex and bold. Notes of the expected tart apple, more wood/smoke, and I get brandy/rum in the finish. Intense stuff, that can only get better with some aging to perhaps let things gel together, mellow and soften out the edges a bit. World class sipper, night capper, after dinner brew. Note to self: would be great with apple pie after Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at De Cicco's in NY, Apple smoke was all out at the brewery when i went up for the fury.

Apple smoke blazes a dirty dark brown liquid out of the bottle forming a almost black color in the Duvel tulip. Up to the light a rusty brown appearence with some muted red towards the edge. A mocha tan head reached three fingas of some semi tight foam, this looks great for a barrel aged brew. Nice clingy lace for a bit.

Apple scents with granny smith qualities, (too bad I don't have any apples on hand to partake with this smoke) Some acidic scents reminding me of past SFTO's. The brandy does not really hit me in the taste. Some light chocolate/coffee from the base beer but it has been extremely muted from the aging. Roasted malt in the rear. Im sure there is some other porter scents but they are drowned out from the barrel.

Apple tastes great, a nice semi smooth apple porter if you will, this experiment was a success in my mind. Granny smith apples with some very faint brandy. A little more brandy would of been nice but may have distracted the apple portion. Very low amounts of chocolate and coffee, actually the coffe is almost dead in the water. As with all SFTO that i've had there is a slight acidic taste but not as pronounced as other versions (especially the Bourbon SFTO), in fact the wood/oak seems lighter than usual to. Not really picking up any smoke from this.

This smoker has a medium build with a smooth ride on the way down. Again, not as acidic or sour if you will making this the easiest feel from the series IMO. Apple smoke spent the perfect amount of time in the barrel. As this warms more of the base beer shows itself in feel and taste. A loud hiss on cap pry told me this was well carbonated and I was not wrong, this beer is not dead but not overly crisp, except for the slight acidity which I think is a different matter all together. The aftertaste is short lived with minimal apple and porter.

SFTO is a great series with great results. Barrel aged porters are limited from a selection standpoint, but I think that Scott and the Captain Lawrence team have this style down pat, it cant be beat, at least on the east coast. Im guessing this is around 8 percent or in that ballpark. Not terribly high in ABV but a whole bottle to the head could be a chore, I suggest finding a friend and sharing the love. With that said this version has the most potential for a whole bottle to the head as it's delicious and less acidic. Get some if you can find it.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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