Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Imperial Version) | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Imperial Version)Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Imperial Version)

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by aerozeppl on 12-19-2010

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Photo of black13
1.15/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Hopsbreath brought three versions to our tasting tonight. We started with the Wine barrel, then moved to the Rum barrel, then finished with the Brandy barrel.

A: Poured very dark with a good 1-2 finger mocha colored head. *this is the only positive thing to note for this beer*

S: What the hell is in this glass! There was not a single appealing aroma to be taken from this glass. Some of the aromas that came to mind were smokey, sour, and wet band-aides. Unfortunately, the wet band-aid was the prominent aroma. Not appealing at all.

T: This actually tasted worse than it smells. It was close to giving me a gag reflex. It was a smokey, tart, sour, band-aid infested concoction that I could only try one sip of.

O: Absolutely bad! When you can only drink one sip, there is really something wrong with a beer.

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Photo of ChaseT
1.38/5  rDev -65%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Looked pretty good. Nice tan head on a very dark body. Faded fairly quickly, but was easily resuscitated with a quick swirl.

Smell: Band-aid that had formerly covered an infected wound. Simply awful.

Taste: Just as bad as the smell. I'm not sure what went wrong here.

Mouthfeel: The consistency is decent, but is impossible to appreciate due to the taste.

Overall: I was really looking forward to tasting this beer. I really enjoy both imperial porters and beers aged in red wine barrels. A huge disappointment.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.43/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this entire set from STEG a while back. Thanks for the trade man!

From a 750ml into a snifter.
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: All the variants basically look the same. Pours our transparent brown and yields a small, medium looking, tan head with god retention. Head fades to a wisp and ring. Black, relatively transparent looking body with no carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end and leaves lots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Smoked malts, a touch of roasted notes as well, and some dark chocolate. A hint of white wine in there as well, but mostly the smoke and dark malts are evident.

TASTE: Light roasted notes with some smoky flavors for sure. Oak in there as well, and some acidic wine at the finish. Mild but lingering aftertaste of smoke, acidic wine and dark chocolate. The wine notes don’t work, and give it an acidic tone that isn’t all that pleasant.

PALATE: Light and bubbly body with higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes dry on the palate. An acidic bite as well.

OVERALL: This was definitely the worst of the bunch. The wine barrel lent a line of acidity that just didn’t sit well with the rest of the beer. Not one worth seeking out unless you’re trying to complete the set. Regardless, thanks for the trade on this one STEG. We had a lot of fun with this set.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is murky reddish brown with active bubbles settling almost no head. Nose has lactic acid character with red wine, light chocolate, and absent of smoke. Taste reminds me of a sour porter. Getting plenty of oak and wine, not much else. Mouthfeel is effervescent with light body. Overall, a little more sour than I expected. The smoke takes a back seat.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of maximum12
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to the ever-generous beerloco (& Mrs.) for bringing this along on a trip to MN last December. Been sitting on it to allow the smokiness to mellow a bit; a year seemed about right. Broken open at a tasting last night. Big, square-looking 750ML bottle.

Pour is just this side of dead black, thin carbonation. Nose is a revolution of smoked malts that overwhelm any subtlety.

Smoke from the Oak Wine Barrel Aged is like a charred log of beer. The roasted smokiness comes off the beer in 28 foot rollers, roaring onto the palate without concern for which is the salad fork. The only other thing that arrives is a spare, slight shot of vinuous character from the wine barrels, right at the end, a dry, tart note that barely penetrates the inferno. Really, a couple of 2 ounce pours of this one is enough.

You need to really dig smoke beers to like this one. Pretty good, but just too much for me. Glad we split this bottle twelve or so ways!

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Photo of KeefD
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Knifestyles for this extra! I'm assuming this is the correct version I'm reviewing as it says "Bottled in 10" on the side. Poured into a Captain Lawrence tulip that Chris also so graciously sent along with it. Thick, dark brown color, totally black and opaque in the glass with an inch or so of creamy khaki colored head that fell slowly and left some spotty lacing all over the tulip. Holy oakiness Batman! This thing just wreaks of oak, plenty of smokiness, and some red wine, but the oak really dominates the aroma in a way I've never experienced in a beer before. There's also a bit of plastic-like aromas that are little odd, but I guess that's from the oak as well. Taste follows suit. Oak just dominated, there's lots of red wine character, a bit of roast int he background coupled with a touch of raisin, dark fruit, and a whole lot of smokiness. I just can't get over how oaky this things is. Mouthfeel is silky/creamy/smooth, perfect amount of carbonation. I really want to like this beer, but not sure if I can get over the raw/wet oakiness. The wine must have been extracted about 3.2 seconds before they put the beer in there without any time for it to dry out. Just an oak-bomb, so if that's your thing, you will love this. For me, it's pretty good but now wishing I would have split this with others as it might be tough to down the whole thing.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jamescain
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Black with dark reddish hues when held to the light topped off with a mocha colored head that barely forms a lacing and ends up as a ring around the glass.

Aroma: Smoke, roasted grains, chocolate, vanilla, and subtle spicy notes.

Taste: Chocolate, subtle smoke and roasted notes, a hint of spicy wine characteristics and s touch of sourness, not where I would like it though.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a slight amount of alcohol on the finish.

Overall: I was hoping for more wine characteristics to emerge from this beer or perhaps some sourness, but I didn't find either.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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