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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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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 4

A: dark brown , but still fairly translucent. A bit of a reddish tint. Forms. Them light brown head. No lacing.

S: smoke, apple, cherry, foxy grapes and some light red wine.

T: a tad bit sour. Wine, red grapes, light tartness.

M: medium bodied. Tart, though I'm not sure it's supposed to be. Mild bitterness. Dry and astringent on the finish.

O: a nice beer. Not sure it's supposed to be as tart as it is, but it sort of works. Certainly drinkable and I liked it more so than the rum barrel.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla, smoke, oak, red wine, black licorice, dark fruits, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some vanilla, dark fruits, and black licorice. Through the middle, oak and red wine come through with some good smoke and some coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, red wine, smoke, vanilla, oak, coffee, black licorice, and dark fruits with some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smokey, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The red wine really adds some nice complex flavors on top of the big base porter and balances it out.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/13/12 notes. Big thanks to Wherethewildbeersare for sharing this one at the Top Hops tasting; thanks Joey!

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks exactly like the Rum version.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, sweet dark fruits, raisins, vanilla smoke, peat, wood, toasted malts, and light coffee. Sweeter than the Rum version and more going on; I like this nose better.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sticky sweet dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, wood/oak, peat, burnt malts, coffee. rum. Again, sweeter and more vanilla, chocolate, and fruit than the rum version for me; definitely prefer this one.

m - Thick, full bodied porter with moderate carbonation. Considering the ABV it is pretty easy to drink, but I felt more alcohol in the rum version than the wine version.

o - Overall a good smoked porter, and I definitely preferred this version to the Rum. I felt this one had more going on, and the rum barrel hid some things I really enjoyed about this one. Worth seeking out.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Jeffo
2.43/5  rDev -37.4%
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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Photo of jegross2
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. This is my first ever beer from Captain Lawrence, but I have heard good things about this brewery out of New York.
Score: 90

Unknown vintage bottle (forgot to check the label!) served in a "The Bruery" brand tulip and enjoyed on 03/23/12.

Appearance: Deep brown, mostly opaque save for a strip of brown highlight atop the glass when held up to a light. Between the glasses poured at the table, it seems like there is a combined 2-3 fingers of creamy milk chocolate covered head at pour that quickly settles into a bubbly ring around the glass. Minimal lacing, poor retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Huge notes of smoke, oak, and hickory wood. There's some funky white grape, white wine acidity, a little roasted chocolate and a light vinegar aroma too. 4/5

Taste: Like the nose, there is lots of smoke on the palate. I am glad I capped the evening off with this beer, because it's a lingering palate wrecker! Tart white grape, oak and roasted chocolate. There is a "fatty meat" flavor on the palate entwined with the smokiness that others described as "pork-like." I do not detect any booziness whatsoever despite the 12% ABV. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high carbonation. Oily/smooth mouthfeel. Smokey and sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: This beer struck a real nice contrasting balance between the heavier smokey flavors and the lighter white wine/tart grape flavors that left an interesting effect on the palate that can only be described as a "prickley sweetness." I still do not like sours, and this one has Brett intentionally added to it, but I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. This one is a true smoke bomb. I would definitely be interested in trying the other variations of this beer at some point in the future.

Recommendation: Fans of smoke beers and wine wine should seek this beer out. Be warned, however -- this one is heavy on the smoke!

Pairings: Barbequed chicken.

Cost: $12 for a 750 ml bottle.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of tewaris
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared generously by maximum12. Thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

Perhaps the smokiest beer I have ever had to date! Very strong notes of smoke and char with only a tiny bit of dark fruit character coming through in the nose. The taste is mellower than the nose, although still mighty smoky. Dark and raisin-y with decent amount of roast and tannins leading towards a mildly astringent finish. A very unique beer but lacking balance.

4, 4, 4, 4, 3

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Photo of jaxon53
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again, another big thank you to my boy FishGetter, for getting me this bottle at the release. Batch #4. I've been waiting to try this for some time. Served this chilled, as the bottle states, but allowed it to warm abit before sampling.

Appearance: Smoke from the Oak Wine Barrel pours out a deep brown color, almost into black. Very gently poured this into an Ommegang chalice, not really sure of the carbonation level. I'd say about two fingers of thinnish, off-white head rose. Head faded away on the quicker side, leaving bits of webby lace behind. Can just barely see some tiny floaties moving around in the glass.

Smell: Quite a bouquet here. Definitely getting some soft wine notes. Just the slightes bit funky. Weak hints of oak. Roasty to say the least. Light touches of friut. Bits of wood here and there and some smoke.

Taste: Very interesting. Wine is in there, just not what I expected. A just barely noticeable tart flavor. A little funk, all but buried in the background. Roasted malt and some rich chocolate. A little smoke around the edges. Finishes smooth and dry, with a tart zip in the end. A little bit of alcohol is present in the finish. If I tasted this blindly I would have never guessed the base of this beer was a Porter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. A pleasure to the palate.

Overall: Quite a complex beer, that I feel needs to warm a bit to really show off. Definiteley worth seeking out.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of maximum12
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
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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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 92 ratings
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