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

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Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Imperial Version)Smoke From The Oak (Rum 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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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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Photo of stimulus
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SFTO Gift Set.

Poured into a CL tulip glass.

A: Pours a jet black with a one finger tan head, leaving great lacing.
S: Heavy smoke and a little bit of sweet rum on the finish.
T: Again, heavy smoke followed by a very nice balance between the sweet sugary rum and the roasty chocolate notes from the porter.
M: Perfect carbonation, medium body, very smooth finish.
D: Very smooth, and the smoke conceals any hints of a high ABV. Great!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour was very nice. Rich, deep, dark brown in color with no light cracking through this one at all. A smallish head, maybe a half an inch in height coming up over the top, never really did fade away as it kept that nice layer there throughout the session. Rich side glass lacing left a wonderful chocolate tan color that draped the sides of the glass completely.

The aroma was just rife with whiskey. Huge notes of it just all over the place here with a ton of roasted malts and chocolate like notes hiding right under its surface. Letting it warm really let the oak and vanilla start to become dominant, and a hint of alcohol started to present itself in the back end. This was insanely good smelling for a whiskey barrel beer. The flavor was more of the same, rich, full bodied, I would have sore this was a stout in a blind tasting, but no, this indeed was apparently a robust porter. Luscious, velvet like feel in the carbonation never gave way. The flavor started with that warm influx of vanilla and whiskey, lots of caramelized malts and a light roasted or smoky note to it. This then rolled over with nice touches of chocolate rippling throughout. This was amazingly complex. Huge notes of whisky just oozing through the flavor, coating the tongue with a viciousness that was never-ending. Ridiculously sweet underneath of this, it was literally almost too good to be true. A wonderful sipper, I had to pace myself on this one as it was huge.

Overall this will go toe to toe with any of the biggest BA beers I have ever had. It was just so well crafted and complex I was nearly beside myself after taking the first sip. It is still on tap as of this review and you need to go check this out, it was seriously one of the best beers I have ever had period.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a-Poured a stunning deep brown into the captain lawrence tasting glass that came with the gift set. As the pour finished, the head built in the tulip much like a guiness and the other beers from this series. Gorgeous.

s-Oh wow, that campfire smoke is there from the original, but with a gorgeous rum overtone. This is the mix I was waiting for.

t-Much like the others from this series, the smoke in the base beer is tamed back from the barrel aging, but the rum barrel really works with the smoked porter. The smokey flavor that makes this beer so amazing isn't nearly as hidden as in the others and the rum flavoring works really well and balances things out nicely. It is definitely a bit hot, but really exceptional. My favorite of the set.

m-Rich and creamy with a smokey coating. Full bodied with a soft alc tingle.

d-Highlight of the SFTO gift set. All these brews were fantastic, but this one just seemed to work the best for my tastes. Would really love for the Imperial Smoked Porter to get bottled, as of now this one is the closest you are gonna get. This BA is great as a special treat, but not something you'd drink in any quantity.

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Photo of drewd0g
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the SFTO giftset for Christmas....Poured into the CL Tulip it came with...

Appearance is jet black with a two finger head...the head dissipated overtime but a thin layer of brown foam lays on the top. the smell is awesome, really smokey and roasty, toasted malt, a lot, and some rum notes. the taste is just as good as it smells. Really smokey and roasty and a very very pleasant warmth from the rum. the mouthfeel is a nice really creamy medium body. pretty high drinkability, probably just because it's so good although i guess it is a sipper. Sharing this bottle with my girl and we are both loving it. A big fan of CL beers all around and this one is a great example why. looking forward too trying the other 2 bottles....i wonder if any of this was kegged and if so when it will be tapped. If you see the giftpack, buy it while it lasts.

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Photo of Pahn
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. '10 handwritten under the "bottled in" section.

Appearance: Free pour leaves a two inch, fizzy tan head that dissipates steadily with big legs but no lacing. Pours black with red brown highlights and leaves a few swatches of lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: rum and smoke. From the glass: Smoke, roasted malt, with a small hint of sweetness. Potent. Some booze and cake. Rum gradually comes out, mainly as an accent as in the taste.

Taste: First sip: I read on the bottle that the brewer had never tasted a rum barrel aged beer before making this one... My first impression is that this was a good idea. The sweet rum blends perfectly with the smoke and porter flavors, deeply altering and elevating them both. It's like CL Imperial Smoked Porter, only more complex and more enjoyable; like the rum note was what was missing from the base beer. The finish has a pleasant heat, with a mild aftertaste. My first thought is that this is a home run.

The second sip brings a much stronger note of vanilla from the oak, with a lot more prominent smoke in the finish. The third sip brings lots of rum up front, segueing into various characteristic rum flavors in the middle (bringing me back to years ago when I used to drink a lot of rum), smoothed out by smoke and then leading to a boozy, roasted finish. Each sip is different but excellent--the hallmark (for me) of a truly great beer, and the point of doing seemingly gimmicky things like aging beer in barrels.

Honestly, I can't think of how this beer could taste better. It nails the smoke, nails the imperial porter, and justifies the rum barrel aging as convincingly as is possible. The 12% ABV never gets in the way, rather it delivers all the deep flavor of using so much malt in a beer and converts the high alcohol into a pleasant heat at the end. Every flavor is good, and compliments and augments every other flavor.

I'm trying to nitpick and find flaws (maybe the aftertaste could be longer? maybe there could be deeper complexity?) but really the flavor is flawless. More complexity would just make it taste busy, and the aftertaste *does* continue to develop and satisfy after a nice big sip. This beer has to get a 5.0 for flavor, it's a masterpiece.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very carbonated. Mild dryness in the finish along with heat and some roasty bitterness. Not as smooth as the wine barrel aged version.

Drinkability: I love this beer and want more. I drank this bottle over the course of 3 hours, and I was sad when it was gone. I hope to get a chance to drink it again.

Rum Barrel Aged Smoke From the Oak is a truly great beer. In my opinion, the only way you could be unsatisfied with a beer of this quality is if you don't like beers anywhere near the style of this one. As with the wine barrel aged version, I'll note that I was a bit ambivalent when I found the Smoke From the Oak gift pack and paid $60 for, basically, 3 bottles of beer (the tulip glass it comes with is great, but I already have tulip glasses). After drinking the beer, I'd pay that much (or more) again without a second thought.

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4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dam I forgot who sent this beer to me! Anyhow thanks! This beer was lightly chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is black with a thin cocoa colored head. Whisp of lacing line the glass as it was consumed.

S- True to the label smoke signals rise out of the glass. Vanilla more smoke darkly roasted and mildly burnt cocoa rise from the glass.

T- The smokey flavor seemed to be layered and deepened with consumption. Darkly roasted malts hit cocoa notes. Earthy peat flavors and yes definately rum flirts with the flavor.

M- The body of the beer is full kind of chewy. The carbonation is light but works really well with the earthy smoked character of this beer. Its a bit boozy but again it plays well with the beers character.

O- This was a very nice smokey / boozy beer treat. Wish I had more bottles.

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4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from cosmicevan in the Hype Train BIF. Really looking forward to this! Bottled in 2010

A: Deep brown pour with a huge brown head. I was very impressed with the color, size, and thickness of the head. Retention isn't great, but the lacing is.

S: The smell from the bottle after I took the cap off was phenomenal, smokey and rum. From the glass, the smoke really takes over, roasted malts, oak, and rum all come in the background. Smells far more like a rauchbier than a porter!

T: This beer developed phenomenally on the palate. The roasted malts, and perhaps some chocolate start it off. Next up is roasty smoke, much like meat (bacon specifically). The finish is rum, oak, vanilla, more chocolate, with dry notes lasting well after the beer has been enjoyed. As the beer warms, the rauchbier effect really back off and the chocolate, rum, and roasted malts shine.

MF: Very heavy, creamy, notes of alcohol, nicely carbonated.

O: This beer was top notch. Really glad I got this in the BIF (essentially for Voodoo Black Magick, the rules were funny). From the look to the taste, just loved it.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep dark black color porter with a large dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt and residual sugar with some medium smokey notes and some light funky Brett notes. Taste is a very well balanced mix between some smoke notes with dry roasted malt offset by some residual sugar and light molasses notes with some notes funky Brett notes on top of this mix. Body is about average with good carbonation and alcohol is very well hidden. Rum notes provide a nice sweet edge without overpowering the rest of the flavours. Very well brewed and something I would like to drink on a regular basis.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost 9 months and only 30 reviews? I guess this beer doesn't have the hype going for it. I received a set of these from joefuzz, thanks, man! It's very fitting to drink a rum barrel aged beer on this night when Irene wreaks havoc everywhere but here.

For all intents and purposes, this beer is black. I can't really say I see any highlights either. There's a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention, slowly falling off to a thin disk, leaving some lace. The nose is rather intensely smokey, and in a way I really like. With a blend of smoldering wet wood and a mildly meaty malt backbone, this is *really* good. Swirling my glass brings out the barrel character, with a big, rummy sweetness with brown sugar, some coconut and vanilla and the aromas you expect from a good rum. The smoke and the rum play off each other really really well. Excellent stuff.

My one beef with liquor is that the alcohol is too prominent, making the beverage seem too light. I find myself wishing for the flavors expressed on a more bodacious platform, which is why I enjoy a lot of barrel aged beers. Some do it right, some fail. This beer is an unabashed success. The smoke, chocolate and cocoa of the base beer (one I regret never having) lay a wonderful foundation on which all the things I love about rum - its complex sweetness with brown sugar, molasses and a little bit of burnt sugar - are expressed. In fact, there's even a mild brandy-like character here. The exceptionally expressed rum character then fades, leaving layers of smoke, vanilla and dark chocolate. Alcohol warmth is noticeable on the finish. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation (initially too high but letting it sit in my glass solves that problem), this beer is incredible. Highly recommended.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into my CL tasting glass.

A: Just like the imperial porter this beer is black. Even when held up to the light it is black. A thin covering of coffee colored head and just a touch of lacing.

S: The rum is there in the nose but the nose on the porter was massive before barrel aging. It kind of calmed it down a bit. Lots of smoke. A touch of chocolate. The rum gives it a nice sweetness when compared to the smoke.

T: My hopes after I had the imperial porter have been realized. It was a beer meant for the barrel and there is shines. The base was too smokey and over the top but damn is it nice with the rum barrel. The sweetness of the rum and the intensity of the smoke work really well together. The alcohol is totally hidden by barrel Little bit of warming alcohol in the finish.

M: The barrel aging thinned the body out a touch as well and it was needed. Light and soft carbonation.

D: I really wanted to try this beer and I was not disappointed. The first SFTO Rum was like a rum and coke. This is an intense beer. The most rum I have ever tasted out of a rum barrel aged beer. I am looking forward to the rest of the set. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one and its cousins have been sitting in their cozy gift box in my "cellar" closet since late last year (2010). Thought they could use at least a few months in the bottle, and with a quiet night we go...

Pours near black, dense and murky looking with no light shining through. The head is mocha, stays and stays, plenty of sheeting and thick blobs of lacing.

Rich nose infused with dark chocolaty malts, some vanilla and cafe au lait.

Intense, full flavor and heady offering. This is some serious stuff that the captain is putting out there. Loads of milk chocolate, vanilla, coconuts, brandy and just a hint of smoke. Yum...

Velvet on the tongue, beer milk shake, loving it, world class night capper

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Photo of Gmann
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a big dense light brown head which slowly disipates leaving a wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a smokey malt with a noticable sweet and sour berry scent. Notes of brown sugar round out the aroma.

A nice solid toasted pumpernickle bread, sweet sugar presence with a touch of vanilla from the rum. Substantial smoke flavor, it adds an earthy and woody presence. There is some char and wet wood as well as some sour berry.

The feel is moderate to full with prickly carbonation. There are some sweet and sour aspect to the palate but has a malty sweet overall feel.

A very woody porter. The base is quite earthy and the smoke just adds another layer. I like the vanilla and brown sugar sweetness that the rum barrels add

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Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just an exceptional beer. This is my second of the series as I had the apple brandy on a cool night as a spring chill chaser. The pour is a stickier sight with a bigger head and considerably more lace clinging to the sides of the glass. The nose has a good amount of oak and rum with a charcoal undercurrent and hits of cherry and dark fruits. A touch of chocolate and coffee with an alcohol sweetness traces of molasses. Taste is in keeping with the nose but a punchier rum presence really has you sipping with respect. A big molasses malt core flows mild vanilla with the rum and finishes with rum and mild earth. A touch of coconut in the finish gives a platform for a dark fruity melange that lingers deliciously on the palate and tongue. Feel is sticky and gently carbonated with a lightness that is somewhat surprising but not too light as this beer is a chewy one. Overall a superb brew in the series with a sugary molasses stickiness that I'm sure is due to the same found in rum. Not quite as complex as the brandy but equally delicious.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. The head fades down at a fairly quick pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of chocolate and dark caramel malts, oak, rum, dark fruits, coffee, black licorice, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of chocolate and dark caramel malts, rum, sugar cane, dark fruits, and black licorice. Through the middle, smoke and oak come through with some coffee, and some more dark fruits. The finish is a mix of rum, oak, smoke, chocolate malts, dark fruits, vanilla, black licorice, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and smokey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice Imperial Porter with the RUm barrels adding some nice complexity and depth to the beer.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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