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)

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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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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 157
Photo of black13
1.06/5  rDev -72.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was the second of the Smoke series we had at out tasting tonight. Really hoping this one is better than the last one.

A: Starting off good. A vigorous pour produces a nice 3-4cm head on this pitch black libation. The head does not last long, but that's not what I'm here for.

S: The first aroma to meet me was wet band-aides. Hoping it was a fluke, I went in again to see if it got better. It didn't! I still got the band-aid aroma with a backdrop of smokiness. Not pleasing at all.

T: Ignoring the aroma, I give this one a drink. Yuck is all I can say. The flavor is worse than the aroma. In the back of my head I wonder if some pour soul at the brewery has lost a band-aid and it will be at the bottom of my bottle. This is not a good way to bottle condition a beer.

M: Not really sure as it wasn't in my mouth long enough. I would venture to say this has a modest mouthfeel as the mad taste lingered in my mouth. But in this situation, this is not a good characteristic.

O: I really enjoy me some barrel aged beers and wanted this one to be good, but it just wasn't. Could it be a bad barrel? Not sure. But the anticipation of this beer was soon replaced with disgust.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: pitch black with a half finger of mocha head.

S: bandaid and smoke apple wood bacon up front some alcohol and hints of chocolate

T: super smokey bandaid wrapped bacon hints of chocolate and Tons of smokey peatiness

M: thick and full bodied sewhat tongue numbing and smokey

D: 2 oz was more than enough not a fan

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

2013 vintage. 750ml capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger rich coffee colored head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black but pretty thin. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent legs and good stick. Solid.

Nose is maple, smoke, roast and meat. Like a maple glazed smoked ham. Pretty polarizing.

Opens sweet maple syrup, roast, smoke, and burnt malt. Chocolate, anise, and cocoa powder mix in, in the middle. End is sweet with a touch of booze. Sweet chocolate, roast, and cocoa cola finish with a lingering maple and roast aftertaste. Average.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth but goes down relatively smooth. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. The body doesn't hold the flavor of this one.

This is a pretty middle-of-the-road offering. However, considering its $20, its a hard pass. Not worth the price.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle shared by Curran last night.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with no head or lacing, really.

Smells like bandaidy and medicinal smoke, with very light rum, and maybe a little bit of chocolate.

I'm not sure if this didn't age well (it's '13) or the flavors just never really melded really well together, but it really didn't work at all. The smoke character is not really all that pleasant, it's got the dreaded bandaidy, sort of medicinal quality to it. There's a very slight rum character, and no oak or vanilla or any barrel presence of that sort.

This is medium bodied, slightly creamy, but pretty hard to drink due to the unpleasant clash of flavors.

Not good, really at all. Would not recommend.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This cool bottle was sent by boatshoes. My second Smoke from the Oak offering from Fletcher.

Bottled in '10. Poured into a Jackie O's snifter.

The beer is a deep ruby-chestnut on the pour, but collects near black. The head is really nice, but fades to a thick collar and broad pillow. The foam is a wet sand color that leaves lots of matching lace.

Uhhh, strange. I haven't had many rum barreled beers, but none of them have had many of the same aromas that I'm finding here. There is a big wave of smoked meat/glazed ham. It reminds me of that Aecht Schlenkerla beer that I tried on tap at Jackie O's only a couple days ago. There certainly is a lot of smoke here, sometimes bordering on cigarettes. The spicy, cured meat aroma is nearly only perceptible when the beer is standing still, a gentle swirl brings out nicer aromas. The swirled up aromas include: tannic wood barrels, tropical spices (jerk spice and spiced rum) and roasted coffee and chocolate malts.

Just about as weird as the aroma but perhaps not as off putting. Its certainly a flavor profile that you need to take slowly and allow your palate to figure out exactly what the hell is going on. The beer starts out with flavors that I commonly associate with Baltic Porters and Export Stouts. It has that rich, berry-and-licorice malt fruitiness with a touch of sweet smoke. Then the rum is unleashed. Its quite sweet and spicy, like Caribbean jerk spice with mango and coconut, lots of toasted coconut. There is a sweet bite of rum alcohol on the back end. I've found myself upping this score a few times as I become accustom to this beer and its unique complexities, but then I bump them back down as my palate gets absolutely sick of these flavor combinations. This is one that is best in small to medium doses.

The carbonation is quite gentle, which is nice. It helps give this beer the allusion of a fuller body, which, when you focus on it, is actually only about medium.

This one is all over the place for me. I can enjoy it for what it is. It certainly is interesting and unique. I'd imagine this would go extremely well with a cigar or some Cajun food or wings slathered in jerk sauce. But in the end, I wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is brown with thin head and minimal lacing. Nose is heavy on smoke, band aid, and oak. Not getting much rum, just a hint of spirit in the back. Taste has sweet malts paired with a very heavy, somewhat harsh smoky character. The flavor is strong and increasingly more rum character sneaks through. Mouthfeel is too thin for the stature of this brew. Overall, this brew doesn't all add up. Too much going on and makes for a bit of a mess.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike again, the third of the imperial versions, this was the my least favorite... looks like the other 3... nose is interesting mostly really sweet rum... the taste is too sweet and just plain weird... try the wine and apple brandy, and skip this one

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Photo of tewaris
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared by Sender, along with the Apple brandy version. Thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

This was the last in the series followed by the Wine and the Apple brandy version, and the most disappointing one. I went in expecting spice, chocolate and vanilla, and found none :/ The smoke was fine but in my opinion it should have had something more to offer than just a smoked porter, especially for the hype and what not. Nothing new to say, it's just an above average smoked beer.

4, 3, 3, 4, 3

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Photo of jamescain
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Black with dark brown edges and a dark brown head that lingers until I finish my glass.

Aroma: A mix of chocolate, roasted notes, vanilla, smoky undertones and rum. Mostly rum and booze.

Taste: Slightly smokey and roasty with alcohol and rum, not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation with a boozy finish.

Overall: I already knew that I wasn't going to like this beer, because I don't like rum. The only other rum barrel aged beer I had I felt the same way about it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 Vintage. Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured black with a thin layer of light brown head that quickly receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A massive smoke aroma hits the nose right away and overpowers the other elements of the beer in the nose. Some oak and a hint of alcohol (rum) are present in the background.

T - The base beer and barrel aging qualities are much more integrated than the nose suggested. Smoke is still the dominant component but a big charred oak presence shows up along with an alcohol taste that must be the rum with lighter notes of spice and roast in the finish. The rum barrel aging notes are a little rough and don't seem to enhance the overall flavour profile.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 bottle.

Appearance - Black with a nice mocha head. Thick collar and nice legs.

Smell - Very smokey. Meaty. A little bit of sugar. Chocolate. The faintest of rum aromas.

Taste - Much more chocolate. A little ashy. Sharp smoke. Sulfur. Oaky. Some rum in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is some intense smoke. I don't get the rum so much.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got all these variants from STEG a while back. Thanks again man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: This one was a gusher, but once it settled down, it was just fine. All the variants basically look the same as well. 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: Milder here again, with some smoked malts, dark malts, chocolate and oak on the nose. Some tobacco as well, which differentiates it from the other variants. Not as boozy at the others either.

TASTE: Actually quite nice. Some smoked malts, roasted malts, and then a good dose of rum in there as well. Tobacco flavors and smoky notes at the finish, moving into a bold and lingering aftertaste of rum, smoke, and a bit of bitter dark chocolate. Pretty flavorful and well crafted actually.

PALATE: Somewhere in between the other two variants. Medium-light body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly creamy, goes down alright and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Too light to be average for the style.

OVERALL: This one was definitely my favorite of the series. The only one I went back to for multiple pours. While the palate could have been a little more impressive, the flavors were definitely complex and forthcoming enough to be quite enjoyable. This is the only one I’d look forward to drinking again. Thanks again for the trade STEG. Was fun to try all these together.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle date of 2010; Sampled September 2011
A steady pour, that ends with a flourish, into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale cocoa tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is an almost black color, that just shows that it is really a deeply concentrated brown color; the beer remains quite dark and opaque when held up to the light, but just might show a touch of an amber glow (but I could just be imagining this). The aroma smells of spirits and oak as I am visually inspecting the beer, a more focused look at the nose yields lots of dry, peppery, spicy oak notes; this is more spicy and dry than typically from oak, and I get some feeling that the rum character is part of this. Lots of toasted / roasted malt notes are noticeable, these are actually probably a bit more pronounced than the oak notes, and wait a minute, I completely forgot the smoke character (took it for granted maybe) which is actually the biggest aromatic note in this beer. The smoke lays down a savory base for all the other notes in the nose. The nose can seem to have a sort of green apple like note to it at times as well as some warm alcohol notes, both of which can be somewhat distracting.

Rich feeling and viscous as it first hits my palate, the smoke lays downs a savory base note to some roasted brown malt notes and the finish has some spicy oak notes as well as some cheap clear rum spirit character to it (though I wouldn’t really describe this last as hot). There is a fair amount of carbonation here, though it is not overly much, that provides a nice lively prickle which helds to move along the viscous body. There is also a fair amount of dark malt sweetness to this brew, but it is fairly well hidden by the savory smoke, slightly bitter and roast dark malt, and spicy oak / rum notes. Touches of chocolate are noticeable from the dark malt and this pairs well with the inherent smokiness of this brew.

In the end this is a fairly enjoyable beer, but it has a touch too much sharpness to it; both the oak and the booze contribute an edge that is just jagged enough to not make this the smooth, savory, sipping experience that it should be. I am not really sure what the rum adds to this (other than the spicy, somewhat hot boozy character), I would have loved to have tasted more of the concentrated, dark rum character that would have gone perfectly with the base beer (I don’t even know what the actual rum type was though).

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sender for popping this open at a tasting last night, so we had a complete set of the 2010 Oaks.

Pours near black just like the other oaks. This one isn't as aggressive as the wine barrel in the nose. There's plenty of smoke, but a touch of rum & some roast amongst the campfire.

Smoke from the Oak Rum is the middle child of the three we tried. The smoke is readily apparent but not trampling everything in its path like the wine version. Roast is distinct from the smoke & helping to tame it a bit. Spiciness from the rum tickles, and the rum itself drifts in on the aftertaste. But another beer that would be difficult to wade through another full glass of; smoke is just too dense.

Good beer that moves towards the right balance of smoke & barrel.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep opaque black. Thick mouse-like light tan foam billows almost out of the glass, possibly from an overly vigorous pour. A streak or two of lacing is left on the glass.

S - On this barrel aged imperial smoked porter the first thing that jumps out at me is a rich molten chocolate sauce followed by the classic fresh doughy bread character of american 2-row malt. A touch of ashy campfire lingers in the background along with hints of spice in the form of anise and pepper grinds. As it warms woody notes become more present.

T - syrupy chocolate flavors coat the mouth. Sweet bready malt character adds weight to the flavor. The center seems to be a bit brighter. Peppery spice lights up the palate. Slight hints of smoke twoard the back. The finish is medium length and a touch sweet and chocolatey which balances the smokey character.

M - smooth and creamy. Full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O - interesting beer. I feel like i should have drank it sooner and i am now missing out on when the barrel notes where most prominent. It is a very enjoyable beer but i think i was expecting something different.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like the other versions, leaning toward more head like the wine one did. Black beer, brown on the edges, minor lace off a tan head.

S - Out of all the versions this one seems to have taken the least to the barrels. A lot of smoke, roasted malts, a little chocolate, slight bit of barrel and some rum spices.

T - I don't generally go for rum, and don't find it to be a particularly great addition to this beer. It seems to have thinned out the flavors a little bit, although there is still plenty of smokey goodness. Their is some sweet spiced notes from the rum and I don't think are a good addition.

M - Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O - My least favorite of the three, I just didn't care for the addition of the rum and found it kind of strange. Not bad, but I'd rather have the other two or the base beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many Captain L brews, this one is a sipper. A small tan head on dark body, some lace dots. Creamy, particular at the end of the bottle. A little sugar on the margin, rather than any overt rum taste. So drinkability is OK, mouthfeel is very smooth.Thanks for sharing Liam.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for this one. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Looks like the rest of the variants. Black, tan head, thin ring, whisps.

S - Smoke, char, slight spice from the rum, chocolate.

T - Light rum notes and mostly similar to the base beer. Spice, chocolate, rum, char, and smoke.

M - Full, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - Not as much rum as I would have liked but not too bad. Not my favorite from the variants but would have again, if offered.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle courtesy of Cuzco. 2010 vintage served in a tulip. Pours pitch black with a creamy, dense, quarter inch khaki-colored head. Textured clumps of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose gives off a big smoked meat/jerky character that is a bit overpowering. Once that dissipates a suggestion of artificial sweetener comes out. Taste is consistent with nose; however, the smoked meat quality is a bit more tempered by the malt and char. The rum barrel aging also pleasantly manifest towards the back and nicely dissipates some of the more assertive cured meat qualities. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation and a slightly creamy texture. All and all, a decent brew. I am not a huge fan of overly smoked beers, but these brews have been interesting. That said, I have to say that the Apple Brandy barrel was my favorite of the three, followed by the wine and then the rum. A solid beer if you like smoked brews, but this just becomes a bit too much for me.

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Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in '10

A: dark brown. Still fairly translucent. Forms a minimal light brown head. No lacing.

S: very smokey, but its almost a liquid smoke type smoke. Chemically almost. Dark fruits. Dark malts. Raisins. But mostly smoke.

T: unsurprisingly, there is lots of smoke. Raisin, molasses, dark malts. A touch of char. A little oak character, but not much.

M: on the heavier side of medium though not much of an imperial feel to it. Mild bitterness. Slightly alcoholic.

O: a pretty good beer, though not quite what I expecting. Not sure where the rum is in this other than the slight alcoholic quality.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle courtesy of cuzco!). Pours black with khaki head. Aroma has loads of savory smoke, bandaid, and alcohol. Taste is sweet malt with a nice smoked flavor that accentuates any bitterness. As it warms, I’m getting quite a bit of chocolate. The rum also adds some extra sweetness along with warmth in the chest and throat. Full bodied with an oily texture. Finish is semi-dry and quite smooth. I’m happy to say that this is a beer that tastes much better than it smells.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this one.

Pours a super dark colored beer with a creamy lighter head.

Nose has dark roasty but salty malts, lots of smoke, bit of brine, hint of chocolate, bit of booze, lots of roast, and hints of oak and rum.

Taste has semi sweet dark roasty malts, tons of smoke, bit of brine and salt, dark malts, oak hint of vanilla, bit of butter rum, bit of chocolate, nice smoked malt flavor and chewy caramel malts.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall great but a bit briny and salty, nice smoke, nice malts, not too drinkable but great flavors.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle straight from the brewery into a goblet glass

A- Pours pitch black with a solid 2 finger light brown head. Decent retention and some sexy legs on the side of the glass as well.

S- Huge smoke and bacon notes dominate up front, subtle chocolate, with subtle spice from the rum as well as some alcohol.

T- On the tip of the tongue i get some nice sweet chocolate, roasted burnt malts that's quickly followed by the infamous brutal smoke characters of this beer. Tons of burnt wood, bacon, and ashtray flavors. Not really getting much from the rum barrels unless you really go digging for them. Slight spice and molasses with a solid alcohol sting in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slight bitter finish.

Overall the rum barrels didn't do as much as I hoped they would. The tastes were very subtle but definitely added a new element to an already solid brew. Not my favorite in the series but definitely worth a shot.


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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/13/12 notes. I brought this to the Top Hops tasting and drank it side by side with the Imperial Wine version thanks to Wherethewildbeersare; 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 Wine version.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, peat, alcohol, wood, toasted malts, and light coffee. Not as sweet as the wine version, and more alcohol.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol, smoke, wood/oak, peat, burnt malts, coffee. rum. The wine version had some sweet dark fruit to it which was nice, whereas this one did not.

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

o - Overall a good smoked porter, but I prefered the wine version. I felt it had more sweet fruit and more going on. Still a good beer I was glad to try, and would have again.

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Photo of Damico
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is tons of smoky wood chips very potent in the nose. The appearance is excellent, rich dark chestnut roasted black with a tan head and a nice size to boot. The flavor is a rich creamy porte with light bitter notes at the end. The body could be a bit thicker, but no bite at all for such a high ABV.

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