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

BA SCORE
86
very good
157 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Imperial Version)Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Imperial Version)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by aerozeppl on 12-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
157
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
41
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of N1Nkasi
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of cwelsh55
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. 750ml bottle around fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out nearly black, dark brown highlights on the edges, a nice sized head off of the pour, decent head retention, khaki to light mocha in color. Decent lacing after a swirl of the glass, a bit of alcohol legs as well.

Initially I almost suspected infection, but as it warms this goes away. Boozey rum notes, some smoke behind the rum, campfire like, plays off one another nicely. A slightly musty barrel quality. Almost wanted a bit more complexity and intensity from the aroma.

Similar to the aroma, lots of rum qualities, some booze, but slightly more subdued than the aroma leads you to believe. Sweet, slightly spiced rum, some warming. The smoke adds a nice nuance to the rum, very slight bitter roast.

Bigger side of medium bodied. Almost expected slightly more body.

The more I drank this and it warmed and opened up, the more I enjoyed it.

 929 characters

Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of leftstagebrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml

Batch #1

Bottle courtesy of mcallister. The rum barrel version of Smoke from the Oak pours black into a snifter. This is one hell of a dark stout. There’s not a hint of light coming through. A nice two finger creamy ecru head rose as I poured and settled very slowly to a one finger crown leaving sheet lacing down the glass. Great looking brew!

Smell is pretty unique. The porter and rum barrel qualities are pretty balanced although the barrel seems to just nose ahead. Roasty malts and faint semi-sweet chocolate get things started. The ghost like aroma of rum glides in and out throughout. The oak comes through in the middle and the end brings notes of molasses and brown sugar. Although this mostly sounds like it’s all rum it’s really well balanced.

This is one of those beers that has a different flavor than the aroma would suggest. The rum notes come quick as this porter hits your tongue but disappear just as quickly. Dark fruits take over as the rum disappears and lead into semi-sweet chocolate that’s lasts through the swallow. There’s a hint of oak here and a drop of rum there (molasses and brown sugar) but they’re just small components of a porter. There’s not much in the area of smoke like I was expecting. Some alcohol warmth (or the idea of warmth from the rum) comes through on the finish and warms me up after the swallow. As I drink this beer the chocolate notes really come through and linger after the swallow. Very nice!

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel. This beer works through very quickly so you better be ready to taste as you drink. My only complaint, and it’s a small one, is the body could be just a little heavier. The medium body does boost drinkability. For a barrel aged beer this goes down very easy. This bottle is a breeze to finish.

Interesting idea and a good beer from Captain Lawrence. My first of the rum barrel aged variety and hopefully not my last. Captain Lawrence is doing some interesting things and I want to try them all.

Reviewed: 11/22/2007

 2,033 characters

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of juliusseizure
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

 1,123 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

 924 characters

Photo of jarrgal
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of kbuzz
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Brewski
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Smoke From The Oak (Rum Barrel Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe