Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version) | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version)Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version)
131 Ratings
Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version)Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy 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 +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4.99/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Manoftyr
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a dark, dark, dark very nearly black mahogany with only the faintest of highlights betraying its true color. About an inch of tan head tops the snifter and bubbles its way down to about a milimeter of film, dabs of lacing line the glass as it recedes; looks just like the non barrel aged version really.

Aroma-Hints of the apple brandy upfront, but somewhat less than I was expecting. Underneath is that same good ol' smokeyness I loved in the regular Smoked Porter, perhaps dialed down a few notches by the barrel aging but not by much, though it is less peaty than I recal; maybe because of the barrel aging.

Taste-The smoke is the main player through and through and honestly just as peaty as I remember it being in the regular version, still picking up that darkly roasted chocolate flavor as well. Honestly, the apple brandy taste is more on the outskirts and in the aftertaste than in the forefront. I guess my only complaint would be that I kinda wish the apple flavor would be a 'little' more pronounced; it's still every bit as delicious though.

Mouthfeel-Rich, but not quite as plush and luscious as the regular version; I'd assume this is due to the time spent in the barrel.

Drinkability-Every bit as addictively delicious as the non barrel aged version.

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4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottled in '10, this one has been in my "cellar"/closet for about 10 months.

Pours black, dark tan head, staying and staying at about the 1/4 inch level. Going quite slowly to a well developed thicker blotchy film, thick collar and nice amounts of strands and bits of sticky lacing.

A sniff reveals brandy, wood, vanilla, honey.

Super complex and tasty brew, with notes of the aformentioned brandy, wood, vanilla, honey, plus fruity jam...

I truly enjoyed every ounce if this offering from the good Captain.

Fine creation in brewing.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of scootny
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brown black brew with a light brown frothy head. Some lace here and there with nice amount of retention. Smell is sweet with notes of chocolate, coconut, cherries, molasses and caramel. Good amount of smoke and oak. An undercurrent of dark fruits and light coffee. Vanilla wafts through atop a wave of mild apple brandy. Some light earthiness. Yumm. Taste is much like the nose with a larger oak and brandy presence. Some lovely dry tartness as the alcohol cuts in toward the finish adding a sweetness as well to a crisp dry somewhat astringent finish. Dry oak and cherries linger along with burnt caramel and charcoal. Feel is lighter that you would expect but still a beer with some girth to it. Nice smooth carbonation helps to keep it from sticking as this beer has a light syrupiness to it. Goes down well and while a sipper it is definitely easy to sip fast. Just a perfect beer for this chilly spring night.

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4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SFTO Gift Set.

Poured from a 750 into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a jet black with a light tan head with decent lacing.
S: Heavy smoke and really not much else.
T: Sweet apple, heavy smoke, and some porter flavors to follow.
M: Great carbonation, medium body, smooth finish.
D: Possibly the smokiest of the three, but I really like the sweetness that the apple brandy imparts.

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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler procured from Nathaniel Square Corner Store. Imperial smoked porter aged in apple brandy barrels- sounds tasty! Let's go.

Pours very dark. Foamy, mocha-colored head forms, then dissipates into a very oily film on top of the beer. Very good, sticky lacing.

Smells like apple brandy, chocolate, and vanilla.

The taste is similar, with added oak, mild smokiness and char, roasted malts, caramel, and boozy fusels. The alcohol presence keeps the taste from achieving perfection, but it's pretty damn close, really.

Slighlty thinner body and mouthfeel than I would've expected. The thin mouthfeel allows the alcohol to make a stronger presence that I'd ultimately want. Still, for a porter, pretty thick mouthfeel nonetheless.

Probably the best brew I've had from Captain Lawrence. Would love to try the rum version.

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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Last of the 2010 batch to try.

A: Jet black. A decent amount of brown head. Quite a bit of lacing as well. The black controls all.

S: The nose on this beer is great. I found the nose on the base a little bit over the top. Very earthy and almost meat like. You get more brandy in the nose than apple brandy. The smoke is there for sure but it has mellowed out nicely and is super enjoyable right now.

T: The brandy comes across nicely in the taste. The smoke has mellowed out as well. This just really integrates all it's parts nicely together. The brandy and smoke are just delightful together. The apple part does not come through until about 30 min after poured but it really makes this beer for me. Chocolate more as it warmed as well.

M: A tad on the thin side but so smooth. Carbonation is just about perfect.

D: What a great beer. Super drinkable while at the same time being complex. Really have not had a beer quite like this before but hope to again.

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4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a big dense tan head that settled into a solid cap.

The aroma primarily is of smoke. Nice charred wood, peat, and meaty aromas. Just beautiful smoke aromas. There is also a hint of sweetness, though you can't really tell what it is. I imagine it is from the apple brandy, its a bit vinous. Also a hint of sour oak.

The smoke is definitely not as strong as the aroma but is still there. The taste starts off with a solid roasted malt and caramel base. This is followed by the sweet brandy flavor with hints of red delious apples. The smoke follows through in the end bring some charred wood, soy, and peat flavors. Just a real nice transition of flavors.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation. Great balance on the palate between the sweet and the smoke. A hint of ABV belly burn but really not much and it finishes slightly sticky.

Great smoked porter. Perhaps not as smokey on the flavor as I expected but such great balance between the barrel aging and the smoke.

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4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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 normal pace leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts with lots of smoke, some vanilla, apple brandy, oak, coffee, dark fruit, black licorice, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of chocolate and dark caramel malts, vanilla, apple brandy, and some black licorice. Through the middle, lots of smoke and some oak come through with some dark fruits and coffee. The finish is a mix of apple brandy, chocolate, oak, smoke, 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 barrel aged imperial porter. The smoke is nice and the apple brandy is a nice addition.

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4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for sharing this set with us. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Pours with a quick-dissolving tan foam that settles to a thin ring and hazy wisps, but minimal lace. Near-black body with some brownish notes at the fringes.

S - Smokes, apple, chocolate, dark roasted malts, some eau-de-vie spirit character. Light oak and barrel notes.

T - Less apple brandy and more smoked porter in the flavor. There's still some mild apple sweetness, but this is a lot like the base beer plus some oak and vanilla mingling with the smoked meats, chocolate, and, roastiness. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M - Smooth full body, medium carbonation, gritty tannic texture, and light alcohol warming.

D - This is really good. I loved the base beer, and I liked the lower ABV Apple Brandy Smoke from the Oak as well. Would gladly have this one again. While it doesn't necessarily improve the base beer, it's a nearly as good variant.

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4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Arenbeer
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a C Lawrence goblet glass.

The last of the series for me to try. If this is anything like golden delicious I know it's going to be amazing!

A- Pours solid black with a fluffy 1 finger brown head that sticks around. Not much retention but leaves some really nice legs on the side of the glass.

S- Just like the rest of the series the smoke and meat notes dominate with subtle tones of burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Not really getting to much from the brandy unfortunately, other than some slight strong boozy notes as I swirl it around the glass. I think the smoke is just to strong. It's definitely there but I feel as though if I didn't know this was apple aged I would have never picked up on it.

T- Well unlike the aroma the first sip just coated my palate with a nice boozy heat and subtle yet distinct flavors from the brandy. Sweet apple or hard cider flavors mix wonderfully with the strong smoke that takes over the palate. I was a little leery after the smell but wow the taste of this beer makes it the best of the series. So simple yet so complex in flavor.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice wet strong finish that will warm you all the way down.

Overall the flavors of this beer are extremely unique and can honestly say I've never had anything like this even after having the rest of the series. The only flaw of this beer for me is the booziness. I'm normally not bothered by strong ABV beer but the brandy from this sucker warms you right up!

Highly recommend!


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4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ironbike1
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cpt.lawrence tulip. It is black as night with a tan head that is about 1/2" thick and fades slowly with nice lacing throught.
The smell of this is unique. I smell a lot of smokeyness and the brandy coming through nicely.
The taste is full of flavor from the smoke which hits strong to the backbone of the brandy. I get a faint taste of the apple and caramels in this aswell.
The mouthfeel is very thick and almost creamy with a nice little bite to it from the alcohol.

Overall another great beer form the Cpt. that I wish they would release on a regular basis aswell as a little more afordable. However this beer is fantastic and very easy to drink on my ownm goes down smooth but be prepared for the smoke flavor as it is huge in this beer, unlike any other smoke beer I have had.


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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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