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

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Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version)Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy 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
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
126
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
22.86%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
33
For Trade:
3
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Photo of black13
1.26/5  rDev -68.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the third and final installment of the holiday gift pack from CL. I've had some good brandy barrel aged beers and was hoping this one followed in their steps.

A: Pouring this jet black beer into my Portland International Beerfest glass produces an ample mocha colored head, that slowly dissipated to leave only a few scant bubbles. These are very dark beers that portend to what this 12% porter could taste like.

S: I could not pick out any of the signature aromas you would expect (brandy, smoke, chocolate) as the dominant aroma of band-aides was to over-powering. Subsequent passes of my nose in the glass did reveal some roasted malts, but it was too subdued.

T: God-awful is all I can say. I was hopeful that the malts I picked up in the nose would transpire into the flavor. This was not the case. The putrid taste of band-aides was the all I could get. Not giving this one a second try as it's just too much, in a bad way.

M: Seemed somewhat thin, but I wasn't so focused on this aspect while my one sample was in my mouth.

O: Wanting a beer to taste good and having them actually taste good are two different things. In this case, they did not meet on the same page. This beer was not pleasing in any way, shape or form. Aside from looking OK in the glass, that is all the good I have to say for this beer.

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Photo of Florida9
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 1

A: dark brown color. Fuzzy, frothy light tan colored head. No lacing.

S: apple brandy is the predominate aroma. Apple, tart green apple. Some dark malts, but not much.

T: More apple,light dark malts. And really nothing else.

M: over carbonated. Lighter medium body. No bitterness.

O: not very good and possibly infected. No smoke and no malts. The worst of the three.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got all of these variants from STEG a while back. Thanks 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: Milder nose with some definite smoke, dark chocolate, oak notes, and booze. Definitely more enticing than the wine variant.

TASTE: Smoked malts up front with some dark chocolate and nice vanilla notes through the middle and a bit of booze at the swallow. A milder aftertaste lingers nicely with some smoked dark malts, oak flavors and vanilla as well. Brandy notes are there as well, but not overpowering.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Alright here.

OVERALL: A decent beer for sure, but nothing worth writing home about. Not one you’ll remember I don’t think. Enjoyed the flavor here much more than the wine variant, though the rum treatment is the only one I’d actively ask for again. Thanks again for the trade STEG. This set was good times!

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Photo of deapokid
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 5/17. Picked up the boxed set at Bierkraft in Brooklyn in January. Reviewed from notes.

Liquid has a dark purple body with a brown head of foam and the lightest swirl of lacing. Looks sweet, like an imperial stout, but without the deep black visage.

Smoke and wood are the most prevalent aromas, making my nose strain for that apple acidity. Luckily, the warming alcoholic scent in the conclusion brings brandy to mind.

Taste is smoky (dare I say rauchbier-esque) with the apple brandy peaking out in the acidic and boozy conclusion. Anise, irish cream liqueur, coffee and a woody earthiness are also present. It's nice to sip, if a bit on the strong side.

The mouth is quite smooth with a roasty bite that's not as abrasive as something with so many strong elements can be.

Overall, the flavors are interesting and original, but I feel like this is a step or two behind the rum-barreled version. Also, the apple brandy isn't forthright enough, allowing elements of the base beer to take over.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2010, I think?)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged for 1+ year)

A big, thick, black stout. This pours without a lot of visible carbonation even after a fairly aggressive pour. It leaves the glass coated with an oily sheen.

The aroma is certainly smoke-forward with almost a pork-like character to it. There's a good amount of barrel character and a touch of vanilla once you can find something other than smoke. Per the style, it's very nice, though I'm not the biggest fan of smoked beers.

A very well integrated smoked/barreled beer. There's roasted malt character to be found underneath the smoke, wood, and slight boozy sweetness. Well rounded, moderately bitter, and very drinkable.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

This beer is so big, expressive, and flavorful on its own, I think it would hold up nicely against some big assertive foods: funky cheeses, barbeque, or sweet chocolates.

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Photo of dar482
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color with some reddish brown.

The aroma has tons of smoke, but also that apple brandy barrel coming through. Oak coming and sweetness coming through.

The flavor has this extremely aggressive smoke flavor. There's some roasted malt, but it's dominated by the smoke and there's some barrel character as well with some vanilla coming through.

A huge beer and a bit aggressive for my tastes.

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Photo of tewaris
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared at a tasting by Sender. Thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

Had it immediately after the wine barrel version, perhaps that's the reason for this to seem mellow? The slightly lower smokiness was certainly better but I was not able to make sense of the other notes in the aroma, not one bit.

I was expecting something like Matt, but this was at a different level, softer but not nearly as delicious. Vanilla perhaps, and some booze. Muddled fruitiness riding on smoke was my overall impression.

4, 3.5, 4, 4, 3

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Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel. Batch 1, from notes.

Interesting hue here on the head. It's purple, with a light bit of tan, guess it's picking up that real nice hazy reddish brown body. Bit of a pour from the bottom of the bottle so it's got some yeast cloudy character, but it's still quite attractive on first glance.

For a barrel age, it doesn't come off particularly oaky for a bouquet. But the nose provides a mild bitter chocolate and sour berry tinge, almost crabapple sense, but it gets into under-ripe raspberry or some red berry, with some slight funk. Solid.

Palate is a strange mix of wet and creamy texture. A very light body for a barrel aged brew, with a mild sour bit of tart kick, and mellow milk bitter chocolate and sour cherries. The feel does provide even with the lightness a real good creamy texture surprisingly, the feel seems to be the best part. It's almost contradictory to how the flavors come out on the palate. I don't get much smoke off of this either.

Overall though, kind of mellow, simple, and alright. It's ok but I can't get a sense of style for what this is either.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Nice khaki head with a thick collar and nice surface wisps.

Smell - Smoky, but not too intense. Sweet smelling. Chocolate. Lots of vanilla. Some oak. I get some brandy, but I don't think I'd peg it as apple.

Taste - Chocolate. Smoke. Sweet fudgy chocolate comes back after the smoke. Oak. Sweet brandy flavor. Woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Pretty sweet and kinda boozy. A little sluggish.

Overall - Nice all around. I appreciate that the smoke isn't overwrought.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hooray! This is the 1st time I am reviewing a beer 1st. Pours black and thick, lovely dense tan head that leaves some lacing but it's fleeting. What an aroma, smoked malts, licorice, chewy toffee, apple brandy and lots of oak. Up front there is some vanilla, roasted chestnuts, oak, nice brandy flavor. This beer is a malt bomb. Tones of lingering smoke flavor. Apple at the end, and a tad of hot alcohol flavor, but it is welcome here. Splitting this one is a good idea, but it is tasty.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Pours dark brown, thin ring, spotty lacing, thin filmy cap.

S - Apples, booze, smoke, dark fruits. Really enjoy the apple and booze on the nose. The alcohol is pretty smooth for 12%.

T - Smoke, char, dark fruits, apple, oak. I wanted more apples here, but still, not bad overall. The smoke and char show up a lot more here then compared to the nose.

M - Full body, rich, smooth, creamy finish.

O - I preferred the nose to the palate. The apples really stood out on the nose but then weren't as pronounced when it came time to taste this one. Still, enjoyable but I'll take the regular version of over any of the variants.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third & final of the Oak series, once again thanks to Sender for toting this one along.

Looks just like the others, mostly black. Nose is gentler still than the other two varieties, smoke, but with significant sweetness, green apples.

Smoke from the Oak Apple Brandy is balanced like a cute gymnast, barrel much more integrated with the beer than the other two. Smoke, of ccurse, but the barrel rolls in almost immediately, bring warm apples, a faint tang, more evident booze. Faint chocolate that didn't rise to the top of the other varieties. This is one that I could happily swill.

Very good beer, & easily my favorite among the three Oaks.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks cosmicevan for this smokey brew.

A - Pours a flat, thin-like, dark coffee color with a thin, frothy snowflake on top. The froth has some brown/cinnamon tint to it and it disappears rather quickly. Lacing doesn't last long here at all.

S - Heavy on the bourbon & booze scents with hints of apple and just a splash of oak. There's also a small hint of a bacon fat scent in there too. Quite interesting.

T - Bourbon and some caramel in there as well. Could be some brown sugar too. Good mixture with some good balance.

M - Smooth with light carbonation. Almost no bitterness in there. Just silky smooth and goes down real easy.

O - A very tasty porter.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—slight traces of reddish brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin light tan head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of iodine and smoke are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark malts and smoke, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is deceptively drinkable for clocking in at 12% abv as little if any traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

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Photo of foogerd
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Smooth and really rich looking pour, dark black body with some brown on the edges. A beautiful thick luscious looking coffee brown colored head, full lacing lining the glass.

S- Lots of sweet apples and smoke but a sweet smoke, some woody smoke as well but the apple brandy really delivers the smoke in a sweet bbq kind of way.

T- This reports to the palette in a more smokey way than to the nose. Here the smoke is showcased and the sweet apple brandy takes more of a supportive role. Theres a bit of heat as well at the finish, it would probably be best to sit on this for a year or so before cracking it open to see the full potential of the apple brandy treatment to this brew.

M- Cant complain here, full and rich would be the only way to describe this.

D- Very tasty but best to share.

I detracted some points off the taste because of the heat but I believe this brews best days are yet to come with some age.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a-Just like the wine aged version and the unaged imperial smoked porter, this brew poured a silky black with a frothy creamy head that built as the beer was poured. Drank this one out of the tasting glass that came with the set which is a bit tulip shaped so it lends to pulling that nice head. Lacing is milkshake like and the brew is gorgeous. A quick swirl of the glass rebuilds the head on command.

s-Like the wine version, there is a peatiness to the smell and it really tames the campfire smoke of the base beer.

t-This brew seems even more tamed back on the smoke than the wine version. Heavy on the dark chocolate...the apple brandy adds a tingle to the taste, but nothing like I had expected, but it does give the beer a sort of sangria touch to it.

m-Very rich and creamy. Leaves a wonderful tingle in my mouth, but not much of the smokiness that I love about the original. Alcohol comes through most in the mouth. As it warmed the smokiness came out more in the mouth.

d-Dangerously drinkable, but awfully heavy and filling. The original imperial smoked porter is a phenomenal brew and I really wish that this set had a bottle of the original for comparison sake since I seem to be chasing that original beer in this set. Very enjoyable beer, but not quite as tasty as the wine version (IMO).

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Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cuzco for the trade. 750ml bottle served at 53 degrees in my Darkness tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a dense, half inch mocha-colored head that is refreshed with a gentle swirl. Delicate strands of lacing are exposed during the tasting. Nose is rich, sweet and malty with pleasant smokey aromas and a slightly medicinal quality. Taste consistent with nose - the smokey quality pleasantly infiltrates the rich malty backbone. Apple brandy becomes evident as the brew warms. Mouthfeel on this is exquisite - medium bodied with a light, almost still, carbonation and a creamy/velvety texture. I have to say that I found this beer much better than the previous version and more on par with my expectations. The base porter on this beer is really quite good and my interest is definitely piqued by the rum and wine barrel variations.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beer is dominated by a heavy smoked malt presence that overpowers the brandy barrel character. I don't know if it's because they made this imperial, but the smoke presence is really strong and the apple brandy notes that are so pleasant in the regular version are almost undetectable. I'm a huge smoke head so I'm not going to complain too much but it would be nice to pick up some of the brandy. There is some toasted oak but the nose is overwhelmingly smokey with hints of campfire, charcoal, smoked meat, ash and burnt toast. Really nice but could use something else for balance, especially in a BA beer.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a subtle brandy barrel character that is faintly integrated into the flavor of intensely smoked malts. There is a sweet calvados character that gives of vinous and green apple flavor but that is quickly countered by toasted oak and almost burnt malt. Pretty dry but never becomes acrid with luscious smoked malt and subtle chocolate cake sweetness. Hints of charcoal, barbecued bacon, burnt toast, liquid smoke and ash followed by oatmeal and dark chocolate sweetness. There is some nice brandy flavor but the high ABV is very well masked, and although this beer is pretty intense, I'm loving the peated, smokey flavor and find it very easy to drink.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 11/13/13 notes. This was a big want of mine as it is the only SftO version, imperial or otherwise, I hadn't had. Was very happy to see them re-brew this, and even happier to find it in NYC without having to head to the tasting room. Had a 12 oz pour in a tulip at The Jeffrey in NYC.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with two inches of medium tan head and low carbonation evident. Leaves some light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, light sour apples, oak, smoke bitter chocolate, and toasted malts. Nice sweet chocolate to it. Smoke is light, and little barrel.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, toasted malts, burnt malts, smoke, light brandy barrel, oak, light vanilla, and light coffee. Taste has a little bit more of the barrel to it and more smoke.

m - Thick, full bodies porter and low to moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth and easy to drink, especially for 12% ABV.

o - Overall I was surprised to see some less than favorable reviews towards the top of the page, but then realized those are reviews form the 2010 bottling. Not sure if I just like this better than most people, or if they tweaked the recipe, but I think the new 2013 version is pretty good. I would rank them Wine > Apple Brandy > Rum. Not a ton of barrel to it, and not a ton of smoke, so maybe that disappoints people, but it is a really good imperial porter with light smoke and light brandy, especially in the taste. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The final bottle from the set that I received from joefuzz. Thank you, Joe.

The cap comes off without a whisper, catching me by surprise. The beer, however, is carbonated, as evinced by the dark brown head that sits atop this black beer. With the poorest retention of the 3, the head falls off to a thin disk leaving minimal lace. The nose is rather excellent. With a blend of apple brandy, smoke and some vanilla sweetness, this is intoxicating. Couple the barrel character with the mild cocoa and caramel, you get this beer which almost seems sweeter than the other two. The pairing of vanilla, caramel and apple brandy makes this almost smell like an apple candy (I'm blanking on the name at the moment). The freshness and vibrancy of the liquor calls to mind a fine eau-de-vie. Excellent.

The palate bears to fruition the promise that the nose holds. While brasher and bolder in its booziness than the other beers in the series (I can't help but compare them), the apple brandy character does lend itself to bold flavors. The smoke character also does seem a little bit more intense here, with smoked mead and a handful of smoldering wet leaves thrown in for good measure. The mid-palate brings into focus the sweeter flavors, with the vanilla from the barrel and the creamy chocolate from the porter enhancing each other. The finish reveals that this is the most tannic of the series, drying out my palate and lessening the enjoyment from the wonderful flavors up until this point. With a lingering smoke and caramel apple character, I feel a little less tannin character would greatly enhance this beer. Still, and excellent beer and probably my 2nd favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/12/2011

Thanks to Michael for sharing this.

A: Dark brown with a subtle crimson tinge.

S: Huge beechwood and applewood bacon smoke nose. The smoke is really strong. Chocolate lingers beneath, and there's a light apple brandy note. Malt is moderately roasted.

T: Milk and dark chocolate blend with a pervasive smoke element that's reminiscent of charred beechwood. Roasted malt is at a moderate level. The flavor doesn't quite match the quality of the aroma, but it's still nice. There's a low earthy bitterness.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: A good beer with a great aroma. I haven't had the regular version for a while so it's hard to compare, but the aroma on this seems a lot smokier and more complex.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely, dark black color with a medium-large tan head with a hint of red to it. Scent is SMOKEY as hell! Tons of smoke and BBQ-like aromas...it reminds me of the way this tri-tip smelled when I marinaded it in Shlenkerla. Lovely, with a bit of brandy and fruit-like characteristics as the beer warms up. Definitely some tart green apples. Taste is a bit off...or is it? I can't really decide yet. At first, it is quite tart...with some green apple flavor and booze. The smoke comes through in the middle, and being more mellow than the nose would imply (still VERY smokey). Nice BBQ beef flavors with some smoked malt and charcoal. Overall, very complex. VERY little brandy character...more Port-wine-like. Mouthfeel is full bodied and warming. Drinkability is actually pretty high. Overall, this beer has its ups and downs...making it very hard to rate it. It has some off-flavors that work to the beer's benefit at times. It's complexity is all over the place... I'll taste a dark sour beer, then I'll taste a rauchbier, then a smoked porter, then an imperial stout, then some pulled pork...it's crazy. I'm not saying this beer is top notch, but I would recommend every fan of craft beer to give this one a try.

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Photo of Pahn
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled in '10. From the gift pack with the Rum and Wine barrel aged versions, both of which I've drank and reviewed over the past year.

Sidenote: Let it not be said that Captain Lawrence tries to stiff its customers out of beer, as this bottle was filled to about an inch from the cap.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick ring of lacing. Pours dark brown / black and leaves big swatches and spots of lacing everywhere. Looks like both of the other versions, ie excellent.

Smell: Lots of soft vanilla oak, smoked malt, and some apple. Booze and pine quickly emerge. Nutty.

Beautiful and balanced aroma. Probably the best smelling of the three, actually.

Taste: Smooth feel and flavor up front, oaky and malty with a healthy cutting bitterness, leading to an apple and smoke finish with a giant alcohol heat in the chest. Heat and aftertaste last a long time.

Smoked malt is much more subdued in this beer than in the regular Imperial Smoked Porter or the other imperial Smoke from the Oak beers. While this provides a great balance up front, there's unfortunately some unpleasant solvent / cheap whiskey flavor around the finish. This beer wears its ABV on its sleeve much moreso than the other two.

At the same time, the long, delicious apple / smoke interplay aftertaste and powerful heat make this beer a rewarding sipper. Also, the beautiful, balanced character of the smell steadily emerges in the beginning and middle of each sip, oak-forward, nutty, boozy, with some brandy notes to make things more interesting. The finish alternates between campfire and cheap whiskey.

Surpassed by the almost-perfect flavor of the rum barrel aged version, this beer tastes simultaneously better and worse than the wine version. Up front, more is going on, more balance is achieved, and the flavors work better together. In back, there's surprising flaws that are not present in either of the other barrel versions, nor in the original Imperial Smoked Porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very creamy, but welcomely punched up by the carbonation and bitterness.

Overall: The apple acidity, nuttiness, and deep overall flavor make this a very enjoyable beer, but all told I think it's the weakest of the three. To put it another way, I would pay $60+ for 3 bottles of the imperial rum barrel aged Smoke from the Oak, but if they were all apple brandy I'd have to take a pass.

Another giant American beer that hits very high heights, but can't avoid some notable flaws. Still, the apple brandy influence is, if nothing else, very interesting, and the base beer is so good that it would be hard to really mess this up. Mildly recommended to any beer drinker, highly recommended to fans of Captain Lawrence's Imperial Smoked Porter, since in the end I believe the experiment yields enough unique flavor to make trying it worthwhile.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ark as night with a heavy tan head that was thick and gave the beer that thick and creamy look i had so wanted it to be. nice lacing down the sides of the glass as well..

aroma starts with warm vanilla and roasted malts, hints of light oak and coffee, some smoke peaking its head up at times, very interesting. nice touches of chocolate and a warm brown sugar as it hits room temperature. flavor follows suit perfectly as the warming from the roasted malts and rich barrel flavor are simply superb. rich vanilla and caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee and a nice smooth finish that was dotted with notes of light bitterness that were balanced against the malts with near perfection, creamy, full and just a delightfully wonderful beer.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(750ml bottle courtesy of Cuzco!). Pours a nice black color with a thin espresso head. Its a really nice picture. Aroma is savory smoke, beef jerky, faint, but sweet apples. The smoke is so powerful, but the fruit does peek its head out in a very pleasant way. Taste is sweet; much sweeter than I expected. I recall trying the other two versions and I thought they were harsh (but good). The smoke is there for sure, but the apple brandy has really started to emerge. Medium bodied and a slick texture. Finish is smooth except for the alcohol bite. This has been my favorite of the imperial SFTO beers, but a revisit of the other two is now something I’m very interested in.

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Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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