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Captain Lawrence Imperial Smoke from the Oak (Rum Barrel)

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Rum barrels are a new one for me. I’ve never tasted a beer that was aged in rum barrels before I tasted the same beer you have in your hands. It was no easy task tracking down freshly emptied rum barrels and getting them up to the brewery, but i think you will agree it was worth the extra effort. The smokiness of the porter and the sweet flavors of the rum come together to create a truly unique flavor profile. Straight from the Captain’s cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2012
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.


1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
bigda83 (310) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Poured a reddish brown color, hazy, and minimal head. Aroma wasn’t bad with hints of smoke and and sweet malts. Taste was horrible. It had a little smoke to it, but honestly tasted like bandages and kind of like what iodine smells like. I’m actually a Captain Lawrence fan, so this was a big letdown, along with many other beers from my recent mini tasting.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
Tasting at Matt’s
Black color, sparse bubbles. Leathery smoke, old wood, rancid cream (in a good way). Lean body; good chocolate flavor, mellow, with a bit of leather, but the milky touch is a bit out of place; light smoke; it would benefit from a fuller body. The alcohol is well hidden. The bitterness is medium-low.
Great aroma, good flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5979) - Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2014
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by GAbell). Looks good; a cloudy dark cola with beige head. Smells of dark malt, chocolate, and rum with what seems like some mint as well. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant medium-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (5265) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle - Lots of smoke, barrel sweetness and toffee. Deep maroon with a decent beige head. Lots of smoke, toffee and some chocolate. Rum is obvious, but the sweetness and booze are well balanced. Very nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (7474) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
750mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Nose is pretty hot, with notes of rum, smoke, and alcohol -- interesting aromatics. Flavour is an unusual mix of different elements, including lots of smoke, rum, and oak. Rather confused flavours in here. It somehow works, but not overly enjoyable to me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6861) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours near black with a transient tan head and a nice smoke and treacle aroma. There is a sweet smoked malt flavor with some dark molasses and lots of, maybe too much, smoke. Overall a pretty good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11678) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2014
750 capped from bu11zeye. Pours dark brown/black with a transient tan head. Arom of rum, booze, wood, med dark fruits. Med + body. Very smooth, smokey, woody, rummy, especially rummy. Very nice. Oh, and dark treacle. Pretty tasty stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5155) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Sampled at pinball. Black. Very smoky and that leads. Malts that bring some roasted notes. I do get some rumbut just a little. Wood is also tasted. Something a little like smoked fish. No idea where that came from. Not quite.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (2272) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours pitch black with minimal head. The aroma has smoke, smoke, smoke, and smoke. The taste has smoke, booze and booze. Not for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2517) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle shared tonight by Dr Rob, thanks for the opportunity! Huge smokey campfire with hints of caramel and chocolate offset with light sweet molasses. Decent brew, but the apple brandy worked better.


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