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Captain Lawrence Imperial Smoke from the Oak (Rum Barrel)

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Rum barrels are a new one for me. Iíve 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 Captainís 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (1753) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Pours a deep burnt umber with a finger of eggshell foam. The nose is a nice mixture of smoked chocolate malt, spicy booze and medium roast. The palate follows the nose with a great balance and a smooth velvety mouthfeel. Less rum presence then the apple brandy version but the smoked chocolate notes are a great platform for the touches of spicy sweet booze that the rum barrels impart.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldbrewky (1411) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bomber hand delivered by UDbeernut. Sweet spicy nose of booze. First taste is also rum rounded sweet quickly followed by wet oak tannins. Decreasing waves of rounded flavor continue for some time. Finish is a tad weak from the fortissimo of the start. Thanks Art.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
htzpah (30) - - APR 12, 2014
Smells like an Islay scotch, only peatier. This is some seriously odd porter... Awful taste, very salty, but yes, "interesting." Terms like "sweaty sock" and "old gym shoes" are too weak to describe.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (3569) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Location: Bottle (as pictured) from Buy Rite, 11/11/13, Itís 11/11, Rating #3300!, Bottled in 2/13, I think that should cover all the number/date information...

Aroma: The nose is smokey and and a little sweet, some vanilla and oak, light rum, and peat
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head and some drippy lace
Flavor: The taste is a good mix of smoke malts, plenty of sweetness, and subtle bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-plus, smooth and soft on the mouth, and minimal burn for this ABV
Overall Impression: Look at that, tick #3300! Iíd like to thank all those that made this possible (particularly my liver). As for the beer, this is a really nice smoked porter with a subtle, but noticeable rum flavor from the barrel aging. It is smooth and drinkable. It works best at cellar temperature. I enjoyed this one. It make sense that my 3300th tick would be from my top state. This is another excellent beer from Captain Lawrence.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3245) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Poured a blackish color with aromas of peat, light sweet rum, some vanilla and light oak. Flavors are the same but more smoke thank I like. A nice beer kverall

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (420) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Poured from the bottle. color is a dark brown with an off white head. Aroma of roast and smoke, with hints of vanilla. Taste is sweet sugary with lots of smoke. The smoke mellowed as it warms. It was to harsh at first, but then it gets better. Itís ok, but still not that balanced. Rum is drowned out by the smoke.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2059) - New York, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottled in pleasantville. Deep brown pour. Small tan head. Malt and almost vanilla smell. Similar taste with oak and rummy sweetness. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wchesser (1013) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2013
GABF 2013. Dark brown. Smoke, wet oak on the nose, booze. Taste follows, deep campfire smoke, hot alcohol, roasted malts. Pretty one dimensional.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1317) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013 (according to a rep from Captain Lawrence this is the version of Smoke From The Oak that was poured). Appears dark brown in the glass with a rich, creamy tan head. Aroma of smoke and peat. The peat makes its way into the flavor nearly overwhelming the other flavors. Alcohol warming is detected. Very well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (1855) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Bottle, 2010 vintage, shared by Hopscotch. Smokey aromas. All kinds of smokiness with cola, rum, and vanilla notes. Clear brown pour with a kaki head. I typically donít dig smoked beers, but this is an exception. Good body and mouthfeel.


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