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Captain Lawrence Imperial Smoke from the Oak (Rum Barrel)

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (2099) - 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 (2293) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2636) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Thank you Joey! Big black pour. Smoked malt aroma with hints of barrel, vanilla. Big chocolate, smoke malt and very thick with lots if vanilla barrel and touches of rum. Effing good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours tar-black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. Olfactory standouts here are smoked meat, fresh Band-Aids, fudge and coal. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and Key West carbonation. The flavor offers a blend of burnt marshmallows, smoked malts, heart-warming ethanol, burnt malts and a whisper of dried plum. All those characteristics, and yet it still trends toward the sweet side of balance. Finishes chocolaty, sweet and smoky. Thanks to mikeq215 for shooting me this world class, glorious smoke bomb!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2570) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Pours dark coffee unclear in color with a decent cocoa caramel head. Aroma brings slight sweet and pork like smoke, but smooth, so smooth for the smoke. There is a by of sweet tart, just a hint, as well. Flavor brings similar tart and smoky peaty malts as well.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
htzpah (89) - - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2153) - 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 (1423) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3667) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (3871) - 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.


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