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Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak (Wine Barrel)



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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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The marriage of beer and oak is a truly wonderful thing. Just like wine, whiskey or rum, beer can also gain in complexity when aged in oak barrels. But if you take it one step further and age the beer in oak barrels that had previously held word class wine, well then you can elevate the experience even higher. This is our Smoked Porter, aged in French oak barrels that were previously used to age Merlot and Pinot Noir. We let the beer age in the barrels for around 12 months before adding a fresh dose of yeast to allow the beer to naturally carbonate in the bottle.

Jeppe's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Fine brew with a nice balance between the sweetness from the porter and the sourness from the wine barrel. Extremely drinkable and a really nice take on a flemish sour. Roasty Duchesse? I want another one. Thanks Paps.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8246) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy dark blackish brown with tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt, cacao, rauchiness, black currant, grapey fruit. Tastes roasty dark malty, with notes f red wine grapes, cacao, blackberry, and a smooth finish. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle in Chicago with TheAlum. Thanks Adam! Pours a dark brown appearance with a spritzy, big brown head. Big red vinous, very funky, grape, light plum, tangy, very intriguing aroma. Somewhat roasty, mild peaty smoky, dry vinous, light berry, funky, complex, fun flavor. Enjoyed this better than the rum version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle shared with timfoolery. Smoky porter with notes of white wine and soy. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle from a trade for three of the variations. Aroma is clearly smoky porter and some wine barrel. Wine comes out more in the flavor and quite literally resembles smoked fish from a can. Well done, but odd beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (6468) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2013
bottle as shown .. . deep brown .. . big foamy head, lacing was impressive .. . mouth was a touch airy .. . mild smoke, oak barrel, grape seed, and tannins .. . an interesting meld of flavours, i kinda liked it .. . . If I eat myself will I get twice as big or disappear completely?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2609) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle shared at a local tasting, thanks Levi! Pours a dark brown head with a light brown head, the aroma has quite a bit of smoked malt with a touch of chocolate, the flavor is really sweet with a little bit of smoke in the finish, it mixes well together though, kind of different but I really enjoyed this, couldn’t finish an entire bottle myself, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1959) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2013
Batch 2 bottle from puddintane. Word G. Pours dark amber. Lots of smoke and roast. Slight oak and warming red wine. Still in great shape.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
2010 with the carbonation warning sticker. Gushes like a motherfucker, eventually allowing the fury inside to be poured. Black body sports a smokey, funky aroma. This is basically a sour porter: yeast imparts tartness to push against the roasted malts. Unique and quite tasty. Thanks Denise!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
johnnnniee (2656) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle from Batch 2 thanks Mcallister. Good thing I was near the sink when I opened this. Huge rush of foam from a self pouring bottle, I filled my glass and then the bottle she kept on giving. The color is a porter all right, but the rest is lambic like. Smells of tart fruit and a bit of funk. The flavor is very funky and tart. The Porter is gone and I can’t even say I like the lambic that it left behind. Another casualty from my cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (2795) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2012
All four variants of Smoke From The Oak served side by side at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks to Pete, Chris, and Brad for supplying the bottles. Review is from notes. To say this was a gusher is an understatement. The beer spewed forth in a rage all over my kitchen. Infected...ya, pretty much. This beer is a dark brown color. It has an absolutely enormous head (gusher) that fades after about five minutes leaving very little lacing. Aromas are smoke, oak (go figure), and tannins. The flavor is pretty nice overall, infection or not. The beer is sour and tart, with a tannic presence. The feel is smooth with some noticeable heat in the finish. Overall, a pretty decent brew. Too bad most of the bottle ended up on the counter and floor.

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