Captain Lawrence Imperial Smoke from the Oak (Rum Barrel)

 
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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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.


3.5
Bill Becker (1773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 6, 2017
From Mar 2008 I got this in a trade with nutbrow. Thanks Alan! It pours(Batch 1)..yikes! nutbrown *told* me to open the bottle by the sink and I totally forgot. Gusher! Gusher! Ok, it's a clear dark brown with a substantial head of foam and lots of lacing. I couldn't help but smell it while I was trying to tame the foam: sour cherries, just a bit of rum, really, and some roasted malt. Last pour and it is no longer a clear brew but it's still a looker in the glass with very good head retention. The taste has more of the same. Again, nutbrown said that it took a turn towards the sour and he was spot on. Me, being a big fan of sours beers, found that to be a little enticing yet confusing, especially since this is an American Porter and I've never had one that was any way near having sour charactaristics but Captain Lawrence changed that, for sure. Back to the tasting, the sourness is very vinous and could overtake every other flavour easily but for me, the roasted malt and coffee, a touch of smoke, along with a bit of chocolate, make a mad dash and calm the sourness to the point of near balance. Mind you, if sour isn't to your liking, it's still noticeable enough that it will probably put you off and so I wouldn't recommend you try it unless you're really game. As it is in its present state, I'd consider it more of an Oud Bruin than an American Porter but whatever you want to call it, it works for me.

4.2
DocLock (11021) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Aged bottle from a PUB’R female operative. Poured hazy dark blackish with tan head. Nose was woody rum, molasses, dark fruit, fig, rauch, Tasted amazingly complex, with an upfront oaky rum, molasses, sweetness, giving way to rauch, prune, and hops later, with a complex finish. THis beer was a true gem, and I just wish I had more, as this is my last bottle.

3.9
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Bottled 2010 Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger mocha colored head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks and chunks of lacing left behind. Intensely smokey aroma with a nicely integrated barrel character that compliments the smoked malt without overpowering the characteristics of the base beer. Strong campfire presence with charcoal, smoked meat and butane along with toasted oak, roasted malt and a subtle spiced rum character. I can see how some folks would prefer more of a barrel presence but I’m a huge smoke head so this beer smells great to me. On the thinner end of medium bodied with a stronger barrel presence than the aroma suggests. Still plenty smokey but there’s a prominent oak and spiced rum character that’s present throughout. Some zesty spice, toasted oak, coconut and sweet alcohol countered by deeply smoked malt. Hints of charcoal, BBQ and bacon along with burnt toast, coffee bean and oatmeal. There is plenty of sweet alcohol flavor but the high ABV is excellently masked making this beer deceptively drinkable. Nice barrel integration but I would prefer just a bit more smoke to tone down the rum flavors. Very nice.

4.1
gunnfryd (15256) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2015
Fonefan 280215. Black colour with a tan head. Flavour is oak, smoked, coffee, li9corice, alcohol, rum, roasted malt. Very nice beer.

3.7
Tonkun (1306) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle. Dark pour with a big mocha head. Bacon, oak, rum, vanilla, beef jerky. Medium full body. Does not seem 12%. Very smokey. Good carbonation. Bitter smoky finish

4
DenverLogan (1264) - North Bend, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Near black with head and lace. Aroma of dark malts, oak, rum. Medium carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of dark malts, rum, liquid smoke, minerals, liquorice, slight sawdust & dark tropical fruit. Overall unique, funky, smoky yet tart, odd yet interresting and obviously, smother as it opens up after 20 minutes or more.

3.7
Hansen (8615) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2015
Dark brown coloured with a light brown head. Roasted aroma, sweet flavor, smoke, soft barrel. Warming alcohol.

4
fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015

Bottle 750ml. @ Carnival Tasting 2015, Denmark.

[ As Captain Lawrence Imperial Smoke from the Oak (Rum Barrel) ].
Clear dark brown color with a average to large, creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, smoke, alcohol - rum - sweet alcohol. Flavor is light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, sweet meat - smoke, chocolate, rum, smoke, wood, roasted - dark malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20150228]

4
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 1, 2015
[email protected] More or less opaque black colour with a mediumsized beige creamy head that leaves some lace. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, some rum and wooden notes along with cocoa and rum. Flavour is rather similar, but also has a bunch of sweeter elements like liquorice, plum, raisins and some slight alcohol as well. Strong body, yet a very pleasant sipper.

3.2
Zita (6331) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2015
light burnt ,sweet barel aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice light smoked finish.


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