Bill Becker (1770) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 8, 2017 SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a very dark opaque brown with 1 finger tan head. Aroma of roasty malts and some smoke and bourbon. Flavor is roasty and nutty and acid. Bourbon and smoke flavors are both noticeable but moderate and well done. But this lactic sourness throughout is quite unappetizing. It is really distracting and i am trying to overlook it for this rating and judge it on its other good qualities but this is really hard to give a decent rating to.
From Mar 2008
I got this in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!
It pours a near pitch black with some reddish hues and a 2 finger head of billowy tannish foam. Nice lacing. Very good head retention.
The smell has notes of bourbon and a strong sour nose that reminds me of a american wild ale. I also get a little vanilla. Not exactly what I was expecting, or was I?
The taste has some bourbon, some vanilla, some good woodiness, a touch of chocolate, and strong sour notes. The sour, imo, is just a tad too strong here and does seem to dominate but it certainly is, for me, an easy drinking Porter. I can't say that I detect much of the smoke....some day, I would love to try the version that isn't barrel aged just to see how it compares.
The mouthfeel is medium-light, the carbonation is fairly robust, and it finishes with a nice taste of that bourbon. Like I said before, it's easy drinking so I'd guess the abv would be in the ~6%abv range.
All in all, I like this offering from Captain Lawrence, as I did the rum barrel aged version. Very interesting flavours and pretty darned palate pleasing. Plovmand (8613) - Grindsted, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle shared with Anker. Nice pitch black body with a nice steady mocca colored head. The aroma is roasted with some deep ripe fruity and acidic notes mixed with oak and smoke. Quite sweet sourish and bitter roasted flavor. Smoked wood and light vanilla from the bourbon. Very nice. ThirstyBird (2996) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2013
Old noted from 2010 - batch 2. Appears a deep dark cola color with a tan head than goes to a ring with some lacing. The smell is sour, dark fruit and wood. The taste is grapes, sour tartness with dry wood in the middle ending with a dry finish. Very carbonated. Overall pretty impressive beer. nuplastikk (6451) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2013
750ml. Smoke tinged.oily, sour Porter, this is a great beer. Lots of depth. World Class beer all the way, this is just excellent. Vinous sour tones more than balance out the dark malt tones. I love the sour black ale style, and this one nails it. Awesome stuff. mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4715-20120818] Bottle. Roasty smoked dry wood sweet grainy malt aroma. Hazy, dark brown with a quick foamy tan head. Smoked sweet oak barrel roasted malt flavour. Full body. Wow, good. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8
johnnnniee (4411) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 8, 2012
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)
Overheard: "You can taste dread."
Bottle from Batch 1 courtesy of mcallister, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a huge off white head that fills half the glass and takes forever to recede. The aroma holds some roast and chocolate with a solid hit of bourbon and oak and a curious fruity tartness. The flavor follows the aroma with the sour cherries and lemons taking over the lead role and just about obscuring the porter that was once in this bottle. Medium body with a ludicrous amount of carbonation and an tart ashy bubbly mouthfeel. This beer is a shell of its former self. Some wild yeast have gotten into the bottle and turned this beer, or maybe I just sat on the bottle for too many years. jredmond (8626) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle Batches 01 & 02 courtesy of Max at Kramer’s Campground Brewdown 2012. Both pour a deep brownish body with light fizz. Aroma on Batch 01is musky, oaky, bourbon and chocolate, while Batch 02 has a much more pronounced sour acidity present. Mouthfeel is similar on both - medium to thin with notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, and molasses. However, the flavor of Batch 02 is completely different - veering much more into a dark sour ale with notes of tart acidity, light oak, bourbon, wine barrel, chocolate and spice. Both very solid beers. Batch 01: 3.9, Batch 02: 4.1. Huhzubendah (3753) - 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.
This beer is a dark brown color. It has a decent sized head that fades quickly leaving very little lacing. Aromas are smoke, oak (go figure), and bourbon. The flavor is pretty nice. This was my second favorite of the four bottles. This particular variant was the most sour of the four bottles. There is some noticeable heat in the finish. Although, I would drink this again, I wasn’t especially impressed by any of the Smoke From The Oak lineup.
Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2012
(Bottle) Pours black with brown edges. Small, light brown head. The aroma is sourish with buttery and woodsy bourbon. Light fruity and smoky undertones. Hints of dust and light horse blanket. The roast and the fruitiness play well together. The flavour is light sweet to dry, light bitter and medium sourish. Tones of vinegar, fruits, light roasted malt and citrus acid. Bit earthy and mouldy. The mouthfeel is tart with a light carbonation. Citric tart finish. Medium bodied. Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
It pours thick dark rum brown with a caramel head. The aroma has big sour notes with some chocolate bourbon as well. The flavor is super sour dominant, but good with not any wild phenyl notes but pure delicous sour.