Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak (Bourbon Barrel)



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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
I am big fan of bourbon. It is one of the only true American distillated, and has a long rich history to go with it. Many people dont know that by law, for a whiskey to be called bourbon, it must be aged in brand new, charred American oak barrels. So once that bourbon is dumped from the barrel for bottling that barrel can no longer be used to make bourbon and is of no more use to the distiller. Thats were we come in. We acquired freshly emptied bourbon barrels to age our Smoked Porter in, and it was worth the extra effort. We present to you the perfect marriage of beer, bourbon and oak for you to enjoy.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (3016) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Aroma is sweet accented with sour notes. Straight black with a lacey heaad. Lightly sweet and grapefruit peel bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (8126) - Helsinge, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (2858) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (6104) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8735) - 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
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)
Overheard: "You can taste dread."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (4114) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 8, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (8049) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle Batches 01 & 02 courtesy of Max at Kramers 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3686) - 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 wasnt especially impressed by any of the Smoke From The Oak lineup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3146) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (7132) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2011
750 ml bottle from trade. Thanks! Pours a rich dark blackish brown hue, with a thick creamy light brown milk chocolate head. Thicker film, good lacing. Aromas are sour cherries, red wine, touches of oak, vanilla, roast, and cocoa. Initial is sour cherries, red wine, some vanilla. Touches of cocoa, roast, toast, and biscuits. Some mellow vanilla, as the sour cherry asserts itself fully. Into the backend, lingering vanilla, toffee, sour cherries, red wine, and lingering touches of acidity. Really became a wild beast, but in a fairly enjoyable way. Sour cherries, oak, touches of dry red wine, light Bourbon spirit, vanilla, a touch dry and roasty. Really nice, but much different than anticipated. Still fairly complex, the base and original concept still have flashes, but an enjoyable sour cherry presence rues the day.

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