Pleasantville Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Ontap at Jimmy's No. 43 into a nonic imperial.
A--Purplish black. Had a Young's double chocolate stout before this and is definitely more raisiny in the body. Short, quick half finger head that dies off without a trace of skim.
S--Some deep almost Cabernet winish notes along with a trace and whiff of both roast and smoke. Like slightly burnt bread at the end of the first good sniffs.
T--A nice sock of parched, Cubano tobacco leaf as you fill out into more caramel malts and a nice floral hops to round things out toward the end. Really nice almost phenolic character that helps balance the, again, red grape immediately followed by the licking a cigar on your tongue. The hops clean you out so another sip is a welcome endeavor rather than an obstacle.
BTW, as this puppy warms it opens up both in the nose and in the mouth to reveal, to riff on the Capt. Larry naming theme, black gold. There's deep resonance of almost woody textures at work, as well as more chocolate than at first, cooler sips, so you get something like an experience of drinking great Merlot over a campfire.
M--Really nice, actually. For all the dry puckering action you get from peatbog like flavors this ride remains smooth and supple. But then again I like Islay scotch.
D--No complaints for being such a unique taste. Could definitely follow this up and would go great with autumnal or wintry fare.
Serving type: on-tap
09-16-2008 04:55:41 | More by TheycallmeTim
More User Reviews:
3.91/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Finger plus of foam, average tannish brown color, the center filled with larger bubbles which may reduce retention, the lacing is more splotchy than streaks but can’t fault the stickiness. Black liquid, you can see fat bubbles slide up near the glass sides, nothing to gauge regarding clarity nor cloudiness. The nose is all liquid smoke, like choke to death type smoke, not sure why this is not a Rauchbier if we are being candid, even has that molten rubber aspect, then there’s an odd pairing of plum and green apple fruit scents, caramel and coffee rinds, maybe matted grasses or peat, so intense is the primary element that all subtlety and nuance is lost, you better like smokiness. Medium-bodied, good flow, even wiry, the attack displays a white grapefruit bite which for a moment jolts you, opens your taste buds to more of the cherry, apple, Italian plum fruit. The more you sip the more the smoke permeates. Mild German chocolate cake notes, coconut and caramel. Like the metallic, earthy qualities which linger through the finish. Could use more “bottom,” that is, denser anchor flavors besides the smoke to really get into. Likely best with food, like smoked pork or barbecue, needs a similar mindset.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2014 01:38:32 | More by farrago
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The pour was pretty standard, black straight pour with nice tan head that lasted.
The aroma is probably my favorite part of the beer. Love the chestnest, coffee, smokey smell that fills the air when you pour it. There's also a bready, cracker note along with malt. It blends together very well, forming a nicely layered scent that reminds me of Christmas.
I was surprised by the feel of the beer; something this dark, I usually expect a thicker beer but this was lighter, almost watery. But do not be fooled, this is as smokey and bitter as any other porter. First and foremost, I taste the carby, malty taste first then it firsts off with a more complex mix of chocolate, woody black coffee taste. The label says they use German malt, which makes sense as this reminds me of dunkel.
Very good beer at a very affordable price.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2013 21:03:10 | More by usechopstix
Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.