Pleasantville Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Pleasantville Smoked PorterPleasantville Smoked Porter

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 251
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 5.17%
Wants: 25
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Billolick on 02-12-2006

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Reviews: 130 | Hads: 251
Photo of AndoBrew
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*liked it, would not buy it*

App: dark brown black cant see through it..

smell: smoke some sausage, some nice roasty rich sweet dark malts.

taste: water, rich goodness, then some sour. nice aand balanced and yummy, lil to much punch in the finish but good.

mf: thin in the front thick in the back.. ok..

drinkable?: sure, bit thick and bitter in the back though. (368 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Cpt. Lawrence sipper, complex, on-tap at Barcade. My clear winner here over a long night. The smoke is instrinsic, its the smoked malt. The aroma is rather ginger. A whisp of head, lace and it's fresh. Medium mouthfeel, and drying bittersweet finish. Comes to a fruitiness in the mouth. A year later, on cask at Cole's cask fest, just as great, with salty dark taste, lacey. (382 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tumbler served at CB Six in NYC.

A: The porter is a pitch black color, obscured further by the darkness of the bar. A thick off-white head coats the top of the glass and leaves hints of lace as it is consumed.

S: The nose is full of roasted malt notes from a porter; only on deep inspection do I pick up some of the smoked curehouse aromas.

T: A sip reveals a strong porter body, thick with chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolatey flavor holds up nicely against the smokiness, creating a hybrid aroma of bacon and chocolate (it's better than it sounds). Caramel flavors later in the sip add further sweetness that contrasts nicely with the smoke flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is wonderful, silky and sweet without an overpowering liquid snoke flavor.

D: This is a really enjoyable drink. If the regular ol' smoked porter is this good, I can only imagine what the Smoke of the Oak series tastes like. (906 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My growler of this beer, with a little bit of rousing, pours with an initially fat-two-finger thick, dusty chocolate cream color that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark, definitely opaque and so close to black I am having a hard time saying it is not. The aroma is most noticeably smoky; in fact it seems characteristic of malt smoked over beech wood (rauch malz). Underneath the smoke is an interesting sweet, fruitiness; this is not always noticeable, but at times is distinctly noticed as sweetened raisins. That last is actually quite fleeting and now that I am looking for it I am having a hard time picking it out of the other aromatic components. Lots of rich malt aromatics linger around in the nose too; Aromas of toasted malt, touches of black coffee, roasted grain dust and perhaps a touch of liquorice.

Lightly sweet tasting, which accentuates notes of burnt prunes and roasted raisins. This fruit character plays second fiddle to the dark & smoke malt character though. The roasted malt flavors play a much bigger role, in comparison to the smoke flavors, than the aroma would have suggested. In fact the roasted character of this beer is the dominant flavor contributor; flavors of espresso, darkly toasted malt flower, toasted bread crust and a significant, though not overwhelming burnt acidity. This acidity from the roasted grain lingers on in the finish a bit (like the slightly acrid, sharp bit found in a dark roasted pull of espresso), it is tempered a bit by some malt sweetness, notes of chocolate and some sweet smoke flavors. The smoke for the most part plays a secondary supporting role here in the flavor. It is noticeable at all flavor points during a draught of this ale and serves as a nice foil for the roast grain flavors. Somehow it does meld and even accentuate the residual malt sweetness found in the beer. I nice mouthfeel to this beer and the body has a certain heft to it that allows the malt to cling to the palate. Medium full feeling, especially up front and through the middle; the roast acidity serves to lighten the fullness of this beer a bit starting in the middle through to the finish.

I like the heft of this beer, it could perhaps use a touch more body to offset the heavily roasted flavors, but it is almost where it needs to be. As someone who loves smoked beers, I could wish for a touch more smoke character to, but it certainly plays a significant role here (especially in the aroma). While I find that it is generally so, the contribution of the smoke to the perception of sweetness in this brew is definitely notable (this is certainly not an overly sweet beer though, it is just interesting that I am specifically noticing the interaction between smoke & perceived sweetness). I definitely can't wait to try the barrel aged versions of this beer; I am almost quite curious to see how a beer of this heft will stand up to and not be overwhelmed by the various barrel types. This is quite a nice beer & I am certainly enjoying the ability to quaff a couple pints of this brew. (3,074 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, basically completely black.

S: Average smokiness.

T: Very creamy with a kick. You can totally taste the smoke flavor.

M: Chocolatey and dries the mouth.

D: Very dominant smoked chocolate taste. Smooth and lasts long.

Very good Porter, even though I am not a huge fan of porters. This one is done well when you want that smokey type of beer. (359 characters)

Photo of KenOnBass
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, heavy looking. Not much of a head though. The smell is average. This beer tastes great. It's a rich, chocolately, and great. Love the smokey taste. Love it. The mouthfeel is amazing. Completely full.

Another great beer from Captain Lawrence. Great for when it's cold out. The word that sums up this beer in a nutshell is full. This is a great tasting porter. (366 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque darkness with a foamy dark tan head that resists fading. Some lacing. The smell is an aggressive lightly roasted malt with tootsie roll creamy chocolate and java notes. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated with a tingle of hops. Full flavored, the taste is similar to the nose. A lightly roasted semi-sweet malt with a smoky dark chocolate character. I good drinker. (400 characters)

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Proudly poured and purchased growler from the owner.

A:Black as the ace of spades.

S: He doesn't call it smoked for nothing folks. Chocolate with ash and mother earth.

T: Slippery smooth with citris aftertaste.

M: Agreeable and not overpowering. Easily can put down several.

D: High (289 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at d.b.a.

Big roasted flavors here, I can't emphasize that enough. Like fire-blasted chocolate, this taste stays with you, only to be interrupted occasionally by the citrus hops. I don't know about the hops in there, they didn't seem to mesh well, but the malt profile with the smoke and dark malts is rocking. Definitely my favorite smoked porter to date. (364 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this growler on a visit to the brewery today. I am pouring a cold sample into a pint glass. The beer pours pitch black with creamy tan head of 3 cm foaming up easily. Aroma is a mix of chocolate and roast malt scents. I also get a little smokiness that is fairly firepit ashy. Subdued but present.
Silky smooth body with a creamy texture. Very mild and soft carbonation. Flavor is chocolate and brown sugar up front with some roasted notes and then a soft hit of smoke, like a candle blowing out. Slight tangy chocolate flavor lingers and is mixed with an espresso bite. The finish is mild but long lasting and tasty.
This is quite a nice beer, I am glad I made the trip to the brewery. You should go to! (714 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a black with dark brown edges when held to the light. A small dark tan head that slowly fades out to a mild floating cap of foam.
Smell is of cocoa, smoked meat, roasted nuts, beef jerky, caramel, along with some freshly frothed cream.
Taste is lightly tart but substantiated with notes of beef jerky, cocoa, caramel, and nuts.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a caramel smoothness fading into a moderately dry finish. (479 characters)

Photo of IceAce
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler arrived last Friday afternoon...just in time for neighborhood game night with malt-loving Navy guy Mark (in town on leave from MS.) and his family. Initial aggressive pour is inky-black with virtually zero collar of foam...no matter how hard I tried.

Nose was roasty but only mildly rauch-like and the disappointment began to rise within of yet another unfulfilled (aka: Stone Smoked Porter) promise of an Alaskan wannabe. The feeling didn't last long...

The initial taste reveals everything this growler was hiding. The Lady in the parlor became a tramp in the bedroom, whispering everything I'd ever wanted to hear from a Smoked Porter...burnt caramel, toffee, and that Bamburg-y perfume which was not worn to excess like a $20 hooker.

Smokey? Of course, but in a refined, restrained way which left me both wishing for more and grateful that it wasn't there. Mouthfeel was palate-pleasing with restrained carbonation and the finish appropriately dry in order to entice one into the next sip.

Just happened to have the good fortune of pairing this with a BBQ Chicken Pizza...pure heaven.

Major props to gpcollen1 for gif'ing this out west! (1,167 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a coffee color and a tan head that drops to a ringlet and splotches the pint glass

Smell: Dark bread but no smoke

Taste: Brown bread up front, still no smoke until the very end, and even then, there is not much and it is joined by a slightly phenolic flavor

Mouthfeel: Somewhat watery with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but pales in comparison to some of the better smoked porters I have tasted; would make a fine brown ale (490 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw-cap growler provided via trade by gpcollen1. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head over the nearly opaque dark brown brew. Head recedes sedately, with lots of coating froth. Aroma is hearty grains and ample smokiness. Taste is chocolate sweetness upfront, seguing into light coffee bitterness, with the smoke coming in at the close and lingering. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and drinkability is quite nice as well. Smoky enough to interest, but not so much to get old after one pint. Another great offering here. (572 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown with a nice tan frothy head.
Smells like roasted malts and a hint of coffee.
Tastes great. Just barely sweet , nice roasted malt and espresso flavor , blended well with a good dose of smoke...but not overpowering....a nice little hop bite near the finish ....a classic slight chalk hint at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium/light...medium carbonation.
Very drinkable. Another treasure from the Captain. (412 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a fluffy light tan head. Left some lacing on the way down.

S: Smells of sweet malt scents -- mainly roasted malt and caramel with some chocolate as well.

T: Also fairly sweet -- caramel malt, toffee and maybe a hint of maple syrup -- but also smoky, with some roasted coffee bitterness and burnt charcoal lingering at the end to give it some balance.

M: Lighter than expected given the appearance; nicely carbonated.

D: Good. I prefer my porters to be a little less sweet, but this was a nice selection to go with lunch on a cold winter's day.

Notes: BA caminiti and I ordered this based on the bartender's advice after we'd had a Rogue Mocha Porter. It actually compared very well to the Rogue offering, though it definitely was the sweeter of the two porters -- the Rogue was the dry chardonnay to the Captain's sweet reisling, to come up with a wine analogy. I'd never heard of Captain Lawrence before, but based on this sample, I'd be interested to see what else they've got. (1,009 characters)

Photo of gpcollen1
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a viscous dark chocolate with a lovely cocoa head that quickly disappears into a tiny ring around my glass. The aroma is quite the combination of roast, chocolate and smoke; with each inhale being a little bit different. I get hints of those chocolate covered cherries, like right after someone bites into one.

The taste is crisp with a bit of carbonation rolling across the tongue. Flavors folow the aroma; sometimes I get a bit more smoke and sometimes more wonderful deep chocolate flavors swirling around my mouth. Some nice coffee comes in on the finish and ushers in some of the hops, finishing smooth and dry.

I have gone through many a growler of this brew before reviewing this one. Though the appearance and aromas don't bump any of the great brews out there, the taste is quite friggin good and it is quite nice on the palate with just the right amount of carbonation and a nice progression of flavors through the swallow. This is absolutely one of the more drinkable beers I have experienced; evidenced by the empty growlers I rinse out on a weeknight. No doubt this one is going to die a quick death tonight.

Cheers to Scott and his elves; see you next week!! (1,187 characters)

Photo of BBM
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a black opaque color with a thin beige head. Good retention and lacing. There is an aroma of sweet, smoky malts, and possibly some chocolate.

The burnt chocolate and smoky flavors are offset by a noticeable hop presence. This is somewhat unfortunate, because it means the smokiness that is supposed to envelope the beer takes somewhat of a backseat. Still, it is a fairly balanced porter and a quality drink if you can find it. Not the best smoked beer I've had, but it's solid. (496 characters)

Photo of lehows
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color, very stout like with a large and fluffy tan head. Good retention and the head clung to the sides with outstanding lacing. Wonderful aromas of chocolate and coffee, and maybe some fruit in there somewhere. Taste hits you right up front, no messing around here. Delicious flavors of coffee, some chocolate and a smoky quality in the finish. This is an all-around great beer. Looking forward to trying their IPA as well. (443 characters)

Photo of Stimack
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew on tap last evening and it was poured to a deep dark black color with a nice sized medium Tan colored head that had great retention and left a bunch of lacing through out. This is a good-looking brew. The nose has quite a bit happening, as I pick up scents of fruit, roasted malts that lend a smokiness to it along with a nice solid caramel smell. The taste was excellent, I could have had this all night. Flavors very similar to what was experienced in the nose but with some chocolate and coffee flavors mixed in. Very smooth drinking brew, as nothing seemed to be out of balance and had a nice dry feel at the end. This is a great brew and hope to see it more often. (683 characters)

Photo of dherling
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a Brazen Head cask festival.

Poured out a rich looking near black beer, crowned by a sticky tan head with uneven bubbles and big lacing. The nose had coffee in the forefront, smoke in the background, everything smelled sinister. The taste was a porter first, a smoked beer second. Dry tasting, coffee, charcoal, earthyness. Then came some malt and smokyness bringing up the rear. Not a balanced beer, but a good one nonetheless. Clean bittersweet finish, dry, with some lingering coffee and smoke. (505 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black but nearing brown at the edges. Thick viscous tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is lacking depth. Hints of roasted chocolate malt and no present sign of smoke.

Flavors are somewhat unbalanced. Woody smokey flavors. Hints of currant and beechwood. A roasty caramel, chocolate malt ending with a slightly bitter hop. (335 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple pints of this one at Bobbique's in Patchogue last night...
Arrived in a standard shaker, dark brown in color with a full finger and a half of chestnut-colored head...most of which remained for half the pint and left some thick, yet spotty lacing.
A nice balanced aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, and green hops.
The taste is simply awesome, though not overly smoked. Huge dark chocolate with a small dose of coffee, but complemented well by some floral hops that bittered up the back end. The roasted malt added just enough sweetness to balance the hops...finished very clean and crisp.
Mouthfeel was quite thick, especially for a porter and the carbonation was sublime.
One of my all around favorite brews...I would drink this one all evening if the opportunity presented itself.
A must have IMHO. (822 characters)

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown/black with a beautiful tan head that left lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee notes of smoked wood chips.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Smoke? More like burnt. Like really strong, black coffee; reminded me of the espressos I drank every morning on vacation in Portugal. Bitter chocolate flavor underneath. For me, the smoke flavor came through in the finish. Mouthfeel was fine, not too thick.

Drinkability: Surprisingly not too filling; but I think the drinkability would depend on how much black coffee can you drink before it kills your palate.

Notes: An intriguing porter, I might want to give this another shot in colder weather. If you're a coffee lover, this one's for you. (809 characters)

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems to have survived a week and 3,000 miles in a growler with no ill effects - it pours with quite a bit of liveliness. The beer itself is a deep brown with only a touch of translucence and there's a medium bodied two finger head of mocha tan foam. The crown sticks around for a good bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is very good precisely due to the subtlety: there's a sweet malt smell of golden grain, a bit of a roasted coffee aroma and only the faintest hint of smoke - enough to compliment without dominating.

The flavor is surprisingly balanced with a slightly sweet malt hit at the beginning and a slightly bitter roasted coffee finish at the end. Again, one of the strengths here is the balance - this beer doesn't need to be big or brash to be good.

Mouthfeel is spot on. It's a medium bodied brew at best with no cloying sweetness or sugar coating on the tongue. No hop bitterness but enough burnt grain bitterness to end the sip with a dry finish. Fine bodied carbonation lightens the body even more - this one is very drinkable.

Smoked porters always feel like a gamble to me: sometimes they're well balanced and a wonderful discovery and sometimes they're overdone showboats that are practically undrinkable. There's no doubt that this is a porter with smoke flavor but it's just one of many balanced flavors. (1,365 characters)

Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.