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Pleasantville Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Pleasantville Smoked PorterPleasantville Smoked Porter

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 25
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 02-12-2006)
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Photo of Avryle

New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Have had on tap several times at the brewery and hooray, Mahar's just tapped a keg.

A- Small light mocha head. Very dark brown in color with ruby highlights peeking in at the sides.

S- Smoke & malt with the tanginess of wood.

T- Smoke and roasted barley. Very sweet. Coffee. Then bitter at the end.

M- Creamy with light carbonation.

D- Great drinking though the smoke does take it down a notch. Maybe not the best pairing for a corned beef toasty but had not problems getting it down.

05-08-2008 23:06:50 | More by Avryle
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

And here we go with the cask version. Pours pitch black with a foamy tan head. Thick malty flavor. That noticeable coffee. Still thickly robust. The feel is the only thing that's different here. Just a different feel of carbonation as you'd expect there to be. (Which is interesting on a personal level to be able to experience) Just as nice as the tap version, but unique in its own way.

04-22-2008 21:21:56 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of baldycmu


4.63/5  rDev +14.9%

A- Dark bown, almost black in color with a small bit of tan colored head
S-Nothing overwhelming, but faint notes of espresso
T-Strong notes of coffee and chocolate with a smokey flavor that is not over the top.
M-Smooth but, mild carbonation that provides a nice backbone to the beer
D-Fantastic example of an American Porter.

04-10-2008 01:58:44 | More by baldycmu
Photo of Kempleton


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

Served from a growler filled on Saturday evening. It's now Tuesday evening. growlers was kept in fridge after a five hour trip home.

Poured into a pint glass with a bit too heavy of a hand. A quarter of the glass fills with beer and the rest with dark tan foam. This quickley settles out at about four fingers. Smells smokey and a bit like coffee. This beer is quite dark no light shows through but there are some ruby highlights around the sides of the glass. The head has by now subsided to about two fingers. still that smokey coffe smell with the tiniest bit of sweetness and perhaps a bit of vanilla but I can't be sure. The taste is smoked malt right up front with some coffe here too. There is a tiny hop character fighting it way forward after the intial smokeyness. This beer is quite thick and creamy (Blakeums). I like the way this tastes but it not very easy to drink more than a pair at least.
When repoured properly this beer yeilded a very nice 3/4inch head of dense tan foam with nice tight bubbles

04-09-2008 03:00:03 | More by Kempleton
Photo of Shiredave

New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

On tap at the Black Swan in Tivoli. It poured a thick looking brown/black with a full inch of dense tan head. Retention was excellent as sheets and spatters of lace trailed the liquid to the very last drop.

Which leads me to the roasted coffee bean aroma mixed with burnt chocolate and brown sugar sweetness. Dark brown sugar melting over warm oatmeal sitting next to a fresh cup of black coffee. Breakfast anyone?

Very rich dark grain flavors of more chocolate and brown sugar with a great chewy medium ++ body. Up front sweetness blends smoothly into a delicious blackened grain character, then into solid grass and leather hop bitterness that all comes togeather in the finish. A charred and chalky mellow bitter after glow follows with mouth coating caramel and a faint lick of alcohol lingering long after the glass is empty.

Fairly rich and certainly robust, this is one of my favorite dark beers when I want something really chewy but less than Imperial level of alcohol. More than 2 gets heavy though, at least for me. I've never gotten alot of smoke character out of this one beyond the charred aspect from the dark grains, but I dont care what Scott wants to call it so long as he keeps brewing it.

02-24-2008 16:51:47 | More by Shiredave
Photo of markgugs

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

served from a 64oz. growler into pint glasses, purchased today at the brewery

A: Lovely deep brown, reminds me of root beer. Aggressive pour yielded a nice 2-finger tan head that leaves very little lacing. Quickly goes away leaving a slight swirling effect as you drink.

S: Smells strongly of cola and roasted coffee, not much in the way of hops comes through. Very appealing.

T/M: Yum! A very creamy texture, softly carbonated, allows the ample roasted flavors of bready, buttery goodness. A healthy dose of sweet cookie dough in the middle balances things out, and ample bitterness from the coffee flavors finishes things out. Superb!

D: This could easily be an all-day drinking beer, perfectly balanced, it beckons you to have another glass. If you find yourself anywhere near Capt. Lawrence's facility, make sure to stop by and sample this!

02-02-2008 23:31:49 | More by markgugs
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

On tap at Cafe in Poughkeepsie.

A: Two finger tan head. jet black in color with no light getting through. Intricate lacing from top to bottom.

S: Smoke, malt and wood. Not as powerful as you would think.

T: Smoke and roasted barley. Very sweet. Coffee. Then bitter at the end.

M: Creamy and velvety mouthfeel.

D: Super easy drinking. I would even say it is refreshing for a porter. I used to live right near the Brewery and I miss that. Drinking pints of the Captain at the lazy boy in White Plains. Great beer from a great brewery run by a great guy. What is not to like?

01-24-2008 15:27:43 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small off-white head.

Smell: Chocolatey, almost reminiscient of a Tootsie Roll. Fair amount of roast. Vague dark fruitiness. Smoked wood scent, sure, but I get far more wood than smoke, which is reasonably mild.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate flavor with a mild sweetness and roastiness. Again, for me, it's more woody and smokey. Faint fruit hints. Slight spicy, earthy bitterness. Roasty, wooden finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Why, that's not half bad at all! Finishing a few glasses from the growler was a breeze.

01-13-2008 23:40:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of AndoBrew


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%

*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.

01-12-2008 22:55:06 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

01-10-2008 04:23:45 | More by Sammy
Photo of akorsak


4.15/5  rDev +3%

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.

12-12-2007 02:50:32 | More by akorsak
Photo of Gueuzedude


4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

10-30-2007 01:40:06 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

10-13-2007 19:13:27 | More by Amalak
Photo of KenOnBass

New York

3.83/5  rDev -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.

10-13-2007 02:23:49 | More by KenOnBass
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

09-29-2007 22:47:44 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

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

09-24-2007 22:09:34 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of tempest


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

09-16-2007 23:31:27 | More by tempest
Photo of sulldaddy


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

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!

04-08-2007 02:52:29 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of weeare138


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

04-06-2007 19:36:08 | More by weeare138
Photo of IceAce


4.83/5  rDev +19.9%

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!

04-04-2007 16:08:56 | More by IceAce
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%

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

03-17-2007 20:23:19 | More by brentk56
Photo of ppoitras


4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-18-2007 00:32:26 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Hautacam


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

02-11-2007 20:51:41 | More by Hautacam
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2%

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.

02-05-2007 19:23:36 | More by Kendo
Photo of gpcollen1


4.47/5  rDev +10.9%

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!!

01-29-2007 23:17:17 | More by gpcollen1
Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.