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

Reviewed on 4/14/08. On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown/black with a pretty dark tan head. Aroma and flavor strongly of smoke (of course), coffee, roast. I thought it was a good smoked porter, although to be honest, it's not my favorite style. 7/5/7/4/13 (3.6/5) (269 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mile Square in Hoboken...
Pours a deep-black, ebony hue with a creamy, reddish, tan head...
Smoked malts evident in the nose and on the tongue... Hints of dehydrated fruits, slight chocolate and raisins...
The smoked essence wasn't as powerful as I was anticipating, yet it was still a delectable, rather easily-drinkable brew...
Not bad...
Worth a try... (365 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler.

Poured a dark, dark brown color iwth a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of lighter smoke, roast, and chocolate. The smoke was not overpowering and added a nice spin on the aroma. Tastes of chocolate, roast, vanilla creme, and a trace of smoke. Body on the thin side.

Notes from 4/6/07 (300 characters)

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

A_Pours a jet black with light brown highlights. The minimal cream head is small but lingers.

S_A light smoky ash and charred malt dominate.

D_On dry side of things. The smokyness plays well with the roasted malts and is not overpowering but perfectly complimentary. A pleasing earthy hop bitterness works as well.

M_Medium bodied with a pleasing soft carbonation.

D_An excellent overall porter. The smoke is not a huge component but manages to incorporate into the overall package quite nicely. My preference would be for more smoke, but it is still very good. (568 characters)

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

L: Pours a deep drown, almost black color with a tall and medium bodied tan colored head that laces a bit down the glass.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, some less dark but smokey malts, some coffee, chocolate, and a bit of a hop bitterness at the end.
T: Tastes of deep roasted and then some lighter but smokey malts, some chocolate, a hint of coffee, and then a slight hop bitterness at the end.
M: Very smooth, warming, not as thick or as smokey as I thought it was going to be.
D: Very drinkable beer. (506 characters)

Photo of doho95fu
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A - Dark brown and you can see the thinness of the beer. Slight head even poured roughly.

S - Smoke, coffee and some cocoa. The smoke smell was not overwhelming.

T - Really good. Not a style I usually head towards but the flavor of this one is gentler. A roasted flavor, some amoke and even some fruit.

M - Thin and more carbonated than I would have thought.

Highly drinkable for the style. (418 characters)

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,385 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a white head that becomes a swirl. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of meaty smoke, vinuous notes, wood and something medicinal.

The taste is of chocolate with vinuous (red grapes) notes. It's smoky in a meaty way. Sweet with a balancing deep smokiness and an earthy bitterness. There's a touch of warming alcohol in the finish.

It's on the fuller side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smokiness clings to the palate.

The smokiness is well-done - featured but not overwhelming or too masking. There's a certain astringency slowing it done a bit, but it's an interesting "sipper". (609 characters)

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

A- Pours very dark and surprisingly carbonated for such a rich-looking beer. The head was much thicker than I expected.

S- The smoke provides the foundation of the aromas, but is accented with notes of cocoa, espresso, and oak.

T- More complex than I would have immagined. The chocolate and coffee really mingle well in the flavor and are imbrued with a smokey, yet creamy flavor. Everything works extremely well together here.

M- Really creamy, yet very effervescent for a porter.

D- I shared the growler with 2 friends, but I'm pretty sure that we could have done a growler each. It's rich without being too heavy. (620 characters)

Photo of TheViceBlog
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My uncle got a growler for me onsite at the brewery.

Pours dark like STP. Smokey, obviously, with tastes of rich chocolate, coffee, creaminess and nutiness. Hints of black licorice which is my favorite part of this beer, making it very unique. Yum. Absolutely delicious.

I'm usually wishy-washy on porters because, though I love the taste of them, they are often avoided by me because after one I feel unable to drink for the rest of the night. They are so hefty and potent. After a single porter, my stomach doesn't feel like adding any more beer to it while my mouth is so overwhelmed that I can't drink anything else. But this is a surprisingly drinkable and refreshing smoked porter. Stone is maybe the only other brewery that makes a smoked porter I like as much as this one. The flavor stays in your mouth and your tongue well after you've swallowed a gulp. And you do gulp this beer it is so amazing. So complex. Don't drink this one too cold or you'll miss out on its subtleties. It can be enjoyed at near room temperature, maybe just a little chilled. A beautiful, unique beer. Not for everybody, not for "amateur" drinkers, but I think this is one most beer enthusiasts will adore.

I can't wait to hopefully find and try more Captain Lawrence beers. It is surely one of the most exciting American breweries around nowadays.

And now I have an empty growler. Time to start a jug band.

Aaron
www.theviceblog.com (1,423 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a pitch black hue with some deep brown amber edges when held up to the light. Growler maintained great carbonation sealed tight with teflon tape wrapped around the lip of the growler and sealed with a metal cap. Huge chocolate milk tinged head dwindles down slow leaves behind some chunky sporadically spaced lacing around the rim of my tall imperial volume, German style pint glass. Aroma arises with herbal hop notes bringing earthy tea like and mild tree bark tones. Deep creamy slightly burnt marshmallow notes with milk chocolate infused cappuccino being the dominant smell attacking my senses. Arising from deep within the chocolate and coffee edges comes mild tart fruit combinations including tart white grape acidity. Taste wise it's incredibly flavorful but perfectly cohesive in the combinations of flavors. Upfront roasted malts bring dark toasted brown sugar and creamy milk chocolate notes with a mild lactic acidity coming on. Dry finish with burnt malt staying in the finish blended with definitive herbal and earthy hop qualities, also has a nutty character in there as well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied creamy textured evenly carbonated, comes off silky smooth on the palate. That growler didn't stand a chance but it was definitely some world class brew after a 12 hour shift as a nurse and I went through four discharges, two transfer admissions, and two emergency room admissions...I'm defniitely ready for a beer or four. Captain Larry's fine porter was the perfect way to relax before waking up and repeating my day over again. (1,565 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Whole Foods on Bowery. A quick ride home and it was in the fridge. Opened and reviewed the following day.

The porter pours a very dark brown with a ruby coke colored edge. The head quickly dissipates leaving only a thin tan colored collar. Somewhat lifeless appearance without any carbonation bubbles rising to the top. At first I was worried the growler was poorly filled and died out overnight on me.

Smells of roasted chocolate at the forefront. More sniffing reveals a smokey layer that melds well with a caramelized sugar scent.

First sip reveals that my concerns that the carbonation had died out on me is no longer. Taste is more smoke than was evident in the smell. Lots of flavor up front with the chocolate and smoke coming together well, but what seems to build into a big finish rounds out nearly thin. There's a surge and cacophony of flavors that turn from the chocolate and smoke and give way to roasted coffee and a faint hop attempt, but the flavor fails to linger on afterwards.

The fall out of flavor I would credit to a mouthfeel that becomes thin towards the end. Moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable brew that demands you to return for another taste. Altogether an above average, but not a standout from Captain Lawrence. (1,266 characters)

Photo of Moxley
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this tasting with fellow BAs Pleepleus and Hyland.

A: Poured from a growler into a small tasting pilsner. Typical porter appearance, deep brown with a thin film-like head. Bubbly thin lacing.

S: Smoky malts with a faint bitter coffee smell. Not overly complex in the nose.

T: Even though I didn't really like this beer I can definitely see why someone who likes smoky, bitter-sweet porters would. It's rich and smoky with a strong malt presence. Despite it's distinctive bitter element, it doesn't leave you with that unpleasant bitter aftertaste. It actually finishes slightly sweet and nutty.

M&D: Nothing too special for me in the M&D category. Not particularly creamy or thick. Smooth and medium bodied and an excellent representation of the style. (764 characters)

Photo of jkane101
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First I have to admit to being a huge Captain Lawrence fan...add to that the fact that the brewery is less than 25 minutes away and I'm there every Saturday :)

Pours dark blackish with a dense tight tan head. Initial taste is like a smokey punch in the mouth..however that fades quickly and you never quite get that smokey kick again ..it just remains a subtle flavor after the initial taste.
Velvety smooth in the mouth.

I have to admit that the first time I sampled it I thought..wow I dont think this could ever be something I drink alot of. Boy was I wrong...to me this is an all day drinker. In fact i get at least 1-2 growlers a week.

Congrats Scott on another truely fine beer... (689 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at The Blind Tiger in NYC.

Pours a dark black with a brown tint. The head is a light brown, sudsy film. The aroma has notes of alcoholic spice, intense chocolate, dark fruit, toffee and a hint of smoke.

The flavor is sweet, but not too sweet. The dark fruit flavors are subdued. The finish has strong notes of chocolate and roastiness. There's an undertone of smoke throughout that never overpowers. Full-bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

The flavors are tasty, but a bit much for multiple pints. (526 characters)

Photo of Pleepleus
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this with Moxley and Hyland24 at one of thier Poker War nights.
Hyland poured this for me from his growler to a pilsner glass. It was almost black with reddish brown hues around the edges and a minimal cream colored head. Had a malty aroma with just a hint of smokiness. Tasted like a sweet, dark chocolate, smokey malts with bitter coffee, and a nutty finish. Very complex. Had minimal carbonation, heavy feel and a hearty flavor. I enjoyed this at TAPNY and it was just as good as I remember. Captain Lawrence has done it again. (535 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a filled 22oz bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

Nice dark brown pour with a 1 finger head of tannish foam. Lots of lacing here and good head retention until about 3/4s of the way through my glassful.

I smell some roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, and a touch of smoke. Overall, a swetish smell.

Yum. A very nice taste. First thing I notice is a flavourful coffee that expands into some chocolate, roasted malt, a good smokiness, some sweet malt that offsets the coffee bitterness nicely...again, yum. Nice medium mouthfeel and the light carbonation works very well. I'm especially fond of the coffee bitterness finish that lingers on for some time. This is a very good Smoked Porter indeed and when they are done right, they're one of my favourite styles.

Drinkability is right up there as I find myself taking sip after sip and the contents of the bottle are disappearing far too rapidly.

A big thanks again go out to nutbrown for letting me sample yet another fine Captain Lawrence brew! (1,018 characters)

Photo of Avryle
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (489 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (388 characters)

Photo of baldycmu
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (326 characters)

Photo of Kempleton
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (1,015 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,215 characters)

Photo of markgugs
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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! (848 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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? (577 characters)

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

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. (609 characters)

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