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Pleasantville Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 253
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.14%
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: 131 | Hads: 253
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 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 Gmann
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black color, only slightly brown around the edges. Nice dense khaki colored head that left a wall of lacing as it dissipated. Very stout like. The aroma is of roasted malt and mocha, some wet smoldering wood. Not an intense smoke aroma but noticable. All around good aroma. The taste starts off with a nice roasted malt which is quickly followed by a solid smoke presense, some charred beef, light coffee and finishes with a lemony/tea like tart character. Very nice range of flavors. The feel is on the thinner side like a traditional porter, not as big as other smoked porters. The carbonation is very soft, fairly sweet throughout but does finish with that tea like twang. A very good combination of roasted malt and smoke flavors. This porter bring boths to the table without feeling very heavy. Very enjoyable and worth seeking out. (850 characters)

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

One of my favorite porters. A dark brown with a sizable head and goodly amount of lacing. A smoke and roasted malt nose has an underlying dark fruit and molasses sweetness. Some burnt chocolate as well. This smells very good. Taste is rich with roasted malts and coffee. Dark fruit and molasses with a sweet brown bread underpin it. Finish is firmly hopped in an earthy, English style with a bit of dryness and a clean astringent touch. A bit of chocolate cherries underneath the lingering brown bread and graham crackers. Feel is medium weight with a creamy, moderate carbonation. A quenching and satisfying drink that is a joy to session. This went great with Southern fried tofu and biscuits and gravy. (705 characters)

Photo of drewd0g
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark Dark brown color, lets some light through. Has a beige head that sticks around for a little while.

smell - Smell is smokey and malty. Nice roasted mesquite scent.

taste - Lots of smoke and roasted malt flavor. Some espresso notes in there too.

mouthfeel - Relatively Thin, Nice for a porter. Moves around the mouth easily. Very pleasant.

drinkability - I love drinking this beer, one of my favorite beers they have. High drinkability, pairs nice with barbecue and roasted meats. Also good on its own as an after dinner drink. (547 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 BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery into a small glass throughout the day.

Sloppy brown out of the jug, almost black in the glass, looks like a porter to me. Just a bit of light escaping the liquid. A creamy light brown/tan foam stood a inch in height on top of the sea of dark brown. A medium build with some thickness towards the middle, lasts a while too. Sporadic lace that does not cling well.

A well balanced scent comes forth showing off roasted coffee beans and some mild chocolate. Pleasantville is on par so far. Under the morning scent comes in roasted malt with just a touch of peat and smoke. The smoke is light which bodes well for me as it's not my favorite scent to dig on. A little bit of vanilla cream is in the distance running alongside a slight hop aroma from the earth.

Fresh ground coffee with some sweet chocolate pieces mixed in seem to be winning the roost. This pair is joined by a heaping of roasted and smoked malts although the smoked seems to be a bit understated, don't get me wrong it's there but it's hiding behind that chocolate. Some nuttiness going on here. Along with the malt structure some grain hides in the middle. This smoked porter finishes with a small hop infraction giving off the slightest hint that it's there.

PSP holds a slick feel with a medium build. Sweet and slightly smokey. This went down all to easy at least for me with the light smoke. The alcohol is not there at all and the carb gives off a nice crisp blast although light, I think it works perfect. The mouth on this shows me why the smoke from the oak series is so tasty with how this beer can absorb the different flavors from the barrels. The coffee seems to be staying with me for a while.

A growler of PSP a day will keep onix1agr at bay, there is no reason why I couldn't kill a growler of this to the head, it would not even put me to bed, a low ABV and a few tasty treats, tells me pleasantville smoked porter can't be beat, Grab some while you can, before the rest of the porter is holed up, to make a new different blend. (2,040 characters)

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

16.9oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a fluffy tan head that settled down some and left trails of lacing.

S - smoked and roasted aromas.

T - mellow smoke blends in well with a roasted malty flavor, very good.

F - medium bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.

O - a very good tasting beer that I will purchase/consume again. (343 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Black body under a long lasting khaki colored head.

The roasty porter comes first and the smoke second. Just how I like them. I found more smoke in the nose than I did on the tongue. I smelled campfire smoke rather than meaty smoke plus coffee like roasted malt.

The taste is much more chocolaty than the nose suggested it would be. There is a nice lingering roasty char plus subtle smoke. I may have found a hint of sweet vanilla as well. World class smoked porter here, glad I got to try it. (497 characters)

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

On tap at the Copper Mine Pub in North Arlington, New Jersey.

DISCLAIMER: This beer tends to vary a decent amount with the smoke from batch to batch in my opinion. (unless keg age is coming into play but I doubt that) This review is of a batch that had a real nice smoke presence.

Appearance: Dark brown with mocha crown. Nice retention and lacing. This looks just how a porter should IMHO.

Smell: Great smoke note strength. A force to be reckoned with but not one that will over power!

Taste: Smoked malt heaven meets molasses and dark fruit forming a luscious concoction!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and silky.

Drinkability: I see no reason why I'd have problems downing a few.

Straight 4.5's for another CL winner! I tried a flight of CL brews while at the bar that day and thought that this one was the best for its style by far. (838 characters)

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

Tasted this porter at the recent open house in Pleasantville. Dark and sweet smelling. Not a big noticeable smoked flavor or aroma, but often these "extra" flavorings are too overpowering. Wonderful chocolate bitter taste. One of the best porters I have ever tasted on draft. Rich flavor and good bitterness. This one is a winner. (330 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with some brown hues and a nice finger of frothy tan head. The head fades slowly down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is bursting with smoke and oak notes. There is also some sweet malt and some chocolate and coffee mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with a nice mix of smoke and roasted flavors with some sweet malt and some oak and vanilla notes. Through the middle some sweet chocolate and some coffee flavors come through. The finish is a mix of some roasted and smoky flavors with some oak and chocolate that linger nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels just a bit creamy. The smoke flavor feels great and balanced throughout the beer. The finish especially has some nice warming oak and smoke flavor.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced flavors and very complex. The smoke feels nice and strong, but at the same times feels balanced with the rest of the flavors. (974 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown beer with a deep garnet hue, almost too dark to let light through. The head is long lasting, creamy, expresso colored bubbles that leave some lasting.

S: Smooth, moderately-strong coffee and cocoa aromas with smoke coming just a bit under those. A light note of earthy hops and a little bit of dark, dried fruit.

T: A somewhat sweet, coffee and cream flavor with a moderate chocolate and smoke. The hops give a moderately-light bitterness with an light earthy hops flavor. A little dark fruit flavors again. The balance is slightly sweet with a medium-sweet finish and a smokey, chocolate aftertaste.

M: Medium full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very cream and smooth that works so well with the flavors.

O: It's like having a fire roasted cup of coffee with cream and sugar. The overall balance is great and somewhat rich. (855 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 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 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 GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into a 20oz imperial pint. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this from our most recent trade! Growler filled at 5pm 3/13/10.

A: Pours a shade of dark brown so close to black, but not quite. Some ruby highlights at the bottom and edges when held to the light. Capping this is a marshmallow-y, dark khaki, three finger head that clings for dear life and leaves some sticky lace behind.

S: Surprisingly, not a huge smokey nose with this one. Heavily roasted malt combines nicely with some dark chocolate, fudge, and coffee. Also detected the aroma of fresh baked brownies.

T: See above. Some campfire smoke makes an appearance early in the game along with the aforementioned dark chocolate, coffee, and fudge. Also along for the ride is a hint of cherry and/or lemon.

M: Suprisingly smooth. That's not to say that there isn't a bit of that Porter-ish bitter tang in there (there is!) but along with the prickle, there's a wonderful smoothness that coats the tongue and hangs around for ages.

D: I don't care if this doesn't fit some archaic english definition of "sessionable" but dammit, I could spend a day with this beer. Thanks go out to Joe for hooking a brother up! (1,209 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 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 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 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 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 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 NolateM
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one gets a solid 4.5 score (I liked it so much that I almost just went with a straight 5, but I figured maybe I should be somewhat critical).

Poured into a regular pint glass, the beer was pitch black with a creamy slightly-tan head. It tasted roasty, but not too smokey - just right. Despite thinking "oh I probably couldn't drink more than one glass of this, it's too rich," I had another half-size glass after I was done... and that was my second time sampling this beer. Definitely had a delicious, dark chocolate kind of a flavor to it. I recommend it to ANYONE who likes their beers the way I drink my coffee - black.

...also recommended to anyone else who likes black coffee. (694 characters)

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

This is one fabulous smoked brew done right! Total Rauchbier in disguise. Plenty of smoked malt, though not overly assertive, proudly proclaims the style. Unlike many American "smoked" beers, no expense was spared in the prep of this one. Crisp, slightly sweet but lacking the cloying syrupy accompaniment that many other related products have. Absolutely delicious, refreshing and very Germanic, this is a valiant effort in every way! (435 characters)

Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.