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Pleasantville Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Pleasantville Smoked PorterPleasantville Smoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

229 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 26
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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Reviews by farrago:
Photo of farrago
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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.

farrago, May 11, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a large fluffy beige head atop.Aromas of smoke and earth with only mild sweetness.a creamy feel with mildly sweet brown sugar notes,the smoke is the major component wich it should be ,not alot of sweetness here.One of the first brews from CPL. and it's solid.

oberon, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

MadScientist, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev -0.7%

csmartin6, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a sample of this brand new brew at the brewery today. It will be the next offering from Captain L. in local westchester county restaurants and bars hopefully soon. Pours quite dark brown, with dark honey hues at the edge of the glass. Dark tan head, leaving a tiny bubble film after a minute or two. Fine lacing becomes scattered upon a moderate swirl. Nose is of some dark chocolate. This is a thick, full bodied porter, notes of chocolate, cocoa, dark figs, raisins and light smoke. Chocolate really carries the day here. Another tasty brew from new guy in the neighborhood C.L. It will be interesting to see how this one matures and perhaps evolves in the next few batches.

Billolick, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

warriorsoul, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Milkysunshine, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Labeled just as "Smoked Porter" but based on the other reviews I'm thinking this is the same beer.

Pours out pretty much opaque black with a very nice full head, light beige in color. Good retention with a ton of thick sticky lace. Looks really good.

Nice smokey aroma, smoked wood, charcoal, ashy. Hard to get much else, some roast as it warms.

The smoke is more in balance with the rest of the beer, still pretty prominent. Ashy smoked wood, a bit of campfire, A nice dark chocolate roasted malt, bakers chocolate. Maybe a hint of an English yeast?

Medium in body, carb feel about right for style.

A very nice smoked porter, very true to style. I'd drink this again.

dogfishandi, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Blind Tiger (my girlfriend picked this joint for her birthday dinner, I'm a lucky man!). Nice place, but I'll have to review that for a later date.

Appearance- Comes out in a pint glass pitch black with about a half finger of off white, very smooth looking head. Looks like a very solid porter, leaves a touch of lacing as I drink as well.

Smell- Mmm, lots of bitter chocolate and burnt coffee coming through in the nose. Strongly backed up by roasted malt. Very nice nose and all the flavors I like in a nice porter coming through strongly.

Taste- Bitter chocolate and roasted malt huge in the flavor profile. Accented by a subtle smokiness as well. Just a touch of coffee as well. Very easy drinking with a big flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Carbonation very appropriate and the mouthfeel is silky smooth coming off the tap. Goes down really easy and if it hadn't been for the extensive tap list, I might have had another.

Overall, really easy drinking and flavorful porter. Give it a shot if you get the chance.

boatshoes, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle-n-Hum in NYC.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and just a hint of smoke. As it warms the smokiness increases just a bit and hints of earthy hops waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells though a bit more intense. Roasted and chocolate malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by a decent amount of smokiness. The smokiness fades just before a solidly bitter ending. As with the smell hints of earthy and leafy hops make an appearance once the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was a bit let down by this beer - a good porter but an average smoked porter. Still, I have to say it's worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -0.7%

acurtis, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of TheLevi4000
3/5  rDev -25.6%

TheLevi4000, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown appearing black in the glass. Two finger dense slightly tanned head. Head becomes a little rocky as it slowly dissipates. Leaves some lacing on the glass/

S: Good smokey aroma with hints of coffee and dark roasted malts. A bit of carmel in the background and a hinting of hops.

T: Great smokiness up front without being too fake or overwhelming. Roasted malts in the background even this brew out nicely.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Average carbonation for the style.

Overall a real impressive brew. I have never been crazy of the smoked styles but this one is legit. Pair this one with some good meats and cheeses.

CloudStrife, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

TheycallmeTim, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a growler purchased at the brewery. Into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: A dark and nearly opaque body with a mocha-colored head. Lacing's thick and sticks rather well to the glass.

Smell: Good smoke here. A lot of smoked porters, at least that I've had, tend to bury the smoke flavor, but here there's good dark malt flavors mixed with the smoke. A bit of roasted chocolate and earth. A bit of fruit esters. Mild coffee.

Taste: A good initial burst of woodsmoke, followed by dark roasted malts, a bit of coffee and chocolate sweetness, and some mild complimentary fruit esters.

Mouthfeel: Kind of odd, as it seems like a bigger-bodied brew, but there's still a little slickness and a slightly watery nature too it, though it doesn't detract too much.

Drinkability: A solid smoked porter, one that's not too much to have a few of them in this upcoming winter season. Check it out if you can.

asabreed, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev -0.7%

KenC, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Sammy, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of MADPolo
3/5  rDev -25.6%

MADPolo, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Captain Lawrence's smoked porter pours black as night beneath a contrasting head of dark-orange-tinged tan. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves walls of craggy lace about the glass.

In the nose, a thread of fruit rises from the ashes (strawberries, red raspberries, black raspberries). It's deeply roasty and somewhat smoky, but it initially appears more like an ashtray than the flavorful charred wood and smoke that's expected. Occassionally, floral and leafy hops slip through.

In the flavor, a thin slice of dark fruit amidst molasses appears upfront; immediately followed by a bludgeoning roastiness. Bittersweet chocolate appears and then fades to reveal dark caramel at the swallow. The smokiness appears in the finish alongside a long-lasting, bitter and acidic roastiness. As in the nose, some leafy and floral hops occassionally spill through.

Not a bad brew! It's damn flavorful, but a palate wrecker too! A little more smoke and a little less dark roast wouldn't hurt.

NeroFiddled, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of socon67
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mugs Alehouse

A - Black pour with a tan foam that settled fast. Some lacing and minimal carbonation.

S - Sweet sugary fruit smell is balancing some smoky heat. Smells like peppers grilling on the BBQ or the crackling peppers and onions from fresh fajitas.

T - Nice blend of sweet malt and fruit to go with some smoky peat malt. Leaves the right amount of burn on the tongue.

M - Very good balance on this beer. Does not go overboard with the smoke. would easily pair this with good cheeses.

O - I'd get this again. A good introductory smoked beer or an option for those that want some smoke but keep their palate intact.

socon67, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up to share with the family. $10 for a 64oz. growler fill. Pretty good deal. Poured from a growler into (embarrasingly) a Duvel oversize tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger frothy light milk chocolate head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, dark, almost opaque brown. Lacing is stringy and with little stick. Pretty standard overall.

S: Not much going on in the nose though not unpleasant either. Brown sugar, roasted malt, liquorice, caramel, char, and some chocolate notes. Simple and moderately aromatic.

T: Opens sweet. Caramel, honey, and brown sugar. Roasted malt smokiness towards the middle. Reminds me of a honey covered and brown sugar sprinkled strip of bacon. Ends sweet brown sugar, caramel spice, and some roasted notes. Finish is barbecue and honey glaze and aftertaste is moderately sweet.

M: Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Silky and smooth on the palate and easy going down. Finish is slightly messy with a bit of a lingering aftertaste. Drinks a bit bolder than its abv, which is nice.

D: The first time I sampled this at the brewery, I wasn't a huge fan. However, after having it again, I'm not sure why. Very easily drinkable and quite sessionable overall. I'd love to try the new imperial version of this one.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of qcbrewer
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the taproom.

Coal black in color. 1/8" to a 1/4" in head.

You catch dark roasted malts in the aroma, mixed well with a bit of smoke, but just enough to let you know this is a smoked style porter. Personally I don't love smoked beers that you can smell from a mile away so this is very pleasant.

The taste is wonderful. Huge malt background and a bit of smoked salmon as one would expect, but not over powering in the least. Bitter dark chocolate is the result of a good hop profile with a good use of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is surprising thicker than expected. Their Baltic Porter was a little thin, so I expected the same here, but I find this to be far more pleasurable on the tongue. Perfectly carbonated, and the malt provides a firm, lasting finish.

I'm thinking about bringing a 6er of this back to NC. I highly recommend this one.

qcbrewer, Aug 14, 2013
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Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.