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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

212 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 24
Gots: 8 | 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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Rudy

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-18-2013 07:08:28 | More by Rudy
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meaghan2k

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-27-2012 17:54:40 | More by meaghan2k
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-12-2012 03:24:23 | More by rolltide8425
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juliusseizure

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-15-2013 01:50:25 | More by juliusseizure
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paulish

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-29-2014 01:02:59 | More by paulish
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-02-2013 00:53:22 | More by muskiesman
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle.

Dark chocolate brown body. Small, but persistent, light khaki head. Some nice lacing. Nose shows a nice mix of roasted, sweet, and smoke. Charred barley, light coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, light peat, and flinty campfire.

Roasted barley and mild coffee bitterness up front. Light molasses bittersweetness, chocolate, and more roasted malt mid-palate. Smokiness comes on toward the finish. Smoldering campfire and a little peat. Earthy, carob-y,licorice-y sweetness in the finish. Slightly drier with lingering roasted bitterness and smoke. Medium bodied, with a creamy feel. A nicely balanced smoked porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 00:54:28 | More by alexgash
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-01-2013 01:44:42 | More by rab53
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GFD400

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-07-2013 05:06:12 | More by GFD400
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly fully black with a light brown head. Aroma was very meaty, smoky, woody, chocolate, roast, brisket. Meaty taste as well. Not bacon, but definite smoked meatiness. Light chocolate and char, roast and light fruit notes. Creamy, full body.

Love me a meaty smoked beer and this fit the bill! Than,s a bunch Shane!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 23:32:47 | More by EgadBananas
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TheycallmeTim

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2008 04:55:41 | More by TheycallmeTim
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Amalak

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-13-2007 19:13:27 | More by Amalak
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Serving type: growler

09-24-2007 22:09:34 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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lovindahops

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new captin' brew that I'm excited to taste!

A- completely smoked out body with appearance of lacing on the sides of the glass. A side of foam collaborates along the glass

S- anticipated charcoal and roasted malt with some darkened fruit as well. Very lively with the chocolate and mild espresso theme showing up. It's a very inviting scent that I enjoy in these types of smoked porters

T- sweet roasted charcoal compacted with BBQ themes as well. The flavor is delicious with the combo of sweet/smoked malt. I'm enjoying this

M- mild yet prickly carbonation with coating flavor

O- smoked porters are fantastic and scott pieced together a mild brew that borders on drinkable. Enjoyable

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 22:57:14 | More by lovindahops
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and nearly opaque with faint mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Nice smokey aroma with lots of burnt malt character balanced by some sweeter dark malt notes. Hints of charcoal, BBQ, meat and campfire dominating the nose but there are hits of dark chocolate, oatmeal and toffee underneath.

Fuller bodied than expected. Tastes very similar to the aroma and even though there is a heavy dose of smokiness, there are some sweeter malt notes underneath. Lots of burnt malt, smoke, charcoal, smoked meat flavor up front followed by hints of toast, oatmeal and dark chocolate toward the end of the palate. A good balance of smoke and sweeter notes lingering into a dry finish.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Most smoked porters are too tame for me but this was a bit of a smoke bomb without being one dimensional. Complex, very flavorful and easy to drink(for me at least). I would love to try the imperial version.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 02:24:31 | More by corby112
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to Cuzco for sending me this growler!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF #4. The pour results in a ruby-tinted obsidian topped by slightly more than a finger of bright ecru foam. The nose comprises peat smoke (mild but wonderul), molasses, chocolate syrup, roasted malts, sweet caramel, and a touch of vanilla bean. The taste keeps the smoke up front and personal, just the way I like it, along with some roast, coffee, dark chocolate, and caramelized caramel. The body is a hearty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very tasty little treat, a big hit with the guys I shared it with.

Serving type: growler

02-20-2011 23:42:03 | More by TMoney2591
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for bringing this growler over to share with everyone. Apparently this is part of his Blind Beer BIF #4 so I'm honored to be a part of it.

This beer pours a very dark brown appearing near black in the glass. The foam is off-white in color. The beer has a smell of both smoke and and a malty sweetness. There are hints of vanilla and a touch of coffee. This beer tastes similar to the aroma. There is a wonderful balance between the smoke flavor and the sweetness of the malty body. The mouthfeel is minorly astringent due to the coffee flavor. But in all honesty it still goes down really easily. I honestly could drink a lot of this beer. If there is high ABV I can't really taste it. I truly enjoyed being able to try this beer.

Serving type: growler

02-20-2011 08:37:44 | More by Vdubb86
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socon67

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 20:51:04 | More by socon67
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2007 02:50:32 | More by akorsak
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harrymel

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle just says "Smoked Porter" not Pleasantville, but seems to be the same beer.
Bottled: unk

Nice dark brown with sanguine notes on the edges. Tan foam sheet is near complete. Smells of cocoa, light campfire, bread, and a touch of almond or peanut. Flavor is great, robust with a good dose of toasted malts, smoke, some bits of dark chocolate, some nutty character among the very well integrated and clean smoke flavor. The nose opens more smoke as it warms. Near full bodied with a soft carbonation that gives the beer a really good mouthfeel. Very well done beer, the smoke is assertive and nuanced enough to showcase the beer alongside the actual smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 08:21:20 | More by harrymel
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JoeMayo

Massachusetts

4.15/5  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.

Serving type: growler

09-08-2008 13:41:45 | More by JoeMayo
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/24/10 notes. Had on tap at CL at the cdc release.

a - Pours a dark black color with two inches of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, and has some definite smokiness to it. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, and some smokiness.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A very enjoyable and drinkable smoked porter. Would love to try again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2010 21:35:35 | More by mdfb79
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler picked up at Barrel Select release.

Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque, but not quite. Hard pour produces a finger of small tan bubbles that slowly subside to a crown and film with average lacing. Aroma is roasty and smoky as expected, but fairly mild and never veering too charred or sharp. The smoked malt almost has a fruit like sweetness occasionally. Body is medium thick, slightly chewy with soft, fine carbonation. Flavor is like the nose, pleasantly sweet, roasted and smoky with some occasional chocolate, coffee and toffee notes. A very nice full bodied porter, but it would be a little more interesting if the smoke was turned up a little more.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2010 20:08:42 | More by yourefragile
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RedwoodGeorge

California

4.15/5  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.

Serving type: growler

05-24-2006 01:14:38 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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CloudStrife

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 01:04:24 | More by CloudStrife
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90 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.