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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

230 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 230
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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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

Noelito76, Mar 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

TheLevi4000, Aug 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

MADPolo, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

scooter9, Jan 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

ejimhof, May 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

beernads, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of da_beers
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Pours a thin black, not thick like a stout. Light tan, bubbly head, not real thick. No lacing, very watery and thin looking. Overall a nice look.

S - This may sound odd, but all I get is Copenhagen. I can't get past it. There obvious smoke in there too. Reminds me of old hunting trips. Not too appetizing.

T - Not hot on this one. Smokey, for sure, but not as much as the nose. A good level of woody characteristics as well. Maybe some nuttiness, but hard to tell, masked by nose.

M - Very light body, which surprises me. Smooth. Very "drinkable", per se, but I don't overly enjoy it so I wouldn't choose to keep drinking it.

O - Meh... It looks nice, taste and smell on the low scale, however. Kinda disappointed, but for what it is, its unique.

da_beers, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an almost ashy black color. Mild head is about tan in color. Quite dark. Mild lacing,

S-Quite smoky. Almost salty too. Coffee and bits of chocolate to accompany the smokiness.

T-Definitely pretty smoky. Lightly salty and hints of oak. Roasty and chocolatey. Smoke is the leader here in the taste.

M-Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation too. A bit slick on the tongue.

O/D-I didn't love this beer but was happy to try it. One glass was enough. Maybe a bit too smoky for me.

VelvetExtract, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of macrosmatic
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a nice dark brown, fairly clear, with a half-finger white head. Visible carbonation on the low side.

S: Smoky, roasty and bitter, with some bittersweet cacao.

T: Smoke, roasted coffee bitterness, toasted malt, a bit of Band-aid near the swallow. A mild bitter pine hop presence as well.

M: Body on the thin side for a porter, good carbonation sensation, moderate alcohol presence.

O: Not my favorite style. Decent for a smoked porter, but falls short of others I've had. Certainly not bad to give a try.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not certain that I'm reviewing the right beer. The label on this bottle simply says Smoked Porter, with no mention of Pleasantville. But it seems to be the only one listed on Captain Lawrence's website, so I'm running with it.

macrosmatic, Feb 25, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an extremely dark brown, essentially black with a nice opaque color. Absolutly no head, lace, foam, bubbles, nothing, just looked a bit weak to be honest.

Smell was very heavy with the smoked presence, which is only to be expected. A slight hint of caramel or sugar could be picked up, but you really had to look for it.

- Flat, no life to this at all and thin were my first impressions. Really no carbonation and slick and oily in feel. Suprised that there was actually a nice hoppy back which seemed to come out of nowhere. But the feel really distracted me and took big points away from this.

not sure what happened as we opened this and the imperial back to back, odd.

mikesgroove, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Mar 17, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

oline73, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

cornpone, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black but nearing brown at the edges. Thick viscous tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is lacking depth. Hints of roasted chocolate malt and no present sign of smoke.

Flavors are somewhat unbalanced. Woody smokey flavors. Hints of currant and beechwood. A roasty caramel, chocolate malt ending with a slightly bitter hop.

mcallister, Oct 25, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

GreenMind, Nov 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

JRosolen, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a thick, dark, sandy head. Consistent soap scum layer of retention hangs lace all over my glass. One particular patch looks like a rearing unicorn.

Smells like smoked aged meat like pancetta or salami. Smells salty? Tastes smokey but not as much as the aroma would indicate. The porter underneath is very nice, but I'd like all the smoke I was promised. A bit thin.

donkeyrunner, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of AndoBrew
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*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.

AndoBrew, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of dar482
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a black color with an off white head.

The aroma has tons of smoke and roasted malt. It's quite strong.

On the flavor, the front is some deep espresso, then bacon, then ash and charcoal. There is an extremely smokey aftertaste that is almost like drinking liquid smoke.

This beer has some wonderful characteristics, but really could use some other flavors to balance out the overwhelming amount of smoke that eventually invades the palate. I would share this beer for a good smoked beer experience, but don't really see drinking a reasonable volume of this.

dar482, Aug 30, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a substantial light-brown head. Not much lacing.

S: Mostly smoke with some sweetness.

T: Clean, ashy smoke that becomes increasingly less pronounced as I drink. The sweetness from the nose comes through much more in the taste, becoming a fruity sweetness with a hint of vanilla. The sweetness becomes a bit too much by the second glass and really hurts drinkability.

M: Medium and creamy.

O: This is basically a sweet porter with some smokiness on top. The flavors don't really come together, and the smokiness isn't enough to balance out the sweetness.

greybeardloon, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of BBM
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a black opaque color with a thin beige head. Good retention and lacing. There is an aroma of sweet, smoky malts, and possibly some chocolate.

The burnt chocolate and smoky flavors are offset by a noticeable hop presence. This is somewhat unfortunate, because it means the smokiness that is supposed to envelope the beer takes somewhat of a backseat. Still, it is a fairly balanced porter and a quality drink if you can find it. Not the best smoked beer I've had, but it's solid.

BBM, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Jmamay22, Jul 10, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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...

dsa7783, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Moxley
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Moxley, Jul 05, 2008
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Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.