Pleasantville Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Pleasantville Smoked PorterPleasantville Smoked Porter

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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 25
Gots: 18 | 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

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Beer added by: Billolick on 02-12-2006

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Photo of da_beers
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
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

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of mcallister
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of AndoBrew
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of dar482
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of Moxley
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of BBM
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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...

Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap from the CL brewery.

Appearance is black with a short tan head. Its smell is a mix of coffee, roasted malts, kinda smokey too. This porter tastes rich and sweet with the malts still there. MF is full bodied. It drinks well, it is better than many other porters out there.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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)

Photo of dherling
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a Brazen Head cask festival.

Poured out a rich looking near black beer, crowned by a sticky tan head with uneven bubbles and big lacing. The nose had coffee in the forefront, smoke in the background, everything smelled sinister. The taste was a porter first, a smoked beer second. Dry tasting, coffee, charcoal, earthyness. Then came some malt and smokyness bringing up the rear. Not a balanced beer, but a good one nonetheless. Clean bittersweet finish, dry, with some lingering coffee and smoke.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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".

Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Photo of AirBob
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Notes from 9/18/14. Bottle Date - 12/30/13. Poured into a snifter.

A - One finger of head the color of coffee with one milk. Black body with some brown hues when held to the light.

S - Rich chocolate ice cream. Mellow coffee notes. Slightly metallic. Some smoke in the finish.

T - Mellow chocolate with coffee accents. Finishes with a subtle touch of peaty smoke. The two balance out a bit more as it warms.

M - Relatively thin while cold. Medium carbonation. Watery finish.

O - Not as intensely smoky as I expected. The nose was great, but maybe some of the flavors faded over the last 9 months.

Photo of KenOnBass
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, heavy looking. Not much of a head though. The smell is average. This beer tastes great. It's a rich, chocolately, and great. Love the smokey taste. Love it. The mouthfeel is amazing. Completely full.

Another great beer from Captain Lawrence. Great for when it's cold out. The word that sums up this beer in a nutshell is full. This is a great tasting porter.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep smokey mahogany bordering black, with a thick caramel head - good retention.

Smells of smoked malt and caramel with an herbal bite.

Full of smoked malt flavor with a burnt harshness to cut through the sweet caramel and chocolate notes. The beer does not taste sweet at all as the smoke flavor keeps all others at bay. Yet as it warms more flavors come out - coffee, raisin, plumb. This is an intriguing beer - just a little thin in the mouth.

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown/black with a beautiful tan head that left lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee notes of smoked wood chips.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Smoke? More like burnt. Like really strong, black coffee; reminded me of the espressos I drank every morning on vacation in Portugal. Bitter chocolate flavor underneath. For me, the smoke flavor came through in the finish. Mouthfeel was fine, not too thick.

Drinkability: Surprisingly not too filling; but I think the drinkability would depend on how much black coffee can you drink before it kills your palate.

Notes: An intriguing porter, I might want to give this another shot in colder weather. If you're a coffee lover, this one's for you.

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Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.