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Pleasantville Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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212 Ratings
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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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Sean9689

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike through Ethan for this. 22oz growler into wine glass.

A - Pours darker brown, tan head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Excellent level of smoke, chocolate, burnt sugars, and roasted malt. The sweetness plays well off of the smoke, and just like the Imperial Smoked Porter, nearly perfect for the style.

T - Chocolate, smoke, burnt sugars, toasted malts, light roast. Again, the sweetness of the porter just works perfectly with the smoked notes. Nothing too overpowering and so easy to drink and enjoy. The alcohol is really well-hidden, I don't even know it's there. Finish is light smoke and chocolate, some roast too.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, smooth, creamy finish.

O - Captain Lawrence knows how to make a smoked porter, no doubt about it. Both this and the Imperial Smoked Porter are amongst my favorite American Porters of all-time, slightly behind Hill Farmstead Everett. Get some of this beer if you enjoy smoked porters, it's really excellent.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2012 15:46:29 | More by Sean9689
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

02-19-2012 17:35:33 | More by jfcaa193
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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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cosmicevan

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

newly released 16.9oz bottles of "Smoked Porter" picked up locally. enjoyed from a capt lawrence tulip.

a - 8 ball black with a thin off white fizzy head that leaves some pretty solid chunky lacing and hangs out for a bit. when you look closely you can see carbonation bubbles slowly churning to the surface of the beer from below.

s - smoked malts and bakers chocolate with some peat. crisp and clean...almost soapy.

t - bitter baker's chocolate, porter char and a nice hint of smoke. smoke beers can be tough to take but this is very well done. almost milk stout like in smoothness and flavor with a glaze of smokiness. nice roastiness.

m - VERY lively...almost too much carbonation. lots of char.

o - overall nice hint smokiness on a great porter backbone. rather tasty and impressive. this is definitely one to seek out and one that i will gladly have again. if only the carbonation was dialed back a touch.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:08:24 | More by cosmicevan
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2011 05:14:21 | More by ngeunit1
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StJamesGate

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ruby black with craggy, purple-tan head that clings and trails.
Iodine smoke but also meat and red berry - gentle.
Prune and licorice, a roasty bite, smoky hit and then a bark and resin hop hit.
Cranberry finish and anise linger
Medium, chewy, some fizz, round.

Unusually, a solid porter on its own merits where the smoke supplements rather than overwhelms. Doesn't cloy, hops are restrained, and smoke appetizes at the end. Usual quality from Capt. Lawrence.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 02:09:55 | More by StJamesGate
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Serving type: growler

03-18-2010 01:51:21 | More by GbVDave
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-05-2013 02:01:40 | More by Hanzo
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koopa

New Jersey

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2009 23:46:23 | More by koopa
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, no date

pours almost black in color, still some reddish highlights in the corners. off-white head that stays awhile. smell is roasty and smokey aroma. like charred wood. same with the taste, just enough smoke flavor without being too much. pleasant. toasty. body on the thicker side. coats the mouth, lower to medium carbonation.

overall -good level of smoke. I don't normally like that flavor when it's overpowering, but this beer is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:26:43 | More by jmdrpi
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mcallister

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2006 21:08:26 | More by mcallister
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2008 00:36:04 | More by dsa7783
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Serving type: growler

04-08-2007 02:52:29 | More by sulldaddy
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 13:55:41 | More by donkeyrunner
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LoveStout

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

06-30-2013 19:21:16 | More by LoveStout
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david18

New York

4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I avoided this beer recently because it's warm but I knew i'd try it because I love this brewery. Man was this a great beer! Really good toasty flavor and aroma, like the Sierra Nevada porter and stout. Really strong toast that is not so overwhelming that it tastes heavy. And with the 6.4 alcohol by volume i can polish off a few and still walk home. I think I have a new winter session beer to compliment the Captain Lawrence Freshchester pale ale in summer.

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This beer was at Amsterdam Ale House again and I think I loved it just as much this time. Perfect balance of smoke, malt, roastiness, hops and alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2009 21:30:22 | More by david18
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, one finger off white head with some lacing.

S-Rather smokey, some roasted malt, tad bit of chocolate as well.

T-Smokey, it could be dialed back to improve balance, Then roasted/burnt malt. Some chocolate and coffee.

M-Medium bodied, slightly creamy with nice carbonation.

O-A good smoked porter, better than the Class of '88 one, but no where near the level of HF F&T.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 21:27:08 | More by rlee1390
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours an opaque black with an inch of creamy tan head that offers good retention and laces. The nose is chocolate-y, bacon-ey, cardboard-y, and hoppy. I didn't get as much distinct smoke as I'd hoped for. However, the taste coats the palate with smoked malt. It's still relatively sweet and bitter and the smoke is not overpowering. I'd place this beer as medium bodied with great interplay between the sweet and smokey malts and bitter hops. The aftertaste is more bitterness than smoke, but it still leaves a mildly ashy burnt caramel. I'm pleased with the beer, it's price/availability, and drinkability and think it should be a local go-to for that smoked porter craving.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 01:47:29 | More by ThePorterSorter
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aerozeppl

New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2008 15:27:43 | More by aerozeppl
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:04:35 | More by macrosmatic
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Captain Lawrence brewery in Pleasantville, N.Y.

A: Poured a very dark brown, near black, with a thin, sudsy head of tan foam. Had great viscosity and left some clingy white lace.

S: Smells of roasted black malt and coal, with hints of carob and smoked pine. Light herbal hopping and licorice kick around in the background.

T: Has a nice roasted malt flavor with a bitter caramel sweetness. Had a burnt sugar and coffee flavor to go along with a slightly smoky, cocoa taste also. Finish is sweet and a little clingy with some strong herbal hops to wash it away.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and leaves a slight oily slicl on the palate.

D: A slightly stronger porter, both in ABV and malt flavor, but steady drinking and pretty smooth. It would be a tough pair unless you had some smoked meats or fish to go with it. Then again, it's a fine brew to just sip on its own.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 21:35:57 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Kendo

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a fluffy light tan head. Left some lacing on the way down.

S: Smells of sweet malt scents -- mainly roasted malt and caramel with some chocolate as well.

T: Also fairly sweet -- caramel malt, toffee and maybe a hint of maple syrup -- but also smoky, with some roasted coffee bitterness and burnt charcoal lingering at the end to give it some balance.

M: Lighter than expected given the appearance; nicely carbonated.

D: Good. I prefer my porters to be a little less sweet, but this was a nice selection to go with lunch on a cold winter's day.

Notes: BA caminiti and I ordered this based on the bartender's advice after we'd had a Rogue Mocha Porter. It actually compared very well to the Rogue offering, though it definitely was the sweeter of the two porters -- the Rogue was the dry chardonnay to the Captain's sweet reisling, to come up with a wine analogy. I'd never heard of Captain Lawrence before, but based on this sample, I'd be interested to see what else they've got.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2007 19:23:36 | More by Kendo
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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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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

11-16-2011 01:20:48 | More by HopStoopid120
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 01:55:56 | More by mltobin
Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.