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Pleasantville Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Pleasantville Smoked PorterPleasantville Smoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

206 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.17%


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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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, allowed to warm just a little bit before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter pours almost completely black. One or two ruby highlights do manage to shine through though. About three fingers of khaki colored foam crowns the beer, and manages to stick around for quite a while. Lacing is left in a few good sized chunks, but there could stand to be a little bit more. The nose features a bit of roastiness, followed by a good helping of smoked malt. Similarly, the flavor profile leads off with some bittersweet dark chocolate and roast, but it's quickly overtaken by the smokiness that's present. I find myself wishing the malt profile was a little more robust and the smoke was more of a subtle accent. The body is just too dry for me. Not every porter has to be chewy and viscous (though I don't mind when they are), but this one takes things too far in the opposite direction. The carbonation is nice and mild though. I haven't been the biggest fan of Captain Lawrence's non-sour beers, but this smoked porter is a solidly above average offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 06:16:04 | More by axeman9182
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cavedave

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thickly woven brown/tan head, two, lasting fingers worth, sits proudly for the ride atop this darkest brown, and thick looking beauty, whose dizzying appearance has incited a cascade of commas in this sentence.

Medium aroma of chocolate and coffee fronting lighter caramel, herbal bitter, and mild roast notes. Wrapping it together into a fine bouquet is smoke fragrance. Nice.

Less smoke in the flavor than anticipated, still it is a key component, alongside caramel, a bit of sweet to it, and medium roast coffee, dark chocolate, even some hoppy bitter to run with the roast. Medium strength, and less full than the look appears, it is a taste that lets smoke do the talking, but lets the other flavors do the walking. As it warms some tart yeast sorta flavors come in lightly. Really tasty.

Not as full bodied as it looks, quite refreshing, and less viscous than it looks, but carb. is perfect, and the finish is nice and clean.

Excellent beer, though hardly from the same Universe as the Imperial Smoked. Good tasty porter, one I am sure to get so long as they are available. Recommend you do same.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 17:47:51 | More by cavedave
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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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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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CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter was served in a pint glass from a tap.
Pitch black in color with almost no light penetration.
One finger mocha colored head that dissipates very slowly.
Aroma is all smoke, literally. Nothing else but smoke comes through in the nose. One of the smokiest porters I have had. Lives up to it's name as a smoked porter.
Taste akin to the aroma feels like a bonfire on the palate. Sweet upfront with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied porter that is easy to drink. However, the smokiness was just a tad overwhelming for my palate.
Definitely worth a try though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 05:07:59 | More by CaptDavyJones
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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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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 22:11:51 | More by VelvetExtract
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2011 03:12:38 | More by greybeardloon
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2011 03:07:30 | More by mikesgroove
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing on the glass. Carbonation apparently low.

Aroma is pretty sweet, mildly smokey, mildly ashy.

Beer is medium in body and has some ashy bitterness at the back of the mouth. There is some coffee bitterness too. The lead off is sweetness and malt with a nice, but not overwhelming, flavor of smoke in the midpalate, the finish really nice. I'd have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 17:15:30 | More by drabmuh
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washburnkid

New York

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

Nice big beige bubbly froth. Porter is dark with very little color at the edges. Aromas are smoky and malty but not overwhelming. Flavors are less smoky than the aroma promises but it still makes itself known. Chocolate is burned and there's a minor acidity. Thin mouth. This is a good porter, but as someone who has had the same offering from Stone, it doesn't quite compare in the smokiness factor. Still good!

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 21:30:40 | More by washburnkid
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a goblet. Reviewed from notes.

Pours nearly black with a very large mocha head and really nice retention. Spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light roast and smoke along with a bit of coffee. The flavor picks it back up with a really nice roast-to-coffee-to-smoke triangle going on. Well done. Medium body with a smokey finish. Good carbonation. Solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 18:33:49 | More by Thorpe429
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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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Avantyawn

New York

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

On tap at Shake Shack of all places..

A: Dark black pour on tap, very little head.

S: Smokey smoked smokiness. Some malts and coffee scents, but smoke dominated.

T: Smokey smoked smokiness, tastes exactly like it smells. Woody charred stinky wood taste, almost meat like flavors. I like it. A nice malty finish.

M: A bit thin, this was served way too cold on tap, I think the mouthfeel might have been better if it weren't so cold. Thinly carbonated.

D: Very drinkable beer here. It certainly is smooth, balanced, and tasty. The only reason I am not giving this a 4.5 is because I feel like smokiness would wear on me after 2 of these, but I have yet to test the threshold of a smoky beer.

I had this with a burger and fries, and it went very well with it. I would probably pick this up if I saw it bottled. I am impressed with my first Captain Lawrence tasting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 01:27:11 | More by Avantyawn
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a black color with a thin head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of smoke, roasted malts and some coffee. Flavor shadows the aroma. Alot of smoke upfront among with some malts and coffee. A bit thin in the mouthfeel department but damn tasty. Overall its a good smokey brew worth a second look.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 20:09:14 | More by PicoPapa
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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
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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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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2011 03:14:14 | More by SpeedwayJim
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taigor

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured pitch black color with medium head that took a while to dissipate leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Smell is mostly malts with nothing much else detected.

T - Taste is sweet roasted malts with smoked sausage.

M - Medium bodied with above average carbonation.

D - Great porter overall, would be perfect for bbq. I would recommend it. Great job Captain!

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2010 18:16:32 | More by taigor
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CooperEllis

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty across the board.

It looks tasty, poured from a counterpressure filled growler the head rose nicly, light tan in contrast to the deeper roasted coffee color of the porter.

It smells tasty - whispy smoke, not overdone.

It is tasty. Seriously good beer. Solid malt flavors with traces of smoke throughout. A nice finishing taste. It could use a bit more sweetness...that's not exactly the right phrase. Somewhere between dark fruit chewy and outright sweet is a flavor I usually find that goes nicely with crisps burned in a quality smoker. I don't taste that here. It is not notable by it's absence, but it's addition would fully round out the flavor of this porter.

It is very light. Perhaps the lighest porter I've had.

Quite drinkable, indeed. I would hasten to add, I'm not a huge CL drinker on the whole, having been limited in the selection I've had from there. That said, I would certainly consider having this on hand routinely as my 'warm weather' porter.

(Tenth)

Serving type: growler

08-31-2010 23:33:46 | More by CooperEllis
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drewd0g

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark Dark brown color, lets some light through. Has a beige head that sticks around for a little while.

smell - Smell is smokey and malty. Nice roasted mesquite scent.

taste - Lots of smoke and roasted malt flavor. Some espresso notes in there too.

mouthfeel - Relatively Thin, Nice for a porter. Moves around the mouth easily. Very pleasant.

drinkability - I love drinking this beer, one of my favorite beers they have. High drinkability, pairs nice with barbecue and roasted meats. Also good on its own as an after dinner drink.

Serving type: growler

08-17-2010 00:06:42 | More by drewd0g
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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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Pahn

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the Bowery Whole Foods in NYC. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Free pour leaves a thick, two inch frothy light tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a wall of lacing. Pours a solid black and leaves big swatches of lacing all along the glass.

Smell: Dominated mostly by a beautiful cookies and cream aroma. Some faint hops and cola-ish notes. Some roasted notes in the background.

Taste: Creamy chocolate, mild roasted malt, and a smoky coffee flavor. Small but noticeable bitterness--a lot less than you'd expect with the flavors surrounding it really. No hop presence in the flavor. Very smooth and palatable. Some of the cookie from the nose, but less than I personally would like.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Just a touch lighter than full-bodied. Not stout-thick, but not offensively watery either.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking, and all around a strong porter. I don't expect to crave it, really, but I'd have it again, especially in the Winter.

Nothing in this beer is particularly surprising, but pretty much everything is well-done and enjoyable.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2010 04:07:48 | More by Pahn
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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
Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.