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Pleasantville Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 255
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 7.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 17 | 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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Reviews: 131 | Hads: 255
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Labeled just as "Smoked Porter" but based on the other reviews I'm thinking this is the same beer.

Pours out pretty much opaque black with a very nice full head, light beige in color. Good retention with a ton of thick sticky lace. Looks really good.

Nice smokey aroma, smoked wood, charcoal, ashy. Hard to get much else, some roast as it warms.

The smoke is more in balance with the rest of the beer, still pretty prominent. Ashy smoked wood, a bit of campfire, A nice dark chocolate roasted malt, bakers chocolate. Maybe a hint of an English yeast?

Medium in body, carb feel about right for style.

A very nice smoked porter, very true to style. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a fluffy tan head that settled down some and left trails of lacing.

S - smoked and roasted aromas.

T - mellow smoke blends in well with a roasted malty flavor, very good.

F - medium bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.

O - a very good tasting beer that I will purchase/consume again.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.