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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

212 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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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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Milkysunshine

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-24-2013 19:29:21 | More by Milkysunshine
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MadScientist

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown beer with a deep garnet hue, almost too dark to let light through. The head is long lasting, creamy, expresso colored bubbles that leave some lasting.

S: Smooth, moderately-strong coffee and cocoa aromas with smoke coming just a bit under those. A light note of earthy hops and a little bit of dark, dried fruit.

T: A somewhat sweet, coffee and cream flavor with a moderate chocolate and smoke. The hops give a moderately-light bitterness with an light earthy hops flavor. A little dark fruit flavors again. The balance is slightly sweet with a medium-sweet finish and a smokey, chocolate aftertaste.

M: Medium full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very cream and smooth that works so well with the flavors.

O: It's like having a fire roasted cup of coffee with cream and sugar. The overall balance is great and somewhat rich.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 23:56:53 | More by MadScientist
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is nearly black in color—traces of dark red are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger high dense tan colored head that died down but left a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass and a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of smoke and dark and chocolate malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is smoky but starts to give way to flavors of chocolate and roasted malts as well as some hints of coffee beans. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves your mouth with a slight amount of dryness.
O: While the smoky aromas and flavors of this beer can rival a rauchbier, this beer isn't overpowered by the smoky malts and still has a light-bodied nature and easy drinkability of a porter. I would have no problem drinking several of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 03:41:33 | More by metter98
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jbuddle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-20-2013 17:45:30 | More by jbuddle
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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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dogfishandi

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 23:21:12 | More by dogfishandi
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RWACKO

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-15-2013 23:17:18 | More by RWACKO
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gshackles

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-09-2013 00:44:34 | More by gshackles
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GFD400

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-07-2013 05:06:12 | More by GFD400
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

02-02-2013 20:04:04 | More by acurtis
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OddNotion

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-02-2013 04:30:53 | More by OddNotion
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csmartin6

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

01-26-2013 02:25:23 | More by csmartin6
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CloudStrife

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 01:04:24 | More by CloudStrife
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

01-14-2013 17:41:19 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

01-14-2013 01:15:02 | More by kjkinsey
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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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scooter9

New York

3/5  rDev -25.7%

01-03-2013 02:25:20 | More by scooter9
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

01-03-2013 02:11:55 | More by Archemedies
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Zkman87

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

12-29-2012 01:41:28 | More by Zkman87
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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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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:50:21 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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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
Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.