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Pleasantville Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Pleasantville Smoked PorterPleasantville Smoked Porter

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 26
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of dherling
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

dherling, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of hopdog
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


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

hopdog, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of andthevolcano
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

andthevolcano, Aug 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

pknyc, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

danwho, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

rbrefbeerman, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Hanzo, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

chippo33, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

quakeroatmealstout, Jul 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

oakaged88, Oct 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jbuddle, Feb 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jp312, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Chugger, Sep 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

TheRuss9585, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jurbanik, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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".

jwc215, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

bklynbeerbaron, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Chickenhawk9932, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of KenOnBass
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

KenOnBass, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Cpt. Lawrence sipper, complex, on-tap at Barcade. My clear winner here over a long night. The smoke is instrinsic, its the smoked malt. The aroma is rather ginger. A whisp of head, lace and it's fresh. Medium mouthfeel, and drying bittersweet finish. Comes to a fruitiness in the mouth. A year later, on cask at Cole's cask fest, just as great, with salty dark taste, lacey.

Sammy, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of PicoPapa
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.

PicoPapa, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of wisegreensoul
3.88/5  rDev -4%

wisegreensoul, Aug 15, 2014
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