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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

240 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.19%
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 Jmamay22
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Whole Foods on Bowery. A quick ride home and it was in the fridge. Opened and reviewed the following day.

The porter pours a very dark brown with a ruby coke colored edge. The head quickly dissipates leaving only a thin tan colored collar. Somewhat lifeless appearance without any carbonation bubbles rising to the top. At first I was worried the growler was poorly filled and died out overnight on me.

Smells of roasted chocolate at the forefront. More sniffing reveals a smokey layer that melds well with a caramelized sugar scent.

First sip reveals that my concerns that the carbonation had died out on me is no longer. Taste is more smoke than was evident in the smell. Lots of flavor up front with the chocolate and smoke coming together well, but what seems to build into a big finish rounds out nearly thin. There's a surge and cacophony of flavors that turn from the chocolate and smoke and give way to roasted coffee and a faint hop attempt, but the flavor fails to linger on afterwards.

The fall out of flavor I would credit to a mouthfeel that becomes thin towards the end. Moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable brew that demands you to return for another taste. Altogether an above average, but not a standout from Captain Lawrence.

Photo of dsa7783
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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...

Photo of Moxley
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this tasting with fellow BAs Pleepleus and Hyland.

A: Poured from a growler into a small tasting pilsner. Typical porter appearance, deep brown with a thin film-like head. Bubbly thin lacing.

S: Smoky malts with a faint bitter coffee smell. Not overly complex in the nose.

T: Even though I didn't really like this beer I can definitely see why someone who likes smoky, bitter-sweet porters would. It's rich and smoky with a strong malt presence. Despite it's distinctive bitter element, it doesn't leave you with that unpleasant bitter aftertaste. It actually finishes slightly sweet and nutty.

M&D: Nothing too special for me in the M&D category. Not particularly creamy or thick. Smooth and medium bodied and an excellent representation of the style.

Photo of mltobin
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Captain Lawrence's smoked porter pours black as night beneath a contrasting head of dark-orange-tinged tan. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves walls of craggy lace about the glass.

In the nose, a thread of fruit rises from the ashes (strawberries, red raspberries, black raspberries). It's deeply roasty and somewhat smoky, but it initially appears more like an ashtray than the flavorful charred wood and smoke that's expected. Occassionally, floral and leafy hops slip through.

In the flavor, a thin slice of dark fruit amidst molasses appears upfront; immediately followed by a bludgeoning roastiness. Bittersweet chocolate appears and then fades to reveal dark caramel at the swallow. The smokiness appears in the finish alongside a long-lasting, bitter and acidic roastiness. As in the nose, some leafy and floral hops occassionally spill through.

Not a bad brew! It's damn flavorful, but a palate wrecker too! A little more smoke and a little less dark roast wouldn't hurt.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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)

Photo of dherling
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of hopdog
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler.

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

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Notes from 9/18/14. Bottle Date - 12/30/13. Poured into a snifter.

A - One finger of head the color of coffee with one milk. Black body with some brown hues when held to the light.

S - Rich chocolate ice cream. Mellow coffee notes. Slightly metallic. Some smoke in the finish.

T - Mellow chocolate with coffee accents. Finishes with a subtle touch of peaty smoke. The two balance out a bit more as it warms.

M - Relatively thin while cold. Medium carbonation. Watery finish.

O - Not as intensely smoky as I expected. The nose was great, but maybe some of the flavors faded over the last 9 months.

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Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.