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Pleasantville Smoked Porter - Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Pleasantville Smoked PorterPleasantville Smoked Porter

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131 Reviews
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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 CooperEllis
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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.


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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 EPICAC
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at The Blind Tiger in NYC.

Pours a dark black with a brown tint. The head is a light brown, sudsy film. The aroma has notes of alcoholic spice, intense chocolate, dark fruit, toffee and a hint of smoke.

The flavor is sweet, but not too sweet. The dark fruit flavors are subdued. The finish has strong notes of chocolate and roastiness. There's an undertone of smoke throughout that never overpowers. Full-bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

The flavors are tasty, but a bit much for multiple pints.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a sample of this brand new brew at the brewery today. It will be the next offering from Captain L. in local westchester county restaurants and bars hopefully soon. Pours quite dark brown, with dark honey hues at the edge of the glass. Dark tan head, leaving a tiny bubble film after a minute or two. Fine lacing becomes scattered upon a moderate swirl. Nose is of some dark chocolate. This is a thick, full bodied porter, notes of chocolate, cocoa, dark figs, raisins and light smoke. Chocolate really carries the day here. Another tasty brew from new guy in the neighborhood C.L. It will be interesting to see how this one matures and perhaps evolves in the next few batches.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle-n-Hum in NYC.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and just a hint of smoke. As it warms the smokiness increases just a bit and hints of earthy hops waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells though a bit more intense. Roasted and chocolate malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by a decent amount of smokiness. The smokiness fades just before a solidly bitter ending. As with the smell hints of earthy and leafy hops make an appearance once the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was a bit let down by this beer - a good porter but an average smoked porter. Still, I have to say it's worth a shot.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, no date

pours almost black in color, still some reddish highlights in the corners. off-white head that stays awhile. smell is roasty and smokey aroma. like charred wood. same with the taste, just enough smoke flavor without being too much. pleasant. toasty. body on the thicker side. coats the mouth, lower to medium carbonation.

overall -good level of smoke. I don't normally like that flavor when it's overpowering, but this beer is a good one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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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 facundoCNB
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a deep brown in color with 2 fingers of head which slowly dissipate and leave a small amount of lacing behind. aromas of chocolate, chipotle peppers, oak, roasted peppers, sweet yet roasty. the flavor starts off roasty, with a nice malty sweet backbone following it.. then the peppery smokiness comes in.. a really tasty porter. a bit thin for the abv, but suitable for the style.. carbonation is on the low side as well.

this is a pretty nice beer from CL.. for the price, i'd probably stick to the imperial ipa (same size bottle), but that's just style preference on my end. this is a pretty damn good beer for the season though.

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Photo of Samp01
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a lasting brown head. Aroma of dark roasted caramel malt and smoked barbeque pit essence. Taste is sweet dark mild roasted caramel malt and a flavorful smoked barbeque notes with some mild bitterness and a lingering smoked flavor on the end. Palate is a medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation. This brew is quite good only wish it had a stronger smoked aroma. Overall a very well made, tasty and flavorful brew.

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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 farrago
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finger plus of foam, average tannish brown color, the center filled with larger bubbles which may reduce retention, the lacing is more splotchy than streaks but can’t fault the stickiness. Black liquid, you can see fat bubbles slide up near the glass sides, nothing to gauge regarding clarity nor cloudiness. The nose is all liquid smoke, like choke to death type smoke, not sure why this is not a Rauchbier if we are being candid, even has that molten rubber aspect, then there’s an odd pairing of plum and green apple fruit scents, caramel and coffee rinds, maybe matted grasses or peat, so intense is the primary element that all subtlety and nuance is lost, you better like smokiness. Medium-bodied, good flow, even wiry, the attack displays a white grapefruit bite which for a moment jolts you, opens your taste buds to more of the cherry, apple, Italian plum fruit. The more you sip the more the smoke permeates. Mild German chocolate cake notes, coconut and caramel. Like the metallic, earthy qualities which linger through the finish. Could use more “bottom,” that is, denser anchor flavors besides the smoke to really get into. Likely best with food, like smoked pork or barbecue, needs a similar mindset.

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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 asabreed
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a growler purchased at the brewery. Into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: A dark and nearly opaque body with a mocha-colored head. Lacing's thick and sticks rather well to the glass.

Smell: Good smoke here. A lot of smoked porters, at least that I've had, tend to bury the smoke flavor, but here there's good dark malt flavors mixed with the smoke. A bit of roasted chocolate and earth. A bit of fruit esters. Mild coffee.

Taste: A good initial burst of woodsmoke, followed by dark roasted malts, a bit of coffee and chocolate sweetness, and some mild complimentary fruit esters.

Mouthfeel: Kind of odd, as it seems like a bigger-bodied brew, but there's still a little slickness and a slightly watery nature too it, though it doesn't detract too much.

Drinkability: A solid smoked porter, one that's not too much to have a few of them in this upcoming winter season. Check it out if you can.

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Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a fluffy light tan head. Left some lacing on the way down.

S: Smells of sweet malt scents -- mainly roasted malt and caramel with some chocolate as well.

T: Also fairly sweet -- caramel malt, toffee and maybe a hint of maple syrup -- but also smoky, with some roasted coffee bitterness and burnt charcoal lingering at the end to give it some balance.

M: Lighter than expected given the appearance; nicely carbonated.

D: Good. I prefer my porters to be a little less sweet, but this was a nice selection to go with lunch on a cold winter's day.

Notes: BA caminiti and I ordered this based on the bartender's advice after we'd had a Rogue Mocha Porter. It actually compared very well to the Rogue offering, though it definitely was the sweeter of the two porters -- the Rogue was the dry chardonnay to the Captain's sweet reisling, to come up with a wine analogy. I'd never heard of Captain Lawrence before, but based on this sample, I'd be interested to see what else they've got.

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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 Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Captain Lawrence brewery in Pleasantville, N.Y.

A: Poured a very dark brown, near black, with a thin, sudsy head of tan foam. Had great viscosity and left some clingy white lace.

S: Smells of roasted black malt and coal, with hints of carob and smoked pine. Light herbal hopping and licorice kick around in the background.

T: Has a nice roasted malt flavor with a bitter caramel sweetness. Had a burnt sugar and coffee flavor to go along with a slightly smoky, cocoa taste also. Finish is sweet and a little clingy with some strong herbal hops to wash it away.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and leaves a slight oily slicl on the palate.

D: A slightly stronger porter, both in ABV and malt flavor, but steady drinking and pretty smooth. It would be a tough pair unless you had some smoked meats or fish to go with it. Then again, it's a fine brew to just sip on its own.

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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 plaid75
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a 1/2 finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured burnt grains and a delicate charcoal aroma.

The taste consisted of an upfront bittersweet chocolate with and nice lingering smokiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a savory smoked porter. Complex flavors.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a black with dark brown edges when held to the light. A small dark tan head that slowly fades out to a mild floating cap of foam.
Smell is of cocoa, smoked meat, roasted nuts, beef jerky, caramel, along with some freshly frothed cream.
Taste is lightly tart but substantiated with notes of beef jerky, cocoa, caramel, and nuts.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a caramel smoothness fading into a moderately dry finish.

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Photo of Kempleton
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a growler filled on Saturday evening. It's now Tuesday evening. growlers was kept in fridge after a five hour trip home.

Poured into a pint glass with a bit too heavy of a hand. A quarter of the glass fills with beer and the rest with dark tan foam. This quickley settles out at about four fingers. Smells smokey and a bit like coffee. This beer is quite dark no light shows through but there are some ruby highlights around the sides of the glass. The head has by now subsided to about two fingers. still that smokey coffe smell with the tiniest bit of sweetness and perhaps a bit of vanilla but I can't be sure. The taste is smoked malt right up front with some coffe here too. There is a tiny hop character fighting it way forward after the intial smokeyness. This beer is quite thick and creamy (Blakeums). I like the way this tastes but it not very easy to drink more than a pair at least.
When repoured properly this beer yeilded a very nice 3/4inch head of dense tan foam with nice tight bubbles

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a growler of this with some homies over the weekend, from notes 3.17.10.

Pours black with some deep ruby highlights at the edges. great lacing and filmy retention despite being poured into a straight pint glass.

I smelled chocolate as I poured my pint which was both surprising and appealing. Smoke is subtle and in balance, very nice. A general charred malt note is in check as well. The taste is in line and very well balanced as well. Not too much roasted malt bitterness and not overly sweet or sugary either. There is some residual sugar here but it's overlooked with the chocolate, malts and smoke combining to please the palate.

Pretty low level of carbonation is fitting for this low-medium bodied brew. Maybe a little on the thin side, but that helps the drinkability factor. If you're looking for a really smoky beer, this is not the one. But if you're not the hugest fan of smoked beers (like me) and want something you could have a pint or three of, try and pick up a growler of this.

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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 boatshoes
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Blind Tiger (my girlfriend picked this joint for her birthday dinner, I'm a lucky man!). Nice place, but I'll have to review that for a later date.

Appearance- Comes out in a pint glass pitch black with about a half finger of off white, very smooth looking head. Looks like a very solid porter, leaves a touch of lacing as I drink as well.

Smell- Mmm, lots of bitter chocolate and burnt coffee coming through in the nose. Strongly backed up by roasted malt. Very nice nose and all the flavors I like in a nice porter coming through strongly.

Taste- Bitter chocolate and roasted malt huge in the flavor profile. Accented by a subtle smokiness as well. Just a touch of coffee as well. Very easy drinking with a big flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Carbonation very appropriate and the mouthfeel is silky smooth coming off the tap. Goes down really easy and if it hadn't been for the extensive tap list, I might have had another.

Overall, really easy drinking and flavorful porter. Give it a shot if you get the chance.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep drown, almost black color with a tall and medium bodied tan colored head that laces a bit down the glass.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, some less dark but smokey malts, some coffee, chocolate, and a bit of a hop bitterness at the end.
T: Tastes of deep roasted and then some lighter but smokey malts, some chocolate, a hint of coffee, and then a slight hop bitterness at the end.
M: Very smooth, warming, not as thick or as smokey as I thought it was going to be.
D: Very drinkable beer.

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