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Pleasantville Smoked Porter | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Billolick on 02-12-2006

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Ratings:
259
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
8.17%
 
 
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Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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 +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.

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Photo of knight84
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black w/copper highlights. Two fingers of dark frothy khakhi head that dissipates fairly quickly.
N: roasted smokey malts, coffee, smells really sweet and creamy. Some dark fruits: currants, raisins. There is a slight woody character to it as well.
T: lots of roasted malts, coffee, smokey wood, candied sugar, very robust on the palate, develops some wood flavors, there is a nice hop bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malts. Tastes like an imp porter.
M: very strong for a porter, lots of carbonation, it is strong in mf for a porter but still doesn't approach a stout. 
O: very drinkable, one of the better porters I've had, the complexity is great, I wish this were available in MI.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the Captain Lawrence tasting room.

A- Pours a super dark brown, topped with a thin tan head.

S- Roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and fruit, smokiness is subtle but spot on. Smells really nice.

T- Roasted malt, nice chocolatey flavors and smokiness, a bit of fruit and caramel. The smoke is subtle and doesn't approach jerky territory.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, very drinkable.

O- I really enjoyed this, a very solid smoked porter.

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Photo of Pahn
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the Bowery Whole Foods in NYC. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Free pour leaves a thick, two inch frothy light tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a wall of lacing. Pours a solid black and leaves big swatches of lacing all along the glass.

Smell: Dominated mostly by a beautiful cookies and cream aroma. Some faint hops and cola-ish notes. Some roasted notes in the background.

Taste: Creamy chocolate, mild roasted malt, and a smoky coffee flavor. Small but noticeable bitterness--a lot less than you'd expect with the flavors surrounding it really. No hop presence in the flavor. Very smooth and palatable. Some of the cookie from the nose, but less than I personally would like.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Just a touch lighter than full-bodied. Not stout-thick, but not offensively watery either.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking, and all around a strong porter. I don't expect to crave it, really, but I'd have it again, especially in the Winter.

Nothing in this beer is particularly surprising, but pretty much everything is well-done and enjoyable.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at d.b.a.

Big roasted flavors here, I can't emphasize that enough. Like fire-blasted chocolate, this taste stays with you, only to be interrupted occasionally by the citrus hops. I don't know about the hops in there, they didn't seem to mesh well, but the malt profile with the smoke and dark malts is rocking. Definitely my favorite smoked porter to date.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 Richardberg
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pint glass from the Irish pub. Dark amber, small head with fine bubbles that last and are equally brown (stark contrast to the cream colored head from their guiness pours).

S: pretty faint. (at least in part due to greasy/smoky surroundings). What's there is nicely balanced roast malt, alcohol, and florals.

T: great mix of traditional porter flavors, smoky overtones, and a bit of extra kick. Well rounded from start to finish.

M: smooth smooth smooth.

D: another? Yes please. All night, until the mostly-hidden alky caught up with me anyway.

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Photo of usechopstix
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was pretty standard, black straight pour with nice tan head that lasted.

The aroma is probably my favorite part of the beer. Love the chestnest, coffee, smokey smell that fills the air when you pour it. There's also a bready, cracker note along with malt. It blends together very well, forming a nicely layered scent that reminds me of Christmas.

I was surprised by the feel of the beer; something this dark, I usually expect a thicker beer but this was lighter, almost watery. But do not be fooled, this is as smokey and bitter as any other porter. First and foremost, I taste the carby, malty taste first then it firsts off with a more complex mix of chocolate, woody black coffee taste. The label says they use German malt, which makes sense as this reminds me of dunkel.

Very good beer at a very affordable price.

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Photo of Avryle
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had on tap several times at the brewery and hooray, Mahar's just tapped a keg.

A- Small light mocha head. Very dark brown in color with ruby highlights peeking in at the sides.

S- Smoke & malt with the tanginess of wood.

T- Smoke and roasted barley. Very sweet. Coffee. Then bitter at the end.

M- Creamy with light carbonation.

D- Great drinking though the smoke does take it down a notch. Maybe not the best pairing for a corned beef toasty but had not problems getting it down.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pint from the growler. Coming straight down the middle of the glass with no tilt, this beer produces only a small cap of a head. It's been in the growler over a week, and they pour them straight from the tap, so this is expected. It still looks very nice. Black, with some brown at the corners. Light tan head, not much lace.

The aroma is pretty delicate, and if they just called this Pleasantville Porter you might not know it used smoke malts. But I do know there is smoked malts, and when I looked for it in the nose, I did find it. It's bacon-like, but pretty faint. The aromas that are more clear are chocolate frosting, and a slight fruitiness. Good, gentle porter aroma.

The smoke is more noticeable in the flavor of the beer, but it's still very slight. I think if this beer was paired with smoked meats you would pick up on it more easily...and I think that's what they were going for. No more talk about smoke because that is not what this beer is all about. The main flavors are a chocolate milk type sweetness. Very little bit of roast and very little bitterness comes through, but only on the finish.

The mouthfeel is what stands out most in this beer. When reviewing the flavor, I wrote "smooth" first because this impression came first to any of the flavors after the first sip. It has a very gentle carbonation, partly designed and partly from sitting in a growler for a while. This beer is very drinkable, and is probably one of maybe two beers from Captain Lawrence that I would like all for myself, the other being the brown ale. The one pint went very quickly.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A - Dark brown and you can see the thinness of the beer. Slight head even poured roughly.

S - Smoke, coffee and some cocoa. The smoke smell was not overwhelming.

T - Really good. Not a style I usually head towards but the flavor of this one is gentler. A roasted flavor, some amoke and even some fruit.

M - Thin and more carbonated than I would have thought.

Highly drinkable for the style.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Haven't had this for a couple of years until now, and never in the bottle. Remember liking it pretty well on tap.

A: Very dark brown, with dark tan edges and a small light tan head.

S: A ton of smoke. Campfire smoke. A good amount of dark fruit. Not a lot of roast.

T/M: Smoked malt. Chocolate. Plum. The smoke is the main event but not completely dominant -- there's good balance. The mouthfeel's medium, with low but prickly carbonation.

O: Another great effort from Captain Larry in a style we should see more of.

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Photo of metter98
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
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.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the taproom.

Coal black in color. 1/8" to a 1/4" in head.

You catch dark roasted malts in the aroma, mixed well with a bit of smoke, but just enough to let you know this is a smoked style porter. Personally I don't love smoked beers that you can smell from a mile away so this is very pleasant.

The taste is wonderful. Huge malt background and a bit of smoked salmon as one would expect, but not over powering in the least. Bitter dark chocolate is the result of a good hop profile with a good use of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is surprising thicker than expected. Their Baltic Porter was a little thin, so I expected the same here, but I find this to be far more pleasurable on the tongue. Perfectly carbonated, and the malt provides a firm, lasting finish.

I'm thinking about bringing a 6er of this back to NC. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw-cap growler provided via trade by gpcollen1. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head over the nearly opaque dark brown brew. Head recedes sedately, with lots of coating froth. Aroma is hearty grains and ample smokiness. Taste is chocolate sweetness upfront, seguing into light coffee bitterness, with the smoke coming in at the close and lingering. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and drinkability is quite nice as well. Smoky enough to interest, but not so much to get old after one pint. Another great offering here.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich and deep black with a frothy mocha colored head that disapates into a hearty lace. A sticky viscosity can be observed by the eye as residue of the beer slowly creeps back down the side of the glass after each sip.

The smell displays faint hints of coffee.

The first sip is very smokey, and has a "campfire" feel to it. Not overly smokey though. A rich and hearty beer this porter displays heavy flavors of coffee and has the bitter sweet finish of dark chocolate. When sampling at the brewery I was given a piece of dark chocolate to enjoy with this beer, and the pairing was perfect.

Another great beer from this new brewery.

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Photo of cavedave
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a large fluffy beige head atop.Aromas of smoke and earth with only mild sweetness.a creamy feel with mildly sweet brown sugar notes,the smoke is the major component wich it should be ,not alot of sweetness here.One of the first brews from CPL. and it's solid.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, one finger off white head with some lacing.

S-Rather smokey, some roasted malt, tad bit of chocolate as well.

T-Smokey, it could be dialed back to improve balance, Then roasted/burnt malt. Some chocolate and coffee.

M-Medium bodied, slightly creamy with nice carbonation.

O-A good smoked porter, better than the Class of '88 one, but no where near the level of HF F&T.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My growler of this beer, with a little bit of rousing, pours with an initially fat-two-finger thick, dusty chocolate cream color that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark, definitely opaque and so close to black I am having a hard time saying it is not. The aroma is most noticeably smoky; in fact it seems characteristic of malt smoked over beech wood (rauch malz). Underneath the smoke is an interesting sweet, fruitiness; this is not always noticeable, but at times is distinctly noticed as sweetened raisins. That last is actually quite fleeting and now that I am looking for it I am having a hard time picking it out of the other aromatic components. Lots of rich malt aromatics linger around in the nose too; Aromas of toasted malt, touches of black coffee, roasted grain dust and perhaps a touch of liquorice.

Lightly sweet tasting, which accentuates notes of burnt prunes and roasted raisins. This fruit character plays second fiddle to the dark & smoke malt character though. The roasted malt flavors play a much bigger role, in comparison to the smoke flavors, than the aroma would have suggested. In fact the roasted character of this beer is the dominant flavor contributor; flavors of espresso, darkly toasted malt flower, toasted bread crust and a significant, though not overwhelming burnt acidity. This acidity from the roasted grain lingers on in the finish a bit (like the slightly acrid, sharp bit found in a dark roasted pull of espresso), it is tempered a bit by some malt sweetness, notes of chocolate and some sweet smoke flavors. The smoke for the most part plays a secondary supporting role here in the flavor. It is noticeable at all flavor points during a draught of this ale and serves as a nice foil for the roast grain flavors. Somehow it does meld and even accentuate the residual malt sweetness found in the beer. I nice mouthfeel to this beer and the body has a certain heft to it that allows the malt to cling to the palate. Medium full feeling, especially up front and through the middle; the roast acidity serves to lighten the fullness of this beer a bit starting in the middle through to the finish.

I like the heft of this beer, it could perhaps use a touch more body to offset the heavily roasted flavors, but it is almost where it needs to be. As someone who loves smoked beers, I could wish for a touch more smoke character to, but it certainly plays a significant role here (especially in the aroma). While I find that it is generally so, the contribution of the smoke to the perception of sweetness in this brew is definitely notable (this is certainly not an overly sweet beer though, it is just interesting that I am specifically noticing the interaction between smoke & perceived sweetness). I definitely can't wait to try the barrel aged versions of this beer; I am almost quite curious to see how a beer of this heft will stand up to and not be overwhelmed by the various barrel types. This is quite a nice beer & I am certainly enjoying the ability to quaff a couple pints of this brew.

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Photo of taigor
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured pitch black color with medium head that took a while to dissipate leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Smell is mostly malts with nothing much else detected.

T - Taste is sweet roasted malts with smoked sausage.

M - Medium bodied with above average carbonation.

D - Great porter overall, would be perfect for bbq. I would recommend it. Great job Captain!

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Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev -1%
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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Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.
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