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Pleasantville Smoked Porter | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Pleasantville Smoked PorterPleasantville Smoked Porter

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Billolick on 02-12-2006

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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 259
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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 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 brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a coffee color and a tan head that drops to a ringlet and splotches the pint glass

Smell: Dark bread but no smoke

Taste: Brown bread up front, still no smoke until the very end, and even then, there is not much and it is joined by a slightly phenolic flavor

Mouthfeel: Somewhat watery with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but pales in comparison to some of the better smoked porters I have tasted; would make a fine brown ale

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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 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 NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small off-white head.

Smell: Chocolatey, almost reminiscient of a Tootsie Roll. Fair amount of roast. Vague dark fruitiness. Smoked wood scent, sure, but I get far more wood than smoke, which is reasonably mild.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate flavor with a mild sweetness and roastiness. Again, for me, it's more woody and smokey. Faint fruit hints. Slight spicy, earthy bitterness. Roasty, wooden finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Why, that's not half bad at all! Finishing a few glasses from the growler was a breeze.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an extremely dark brown, essentially black with a nice opaque color. Absolutly no head, lace, foam, bubbles, nothing, just looked a bit weak to be honest.

Smell was very heavy with the smoked presence, which is only to be expected. A slight hint of caramel or sugar could be picked up, but you really had to look for it.

- Flat, no life to this at all and thin were my first impressions. Really no carbonation and slick and oily in feel. Suprised that there was actually a nice hoppy back which seemed to come out of nowhere. But the feel really distracted me and took big points away from this.

not sure what happened as we opened this and the imperial back to back, odd.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to Cuzco for sending me this growler!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF #4. The pour results in a ruby-tinted obsidian topped by slightly more than a finger of bright ecru foam. The nose comprises peat smoke (mild but wonderul), molasses, chocolate syrup, roasted malts, sweet caramel, and a touch of vanilla bean. The taste keeps the smoke up front and personal, just the way I like it, along with some roast, coffee, dark chocolate, and caramelized caramel. The body is a hearty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very tasty little treat, a big hit with the guys I shared it with.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/24/10 notes. Had on tap at CL at the cdc release.

a - Pours a dark black color with two inches of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, and has some definite smokiness to it. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, and some smokiness.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A very enjoyable and drinkable smoked porter. Would love to try again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a pitch black hue with some deep brown amber edges when held up to the light. Growler maintained great carbonation sealed tight with teflon tape wrapped around the lip of the growler and sealed with a metal cap. Huge chocolate milk tinged head dwindles down slow leaves behind some chunky sporadically spaced lacing around the rim of my tall imperial volume, German style pint glass. Aroma arises with herbal hop notes bringing earthy tea like and mild tree bark tones. Deep creamy slightly burnt marshmallow notes with milk chocolate infused cappuccino being the dominant smell attacking my senses. Arising from deep within the chocolate and coffee edges comes mild tart fruit combinations including tart white grape acidity. Taste wise it's incredibly flavorful but perfectly cohesive in the combinations of flavors. Upfront roasted malts bring dark toasted brown sugar and creamy milk chocolate notes with a mild lactic acidity coming on. Dry finish with burnt malt staying in the finish blended with definitive herbal and earthy hop qualities, also has a nutty character in there as well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied creamy textured evenly carbonated, comes off silky smooth on the palate. That growler didn't stand a chance but it was definitely some world class brew after a 12 hour shift as a nurse and I went through four discharges, two transfer admissions, and two emergency room admissions...I'm defniitely ready for a beer or four. Captain Larry's fine porter was the perfect way to relax before waking up and repeating my day over again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And here we go with the cask version. Pours pitch black with a foamy tan head. Thick malty flavor. That noticeable coffee. Still thickly robust. The feel is the only thing that's different here. Just a different feel of carbonation as you'd expect there to be. (Which is interesting on a personal level to be able to experience) Just as nice as the tap version, but unique in its own way.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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".

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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 drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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 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 BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery into a small glass throughout the day.

Sloppy brown out of the jug, almost black in the glass, looks like a porter to me. Just a bit of light escaping the liquid. A creamy light brown/tan foam stood a inch in height on top of the sea of dark brown. A medium build with some thickness towards the middle, lasts a while too. Sporadic lace that does not cling well.

A well balanced scent comes forth showing off roasted coffee beans and some mild chocolate. Pleasantville is on par so far. Under the morning scent comes in roasted malt with just a touch of peat and smoke. The smoke is light which bodes well for me as it's not my favorite scent to dig on. A little bit of vanilla cream is in the distance running alongside a slight hop aroma from the earth.

Fresh ground coffee with some sweet chocolate pieces mixed in seem to be winning the roost. This pair is joined by a heaping of roasted and smoked malts although the smoked seems to be a bit understated, don't get me wrong it's there but it's hiding behind that chocolate. Some nuttiness going on here. Along with the malt structure some grain hides in the middle. This smoked porter finishes with a small hop infraction giving off the slightest hint that it's there.

PSP holds a slick feel with a medium build. Sweet and slightly smokey. This went down all to easy at least for me with the light smoke. The alcohol is not there at all and the carb gives off a nice crisp blast although light, I think it works perfect. The mouth on this shows me why the smoke from the oak series is so tasty with how this beer can absorb the different flavors from the barrels. The coffee seems to be staying with me for a while.

A growler of PSP a day will keep onix1agr at bay, there is no reason why I couldn't kill a growler of this to the head, it would not even put me to bed, a low ABV and a few tasty treats, tells me pleasantville smoked porter can't be beat, Grab some while you can, before the rest of the porter is holed up, to make a new different blend.

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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 plaid75
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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 yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler picked up at Barrel Select release.

Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque, but not quite. Hard pour produces a finger of small tan bubbles that slowly subside to a crown and film with average lacing. Aroma is roasty and smoky as expected, but fairly mild and never veering too charred or sharp. The smoked malt almost has a fruit like sweetness occasionally. Body is medium thick, slightly chewy with soft, fine carbonation. Flavor is like the nose, pleasantly sweet, roasted and smoky with some occasional chocolate, coffee and toffee notes. A very nice full bodied porter, but it would be a little more interesting if the smoke was turned up a little more.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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 dar482
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a black color with an off white head.

The aroma has tons of smoke and roasted malt. It's quite strong.

On the flavor, the front is some deep espresso, then bacon, then ash and charcoal. There is an extremely smokey aftertaste that is almost like drinking liquid smoke.

This beer has some wonderful characteristics, but really could use some other flavors to balance out the overwhelming amount of smoke that eventually invades the palate. I would share this beer for a good smoked beer experience, but don't really see drinking a reasonable volume of this.

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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and nearly opaque with faint mahogany edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Nice smokey aroma with lots of burnt malt character balanced by some sweeter dark malt notes. Hints of charcoal, BBQ, meat and campfire dominating the nose but there are hits of dark chocolate, oatmeal and toffee underneath.

Fuller bodied than expected. Tastes very similar to the aroma and even though there is a heavy dose of smokiness, there are some sweeter malt notes underneath. Lots of burnt malt, smoke, charcoal, smoked meat flavor up front followed by hints of toast, oatmeal and dark chocolate toward the end of the palate. A good balance of smoke and sweeter notes lingering into a dry finish.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Most smoked porters are too tame for me but this was a bit of a smoke bomb without being one dimensional. Complex, very flavorful and easy to drink(for me at least). I would love to try the imperial version.

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Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tumbler served at CB Six in NYC.

A: The porter is a pitch black color, obscured further by the darkness of the bar. A thick off-white head coats the top of the glass and leaves hints of lace as it is consumed.

S: The nose is full of roasted malt notes from a porter; only on deep inspection do I pick up some of the smoked curehouse aromas.

T: A sip reveals a strong porter body, thick with chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolatey flavor holds up nicely against the smokiness, creating a hybrid aroma of bacon and chocolate (it's better than it sounds). Caramel flavors later in the sip add further sweetness that contrasts nicely with the smoke flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is wonderful, silky and sweet without an overpowering liquid snoke flavor.

D: This is a really enjoyable drink. If the regular ol' smoked porter is this good, I can only imagine what the Smoke of the Oak series tastes like.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a filled 22oz bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

Nice dark brown pour with a 1 finger head of tannish foam. Lots of lacing here and good head retention until about 3/4s of the way through my glassful.

I smell some roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, and a touch of smoke. Overall, a swetish smell.

Yum. A very nice taste. First thing I notice is a flavourful coffee that expands into some chocolate, roasted malt, a good smokiness, some sweet malt that offsets the coffee bitterness nicely...again, yum. Nice medium mouthfeel and the light carbonation works very well. I'm especially fond of the coffee bitterness finish that lingers on for some time. This is a very good Smoked Porter indeed and when they are done right, they're one of my favourite styles.

Drinkability is right up there as I find myself taking sip after sip and the contents of the bottle are disappearing far too rapidly.

A big thanks again go out to nutbrown for letting me sample yet another fine Captain Lawrence brew!

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