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

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Added by Billolick on 02-12-2006

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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 259
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems to have survived a week and 3,000 miles in a growler with no ill effects - it pours with quite a bit of liveliness. The beer itself is a deep brown with only a touch of translucence and there's a medium bodied two finger head of mocha tan foam. The crown sticks around for a good bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is very good precisely due to the subtlety: there's a sweet malt smell of golden grain, a bit of a roasted coffee aroma and only the faintest hint of smoke - enough to compliment without dominating.

The flavor is surprisingly balanced with a slightly sweet malt hit at the beginning and a slightly bitter roasted coffee finish at the end. Again, one of the strengths here is the balance - this beer doesn't need to be big or brash to be good.

Mouthfeel is spot on. It's a medium bodied brew at best with no cloying sweetness or sugar coating on the tongue. No hop bitterness but enough burnt grain bitterness to end the sip with a dry finish. Fine bodied carbonation lightens the body even more - this one is very drinkable.

Smoked porters always feel like a gamble to me: sometimes they're well balanced and a wonderful discovery and sometimes they're overdone showboats that are practically undrinkable. There's no doubt that this is a porter with smoke flavor but it's just one of many balanced flavors.

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Photo of NolateM
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one gets a solid 4.5 score (I liked it so much that I almost just went with a straight 5, but I figured maybe I should be somewhat critical).

Poured into a regular pint glass, the beer was pitch black with a creamy slightly-tan head. It tasted roasty, but not too smokey - just right. Despite thinking "oh I probably couldn't drink more than one glass of this, it's too rich," I had another half-size glass after I was done... and that was my second time sampling this beer. Definitely had a delicious, dark chocolate kind of a flavor to it. I recommend it to ANYONE who likes their beers the way I drink my coffee - black.

...also recommended to anyone else who likes black coffee.

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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 drugsbunny
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this porter at the recent open house in Pleasantville. Dark and sweet smelling. Not a big noticeable smoked flavor or aroma, but often these "extra" flavorings are too overpowering. Wonderful chocolate bitter taste. One of the best porters I have ever tasted on draft. Rich flavor and good bitterness. This one is a winner.

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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 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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Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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