Pleasantville Smoked Porter | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Pleasantville Smoked PorterPleasantville Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
259
Reviews:
131
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
8.17%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
15
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jbuddle
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jp312
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Chugger
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jurbanik
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ari32
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KenOnBass
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, heavy looking. Not much of a head though. The smell is average. This beer tastes great. It's a rich, chocolately, and great. Love the smokey taste. Love it. The mouthfeel is amazing. Completely full.

Another great beer from Captain Lawrence. Great for when it's cold out. The word that sums up this beer in a nutshell is full. This is a great tasting porter.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep smokey mahogany bordering black, with a thick caramel head - good retention.

Smells of smoked malt and caramel with an herbal bite.

Full of smoked malt flavor with a burnt harshness to cut through the sweet caramel and chocolate notes. The beer does not taste sweet at all as the smoke flavor keeps all others at bay. Yet as it warms more flavors come out - coffee, raisin, plumb. This is an intriguing beer - just a little thin in the mouth.

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown/black with a beautiful tan head that left lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee notes of smoked wood chips.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Smoke? More like burnt. Like really strong, black coffee; reminded me of the espressos I drank every morning on vacation in Portugal. Bitter chocolate flavor underneath. For me, the smoke flavor came through in the finish. Mouthfeel was fine, not too thick.

Drinkability: Surprisingly not too filling; but I think the drinkability would depend on how much black coffee can you drink before it kills your palate.

Notes: An intriguing porter, I might want to give this another shot in colder weather. If you're a coffee lover, this one's for you.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

(Tenth)

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -4.2%
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%
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%
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 wisegreensoul
3.88/5  rDev -4%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -3.5%
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 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 facundoCNB
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -2.7%
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 -2.7%
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 sd123
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of farrago
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -2.5%
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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Pleasantville Smoked Porter from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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