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Lazy Boy Porter - Lazy Boy Brewing

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Lazy Boy PorterLazy Boy Porter

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BA SCORE
77
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 18.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lazy Boy Brewing visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 09-11-2007)
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Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

acurtis, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of brentk56
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color witha thick tan head that hangs around for a while and leaves a few shards

Smell: An odd combination of roasty black bread and a sour dark fruit element

Taste: Starts out nicely enough, with roasty chocolate and black bread flavors; by mid-palate, however, the sourness dominates the flavor profile and persists into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Something is not quite right with this recipe - beyond the sourness, the mouthfeel is a bit thin and the traditional porter flavors are understated

brentk56, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ebony with a small handful of sparkling garnet highlights when bright morning sunshine is allowed to enter the glass. The two finger crown is the exact color of a double chocolate milkshake and does a pretty good job of decorating the glass with amoeba-like lace. This porter looks for all the world like a stout.

The nose isn't rich enough, roasted malty enough or powerful enough (even when taking style into consideration). It smells like a mixture of carob and tart fruit juice. Let's see if this beer can turn it around where it matters most.

How can the brewery responsible for the excellent Lazy Boy IPA and the good Mistletoe Bliss release a beer like Porter? One good thing is that it isn't as sour fruity as expected. One bad thing is that it's horribly undermalted and, therefore, unacceptably thin. In the end, good is balanced by bad. Which results in a taste score of... strictly average.

The malt bill consists of pale, crystal, Munich and chocolate. Lazy Boy might have favored the darker end of that lineup, but a great deal more malt is needed before this ale has any hope of getting off the ground, much less soaring. You shouldn't have been so lazy here, guys.

Other than watery carob/cocoa and a small splash of watery instant coffee, there isn't much to experience. Oh yeah, an unripe fig fruity sourness is present, which stops just short of annoying. If the origin of that particular flavor is hops, there sure isn't much bitterness to go along with it.

The mouthfeel would barely be appropriate on a Light American Porter, if there was such a beast. It's watery and is underbubbled to boot. I'm glad that my impression of this brewery was colored by my first two beers rather than by this one.

Lazy Boy Porter could use a lot more ambition and a better work ethic. Jacking up the malt load would help immensely, but a couple more tweaks are in order as well. Bottom line: if you're looking for a good Pacific Northwest porter, keep looking.

BuckeyeNation, May 03, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark brown color with good carbonation and a dirty white head. Looked pretty thin on the pour. Nose is roasted malt, funk and sour. Not impressive. Taste is wham. Funk, some cocoa, roasted malt and thin. Mouthfeel is sour, tart, cocoa, coffee and dry, roasted malt. Barely drinkable.

barleywinefiend, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy dark tan color head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, and a nice touch of toffee/coffee. The taste is malty, with some slight bitterness, with some notes of toffee/coffee. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew from Lazy Boy, they make some nice one's.

Wasatch, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of flagmantho
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: utterly black with no light let through. Head was two fingers of dark tan foam which dissipated rather quickly. Not bad.

Smell: rich roasted-grain aroma with hints of chocolate; unfortunately, the principal defining aroma is a strong tartness. I know tartness comes with the territory when you've got a lot of roasted grains, but this is really over the top.

Taste: tartness comes over into the flavor in a strong way as well. There is some nice coffee flavor here to complement the aroma's chocolate notes, but the roasty tartness really outdoes this. Hops appear a little bit toward the end as raw bitterness and a slight vegetable character. Really, this tastes more like an over-roasted dry stout. Not awful, but kind of ... amateur.

Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel is not half bad here; there is enough carbonation to help the light-medium body achieve a rather nice smoothness. That said, there is an acidic astringency (again, the tartness) which does detract a little from the experience. Could be worse, though.

Drinkability: well, it's a decent beer but for this over-roasted tartness. I feel like they could probably back off from some of the roasted malts and get a solid porter out of the deal. And, though I'm not a huge fan of this level of tartness in the flavor, it does keep me wanting another sip, so its drinkability and ability to refresh are oddly high.

flagmantho, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Red Hot, served in a shaker pint, Lazy Boy's Porter is a dark blackish brown with small tan head, creamy collar leaving light lace.

Smell is a bit of butterscotch diacetyl and chocolate

Taste is really big on the chocolate but with a nice acrid (black patent) bite to cut the sweetness and keep the finish dry, helped by a light chalkness as well. Nice porter, but the mineral like chalkiness caught up to me mid-pint and it went from great to good.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, nice bite to it that is refreshing, medium light body.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty little porter, went down easy.

ccrida, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A bad bottle. If I hadn't purchased it at the brewery I wouldn't bother to review it. But when the brewer himself puts his beer in your hands, it counts.

I enjoyed the glossy, motor oil blackness of this ale and was first taken aback by the unexpectedly sweet smell. Upon warming, that malt-sweet aroma departed, revealing an unwanted smell of overt spoilage. That smell was a shot across the bow. The flavor next arrived as tart and tawdry with unflattering roast qualities that tasted burnt. The beer also failed to toss up any lather.

Not a complete nightmare, but moving steadily in that direction.

RedDiamond, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew from thethrone, Thanks Adam!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a small brown head that thinned to a ring leaving some lacing.

S - roasted malty aroma.

T - roasted coffee taste with some light bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a thin feel.

D - it goes down real easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +20.8%

twelveinches, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 22 oz. bottle picked up recently at Beaumont Market, poured to a 'Widmer' Pint glass.

ABV (listed on bottle label) is 5.5%.

A: Poured vigorously, which earned me a lofty head, at least 3-fingers, of bubbly/frothy light tan. It subsides after a couple minutes, resting then as a denser cream upon a pitch dark porter. Only a sliver of mahogany-brown shows when held to strong light.

S: Likable 'porter' smell of robust, cocoa-like malts with a light vanilla and subtly spicy hopping. Mostly, I just gather dark malt roastedness with a deep inhale.

T: Hmmm....oddly tart. Is this oxidized? Has a good dark chocolate/roasted coffee bean quality beneath a strangely astringent lemony acidity. My tongue curled a little with each sip...

M: Medium body with a thinner finish. Modest carbonation with a lasting dark, almost smoky, bittering. I like the aftertaste and lingering bitterness more than the actual flavor.

D: Had some higher expectations for this one, having enjoyed their Belgian and seasonal Mistletoe Bliss. This porter, however, doesn't impress as much. May return to it at some point, but wouldn't miss it if I didn't.

msubulldog25, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Bung
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz.
Got this instead of Snoquamaline(sp?) Steam Train, I think I got the short end of the stick a bit.
Appears a fairly deep brown with some white head. Aroma has some caramel and malt with a hint of milk chocolate. Taste is a mild mix of malt and caramel/chocolate. Not a lot here. Lighter bodied than expected, thin and a bit subdued, I'll be nice and not call it watery. Very drinkable, but it just doesn't make you want to drink much. No alcohol, but not much else either.

I don't think I got a bad bottle and it isn't a drain pour, but wow is it average.

Bung, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of koopa
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased from Liquidsolutions.

Appearance: Pours almost opaque witha 1 finger off white crown that shows little retention and some lace.

Smell: Medium roasted malt, loads of chocolate, and a hint of soap.

Taste: Watery.

Mouthfeel: Watery.

Drinkability: I drain poured it.

koopa, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Recommended by ramnuts, who graciously shipped it down after I bought it in Portland. Thanks, Frank.

Shared at a tasting with ipa247.

A: Pours pitch brown, with half a finger of short-lived mocha head. It has a moderate collar, with some spots of lacing.

S: Roasty, with a hint of dark fruit. Chocolate and coffee.

T: Roasty and chocolatey up front. No dark fruits despite what I smelled. There's coffee in the finish, which leads to a vegetal aftertaste (I've noticed this in coffee beers where the flavor isn't incorporated properly).

M: Thin-bodied (light to medium), low-medium carbonation, malty finish.

D: It goes down very well. I'm not a huge fan of the finish, but it's drinkable and IIRC pretty cheap.

Arbitrator, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of woemad
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew for $4.75. No freshness date. The label indicated the abv was 5.5%, btw.

Poured a deep, dark brown, with a couple inches of tight, mocha foam. Spotty lace.

The nose was odd. Sure there's the usual bitter roasty notes commonly associated with the style, and some dark chocolate scent. But there's also a weird, butterscotch-like sweetness. It's different from the kind of butterscotch flavor that one encounteres when a beer is past it's prime. It seems deliberate somehow, but it doesn't really work.

The weirdness carries over to the taste. At the beginning of the taste, the first flavor is the smack of bitter, coffee-ish roasted malts to the palate, with bittersweet dark chocolate hovering in the background. Then the butterscotch kicks in and stands out like a sore thumb. I'm still thinking this is somehow deliberate, because the fadeout features a sour acidity in sufficient force to indicate it's supposed to offset the sweetness.

Medium bodied, with a more prickly mouthfeel than I would have expected from the style.

An odd, odd beer. It's not exactly unpleasant, but not really what I was hoping for in a porter. Kind of makes me think of a beer that is still going through an R&D period. I might try it in a couple of years to see if it's been improved upon, should it still be available. Until then, I see no reason to make a place for it in my regular rotation.

woemad, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent porter offering. I remember seeing bottles of Lazy Boy in Seattle and never bothering to pick it up...maybe I'll reconsider now.

Dark-brown to black colour with a fair head. Typical roasted malt scent with chocolate coffee notes and your typical American porter sweet-sour character.

Solid, if slightly overdone porter taste. Better than some American porters I've tasted in that this falls more in line with a porter where many Am. porters come of as stouts. Good carbonation, no bad aftertaste.

BDTyre, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, inpenetrable brown color. Hige, espresso brown head slowly fades to leave a solid, one-finger cap. Only thing lacking is decent lacing. Excellent looking porter.

S - Roasted malts dominate the nose. Hints of roasted nuts and fresh baked dark breads. A light aroma of dark fruits is present as well.

T - Roasted notes are present initially. A light, sour fruitiness of dark cherries and plum is present and not exactly pleasant. Some dark chocolate notes are present in the finish. Overall, a touch too much fruit and not quite enough roastiness in the taste. A decent beer, but nothing great.

M/D - Medium bodied and somewhat creamy. Very easy drinking. Excellent carbonation gives a lively feel without being too much for a porter.

ckeegan04, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, it certainly looks like a porter, but it's hard to avoid that. Small, dark and creamy head that fades fast and leaves little lacing. Taste is all right, slight coffee, slight smoke, a little light for a porter. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery.

On tap at Pub 85 in Kirkland, WA.

snaotheus, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of froghop
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a jet black with a large mocha head, good lacing.

smell is strange, sour, cocoa, some coffee, some roasted nuts in the background.

taste has a sour, chocolate, some hops, and light on the coffee, end has a aftertaste that is dry, some bitter, and sour.

froghop, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev +20.8%

doughanson78, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Braz, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Lazy Boy porter poured black as night with a 2 finger soapy head that left quickly eroding lacing.

The smell was nice, roasted malts with coffee. The taste was a strong malt background with the bitter coffee taking over the show after that. It was very thin in the mouth and didn't have much body. Overall it was a good porter with chocolate, coffee and bitterness stealing the spotlight.

cswhitehorse, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of bernat1971
4/5  rDev +20.8%

bernat1971, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of tastymug
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

tastymug, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of tjkinate
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got as an extra, so not bad. Just don't think I would buy it!

A: A 1+ fingered head with good retention formed atop this dark brown brew from a hard pour into a standard pint glass. Unfortunately, as the head settled it left no lacing.

S: Hints of caramel mix well with grainy, earthy, chocolate malts. Some vanilla and cream notes pokes through adding some much needed character.

T: Bitter hints of coffee make a showing, toffee notes are subtle and overshadowed by an unexpected lemon tartness.

M: Well carbonated, light bodied considering the style, crisp finish.

O: Take the lemon tartness out and this would have been a more enjoyable tasting.

tjkinate, May 07, 2012
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Lazy Boy Porter from Lazy Boy Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.