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Lazy Jake Porter - Long Valley Pub & Brewery

Lazy Jake PorterLazy Jake Porter

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very good

36 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.25%

Brewed by:
Long Valley Pub & Brewery visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yen157 on 02-16-2003)
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mrgrinch:
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From the signs and plaques in the bar at Long Valley Brewery, this appears to be their signature beer.

Appearance - This is a very dark beer with not much carbonation. But served with a luscious thick head.

Smell - Smells like roasted nuts.

Taste - Tastes almost like coffee.

Mouthability - Thin and light, but in a good way.

Drinkability - Went down nicely. Very drinkable. I would have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 18:51:33 | More by mrgrinch
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-17-2013 06:36:49 | More by Druss157
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-08-2013 18:02:48 | More by harpus
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08-22-2013 18:00:16 | More by Varkias41
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08-11-2013 16:42:11 | More by DrStiffington
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-10-2013 22:23:19 | More by mikeburd1128
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-10-2013 11:43:51 | More by Zimm
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-29-2013 18:50:54 | More by RyanSBrennan
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-24-2013 15:59:18 | More by brheuer
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-14-2012 16:15:18 | More by iL0VEbeer
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-20-2012 00:45:49 | More by lauries444
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chalky near black, thin cap of greyish head. Scent brings clean notes of roasted and charred grain, light sweetness and notes of cocoa. Simple flavor profile, but straight forward classic porter - light char and roast, solid hop bitterness, notes of chocolate and faint dark berry. Medium bodied, chalky on palate. Solid porter all around.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 14:35:49 | More by rfgetz
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

06-24-2012 16:32:35 | More by crobinso
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-23-2011 00:01:46 | More by djrn2
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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like others have said, definitely the best beer I've had here. Nice black porter with a thin, quickly receding head and decent lacing. Smell is all roasty malt, with coffee-like aromas in the background. Taste is right there too...delicious malty. Appropriately thin with modest carbonation; could stand to be a bit more creamy. Very drinkable. This is a solid porter and the one you shouldn't miss if you pop by this joint!

Edit: upon returning I have found this beer to be a bit disappointingly thin and watery. Certainly not bad and still probably their best beer but not anything that stands out from any other quality porter. Its easy drinking nature seems to be its most redeeming quality.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 13:54:01 | More by tobelerone
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easily the best beer at the brewpub that day. Still, it suffers from the same problem I have with all the rest of them:
1) the aroma seems to be trapped and it's hard to get a good read on the nose
2) it seems a bit thin for the style, approaching watery in consistency.

Otherwise, it's a really nice looking beer. Dark brown with ruddy overtones and a frothy, tan head with good retention. What you can smell comes through stronger on the tongue: chocolate is at the forefront with roasted/toasted malt flavors with a very slight floral hop undercoating.

What I can't wrap my head around is that this beer seemed watery and velvety at the same time. Yes, it's a bit thin, but it also coats the inside of the mouth. I know those things seem contradictory, but that's what I got.

When I come back, and I will (my friend's band is playing there in July), I'll try whatever seasonal they have, but then switch back to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 12:35:22 | More by Naugros
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One more shade darker it would be opaque. Not much of a head on the pour but when I originally had it on tap there was a beautiful one, but I'm rating it from a growler so got to be fair. It is a nice looking beer though.

Chocalate, coffee somewhat of a nutty aroma with big roasted malts and some bitterness. Definitely a nice smelling beer.

Oh my God! What a tasty porter! Coffee roast at first and then delving into a smoky chocolate with just the right amount of hops at the end. Very delicious!

The feel of this porter is incredible. Feels fluffy, creamy, very easy going down, I want to say medium body but it feels really light like whip cream.

Such an easy drinker. The taste, the body, the perfect way it feels in the mouth; I knew I had to get a growler of this from the first sip on tap. I'm just trying to savor it for another night which might be hard.

This is the best Porter I have had from a brewpub. The next one in line is the Gust 'n Gale Porter from Uno's Chicago Grill and Brewery. Either one is well worth the growler fill price.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2011 07:01:54 | More by 9InchNails
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark amber in color. Almost no head, very little carbonation

Smell - roasted caramel and earthy notes.

Taste - smooth and mellow, coffee like with a hint of smoke

Mouthability - light and mellow

Drinkability - easy, I can drink several of these in one sitting

Serving type: Growler / nitro-tap

I like this beer because it goes down smooth. The abv is not listed but I expect it to be in the 5 range. Not hot at all but gives a nice buzz.

I have tried all the beers Long Valley has produced in the past year. Several of them are good but this is my favorite. I had this from nitro-tap on their outdoor patio Sunday for lunch and brought home a growler. The only difference was the pint i had in a shaker at the brewery had more head than I'm getting off the growler just one day later.

Serving type: growler

09-28-2010 23:31:22 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint. Little head and no lacing. Deep dark brown, almost black color. Roasted malt smell, very light aroma. Very low carbination, very easy going down. Slight hint of bitter chocolate and/or coffee. All in all a decent beer. Thought the brewpub was a pretty cool place too.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 04:06:11 | More by bob3701
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up yesterday from the brewery. It was cool to find this handsome little brewpub in the wilds of Jersey. This is supposed to be their best.

Dark, thin in body and almost completely lacking in head, this features burnt and sweet malt flavors in the nose, predominantly dark chocolate.

The carbonation is very low but the flavor is still strong with a perfect blend of sweet malts and sour mash that gives this a bit of an oatmeal finish. There is some late breaking bitterness in the aftertaste that helps round the taste out nicely. The texture could use more body and substance but this is still a fine utilitarian porter for winter consumption.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2009 08:05:01 | More by daliandragon
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Situation: Tasting the "winner" of our informal PSU brewfest...
Glassware: HopDevil nonick...
Appearance: dark black bdy with a brown ring of late-arriving head to bubble out the glass--solid and appropriate...
Aroma: burnt, slightly nutty with hints of caramel--mellow overall...
Palate: smooth, peaty, lightly textured and subtley grainy; pleasantly easy drniking with very little effervescence...
Taste: LAZY seems a bit insulting or perjorative (I know it's the dog referenced), so mellow is the operative here... smoky only to a point, with caramel sweetness added to the chocolatey aftertaste...
Overall: First, a complaint--if you run a brewpub, service ALL growlers that enter your establishment: it's not a safety, sanitary, or competive issue, it's a snobbish attempt to squeeze ten bucks or so from someone who enjoys your product and wants to share it with others outside your place...now, as for the beer: a consummate winner this weekend, and some serious beer drinkers (Jer, Ryan and Russ) concurred with my prior opinion of this--even the ladies, nonfans of the "dark"brews, enjoyed its character and profile...

Serving type: growler

08-17-2009 19:23:17 | More by dacrza1
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub

A-Near black with ruby highlights when held to the light. Tan head with nice lacing

S-Roasted mocha and malts. Very heady

T-Taste mirrors the smell in a very nice way. Roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, a hint of smoke, some mild hop bitterness. Very nice and one of their better beers.

M-Well balanced overall with a medium feel and moderate carbonation.

D-This is extremely drinkable, smooth and comforting. A very nice example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2009 01:59:57 | More by caddybuyer
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Espresso brown with dark ruby highlights. One and half finger head, dark sandy color. Perfect ring lacing.

S: Coffee with milk, melted chocolate, toffee, lactic sweetness, slight alcohol and a whiff of sharp bitterness after a deep inhale.

T: Chocolate milk with more milk than chocolate and add some coffee in there, too, malt ball sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with a decent slickness.

D: One of LV's best, thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: growler

02-03-2009 00:00:40 | More by phantomwyse
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Lazy Jake Porter from Long Valley Pub & Brewery
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