Espresso Stout
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Stout - American
Ranked #249
Ranked #14,463
3.95 | pDev: 8.86%
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Brewed with coffee beans from The Black Cow Coffee Company in Croton, New York
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace. The aroma is mild coffee/espresso with a tinge of roasted malts. The beer is medium-bodied with a mild espresso taste with touches of sweetness and almost lactic notes, along with some coffee malts on the slightly dry finish. Not a standout beer but pretty good and worth trying.

May 15, 2020
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JohnnyChicago from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler into a Brooklyn tulip pint.

A: Pours black with a cap of off-white head.

S: Smells of fresh brewed coffee; they nailed it. It has a nice amount of roast along with some dark chocolate and that roasted barley profile.

T: Hmmm, smelled better than it tastes. The roast is there, but it hits you with astringency and acidic flavours instead of a creamy, robust espresso.

D: The harshness is off-putting and makes this a bit of challenge. The alcohol is well hidden, though.

Overall: This wasn't the best coffee stout I've had. It seems like they over-coffee beaned it. A bit too unbalanced for my tastes. Coffee is one of those tricky ingredients that is easy to overdo, especially in smaller stouts that can't hide the harshness with other big flavours.

Nov 12, 2011
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jeffthecheff from Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with shades of red. Light brown head with a creamy formation and decent retention and lacing.

Aroma is mostly creamy and nutty with a subtle coffee presence. Chocolate and fruit also have a subtle presence, but the overall profile is a smooth, nutty profile similar to a brown ale.

Flavor has a subtle nuttiness, coffee flavor, and a small amount of roast bitterness on the dry finish. Mouthfeel is light, dry, and creamy all the way through with a surprisingly "small" profile despite the abv. Carbonation from a growler is a bit lower than the tap, but it seems appropriate. Overall a nice beer that has a bit more subtlety than the name and description suggests.

Apr 23, 2011
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koopa from New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Rosso e Marrone batch 3 release today which was a really great time. Good crowd of fine people showing each other lots of good will and enjoying each others company.

Appearance: Pours a deep chestnut with honey folds and a light beige 1 finger crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Espresso (duh!) a hint of cream, and a whisper of chocolate.

Taste: Mainly just espresso but executed with restraint.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit thinner than I'd prefer but it increases the drinkability factor.

Overall: A fairly straight forward espresso stout that is drinkable and has no major flaws.

Apr 16, 2011
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sinstaineddemon from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

was served with a coffee stirrer!

A - this stout is as dark as can be expected, still looks like super dark brown as opposed to black, stop sits a chocolate milt froth colored head

S - coffee of course hits the nose first, rich fresh brewed espresso, some light chocolate hints are subdued by the coffee bully

T - I didnt think it was possible, but the coffee actually became more powerful in the flavor, the chocolate mellows out, a lactic sweetness arises

M&D - smooth and mellow, rich in flavor, bold without being pretentious, a fine brew thats a pleasure to drink

Apr 08, 2011
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metter98 from New York

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black in color, the beer poured with a thin beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of espresso and notes of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of bittersweet coffee beans and roasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily and is quite sessionable.

Mar 06, 2011
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Arenbeer from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery into a small tumbler

A- Pours black with a nice 1 finger fluffy brown head that sticks around.

S- Strong roasted darker malts with loads of coffee and espresso. Slight chocolate notes and some smoke.

T- Huge smoke flavor up front that hits your first leaving a nice roasted burnt coffee flavor with hints of chocolate. Tons of roasted creamy malts and no alcohol. Tastes more like a porter from all the burnt flavors and smoke.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.


Feb 05, 2011
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Gambrinus1184 from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 16 ounce fluted pilsner glass at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Black in color with some root beer like highlights under a thin, creamy head of white foam. Held decent retention and left a bit of sticky lace.

S: Roasted black malts, some bittersweet coffee grounds, cocoa and burnt sugar leap to the nose with a bit of herbal, earthy hop resin.

T: Smooth, creamy, bitter roasted malt quality with a fruity, herbal undertone. Bittersweet, weak roasted coffee flavors fill the palate before becoming a tad spicy and bitter with a slightly citrusy, grassy and lingering hop sting that fades to a roasted malt finish.

M: Full bodied stout, very smooth and balanced, if not a tad sticky sweet in some areas of the palate.

D: A very solid stout that doesn't overdo it on the coffee flavors, Captain Lawrence Espresso stout is a drinkable, cold weather brew that sustains interest with fine balance and roasted malt flavors to satisfy at 6% ABV. Great on its own before or after dinner and would pair nicely with some chocolate cake, I'm sure.

Jan 26, 2011
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stimulus from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Pours an opaque dark brown with a solid cocoa head.
S: Powerful espresso/coffee with strong roast to follow.
T: Espresso, a bit of chocolate, and a heavy malt presence to back up the espresso.
M: Well carbonated, medium bodied, and smooth finish.
D: Very good winter seasonal, I wish this were bottled. I'd certainly be buying it through the cold months.

Dec 24, 2010
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mdfb79 from New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/21/10 notes. Had on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a black color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of espresso, roasted malts, and light cream or vanilla, but the espresso really dominates here.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A good stout but not one of my favorites. If you really like the taste of strong espresso you might like this one a lot, but I would have liked there to be more to the taste. Still well made, just too much coffee for me.

Dec 24, 2010
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drewd0g from New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler purchased from the brewery.

The appearance is black pretty black but not totally opaque. smell is of coffee and roasted malt's. tastes a good amount of coffee up front followed by a lot of roastiness. the body is thinner than you would probably expect out of a stout. They could call this one espresso porter and it would probably be appropriate. Good drinkability, i can see myself wanting to sip on this one for a while. i'd like to try making some chili with this beer.

Dec 21, 2010
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SkunkWorks from New York

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

Had on tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: pretty much black with a thin, creamy off white head. It leaves some lacing but not a whole lot as it works its way to the bottom. Very nice looking stout.

Smell: roasted coffee aroma with some bready aromas.

Taste: a serious espresso taste with a bit of sourness. Its certainly a very interesting taste. Roasted malt, some dark breadiness. Subtle chocolate flavor as well. My mouth is left with a serious coffee aftertaste as well.

Feel: medium bodied, creamy in body, moderately carbonated.

Drink: quite drinkable, could drink a few of these.

Overall, I enjoyed this quite a bit. It was a very unique stout and I haven't had anything quite like it. It took me awhile to really put my finger on the hint of the sourness in there. It is a good stout and I recommend it, especially if you like coffee stouts. Cheers!

Dec 20, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Appearan is near black with a mocha head and some slight lacing. Nose brings espresso, coffee, and then some espresso. A touch of roast in there separate from the coffee. Taste is more coffee. Feel is nice and roasty with a good body. Another very tasty coffee stout.

Nov 04, 2010
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Stigs from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour at Prime 16, served in a standard pint glass

A - very dark brown in color, amber when held up to light. small creamy head which lingers around for quite a bit. adequate sticky lacing for most of the drink.

S - very strong, bitter, black French Roast. exactly how I like it. slightly charred malts and some faint earthy hops, dark chocolate.

T - take your standard Stout...slightly charred malt, chocolate, etc. then dump a healthy amount of espresso in it. this may not work for some people but i like how straightforward the coffee profile is.

M - medium bodies, quite creamy. carbonation is a little on the higher side but works well with the dominating coffee.

D - really enjoyed it as a dessert beer. excellent no-frills dark roasted coffee flavor with everything else as an afterthought. well done.

May 31, 2010
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Amalak from New York

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

I had at d.b.a. in Brooklyn. Ith as a black-red color to it with good head and lace. Kind of a sour scent, oaky.

Nice, well-balanced chocolate mixed with espresso taste. Definitely well roasted malts with a hint of caramel. Very smooth. Doesn't try and kill you with the coffee.

Apr 22, 2010
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erosier from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice deep black color with a medium sized and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, rich dark strong coffee with a hint of chocolate as well.
T: Tastes of deep roasted malts, big coffee flavors with sweet caramelized malts, some chocolate, and a hint of caramel as well.
M: Very smooth, rich, bold, lighter bodied than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, all the flavors were there and you didn't have to search for anything. Big and bold, they were blended well too.

Apr 07, 2010
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Damped on draft at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn.

Pour pitch black and almost completely opaque with very dark ruby/mahogany edges when held to a light sour e and a one finger frothy light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Splotchy spots of lacing are left behind.

Roasted coffee aroma with lots of toasty chocolate maltiness, espresso bean and burnt toast. It's also a touch smokey in the nose with subtle hop bitterness. I can pretty much sum up the aroma in two words: chocolate coffee.

Slightly chewy medium body with lots of deep roasted coffee flavor. There is a lot of toasty chcolate maltiness providing a somewhat sweet balance but this beer has a pretty bitter roasted coffee prominence. Midway through there is a slight creamy lactic character that smooths things out a bit but then more bitterness from the hops linger into a dry finish. This is a pretty solid coffee beer but I wish it was a bit more balanced.

Mar 06, 2010
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Durge from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Rubby for sharing this great brew. It shows a solid black brown with a decent light brown head and outstanding lace. The aroma brings light coffee bitterness and sweet malt. Pretty simple and plenty good.The flavor is hardcore dark coffee with a slight grass hop kiss and sweet malt that touches on dark chocolate. It's medium to light bodied, a bit spritzy, easy drinking and very tasty with coffee bitterness. Real nice.

Feb 11, 2010
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JoeyBeerBelly from New York

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 32oz growler served in a glass beer mug.

Dark brown not quite black with a tan head that went away in a few minutes.
Smells like roasted coffee beans and bakers chocolate.
Taste is a nice burst of coffee upfront with dark chocolate midway finishing dry with espresso bean bitterness.
Lighter bodied stout with low level carbonation.
It drinks ok but there are better coffee flavored stouts out there.

Feb 07, 2010
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Richbrew for the growler. Brought this one with me to SC day.

Nice big pour, with a warm dark brown color and a two finger head that seemed to sit on top of the glass throughout the session. Very full looking and really just about what I would want out of the style. Aroma is soft espresso at first. Nice rich, the smell is almost what you find while roasting the beans. Warming brings out some subtler sweet notes. Rich creamy body yields a nice soft coffee flavor. Well rounded with hints of roasted malts and a nice overall profile. Light dry and bitter finish is easily masked by the smoothness and coffee flavor and as I take the last sip a light bit of mocho hints as a follow up.

Overall I had a lot of coffee beers in the last few days, and this held its own with any of them.

Feb 07, 2010
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brewseum from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this beer back from American Beer Distributors in Brooklyn,NY

Pours a dark opaque black with a foamy half tan head.

Rich coffee in the nose with some roasted malts and dark cocoa nibs.

Strong espresso coffee up front with a milder finish. The roasted malts and faint dark chocolate come out in the finish leaving you with beery coffee breath. I'm sure this beer would be excellent with a tasty piece of flourless chocolate cake or cremm brulee.Or just enjoyed on its own after dinner.

Thick and creamy. Lightly carbonated. Good representation of the style. Would like to review it in the bottle as well if its available.

Serving type: growler

Feb 04, 2010
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ShogoKawada from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased 1/30 @ Capt. Lawrence.

A- Robust brown, looks like black coffee. Aggressive pour gives a 3-finger head that's khaki brown. Fizzes out but moderate lacing.

S- Rich black coffee, smells like fresh-brewed Kona blend. Sweet and bitter, mildly acidic.

T- Follows the nose... a bold stout with a great black coffee kick. Bitter, roasty, hint of smoke, malt sweetness.. good stuff. Really good play between the roasty stout malts and the roasted coffee bean flavors.

M- Bold, flavorful, really tasty. Good balance, good carbonation, esp. for a growler fill. Simply enjoyable.

D- Really liked this beer. Awesome coffee favors. Growler was enjoyed immensely. Still enough of a stout, unlike some other coffee beers that take it too far; nothing's overpowering here. Next time I can get a growler of this I will.

Feb 01, 2010
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Fairly thin-looking black body with clear reddish-brown highlights around the edges. Basically no head, or lace, which is a bit of a disappointment.

S: Mellow roasty aromas of coffee and malt, as well as some lightly sweet creaminess. Reserved and pleasant.

T: The promised espresso comes through strong from start to finish, with just enough malt sweetness to balance out the bitterness - not unlike cream in actual coffee. Well done.

M: A little light on body, but it's buoyed by abundant, lively, soft carbonation.

D: Smooth, tasty, and pleasantly bitter. Solid session stout.

Notes: Yet another worthy offering from CL, my only complaints with this beer were the slight lack of body and the complete lack of head. Tastes great.


Jan 27, 2010
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david18 from New York

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

Another great beer from one of my favorite breweries. The Espresso Stout was on the rotating Captain Lawrence tap at Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side. Very good smokey aroma and flavor with a good coffee aftertaste. Very dark carbonation, great mouthfeel. I will have a few more of these.

Jan 18, 2010
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CharlatanSin from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass at Amsterdam Ale House.

A: Jet black, with little to no head as it was brought to me.

S: Very toasty. Dark coffee, unsurprisingly, stands out. Definite chocolate malt hints, as well.

T: Follows the nose. Roasted espresso beans, complimented by bitter chocolate. Slightly more bitter than other coffee stouts that I can think of, which is a good thing for me. It's all fairly restrained, which was a nice changeup, as I've been drinking mainly imperials recently.

M/D: Light body for the style, with low carbonation, both of which support the super dry finish, which is quite pleasant. I had it before my meal, but it would go great with dessert.

Dec 29, 2009
Espresso Stout from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 84 ratings