Espresso Stout | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with coffee beans from The Black Cow Coffee Company in Croton, New York

Added by Billolick on 12-14-2008

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Photo of Joenapp
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Billolick
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just released, got a growler an hour ago at the brewery. Espresso stout, brewed with locally (some place in Pleasantville, NY) roasted coffee/espresso beans. Pours the expected shade of real dark/near black. Nice retention noted on the dark tan/mocha head, nice and creamy, then leaving sheets of sticky lace and then gobs of scattered webs of lace , nice looking brew.Just a hint of coffee and then dark malts on the nose. Luscious, smooth and delicious brew. Dark malt, dark coffee and dark chocolate notes dance and dove tail together. Amazingly this is yet another home run for Scott V and his growing crew @ CL. Thank god for their brewing skills and that I live 12 minutes drive from the brew house.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of dashirey
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a growler of this brew from Beerloco as payment in the Superbowl Squares LIF! Thanks so much for the generosity. Drank with my wife to celebrate Valentine's Day!

A - Pours a dark brown/black. Head was small (despite a vigorous pour) and tan in color. Lacing was heavy despite the small head.

S - Not as much coffee in the nose as I would have liked, but it is there. More roasted malts than anything else. There a slight metallic smell to this brew as well.

T - I really liked the taste here. The flavor doesn't really present much until after you swallow. Coffee bitterness comes first followed by a ton of roasty flavors that hang on. But the aftertaste reminds you that you are drinking a coffee stout.

M - Medium mouth feel, i would have liked it to be a bit thicker. Smooth going down, but the bitterness does give the mouth a bit of drying sensation.

D - Easy drinking. I split the growler with my wife over the evening with no ill effects to either of us. I would definitely have this one again. Great intro to the Captain Lawrence repertoire.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Bierkraft poured into a shaker pint glass.

A--Dark almost black body lets in some deep garnet hues right at the bottom of the glass. Head is a finger and a half of khaki microbubbles that last and last. Only really faded to a skim and ring in the last third of the pint. Unbelievable head retention for a stout, but the body looks more like a porter.

S--So so inviting. A mellow herbal and floral hops undergirds both that stinging dark roasted coffee brew smell and notes of chocolate malt. Like high end espresso mixed with expensive dark bittersweet chocolate and served next to a tulip garden in Spring.

T--Beats the nose, incredibly. There are three levels (at least) to this flavor profile, and what's so remarkable is that none crowds the other out. The initial part of the taste is where the brighter floral hops poke out but get nudged aside almost immediately by the almost sour bitter espresso grounds and even some plum or raisiny flavors. Phase two the hops get back into the tug-o-war and pull you into a sweeter, more mellow direction. And phase three, the finish, just absolutely socks you around without regard for rank or stature or dignity--bitter chocolate malt, bitter liquid black gold espresso, even some more of that bittersweet chocolate. Long, drying satisfying stout ending, much dryer than you usually get in American versions of the style.

M&D--Mouthfeel wasn't quite thick enough, but was pretty silky. A pretty light-bodied stout overall, which along with the much more subtle use of coffee flavors (more so than Sixpoint's Gorilla Warfare, I felt, which was ridiculous and over the top) jacks the drinkability through the roof. Smooth enough, subtle enough, and intriguing enough to have you throwing back more than you expected when you sat down. The fella who sold it to me said he drank his first pint of this in a two and a half minutes. I stretched mine out a bit longer, but it wasn't easy.

Without the espresso this is close to Sierra Nevada Stout or Anchor Porter. I'd really like to see what the Captain could do with a straight stout, as this brewery seems to have the Midas Touch. Keep 'em coming!

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Photo of Stigs
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of scootny
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, very dark brown brew with a two finger light tan head. Good retention and lacing on the glass. Darkness prevents a view into my tulip tumbler.

Smell is roasted malts and subtle coffee. A light fruitiness and toffee like sweetness.

Taste is dark roasted grains and strong coffee. A light bitterness that is more coffee than hops. A sweet toffee from the nose and a hint of chocolate. A touch of banana and raisin tinged fruit note. A wine like sourness that adds adds depth. Finish is dry and clean with a lingering espresso/mocha and mild hops. Feel is medium weight with a tingly carbonation and smooth silkiness as I swallow.

Drinkability is quite good. A restorative and refreshing beer that while a touch high in abv for sessioning invites you to have two or three anyway.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Ginger Man 02-07-09

Pours a jet black, with a nice tan head. Smell is of rich roasted espresso, really nicely done. The taste is of roasted coffee, malt, and caramel. The coffee taste is not overwhelming, really well balanced. This is a silky smooth one, easy to drink. Great for after dinner or with some ice cream

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard Pleasantville pint glass. A dark ebony in color, not the richest stout I've seen. A even head consisting of a mellow blend of tan & gray. Gooey lace.

Aroma of coffee creamer, burnt nuts, earth, & considerably easy on the coffee. Something a little spicy & zesty like... clove? Intensity is on the reserved side.

Taste is of charcoal, resiny hops on top of the expected bitterness from the roast. Oats. A little leathery maybe. A quick, almost tart edge of sweetness in the middle. Resin & charred remnants on the finish.

Feel is a little slippery on the tongue, but not before applying a hearty amount of carbonation. An extremely light body. Lacking a touch of dryness that keeps it from being constantly at your lips.

On the milder side of coffee beers, & no where near the intensity of big & ugly espresso beers like my personal arch-nemesis Hitachino. ...and that's why I like it. :)

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy off quite head.

There smell featured burnt grains, charcoal and some dry espresso.

The taste consisted of an upfront moderately bitter espresso with some dark chocolate as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a good stout. I was happy to see that the espresso wasn't too dominant.

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of brewseum
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.


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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into multiple pint glasses. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up! Thanks also to HeatherAnn and Heidi & Tom Morris for the assist!

A: Pours a murky black with some dark brown highlights at the edges. Every pour netted a towering 3-4 finger tall, dark mocha colored foam. Excellent retention but not much lace.

S: Aromas of dark bread, espresso, cherry, citrus, caramel, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and a hint of lactose and toasted oats.

T: See above with the addition of more coffee and dark chocolate, molassas, and that lactose/cafe au lait sweetness. Picked up a slight citrus sourness in the middle that was a nice treat.

M: Very sticky and dry with a fantastic hop/coffee bitterness that blended well with the sweet creaminess of the beginning and early middle.

D: This stout basically commanded us to drink it. We weren't in any kind of race but the growler was emptied so friggin' fast!

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Photo of marcpal
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Able to get some of this when visiting the brewery this past weekend for the Noreaster release.

After formally getting through and reviewing, I think this is one of the weakest offerings from CL- maybe next batch. Back to the Nor'Easter.

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Black, nice fluffy root beer float head and stringy lacing. A different looking stout.

S: This is session level so did not expect anything overpowering but a one-sided dance show: coffee and that is it. Like a used coffee filter, nothing overtly bitter.

T: Roasted, borderline burnt espresso flavors. Nutty notes with some decent smoky flavors. The taste far exceeds what the aroma and mouthfeel offered up.

M: Thin and sporadicly over carbonated. Diet pepsi meets full bodied stout.

D: The tastes I had of this were simply not pleasureable. I am not a huge coffee stout fan but I can appreciate the best of them- unfortunately, can't put this one up there. Not horrible, would be worth a try, but they have so much other good stuff, I won't waste my time again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of luisv
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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