Lazy Jake Porter | Long Valley Pub & Brewery

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Lazy Jake PorterLazy Jake Porter

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Long Valley Pub & Brewery
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jake was a black Labrador retriever owned by the master carpenter responsible for much of the beautiful restoration work visible in the Long Valley Pub and Brewery. Jake became familiar to the brewer as the dog lounged around the construction site during the hot, 1995 summer days while the dilapidated stone barn was meticulously restored. The friendship struck between the brewer and dog inspired the name of this beer. Lazy Jake Porter is a robust, black beer. Blends of five varieties of malted barley combine to give this beer its assertive flavor and full body. Generous late hop additions complete its bold character. Lazy Jake Porter has received three awards at The Great American Beer Festival and one award from the World Beer Cup.

Added by yen157 on 02-16-2003

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by crenegar:
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the best beer at LVPB. Former Gold Medal winner at GABF under the previous brewer it has remained quite good. A great roasted malt aroma with a smooth and rich mouthfeel. The firm tan to brown half inch head on the top of a shaker pint usually lasts for the duration. This is a great beer when the temperatures start to cool off a bit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
3.73/5  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.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.1/5  rDev +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, 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...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lazy Jake Porter

Appearance- Dark thick black with a thin head. Small bb size bubbled head with light lacing.
Smell- Heavy smoke, coffee bean, and chocolate.
Taste- Smokey coffee beans with an even blend of bitter dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth, velvety smooth and warming.

Overall- Very delicious. The best Long Valley has to offer and it shows with all the awards this beer has won.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LVBP lazy jake porter. Pours dark black with creamy tan foam. Light roasted coffee nose. Smooth. Some cola flavors in there too. Good porter. 4 35 375 35 35

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Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Fronjdj10
3.64/5  rDev -5%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ

A: The beer is almost black in color—traces of dark amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of roasted malts and cola are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has a bit of initial malty sweetness and a light amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't a bad porter but didn't have much in the way of hops and could have passed as an English Porter.

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Photo of mjc410
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thaichile for this growler!

The pour into my Sam Smith tulip raises a sub-one finger head, which is light tan. The lacing is semi-thick. The body is almost opaque, with a bit of ruby when back lit. The nose is highly roasted, with a distinct coffee-sugar scent. The taste has a good deal of smoke to it, and of course a lot of coffee floating about. I feel like there may be a touch of anise here, as well. The body is on the lighter side of medium, and has low carbonation. This is an enjoyable porter, especially for the roasted character. I'll save the rest for some spicy food later tonight.

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Photo of bob3701
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased and brought to me by friends the day before tasting:

Pours pitch black with ruby highlights along the bottom. The thin head doesn't stay around long.

The smell is of mild coffee and chocolate.

The taste is of sweet dark malt - coffee that becomes chocolate as the drink progesses. Sweet with balancing bitterness in the dry finish.

It has a smooth, medium body Flavors linger.

A nicely balanced, easy to drink porter. Not one of the more complex porters I've had, and was expecting a bit more dark fruitiness, but tasty never-the-less

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Photo of SadMachine
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown in color with a thin 1/2" head. The aroma was of roasted malt and coffee. The flavor was roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some mild bitterness. The chocolate tones seemed a bit strong but were not unpleasant.

This is medium bodied with nice carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth with a finish that has a little bite from the bitter chocolate tones. Nicely drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Naugros
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one appears quite dark, almost impervious to light, with a frothy tan head. Aromas of caramel and coffee rise from the glass. The mouthfeel is slightly slick and oily, with a moderately-low level of carbonation which seems to fit this beer just right.

Initial sugary, cola-like sweetness is followed by flavors of roasted coffee, root-like, woody and earthy notes, finishing with a lingering roasted finish with hints of burnt sugar. The combination of sweet, bitter and earthy flavors are just right in a porter such as this.

Overall a well-balanced, well-crafted example that can be used as a benchmark for this style.

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Lazy Jake Porter from Long Valley Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 45 ratings