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Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter - Laughing Dog Brewing

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Anubis Imperial Coffee PorterAnubis Imperial Coffee Porter

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85
very good

63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 246
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jimmys on 10-12-2011

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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 246
Photo of prock180
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great imp porter imo. Good, deep coffee and chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel feel is a great bonus, medium-heavy, so smooth and creamy. Will pick up again! (151 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not sure if this was a bad bottle, but my brother and I couldnt even make it through half of the bomber. Very little coffee. Average initially, but then a very off putting smell surfaces that once you noticed, it couldnt be overlooked. Best I can describe it is fish bait. (272 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brow/black pour leading to a big cloud-deck of tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted dark malt, subtle coffee not
Taste-Coffee with cream,dark chocolate, roast,creamy, great coffee flavor. Excellent. (190 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Calgary's Beer Revolution. We have visited the brewery in Idaho, but this one was not available at the time. Happy to have found it here.
The beer is pure black color, tan head. Foam lasted nicely leaving thin rings of lacing.
Smell has lots of dark chocolate and coffee of course.
The taste is a nice balance of chocolate and coffee, sweet and bitter. Aroma and flavor gets stronger as it warms.
Medium body, smooth and creamy, medium level of carbonation.
The beer is well balanced and full of flavor. High alcohol is well hidden, no burn. (557 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dee brown that almost looks inky black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is a little astringent but none of that comes across in the taste, which has some nice robust coffee and dark roasted malt notes. There isn't much depth but what is there tastes really good. The body has a nice thickness to it. (331 characters)

Photo of AnonymousNick
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Nice roasted aromas with a slightly dried fruit flavor along with the more obvious strong coffee presence. No grassy hop bitterness. The coffee is so strong, I think it brings some acidity to what is a fairly sweet and thick beer, but doesn't destroy the other flavors. Very intense, but it's well balanced and will keep you sipping. Hopefully there's not enough caffeine to mess with my weak constitution for regular coffee because this has a lot of flavor and I dig it. (474 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 10.99/bomber at Lager Mill
Bomber bottles 10/13/13 at 40 degrees into small tankard
Aroma of coffee
Head large (5.5 cm), light brown, creamy, sloooowly diminishing
Lacing OK – some large reefs and islands of small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of strongly brewed coffee; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

A very good coffee porter – high marks in all areas. (419 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head Glass

A - dark black pour with a towering foamy caramel colored head, world class retention, and world class lacing.

S - coffee, chocolate, roasted notes, and dark fruit.

T - sweet vanilla and molasses, chocolate and a burnt wood and coffee finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M - good carbonation, very thick, bit of an aftertaste

O - good but not spectacular. (402 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is near black with a small beige collar. The aroma offers a robust coffee nose with dark chocolates. Decent flavor, with bitter chocolates, finishing dry. Medium in body with light carbonation. Overall, this is decent, but not a repeat for me. (283 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

20oz pint (wow) at the Underground - Big Rock glass represent!

This beer appears a clear, very dark brown, verging on black, with rather pervasive red cola highlights, and a thin cap of bubbly, fizzy beige head, which leaves some decent loosely webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of edgy black coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, roasted caramel malt, subtle anise notes, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is semi-sweet toasted bready caramel malt, fairly sugared mocha, slightly acrid black licorice, a hint of wet stone, and earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, just a wee twinge here and there, the body a sturdy medium weight, and as smooth as a percolating morass of coffee will get you. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel malt going all clammy, while the coffee submits to its milky side, and the earthiness of the hops toys with the burgeoning booze.

A decent enough coffee porter, the cafe essences, chocolate, and somewhat sour lactic character duly coming through. What doesn't, however, is the apparently big ABV, one not listed here, as the Laughing Dog tap takeover has failed to make it to this bar's tap lists or bartenders' current canon. That, and at $10+ for the glass, it's hardly worth it around here. (1,277 characters)

Photo of Badger6
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into an English pint (probably should have put it in a snifter). Bottled 21 May 13...8 months old...based on other reviews this might not be good.

A: Body is a dark brown, close to black, no light coming through. Pour yielded about one inch of dark tan head, receded in about a minute to a film on the surface of the beer. Some lacing, not uniform or substantial.

S: Coffee. Detect some roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, and maybe dark fruits. The coffee overwhelms everything else.

T: Sweetness dominates all the way through, giving the impression of a white wine flavor...no idea why this flavor is in this beer. There is a creamy caramel note and vanilla that comes in right after the beginning, and remains throughout, with a coffee flavor that eventually shows up...nowhere near as pronounced as the smell would indicate. There is a hint of smokiness present as well.

M: Body is not heavy, in fact it seems the light side of medium. Carbonation is pretty well pronounced, and keeps this lively. Easy to drink, slightly dryness in the finish. This does not feel imperial.

O: This is a drinkable beer. The problem is that for a beer labeled as an Imperial Porter, I was expecting something else. The white wine flavor in the taste threw me off, and the mouthfeel was just too off for the style. Not disappointed I tried it, but I'll never drink this again. (1,372 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet. No date found.

A: Pours very dark brown, coffee colored, with a small tan head that quickly reduces to a thin partial coat. Decent lacing.

S: Aromas of sweet and dark roasted grains and coffee dominate. Some fruit and alcohol esters.

Flavor: Sweet and chocolate malts with a solid dark roasted grain taste yet minimal burnt elements. A mildly bitter finish with both roasted malts and coffee. Hints of smoke and fruit.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and very smooth.

O: A good coffee porter but neither the porter base nor the coffee are exceptional.
(needs review) (626 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black, with a frothy tawny mocha head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Roast fruitiness, charred pepper, espresso, and nutty malt form the initial aroma. Hints of tar and soy add complexity.

Flavor reveals an underlying vinous note, with roast malt hitting mid palate and carrying into a slightly charred, espresso finish. Malted milk balls and dark chocolate are subtle.

Body is moderate to full, with minimal carbonation and light alcohol warmth. There's a hint of astringency.

I don't know where the vinous character is coming from, but it's not the first beer I've had with that character. Could indicate infection. Can't get past it. Good roast character, and would be great for coffee lovers, otherwise. Hides the alcohol fairly well. (774 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Incredible complexity and with a wine-like undertow, Laughing Dog's Anubis brings in a lot of uncommon tastes into a world that's not comfortable for them, but its taste really comes along nicely.

Pouring with a short froth and a dark russet brown body, the ale is largely still, as if pumped by cask. But not the case, the beer simply laces the surface with a lacy veil of froth and stratifies the glass lightly. Falling to brandy-like stillness half way through, the beer simply lacks life thereafter.

Although the beer projects a sense of coffee, and that is certainly alive in aromas- they don't stand out any more than a lot of the beer's other scents- burnt caramel, red wine, grape, cola, and mature wood all come to life as the ale warms. Its complex scent is vinous, peppery and with a ton of wood spice.

To taste, the beer does much the same- as its early palate opens with thin caramel, honey and confectioner's sweetness, elements of toast, nuts, wood, chocolate and toffee all come to play but none of them take command. Its balanced taste develops into a drying vinous middle with cabernet, concord grape, and apple seed. As it trails in finish, its vinous wine taste turns peppery and bitter to signal a closing taste.

Medium-full, the beer should be heavier on the palate, but its vinous tartness and alcohol warmth is the perfect counterpart to its lowly carbonated weight. As the beer finishes, its strong tannin wood spices come out in an alkaline and minerally kind of way- though it assists in the beer's crispness, it also impedes its enjoyment.

Though a good coffee porter, the beer is just a bit on the winey and piquant side to contend with the greats. But this is what Laughing Dog does; many of their beers prefer the spicier, minerally and phenol-strong side. (1,792 characters)

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Guinness glass.

Appearance: Poured a decent, light brown head. Impressively dark without any light coming through -- almost like an imperial stout. Good lacing, too.

Smell: I definitely get some medium-roast coffee grinds and a little dark roast, and I think maybe some hops ... not sure. Coffee stands out, though. Pretty pleasant. Maybe also a little bit of milk chocolate? Hints of alcohol.

Taste: Lacks a little punch for an "imperial coffee porter." The coffee is there, and it's tasty, but it's not as full as I was expecting. It's darker than the aroma -- not as semisweet and more toward the bitter end. There's just not enough flavor to mask the alcohol, which leaves a tiny bit of metal flavor at the end. Not terrible, but I've had better coffee-flavored ales.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, medium-bodied. Sugary up front, dryer in back. Standard.

Overall: Worth a try. Doesn't challenge my favorite coffee stouts, though. (962 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
2.4/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

JohnnyBarman brought this one over to my house this past summer. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a mini snifter
Bottled 20 July 2012

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, light tan head with lousy retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. A ring remains with a light wisp and leaves hints of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Coffee for sure, with light roasted notes and some caramel and sweet cream notes. A little mute, but okay.

TASTE: Lots of sweetness up front and all the way through. Cream and caramel with vanilla up front, as well as some stale tasting coffee at the finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste of stale espresso, some roasted notes and sweet cream. Very sweet and stale tasting.

PALATE: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Too thin, light and carbonated for the style.

OVERALL: Not very good. The aroma was alright, but the flavor was simply too sweet for the style and the stale coffee flavor ruined it. The feel also wasn't up to par. Happy to finally try some Laughing Dog, but this one wasn't memorable. Cheers Johnny! (1,216 characters)

Photo of kencarman
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My only problem with this was, "Imperial Porter?" Mouthfeel, taste-wise, eh, NO. More a Brown Porter. The only reason I use "Brown" is Robust has a specific sense to it of malt complexity. Not Anubis. Indeed, my major complaint is the coffee: almost, but not quite, espresso-sense out shouted the rest.

SRM-wise, high 20s to 34, long lasting pillow head, some ruby highlights shined through the darkened glass: as with last LD review, presentation was pretty good. Aroma: coffee and some roasted malt WAY in the background.

Mouthfeel a tad slick with dark malts but, again coffee dominated. I do wonder if this covered the complexity one would at least expect out of a Robust.

Taste: more a Brown with coffee. A hint of sweet, mostly coffee. Hops hidden, but that's what happens sometimes in Porters.

I expect more from a beer labelled as "Imperial Porter." Claims 9.2, but with so little body, and so little complexity, one would expect that abv to at least be obvious.

Once again I had checked this out at this site and another and saw that disturbing trend. Most scores in the three range, not as many real low score... tis better, so that explains, but, once again, just a few super high scores that explains the higher score than one would expect.

Odd. Why would two beers from the same brewery have the same pattern in scoring? I'll leave that to whomever when it comes to speculating. I'd rather not say. (1,425 characters)

Photo of kagent777
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber purchased while in Vegas a few weeks ago. I poured this one into my beer goblet. Looks like a bottled on date of 1/31/13 (I think, the month is a little obscured.)

Appearance: Inky black, no question a dark beer. A nice tan one finger head settled after a bit. Pretty good lacing for a higher ABV beer.

Smell: Roast, but not distinctly coffee. Cocoa with loads of dried dark fruit. A bit of booze in the nose.

Taste: Not as round as you might expect. The fruit and roast come through with a bit of the coffee as well. The coffee may have faded being 6 months old. The alcohol is well hidden. The hops impart a bit of a metallic twang, bit minor. The fruit flavors die off a bit too quickly.

Mouthfeel: The flavors coat the mouth easily. The carbonation could be a bit softer. The body of the beer is just right.

Overall: This is an interesting take on a porter. I do note the coffee but, I would not have guessed it had been added while brewing. I would not turn this one down, but I may not seek this one out again either. (1,035 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with an almost red with a nice foamy tan coloured head.

The smell is coffee, milk chocolate and some dark malts.

The taste is much the same as the smell coffee and milk chocolate. The flavours are more subtle than a lot of coffee beer but still tasty non the less.

The mouthfeel is creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall a decent coffee beer, on the weaker side though. The abv can't be tasted at all. (430 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears pitch black, light caramel tan head, aromas is crazy, there is dark chocolate with big robust coffee singing out with hints of vine ripened fruit. Hints of dark cocoa and molasses round out the sweeter decadent aspects of this beer, strong espresso dark coffee roasts. Flavor is layered with creamed coffee, dark nutty roasted malts, caramelized sugars and again a strong molasses presence. The coffee flavors are in line with some of the better coffee beers available, the booze is well hidden and the beer definitely packs a punch. The mouthfeel is medium to full carbonation is flowing nicely a smooth robust finish on this big beer from Idaho, I would definitely pick this up again. (694 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: Fairly strong coffee note, bready chocolate, malty espresso notes

L: Thick, dark black, tan creamy head that dissipates slightly. Ok lacing.

T: Fresh ground coffee up front with a soft milk chocolate that comes next. Medium low roasty bitterness with a fairly strong espresso note following. Some vanilla with milk chocolate notes into the finish. Finishes with espresso like dryness.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation. Not too heavy. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Pretty solid coffee porter, well balanced with subtle, complex flavors. (551 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a St. Somewhere style wine glass. Label says Bottled 1/31/13.

A-Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains decently before slowly whittling down to a .

S- Sugary sweet caramel/mocha/vanilla aroma with some hazelnut. Actually kind of smells like Frangelico. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving clots behind.

T- Coffee is more pronounced in the flavor with some dark roast to round out the vanilla/caramel/milk chocolate sweetness. It's sort of like a mocha milkshake. All of these characteristics sort of point toward an artificiality but it stays balanced well enough especially with the alcohol being so high.

M- Sticky, almost syrupy. Not as robust of a body as I was hoping and medium carbonation.

O- A decent coffee beer although the coffee takes a back seat to all the chocolate and vanilla notes. Definitely on the sweet side. Diabetus alert. (916 characters)

Photo of dpianka
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

date of tasting: 4/16/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter
brewery: Laughing Dog
brewery location: Ponderay, ID
type: Ale
style: American Porter
abv: 8%
ibu: 33.6
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: medium roast espresso in color with a frothy freshly stained and varnished american oak head. carbonation? who knows, can’t see that shit through the darkness.

Smell: like the schoom on espresso, huge caramel and fresh coffee grounds

Taste: hello caramel popcorn, nice to meet you. Oooops, dropped you in my french press dark roasted slightly red berry fruity coffee. Oh yes you are yummy.

Mouthfeel: creamy, sensual, slight hop/carbonation tinge but I like it that way

Overall Impression: a great coffee porter. Sweet malty, caramel, coffee, all the good stuff you would expect from a coffee porter with a perfect hop balance.

Food Pairings: charred steak, strawberry shortcake, sweetpea ravioli with a deep lamb sausage tomato sauce (1,037 characters)

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a snifter. Pours a black color with a good, frothy brown head, good lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, a little bit of coffee, raisins, and licorice. Flavor is oddly tart, cocoa, coffee, spicy, alcohol, wood, and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium-to-full bodied, creamy, and a slightly bitter finish. Pretty good beer but a weird tart/sour flavor. (373 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Near black, good initial head, nice retention, some lacing.

Big coffee smell, quite roasty

Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, dark chocolate, nicely blended together.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel.

I was quite impressed with this, one of the nicest porters I've had in a long while. (274 characters)

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Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.