Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter - Laughing Dog Brewing

Not Rated.
Anubis Imperial Coffee PorterAnubis Imperial Coffee Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

63 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 63
Hads: 249
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 27.85%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jimmys on 10-12-2011

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 63 | Hads: 249
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

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

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $6.49. According to the label, this was made with Evans Brothers Artisan Coffee. I’m guessing that’s a coffee roaster indigenous to the Sandpoint area. Also according to the label, this was bottled on August 30.

Poured a super dark brown that defied all attempts to pass light through it. Big, mocha-colored head that receeded after a few minutes. Lots of lace.

There’s a coffee-ish aroma, but it’s not a big, overbearing one, and it shares the limelight with some chocolate and brown sugar notes.

The taste starts off with a bitter coffee zap, but it’s quickly matched by a sweet, chocolaty note that keeps the bitterness in check. There’s also a bit of pipe tobacco in the background. Things finish with a mild dry note.

The body of this beer is between medium and full, leaning more towards full. The carbonation is spot-on. Thick, sticky and creamy mouthfeel.

Laughing Dog scores another home run with a very tasty, coffee-infused porter that seems like a slam dunk for the fall, yet it seems it was released in the summer. I would definitely drink this again, but I’m glad I waited until October, as it just seems a better fit.

 1,209 characters

Photo of RobAtSGH
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft from a nitro-tap into a half-pint glass.

Appearance: very dark brown, black-coffee appearance with a creamy tan head. Adequate lacing and head retention throughout. The nitrogen pour really helps the head on this.

Smell: Fantastic smell, very inviting. Coffee, malt, chocolate. Lots of roasty aromas. Not terribly complex, though. Smelling it, you would expect a big, sweet beer with mocha flavors. Fortunately, what you get is even better than the aroma. The smell invites you to take the first sip.

Taste: Well balanced. This does not taste like a 9.2% beer. The alcohol sweetness is very well contained by the big doses of chocolate malt. Very easy to drink, with big amounts of roasted grain, malt, coffee, and cocoa flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly silky mouthfeel with a fine carbonation. The slight roasted malt bitterness and cocoa flavors coat the palate. Good body, and again well-balanced.

Overall: A really solid imperial-style porter. A touch more complexity in the nose and flavor, and this would be an unstoppable beer.

 1,059 characters

Photo of TechTriumph
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler obtained from Whole Foods; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Nice one inch creamy mocha colored head with good retention; Essentially pitch black in color; Pretty good web of lacing around the glass

S - Aroma of roasted coffee beans, some cocoa nibs, and just a hint of vanilla beans with milky-like sweetness; Rich chocolate comes forward more as the beer warms

T - Good showing of roasted coffee beans, but that's not all I detect in the taste for sure; Presence of chocolate, nutty, and toasty characteristics with a faint hint of vanilla as well; Noticeable hops of sweet and floral flavors blend well into the overall mix; Some sweetness up front that turns a little bitter into the finish

M - Moderate carbonation; A notch above medium bodied; Semi-dry finish; Nice and smooth mouthfeel after the intial zest of carbonation

O - As my first brew from Laughing Dog, I thought this was very pleasant and quite smooth. The nose had a good amount of coffee aroma, but the taste had more of a balance between the coffee, chocolate, toasty, and roasty flavors. I thought the hops worked well in the flavor formula too. I'm glad I was able to enjoy a few glasses of this beer, which couldn't have come at a better time with the weather turning very dreary and bitter cold.

 1,277 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 legalpete19340
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Came to the bar a very dark brown with a solid one finger of head that stuck around and fell half way through.

S: Lots of fresh baked whole wheat bread. Coffee and a sharp dark chocolate note push through briefly.

T: Very malty smooth brew. Coffee pushes through and then falls giving way to a very oaty, chocolatey note. This swells and falls to a nutty and toasty bread sensation. The finish is mild.

M: Damn its good. Thicker than medium and extremely creamy with just the right amount of fizz. Its a velvety creamy smooth sensation. Amazing.

O: Very interesting and solid brew. The coffee and oat flavors push through a modest malt backbone. Highly drinkable and enjoyable.

 684 characters

Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a DFH goblet.

A: Black body with ruby highlights; on top is an inch of creamy tan head that recedes at an average pace and leaves nice lace.

S: Coffee dominates, with a bit of chocolate filling in behind. Pretty simple, very enjoyable.

T: Coffee again shows up right away, with some chocolate and lovely graham cracker sweetness following close behind. I love it, but unfortunately it dies out in a rather weak finish. I would expect more intensity and continuity from a 9% beer, but weakness ≠ badness.

M: Rich, luscious full body with equally decadent carbonation. Velvety and delectable.

O: Great beer. I wish its finish weren't quite so light, but otherwise it's terrific.


 718 characters

Photo of kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours an opaque black with a little tan head that dissipates, but leaves enough lacing to make a pretty little pattern on the glass...

Nose is primarily coffee grounds... like an old sweater that keeps getting warmer with age. There's a little caramel malt and dry cocoa.

The taste is mostly the same, primarily drip coffee and cocoa.

It's kind of like drinking a cold cup of black coffee, but a little sweeter and more... beer-lier. That doesn't sound that appetizing, but it is delicious. Get it.

 506 characters

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 6/29/2012. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malt, char, caramel, earth, light citrus, and herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, char, light citrus, earth, and herbal spiciness. Moderate roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial coffee porter. Nicely robust and balanced roasted flavors; and very smooth to sip on. I really have no complaints; very enjoyable.

 1,051 characters

Photo of homebrew311
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

POured into New Belgium globe glass. Deep opaque black collects in the glass and forms a velvety cocoa colored head that retains well. Spotty lacing left behind, very nice appearance. Nose has bold and earthy coffee up front which pairs with molasses, licorice, and herbal hop character at the finish. The taste starts with the sweet molasses character along with some dark fruit and licorice. The bold waves of coffee make their presence mid palate which balances the sweetness nicely. The bitterness builds towards the end as some hops join the party. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with low carbonation. Overall, nice brew, very rich and flavorful.

 654 characters

Photo of mntlover
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black some red around edges when held to the light. Nice fluffy darker tan head

Aroma is lots of chocolate with good coffee notes some roast underneath it all, nice smelling.

Taste is just like the nose nice sweet malts roasted, big chocolate with coffee lingering into the finish. Sweet almost more of a chocolate porter but does not push into cloying is pretty balanced. 9% really plays no factor as its well hidden.

Mouthfeel seems a little light for a big porter but carbonation is on light side and makes it smooth.

Overall an enjoyable brew tasty sweet chocolate followed by bitter coffee whats not to like.

 624 characters

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and nice lacing. The nose is about what you'd expect in an imperial coffee porter... I get considerable coffee, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and vanilla. This beer smells pretty darn good. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the coffee ground flavor dominating. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, though I thought the beer a bit thin in the mid palate. Alcohol is otherwise pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, with at most a touch of heat on the finish.

A nice enough beer, but sampling it side by side with the GIBCBS... well, the qualitative difference is pretty remarkable.

 688 characters

Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh espresso with bitter dark chocolate and little molasses.
T: It tasted like fresh espresso and some bitter dark chocolate, and a little earthy cocoa powder. It had a smooth bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a very nice coffee porter, with nice scent and taste, and a fitting body. It may age well, but it was also good fresh. Easy to drink and enjoy.

 490 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours extremely dark amber with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. The beer exhibits very little head retention and almost no lacing.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee dominate.

T: Flavors of chocolate malts with a bitter coffee finish. The flavors of the coffee are more subtle than one might expect but that makes it more pleasant.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and very smooth.

O: Could easily be substituted for the normal espresso that is often served with dessert and would pair very nicely with rich and chocolaty desserts. Very drinkable and hides the alcohol very well.

 610 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 draheim
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650mL (bottled 5/30/2012) into a snifter. Pours a deep chocolate brown w/ a 1-finger khaki head that settles slowly to a thin collar.

Aroma is dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate. Like a few coffee beers I've had, it has a burnt quality that detracts from the aroma. Takes on an earthy, nutty aspect as it warms.

Taste is strongly bitter. Roasted coffee and malt, dark chocolate, and more of that burnt character. Vanilla.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, bitter with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall a decent imperial coffee porter, but not one I'd go out of my way for again.

 585 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 Viciousknishs
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark black with a light tan finger of head. Good retention.

S- semi-sweet chocolate and dark caramel blend with rich aromatic coffee bean. This a balanced mocha smelling mothah!

T- great balance between malt sweetness and coffee like roast. Semi-sweet chocolate and stick burnt caramel again blend with rich smooth coffee with cream and malt roast. Like drinking a mocha latte. Sugary finish with a lingering chocolate in the aftertaste.

MF- smooth creamy mouthfeel with a medium dense body. Soft well placed carbonation

D- great drinkability

Overall a very well made coffee porter!

 598 characters

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin mocha-colored head that quickly dissipated, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has moderately strong aromas of dark chocolate and becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has a rich mixture of chocolate and coffee flavors along with balanced hints of bitterness and sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is well balanced because the underlying hops help to keep this beer from becoming overly sweet or malty. Considering its strength, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste of this beer. It starts to resemble a stout when the beer warms up.

 774 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date of 5/24/12

Pours ebony with 3 fingers of mocha head. Stellar lacing & good head retention

S: Coffee & cocoa

T: Coffee & dryness up front, a touch of roastyness, minty hops & dark chococlate up front. Roastyness & a touch chicory as this warms, a touch of boozey warmth. Finishes roasty, with woody dryness, plus some nice chocolate notes

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, becomes somewhat creamy as it warms

A super solid coffee porter, glad I got to try this

 476 characters

Photo of KajII
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a deep dark opaque brown with an average (1-2 finger) medium tan creamy head that receded down to a thin layer of residue and medium collar, which created excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of roasted dark malts, light resin hops and a bold leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, dark fruit (black cherry) and a mild tartness.

The taste was lightly sweet and exceptionally malty with a bold chocolate roastiness which lasted throughout, progressing with a mildly bitter espresso presence along with a slight fruitiness towards the finish. The flavor hung around for a good long time following the swallow, with a lightly tart fruity roasty taste that was left to settle in on the taste buds, as a mild alcohol warming sensation crept in.

Mouthfeel was well beyond medium in body with a dry, oily texture and a somewhat lively carbonation.

Overall as Imperial Porters go, this one is at top of its game. It possessed tons of roasty flavor along with a mild fruity tartness and a superb drinkability. This brew is highly recommended and a must try for anyone who likes a dark roasty brew...


 1,219 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 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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance, big bubbly head on dark body, with some reddish highlights. Lacey. Smooth mouthfeel. Some horse on grass in the residue. Coffee but not all coffee, or acidic. Vanilla and chocolate. Some sourness. Decent drinkability. From Champane's Cellars.

 260 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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.