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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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Reviews: 63
Hads: 247
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.24/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

9/14/12 printed on the label's side.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a tall, long-lived, tan-hued head.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee beans, and some slight, underlying acrid, tart-scented unpleasantness that grows a bit more revealing as it warms.

Taste: Roasted malts, a slathering of dark chocolate sauce, with some underlying burnt grains. Then, unfortunately, it comes a taste of tart, sourish, puckering rancid fruit which hits midway and greatly hinders the taste from here on out. Drying, rank, yet still coffee-ish on the fi--DRAIN POUR. I'm tapping out, friends.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Anubis, Anubis, Anubis... This beer dredges up some old Siletz beer memories.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.4/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a perfect pint. 6/7/12 printed on date.

5.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is very good for a coffee beer. Hell, it's be very good for any sort of beer this big. Glass covering lacing is left. Really impressed with this appearance.

2.5 S: The nose sure is strange. The strongest aroma is a tangy garbage-esque note. I can't think of any better way to explain it. I think that is what the coffee is supposed to be, but it fails quite well at it. It's be rancid coffee if it ever got labeled as coffee. Underneath that is a dry roastiness, chocolate, and caramel. Some sniffs I hate it, some sniffs I think it's okay, and other times I even kind of like it, which is why it gets a generous 2.5 here.

2.0 T: While I was a bit ambivalent about the nose, the taste pushes me stronger toward hate. The tangy caramel, tangy garbage flavor is more potent than in the nose and I wish it wasn't. I guess I should make a statement that this isn't infected, so here it goes: This isn't infected. Chocolate, dry roast, and caramel underneath again with a solid malty sweetness. This would be okay without the coffee/garbage that they added. Booze is well hidden.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess to it. Other than the appearance, this is the best aspect of the beer.

1.5 D: A bomber of this is way too much to drink, but I don't drainpour, so I must persist.

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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!

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Photo of Minkybut
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this high powered beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured very black with a tan head. Not impressive though. The beer smelled like perfume, fake like. The taste of the beer was bitter chocolate but just too much alcohol. Note much could get through that 9.2% burn. I will not buy again.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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Photo of ChubbyVA
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice black with thick brown head
S-medium coffee with toffee & cocoa undertones.
T-nice coffee flavor, subtle undertones, alcohol well hidden. When cooler, additional prominent flavor up front that I can't identify. Fades on warming... Maybe due to other flavors coming in....anyone else help?
M-disappointingly thin
O-good beer for the price

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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.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours a very dark brown color, with a thin brown head that disipates very quickly, leaving a slight right.

S - The smell is very coffee dominant, slightly sweet. Some chocolatey cocoa notes as well.

T/M - The taste right off the bat is thin and a little watered down. Burnt malt backbone, with a coffee finish. There is a slight mocha-coffee aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel, average mouthfeel.

O - Very easy to drink at 9%, the alcohol is hidden very well. But the taste does fall a little short. The aroma is very inviting, but the taste is a little disapointing.

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Photo of liamt07
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 650ml into a tulip.

Black body with a brown head. Film of retention. Nose has fresh roast, light sourness and mild chocolate. Tastes of coffee beans, lightly sour again and bitter chocolate. Light feel, tartness persists. Good coffee notes, but this wasn't all that complex in any regard. Not something I'd pursue again.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has some chocolate and coffee notes, but is a little bit faint overall. The flavor is a mix of dark fruit and coffee. I get a lot of cherry and prune, with a good bit of dry coffee and chocolate notes. The coffee and chocolate is fairly well done, but both are a bit restrained in my opinion. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at the COOP tonight for about $7.. poured into my slim tulip... dark tan head atop a perfectly black brew... Nice lacing and retention..

Good coffee as expected meshes with some dark cocoa and just enough malty residuals to deliver the nose and make it interesting.

Flavors are all there, but sorta fall short.. nothing really crosses any benchmark.. light cocoa and decent coffee bean flavors.. there could possibly be a bit more of everything and especially some maltiness that really delivers the malts and the beans.

Body is light given the ABV... needs more UUMMMPPPH!

Despite my above negatives, this is a pretty damn good brew.. Big Boned Coffee Porter for less than $8? Needs work, but I will buy again.


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Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 30MAY12

Buddy has always raved about this one since working at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a transient quilt of mocha foam, which falls to an etched surface with a slightly rising central dome. Smells of coffee, leather, cocoa, some roasted and toasted malts and a hint of fig - nice nose. Really soft flavor up front, not nearly as assertive as I'd anticipated; the beer shares coffee with a sharp bitterness, some slight woody oxidation and hunks of cigarette, cocoa, and soil. Silky smooth with low carb at the medium on heavy mark of thickness. This is a pretty decent offering. I'd like a bit more coffee, which surprises me as I'm usually a hint only kinda guy. Wife would like this one quite a bit.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle.

Appearance: Almost a completely opaque black. Poured with a nice fairly thick head, but dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma: Deep with coffee and chocolate. Some hops are evident.

Taste: A lot like the aroma: deep and rich. Some vanilla. Medium hops bitterness. The high alcohol gives it a warming effect but the alcohol is not overly present in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth and round.

Overall: A perfect beer for a snowy weekend skiing in northern Michigan. It's not a huge favorite of mine, but I liked it and will have it again.

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Photo of argock
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 10 oz mini-imperial clear glass tumbler at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Opaque black with dark brown edges and short cap of beige tightly bubbled head with icicled lacing.

S: Light coffee aroma with caramel and dark malt with a short touch of sweetness

T: I like that the flavor is not overwhelmed by the coffee flavor but rather accentuated by it. The maltiness is barely sweet, which is on-target for this style. There is little to no roast character which is also good for a porter. The porter component could use a touch more malty personality, but all in all, this is a nice brew with well-hidden alcohol.

M: Too thin but not watery for the style.

O: A pretty nice brew, but the body needs more work to give the malt flavors a little more of a boost.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of champ103
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours nearly opaque black with a bit of brown around the edges. A minimal beige head forms, and recedes to nothing in a second. A dense and viscous liquid.
S: Big roasted malt up front. Acidic and acrid coffee. Bread and biscuit, light chocolate.
T: Roasted malts are up front with a nice balance with the coffee and chocolate flavors. Bread and biscuit. Pretty standard, but enjoyable.
M/D: A full body with good carbonation. Crisp, but smooth at the same time. Easy enough to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable, and a nice sipper.

The best I have had from Laughing Dog so far. I do enjoy it, but nothing that really sets it apart from others in the style. Locally at that. Still something that I would say is worth a try.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a mug...

A: Nearly opaque black with a khaki-colored head and lacing...

S: Astringent coffee notes hit first, with a moderate roasted character and malt presence. A touch of smoke to boot, and a bit of mocha and burnt caramel.

T: Follows the nose; roasty and gritty espresso, and even the suggestion of some burnt malt? Flash of dark chocolate (bakers chocolate even) and dark/burnt caramel. Dry and bit bitter.

MF: Astringent mouthfeel with a moderate body and medium carbonation. A bit thin...

O: Definitely has that cold-pressed coffee feel to it, but the astringent notes aren't as pleasant as I remembered...previously reviewed this one on-tap and liked it...maybe some age caught up to it? Not sure, but definitely not as good as I remember. Still a drinkable coffee porter though IMO.

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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.

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