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

244 Ratings
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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | 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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Ratings: 244 | Reviews: 65
Photo of Rizalini
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of liamt07
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

4/4/3.5/3.5/3.5

Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of breakingbland
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of argock
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Mojo
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of rangerred
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Pours pitch black with just the tiniest fizzy head that quickly fades leaving a small ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is espresso and some cocoa. Also a tinge of roasted malt.

Plenty of chocolate and coffee in the flavor as well. Really reminds me of Terrapin wake and bake. A little roasted malt and dark fruit makes an appearance. The finish is a little on the thin side but also with a nice coffee-like bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden and this is surprisingly drinkable.

Overall, a really good beer from Laughing Dog. While it is very much like other beers in this style, it is one that is worth picking up.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of kagent777
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Jimmys
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

an offering from Laughing Dog at the 2011 Capitol City Oktoberfest in Shirlington, VA.

A: very dark brown. darker than most porters. a dense head that looks inviting and chestnut in color. great lacing.

S: vanilla. coffee. roasted and chocolate malts.

T: a very sweet sugar comes across the palate initially. the coffee flavor is well intertwined with roasted malts that it is not terribly discernible. more of it into the finish, but like i said earlier not crazy coffee flavor as i expected.

M: very silken mouthfeel. medium bodied.

D: a good porter. however a lot of the flavor and mouthfeel drinks like a stout. a milky sweetness backed with a silky mouthfeel. like i said, i was expecting more of a coffee blast, but otherwise a tasty brew.

Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of delta490
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of KajII
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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...

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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.