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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jimmys on 10-12-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 04:12:47 | More by Sammy
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2012 03:47:02 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-18-2011 01:29:37 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 05:28:42 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-17-2012 14:45:44 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.23/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 22:59:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-20-2012 02:24:28 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

12-14-2013 03:29:15 | More by jaydoc
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 04:04:49 | More by biboergosum
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-05-2012 17:52:56 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-01-2014 03:49:35 | More by nickfl
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 04:31:46 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 12:48:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 04:25:19 | More by Mora2000
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-11-2014 13:16:56 | More by SocalKicks
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-08-2013 02:39:27 | More by mendvicdog
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

10-09-2012 05:09:40 | More by MarkyMOD
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

04-07-2013 17:40:50 | More by oriolesfan4
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2012 16:14:20 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-06-2013 02:08:21 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-06-2013 20:35:02 | More by duceswild
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2014 13:58:19 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 19:31:44 | More by John_M
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 05:42:33 | More by superspak
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-24-2014 00:51:48 | More by Latarnik
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Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.