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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 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 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 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 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.

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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 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 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 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.

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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.

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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.


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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 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 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.

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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 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 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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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Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter from Laughing Dog Brewing
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