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

223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jimmys on 10-12-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of woemad
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of smalenberg
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell - the coffee does not overwhelm, which is a great strength in this beer. There is caramel from the malt and a slight hint of cinnamon.

Appearance - rich dark and thick - almost syrupy (in a good way!), with a slight head.

Mouthfeel - silky smooth with the bitterness of black coffee coming in late on the back of the tongue.

Overall - Very good. Some sips the bitterness of the coffee can be a bit strong, but mostly very well balanced - evening out the sweetness of the heavy grain bill nicely.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.35/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.63/5  rDev -4%
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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4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a snifter from the bottle. The burnt-brown color was opaque and inviting. The chocolate and dark cherries on the nose prepared me for the influx of dark cocoa and roasted malt flavor. The beautiful blend and balance made this one shine through, and the creamy mouthfeel didn't disappoint. The finish was even a bit buttery, which I enjoy in a porter or stout. New favorite for sure.

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of draheim
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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 RobAtSGH
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with tan head in snifter. Very oily appearance.

Smell is dark roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Lots of coffee prescence as well.

Taste follows smell with lots of coffee and dark chocolates. Toffee, caramel and molasses there too. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Very nice carbonation.

Overall this was excellent. Will be on the lookout for more.

Photo of rangerred
3.78/5  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.

Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.