Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter - Laughing Dog Brewing
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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
District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2013 04:33:09 | More by fountainofyouth
2.35/5 rDev -37.7%
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!
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2013 13:34:40 | More by Jeffo
3.13/5 rDev -17%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2013 19:27:00 | More by kencarman
Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.