Organic Tree Hugger Porter - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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3.03/5 rDev -18.5%
On tap at Laurelwood in PDX. Part of a taster tray.
Offwhite head, black-brown body. Some lacing.
Some roast malt, maybe cherry cola on the nose?
Bitter roast forward with some coffee/malt finish. Neither bitter nor sweet overall.
Decent porter, little else to say.
12-31-2011 20:52:37 | More by zaphodchak
3.1/5 rDev -16.7%
Reviewed on 1/23/2010. Bottle thanks to kenb. Pours black with a small light ran head. Aroma of old stale roasted malts. Flavor is much of the same stale-ish malt, a touch of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. There are some good notes hiding in this beer, but overall it wasn't that great.
12-23-2010 17:44:16 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.23/5 rDev -13.2%
Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly translucent dark brown with a half-inch of light tan head that low retention but good lacing.
The expected aromas and flavors were all there, just at very subdued levels. Roast, toast and light coffee were the expected and delivered highlights.
The body was a bit thin and light for the style. Drinkability was good, but nothing special. Overall, basically this is an average example of the style. Worth a shot if you see it.
06-03-2010 22:17:14 | More by beertunes
3.4/5 rDev -8.6%
Light roast and coffee aroma with a slight yeast fruity character.
Deep black with a nice tan head. Head stays thick for a pint. I know this sounds like blasphemy, but it's kind of dark for a porter. No light even held up to a bulb.
Flavor is lots of base malt and not a lot of dark or roast malts. The dark malts are there but it seems 'tame'. Very clean fermentation too. Not much yeast character that I can pick up. Bittering hops level is on the high end.
Medium bodied and good carbonation level.
Not a bad example of the style but not one that seems to stand out for me. Neither robust or brown, not roasty enough on the one end and not malty enough on the other.
05-28-2010 02:31:28 | More by czechsaaz
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
This is a rather average porter. The beer pours nicely with a good head that does fade rapidly. The aroma and flavor are all malt with a touch of smoke and coffee. Light bodied with a medium weight finish. Seems a little thinner than I would have hoped, even being a porter. Good, but rather ordinary.
12-19-2009 02:21:33 | More by cbarrett4
British Columbia (Canada)
3.15/5 rDev -15.3%
On-tap at the pub & presumably in good condition.
This one has a slight, roasted, grainy astringency that I'm just fond of. There's a lightly roasted coffee aroma & flavour with underlying chocolate. Balanced bitterness. The body seems a little thin.
It's too bad, these guys have a lot of great brews, and I really like a good porter.
10-15-2009 05:30:41 | More by Derek
4/5 rDev +7.5%
On tap at NW address.
A - Poured a dark brown with 2 fingers of mochad head. Dissipated fast to 1 finger where retention held it still. Left little lacing.
S/T - Strong, hearty notes of medium roast coffee and chocolate dominate this beer.
M - Full-bodied and malt dominated. Drank very smooth.
D - Good overall. Could be an excellent beer with more hops to fit the style.
08-09-2009 21:52:34 | More by MisterClean
4.43/5 rDev +19.1%
Imperial pint at the PDX airport. Tree Hugger Porter is a murky looking dark blackish brown with a small off-white head that leaves very light, scattered lace.
Smell is bakers chocolate, light crystal sweetness.
Taste is pretty smooth, huge chocolate flavor. Light graininess, some very light herbal hop flavors, but overall really pretty rounded and enjoyable (if you like chocolate).
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, creamy carbonation, but there's a slight bite to it on the finish. Medium body.
Drinkability is pretty good, I really like 'chocolate' beers, and this can be marketed as one. Which is why my taste and flavor scores are so high. Even though it's pretty one dimensional, it's a dimesion that really works for me. I really like porters of most any inclination as well, so this is a win win. The Portland standard real 'pints' couple with the body to slow you down a bit in the ABV, and all things considered, I'd just assume with was 6.6, but neverthess, it's very good.
03-23-2009 02:59:58 | More by ccrida
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
Very very dark brown with a half inch thick creamy tan head. Aroma oddly is almost absent, except for some dark roasty malts.? Taste however is NOT absent. Luscious dark coffees, pipe tobacco,liquorice ,aniseed , dark fruits andtoasted malts. Typical high end porter. Good and complex on the palate. Nice bitter porter!
02-01-2009 02:09:17 | More by Reidrover
4/5 rDev +7.5%
A. Deep and dark brown with a reddish tint. Clear. Lighter brown head very thick and fluffy with lacing all the way down.
S. Smoky and roasty for sure; campfire and ashy, chocolate, toffee, and subtle coffee aromas. Warming from the alcohol is hidden very deep. 4
T. Very tasty. Smoked malts and coffee somewhat dominate, but the bitterness from the hops mingles nicely with all the malt that is going on.
M. Medium and creamy in the mouth with just the right carbonation.
D. I really like this one. Maybe a tad smoky, but all in all a good beer and a good representation of style.
10-14-2008 16:37:12 | More by MMAJYK
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
Had this in a sampler at the brewpub, but didnt review. Found a bottle of this and decided to give it another shot.
PRetty dark, not black. Reddish orange glow at the bottom of the glass and when tilting. Dusty sand colored head, pretty thin due to a gentle pour.
Aroma is mild, kinda dark rasin and coffee grounds. Some lactose aromas in there too.
Bitter dry at first, then sweetens up. Kind of a light watery mouthfeel when its cold, but as it warms becomes really nice. A great brew to bottle up, with good drinkability. At only 5.6 its a hell of a good drinker, really grew on me.
07-26-2008 00:54:54 | More by SurlyDuff
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
The latest corny fill on my home system, this beer pours a deep mellow brown color with garnet highlights when held up to the light. A thick, light tan head crowns the affair, leaving beautiful, sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of rich roasted malt, with hints of molasses, vanilla bean, and mocha. Palate is mildly sweet up front, with the subtle notes more characteristic of a brown ale than a porter. The richness of the roasted malt comes through mid-palate, tempered by a hint of bitterness from the hops. Finish is lightly bitter and just a touch smoky.
The only real shortcoming of this beer is its fairly thin body. I expect a bit more robust character out of a porter, but this is definitely on the thin side. Still, that may work to its advantage, as it is highly drinkable for a darker beer. Overall, I'm a pretty big fan.
05-08-2008 05:58:13 | More by ElGordo
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours chestnut with 3+ fingers of rocky tan head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Coffee & iron
T: Chocolate, iron, dark fruit & dryness up front. Dryness takes over as this warms, then cocoa, some fig & date type flavors. Finishes bone dry with coffee grounds & iron
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & an almost chalky dryness
Drinks pretty easy but just a run of the mill porter to me. Maybe if the dryness toned down...
02-23-2008 07:10:31 | More by russpowell
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
Raisin brown that is actually dark ruby when backlit with sunshine. The golden sandstone colored crown is small after an increasingly high-altitude pour, but it still manages to look good. A serrated ring of lace is beginning to form as the foam slowly retreats.
The nose is standard for the style. A modest roasted maltiness provides the usual aromas without going above and beyond the call. It isn't bad, but we aren't dealing with a world-class version.
Tree Hugger Porter delivers on the flavor front, there's no question about that. Actually, it's as much Irish dry stout as American porter. Each mouthful brings a cresting wave of roastiness, followed by a crashing burnt coffee bean finish that's as hoppy as it is dry.
Since Laurelwood brews in Oregon, they probably think it's sacrilege not to go heavy on the hops. And they would be right. Pine is the dominant hop-related flavor, along with a grapefruit pithiness that calls to mind one or more of the C-hops. It's all in good balance, though. Especially if you're a lupulus lover.
My big beer bias aside, the mouthfeel is too light and is too harshly carbonated, making the beer feel brittle rather than soft and smooth. My hope was that it would firm up and settle down with time. It hasn't.
This Laurelwood offering has a great deal of potential. More malt and fewer bubbles are the first two fixes that I'd make. If you're into 'all things organic', feel free to wrap both arms (and your taste buds) around Tree Hugger Porter.
01-15-2008 14:55:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured out of a 12oz bottle, very creamy head that held for a brief while. instant aromas of chocolate and coffee on the nose, bread coming through,smoke. really like the smell. very dark color. taste is very bitter at first and then mellows out to a lingering coffeish taste, slight dark cocoa flavors. mouthfeel is not heavy as the beer looks, kind of like a slightly heavier nut brown ale. I enjoyed sipping this beer, as it is kind of cold outside. definatley a good winter choice
11-16-2007 17:52:22 | More by czfreeman
Organic Tree Hugger Porter from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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