Moose & Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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Reviews by slaintemhor:
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
I had this on tap this evening at the main location of Laurelwood Brewing in Portland, OR. The colour was completely black with a very thick tan head. The aroma was thick with dark chocolate, hops and hints of black coffee. On the palate, an interesting tanginess up front followed by biting hops, loads of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and a lengthy, tangy finish.
02-18-2010 06:54:05 | More by slaintemhor
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3.96/5 rDev +4.5%
A: this is everything a stout should look like. Dark as night, opaque, and a rich, chocolate milk style head the burns really slow. Has gigantic bubbles. Reminds me of elementary school and the chocolate milk... 4.75
S: smells distinctly of coffee. It's very good. 4
T: a very clean, coffee stout taste. Holds up to the previous two categories. 4
M: leaves a great, sweet finish but leaves the mouth wanting more. Very creamy. 4
O: a well crafted beer. Not something I am going to go out of my way for, but a very solid choice. Literally is stout-incarnate in appearance... 4.0
02-22-2014 09:59:35 | More by Mightykingmalard
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.
Real nice super dark out of the bottle on the pour, hits the glass with a real creamy cocoa mocha brown head. Three fingers and settles to a real nice creamy top also. Good thick puck left with some nice lacing, and a very dark body of classic walnut black. Some faint carbonation can be seen on the edges. Very nice looking brew.
Classic bouquet for a Russian imperial. Good sense of dark chocolate, and a mild bitterness.
Good amount of char, with just a hint of cream.
Palate hits with a porter like body, a little wet but mostly really charring. Lots of carbon rich dark malt taste, and a little hint of hop. Mouthfeel seems a little light, but the flavors do manage to coat the palate and continue. Huge roasting character to this and not much sweetness either. Some lime like citrus hop just wants to creep out here, making it a bit more fun and less ordinary.
Overall not bad, worth trying and could have this again. A good go to Russian Imperial for sure.
12-20-2012 22:40:10 | More by smakawhat
3.76/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine one finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, light char, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is toasted, charred malt, bottom of the pot coffee, hints of chocolate, finishing with bitter coffee, light char and grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. The start on this seems surprisingly thin in body, almost like a coffee beer, but the toasted malt reasserts itself in the finish with satisfying charred malt and hops. A decent RIS in the charry end of the spectrum, but somewhat unbalanced in flavor; I'd like to see a bit more malt depth to support the other strong flavors. Still enjoyed the bomber, but this has a lot of great competition in the style. Really like the name, but shouldn't it be Boris and Natasha?
02-13-2014 05:19:06 | More by LiquidAmber
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
22oz bottle from LetsPour.com. No bottling info. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Pours black with a fluffy full finger and a half dark tan head that laces well.
Smells roasty, brown sugar, slight char and earthy.
Taste begins with bitter roasty dark cocoa. Followed by burnt coffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted marshmallow and bittersweet cherry pits. Only a faint booze kick towards the finish.
Creamy medium full feel with fairly high carbonation for the style. Long bitter roasty aftertaste.
A pretty good Russian imperial stout that favors the bitter roasty malts over sweet dark fruit. Not bad at all and I'd drink it again but there isn't anything to help it rise above the masses of other available options.
12-08-2012 18:47:21 | More by ThickNStout
4.48/5 rDev +18.2%
Pours black with a slight red reflection, think dr pepper. Head is reddish brown, very rich in color. Smell is fantastic, cherry scent, almost dr pepper smelling as well. Taste is fantastic, comes onto the palate warm and inviting, hits a malty roast flavor and finishes fudge brownie. Creamy and thick mouthfeel, almost like a milkshake, slightly chewy. I will absolutely get this again
02-18-2014 03:59:32 | More by JoeSTATE
3.3/5 rDev -12.9%
On draft, served in a tulip glass. Review from tasting notes.
A: Pours very dark, almost pitch black with a nice tan head.
S: Little burnt coffee bitterness on the smell along with dark chocolate. Just okay.
T: First thing I noticed was the fruit - figs, raisins, other dark fruits jumped out. Dark chocolate flavors continue as does the unwelcome burnt coffee bitterness. Finishes a little harsh with some alcohol heat showing up at the back of the throat.
M: Fairly high carbonation. Big mouthfeel, but expected for an RIS, although just a little on the slick, oily side for me. Also finished a little on the chewy side.
D: A little disappointing. I've had this before and remembered it better than this glass tasting (and it was early in the night, so my tastebuds were still in good shape). This isn't a bad RIS, but doesn't stand up to many of the other examples available today.
03-19-2010 21:59:37 | More by oregonskibum
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
Dark brown with a cherry edge and plenty of dark beige foam in the Ciney snifter. Some dark caramel aromas with woody, charred grain. A pleasant spritziness in the mouth.
Thick and malty but not overly sweet. A chalky sort of sensation along with a serious burnt taste. The hops do not show off much in the way of aromatics, but the bitterness is pervasive. There is flash of malty sweetness followed by a charred taste that edges toward a sourish note in the aftertaste. Bitter chocolate and a dry finish. Just that bit of warm cedar at the start.
Overall this is dark, brooding, and bitter. Quite sippable, but it's not the sweet malt bomb more often encountered in this style. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.
04-11-2014 06:08:37 | More by mactrail
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
Serving type- 1 liter bottle poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter. Got this in a trade from madhombrewer. 2008 Edition
A- Pours a jet black with a nice one finger tan head. There was a little carbonation activity that colleted on the side of the glass. Good cling to the glass as well.
S- Strong notes of chocolate, wood chips and even some tobacco as well. The smell combinations really hit after the pour, a strong presence but not overwhelming. As the beer warms I get a slight alcohol smell at the tail end.
T- As the beer has warmed a little I am picking up the chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Its remarkable how much the flavors start to show themselves as the beer warms up.
I read about Moose and Squirrel here on BA and got this in a trade from Ben. In my opinion it is a very solid beer. This is the first offering that I have had from Laurelwood. I would definately like to have this beer again, nice to have a good solid Russian Imperial Stout on a beautiful drizzly and cold(almost Pac NW like) day here in NC. I look forward to having my friend Ben hook me up with some more stuff from Laurelwood in the future.
10-16-2009 00:25:52 | More by cbros
2.63/5 rDev -30.6%
On tap at the Green Dragon. Thanks for DDing, Frank! From notes.
A: Pours a very dark body, nearly pitch black but revealing a faint translucence against the light.
S: Earthy hops, coffee / roast, chocolate, and a hint of anise. Hits all the right notes.
T: Roasted coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate. Amply balanced with earthy hops and a hint of leafiness. Anise in the finish, which I enjoy. But otherwise it's a fairly average taste for the style.
M: Carbonation was a bit high and I had to swirl it out. Heavier than medium bodied.
D: The RIS is a popular style, and this beer doesn't measure up to many of the other examples in it. It's definitely middling.
03-30-2010 18:29:27 | More by Arbitrator
4.2/5 rDev +10.8%
This RIS was released in mid-January at the brewpub on NE Sandy...had to stop in for a quick try. Poured to a 1/2 pint.
Notes from LW Blog:
O.G. 20º Plato
A: Dark, dark, dark, but very thin head-wise - just a trace of ivory-colored sudsiness that disappears rapidly to a barely-concealing film swirl. Held to light, an auburn glow shows at the edges. Fair amount off lace glides gently down the glass, sort of pausing on the way down.
S: Dark malt, richly roasted and quite coffee-like. Sweet sugariness with a touch of vanilla makes this evocative of a mocha aroma-wise. All good, not terribly robust.
T: Big introduction of heavy, bittersweet chocolate and darkly-roasted coffee. After the blast of charred malt subsides, a sweeter milk chocolate and vanilla enter for balance. Though I found little fruit (maybe some ripe berry tang), the robustness of malt roasting and the subtle sweetening come together very nicely.
M: Not too heavy or coating, this has a medium-body and cool smoothness. Carbonation is soft, hardly detectable. Bitter roast settles on the center of the tongue and lingers more minutes after the finish ('do I have coffee breath?').
D: Bitterness is big, but is held in check; aroma entices; mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It's a very solid RIS and, with a 'reasonable' 8% ABV (pretty low for the style), is a bit more drinkable than some of it's bigger brethren. One I'd like to have again and a nice offering by Chad and the LW team - worth seeking out!
01-26-2008 16:22:22 | More by msubulldog25
2.7/5 rDev -28.8%
08 vintage poured at a recent BA tasting. Pours a dark brown with some light getting through, small tan head. Nose is pretty weak with some roasted notes and sugary malts. Taste is more of the same with some mild coffee added. Mouthfeel is really thin for an RIS, drinkability is OK but the flavors are kind of blah so that detracts.
05-31-2010 05:54:24 | More by squaremile
Moose & Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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