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Moose & Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Moose & Squirrel Russian Imperial StoutMoose & Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 22
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2008 - released in limited edition 1-liter swingtop bottles and draught.

Otherwise, it's a rotating 'draft-only' release.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-26-2008)
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

01-21-2013 01:09:18 | More by eddiearmy
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

11-13-2012 06:20:02 | More by muchloveforhops3
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adkieffer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-17-2012 23:11:27 | More by adkieffer
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JoeSTATE

Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:59:32 | More by JoeSTATE
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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:
8% ABV
55 IBUs
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2008 16:22:22 | More by msubulldog25
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cbros

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Thanks, Ben.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:25:52 | More by cbros
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slaintemhor

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2010 06:54:05 | More by slaintemhor
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glasses with a friend.

A: Inky black, lots of dark tan head, and tons of spiderweb lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, roast, black malt, cocoa, dry toast, dark caramel, licorice, leafy hop. Hints of nuts and dry wood. Possibly a faint suggestion of smoke as well?

T: Follows the nose with the slightest hint of booze. Moderate espresso dryness on the finish. Creamy dark chocolate and burnt caramel, lots of roast malt here. Anise shows up as it finishes.

MF: Viscous and fairly dry; full-er bodied.

O: Good stuff as a fairly safe, middle-of-the-road RIS. A sipper and one to share IMO; this drinks a touch 'bigger' than it actually is.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 15:51:12 | More by Scotchboy
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-31-2014 15:00:02 | More by hoppymcgee
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bernat1971

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-15-2014 23:28:23 | More by bernat1971
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-04-2012 01:57:45 | More by johnnyboy76
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-03-2013 03:53:49 | More by RedneckBeerz
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redman683

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-01-2013 01:49:47 | More by redman683
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-12-2014 04:07:57 | More by BillRoth
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-27-2013 05:53:06 | More by twelveinches
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-09-2014 07:09:25 | More by dmorgan310
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Mightykingmalard

California

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 09:59:35 | More by Mightykingmalard
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 22:40:10 | More by smakawhat
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snaotheus

Washington

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle at 41 F split between a pair of snifters. Bottle doesn't have any dates or codes that I can find, but it's not corked/caged, and it shows 8.6% abv.

Pours black with a small brown head. Fine, slow carbonation. Smell is sweet, nutty, black licorice.

Taste is roasty bitterness, coffee bitterness, chocolate bitterness, black licorice. That aromatic sweetness is missing, but would be nice here.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thin (for a Russian Imperial Stout). Overall, nice, tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 04:26:26 | More by snaotheus
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mactrail

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 06:08:37 | More by mactrail
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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?

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 05:19:06 | More by LiquidAmber
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tjcamm

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-19-2013 02:28:14 | More by tjcamm
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-29-2012 22:00:05 | More by kylemckinnis
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BuckeyeFaninMI

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-07-2014 22:24:16 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
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BeerNW

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-06-2013 00:57:14 | More by BeerNW
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Moose & Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.