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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 24
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Latarnik, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

BuckeyeFaninMI, May 07, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

mactrail, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of snaotheus
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

snaotheus, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

hoppymcgee, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

dmorgan310, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Mightykingmalard, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of JoeSTATE
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
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

JoeSTATE, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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?

LiquidAmber, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

BillRoth, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

bernat1971, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I wasn't overly impressed with this offering, a little on the thin and bitter side for my tastes. The look is there, as are some roasted notes, but they should be more in the forefront, in my opinion. It almost feels more like an Irish stout.

A: very dark, decent sustaining brownish soapy head, ok lacing
S: brewing coffee, chicory, some subdued nuttiness
T: starts with a bitter coffee tone, like weak black coffee. There is a carbonated twinge that seemingly brings with it a lemon-grass bitterness that combines more so than replaces the coffee taste. In the roof of my mouth I note an earthy nut (walnut maybe) taste that lingers.
M: the coffee and bitterness combine to a slick, kind of metallic tone

cjgiant, Jan 05, 2014
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3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a rather viscous black with good carbonation, a nice brown head with good lacing to follow.

S: A big roastiness, anise, loads of bakers powder cocoa and a little booze sting.

T: Initially the roastiness is big, as is black twizzlers and the truckload of cheap bakers powder cocoa and bitter dark chocolate. The anise and bitter dark chocolate were the saving grace for this beer. The finish is inky, sticky, sweet with heat and a dose of coffee

M: Medium-full bodied, carbonation was pretty good, medium I would say. It has plenty of body and a hearty feel.

O: A decent representation of the style

barleywinefiend, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BAsbill, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

tjcamm, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

twelveinches, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

RedneckBeerz, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

redman683, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Scotchboy, Jan 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

eddiearmy, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

CoryR, Jan 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

BeerNW, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

kylemckinnis, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

adkieffer, Dec 17, 2012
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Moose & Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.