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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 23
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with ruby-hued edges when held toward the light and topped by a short-lived, tan head.

Smell: Aroma of roasted malts and charred wood, with notes of chocolate, caramel, dried herbs, and a small handful of loose change.

Taste: Sweetish dark malts with a fairly restrained roast character and subsequent flavors of unsweetened chocolate and caramel sauce. Much to my dismay, it's at this early stage that the flavor begins thinning out considerably. Vague herbal and wooden flavors wrapped in a medium amount of bitterness. Faint metallic hints. Finishes dry but abruptly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: While by no means is it a bad stout, it does come up short in terms of malt depth, overall flavor, and body. Still though, it's worth a try.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of mactrail
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 barleywinefiend
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
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +5.8%

BillRoth, Feb 12, 2014
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
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.8%

dmorgan310, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Latarnik, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -14%

beertunes, Sep 22, 2012
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
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +5.8%

twelveinches, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

msubulldog25, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of jpd7374
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jpd7374, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

hoppymcgee, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Arbitrator
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Arbitrator, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

CoryR, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of BAsbill
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BAsbill, Nov 10, 2013
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
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
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
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed by Wisemen Nick and Justin. Enjoyed from a snifter and a pint glass, respectively.

Appearance: Pours thick and pitch black with tall, tight-packed, dark brown head. Not much retention sadly - dies to a creamy halo pretty quick. Light, spotty lacing. When swirled leaves soy sauce-like film. Looks fantastic when it's first poured, but beauty quickly fades... N: 4.0; J: 4.5

Smell: Tons of smoky/roasty aromas, chocolate, black coffee, warm alcohol, maybe some meat roasting in the background. Molasses and maybe some pine too. N: 3.75; J: 4.25

Taste: forest fire, Lots of wood and smoke, dark chocolate, cream, burnt sugar, and roasted malt. Once again, lots of roastiness and smokiness. Hopped generously - nice burnt flavor in finish. Alcohol comes through in the finish, maybe a little stronger since this was served around room temperature. N: 3.75; J: 3.5

Mouthfeel: Slick, dry, and clean. Slightly warm, and a little thinner than I had hoped. Some creaminess. We totally agree with the guy below on his 'coffee breath' sentiment. N: 3.0; J: 3.5

Drinkability: This was an extremely smoky RIS, though not that harsh. We could keep drinking this, but overall it just wasn't up there with some of the better Imperial Russian Stouts.
N: 4.0; J: 4.0

Wiseman Nick: B (3.75)
Wiseman Justin: B+ (3.90)

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev +5.8%

johnnyboy76, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ThickNStout, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of bernat1971
4/5  rDev +5.8%

bernat1971, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Travisnin
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Travisnin, Feb 26, 2012
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Moose & Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.