Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev +3%
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with dating on the neck that has started to rub off. I can tell it was brewed in 2014, and my best guess is that the month was March, but I really have no way of knowing for sure. Poured into a standard tumbler glass.
Appearance - Poured with somewhat above average vigor, which yields a thick two and a half finger cap of creamy mocha-tan colored head. Retention is moderate, with the foam receding to a generous film and a short curtain of lacing all the way around the glass that eventually slinks back into the liquid as well, leaving a sparse permanent ring of sticky lace on the glass. The body is coffee black (imagine that), with not much light penetrating at all.
Smell - Unsurprisingly, this one is pure cold-pressed coffee, with the great bitter and roasted bean notes that you expect from an iced coffee. There is perhaps a bit of complementary roasted malt profile and charred bread from the grain base, but this is a pure coffee beer to be sure.
Taste - There is a tad more complexity in the taste, as where it was all coffee in the aroma, here the essence of fresh-ground espresso it joined by a sweeter component, like semisweet chocolate or cocoa nibs. Still the roasted coffee beans and to a lesser extent, toasted bread, are the leaders of this beer.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, giving it a nice feel, with no overpowering viscosity or prickliness. It's just enough body and carbonation to make the texture interesting.
Overall, a very good take on a pretty common style. There are a few coffee stouts I would reach for before this one, but for a reasonable ABV stout with lots of flavor, this one has to be near the top. Too bad I can't pick it up on my local shelves.
06-19-2014 07:03:06 | More by LambicPentameter
3.79/5 rDev -4.3%
Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which looks to have pretty good retention as well. The head is a medium to dark beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Some spots of lacing and some rings as well.
Nose- As with many coffee stouts, the aroma is pretty much a one-trick pony. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. It is pretty good smelling coffee though. Slight notes of sourness and slight fruitiness around the edges but this is minor. Swirl and there's more coffee. It think you get my drift.
Taste- Very reflective of the nose- the flavor profile is pretty much all coffee. Some fruitiness and sourness on the finish but this seems to come from the coffee and works well with the overall profile. This is a really good coffee stout but it's a little one dimensional. Great presence, balance, and integration- it simply lacks the complexity I desire. Still, a good beer that has no real flaws and flirts with being really good. Some chalk to a pretty dry finish. Very effective beer which seems to benefit from the basic idea of brewing a good stout and then adding top notch coffee to form a basically flawless and very tasty beer. These won't ever be must have beers for me but I will still drink and enjoy them.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied with a good amount of syrup to the texture. Very light carbonation highlights this aspect even more. Bit of a dry finish.
Drinkability- Drinks like easygoing, alcoholic coffee. Doesn't have much to offer as far as other flavor notes but the coffee is pretty good and is fairly complex on its own. Just over 4 bucks a bomber makes this a pretty good buy. I would buy this again if I were the mood for a straight up, cheap coffee stout.
Overall- Good to really good, but closer to good. Doesn't innovate the style; it's simply a solid coffee stout. I would definitely give this a try. This will probably be a repurchase.
03-24-2014 02:30:28 | More by artoolemomo
3.83/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a thin, light brown head that maintains a thin film and ring around the glass, leaving light lacing. Nice aroma of sweet toasted malt and quality coffee, light cocoa. Flavor is brewed coffee, toaste malt with light char, mild cocoa. Light to medium bodied. A nice coffee stout, with the coffee being its best feature, very inviting on the aroma and maintaining through the taste. The malt body is not quite as substantial as hoped to support the coffee flavors, leaving the coffee slightly stark on the finish.The coffee and malt char play well against each other. Except for a somewhat thin body, a well balanced and enjoyable coffee stout.
03-20-2014 03:43:04 | More by LiquidAmber
3.19/5 rDev -19.4%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black with a decent off-white head. Medium collar. Some transparency at the edges.
Smell - Coffee. Lots of coffee. A hint of creamy sweetness behind the coffee.
Taste - And it's all coffee. Bitter coffee. Slight bit of milk chocolate, but it's really just coffee.
Mouthfeel - Medium light. Bitter. Well carbonated, too much, really.
Overall - It's all coffee. If that's your thing, I guess it's good, but I'd just order an iced coffee instead.
02-25-2014 00:39:59 | More by Alieniloquium
3.99/5 rDev +0.8%
Head is rich, fluffy and porous. Deep brown like milk chocolate color on the head, beer is black. First drink I get an immediate rush of coffee followed by a milky slightly malt aftertaste. Very slight coat on the teeth with a dry finish. As the beer is getting warmer I get hints of chocolate and less milk, and has gained a more chewy texture. Very flavorful, I would certainly go for this again.
02-06-2014 04:25:04 | More by JoeSTATE
Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.