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Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

119 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bitterthebetter on 02-19-2009

From the Laurelwood Blog: Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout is a collaboration between Laurelwood and Portland Roasting - a fantastic local coffee producer. The beer features a blend of hand-selected Ethiopian and Sumatran coffees.
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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 58
Photo of JoeBond
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark and thick. Aroma of coffee is strong but very pleasant and not overpowering. Flavor has some strong coffee notes but is very well balanced and flavorful. Outstanding!

Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Label is a bit different.
"Organic Portland Roasting Coffee Espresso Stout"
"Alc. 6.3% by Vol. / IBU 40 / OG 15 Plato."

Assumes this is the same beer with a few tweaks.

Black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smell is intense strong coffee. Lighter roasted coffee, some wine scents and smoke, but mostly coffee.

Starts out mildly sweet with some chocolate and a coffee flavor not as intense as the smell. Tastes like a coffee and chocolate milkshake. Mild wine notes from the coffee and the taste of milk. Very balanced no single flavor beats the others in to submission.

Mouthfeel is thick. The work Milkshake is a good term for it.

Overall, ship me a crate of this stuff it is great!

Photo of RenzoD
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a coffee beer that really seems to put as much focus on the excellence of the coffee as well as the beer which I appreciate greatly. Because of this, it has a great balance, a smooth mouthfeel and an exceptional aroma. Very delicious beer!

Photo of qanadin
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The flavor of this beer is great. The coffee doesn't over power the over all flavor or quality of the beer. It still has that heavy winter stout feel and quality.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of JoeSTATE
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kevanb
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a Goose Island Stout Fest '13 Mini Pint Glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, touches of cola brown with a thick yet fluffy khaki head that has good retention but leaves no lacing behind. The aroma is super coffee forward, mild roast and lightly fruity, with some chocolate and almost some milky aromas, very nice expression of coffee. The taste however is a bit of a weak spot, lots of roasted coffee, but quickly it turns to light cocoa mix and watered down milk with some sweet coffee malt at the finish. The body is light, thin and a bit watery that finishes with a carbonated bite.

Verdict: A decent American Stout from Laurelwood, the aroma is wonderful, but the flavors and body really leave something to be desired. I would find it very difficult to drink an entire bomber solo, good thing I was able to share this multiple ways.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brown/black color, medium brown finger of head, light retention, no real lace.

Aroma: huge coffee, roast, cocoa powder, milk chocolate.

Taste: coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, dry finish.

***Body is medium and has a creamy texture, overall good and indicative of its 6%ABV, but nothing out of this world. The taste and aroma though, a coffee lovers dream. It's kinda like it was dry hopped with espresso beans with its fresh roasted coffee nose and taste. It doesn't stray to far from those flavors, but this is a coffee stout and its makes no attempts as presenting itself otherwise, so you should know what you are getting into from the start. Love coffee? Go here. I loved it.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle from 2009.

Pours opaque black with a thin head of beige that shrinks to nothing with zero lacing.

Aromatics lead off with strong coffee notes, char, molasses, bakers chocolate, and roast. Faintly sour fruit follows through.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a slickish mouthfeel. A bit oily.

Roasted, smokey malt laced with sturdy coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of Kahlua starts the palate. A trace of lactic tartness runs underneath and lingers amongst the coffee and stout character.

Finishes with dark coffee, burnt malt, and a very mild tartness.

This beer did not age well. The light tartness detracts and hints at an infection and the base beer is not big enough to overcome.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a dark brown with lots of reddish hues shining through, not completely opaque. Creamy and frothy mocha colored head left some splashy lace

S- Intensely roasty, extreme coffee bitterness, very dark roast, big aroma of freshly cracked coffee beans

T- Big coffee bean flavor, fresh brewed dark roasted black coffee, a dry cracker taste, light creaminess in the flavor. This is probably the most coffee forward tasting beer I have ever had.

M- Very dry, medium to lighter bodied, medium carbonation, goes down very easy

O- Reminds me a lot of Oakshire's Overcast Espresso Stout, but this is even more coffee forward. Tons of dark roast, coffee bitterness, and dryness. This is a coffee lover's beer

Photo of snaotheus
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter

I have reservations about the way this beer looks. The opacity doesn't match my model of a stout -- it's fairly translucent. Say, a darker than average scotch ale. Perhaps my judgment is skewed by drinking too many imperial stouts lately, but the lightness of color is putting me off a bit. Head is small but fluffy , light brown.

Smell is utterly dominated by coffee. If you're not a coffee person, just based on the smell, I would probably skip this beer. Luckily I'm a coffee person, and it's pretty alluring. Somewhere under the coffee I can barely detect some faint yeasty/bready aroma.

Taste is dominated by coffee, but not as much as the scent. I get a lot more going on here -- there's some cherry, lots more roasty malt, some creaminess and sweetness that makes me think of milk stouts.

Mouthfeel is creamy but light. Overall, this is pretty good, but surprisingly light in color.

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2014-03-16
Bottled on 12/18/13

This time, the beer is definitely not translucent. Smell and flavor still dominated by coffee. I don't get any cherry. Aside from that, mostly the same.

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2015-03-20

My dear wife, not a coffee lover, is having this beer as well. She has reservations due to the coffee nature.

I can't believe how strongly you can smell the coffee. Lacks the creaminess that I thought I noticed before. Not much cherry, either.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of aromatic coffee notes is very enjoyable and well balanced against dry roasted notes. Taste is a smooth mix between some rich black chocolate and aromatic coffee notes that are not too dry. Body is slightly above average with good carbonation. Well brewed and very enjoyable stout which ends up being not too dry.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A fudge brown pour, with an impressive head of tan foam; very nice on the retention and lacing fronts

Smell: Freshly ground coffee beans dominate the aroma, though there is a dark bread and chocolate element hiding out, underneath

Taste: Coffee, verging on espresso (but not quite as robust), up front, with a bit of sweetening and cream developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the robust espresso flavors start to come through and linger in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice coffee stout, by my definition, but I like coffee; I also enjoy a flavorful stout that doesn't also have to load up on the ABV and thick mouthfeel (don't mind those at all, but like the alternative, too)

Thanks, gkatsoris, for the opportunity

Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black color in the glass after a brownish pour. A massive tan head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Sheets of lacing is left down the glass.

Love the coffee aroma of this beer. Espresso that is fresh and pure. That is the only thing that I smell as the stout elements get lost.

Wonderful espresso flavor as well. More of a beer flavor that lies at the base of the beer. Roasted malt that compliments the espresso. Surprisingly the bitterness is mellow and seems low.

The body is moderate with good carbonation. Seems like a 6% ABV beer that neither surprises or disapoints.

A beer for coffee lovers. Pure espresso flavor that is just a joy to drink.

Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $4.99 Black with slight mahogany hints beer with a luscious thick ,creamy tan head. Damn delightful! Coffee nose,i like Sumatran coffee beans and this smells just like them freshly ground.This gets good marks for that. Fine mixture of coffee,molasses and toasted oat in the flavour..coffee finish. Great palate..smooth yet carbonated ,keeps things moving along. I think this is a great drink..but you HAVE to like fresh ground coffee

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Busting the cherry on my brand new CBS snifter (thank you Aaron!)...it appears that all of this 22oz bomber would fit in here but I'll restrain myself.

A: Pours a dense dark black with transparent brown along the edges of the glass...decent head and lacing.

S: Espresso right up front, dank coffeehouse, very roasty, with dark malts and faint chocolate underneath.

T: Roasted, bitter coffee on the palette, almost grainy in a nice way...coffee really dominates again with faint hints of chocolate and hops as well, which have some earthy undertones and hint at spiciness.

MF: Feels medium-thin with a good dryness and bitterness, decent carbonation.

O: An easy drinker, one dimensional as you would expect a coffee stout to be, but enjoyable.

Photo of harrymel
3.07/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk, first time I've seen this one, so newish?

Pours a nice opaque ale with a little latte ring and broken surface. No lace. Smells like...coffee. Really, really coffee forward this one, I dig it though - kinda a spicy, sharp and earthy blend with nutty hints. Flavor is roasty and coffee laden with some sweet malts in the background. There is a bit of a single dimension to the beer. Body is thin and watery for style and has moderate carb. A decent beer, I would like to see some additional body and a little sweetness up ended with this degree of coffee addition. Although I'd drink again, I would prefer a smaller format, this is too much coffee for one sitting for me.

Photo of cwguy5
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HeyCurly3 for this one! Poured from bottle into Mother Earth Brewing(NC) stemware.

A - black with some dark ruby and brown highlights; thin, light colored head that faded to a thin ring; no notable lacing

S - chocolate, espresso, peanut butter - sweet overall

T - espresso is very fresh tasting, has a depth of character without overpowering; some bready, slightly nutty flavors followed by a drying finish; not as dark and roasty as expected, actually somewhat creamy tasting

M - thin-medium body with soft carbonation; long, moderately bitter linger

O - fantastic flavors of premium coffee with a creamy overall texture; does not bowl you over with coffee; i would recommend this to any coffee beer drinkers; my first beer from Laurelwood - nice work so far!

Photo of HochFliegen
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this espresso stout from a 22oz bottle and was impressed with the nice tan head that began to form on top of the rich black colored beer. The tan head quickly dissapated into a thin whispy tan head.

The powerful aroma of the espresso beans quickly lept out of the glass and were ever so lightly intertwined with a slight sweet malt scent.

On first sip the coffee flavors exploded and overtook my palate. I noticed a light roasted malt flavor among the coffee flavors and a high amount of bitterness upon my second sip. The finish was semi-dry.

Mouthfeel was on the low side of medium. True to style but less than I had anticipated and appreciate in a stout.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The weakness in my opinion is in the less than full-bodied mouthfeel. Flavor though was amazing. Aroma was like walking into my favorite coffee house on Newport Ave.

Photo of suncrust
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured to an Oskar Blues rocks tumbler.

A: Pours a smooth, jet black hue with a rocky khaki cap. Looks like a cup of joe for sure. Head is on the thin side, dissipating quickly after the pour. Virtually no lacing.

S: Aromas of dry, ground coffee dominate the nose. Smells mainly like rich, dark black coffee. A bold, earthy darkness melds with toasted bread, fresh barrels of roasted coffee beans, and some soil. Hints of sweet vanilla back in there. The bright, berry acidity that the Ethiopian coffee provides is detectable in the nose, balancing nicely with the earthiness of the Sumatran bean.

T: Coffee... and lots of it. Darkly roasted Sumatran beans create a dominate earthiness and nutty coffee backbone. As with the nose, a bright (coffee) berry acidity melds with the darker notes, clearly coming from the Ethiopian beans. Bark amid immense coffee flavors that have the feel and body of your basic roasty stout. Different but good.

MF: Clean, smooth... a lighter textured stout. Not a ton of body. Maybe a little waxy in the front of the mouth. Medium carbonation.

O: If you don't like coffee, you won't like this beer. If you understand the differences between beans, roasting profiles, and have had a few coffee cupping experiences, then you will surely appreciate this brew. The balance between the acidic Ethiopian brightness and the dark earthy Sumatran beans make this beer a phenomenal take on a coffee brew. Definitely less of a beer for the beer connoisseur and more a brew for a coffee enthusiast. Pure coffee to its roots.... It might even give you coffee breath.

Photo of Rifugium
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Laurelwood Public House, Portland, OR

Poured a translucent brownish black with a small cap of tan head that receded to a thin layer. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. I liked the smell; the taste on the other hand... It's a well-known fact that I hate coffee. It's pure evil. However, I do like coffee beers, when done correctly, and I've even brewed a coffee stout myself. This beer though, is the kind of coffee beer that--in my humblest opinion--is not done correctly. There's a lot you can do with coffee in beer, but when the final product tastes like flat, cold coffee, that just doesn't sit well with me. And that was my problem with this beer. Otherwise, medium-bodied and a bit thin for the style. I would not want to drink this again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to black13 for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch puffy dark tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Foamy areas of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of chocolate syrup, roasted espresso beans, and dark roasted malt. Taste is of dark roasted malt, espresso grounds, and slight dark chocolate. Minor roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout with good espresso/coffee flavors. I am glad I got to try this one.

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Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.