Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Organic Portland Roast Espresso StoutOrganic Portland Roast Espresso Stout

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119 Ratings

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Opaque as much as a Stout needs to be, dark with a big crown of lace on the glass. Serious coffee bean action in the nose, it smells of a fresh iced double shot of really good espresso; the only thing that gives it away is the burnt sugar and breadiness deep within. Smooth, yeah, smooth ... quick snap of crispness in the medium body. The espresso shell is hard to crack--the flavor does somewhat dominate and lingers on the palate. Roasted malt is second fiddle, hops are mild and the alcohol is pretty tame. The berry fruitiness seems to come from the coffee and perhaps the alcohol. Roasty finish does not fade quickly at all.

Yeah, this is a beer, and a super flavorful one at that. The coffee bean wins here--not sure if you can put much more coffee character into a beer.

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint,

A- An average looking porter, pours with a nice tan head, but not overly thick or long lasting. A fair amount of light can pass through the edges. Does not lace very well.

S- Coffee dominates the nose, with some very mellow malt begging to break through, barely doing so.

T- Again, coffee. I am not a fan of coffee, but the goal of this brew was achieved, thus the subjective grading of a 4.5 because there is a lot of espresso coming through. I had half my glass slightly colder than a stout should be enjoyed at, and then the remainder once it warmed. As it warms the malt becomes apparent and there is a tangy alcohol note that punches through. I enjoyed the last few sips as I had some souvlaki seasoned lamb skewers and it was a fantastic pairing.

M- A little too watery, but it adds to the drinkability, so while it may give up half a point here, it gains it on the back end in terms of drinkability. Strong espresso after taste.

O- A very drinkable coffee'd ale, try it if you can find it.

Photo of Magpie14
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: as I poured the color was of brown with deep bourbon. Once in the glass it is far from solid black by any means, but deep brown coffee and bister with soft orange highlights. Head was in good order and brown sugar in color that became frothy and chunky at spots. This helped in securing globs of lace randomly being tossed about

S: a good nose of roasted coffee and grains up front. It is very much espresso beans....of the dark variety. Maybe a whiff or two of cocoa hidden in the back. Otherwise roasted coffee steals the show. It says it is made with Portland Roasting Coffee

T: first and foremost the java presence is adamant. This is followed by a soft oily bitterness, maybe a delicate dusting of hops. Malts have a reasonable backing and give way to slight toasted biscuity notes at times, I sometimes think a light roasted nuttiness. Light cocoa is reminiscent of bittersweet chocolate chips melted and soaked in the beans. Things maintain a well overall balance for the flavors involved

M: if I was to give sub-par marks this would be the category. Not that it is way off the mark, it is just reasonably light to be labeled a stout. I have had porters heavier than this and the stout label is stretch. Anyway, body is a well to do medium, lightly carbonated, and has a slick appeal. By no means is it disagreeable

D: I like my stout huge and thick, especially when coffee is involved. I wish this Laurelwood brew was a bit more meaty! In any event, they have made a good coffee brew

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

Pours a pretty dark brown color with some garnet highlights when held up to the light. Aroma is heavy on coffee and espresso notes, a touch of vanilla, and some dark roasted malt. Palate is huge on dark roasted malt up front, with a good kick of coffee coming out before the swallow. Bitterness, both from hops and from coffee, is big on the finish. Body is full and rich, but not huge or overly creamy. I'm not a coffee drinker at all, but I could drink a bit of this. Not bad.

Photo of bradleyp
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to the Bier Stein for stocking this tasty brew.

A: Black as the night with some sexy looking lace around the glass

S: Smells like a strong coffee bomb with a mixture of chocolate and malts.

T: Obviously this is going to taste like a coffee flavored beer. I've been on a coffee flavored beer binge as of late, and this one takes the cake.

M: Not a thick stout, but it was real nice and smooth going down.

D: I've had this before, and I enjoyed it much more the last time I had it. Maybe I'll try it again next year.

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 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 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 Rutager
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep brown-red, almost black with a finger of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Molasses, coffee, milk chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

Taste. Coffee, caramel, roasty malt, some molasses, a little wood maybe, a bit of bitterness that lasts a minute or so.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. A solid coffee stout.

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 Docer
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged up a bottle... usually have their beers on tap, but not this one.

- Rather average looking stout... black, dark brown.. can't really see through it in my tumbler glass.... slim amount of light mocha head... leaves a nice little ring.

- Light cocoa, chocolate, and bitter coffee... perhaps just a small zing of bitter hop... some mild grain, and oat. Overall just average.

- Nice blended flavors... nice subtle coffee and bitterness from it in the background.... chocolate mats... oats.... light. Like your most basic stout... with a neat little coffee kick to it.

- Light bodied, drinks smooth and light.. not too dry... overall nice.

- A good standard stout which drinks easy because of how smooth and light it is... the flavors are nice, and all very subtle. Overall it's just another plain stout to me.

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

pours a rich near-black, with crimson and sienna highlights at the edges. a creamy looking mocha-colored head a good finger-and-a-half has fair retention before fading to some thin foam, leaving behind some decent lacing down the glass.

aroma screams coffee. espresso and dark roasted coffee. The Ethiopian beans come through impressively in the aroma. roasted dark malt powers through, slightly balancing the euphoric coffee aromas. a hint of piney hops and a bit of bitter/burnt bean aroma.

Tastes as good as it smells! Sumatran coffee leads the way with bright and acidic coffee flavors, with some earthy and smoke coffee following. hints of rich cocoa subtly bolster the coffee flavors. Roasted malts show up fairly nicely as well. Characteristic northwest stout hopping with some pine and citrus hops finishing with some bitter coffee notes. incredibly balanced and delicious.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of chewy, yet still very full bodied. Ample carbonation helps keep everything creamy. A pleasant lingering bitterness from both hops and coffee without being acrid or sour, as some coffee stouts tend toward.

Not many coffee brews taste as richly coffee'd as this one. This isn't a chewy imperial or double stout... it's a rich, clean, strong coffee stout, which makes it incredibly drinkable. if it were a bit chewier and thicker, it may be a touch more enjoyable, but nowhere near as drinkable. Definitely a winner in my book. and if you like coffee stouts, this one should be high on your list of must-tries.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber brought back from Portland by fthomasl, thanks homie! Pours a not-quite-black color with a touch of highlighting around the edges. Some light tan foam in there, but not much and it fades pretty fast. Mild lacing.

Whoa, quite possibly the most coffee smelling beer I have ever had. Straight up freshly ground espresso beans and not much else. Strong, roasty and smells very fresh.

Taste is a nice combo of slightly sweetened malts and heavy coffee-induced roasty bitterness. Carbonation is about right and mouthfeel is only a tad short of medium. If you like coffee, there is no doubt you will like this beer. Somewhat one-dimensional, but that is to be expected with a brew that leans so strongly to one flavor profile. I think I am actually getting a caffeine buzz from this one! FBS might be the only beer I'd pick for breakfast over this fine beverage.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 vkv822
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a light tan head that leaves a ring of foam around the rim of the glass and a thin swirl across the surface of the beer.

The aroma is of strong roasted coffee and malts with some sweet chocolate in the backing.

The taste follows the aroma very closely. Though the flavors overall are a bit more subdued. There is also a faint hop bitterness that comes through in the finish.

The mouth feel is just a bit on the light side for the big full flavors.

Another great beer from this brewery. I was very pleasantly surprised by the full big flavors from a slightly lower ABV stout, which makes it all the more drinkable. I have yet to be disspointed by Laurelwood.

Photo of iD9
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a cognac snifter.

Appearance: Solid, opaque black. It has an almost muted (matte) look to it (could be my glassware). Looking down through the top, however, it looks more like a porter with hints of chestnut browns throughout. The head is a very pleasing, dense, light tan color. Despite this appearance, however, there is very little head retention. A bit disappointing.

Smell: Smells a bit like a porter too. I get the dry, roasty notes typical of the stout's lighter brother. That strong, roasted espresso smell makes itself known accompanied by some light chocolate (likely just my imagination) and an earthy finish. I'd like a more robust aroma but its still not bad.

Taste: The front end of the brew isn't that great (tastes a bit watery) but once it reaches the middle of the tongue the smooth flavors of milk chocolate and roasted espresso are left behind. If feels a bit like the flavor actually follows the procession of the actual liquid as you drink it. The taste lingers pleasantly on the pallet, a few warmer notes coming out at the end.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than I would expect from a stout. If this was marketed as a porter I would say cheers, its spot on. Its smooth and a little creamy as you drink it. Not nearly so much as more prestigious and well known stouts, but pleasant. Given that I'm enjoying it so much, I'm going to ignore my expectations of this class of beer and just enjoy it.

Drinkability: Is anything Laurelwood makes not ridiculously drinkable? It goes down sweet and easy. I wouldn't mind drinking this all day.

This beer reminds me why I love Laurelwood. Its a good, relatively simple beer that is ridiculously drinkable. I wish they had a brewpub in San Luis Obispo since I can only ever get there beer in the winter when I'm at home or when a bottle is shipped to me. Cheers!

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.

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