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Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: bitterthebetter on 02-19-2009)
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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Rifugium
2.4/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

Rifugium, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of slimntubbs
3/5  rDev -24.2%

slimntubbs, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.05/5  rDev -23%
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.

harrymel, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Alieniloquium, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

waddellc2, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Slammy
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Slammy, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of NWer
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

NWer, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

acurtis, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

switzer, May 30, 2013
Photo of n2185
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

n2185, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, Laurelwood's Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout is super dark, blackish brown, with a large dark tan head, the first 1/2 of which is quick to settle, the remainder rather creamy, but with some large bubbles that furthered the dissipation, leaving foamy lace.

Smell is a blast of bakers chocolate and espresso, strong and fresh. As it warmed, it was more caramel. A lot like my wife's favored caramel macchiato from starbucks, in fact.

Taste is also lots of bitter chocolate and espresso, but there is a milky component that I assume is lactose, which I don't like ever, even though I appreciate they were trying to tie in the cream from the coffee theme. Still, the coffee is dominant enough that it doesn't detract much, but in general, this wasn't my favorite coffee beer. Strong coffee flavor though for sure, maybe that's the problem, not enough beer nuance?

Mouthfeel has a sharpness too it, even though there's lots of fine carbonation, with an oily body that's definately coffee like.

Drinkability is ok, a good enough beer but not one I can really see coming back to. Good for a late night in the office when you don't really want to be slugging it back to quickly. Got coffee? Yes. Got anything else? No...

ccrida, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

dmorgan310, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Dsimenson
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Dsimenson, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of THECPJ
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with 2 finger tan head

smell: roast, coffee, malts,

taste: coffee, roast, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: this is a coffee bomb. wish it had a fuller body. it's an alright beer.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of hawks10
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint...

Appears black at first but some nice crimson edges show through when held to the light. One finger of light tan head leaves some lacing behind...

Strong coffee/espresso with roasted dark malts. Sweet and slightly boozy when swirled...

Strong coffee/espresso component at first, as expected. Bitter coffee, roasted dark malts with a mild hop bite at the end. Not much sweetness to speak of...a bit one-sided...

A bit thin and watery, I always expect stouts to drink fuller just based on their appearance, and I am always let down...

Not bad, regular stouts/coffee stouts are just not my thing...

hawks10, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Docer
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Docer, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

brewandbbq, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

kevanb, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a jet black with a small tan head that dissipates, and some lacing.

smell is of cocoa, espresso, and a touch of licorice.

taste is thick, dark chocolate, and espresso bean, ends a little oily and bitter.

overall not that bad of a stout, pretty typical on the nose.

froghop, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing!

A: The body is essentially opaque and an extremely dark shade of brown (but not quite fully black), and lies underneath an inch of pale tan foam that's more frothy from the pour than creamy from intrinsic carbonation. Ok.

S: Pure, unadulterated coffee here. Darkly roasted, bitter, and, sadly, a bit thin. Enjoyable enough, but lacking in richness, depth, and complexity.

T: Starts out with a nicely balanced blend of bitter coffee and sweet malts (more caramel than chocolate), which is delicious, but then finishes with a cold, thin, watery blast of coffee astringency. There's lots of good stuff going on, and it's genuinely enjoyable to to drink, but the coffee definitely doesn't work quite as well as it could.

M: Rather thin body with moderate, soft carbonation. Not too bad.

D: It drinks about right for the ABV, but the astringency gets to be a bit much. Still tasty, though.

Notes: This is definitely a solid coffee stout, but it's not one I'll be seeking out. The coffee was more than prominent enough, but just wasn't the best-flavored coffee for a beer. If you want a non-imperial espresso stout, I'd recommend Captain Lawrence's version many times over compared to this one.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

spinrsx, May 07, 2014
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

johnnyboy76, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of vcoggins
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

vcoggins, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of jrempel
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

jrempel, May 19, 2014
Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

strongaf, Feb 28, 2013
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Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.