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Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

Organic Portland Roast Espresso StoutOrganic Portland Roast Espresso Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 90
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 08:04:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 21:40:24 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 17:32:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with a brown cap and some tannish bubbles

S: Mainly coffee and cocoa on the nose

T: Tastes like a light coffee brownie. Plenty of good espresso, not overly cidic like many coffee stouts.

M: Not a big stout but good taste and feel

D: Not a bad beer at all. I really liked it, Easy to drink and very tasty overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 03:10:37 | More by barleywinefiend
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 03:33:40 | More by Rifugium
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ccrida

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 03:01:41 | More by ccrida
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 18:34:35 | More by twiggamortis420
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:43:04 | More by LiquidAmber
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 01:29:45 | More by woosterbill
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:39:59 | More by Alieniloquium
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 02:12:29 | More by Reidrover
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morimech

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 17:05:34 | More by morimech
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billab914

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a thin, creamy head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a lot of milky chocolate and cocoa coming through. I get the roasty, coffee, espresso flavors as well, but unlike a lot of coffee beers it don't seem bitter or burnt. The milk chocolate flavor actually gives it some pretty nice balance. Pretty appealing aroma overall.

The taste also has a good dose of creamy, milk chocolate flavors to it throughout the beer. Midway, it starts to get roastier with the espresso flavors showing up. I get a moderate coffee, bitterness but not nearly as much as many coffee infused beers. Again, the milk chocolate flavor gives it some very nice balance between sweet and roasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Carbonation is moderate for the style. Overall it was a pretty nice beer. The chocolate and espresso flavors worked very well together for me. Very easy drinking and flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 00:54:21 | More by billab914
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 02:21:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
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harrymel

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 05:15:03 | More by harrymel
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 20:33:41 | More by EgadBananas
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 01:27:14 | More by brewandbbq
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 00:41:14 | More by Rutager
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 04:33:51 | More by ElGordo
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froghop

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 14:14:50 | More by froghop
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle of this back in July 2009 while on a trip in Portland OR. Have had this in the cellar since then, and decided to crack it open last night. Paired it with the dessert course of dinner, which was gourmet chocolate cupcakes. Served in Brooklyn Brewery snifters. Absolutely amazing look to this beer. Dark brown color bordering on black. Giant head of white foam glides to the top of the glass and lasted a long time. It was almost marshmallow-like, it was so thick. Tons of lacing. Smell really hit you with the aroma of coffee. Taste was a knockout too. Loads of that roasted flavor from a great stout, but it was balanced quite well with the flavor of espresso. Just enough high octane coffee flavor to enjoy, but it was not overpowering. Mouthfeel was thick and luscious. Even after a year in the cellar, it remained thick and full of body. Drinkability was high, as this beer had a great deal of positive qualities. A sipper kind of beer, a beer to enjoy over time. A superb example of a stout with wonderful coffee characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 14:57:40 | More by morebeergood
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younger35

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew as an extra from oregonskibum. He said it was super fresh so I hope it's just loaded with delicious coffee goodness. Drank from my Ithaca nonic pint glass while watching the NFL Playoffs (Pittsburg vs. Baltimore).

Appearance- Pours a brownish copper with hues of crimson around the edges. A small sandy head forms and quickly dissipates leaving no cap and a thin meager collar.
Smell- Definitely a coffee beer! It's rich and roasty with a nice fully bodied smell. A touch of chocolate makes its way in adding to sort of a mocha like nose. A touch of sweetness from the malts adding a doughy fresh crushed malt smell.
Taste- Rich and roasted as the coffee is just as potent as the nose led me to believe. A light sweetness steps in with touches of caramel and chocolate. It has that toasty sort of malt that tastes like the spent grain I chew on after I brew. I don't know what it is but these sort of chocolate roasted brews I always get a touch of vanilla in the taste. The coffee and chocolate linger well into the finish along with a touch of charred bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Medium feel with a almost chewy texture and light fizzy carbonation.
Drinkability- Really nice coffee beer. The coffee is definitely dominate and isn't overly bitter or acrid. I love coffee beers and this is a solid offering. Thanks much Dale!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 22:24:34 | More by younger35
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vkv822

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 04:37:48 | More by vkv822
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Docer

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 20:13:20 | More by Docer
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spointon

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured a surprisingly clear (when held to a bright light) but deep cola color. Big and loose sudsy cream colored head rose a full 2.5" and then settled pretty quickly to a thin cap. Huge sheets of lace stickage left on my glass.

S= This beer really shined in the aroma department. I found enticing aromas of complex coffee, chocolate, and roasted grains. Some alcohol in the nose, but nothing off-putting. Excellent.

T= Started off with a nice combination of cocoa and roasted espresso bitterness. Not a lot of malt sweetness, but there was some and it combined with a chocolate note to balance the roasty coffee bitterness. Finished fairly dry with a lean toward roasty bitterness.

MF= Medium bodied at best (that may even be a little generous). Faitly spritzy carbonation, with a slight watery quality to the feel.

D= Very good and drinkable coffee stout here. The ABV is fairly well hidden and the espresso flavor is excellently melded with the base stout beer. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 04:32:37 | More by spointon
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