Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Anubis Imperial Coffee PorterAnubis Imperial Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States
laughingdogbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jimmys on 10-12-2011

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69
Ratings:
271
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.49%
 
 
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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Guinness glass.

Appearance: Poured a decent, light brown head. Impressively dark without any light coming through -- almost like an imperial stout. Good lacing, too.

Smell: I definitely get some medium-roast coffee grinds and a little dark roast, and I think maybe some hops ... not sure. Coffee stands out, though. Pretty pleasant. Maybe also a little bit of milk chocolate? Hints of alcohol.

Taste: Lacks a little punch for an "imperial coffee porter." The coffee is there, and it's tasty, but it's not as full as I was expecting. It's darker than the aroma -- not as semisweet and more toward the bitter end. There's just not enough flavor to mask the alcohol, which leaves a tiny bit of metal flavor at the end. Not terrible, but I've had better coffee-flavored ales.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, medium-bodied. Sugary up front, dryer in back. Standard.

Overall: Worth a try. Doesn't challenge my favorite coffee stouts, though.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

JohnnyBarman brought this one over to my house this past summer. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a mini snifter
Bottled 20 July 2012

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, light tan head with lousy retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. A ring remains with a light wisp and leaves hints of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Coffee for sure, with light roasted notes and some caramel and sweet cream notes. A little mute, but okay.

TASTE: Lots of sweetness up front and all the way through. Cream and caramel with vanilla up front, as well as some stale tasting coffee at the finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste of stale espresso, some roasted notes and sweet cream. Very sweet and stale tasting.

PALATE: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Too thin, light and carbonated for the style.

OVERALL: Not very good. The aroma was alright, but the flavor was simply too sweet for the style and the stale coffee flavor ruined it. The feel also wasn't up to par. Happy to finally try some Laughing Dog, but this one wasn't memorable. Cheers Johnny!

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Photo of kencarman
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My only problem with this was, "Imperial Porter?" Mouthfeel, taste-wise, eh, NO. More a Brown Porter. The only reason I use "Brown" is Robust has a specific sense to it of malt complexity. Not Anubis. Indeed, my major complaint is the coffee: almost, but not quite, espresso-sense out shouted the rest.

SRM-wise, high 20s to 34, long lasting pillow head, some ruby highlights shined through the darkened glass: as with last LD review, presentation was pretty good. Aroma: coffee and some roasted malt WAY in the background.

Mouthfeel a tad slick with dark malts but, again coffee dominated. I do wonder if this covered the complexity one would at least expect out of a Robust.

Taste: more a Brown with coffee. A hint of sweet, mostly coffee. Hops hidden, but that's what happens sometimes in Porters.

I expect more from a beer labelled as "Imperial Porter." Claims 9.2, but with so little body, and so little complexity, one would expect that abv to at least be obvious.

Once again I had checked this out at this site and another and saw that disturbing trend. Most scores in the three range, not as many real low score... tis better, so that explains, but, once again, just a few super high scores that explains the higher score than one would expect.

Odd. Why would two beers from the same brewery have the same pattern in scoring? I'll leave that to whomever when it comes to speculating. I'd rather not say.

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Photo of kagent777
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber purchased while in Vegas a few weeks ago. I poured this one into my beer goblet. Looks like a bottled on date of 1/31/13 (I think, the month is a little obscured.)

Appearance: Inky black, no question a dark beer. A nice tan one finger head settled after a bit. Pretty good lacing for a higher ABV beer.

Smell: Roast, but not distinctly coffee. Cocoa with loads of dried dark fruit. A bit of booze in the nose.

Taste: Not as round as you might expect. The fruit and roast come through with a bit of the coffee as well. The coffee may have faded being 6 months old. The alcohol is well hidden. The hops impart a bit of a metallic twang, bit minor. The fruit flavors die off a bit too quickly.

Mouthfeel: The flavors coat the mouth easily. The carbonation could be a bit softer. The body of the beer is just right.

Overall: This is an interesting take on a porter. I do note the coffee but, I would not have guessed it had been added while brewing. I would not turn this one down, but I may not seek this one out again either.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with an almost red with a nice foamy tan coloured head.

The smell is coffee, milk chocolate and some dark malts.

The taste is much the same as the smell coffee and milk chocolate. The flavours are more subtle than a lot of coffee beer but still tasty non the less.

The mouthfeel is creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall a decent coffee beer, on the weaker side though. The abv can't be tasted at all.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears pitch black, light caramel tan head, aromas is crazy, there is dark chocolate with big robust coffee singing out with hints of vine ripened fruit. Hints of dark cocoa and molasses round out the sweeter decadent aspects of this beer, strong espresso dark coffee roasts. Flavor is layered with creamed coffee, dark nutty roasted malts, caramelized sugars and again a strong molasses presence. The coffee flavors are in line with some of the better coffee beers available, the booze is well hidden and the beer definitely packs a punch. The mouthfeel is medium to full carbonation is flowing nicely a smooth robust finish on this big beer from Idaho, I would definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: Fairly strong coffee note, bready chocolate, malty espresso notes

L: Thick, dark black, tan creamy head that dissipates slightly. Ok lacing.

T: Fresh ground coffee up front with a soft milk chocolate that comes next. Medium low roasty bitterness with a fairly strong espresso note following. Some vanilla with milk chocolate notes into the finish. Finishes with espresso like dryness.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation. Not too heavy. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Pretty solid coffee porter, well balanced with subtle, complex flavors.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a St. Somewhere style wine glass. Label says Bottled 1/31/13.

A-Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains decently before slowly whittling down to a .

S- Sugary sweet caramel/mocha/vanilla aroma with some hazelnut. Actually kind of smells like Frangelico. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving clots behind.

T- Coffee is more pronounced in the flavor with some dark roast to round out the vanilla/caramel/milk chocolate sweetness. It's sort of like a mocha milkshake. All of these characteristics sort of point toward an artificiality but it stays balanced well enough especially with the alcohol being so high.

M- Sticky, almost syrupy. Not as robust of a body as I was hoping and medium carbonation.

O- A decent coffee beer although the coffee takes a back seat to all the chocolate and vanilla notes. Definitely on the sweet side. Diabetus alert.

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Photo of dpianka
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

date of tasting: 4/16/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter
brewery: Laughing Dog
brewery location: Ponderay, ID
type: Ale
style: American Porter
abv: 8%
ibu: 33.6
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: medium roast espresso in color with a frothy freshly stained and varnished american oak head. carbonation? who knows, can’t see that shit through the darkness.

Smell: like the schoom on espresso, huge caramel and fresh coffee grounds

Taste: hello caramel popcorn, nice to meet you. Oooops, dropped you in my french press dark roasted slightly red berry fruity coffee. Oh yes you are yummy.

Mouthfeel: creamy, sensual, slight hop/carbonation tinge but I like it that way

Overall Impression: a great coffee porter. Sweet malty, caramel, coffee, all the good stuff you would expect from a coffee porter with a perfect hop balance.

Food Pairings: charred steak, strawberry shortcake, sweetpea ravioli with a deep lamb sausage tomato sauce

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a snifter. Pours a black color with a good, frothy brown head, good lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, a little bit of coffee, raisins, and licorice. Flavor is oddly tart, cocoa, coffee, spicy, alcohol, wood, and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is medium-to-full bodied, creamy, and a slightly bitter finish. Pretty good beer but a weird tart/sour flavor.

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Photo of Strix
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Near black, good initial head, nice retention, some lacing.

Big coffee smell, quite roasty

Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, dark chocolate, nicely blended together.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel.

I was quite impressed with this, one of the nicest porters I've had in a long while.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Glass: Nonic pint glass
Opaque black in color with no highlights, two fingers worth of thick rocky brown head.
Sweet molasses in the front of the aroma followed by vanilla, coffee, and alcohol. Slight hint of chocolate syrup, magnificent smelling beer.
Tastes of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and there is some other warming aside from the alcohol. Some kind of pepper maybe.
Full bodied, thick creamy in texture yet seems to go down really smoothly. A lot of warming in this beer that really lingers in the finish.

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Photo of KajII
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a deep dark opaque brown with an average (1-2 finger) medium tan creamy head that receded down to a thin layer of residue and medium collar, which created excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of roasted dark malts, light resin hops and a bold leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, dark fruit (black cherry) and a mild tartness.

The taste was lightly sweet and exceptionally malty with a bold chocolate roastiness which lasted throughout, progressing with a mildly bitter espresso presence along with a slight fruitiness towards the finish. The flavor hung around for a good long time following the swallow, with a lightly tart fruity roasty taste that was left to settle in on the taste buds, as a mild alcohol warming sensation crept in.

Mouthfeel was well beyond medium in body with a dry, oily texture and a somewhat lively carbonation.

Overall as Imperial Porters go, this one is at top of its game. It possessed tons of roasty flavor along with a mild fruity tartness and a superb drinkability. This brew is highly recommended and a must try for anyone who likes a dark roasty brew...

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh espresso with bitter dark chocolate and little molasses.
T: It tasted like fresh espresso and some bitter dark chocolate, and a little earthy cocoa powder. It had a smooth bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a very nice coffee porter, with nice scent and taste, and a fitting body. It may age well, but it was also good fresh. Easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle.

Appearance: Almost a completely opaque black. Poured with a nice fairly thick head, but dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma: Deep with coffee and chocolate. Some hops are evident.

Taste: A lot like the aroma: deep and rich. Some vanilla. Medium hops bitterness. The high alcohol gives it a warming effect but the alcohol is not overly present in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth and round.

Overall: A perfect beer for a snowy weekend skiing in northern Michigan. It's not a huge favorite of mine, but I liked it and will have it again.

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Photo of liamt07
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 650ml into a tulip.

Black body with a brown head. Film of retention. Nose has fresh roast, light sourness and mild chocolate. Tastes of coffee beans, lightly sour again and bitter chocolate. Light feel, tartness persists. Good coffee notes, but this wasn't all that complex in any regard. Not something I'd pursue again.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Better than I expected. I thought the coffee taste would be too much but it isn't overbearing. I'm not sure though if I would want to drink a few of these, but one or two would be good. This is definitely a winter bear, dark and heavy for a cold night. Interesting taste.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance, big bubbly head on dark body, with some reddish highlights. Lacey. Smooth mouthfeel. Some horse on grass in the residue. Coffee but not all coffee, or acidic. Vanilla and chocolate. Some sourness. Decent drinkability. From Champane's Cellars.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a mug...

A: Nearly opaque black with a khaki-colored head and lacing...

S: Astringent coffee notes hit first, with a moderate roasted character and malt presence. A touch of smoke to boot, and a bit of mocha and burnt caramel.

T: Follows the nose; roasty and gritty espresso, and even the suggestion of some burnt malt? Flash of dark chocolate (bakers chocolate even) and dark/burnt caramel. Dry and bit bitter.

MF: Astringent mouthfeel with a moderate body and medium carbonation. A bit thin...

O: Definitely has that cold-pressed coffee feel to it, but the astringent notes aren't as pleasant as I remembered...previously reviewed this one on-tap and liked it...maybe some age caught up to it? Not sure, but definitely not as good as I remember. Still a drinkable coffee porter though IMO.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this high powered beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured very black with a tan head. Not impressive though. The beer smelled like perfume, fake like. The taste of the beer was bitter chocolate but just too much alcohol. Note much could get through that 9.2% burn. I will not buy again.

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Photo of ChubbyVA
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice black with thick brown head
S-medium coffee with toffee & cocoa undertones.
T-nice coffee flavor, subtle undertones, alcohol well hidden. When cooler, additional prominent flavor up front that I can't identify. Fades on warming... Maybe due to other flavors coming in....anyone else help?
M-disappointingly thin
O-good beer for the price

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.24/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

9/14/12 printed on the label's side.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a tall, long-lived, tan-hued head.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee beans, and some slight, underlying acrid, tart-scented unpleasantness that grows a bit more revealing as it warms.

Taste: Roasted malts, a slathering of dark chocolate sauce, with some underlying burnt grains. Then, unfortunately, it comes a taste of tart, sourish, puckering rancid fruit which hits midway and greatly hinders the taste from here on out. Drying, rank, yet still coffee-ish on the fi--DRAIN POUR. I'm tapping out, friends.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Anubis, Anubis, Anubis... This beer dredges up some old Siletz beer memories.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours a very dark brown color, with a thin brown head that disipates very quickly, leaving a slight right.

S - The smell is very coffee dominant, slightly sweet. Some chocolatey cocoa notes as well.

T/M - The taste right off the bat is thin and a little watered down. Burnt malt backbone, with a coffee finish. There is a slight mocha-coffee aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel, average mouthfeel.

O - Very easy to drink at 9%, the alcohol is hidden very well. But the taste does fall a little short. The aroma is very inviting, but the taste is a little disapointing.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at the COOP tonight for about $7.. poured into my slim tulip... dark tan head atop a perfectly black brew... Nice lacing and retention..

Good coffee as expected meshes with some dark cocoa and just enough malty residuals to deliver the nose and make it interesting.

Flavors are all there, but sorta fall short.. nothing really crosses any benchmark.. light cocoa and decent coffee bean flavors.. there could possibly be a bit more of everything and especially some maltiness that really delivers the malts and the beans.

Body is light given the ABV... needs more UUMMMPPPH!

Despite my above negatives, this is a pretty damn good brew.. Big Boned Coffee Porter for less than $8? Needs work, but I will buy again.

4/4/3.5/3.5/3.5

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Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $6.49. According to the label, this was made with Evans Brothers Artisan Coffee. I’m guessing that’s a coffee roaster indigenous to the Sandpoint area. Also according to the label, this was bottled on August 30.

Poured a super dark brown that defied all attempts to pass light through it. Big, mocha-colored head that receeded after a few minutes. Lots of lace.

There’s a coffee-ish aroma, but it’s not a big, overbearing one, and it shares the limelight with some chocolate and brown sugar notes.

The taste starts off with a bitter coffee zap, but it’s quickly matched by a sweet, chocolaty note that keeps the bitterness in check. There’s also a bit of pipe tobacco in the background. Things finish with a mild dry note.

The body of this beer is between medium and full, leaning more towards full. The carbonation is spot-on. Thick, sticky and creamy mouthfeel.

Laughing Dog scores another home run with a very tasty, coffee-infused porter that seems like a slam dunk for the fall, yet it seems it was released in the summer. I would definitely drink this again, but I’m glad I waited until October, as it just seems a better fit.

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