Vinter Varmer | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by RedDiamond on 02-12-2005

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by scootpolute:
Photo of scootpolute
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz brown bottle with a very cool label ... it's a squirl holding a pint glass with a mouthful of beer!

Appearance: dark brown/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pronounced nutty & hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Whoa! YUM!!! This is one bold, VERY tasty (well balanced) and outrageously-good beer! Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth, full and creamy with a nutty/malty thick full-body. The initial taste is an awesome nutty-hop flavor on the palate (which ironically works well)! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of hops & malt nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the nutty-hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness. It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

Notes: This is great. I'm 'SO' glad that Jason ('The BROS.') agrees that this is a good beer, since many of the other reviews differ. Good to know there's 'sum' good taste out 'they-ah!' At times there is 'almost' too much sweetness (from the nutty-hop flavor), but I would have to agree with Jason, I wouldn't have much trouble drinking this one all night (maybe I will?!)...:~)

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deeply roasted chesnut color with a tight formed off white head atop.Roasted nuts,fruity malt,vanilla,and spicy/earthy hops in the nose,a rich and warming combination.Roasted nuts is a huge player on the palate with some brown sugar sweetness and caramel,a light smattering of leafy hops in the finish.This is a quaffing flavorful winter warmer,well rounded.

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Photo of Jason
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bomber w/ no freshness date.

The impressive looking head leaves a thick dusting of lace on the glass, dark brown color with garnet hues. Bready caramel maltiness with light figgy undertones, piney citric hop rounds out the nose. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Clean toasty malt goodness meets some caramel sweetness but then the hops lay down a balancing bitterness. The alcohol lends a mellow warmth. Toasted graininess is slightly nutty. Finishes clean and semi-dry.

This is a beer I could drink all night long, seriously great stuff here.

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Photo of nhirsch04
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the label, something about a slurpin' squirrel just screams Northwest.

Impressive light-tan head is creamy and packed with variously-sized bubbles. Body is gorgeous with a toasty garnet glow. By the time I'm done admiring the color, the head has shrunk a little, leaving bits of lace as it goes.

Aroma is incredibly toasty, even slightly smoked, reminding of various porters. Hops are also shoving in looking for attention. There's a solid attitude to this aroma, it means business. Attractive at first, alluring after a minute or so, and then completely compelling. Toasted grains, root beer, earth, slight heat, burnt grape skins. Really nice.

Incredibly slick, creamy body delivers a huge dollop of flavor without needing to smack the living crap out of the tastebuds. While the hops are bright and zesty, the malts are where it's at. They're robust, toasty, lightly sweet and chocolatey. The way they work with the hops makes for one delicious beer--kudos to whoever came up with the recipe. Finish spreads out nicely over the tongue with a bubblegum sweetness and a hint of char and dessert spices, hops drying things up nicely.

This has the makings of a cult classic. Hopefully Laurelwood will continue to push this one. It's the best example of the style I've come across. Vonderful.

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this treat. (Can I get another?)

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Photo of ElGordo
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my home system into a pint glass. Body is a pretty amber-brown color with some reddish highlights when held up to the light. Light, creamy tan head slowly recedes to just a thin layer; the body is still, with a few very small bubbles floating up slowly.
Aroma of sweet malt with a touch of roast, along with notes of vanilla, oak, and a hint of fruity hops. Palate is malt-forward, with some pronounced roastiness, a little vanilla and a touch of holiday spice before the swallow. After the swallow, the hops come through full-bore, tempering the sweetness of the malt with a good dose of bitterness and a strong note of pine. Finish is a lingering hoppy bitterness with a nice warming touch from the alcohol.
Body is smooth but not really creamy, full but not bubbly. The neutral mouthfeel actually complements the winter warmer style, as it allows the flavors to meld with each other a bit better than in a more lively beer. I'm a big fan of this beer every year, and was very excited to be able to get a corny filled for my home. Grab it if you see it, it's a fine example of the winter warmer!

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Photo of zaphodchak
2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Laurelwood in PDX. Part of a taster tray

Offwhite, seasonally appropriate snowflake-shaped tracing on the surface. Deep red-brown body.

No nose at all? Maybe malt? I'm fishing, here.

Little here as well. Some bitter, dry malt, some aggressive booze tang without the warmth.

Smooth feel, but kinda weak.

Muddled, hardly a warmer. Either there was a line issue, I wasn't in the right mood, or this is a boring beer.

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Photo of golden1
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bradleyp
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to the Bier Stein for having this beer.

A: Pours a lighter brown, but turns dark brown once in the glass. Light pillowy head, with little carbonation bubbles throughout.

S: Smell is very crisp and malty. Hard to distinguish the spices used, but I could pick up some coffee and cinnamon aroma.

T: The hops and malts blend very well together. Again, I could defintiely taste cinnamon in the after taste.

M: This is a smooth beer that goes down well. It went very good with my leftover Turkey sandwich.

D: I would really love to try this beer again. I didn't know tha Laurelwood was closed, but it seems like they are still making beer. I hope they continue to make this one because if I see it again, I will certainly purchase it again.

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Photo of Zebrowan15
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent red tinged mahogany with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Breadyness

T: Herbal & piney hops, breadyness & brown sugar up front. A bit of caramel, then more piney hops & some chocolate & oaky smokeyness, once warm. Finishes with a slight nuttyness, more piney hops & a bit more caramel, plus a just a smidge of earthy hops

MF: Medium/heavy bodied with low carbonation, skews a bit malty, but in the right direction for a winter warmer

Drinks pretty good, the chewyness slows you down a bit. I could pound these for a while

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. 1/6

Pours dark brown, flecks of light getting through. Fluffy 1/4 inch white foam sits on top. Malty caramel nose. Nutty and sweet. Colas too. Bready taste. A slight hop sits in the middle and then ebbs away. Candy sweet finish.

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Photo of jellikit
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with ruby hues. Medium, Light tan, foamy head. Nice lacing.
Smell: chocolate.
Taste: light to medium roasted barley. Chocolate. Mellow hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium low carbonation. Medium body. Slightly sweet.
Overall: well balanced dark(er) beer. Will buy again.

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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep browned copper with amber highlights. Big frothy tan head. Thick organic mountains of lace.

Toasty caramel biscuit and some spiciness. Piney hops and a hint of citrus come through the malts.

Roasty coffee/choc and toasty caramel and bread. spicy herbal hops and pine, with a bit of citrus. plesant mellow bitterness with a pine and coffee aftertaste.

dry, sticky, med body, good carbonation, smooth and mellow.

very drinakble and tasty winter warmer. well balanced, but allows both hops and malts to shine.

consumed in Jan 2010.

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Photo of Docer
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Filled my dusty shelf ridden Growler with this nice new one from some great brewmasters that bought up an old Italian fine dining restaurant 5 blocks away from the home I grew up in. Last beer that was in the Growler from their tap was their Workhorse IPA. I initially stopped bu there to fill the jug with their P-Town Pale... but it was only available down the street at their old joint, now the pizza joint. Still need to grab that...

Aside from the very beautiful servant... I ran into a master himself eating breakfast. He explained his likes for other wide varieties of beers. I liked that about him.

At first smelling the beer out of the growler.. I got a wiff of pickled olives... but I think that might have been a mix of the sanitizer they used to clean the Growler, and the time that thing sat around.

After that it was pure bliss. Great cola color with excellent lacing and mild head.

Many chocolate notes with a great bitter taste... not overpowering but there. Hides it's strength very well. Great carbonation.. not too bubbly.

Smell is mild, taste is great and smooth. A great competitor in the Winter Seasonal Dept. Go grab one on tap!

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Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark brown with almost three fingers of tan head. Head has staying power and leaves very dense lace on the sides of the Nonic glass. Smell is generally a mocha scent but the beer is still too cold for the best aroma. Taste is big and well balanced for the style. Plenty of roasted malty chocolate coffee and hop bitterness equal to the task. Medium bodied and ample carbonation. Finish is French roast bitter lingering in the aftertaste.
Really one of the best of this style. Not too sweet and plenty of hop flavor.

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Photo of hannaho
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of suncrust
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear, dark, root beer brown with faint reddish hues. Rustic aura. Thin head with little lacing down the glass.

Smell: Light aromas of dark bread, yeast, wet grains, and cranberry muffins. Very, very light piney hop characters with a little lemon zing to them. A sticky, slightly spicy, slight nutty, sweet caramel rounds out the aroma.

Taste: Dark fruits, maple syrupy sweetness, and piney hops dominate the flavor. Mild darker spices, more hops, fig, toast, and a bit of booze to round it out. Piney hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, subtle characters and a light body. Hops create an interesting sweet pine flavor that lingers in the aftertaste. Almost like a hoppy maple syrup... really tasty. Very clean and a bit dry.

Overall: Not a very full bodied winter, but very smooth and drinkable. Hops are really pleasant and balance the sweet, spicy characters flawlessy. This almost drinks like a hopped up bock.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up at Brewer's Haven Boise a week or so ago.. Finally getting around to enjoying it tonight out of my little CC snifter.. Clear light tea colored amber... Okay foamy white head, little retention or lacing.. Dry toasty maltiness.. Earthy... Lightly hoppy.. Not overly done in any respect, very well integrated and drinkable.. Malty, but not as much as most Winter brews and the hops are very balanced... Almost like a "standard PNW brew in reverse". Nice and never heavy.

All 3.75's

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark mahogany that verges somewhere between dark red oak and oily black. Brilliant clear ruby when held up to the light. A fluffy two-finger ochre-khaki head tops it off before very slowly fading leaving a beautiful collar and some impressive lacing.

aromas of bread, caramel, toffee, and a hint of earthy hops. A hint of spice? cardamom and cinnamon. All these aromas seem trapped in the brew... even as it warms, the aroma remains subdued.

Taste is a whole different story. Overwhelming complexity that leaves me attempting to identify where this one falls. It's earthy, sweet, fruity, hoppy, woody, and spicy all at once. It has Laurelwood's signature red malt and hop profiles providing the backbone, but this one's infinitely more complex. Sweet cherries, apples, pear, blackberries and toffee up front. Green and sweet-pine hops intermingle with fresh oak and birch. Some generous spicing just adds another level of depth.

Mouthfeel is strong enough to hold up to the flavors but definitely takes a back seat in intensity. Moderate carbonation fits the moderate feel, maybe a touch on the light side, although there's a touch of creamy syrup to keep it full.

Definitely a nice brew. Now that the glass is empty, I'm still trying to place this one. Definitely a winter warmer with some red in it, the complexity of the hops takes it to another level. It's an impressive brew and definitely worth seeking out, amazing on tap and nice to have the option of a bottle.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mrpunkin
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a nice three finger head of foam, slightly tan in color, good retention and nice lacing.

S: Smells of fresh bread dough, hints of spices and faint sweet malt.

T: Rich bready malt, hints of spice and a crisp floral hop presence. Fairly dry on the finish, lingering bitterness left from the hops.

M: Smooth medium body, active carbonation, clean dry finish.

D: Pretty drinkable, the flavors aren't as balanced as they should be but overall a solid offering.

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