Organic Tree Hugger Porter | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Organic Tree Hugger PorterOrganic Tree Hugger Porter

Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 50
Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong roasted malt, coffee, sweet malt, hint of hop, and yeast. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of strong roasted malt, coffee, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, hint of hop, and yeast. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Offwhite head, black-brown body. Some lacing.

Some roast malt, maybe cherry cola on the nose?

Bitter roast forward with some coffee/malt finish. Neither bitter nor sweet overall.

Decent texture.

Decent porter, little else to say.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/23/2010. Bottle thanks to kenb. Pours black with a small light ran head. Aroma of old stale roasted malts. Flavor is much of the same stale-ish malt, a touch of roasted malt and bitter chocolate. There are some good notes hiding in this beer, but overall it wasn't that great.

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Photo of beertunes
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly translucent dark brown with a half-inch of light tan head that low retention but good lacing.

The expected aromas and flavors were all there, just at very subdued levels. Roast, toast and light coffee were the expected and delivered highlights.

The body was a bit thin and light for the style. Drinkability was good, but nothing special. Overall, basically this is an average example of the style. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light roast and coffee aroma with a slight yeast fruity character.

Deep black with a nice tan head. Head stays thick for a pint. I know this sounds like blasphemy, but it's kind of dark for a porter. No light even held up to a bulb.

Flavor is lots of base malt and not a lot of dark or roast malts. The dark malts are there but it seems 'tame'. Very clean fermentation too. Not much yeast character that I can pick up. Bittering hops level is on the high end.

Medium bodied and good carbonation level.

Not a bad example of the style but not one that seems to stand out for me. Neither robust or brown, not roasty enough on the one end and not malty enough on the other.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a rather average porter. The beer pours nicely with a good head that does fade rapidly. The aroma and flavor are all malt with a touch of smoke and coffee. Light bodied with a medium weight finish. Seems a little thinner than I would have hoped, even being a porter. Good, but rather ordinary.

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Photo of Derek
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the pub & presumably in good condition.

This one has a slight, roasted, grainy astringency that I'm just fond of. There's a lightly roasted coffee aroma & flavour with underlying chocolate. Balanced bitterness. The body seems a little thin.

It's too bad, these guys have a lot of great brews, and I really like a good porter.

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Photo of MisterClean
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at NW address.

A - Poured a dark brown with 2 fingers of mochad head. Dissipated fast to 1 finger where retention held it still. Left little lacing.

S/T - Strong, hearty notes of medium roast coffee and chocolate dominate this beer.

M - Full-bodied and malt dominated. Drank very smooth.

D - Good overall. Could be an excellent beer with more hops to fit the style.

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Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial pint at the PDX airport. Tree Hugger Porter is a murky looking dark blackish brown with a small off-white head that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is bakers chocolate, light crystal sweetness.

Taste is pretty smooth, huge chocolate flavor. Light graininess, some very light herbal hop flavors, but overall really pretty rounded and enjoyable (if you like chocolate).

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, creamy carbonation, but there's a slight bite to it on the finish. Medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good, I really like 'chocolate' beers, and this can be marketed as one. Which is why my taste and flavor scores are so high. Even though it's pretty one dimensional, it's a dimesion that really works for me. I really like porters of most any inclination as well, so this is a win win. The Portland standard real 'pints' couple with the body to slow you down a bit in the ABV, and all things considered, I'd just assume with was 6.6, but neverthess, it's very good.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very dark brown with a half inch thick creamy tan head. Aroma oddly is almost absent, except for some dark roasty malts.? Taste however is NOT absent. Luscious dark coffees, pipe tobacco,liquorice ,aniseed , dark fruits andtoasted malts. Typical high end porter. Good and complex on the palate. Nice bitter porter!

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Photo of MMAJYK
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Deep and dark brown with a reddish tint. Clear. Lighter brown head very thick and fluffy with lacing all the way down.

S. Smoky and roasty for sure; campfire and ashy, chocolate, toffee, and subtle coffee aromas. Warming from the alcohol is hidden very deep. 4

T. Very tasty. Smoked malts and coffee somewhat dominate, but the bitterness from the hops mingles nicely with all the malt that is going on.

M. Medium and creamy in the mouth with just the right carbonation.

D. I really like this one. Maybe a tad smoky, but all in all a good beer and a good representation of style.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a sampler at the brewpub, but didnt review. Found a bottle of this and decided to give it another shot.

PRetty dark, not black. Reddish orange glow at the bottom of the glass and when tilting. Dusty sand colored head, pretty thin due to a gentle pour.

Aroma is mild, kinda dark rasin and coffee grounds. Some lactose aromas in there too.

Bitter dry at first, then sweetens up. Kind of a light watery mouthfeel when its cold, but as it warms becomes really nice. A great brew to bottle up, with good drinkability. At only 5.6 its a hell of a good drinker, really grew on me.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The latest corny fill on my home system, this beer pours a deep mellow brown color with garnet highlights when held up to the light. A thick, light tan head crowns the affair, leaving beautiful, sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of rich roasted malt, with hints of molasses, vanilla bean, and mocha. Palate is mildly sweet up front, with the subtle notes more characteristic of a brown ale than a porter. The richness of the roasted malt comes through mid-palate, tempered by a hint of bitterness from the hops. Finish is lightly bitter and just a touch smoky.
The only real shortcoming of this beer is its fairly thin body. I expect a bit more robust character out of a porter, but this is definitely on the thin side. Still, that may work to its advantage, as it is highly drinkable for a darker beer. Overall, I'm a pretty big fan.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with 3+ fingers of rocky tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & iron

T: Chocolate, iron, dark fruit & dryness up front. Dryness takes over as this warms, then cocoa, some fig & date type flavors. Finishes bone dry with coffee grounds & iron

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & an almost chalky dryness

Drinks pretty easy but just a run of the mill porter to me. Maybe if the dryness toned down...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Raisin brown that is actually dark ruby when backlit with sunshine. The golden sandstone colored crown is small after an increasingly high-altitude pour, but it still manages to look good. A serrated ring of lace is beginning to form as the foam slowly retreats.

The nose is standard for the style. A modest roasted maltiness provides the usual aromas without going above and beyond the call. It isn't bad, but we aren't dealing with a world-class version.

Tree Hugger Porter delivers on the flavor front, there's no question about that. Actually, it's as much Irish dry stout as American porter. Each mouthful brings a cresting wave of roastiness, followed by a crashing burnt coffee bean finish that's as hoppy as it is dry.

Since Laurelwood brews in Oregon, they probably think it's sacrilege not to go heavy on the hops. And they would be right. Pine is the dominant hop-related flavor, along with a grapefruit pithiness that calls to mind one or more of the C-hops. It's all in good balance, though. Especially if you're a lupulus lover.

My big beer bias aside, the mouthfeel is too light and is too harshly carbonated, making the beer feel brittle rather than soft and smooth. My hope was that it would firm up and settle down with time. It hasn't.

This Laurelwood offering has a great deal of potential. More malt and fewer bubbles are the first two fixes that I'd make. If you're into 'all things organic', feel free to wrap both arms (and your taste buds) around Tree Hugger Porter.

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Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle, very creamy head that held for a brief while. instant aromas of chocolate and coffee on the nose, bread coming through,smoke. really like the smell. very dark color. taste is very bitter at first and then mellows out to a lingering coffeish taste, slight dark cocoa flavors. mouthfeel is not heavy as the beer looks, kind of like a slightly heavier nut brown ale. I enjoyed sipping this beer, as it is kind of cold outside. definatley a good winter choice

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Photo of
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, courtesy of msubulldog25 - Thanks!

Crystal clear, mahogany in color. Large, creamy, tan colored head. Decent lacing, no legs.

Aromas included chocolate and mild coffee. Dark cherries and some other fruits. Smells great even to a hophead!

Taste is not as sweet as the nose suggests, but it does move towards it as the beer warms. Coffee and roast notes. Some chocolate. Grassy/herbal bitterness for some balance at the finish, lingers well.

Medium + body. Low carbonation. Very refreshing, not drying.

Very nice. Not one of my "go to" styles, but I truly enjoyed it. Great balance (tilted towards malt, obviously) and a fairly complex flavor profile.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Laurelwood's Tree Hugger has much of what I look for in a top rated robust porter. It has great color, sporting the classic brown body and tan head. When held to the light it is clear with ruby red highlights. The aroma has a traditional porter dark malt character that mixes with that of the resinous hops. Chocolate malt dominates the initial taste that then gives way to a drying finish and lingering mild black licorice bitterness.

The Tree Hugger is lighter bodied than might be expected for the style but, if this is a flaw, it’s hardly noticeable. Some may also notice how quickly the head and overall carbonation seem to fall off. Yet despite these possible flaws, this porter gets better as you drink it.

Overall, I think this is a very good example of the American Porter style. I particularly liked how the beer changes as it warms, maintaining a constantly high drinkability level, assaulting the tastebuds just enough to coax them along.

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Photo of loren01
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Had on tap, poured a dark black color, slight lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is awesome!! Smells of coffee and chocolate. Very aromatic.
T: Same as smell, strong coffee/espresso taste. Also has an earthy taste.
M: Easy drinking creamy brew. Mild carbonation
D: Very good smell and taste, very crisp fresh tasting porter. Would for sure have this one again.

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The taste of this porter builds oddly with more flavor in the finish than on the middle palate. This is perhaps for the best as the finish has greater resonance than much of the earlier taste. Initially, the taste reflects roasted barley and black cola. This soon pivots and extends to a clean Kahlúa conclusion.

Tree Hugger is brewed with organic malts, but shows no head or lace, no toast or bread, and after a short interval, no carbonation. Some may care for this porter more than myself. I noted taste patterns that both attracted and repelled with a vital, sexy finish that couldn’t override earlier deficits.

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Photo of freed
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

20 oz Imperial pint glass with a deep caramel body. Sunlight creates copper edges, capped by a faint head. Big smokey aroma with a slight bitter chocolate tone. Broad smokey malt flavor without challenge and a wet feel in the mouth. Instantly dry, smoked but smooth aftertaste that slowly impels your desire for more.

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Organic Tree Hugger Porter from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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