Moose & Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Moose & Squirrel Russian Imperial StoutMoose & Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2008 - released in limited edition 1-liter swingtop bottles and draught.

Otherwise, it's a rotating 'draft-only' release.

Added by msubulldog25 on 01-26-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
12.2%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
4
For Trade:
1
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Photo of eddiearmy
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of adkieffer
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of JoeSTATE
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a slight red reflection, think dr pepper. Head is reddish brown, very rich in color. Smell is fantastic, cherry scent, almost dr pepper smelling as well. Taste is fantastic, comes onto the palate warm and inviting, hits a malty roast flavor and finishes fudge brownie. Creamy and thick mouthfeel, almost like a milkshake, slightly chewy. I will absolutely get this again

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msubulldog25
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This RIS was released in mid-January at the brewpub on NE Sandy...had to stop in for a quick try. Poured to a 1/2 pint.

Notes from LW Blog:
8% ABV
55 IBUs
O.G. 20ยบ Plato

A: Dark, dark, dark, but very thin head-wise - just a trace of ivory-colored sudsiness that disappears rapidly to a barely-concealing film swirl. Held to light, an auburn glow shows at the edges. Fair amount off lace glides gently down the glass, sort of pausing on the way down.

S: Dark malt, richly roasted and quite coffee-like. Sweet sugariness with a touch of vanilla makes this evocative of a mocha aroma-wise. All good, not terribly robust.

T: Big introduction of heavy, bittersweet chocolate and darkly-roasted coffee. After the blast of charred malt subsides, a sweeter milk chocolate and vanilla enter for balance. Though I found little fruit (maybe some ripe berry tang), the robustness of malt roasting and the subtle sweetening come together very nicely.

M: Not too heavy or coating, this has a medium-body and cool smoothness. Carbonation is soft, hardly detectable. Bitter roast settles on the center of the tongue and lingers more minutes after the finish ('do I have coffee breath?').

D: Bitterness is big, but is held in check; aroma entices; mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It's a very solid RIS and, with a 'reasonable' 8% ABV (pretty low for the style), is a bit more drinkable than some of it's bigger brethren. One I'd like to have again and a nice offering by Chad and the LW team - worth seeking out!

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Photo of cbros
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 1 liter bottle poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter. Got this in a trade from madhombrewer. 2008 Edition

A- Pours a jet black with a nice one finger tan head. There was a little carbonation activity that colleted on the side of the glass. Good cling to the glass as well.

S- Strong notes of chocolate, wood chips and even some tobacco as well. The smell combinations really hit after the pour, a strong presence but not overwhelming. As the beer warms I get a slight alcohol smell at the tail end.

T- As the beer has warmed a little I am picking up the chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Its remarkable how much the flavors start to show themselves as the beer warms up.

I read about Moose and Squirrel here on BA and got this in a trade from Ben. In my opinion it is a very solid beer. This is the first offering that I have had from Laurelwood. I would definately like to have this beer again, nice to have a good solid Russian Imperial Stout on a beautiful drizzly and cold(almost Pac NW like) day here in NC. I look forward to having my friend Ben hook me up with some more stuff from Laurelwood in the future.

Thanks, Ben.

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Photo of slaintemhor
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap this evening at the main location of Laurelwood Brewing in Portland, OR. The colour was completely black with a very thick tan head. The aroma was thick with dark chocolate, hops and hints of black coffee. On the palate, an interesting tanginess up front followed by biting hops, loads of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and a lengthy, tangy finish.

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Photo of arizcards
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz bottle from the Belmont Station in late August for $8.31. Not sure if this is a 2015 or 2014 edition.

Beer poured black with a very nice tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is mocha and lightly roasted malts.

Taste is lightly roasted malts and dark chocolate, a hint of dark fruits lingers in the background. There is enough hopping present to balance things out nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is one of the easier drinking RIS i have ever had. Suspect part of that is attributable to the age but i do like the base beer. Reminds me of a bigger version of Obsidian Stout.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glasses with a friend.

A: Inky black, lots of dark tan head, and tons of spiderweb lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, roast, black malt, cocoa, dry toast, dark caramel, licorice, leafy hop. Hints of nuts and dry wood. Possibly a faint suggestion of smoke as well?

T: Follows the nose with the slightest hint of booze. Moderate espresso dryness on the finish. Creamy dark chocolate and burnt caramel, lots of roast malt here. Anise shows up as it finishes.

MF: Viscous and fairly dry; full-er bodied.

O: Good stuff as a fairly safe, middle-of-the-road RIS. A sipper and one to share IMO; this drinks a touch 'bigger' than it actually is.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of lupercmda
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: this is everything a stout should look like. Dark as night, opaque, and a rich, chocolate milk style head the burns really slow. Has gigantic bubbles. Reminds me of elementary school and the chocolate milk... 4.75

S: smells distinctly of coffee. It's very good. 4

T: a very clean, coffee stout taste. Holds up to the previous two categories. 4

M: leaves a great, sweet finish but leaves the mouth wanting more. Very creamy. 4

O: a well crafted beer. Not something I am going to go out of my way for, but a very solid choice. Literally is stout-incarnate in appearance... 4.0

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Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dshansen1184
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Real nice super dark out of the bottle on the pour, hits the glass with a real creamy cocoa mocha brown head. Three fingers and settles to a real nice creamy top also. Good thick puck left with some nice lacing, and a very dark body of classic walnut black. Some faint carbonation can be seen on the edges. Very nice looking brew.

Classic bouquet for a Russian imperial. Good sense of dark chocolate, and a mild bitterness.
Good amount of char, with just a hint of cream.

Palate hits with a porter like body, a little wet but mostly really charring. Lots of carbon rich dark malt taste, and a little hint of hop. Mouthfeel seems a little light, but the flavors do manage to coat the palate and continue. Huge roasting character to this and not much sweetness either. Some lime like citrus hop just wants to creep out here, making it a bit more fun and less ordinary.

Overall not bad, worth trying and could have this again. A good go to Russian Imperial for sure.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle at 41 F split between a pair of snifters. Bottle doesn't have any dates or codes that I can find, but it's not corked/caged, and it shows 8.6% abv.

Pours black with a small brown head. Fine, slow carbonation. Smell is sweet, nutty, black licorice.

Taste is roasty bitterness, coffee bitterness, chocolate bitterness, black licorice. That aromatic sweetness is missing, but would be nice here.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thin (for a Russian Imperial Stout). Overall, nice, tasty beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine one finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, light char, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is toasted, charred malt, bottom of the pot coffee, hints of chocolate, finishing with bitter coffee, light char and grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied. The start on this seems surprisingly thin in body, almost like a coffee beer, but the toasted malt reasserts itself in the finish with satisfying charred malt and hops. A decent RIS in the charry end of the spectrum, but somewhat unbalanced in flavor; I'd like to see a bit more malt depth to support the other strong flavors. Still enjoyed the bomber, but this has a lot of great competition in the style. Really like the name, but shouldn't it be Boris and Natasha?

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Moose & Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
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