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Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Organic Portland Roast Espresso StoutOrganic Portland Roast Espresso Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#9,892
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
143
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
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14
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by Slammy:
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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Photo of GoBeerGo
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stratusjeans
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harvest06
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qanadin
4.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The flavor of this beer is great. The coffee doesn't over power the over all flavor or quality of the beer. It still has that heavy winter stout feel and quality.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeBond
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark and thick. Aroma of coffee is strong but very pleasant and not overpowering. Flavor has some strong coffee notes but is very well balanced and flavorful. Outstanding!

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jgolka
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  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

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Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this espresso stout from a 22oz bottle and was impressed with the nice tan head that began to form on top of the rich black colored beer. The tan head quickly dissapated into a thin whispy tan head.

The powerful aroma of the espresso beans quickly lept out of the glass and were ever so lightly intertwined with a slight sweet malt scent.

On first sip the coffee flavors exploded and overtook my palate. I noticed a light roasted malt flavor among the coffee flavors and a high amount of bitterness upon my second sip. The finish was semi-dry.

Mouthfeel was on the low side of medium. True to style but less than I had anticipated and appreciate in a stout.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The weakness in my opinion is in the less than full-bodied mouthfeel. Flavor though was amazing. Aroma was like walking into my favorite coffee house on Newport Ave.

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Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Label is a bit different.
"Organic Portland Roasting Coffee Espresso Stout"
"Alc. 6.3% by Vol. / IBU 40 / OG 15 Plato."

Assumes this is the same beer with a few tweaks.

Black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smell is intense strong coffee. Lighter roasted coffee, some wine scents and smoke, but mostly coffee.

Starts out mildly sweet with some chocolate and a coffee flavor not as intense as the smell. Tastes like a coffee and chocolate milkshake. Mild wine notes from the coffee and the taste of milk. Very balanced no single flavor beats the others in to submission.

Mouthfeel is thick. The work Milkshake is a good term for it.

Overall, ship me a crate of this stuff it is great!

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of morebeergood
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - poured into a tulip glass:

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of strong coffee/espresso with a touch of caramel.

The taste is of dark-roasted coffee/espresso. Sweet dark malt balances it enough to know it's a stout.

Creamy, it hits full-bodied.

A brew for beer and coffee lovers! Nice mix of espresso and stout.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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...

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Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 143 ratings