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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

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

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.

Added by bitterthebetter on 02-19-2009

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Photo of qanadin
4.92/5  rDev +23.9%
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 welldigger888
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wonderful deep garnet hue with a tan head and excellant lacing.

Nice quality coffee nose that is backed by a solid malty backbone, but the coffee IS the star of the show.

Well, coffee continues to be the star of the show here but the malty roast is very present, with a good smooth combination this brew showcases the expresso roast for sure, mmmmahhh.

Smooth and Creamy seem to come to mind. This elixer is for the beer drinking coffee head for sure.

I Love This Brew, go seek buy. You will be rewarded with a solid coffee stout.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HeyCurly3 for this one! Poured from bottle into Mother Earth Brewing(NC) stemware.

A - black with some dark ruby and brown highlights; thin, light colored head that faded to a thin ring; no notable lacing

S - chocolate, espresso, peanut butter - sweet overall

T - espresso is very fresh tasting, has a depth of character without overpowering; some bready, slightly nutty flavors followed by a drying finish; not as dark and roasty as expected, actually somewhat creamy tasting

M - thin-medium body with soft carbonation; long, moderately bitter linger

O - fantastic flavors of premium coffee with a creamy overall texture; does not bowl you over with coffee; i would recommend this to any coffee beer drinkers; my first beer from Laurelwood - nice work so far!

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Photo of JoeBond
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
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 bitterthebetter
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep opaque midnight black with slight brown undertones and a thick, creamy tan head

rich solid espresso upfront, followed by slight chocolate, faint berry notes?

espresso leads it off, but not super super bitter, followed by slight bittersweet and dark chocolate, faint caramel, i want to say even a touch of blueberries (maybe from the coffee?) slight molasses and even a faint hint of pine hops on the finish

super smooth and balanced with good malt interplay and a solid, semi dry finish with the espresso continuing on after letting some of the other malts fade away

smooth, solid structure, never too big or too sweet with the flavors lingering long after the sip. A fine stout and the espresso is very well matched with the malt

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Photo of RenzoD
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a coffee beer that really seems to put as much focus on the excellence of the coffee as well as the beer which I appreciate greatly. Because of this, it has a great balance, a smooth mouthfeel and an exceptional aroma. Very delicious beer!

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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 MADhombrewer
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black with an off white head. Slight crimson at the edges. Good lacing as I drink it.

Smell- Great mocha aroma. Some hop bitterness in the back. In addition to baking chocolate.

Taste- Great coffee flavor with a lot more hop flavor than there should be for the style. I will say that I like that a lot, though. Some baking chocolate but not as much as there is in the aroma.

Mouthfeel- I really like the mouthfeel, but could use a little more, though, if you want my opinion.

Drinkability- Good drinkability. I could have a few of these without issue.

I have always loved this beer. I look forward to it every year. After about 6 months or so the coffee flavor starts to drop off. If you have the opportunity to try this you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one that Davey brought back for me from Portland. This is one of the better Coffee beers I have had. Poured a super dark brown almost black. Huge coffee smell, Huge coffee taste. not as thick as others that I have had but that not a bad thing, its good to have a good tasting stout that under %10.

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Photo of morimech
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black color in the glass after a brownish pour. A massive tan head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Sheets of lacing is left down the glass.

Love the coffee aroma of this beer. Espresso that is fresh and pure. That is the only thing that I smell as the stout elements get lost.

Wonderful espresso flavor as well. More of a beer flavor that lies at the base of the beer. Roasted malt that compliments the espresso. Surprisingly the bitterness is mellow and seems low.

The body is moderate with good carbonation. Seems like a 6% ABV beer that neither surprises or disapoints.

A beer for coffee lovers. Pure espresso flavor that is just a joy to drink.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich near-black, with crimson and sienna highlights at the edges. a creamy looking mocha-colored head a good finger-and-a-half has fair retention before fading to some thin foam, leaving behind some decent lacing down the glass.

aroma screams coffee. espresso and dark roasted coffee. The Ethiopian beans come through impressively in the aroma. roasted dark malt powers through, slightly balancing the euphoric coffee aromas. a hint of piney hops and a bit of bitter/burnt bean aroma.

Tastes as good as it smells! Sumatran coffee leads the way with bright and acidic coffee flavors, with some earthy and smoke coffee following. hints of rich cocoa subtly bolster the coffee flavors. Roasted malts show up fairly nicely as well. Characteristic northwest stout hopping with some pine and citrus hops finishing with some bitter coffee notes. incredibly balanced and delicious.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of chewy, yet still very full bodied. Ample carbonation helps keep everything creamy. A pleasant lingering bitterness from both hops and coffee without being acrid or sour, as some coffee stouts tend toward.

Not many coffee brews taste as richly coffee'd as this one. This isn't a chewy imperial or double stout... it's a rich, clean, strong coffee stout, which makes it incredibly drinkable. if it were a bit chewier and thicker, it may be a touch more enjoyable, but nowhere near as drinkable. Definitely a winner in my book. and if you like coffee stouts, this one should be high on your list of must-tries.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a dark brown with lots of reddish hues shining through, not completely opaque. Creamy and frothy mocha colored head left some splashy lace

S- Intensely roasty, extreme coffee bitterness, very dark roast, big aroma of freshly cracked coffee beans

T- Big coffee bean flavor, fresh brewed dark roasted black coffee, a dry cracker taste, light creaminess in the flavor. This is probably the most coffee forward tasting beer I have ever had.

M- Very dry, medium to lighter bodied, medium carbonation, goes down very easy

O- Reminds me a lot of Oakshire's Overcast Espresso Stout, but this is even more coffee forward. Tons of dark roast, coffee bitterness, and dryness. This is a coffee lover's beer

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Photo of vince4953529
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks what most porter would look, dark brown; a little bit of head present. Taste is of roasted coffee, a bit sweet, but also a bit hoppy actually.
The mouthfeel isn't watery at all, but not super thick either, it has a nice balanced feel unlike most stouts where most of them felt a bit watery to me.

This is a good stout with nice robust coffee flavor, and Laurelwood continued to impress me with another fine-tasting brew. I'm not a big coffee drinker but love coffee stouts. This one is very satisfactory and would gladly purchase again.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Laurelwood

appearance - pours dark, light head

smell - cold-pressed coffee and roasted malts

taste - same as the nose, good cold-pressed coffee, no bitter qualities, very flavorful

mouthfeel - medium body, well carbonated

drinkability - very good coffee profile, i think this is a better batch than the 2010, really enjoyed it

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Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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 EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brown/black color, medium brown finger of head, light retention, no real lace.

Aroma: huge coffee, roast, cocoa powder, milk chocolate.

Taste: coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, dry finish.

***Body is medium and has a creamy texture, overall good and indicative of its 6%ABV, but nothing out of this world. The taste and aroma though, a coffee lovers dream. It's kinda like it was dry hopped with espresso beans with its fresh roasted coffee nose and taste. It doesn't stray to far from those flavors, but this is a coffee stout and its makes no attempts as presenting itself otherwise, so you should know what you are getting into from the start. Love coffee? Go here. I loved it.

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Photo of vkv822
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a light tan head that leaves a ring of foam around the rim of the glass and a thin swirl across the surface of the beer.

The aroma is of strong roasted coffee and malts with some sweet chocolate in the backing.

The taste follows the aroma very closely. Though the flavors overall are a bit more subdued. There is also a faint hop bitterness that comes through in the finish.

The mouth feel is just a bit on the light side for the big full flavors.

Another great beer from this brewery. I was very pleasantly surprised by the full big flavors from a slightly lower ABV stout, which makes it all the more drinkable. I have yet to be disspointed by Laurelwood.

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Photo of chumba526
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears dark brown (almost black). There is a thick tan head on top.

It smells of pure, strong, intense freshly roasted coffee. The bold dry slightly bitter smelling coffee smell is almost all I can smell. I do get a mild vanilla like smell though.

It tastes much like it smells. There is a bold smooth roasted coffee flavor. There is only a mild sweetness to the beer. There is a slightly bitter espresso coffee finish to the beer. The coffee flavor is the star of this beer.

There is a low carbonation to the beer. The beer is somewhat thick.

Overall, not a complex beer but a great beer that really has a great smooth coffee flavor.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint,

A- An average looking porter, pours with a nice tan head, but not overly thick or long lasting. A fair amount of light can pass through the edges. Does not lace very well.

S- Coffee dominates the nose, with some very mellow malt begging to break through, barely doing so.

T- Again, coffee. I am not a fan of coffee, but the goal of this brew was achieved, thus the subjective grading of a 4.5 because there is a lot of espresso coming through. I had half my glass slightly colder than a stout should be enjoyed at, and then the remainder once it warmed. As it warms the malt becomes apparent and there is a tangy alcohol note that punches through. I enjoyed the last few sips as I had some souvlaki seasoned lamb skewers and it was a fantastic pairing.

M- A little too watery, but it adds to the drinkability, so while it may give up half a point here, it gains it on the back end in terms of drinkability. Strong espresso after taste.

O- A very drinkable coffee'd ale, try it if you can find it.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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 ottovon
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared with whiterascal.

A: pours out a dark, opaque brown, almost the color of cola, with a 2 finger tan head that faded quickly to just cover the top of the beer.

S: really nice aroma. it has some sweetness in it. there is a big chocolate aroma and some toffee. there is roasted malt, as well as coffee in this. i get some dark fruit, as well as molasses. the coffee isnt overwhelming. it is blended in nicely.

T: the aroma comes through on this. lots of chocolate and roasted malt. it finishes somewhat bitter like dark chocolate or coffee. there is a nice coffee flavor in this. there is hints of burnt sugar and there is a bit of sweetness in the beginning.

M: a medium-thin body, with medium carb that fizzes on the tongue.

O: I find this to be a very good beer. I wish i brought back more than 1.

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Photo of younger35
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew as an extra from oregonskibum. He said it was super fresh so I hope it's just loaded with delicious coffee goodness. Drank from my Ithaca nonic pint glass while watching the NFL Playoffs (Pittsburg vs. Baltimore).

Appearance- Pours a brownish copper with hues of crimson around the edges. A small sandy head forms and quickly dissipates leaving no cap and a thin meager collar.
Smell- Definitely a coffee beer! It's rich and roasty with a nice fully bodied smell. A touch of chocolate makes its way in adding to sort of a mocha like nose. A touch of sweetness from the malts adding a doughy fresh crushed malt smell.
Taste- Rich and roasted as the coffee is just as potent as the nose led me to believe. A light sweetness steps in with touches of caramel and chocolate. It has that toasty sort of malt that tastes like the spent grain I chew on after I brew. I don't know what it is but these sort of chocolate roasted brews I always get a touch of vanilla in the taste. The coffee and chocolate linger well into the finish along with a touch of charred bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Medium feel with a almost chewy texture and light fizzy carbonation.
Drinkability- Really nice coffee beer. The coffee is definitely dominate and isn't overly bitter or acrid. I love coffee beers and this is a solid offering. Thanks much Dale!

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