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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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 139
Photo of HochFliegen
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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 suncrust
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured to an Oskar Blues rocks tumbler.

A: Pours a smooth, jet black hue with a rocky khaki cap. Looks like a cup of joe for sure. Head is on the thin side, dissipating quickly after the pour. Virtually no lacing.

S: Aromas of dry, ground coffee dominate the nose. Smells mainly like rich, dark black coffee. A bold, earthy darkness melds with toasted bread, fresh barrels of roasted coffee beans, and some soil. Hints of sweet vanilla back in there. The bright, berry acidity that the Ethiopian coffee provides is detectable in the nose, balancing nicely with the earthiness of the Sumatran bean.

T: Coffee... and lots of it. Darkly roasted Sumatran beans create a dominate earthiness and nutty coffee backbone. As with the nose, a bright (coffee) berry acidity melds with the darker notes, clearly coming from the Ethiopian beans. Bark amid immense coffee flavors that have the feel and body of your basic roasty stout. Different but good.

MF: Clean, smooth... a lighter textured stout. Not a ton of body. Maybe a little waxy in the front of the mouth. Medium carbonation.

O: If you don't like coffee, you won't like this beer. If you understand the differences between beans, roasting profiles, and have had a few coffee cupping experiences, then you will surely appreciate this brew. The balance between the acidic Ethiopian brightness and the dark earthy Sumatran beans make this beer a phenomenal take on a coffee brew. Definitely less of a beer for the beer connoisseur and more a brew for a coffee enthusiast. Pure coffee to its roots.... It might even give you coffee breath.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Laurelwood Public House, Portland, OR

Poured a translucent brownish black with a small cap of tan head that receded to a thin layer. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. I liked the smell; the taste on the other hand... It's a well-known fact that I hate coffee. It's pure evil. However, I do like coffee beers, when done correctly, and I've even brewed a coffee stout myself. This beer though, is the kind of coffee beer that--in my humblest opinion--is not done correctly. There's a lot you can do with coffee in beer, but when the final product tastes like flat, cold coffee, that just doesn't sit well with me. And that was my problem with this beer. Otherwise, medium-bodied and a bit thin for the style. I would not want to drink this again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to black13 for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch puffy dark tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Foamy areas of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of chocolate syrup, roasted espresso beans, and dark roasted malt. Taste is of dark roasted malt, espresso grounds, and slight dark chocolate. Minor roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout with good espresso/coffee flavors. I am glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with 2 finger tan head

smell: roast, coffee, malts,

taste: coffee, roast, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: this is a coffee bomb. wish it had a fuller body. it's an alright beer.


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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 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 Rutager
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep brown-red, almost black with a finger of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Molasses, coffee, milk chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

Taste. Coffee, caramel, roasty malt, some molasses, a little wood maybe, a bit of bitterness that lasts a minute or so.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. A solid coffee stout.

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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 billab914
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a thin, creamy head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a lot of milky chocolate and cocoa coming through. I get the roasty, coffee, espresso flavors as well, but unlike a lot of coffee beers it don't seem bitter or burnt. The milk chocolate flavor actually gives it some pretty nice balance. Pretty appealing aroma overall.

The taste also has a good dose of creamy, milk chocolate flavors to it throughout the beer. Midway, it starts to get roastier with the espresso flavors showing up. I get a moderate coffee, bitterness but not nearly as much as many coffee infused beers. Again, the milk chocolate flavor gives it some very nice balance between sweet and roasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Carbonation is moderate for the style. Overall it was a pretty nice beer. The chocolate and espresso flavors worked very well together for me. Very easy drinking and flavorful beer.

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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 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 BillHilly
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly translucent, 1 finger head that dissipates to a ring quickly.

S: Dark roasted coffee, cocoa, mild malt

T: Good balance on the espresso, was not as acidic as I was expecting, definitely a true coffee stout.

M: Thin, but to be expected from a 6%...a bit over carbonated.

D: Glad I tried it, not a disappointment by any means...just not a must have again. Might be a good hangover beer followed by a firkin of water.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing!

A: The body is essentially opaque and an extremely dark shade of brown (but not quite fully black), and lies underneath an inch of pale tan foam that's more frothy from the pour than creamy from intrinsic carbonation. Ok.

S: Pure, unadulterated coffee here. Darkly roasted, bitter, and, sadly, a bit thin. Enjoyable enough, but lacking in richness, depth, and complexity.

T: Starts out with a nicely balanced blend of bitter coffee and sweet malts (more caramel than chocolate), which is delicious, but then finishes with a cold, thin, watery blast of coffee astringency. There's lots of good stuff going on, and it's genuinely enjoyable to to drink, but the coffee definitely doesn't work quite as well as it could.

M: Rather thin body with moderate, soft carbonation. Not too bad.

D: It drinks about right for the ABV, but the astringency gets to be a bit much. Still tasty, though.

Notes: This is definitely a solid coffee stout, but it's not one I'll be seeking out. The coffee was more than prominent enough, but just wasn't the best-flavored coffee for a beer. If you want a non-imperial espresso stout, I'd recommend Captain Lawrence's version many times over compared to this one.


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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 barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with a brown cap and some tannish bubbles

S: Mainly coffee and cocoa on the nose

T: Tastes like a light coffee brownie. Plenty of good espresso, not overly cidic like many coffee stouts.

M: Not a big stout but good taste and feel

D: Not a bad beer at all. I really liked it, Easy to drink and very tasty overall.

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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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 bradleyp
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to the Bier Stein for stocking this tasty brew.

A: Black as the night with some sexy looking lace around the glass

S: Smells like a strong coffee bomb with a mixture of chocolate and malts.

T: Obviously this is going to taste like a coffee flavored beer. I've been on a coffee flavored beer binge as of late, and this one takes the cake.

M: Not a thick stout, but it was real nice and smooth going down.

D: I've had this before, and I enjoyed it much more the last time I had it. Maybe I'll try it again next year.

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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 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 hawks10
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint...

Appears black at first but some nice crimson edges show through when held to the light. One finger of light tan head leaves some lacing behind...

Strong coffee/espresso with roasted dark malts. Sweet and slightly boozy when swirled...

Strong coffee/espresso component at first, as expected. Bitter coffee, roasted dark malts with a mild hop bite at the end. Not much sweetness to speak of...a bit one-sided...

A bit thin and watery, I always expect stouts to drink fuller just based on their appearance, and I am always let down...

Not bad, regular stouts/coffee stouts are just not my thing...

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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 froghop
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a jet black with a small tan head that dissipates, and some lacing.

smell is of cocoa, espresso, and a touch of licorice.

taste is thick, dark chocolate, and espresso bean, ends a little oily and bitter.

overall not that bad of a stout, pretty typical on the nose.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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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