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Laurelwood Moose and Squirrel Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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Organic Moose and Squirrel is a strong and chewy Russian Imperial Stout created by blending several dark and rich malts, creating layers of fruitiness, chocolate and coffee. The hops are added early in the boil to balance out the sweetness, but not to distract from the complexity of flavors in the malt. 8.6% ABV 60 IBUs O.G. 20.5º Plato


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1165) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Tap at public house. A: Purdy black with a light cappuccino head. N: Cocoa, molasses, coffee, hint of vanilla. Biscuit and char. Earth and peppercorn. Black licorice and some leather. T: Bittersweet. Touch spicy. Not overpowering in any dimension. M: Medium - heavy body. Touch of alcohol. Fuzzy carbonation. O: Solid IRS. Balanced and complex, but it feels like it’s missing a bit of body and some extra oomph to go over the edge.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Pour out of bottle at Darkness Day 2014, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, coffee, roast into a bit of chocolate, slight molasses into some sweet toffee. Taste was a mix of dark coffee, roast, and earthy notes into some sweet cocoa, toffee, slight nutty note, finishing sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6580) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"this is unofficially the red headed stepchild of yeti & stormking. high ambition, but it falls a bit short. that it reminds me of those awesome beers at all is a good thing, though. more hops come through than a majority of big stouts. nice, but not great."

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4086) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a moderate lighter brown head on there. Nose is quite roasty with some dark fruit elements to it, and just a bit of chocolate coming through. Taste is roasty and actually a bit sweet on top, which is nice and lightens up the beer a bit. Solid beer. Me like.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beastiefan2k (2728) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bomber into Schlenkerla mini glass. Very thick black pour with dark brown head. Looks good but the beer is very difficult to drink. Its full of acrid, acidic, black malts. Eh, just too much. Finishes with bitter hops and dry coffee grinds. Its goopy unrefined. Just black patent soup.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4714) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
Lasting thin brown head atop a black opaque body. Nose of coffee and blueberry mash. Somewhat harsh front with lots of malt, espresso and then goes thin. Very interesting and above average.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (caramel, chocolate, roasted grain/nuts), with a note of vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Massive malt nose is more caramelly than most renditions, and the roast is relatively low as well, so it gives it more of a big porter kind of nose...a little on the simple side, but admittedly enjoyable...liquid caramel-chocolate-nut bar. Despite the reported 60 IBUs, it’s still overwhelmingly sweet and difficult to drink much of, a problem that plagues this style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1878) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2014 Draft at Moriartys and later Strangeloves. Pitch black pour with a thick khaki foam head. Silky body. Tastes of deeply bitter dark chocolate caramels. French roast coffee. Liquorice root. Charcoal grill. Some smoke. Faint brown cherries. Campfire marshmallows. ABV is not particularly hidden. Substantial stout. Quite good. Natasha would be proud.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (2651) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6818) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a medium tan head. Sweet coffee, vanilla, toast nose. Some oxidation. A mostly dry, British style Impy, dark chocolates, roast, dry earthy charred wood. Very nice.


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