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Mourning Wood - Local Option

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BA SCORE
87
very good

393 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Local Option visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Morning Wood

Morning Wood is an oak-aged coffee ale developed and brewed by the Local Option Bierwerker. Fresh American oak used during the aging process and Dark Matter’s El Salvador San Jose pulp-natural coffee aromatically drive the beer; while remaining subtle components of the beers’ complete flavor profile. The amber colored, medium-bodied, and extraordinarily well-balanced ale was first unveiled at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers in November 2011. Morning Wood’s taste is delicate and should be appreciated by beer drinkers of all palates.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-08-2011)
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Reviews by craft_shannie:
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

craft_shannie, Oct 20, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

No friggin idea what to expect here. A coffee amber? Why not a jalepeno cream stout or an amarillo hopped dubble. Cripes, people, do any of you have any sense of decency anymore?!?

But, hey--I was just trying to come up with weird, gross-sounding style combinations, and it was really hard to do. Why? Because American beer has gotten so weird and open-minded that even a flavor combination that sounds absolutely contradictory could be worth a shot. I mean, they made a beer that was supposed to taste like pizza and it was totally ok. A coffee amber really ain't that weird.

In theory, at least, it ain't that weird. In practice, it tastes like some weird European hard candy. It's not bad, but like I said in my first sentence, I got no idea how to review it.

It's a bunch of very tasty weirdness. Not unlike beer, I guess, but also not very much like beer. Big nodes of mocha and toffee and then some barley in the back end, all mellowed out excellently by oaking.

mynie, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

braugon, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Tiernan, Jul 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

sabitu, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy amber color with a decent head that fades fast

S: Big Malt smell with subtle coffee notes

T: Interesting stuff going on here, more of a malty amber/red taste with a very small hint of coffee. If I hadn't read the bottle , I would probably not know there was coffee in this. The aftertaste is not very good.

M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is its best characteristic.

O: I expected more out of this, perhaps I have an old bottle but the oak and coffee tastes are very minimal. The aftertaste ruins this beer for me

barhoc11, Apr 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Doomcifer, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bpfrush, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

sourdog, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

HoppySeb, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Zonian1, Oct 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

acurtis, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Shawner, Oct 28, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

JamesStreet, Oct 25, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500mL bottle into a Teku.

A vigorous pour produces 3-4 finger thick, creamy, frothy head. A orange amber body shows some lazy carbonation and cloudiness. The head persists well and leaves lots of sticky lace behind.

I smell a chocolate bar with my first whiff of this. The coffee, chocolate and heavy scent of sweet malts create some sort of sweet coffee and chocolate treat. It's a lot like a mocha as well, but the coffee isn't so aggressive.

Continuing what the nose suggested, I continue to get a sweet coffee and chocolate flavor, although this time I'm reminded of a Starbucks Frappuccino. Caramel flavors work their way in and add to the sweet coffee drink taste. Towards the finish, some piney hops add a subtle bite. But wait, as this warms, I feel like I may even be tasting coconut, perhaps the combination of some oak and sweet malts suggesting toasted coconut. Nice.

Morning Wood has a lively feel to the tongue and a bitterness at the finish, but mostly it's creamy and thick with malt.

This beer was unique to me and I like that. I enjoyed the blend of flavors from the malts and the oak barrel that came together to create something akin to a flavored coffee drink. I'd rather drink such a thing in beer form rather than in a coffee shop.

ONovoMexicano, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

seavercm, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Griffith, Mar 30, 2014
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2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like, well...wood. the bark of a tree, coffee grounds, some hops. This one was a homebrewing experiment that would not be served. Brown coloured body, a little coffee been aroma. Not too drinkable. I am told it is popular, but that is likely better with food and to people liking say instant coffee.

Sammy, May 11, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into pint glass

A- First pour looks nicely filtered and light brown like iced tea. Second pour is still like tea, but full of sediment. Both times the head rears up like and angry bear, but very guickly disappears (too much carb?)
S- Sweet malts, oak, and slight coffee with a bit of tartness. I was hoping for more coffee
T - Starts off like it could almost go sour (probably from the oak), but then you realize it is very sweet and finishes with coffee. The more I drink of this, the more I am enjoying the flavors.
M - Smooth, not too carbinated as I feared from the head. Easy drinking.
O- A solid beer from Local Option. Red ale with coffee, so don't expect a big body or over the top tastes. Well balanced malts, oak, and coffee.

PBRmeasap1980, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

schmidtmattsays, Mar 22, 2014
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Mourning Wood from Local Option
87 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.