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Mourning Wood - Local Option

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BA SCORE
86
very good

368 Ratings
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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a brown amber color with a foamy white head.

The aroma is just delicious. It has light creamy coffee, or almost like root beer, but backed with tons of gentle smokey caramel and toffee notes.

The flavor follows with a good amount of sweet bready malt and caramel sweetness. The middle gives you a punch of smokiness and coffee (although there isn't smoked malt, the barrels give it that pungent deep smoke flavor). The finish is where thing go wild as the top of your mouth is given a buttery sweet toffee candy that just lingers. It's not too sweet of a beer, but it just has that balance of sweetness and coffee that balances so well.

The beer is almost like a watered down black coffee. It's interesting to have a beer surrounded with caramel sweetness instead of the usual roasty malt character with coffee.

An extremely coffee forward beer.

dar482, Nov 04, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. Oak-aged coffee amber ale? What a weird combination of ideas. Let's see if it works.

Pours a dark amber with a one inch head with a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells include oak, earthy coffee, and hazelnuts.

The taste is pretty similar. Lots of earthy coffee flavor here- the coffee flavor shines through more strongly than a porter or stout- because the roast of the a porter or stout sometimes blinds the pure coffee flavors. The coffee here provides earthy sweet flavors, along with some nutty flavors that remind of hazelnuts or pecans. The beer is also incredibly woody and oaky, like drinking liquid wood at times. It is a good flavor- but becomes slightly overbearing at times. Some vanilla and caramel as well.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

One of the more interesting beer experiments had. Maybe use less strong oak or age it on the oak for less time, and the beer would be near perfect. As of now, the oak flavors are too strong.

GreesyFizeek, Jul 20, 2013
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Mourning Wood from Local Option
86 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.