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Morning Wood - Local Option

Morning WoodMorning Wood

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BA SCORE
86
very good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%


Brewed by:
Local Option visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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dar482

New York

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 05:20:02 | More by dar482
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GreesyFizeek

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 04:43:03 | More by GreesyFizeek
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured copper with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, coffee, toffee, caramel, earth, and bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, coffee, toffee, caramel, and cream. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I have to be honest that I picked this one up just for the name. However, upon first investigation of the nose I was taken back a good bit due to all of the complexity going on. The flavor was more of the same as the coffee and toffee notes were very well incorporated and done quite well into the beer. This made it quite intriguing and enjoyable during each sip of the glass. This was an excellent representative of the style and I would love to have this one again. I mean, I did have two glasses of it that evening which is quite unusual for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 17:46:19 | More by thagr81us
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Morning Wood would definitely be worth a morning wood...it was quite taste. The beer poured a hazy orangish amber with creamy head that left a nice lacing. The scent was coffee mixed with biscuit. The taste was a nice amber base with espresso boost. The mouthfeel was medium to full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this was a great beer...not sure as to what is going on... the Local Option is Chicago....but the brewer was Pub Dog from Maryland. Nice job who ever!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 01:32:29 | More by WoodBrew
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeously colored in a rusty amber with a touch of cloudiness. The head was built on layers of loosely knit bubbles but had a cohesive core.

The scent is of roasted coffee and cream, with a little chocolate and some caramel malty notes.

The flavor is rather robust with a strong coffee stance but a smooth roasted char. The taste continues chocolatey, not a milk chocolate but more of chocolate flavored coffee. There's also some roasted malt qualities that make this a really tasty ale.

The feel is full, creamy, moderately carbonated and easy on the throat.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 21:32:04 | More by KYGunner
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Gmann

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber brown color with a short dense cream colored head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is a beautiful coffee scent. Deep and rich, almost smells as if there is chocolate in the beer. Woody notes blend perfectly with the coffee that gives the beer an earthy characteristic. Doesn't really smell oaky but more of a seasoned wood ready for the fire. Excellent.

The taste mirrors the aroma. Big coffee flavors; again almost chocolatey. Plenty of wood presence. Smooth caramel sweetness. A bit of a tea like note that reminds you that the base beer is an amber ale. I would expect these coffee notes from a stout, not an amber, but I am pleasantly surprised. Very good.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Mainly sweet on the palate but does have a light tartness to it.

A very good amber ale; strong coffee flavor. Artwork on the label is cool as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 19:12:02 | More by Gmann
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice orange hue, light amber, with a half finger white head that fades nice and slow. Solid.

S - Wow, big, big aromas of coffee here. Super coffee and maple, definitely drank probably 22oz of this first thing in the morning due to its super pleasant aroma.

T - Taste is delicious, there is nice coffee and faint maple syrup notes, though its all a bit on the fainter side. Would like more, just like the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style, touch on the smooth side.

O - Overall a damn fine beer. Definitely drank my fair share of this at The Festival.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 00:06:49 | More by rudzud
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a slight haze and a one finger white foamy head that has decent retention.

Smell is great. grainy malt is overlaid with coffee and very faint hints of oak. The combination gives it a lightly roasted aroma. Very faint spicey herbal hops near the back.

Taste follows the nose. light grainy flavors blend nicely with some lightly roasted coffee that has nearly no charcoal/charred flavor or bitterness. This is very well balanced. Small amount of sweetness and very little bitterness. Very little oak makes it through to the taste however.

Mouthfeel is good. Mid range body, perfect for an amber. Mild carbonation and little to no bitterness keeps this highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 01:21:10 | More by Fcolle2
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Florida9

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, tan-copper in color. Forms a smallish off-white head. Little lacing.

S: Aroma is most wood, like balsa wood or lumbar, but in a good way with notes of coffee, tea, and unsweet caramel.

T: Tastes is similar and, for some reason, I find it quite appealing. Woody and dry. Mildly earthy. Brown rice. City-roast coffee. There are some lighter caramel notes.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Very dry, bordering on astringent. Moderate bitterness.

O: An interesting beer. Certainly showcases the "wooden" quality nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 01:19:52 | More by Florida9
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a beautiful buff head that produces tons of lace. Color is a hazy light orange amber. Aroma is roasty malt, coffee, oak and caramel malt. Flavor is coffee, sweet malt and an astringent bitterness. Mouthfeel is meduim and CO2 is spot-on. Overall, a great flavored beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 20:58:47 | More by EagleTalon
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours an attractive medium red orange with a fine one finger light tan head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of fresh coffee, caramel malt and nuts, hint of chocolate. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, good coffee, nuts, vanilla, pleasant. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A somewhat complex and interesting coffee ale that is nicely balanced between the malt body and the coffee and nutty flavors. This is what I'd expect from a coffee infused nut brown ale. A bit on the sweet side, but enough flavor to carry it off. Coffee is nicely done. I really liked this. I usually only enjoy coffee in dark malt beers like stouts, but this really is well done and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 20:28:32 | More by LiquidAmber
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a dark caramel color with more of a burnt orange hue. A cream colored head recedes to a fine film with decent amounts of webby lacing. The aroma is straightforward with subtle coffee notes blending in with a rich bourbon barrel oak scent. The taste is equally sublime with a sweet caramel note to start things off. It soon turns more bitter with hops, but not before a good woody oak note comes in. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat dry.

Overall, this is pretty rich. The oak and hops end up taking away a lot of the coffee though.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 18:16:07 | More by JuicesFlowing
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Local Option, served in a goblet. Review from written notes.

Saturated auburn orange color, good clarity, thin ring of off white foam around the edges of the glass.

Pleasant roasted coffee aroma, light toasted grains, maple.

Similar flavors, dominant coffee flavors with a little bit of toasted malt and maple in the middle. Lightly bitter astringency from the coffee or possibly oak, though oak isn't really expressed in the taste much. Smooth feel, medium bodied and easy drinking. Would drink this again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 03:23:14 | More by emerge077
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a glass at the armsby abbey
aroma was of caramel malt, vanilla, and wood/oak.
the color was a darker amber with a thick head that delivered nice lacing throughout the glass.
The taste was initially some tartness followed by some butterscotch, special b malts and some bread crust/ dark fruit malty flavors.
overall this was a really enjoyable brew that had a medium to heavy mouthfeel but was refreshing at the same time that left your palate dry but wanting more. I did not read about this beer before hand and did not get much coffee out of it but it was unique and I cant wait to have more of there beers at the festival in Portland Me this year

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 00:31:20 | More by MRsojourner
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Where the common infrastructure for coffee infused beer is Porter or Stout because of the natural roasted malt characteristics that already have coffee overtones. But there's no such link in Amber Ale- there's no confusion about which coffee flavors of from that of ale and that of spice addition. This makes Morning Wood a straight forward and honest ale but it also simplifies the conversation.

Pouring a dark amber color, there's really no sigh of coffee- at least to the eye. Its short-statured off-white head is creamy and dense until it settles into a delicate creme-like froth. Its semi-firm retention eventually succumbs to the spices and lightened body underneath and with minimal yet isolated pockets of lace to adorn the glass.

Where the eye does't speak coffee, the nose sure does- bold coffee aromas are nutty, earthy, lightly roasted, and woodish. Its supporting short-lived sweetness is of caramel and mild toffee. Its grain underpinnings are just enough to prop up the scent of coffee.

To taste, the coffee element shies away from intense roast but rather embraces the more delicate Breakfast Blends, Kona and Columbia-type flavor which unlocks the nuttier, toastier, and almost chocolaty coffee taste. Mild chicory, anise and damp soil flavors become taste to bridge into the oak flavors to follow. Light wood spice, soft vanilla and caramels support the coffee well but without rivaling for attention. Its tremendous how much coffee flavor stems from its light color.

Medium-light in body, the beer is remarkably drinkable. Its creamy beginnings turn to soft and silky coffee textures in the middle before drying out nicely in a toasted finish. Light alcohol hardly shows beyond a mild warming character. Nutty and earthy aftertaste extends well into the next sip.

I really like the straight forward dialogue of coffee and supporting Amber Ale. It does a nice job revealing a rich coffee taste and without the effort that's normally associated with Porters and Stouts. It's simply a well made and inquisitive ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 18:07:43 | More by BEERchitect
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a good amount of time. Average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, malt, and a hint of coffee.

T: Tasted of light hops, some malt, a little bit of coffee, and what seems to be a nutty quality. Not necessarily your typical amber flavor. It's much more dynamic and flavorful than most beers of the style.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a sharp, slightly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely an interesting take on the amber style. Well worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 17:55:26 | More by avalon07
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My second encounter with a beer from Local Option, "Brewed & bottled by Pub Dog Brewing Company, Westminster, MD". My bottle lists a 7.30% abv, rather than the 7.00% listed on BeerAdvocate. No idea what to expect with this one.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a nice burnt amber / ruby colored body with some dark powdery sediment floating around. Two to three fingers of soft foamy khaki head, slowly fizzing out of existence. Some spotty lacing, but none sticks. Looks pretty nice.

S - Nose is very nice and interesting. While coffee isn't the first thing I smell, it is definitely in there. Chocolate, roasted hazelnuts, some cream, alcohol presence, hint of yeast, and some coarse carbonation.

T - Taste follows the nose very well, I am actually really enjoying this. Bitter coffee bean roast, chocolate / amber malt, roasted hazelnuts, some earthy woodiness from the barrel character, hint of yeast presence. Very nicely layered and balanced.

M - Feel finishes of lightly bitter roast and some dryness.

Overall, I was apprehensive about this one at first, but they pulled it off nicely. Very nice depth and duration of flavor, moderate abv, and a decent price at $5.99. I look forward to trying more from these guys.

Local Option Morning Wood ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 20:12:46 | More by mfnmbvp
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Bung

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. A not real dark orangy-amber pour, nice frothy layer of cream head.

Aroma, Toasted malt, some light chocolate and caramel. This is all background for the coffee.

Taste, Quite caramelly, caramel coffee. Some earthy cocoa and oak. Maybe some herbal hop like presence. Pretty nice, is as described.

About medium bodied. The fine carbonation almost is creamy, but not quite. Abv very well hidden. Not exactly an amber or red, a very good non-dark coffee brew though no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:21:45 | More by Bung
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy amber on color with 2 full fingers of head, slow dissipation. Smells malty sweet, cereal, pilsner malt, subtle coffee aroma, vanilla.
The flavor is much more complex.. Lots of coffee and what tastes like milk and sugar.. A sweet coffee infused amber ale with light hints of oak.. Sweet yet roasty. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
This was surprisingly good.. I'd heard mixed reviews.. And after smelling it, I felt I would be let down. Nope, this is damn good :)

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 15:48:10 | More by facundoCNB
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metter98

New York

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts and coffee are present in the nose. Hints of vanilla become apparent in the smell once the beer warms up.
T: The taste generally follows the smell and has flavors of coffee intermixed with nutty malts while hints of oak become noticeable towards the finish, the latter of which also become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a really nice balance between the coffee, malt, and oak flavors—it's a great option if you are looking for a coffee beer but don't want something as heavy as a coffee-infused stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 11:58:09 | More by metter98
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jake Melnick's. Served in a taster stange.

A - Quick-dissolving foam settles a thin ring and some wisps on top, but unfortunately no lace. Lightly hazed amber body.

S - Coffee, espresso, hint of oak, some cocoa and caramel, and fruity American ale yeast.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with the coffee dialed down a touch, and more bready and nutty malt flavors mingling with the aforementioned chocolate and fruity yeast.

M - Smooth medium body, low carbonation, lightly tannic texture (from either coffee or oak, who knows?), and no obvious alcohol.

D - I haven't had too many coffee ambers before, but the coffee largely obliterates the base beer so it matters little what was underneath. Very enjoyable aroma, and no major flaws here. I'd have this again if it was reasonably priced.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 21:17:57 | More by MasterSki
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mdfb79

New York

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 11/13/13 notes. Had a glass of this on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC. 14 oz pour served in a tulip for $8.

a - Pours a murky, reddish-brown color with one inch of light tan head and low carbonation evident. Some moderate lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, light smoke, oak, and toasted malts. Lights fruits as it warms up too. Very interesting nose but I like it.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, fruity malts, citrus hops, light peppers, spice, chocolate, oak, and toasted malts. Little spicy and peppery here, not quite as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer that is pretty interesting. I liked the nose and the coffee definitely comes through, though the taste had a little spice to it I wasn't big one. Second new Local Option beer in the last week...I didn't think this one was as good as Kentucky Common, though they are quite different. Worth checking out if you like coffee and/or red ales.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2013 15:53:01 | More by mdfb79
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the best from local option so far i think, the oak really neutralizes the ph of the coffee, and makes for a much less gut wrenching coffee beer without compromising the coffee flavor or caffeine hit. cloudy rusty orange in color and average headiness. nose of bitter coffee, sweet caramel and pale malts, with a distinct oak barrel woodiness and earthen character. the flavor starts coffee heavy, but it subsides and mellows quickly, letting the malt shine. cool to have such a light and bright coffee beer, that carries the coffee through without all the bitterness of roasted barley like the all too common coffee stout. the oak smoothes the finish into a very soothing beverage, smooth as silk, but still rather bubbly. jovial feel to this one, with a protracted finish of musty wood and cold java. definitely worth checking out if you are a coffee beer enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 21:00:55 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured lighter colored amber,a bit lighter than most traditional amber/reds pour. This beer yields a small dirty white cap with decent head retention, minimal lacing though.

S: Interesting. Coffee, vanilla, sweet bread, some caramel.

T: The nose presents more coffee than the taste offers. A little sweetness with layers of oak tannins, caramel, bread and coffee. Pretty balanced flavoring here.
The finish is a bit sweet, yet somewhat dry

M: Light-medium to medium body, well carbonated, smooth.

O: Interesting beer. Not bad. I wouldn't mind having this draft or maybe even nitro.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 17:58:25 | More by barleywinefiend
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Hazy amber brown.

S: Coffee and caramel.

T: Little coffee and sweet. Decent. Not too much of the oak, it must have just tempered the coffee.

M: Crisp.

O: Pretty good. Interesting. Good for what it is and a lot of nice flavors in there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 02:24:53 | More by gillagorilla
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Morning Wood from Local Option
86 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.