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Morning Wood - Local Option

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BA SCORE
86
very good

293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | 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:
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 12:29:44 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-30-2013 21:11:15 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, coffee, earth, and dirt aromas. Taste is much the same with coffee, caramel, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer but the earth and dirt qualities aren't all that pleasant in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:42:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-13-2013 23:59:14 | More by nmann08
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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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-16-2013 20:05:21 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-26-2013 23:49:34 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - Hop City in Birmingham, Alabama.

Appearance: Pours out an amber-hued body, lightly hazed, with a smallish, sustained, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Niiice. The satiating coffee bean scent is forward, followed by the American oak, the caramel (presumably American as well), toasted malts, teensy hint of vanilla, and subtle, restrained hop notes of floral and citrus.

Taste: A ladle of sweet caramel leisurely drizzled over toasted bread crusts and biscuit tops, then, a big sip of roasty coffee. Citrus backed with minute amounts of florals and green herbs. A little tangy cherry emerges upon warmth. Moderate bitterness. Bittersweet, caramel-coffee on the finish with some lingering oakiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Enjoyed it! Tasty, with good oak accents, and, I know I say it every time, but, I do enjoy the use of coffee in non-stout beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2014 21:09:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-19-2014 03:25:38 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-16-2014 00:58:47 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-26-2013 23:50:30 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-14-2013 02:36:58 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Haven't heard that joke since middle school... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep sunset amber topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises coffee, light oak, light toasted rye bread, and a hint of maple syrup dripping deep in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the rye bread coming across a touch nuttier and the coffee taking full command of the situation. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thickly slick feel. Overall, a fairly nice coffee brew, but too much of a one-note song to really get anyone riled up.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 21:02:10 | More by TMoney2591
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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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-04-2013 03:49:07 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

10-17-2013 04:43:23 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-13-2013 22:36:57 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says it's brewed by Pub Dog Brewing CO From Westminster MD & it's 7.3%...

Pours an effervescent amber/orange with 2+ fingers of tan head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Big time coffee & hazelnut, almost wonder if that's the "natural flavors" on display? Seems a touch artificial

T: Follows the nose, a little dryness as well, some tannic notes as well up front. More coffee & a bit of woodiness/dryness & hazelnut creamer. Finishes, with roasty coffee, sweetness, & oaky notes

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

Interesting taste, but not very sessionable. Would work as a breakfast beer if nothing better was around. Give me a coffee stout any time

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 02:24:35 | More by russpowell
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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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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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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-09-2013 05:10:47 | More by XmnwildX12
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-07-2013 21:19:00 | More by MarkyMOD
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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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Morning Wood from Local Option
86 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.