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Morning Wood - Local Option

Morning WoodMorning Wood

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BA SCORE
86
very good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 228
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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superspak

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of coffee, caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, light chocolate, vanilla, oak, clove, floral, grass, light citrus, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt, coffee, and oak notes; with decent strength. Taste of coffee, caramel, toast, biscuit, cocoa, light roast, oak, light clove, herbal, floral, light citrus, and toasted earthiness. Light amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, caramel, toast, biscuit, cocoa, light roast, oak, light clove, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of coffee, dark/bready malts, and light-moderate oak flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately bready, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a good amber ale. Well balanced dark/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate oak flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:53:53 | More by superspak
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Tone

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, caramel malt, biscuit, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of a hint of hop, yeast, sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of floral, and a hint of biscuit. Overall, I enjoyed the biscuit-y roasted-ness in both the body and aroma, but otherwise an average beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 13:06:18 | More by Tone
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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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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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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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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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 1.13.14

A - Pours a cloudy light brown with a one inch tan fluffy, resistant head.

S - Coffee, and some toasted wood.

T - Watery coffee, pretty mild.

D - Thin body and nice carbonation.

O - Thin light and gimmicky label. Meh all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 05:53:54 | More by HuskyinPDX
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homebrew311

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on draft at Bad Apple. Aperance is a clear red/amber with small amount of dense white head. Nose starts with medium roast coffee paired with caramel malts and a touch of butterscotch. This is followed by light waves of oak and finishes with a touch of earthy hope. Taste starts off like malty amber with caramel and bread, coffee comes through muddled and leaves some of the less pleasant qualities of coffee. Finish is somewhat off putting with a bit of bitterness along with a wave of weird sweetness. These flavors are not gelling together on my palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall, not a brew I would come back to.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 00:36:45 | More by homebrew311
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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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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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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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elNopalero

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a barrel-aged amber ale with coffee… which sounds really appealing to my taste buds but in execution missed the mark. It looks decent, with a light amber color, and smelled inviting, with a strong coffee aroma. But the flavor just didn’t match. Instead of nuance and complexity and a barrel-aged smoothness, and maybe some amber ale maltiness to balance and sweeten things I got a mouthful of strongly pronounced coffee bitterness. Almost as if the beer was a platform for some harsh dark roast coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 20:13:21 | More by elNopalero
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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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Morning Wood from Local Option
86 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.