Mourning Wood - Local Option

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 455
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 39 | FT: 6
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Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-08-2011

Formerly Morning Wood

Mourning Wood is an oak-aged coffee amber ale. Fresh American oak used during the aging process and Dark Matter’s El Salvador San Jose pulp-natural coffee aromatically drive the beer yet they remain subtle components of the beers’ overall flavor profile. This amber colored, medium-bodied, and extraordinarily well-balanced ale has a delicate taste that is appreciated by beer drinkers of all palates.
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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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! (478 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a glass of this on tap at St. Gambrinus in Brooklyn. 12 oz pour served in a tulip for $6.

Pours a cloudy amber brownish color with an average sized light colored head. The lacing decided to not stick around.

Smelled like a ton of things. Had a bit of citrus (i'm guessing from the hops), chocolate, malts, and something smoky and creamy. Quite interesting in a good way.

Taste was light coffee. Not overdone. Roasted hazelnuts, caramel and some woodiness from the barreling process. Also a little spice was evident.

Medium carbonation, coffee forward amber beer. Glad I tried this as it's unlike anything I've ever drank. (629 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice head, warm white pillowy. Brew is cloudy orange with lots of deep reds.

Mild hazelnut aroma, but nice and smoothly crisp nose. Malty back bone with vanilla and toasty coffee. Damn unique.

Flavors are bit unmelded and kinda jumbled. Kinda harsh and unfinished. Lots of dry earthy malt with coffee back. Bite is low and mellow, yet refined enough to palate. Carbonation spot on. Very unique style. Dry sweetness.

A nice take on a BA brew. Amber and coffee provide lots of one-of-a-kind attributes. It could be a bit more blended and less thrown together, but over all it's a fun beer. Merry Christmas!!! (612 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a thick and creamy head of about one finger. The color of the brew is a muddy brown/red/orange color. Light active carbonation in the glass while drinking. Heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Light to medium bodied coffee grounds jump out right away. Amber malt backbone plays along very well with the coffee accents. The body and back end are filling with plenty of rounded oak character.

Taste: The front is a nutty and caramel malt character. Oaky smoothness in the body. Coffee accents are much lighter then I expected, mainly picked up on the back end. Toffee, chocolate, and coffee finish is left on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light, slight chalky synthetic feeling at times. Dry coffee finish.

Overall: Good stuff. Glad I finally got to try a Local Option offering after hearing so much about them. Would certainly try some of their other options. (890 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,335 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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 (687 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (2,036 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle leaked a bit during shipping, but it didn't seem to affect much at all.

A - Pours a medium amber, slightly opaque with an eggshell or almost light khaki head.

S - Coffee is very present in the nose. It's not overwhelming like some beers. More of a coffee bean smell than actual expresso or brewed coffee. In the background is light malts and oak.

T - Not complex, but is very straight forward. Starts off with a mix of sweet bready malts and coffee bean. The coffee is not as dominate as it was in the smell. The backend hits you with oak, toffee and some bitterness.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation. Not heavy and has a wet finish. Considering the base beer/style, about what I expected.

O - It pretty much delivers what it says on the bottle. I can't really fault it for not being a heavier style of beer. (831 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I never thought I’d have an oak-aged coffee amber, kind of like how I never thought I’d have a coffee IPA or a sour stout – and both of those I actually really enjoyed. Bring on the oddities, brewmasters.

A: As the name implies, this is amber in color, though a bit redder and hazier than expected. The head, off-white and fizzy, rises to a half-inch but quickly recedes without leaving any lasting lacing.

S: Coffee dominates in a nose that’s particularly mild for a beer with additives. Still, it’s possible to pick out some pleasant aromas of cookies and cream, graham cracker, and candied nuts alongside the java character. Oak notes drift subtly in the background, pairing well with the coffee’s relaxed roast character.

T: Again, this is coffee beer condensed: a great amount of complexity and character, but not much intensity at all. Sweet caramel and honey-on-toast tastes arrive first with a roasted peanut flair – sugary, sure, but grounded in that earthy nuttiness – as the coffee flavor begins to unravel. As in the nose, the coffee isn’t as smoky as it is chocolaty and rich, contained by a light wood tone. Finishes with a touch of acidic coffee crispness.

M: Quite light: a watery body that’s augmented by the fact that there’s just a dash of carbonation present as it goes down. Its thinness is just another way it doesn’t seem like this beer is all there.

O: Hard to say if this beer is well-balanced or just too light – could be both, I guess. Everything just seemed a bit restrained, though what little there was to smell and taste was enjoyable. (1,598 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: medium/deep amber body; somewhat slow pour into a pint produced a slim finger of tan head

S: two-headed monster of dry coffee and hearty barley malt; subtler aromas of wood, earth, and savory herb

T: the malts and coffee flavors were the most up-front; oaky wood notes accompanied chewier tastes reminiscent of salted caramel, dried herbs, and husky grains

M: medium body, modest carbonation, a little bit of a chalky coffee aftertaste

O: I believe I may be partial to coffee flavors in stouts as opposed pales and ambers - this was an interesting beer, with clear coffee, malt, and oak notes - so the product is certainly as advertised, but I found it to have an almost muddied overall presentation (707 characters)

Mourning Wood from Local Option
85 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.