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Morning Wood - Local Option

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86
very good

224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%


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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Florida9

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +4.2%
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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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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cvm4

Mississippi

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 14:04:19 | More by cvm4
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 04:03:11 | More by BarryMFBurton
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Greywulfken

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 22:35:20 | More by Greywulfken
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
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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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
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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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Granville

The beer pours a slightly hazy, lighter brown with a hair thin halo of head. The nose is way lighter than expected. It's a mix of light toast, vanilla, coconut, and a little booze. The beer drinks with watered-down vanilla sweetness with residual oak/bitterness that lingers. It's definitely an easy drinking, well carbonated & attenuated bbbw. This is a good beer, easy drinking and a good...err local option.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 02:57:11 | More by ThePorterSorter
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homebrew311

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
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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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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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elNopalero

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Treebs

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Firkin in Libertyville, served in a snifter.

A: Pours light brown with ruby edges and a slight haze to the body. A thin off white head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Mild splotches of lace appear as I drink.

S: Mild toasted malts, smooth coffee and some mild oak are all present in the nose. There isn't too much else going on at this point though.

T: Sweet malts and light roasted coffee are present up front. The coffee is slightly more subdued than I would like. The oak comes through in the middle with a toffee malt and there is slight fruity hop presence on the backend.

M: Easily drinkable. Medium bodied with an average carbontion level and a slight drying finish.

O: This sort of reminds me of a Coffee Bender that's been sitting around for a long time (flavor wise). The flavors were nice, but they just felt slightly restrained IMO. An easily drinkable beer, though, and if you like just a touch of coffee I would suggest trying this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 14:43:13 | More by Treebs
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Morning Wood from Local Option
86 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.