Morningwood - Odd Side Ales

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 48
Gots: 76 | FT: 9
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: SupaCelt on 12-12-2011

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Reviews by SupaCelt:
Photo of SupaCelt
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout was brewed with coffee and aged in a bourbon barrel. It was available in bottles in limited quantity at the brewpub. The pour produced a substantial head midway between foamy and creamy that remained for the duration of the drink. Lacing proliferated above the lovely brown liquid.

The nose was notably woody with some pleasing roast and chocolate notes. Bourbon fumes rose up to meet the olfactory bulbs during the process of sipping. A very nice treat for the senses.

The taste had just the right amount of woodiness without overpowering the delicious stout nuances. The coffee flavor was mild and utterly delightful. Roasty chocolate notes made a robust bed for the wood and coffee to float upon. This brew was very enjoyable to view and drink.

The mouthfeel was fluffy and supported the taste profile marvelously. It carried a medium body bordering on thick, but just a pinch lighter which made quaffing dangerously easy. Superb.

Overall this was a great bottle. I count myself lucky to have been able to procure a vessel of this. Cheers to Odd Side Ales. This was a nice treat. I am happy to see this brewer having success and making delicious ales for us to enjoy. Another great piece of the great beer state!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bung
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 version is 9.5% abv.
Superior to the Hipster though noobs will say different since it has the buzzword "maple" in it.
Comparing either of these to KBS seems popular now, but is folly.

For this however, think of a barrel aged FBS, it is very nice.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade. Pours pitch black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma of earthy coffee and sweet chocolate, some roasty, light vanilla an a hint of bourbon. Flavor is big chocolate and coffee, super smooth like a creamy milkshake. Smooth and creamy body, rich, with only a twinge of bourbon heat going down. Very impressed with this one. Mmmm.

Photo of tectactoe
2.02/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Jeff for splitting the bottle with Kevin and I. I've been enjoying lots of Odd Side stuff recently, so what could be better than a barrel-aged stout with coffee? Morningwood is a nearly jet-black color with a deep, deep brown outline. There's literally no head that forms, even after a straight-down pour; only a pathetic, beige collar works its way out begrudgingly. No carbonation = not a good sign.

The aroma isn't... bad. I think. Well, I'm not really sure. It's got some good stuff *in* it; some sweet chocolates, lightly sweet dark fruits, a touch of burnt coffee beans, and very light amounts of oak and bourbon. So far, these are many things you'd expect from a bourbon barrel aged coffee stout, yes? Well, of course.

The trouble lies in a weird, almost tart and sour-like aroma that cascades throughout the rest of the aromatic profile; overpowering, distracting, and unwarranted. It smells infected, it really does. There's a big different between dark-fruit sweetness and downright infected tartness. I really feel that this funky, sour smell should not be plaguing this stout.

But the smell isn't even the worst part... The taste is. The first sip makes the infected tartness even more noticeable, as it attacks the palate right away. A semi-sour bout of something like apple skins, cherry skins, and vinegar. There's no way those flavors are intended, and if they are - they don't work here. Based on the many positive reviews, though, I have to assume that this was a mistake.

The first sign was probably the lack of carbonation. Perhaps the bottle wasn't properly capped and the beer feel victim to oxidation and infection. There are some bourbon, oak, and coffee flavors in each sip, but the sickening sour flavor is too much to handle. We tried to put these back, but sadly, they ended up in the drain.

There's no way this was intentional. I don't believe it, because there's no way people would enjoy a beer that tasted like this one did. I'd love to find either another bottle of this or have it on tap, just so I can give it a fair chance. I really believe this was an infection, but until I'm completely sure, I just can't give this beer a good rating.

Photo of barhoc11
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Picked up a couple bottles to try out and was not disappointed.

The base to this beer is solid and I could see how previous year's was lacking body. The coffee added really takes things to another level, very smooth. Once you add in the barrel aging, it adds some vanilla to the mix. To me it resembles something along the lines of Bailey's and Cream.

Overall this is probably one of the best barrel aged coffee stouts I have had, it has it all if you like barrel aged coffee imperial stouts.

Photo of Trent
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black, smooth from the bottle. No head at all. After pouring, a tan ring develops on the outer edge of the glass.

Sweet smell hits the pallet, though subtle. The overriding aroma is from the bourbon barrel. The coffe and stout mix with the bourbon to create a toffee like smell.

The taste is fantastic. Super smooth, with no presence of the 9.5abv at all. Lightly roasted coffee with a little chocolate taste, and some sweetness from the bourbon also.

Mouth feel is silky smooth. No carbonation, no bite.

Great great brew.

Photo of docoman
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

didn't taste much of the BBa but heavy on coffee notes... good beer, not great, but very drinkable.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with mikeyson4 recently, thanks dude.

Pours a fairly dark, but not entirely opaque, black color, with a quarter inch head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like coffee, molasses, chocolate, and caramelized sugar. Smells pretty sweet.

This tastes good, but it's a tiny bit too sweet to be top level. Very sweet, cream and coffee flavor, with some sweet chocolate syrup, molasses, and a little bit of caramel. The barrel character is pretty light, and not all that prominent. I get a little bit of sweet bourbon, but no oak.

This is medium bodied, slightly thin for the style, but not that much to it's detriment. It's got a pretty low level of carbonation.

This is a pretty solid "light" BA stout for when you don't want to get wrecked.

Photo of Grupatre
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the second time. Much better from the bottle than on tap

Photo of Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date. Bottle courtesy of mjshearer1.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Incredibly chocolaty aroma with a bunch of caramel as well. Smells like chocolate cake. Also some vanilla and burnt sugar.

T- Flavor isn't quite as sweet as the aroma would have you expect. More notes of milk chocolate, caramel and vanilla. The dark roast and light bourbon notes provide a nice balance to the decadent sweetness. Dark chocolate and mild coffee in the aftertaste.

M- Soft and thick with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- A wonderful dessert beer. Way more chocolate than coffee but that's all right. So smooth, rich and luscious. Would love to have access to this on a regular basis.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Oddside Ales Morningwood last week for $4.49 at The Lager Mill. I was happy to hear that Oddsides decided to distribute a small amount of this beer and I was happy to get my hands on a couple bottles, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, but it's a little plain looking and I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through with two fingers worth of light mocha colored head that was a little creamy and it died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that's followed by a big chocolate aroma being the first to show up and it's got a nice hot chocolate and fudge like aroma to it with some noticeable coffee and roasted malts in the background. Up next comes the bourbon barrel which mixes well with the chocolate and coffee aromas and it imparts a real nice vanilla and a nice but slightly lighter bourbon aroma. This beer had a very nice aroma, I really liked how well the barrel mixed with the chocolate and coffee aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, but it's slightly lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by chocolate still being the first to show up with a nice fresh coffee flavor and some roasted malt flavors in the background. Up next comes a slight caramel flavor followed by some bourbon barrel flavors which are a little on the lighter side and they impart a nice vanilla flavor with some lighter bourbon flavors in the background. On the finish there's a slight alcohol flavor with a very slight coffee like bitterness with some coffee, chocolate, and bourbon barrel flavors in the aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer, the bourbon barrel was on the lighter side, but it complemented this beer nicely.

M- Smooth, a little rich, a little creamy, on the thicker side of being medium boded with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel that worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a very nice example of Non imperial stout that's barrel aged, it had great balance to it with just enough complexity to keep me coming back for more and I'm drinking this a little faster than I expected. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, a little rich, a little creamy, not too filling, and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I would have no problem drinking few of these and I can't say that for hardly any other barrel aged stouts and I think it makes for a nice beer to enjoy on a nice winter mourning. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, the barrel wasn't overpowering and the chocolate and coffee worked nicely with it. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything I disliked or would change about this beer, it's great just the way it is. I would for sure buy this beer again if they release it again, I got my two bottle limit, but I would buy more if I saw it and I would recommend it to anybody that doesn't mind barrel aged stouts that are on the lighter side. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I thought the barrel showed up pretty nice in this beer even though it was still a little on the lighter side and I think the barrel showed up better and worked out better than it did in the barrel aged version of Mayan Mocha Stout. This beer proves that barrel aging just isn't for imperial Stouts and that it's possible to make a barrel aged stout that's fairly sessionable, it's like a lighter version of some of my favorite barrel aged imperial stouts. Great job guys, keep up the awesome work, this beer just earned a spot as one of my favorite Oddside beers.

Photo of liamt07
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HopCat, as part of their Wood and Wild Ales Festival 2012. Served in a tulip.

Deep brown/black body with a brown head. Light retention and a bit of lacing. Nose has a whole lot of bourbon and chocolate right up fornt, some milder roast, hazelnut and vanilla. Taste has about the same, loads of bourbon, milk chocolate, cocoa and roast are predominant. Some vanilla as well. Lower medium carbonation, and super smooth body. No alcohol. A surprisingly delicious beer, one of the highlights of the festival.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my parents for opening up a bottle of this straight from the brewery, and huge thanks to jale for getting me a second bottle to enjoy with the DC group.

Served in a snifter.

Pours near-black with a good tan head. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings forward some great coffee and bourbon notes. Really complex and interesting. Uber-smooth and integrated. Chocolate and very faint roast in the background. Flavor doesn't quite hit notes as high as the nose, but still quite good. Medium-full body without any booze and a chewy nature. I like the fairly-low-ABV stout with extra additions. Solid brew and the best I've had from Odd Side to date.

Photo of jlindros
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh yeah Morningwood one of my fav beers of alltime!!!... oh wait, not Funky Buddha... well shit... I hope this is decent.
Thanks to rudzud for trolling me with this one.

Super dark smaller fizzy fluffy like head fades fairly quickly, light lacing, long legs, pitch black color. Ok but not at 7%.

Nose big fudgey dark choc, thick choc cake like, with nice barrel notes, nice bourbon, some vanilla, little roasted coffee, caramel and fudge candy, nutty toffee notes.

Taste big thick creamy fudgey choc, lush cocoa and dark choc, creamy milky choc, etc, little roasted coffee. Then mild vanilla barrel, faint cocoa nibs like cocoa flavor, mild but nice bourbon, little barrel juice even, and little caramel. Mild bitterness. Finish brings more cocoa fudgey choc, more bitterness, little barrel vanilla and bourbon. Little alcohol note on the finish. This really doesn't seems like only 7%.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, maybe slightly thin, little booze warmth, bit thick and fudgey, lighter carb too.

Overall pretty nice, great malts, nice barrel notes too, but some mild flaws prevent it from being higher. Feels more like a 9% beer than a 7%, but still pretty good, still pales in comparison to the Funky Buddha version.

Photo of blankenhoney
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in November 2014 and enjoyed from a snifter.

A: Morningwood pours dark black with a thin, rusty brown, and barely there head. Looking like a mighty fine BA stout.

S: The dominant aroma is Hershey's chocolate syrup, with some nice roasted coffee in the background and some very light notes of vanilla and whiskey. From the nose alone I'd probably be hard-pressed to identify this as a BA stout if I didn't know what I was drinking.

T: Anyway, the flavors are mild, but very nice: milk chocolate holding hands with roasted coffee, followed by a good deal of bitterness and a whiskey sting on the finish. I'm a coffee nut, so I'd like a bit more coffee presence here, but this is still a tasty beer with a decent amount of coffee.

M: The mouthfeel is the star, though: it's incredibly smooth and creamy, and the finish is a study in dry, bitter roastiness. Just delightful stuff here.

O: I was thoroughly impressed with this beer. It's a restrained beer that doesn't go for the huge flavor profiles you see in other BA stouts. And it's neither a chocolate bomb nor a coffee bomb, but a beer that blends both flavors pretty seamlessly. Not much to criticize about this beer; that I might like to see a bit more coffee and bourbon in the nose and the taste is just my own preference, rather than a problem with this beer.

Photo of Shon4star
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great brew! Taste is smooth and is very smooth.

Photo of AgentZero
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Bob.

A - Majorly carbonated beer. Huge head pops up, not necessarily what you want to see from a stout. Black beer with a tan head. Good retention.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, not a ton of booze.

T - Taste is about like the nose. Good roast, some coffee, vanilla. Very little bourbon on this.

M - Overly carbonated, which makes it distracting and detracts from this beer. Medium bodied.

O - Not bad, has the tastes you're looking for in a stout. Carbonation is an issue for me though.

Photo of meanmutt
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Not sure the age on this one as I received it as a trade extra and didn't see any date info on the bottle.

Pours pitch black with a mocha colored head.

Aroma is mostly chocolate with hints of bourbon.

Taste follows the aroma, big chocolatey flavor with traces of bourbon.

Great stuff!

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic coffee profile. Light on the barrel. Charred malts, sweet, light body, and very drinkable. Solid coffee stout that is best for those that don't want a huge battle influence. Terrific balance.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a minimal tan head.

S - Aromas of bourbon and dark chocolate.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. There is some roasted well with the sweetness. Light coffe in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty beer. Loads of decadent rich flavors.

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black in color with a nice tan head. Coffee and roasted malt are evident and the oak and bourbon make their presence known as well. A little bit of chocolate aroma in the background. The chocolate flavor is a touch more robust than the aroma would indicate. Nice coffee and roasted malt flavors and a sweetness of vanilla to go with the bourbon. Wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of BreakfastStout
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Living in Grand Haven, I've been extremely critical of Odd Side Ales in the past. Some of the shit they put in their beer just astounds me. Habanero?!? Give me a break. So when we stopped out last night after already having a Bells and then a Guiness stout, I wasn't expecting much. I ordered a flight and it was typical disappointing blah, until I hit their Instigator IPA. This 8% abv taste treat is soon to be bottled according to Eric. Nice! As I was working my way through the flight, and choking down the aforementioned habanero swill, I saw this little beauty in the cooler. It said Limited Edition, and was not on tap so I had to wait until tonight to sample it. Nice! A local Bourbon barrel aged stout! I was so fucking excited...

Pours black as night with a small 1 inch head that lingers. Lacing stays on my Founder Tulip through out the entire test. Nose is burnt coffee with a hint of fruity chocolate. The taste initially reminds me of Founder Imperial Stout, but then I get the slight bourbon kick near the end. I wish the bourbon was a bit more up front. This would truly be a great beer if it was. By the way, I was told this latest batch was at 10% ABV. It's very evident as I work my way through this beer. Mouth feel is thick chocolate on the tongue. Nice job Odd Side! You're finally stepping it up. I can't wait to find Instigator IPA in the bottle! Hurry up!

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really solid beer, first one I've had from Oddside. The chocolate and coffee notes are very distinctive. Wish the bourbon influence was more pronounced, however. Still a very nice offering!

Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage from BlowOffTube, thanks for the opportunity!
Solid inky black with a minimal tan head. Huge milk and light dark chocolate bourbon and vanilla notes with a touch of roasted coffee. I swear I get some mint in the aroma as well. The flavor is rich thick and sweet fudge-y chocolate that slowly turns to a mocha then some wooden vanilla and a bit of alcohol flavor and burn Rich thick and sweet, I love this brew!

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/10/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, fudge, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, brown sugar, and oaky earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, caramel, fudge, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, bourbon, brown sugar, and oaky earthiness. Light amount of roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, bourbon, and brown sugar on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial coffee stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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