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Morningwood - Odd Side Ales

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 287
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 22.44%
Wants: 64
Gots: 76 | FT: 8
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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:
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of Bung
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tectactoe
2.02/5  rDev -50.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of barhoc11
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heystevec
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trent
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of antott0523
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to beergorilla for a 32oz Governor's Quarter growler of this delicious Michigan-made stout.

A: Pours an opaque viscous black coffee colored liquid. Thick espresso foam brown head that disappears and leaves minimal but very sticky residue along the glass. No visible carbonation.

S: The nose is phenomenal, dominated by coffee and chocolate, with notes of cinnamon, coconut, raisins, smores, chocolate pudding and some smooth bourbon.

T: Sweet milk chocolate up front followed quickly by a bitter cocoa, coffee, raisin flavor across the middle and back. Slight touch of cream. Bitter roasted malt, long dry bitter coffee finish. Not getting much from the bourbon barrel here.

M: It is a bit thin, but smooth with a touch of carbonation.

D: From the nose, which is unsurpassed, to the bold sweet and bitter flavors, none being overly dominant, this stout exceeds most others. Delicious beer I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Morningwood from Odd Side Ales
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