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Morningwood - Odd Side Ales

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237 Ratings
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 44
Gots: 68 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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

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Ratings: 237 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by liamt07:
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bung
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +5.8%
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 DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of tectactoe
2.02/5  rDev -51.1%
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 warnerry
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of barhoc11
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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 chuckgietzen
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ten80pee
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of king75
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Photekut
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of slasich
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rolandboy
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of robgage
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heystevec
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trent
4.46/5  rDev +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.

Photo of cates1tg
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Stu_Grimson
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of kbuzz
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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Morningwood from Odd Side Ales
92 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.