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Morning Wood - Big Wood Brewery

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 206
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Big Wood Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MBrausen on 02-03-2012

50 IBU
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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1 pint can. Poured a rich brown with a minimal head, lacking carbonation. Taste was rather weak for a stout, but drinkable. Will do in a pinch...price was right. Coffee taste was there if you thought about it hard enough. (225 characters)

Photo of marieli
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft. Not sure of temp. Started on cool side but warmed up some over 30 minutes or so. Appearance was dark brown. No head. Maybe it was the bartender's doing. A mild aroma. A slight coffee taste. Same with flavor. Mild. Not completely stout-like. Mouthfeel on thin side. Not bad but not necessarily good. Wouldn't reach for this as a stout and would rather have a porter or brown ale based on my overall reaction to this beer. (441 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I should feel so lucky. I got a discounted 4 pack because of a store mistake. Woot.

Appearance : Pours a jet black color out of the can, straight into the pilsner glass retaining its color but showing some brownish hues as well. The color as it sits is a chocolate muddy black-brown. It's beautiful. The head is tightly knit although I wouldn't call it creamy, it's more bubbly. It's about 2 fingers at my measurement and recedes within a couple minutes' time. It leaves wisps of lacing on the glass as it descends.

Aroma : Roast coffee in a big way. Foldgers - look out. Beyond the medium roast ground coffee there is a slight hint of bakers chocolate and vanilla extract. By and large, mostly coffee grounds - like opening a big can.

Taste : This is a breakfast beer if I've ever had one. Large malty body with coffee grounds and roasted coffee bean. Medium-dark roast with some oily flavor from the depth of the bean. It's really not like drinking beer, it's like drinking a fluffy, creamy coffee. The finish is of roasted coffee and I'm actually getting coffee breath from this beer.

Mouthfeel : Creamy, fluffy, full bodied. Very nice, much like the froth on a cappuccino. It ends roasted and semi-dry.

Overall : Coffee. If you like coffee, you'll love this beer. If you're a beer lover, which if you're here you are, you can substitute this for your morning drink. It will give you a jolt and also coffee breath. It's probably one of the more unique stouts I've had, although it's pretty linear focusing ONLY on roast coffee. I'll have the other three for breakfast when I need a jolt (tee-hee). (1,609 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing that you noticed with this beer is its dark coloration, you can hardly see through it even when holding it up to the light. It pours nicely and has a chocolaty scent to it. When you take your first sip it has a definite coffee taste which isn't surprising since the box says they actually use Dunn Brothers coffee beans in the brewing process. This is a very smooth drinking beer, It is also very rich.. I can't help but thinking this beer would go well with some Bacon, Eggs, and Hashbrowns after a rough night (527 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%

Breakfast aromas of fresh baked bread and fresh brewed black coffee dominate the nose with some grain smells in the background reminiscent of sprouted barley as it is just starting to kiln.
Pours bright coffee black with a dense 3" light tan foam cap that leaves thick lace.
The palate shows a good balance between the dark roast elements, hops and malt. It starts creamy with hints of caramel, cola to introduce coffee that especially dominates the after taste.
It has the creamy oatmeal texture with a hint of slickness in a big body with slightly below average carbonation. (577 characters)

Photo of PauI
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Morning Wood is like a guerrilla coffee attack. You sit down to a midnight glass and take a sip, expecting a stout brew, and instead your taste buds are skewered by a charred, defiant, coffee resistance - in a good way, if you're into that sort of thing. Someone put a double shot o' joe into your beer. You're mad and bewildered, but not mad enough to do anything about it, in your bewilderment. A tasty coup. (410 characters)

Photo of Bravak
3/5  rDev -16%

A - deep mahogany - bordering on chocolate. Thin head that dissipated and left very little lacing.

S - Sweet coffee - like a Super America instant latte

T - Sweet versus roast up front with a taste that reminds me of cold, sweet coffee drinks from a bottle. light carbonation. Pleasant tasting, but lacking any oomph or traditional stout character.

M - Medium mouth feel with a watery/thin finish. More like a dark ale than a stout.

Overall - OK, but lacking something and nothing stout-like stands out. (511 characters)

Photo of ronskrnkn
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Jee whiz... what a swell drink. After inundating my precious buds with that garbage water known as Great Divide's Titan IPA, does this really make a guy appreciate not drinking Great Divide Titan IPA. With a kickin' bod like Scarlett Johan, and a dark tone like a sunburnt Michelle Obam, this is one helluva coffee stout. Don't listen to the swine and scum who would erroneously lead you to believe that this has been misspiced or otherwise shanghaied the coffee flavors. They are great dishonor. My buddy brought this one out to me for my birthday and I cherish the light that it has brought into my family. If you are within the regional distribution radii of this here brewdog, you should get on it like you were randy for Scarlett Johan. (741 characters)

Photo of Cszymanski
4/5  rDev +12%

Big Wood is basically my hometown brewery. They have great beer- leading with this Morning Wood (I don't care to comment on their not so great beer). I love that it features Dunn Bros. Nice, dark, coffee stout with above average finish. Can only enjoy one pint/can at a time because of its robust taste. But, I truly enjoy that one pint. (338 characters)

Photo of Bear1964
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a Pint can into a Pint glass, jet black with a small creamy head which left solid lace rings as things went on. It has a sweet smell like a sweet/milk stout with hints of coffee followed by a chocolate candy whiff at the end...nice really. Taste was sweet coffee with a dark roast background and a little dark chocolate mixed in, smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes it work well together as an American Stout with coffee flavor...Overall I think this is a solid offering and I'm glad I picked it up...also very happy I have 3 more Pints to enjoy later. I like Stouts and Porters a lot and when I find a solid one I have no problem saying so...4 Pints at $ 9.50...count me in! (685 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
2.3/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance:
Pitch black body and crowned by the weakest head I have ever seen - it had all but vanished within seconds of pouring. Mild sediment is noticable. No lacing.

Aroma:
What aroma? Faint notes of coffee and chocolate can be found if you're willing to invest the time and effort.

Taste:
About as lifeless as aroma. Coffee is the only real flavors, and it's a decent flavor, I just wish it was more vibrant, richer. Cola towards the end. Light bitterness. Unfortunate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Thin and watery. No detectable carbonation.

Overall:
I love coffee. I love beer. Should be a match made in heaven, right? Unfortunately it falls short of good in every aspect. I grabbed this in Minnesota, where Surly is available, and I find myself regretting the decision... I should have just stuck with Surly's Coffee Bender - You should too. (846 characters)

Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured shortly after 9am on a Sunday, as is customary for coffee stouts.

Can says 'malt beverage with coffee added' - that's a turn off. Did I buy a malt beverage? I wanted a beer.

Pours a typical coffee stout not-quite-jet-black, I'll call this hue Super German Chocolate. Good 3 finger head that doesn't last terribly long. Leaves good lacing. Typical coffee stout notes of dark roasted coffee beans and cocoa on the nose. It's a little bitter, and tastes of dark coffee as you may expect. It's tongue-pricklingly fizzy, mouthfeel isn't fantastic.

Overall, not remarkable. (577 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of a four-pack of 16 ounce cans, from my last trip to Minnesota.

Poured dark brown (basically black) with reddish tints. Small tan head, looked good to start but did fade away, leaving some thin lace. Aromas of dark and bitter roasted coffee, slight maltiness, dark chocolate. Slight earthy hoppiness in the smell, that was even more prominant in the flavor. Well balanced mix of burnt or charred malt and coffee beans, and the herbal hops. Not overpowering espresso bitterness, but enough to enhance the stout flavor. Body is a bit thin compared to some really heavy, rich stouts, but still a full and smooth mouthfeel.
Good drinkability, flavorful but not too strong.
An enjoyable coffee stout on this cool December evening (and another can for the collection). (770 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Morning Wood pours a black color with a small tan lacing head. There is a a creamy aroma with lots of coffee and chocolate notes. The taste has a nice roasted malty backbone, with a lots of strong coffee notes, and an almost bitter aftertaste. A bit watery, but nice flavors. Overall its a nice coffee beer, no frills nothing fancy. (332 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to black with a head that descends to a wispy thin, vanishing, cover. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted iced coffee with a hint of oatmeal, toffee and earthy tones.

The taste is of iced coffee with dark malt and some roast in the finish.

It's medium bodied with mild carbonation.

It's pretty much iced coffee with a decent stout backing. (371 characters)

Photo of afinepilsner
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can

Morning Wood was black in color with red highlights when held to a light. It had a thick light brown head with good retention and lacing. The smell was coffee and malt. The taste was roasted grain and coffee. It has a long, lightly bitter, and coffee flavored finish. The mouthfeel was good, with a full body and moderate carbonation. Overall Morning Wood was an above average stout, but not something I would go out of my way to try. (444 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big tan to light brown head slowly dies down above a clear super thick super dark brown to black colored beer.

Decent amount of aroma coming from this beer consisting of dark roasted malts, light coffee grounds, a bit of dark bakers chocolate, with a grain like aspect to it.

Dark bakers chocolate, dark roasted malts, along with a bit of light coffee coming through in the taste of this Morning Wood.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of the dark malts tastes sticking around with this full bodied beer.

Also seems that as this beer sits and warms a bit that the dark chocolate and the black coffee aspects in the aroma and taste seem to come to the forefront a bit more, adding to this beer.

I'm glad it's sort of cold outside, seems to make this beer even better. (767 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into snifter. Thanks Nick!

A - Looks like coffee with a tan 2 finger head that fades into a nice collar. I have plenty of webbed lacing on my glass.

S - Fresh coffee beans and roasted malts with hints of wood.

T - Bitter coffee and roasted malt with some woodiness. A bit of cola flavor to it. I can't detect much else from this. Wish it had some oatmeal and chocolate to add to the depth of the stout.

M - Thin body and a bit harsh. Should be more creamy. Carbonation was nice.

O - I have a hard time calling this beer a stout. It has the consistency of a brown ale. It wasn't bad, but lacked characteristics that I look for in a stout. (660 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz "pounder" can shared with a friend yesterday; poured into my FFF teku glass today 6/2/2013.

Aroma: Straight up cold-pressed black coffee just like when I homebrew a coffee stout. The nose itself is kind of weak, and is nothing particularly special. I don't detect much malt presence or hoppiness here at all. (3)

Colour: Dark cola brown, minimal head, minimal lacing. Thoroughly average looking stout. (3)

Flavour: Straight up black coffee bitterness plus the underlying roast malts which are kind of hard to detect under the coffee. Its an OK tasting beer but rather disappointing that it is so one dimensional. I might as well drink hot coffee in the morning instead. (3)

Mouthfeel: Thinner side of medium body, well carbonated, aftertaste is black coffee bitterness, the finish is like black coffee. Ehh. (3)

Overall: Just not quite what I expect from coffee stouts. Its just a very, very heavy cold black coffee with a bit of malt and alcohol in it. I don't expect these to be complex beers but this one would really benefit from having more malt and hops backbone to it all. (3) (1,093 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 ounce can.

pours out a opaque dark brown with reddish tints. smallish tan head. some clingy lace. aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee, accented by some dark chocolate and nougat complimented with some earthy hoppiness. nice nose on this one. the taste profile suggests a layered, nuanced and balanced conglomeration of burnt maltiness, with a relatively timid dark roast espresso charge. this is definitley not a coffee bomb or an overly rich stout. hopping shows off a bit of earthy herbalness and some NW pineyness. i find the overall body of this brew a bit too much on the lighter side, almost lagerish. mouthfeel is overly smooth and seemingly watery. drinkability is good...it's easily approachable, not over the top in any way, but uninspired.

overall, i would say this misses the mark for me. my preference for coffee stouts is something bigger and badder than this offering. that said, this isn't a bad rendition of the style, just a restrained one. but it did seem sort of appropriate on a cool and blustery spring day. (1,037 characters)

Photo of TCMike
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a 1 finger, tan head when I poured it. The beer color is a deep brown, (non-translucent).

The aroma was of biscuit, coffee, roasted malts.

The taste was similar, but with, possibly, a little dark chocolate. Had a slight hop bitterness, but the beer is well balanced. This is a lighter bodied, and easier drinking coffee stout than most I've had. Still plenty of flavor, but you can easily down more of it. I'd call it a low carbonated, medium bodied brew.

Definitely will buy again. (494 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first offering from Big Wood...

Sure does look nice - pitch fucking black with a healthy finger of mocha brown froth which laces consistently... so far so good.

Chocolate, coffee... chocolate & coffee... some vanilla bean notes, fresh cream, nothing too exciting but it's inviting nonetheless.

Creamy mouthfeel carries flavors of mild chocolate, cheap bitter coffee, brown ale flavors, really tame... the bite from the coffee tends to linger.

Super sessionable, super simple... doesn't inspire what the name might suggest though. (538 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Another new Twin Cities brewery. Meant to try this on draft, but now that it's in cans, that makes things easier. Tasted 3 March 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours black, with coffee brown at the edges. Two big fingers of medium tan head, dense and pillowy. Great retention, solid lacing, and a thick cap that lasts throughout. Impressive.

Smell is all about the coffee, to the point that I wonder where the stout is. But fortunately it's good coffee, roasty and woody, but soft, and without the sharpness of over-roast that many coffee beers have.

Taste is pleasant, and close to being really good, but it drifts out just when I'm wanting more. Starts out with the upper half of the flavor of coffee, lacking the rich undertones that I hoped the stout would give it. Then it fades to a soft char bitterness, that's the main stout element I'm finding in this beer.

Mouthfeel is really good. Chewy for such a low-ABV stout, light but full in the mouth. Carbonation puffs it up even more and helps the flavors dance. It's almost too much, but backs off right when I need it to.

A pretty solid coffee stout. Unfortunately, the taste is the low point, and it's hard for a beer to be really impressive when there's so little of the style in the flavor of the beer. But I'd still drink another one (or three). (1,306 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of light tan head which recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty and toasty coffee bean infused aroma. Dark roasted malts with good hints of bitter dark coffee beans and oats. Hints of chocolate, cream, vanilla, grains, caramel, toffee, nuts, and biscuit. Some earthy hops with hints of grass. Aroma isn't big but the coffee is pretty noticeable and the sweetness is balanced. Solid smell.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, but not as strong with the coffee. Dark roasted malts with a taste of coffee beans, oatmeal, and chocolate. Also some notes of vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, wheat grains, biscuit, and nuts. Fairly earthy with a solid presence of grassy hops. Fairly laid back taste for a coffee stout but the balance is solid.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and pretty drying on the finish.

Overall: A decent beer overall, but could of been stronger with the coffee flavor. The body is thin too even for a small stout. The dry bitter roast is nice though. (1,202 characters)

Photo of liesea
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. cam poured into a tall tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark black with beautiful hint of dark red around the edges. Nice 3 finger brown head that sticks around.

Smell: Huge coffee aroma right away. Followed by a hint of tobacco and a lot of dark roasted grains and quite a bit of sweetness.

Taste: slight hoppy bitterness at the front of the tongue. Not much in the middle of the tongue, but followed by quite a bit of roasted grain bitterness and a sweet roasted aftertaste. There is only a small hint of coffee. I was expecting a lot more coffee after smelling this beer. The taste is really nice and smooth,but I wouldn't say it stands out with anything special.

Mouthfeel: Not a ton of carbonation, as expected. Fairly thick heavy mouthfeel, but somehow more watery then I expected it to be. It's not watery, by any means, I just expected it to be thicker for some reason. Good mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Great beer. I'm trapped in my apartment after getting 12" of snow this past weekend and this is the perfect beer to be trapped with. Filling, warming, and satisfying are the first words that come to mind. I would recommend this beer and will probably buy it again. (1,189 characters)

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Morning Wood from Big Wood Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.