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Morning Wood - Big Wood Brewery

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Big Wood Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
50 IBU

(Beer added by: MBrausen on 02-03-2012)
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oline73

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

04-13-2014 02:50:09 | More by oline73
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-20-2013 20:46:10 | More by jwc215
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3/5  rDev -14.5%

04-28-2014 19:10:37 | More by mendvicdog
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

11-22-2013 03:33:21 | More by XmnwildX12
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duceswild

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

04-08-2014 03:28:16 | More by duceswild
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 20:36:23 | More by LXIXME
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-24-2013 14:28:08 | More by Cynic-ale
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Duff27

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

03-29-2014 22:04:28 | More by Duff27
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -14.5%

11-17-2013 03:50:31 | More by KarlHungus
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morimech

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black stout with a large tan head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Mild coffee aroma with slight hints of roast and cocoa.

Rather mild flavor. Mild coffee flavor combines with a timid stout to produce a rather lackluster beer. No off flavors but not assertive enough either.

Light body that feels thin. Decent carbonation.

Just an OK beer. At the price they are charging, it needs to be a much better beer. It does not compete with Redband Stout which is $3-$4 cheaper. Attractive packaging.

Serving type: can

02-23-2013 14:15:27 | More by morimech
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-09-2014 17:19:12 | More by ShemRahBoo
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

01-13-2014 19:46:21 | More by mattmarka1
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown color with a tall fluffy head of light brown foam. Plenty of lacing comes from that foamy head.

Vanilla, cocoa and light mocha in the nose.

Very light and has a touch of a watered down flavor. Coffee flavor in the background that lends to a bitterness. Plenty of noticeable hop flavor to add to the bitterness. Mild chocolate and vanilla in there also.

Has the body of a cup of coffee. Even at 5%, still too thin. Very dry finish.

A highly drinkable beer with lots of flavor to go with it. If I wasn't told this was brewed with coffee, I would have guessed it came from the malt bill because it's so light. The body and lack of coffee are this beers weakness, but it's still good overall. $11 for a four pack of 16 oz. cans though is too high a price tag in my opinion.

Serving type: can

02-16-2013 03:02:46 | More by jera1350
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

06-10-2014 23:06:04 | More by jmdrpi
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

03-31-2013 18:41:52 | More by st9647v3
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

02-07-2013 00:14:07 | More by zonker17
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Herky21

Iowa

4/5  rDev +14%

03-21-2013 20:12:20 | More by Herky21
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +14%

12-01-2013 03:49:53 | More by jsprain1
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-02-2013 00:21:35 | More by budgood1
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
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).

Serving type: can

12-27-2013 04:30:54 | More by BigBry
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 07:44:32 | More by MattyG85
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bum732

Lesotho

2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

04-05-2014 18:59:09 | More by bum732
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

03-21-2013 11:01:07 | More by bigbeers84
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
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).

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 03:44:18 | More by zeledonia
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -14.5%
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)

Serving type: can

06-02-2013 17:30:37 | More by Stevedore
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Morning Wood from Big Wood Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.