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Sunday Morning Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 131
Gots: 327 | FT: 64
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-24-2013

Sunday Morning Stout, 11.3% ABV, is an American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. The result? A beautiful ebony pour with a large, creamy, off-white head that lasts and lasts. The aromas of roasted coffee and bourbon awaken your senses while their flavors blend with hints of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and caramel.
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Ratings: 744 | Reviews: 166
Photo of deford
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A simple review...
No head whatsoever...OMG fantastic sweet bubblegum, chocolate, coffee aroma bids me partake, and I do! Did I just say OMG...sorry...Wow!! In your face chocolate coffee prune juice, and I like it! Darkness flows over me...and I welcome it. Will def do this again. Recommended.

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice coffee aroma. Chocolate,bourbon and coffee flavors all on theach taste. Well done beer.

Photo of tjcapture
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Coffee and some chocolate mostly and the bourbon is there, but very smooth. This beer is well done and the comparisons to KBS are legitimate. Do yourself a favor and get some if you can find it.

Photo of cooperla1
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lots of coffee and chocolate in this. Some alcohol present but it's very well masked. Super delicious! Get this one if you can!

Photo of uvachief
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with minimal head. Label lead me to believe there would be more head. What little head developed from an aggressive pour, dissipated quickly. Smells of dark roasted malts, chocolate and medicinal alcohol. Ru oh. Tastes like roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon had a bigger kick than I expected. A little overriding. A little thin in the mouth as well leaving a medicinal flavor. The coffee on the back end saves it. Good but not overly impressive.

Photo of BigD1975
4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stout is high in alcohol content, dark and flippin' delicious as hell, highly recommend, wow factor for me.

Photo of mothman
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Kbs replica. Nice coffee and chocolate flavors. Good amount of oak and bourbon. Thick and syrupy. Ends clean. Rich with a nice roast. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Highly recommend this one!

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Found a four-pack at the local market. Brewed on date stating 3/27/15--states that it's good for another year and a half. Poured straight out of the fridge from the 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours jet black from the bottle, almost the look and consistency of motor oil. A dark tan head of about a quarter inch falls fairly soon to a thin film and ring. Some nice lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S: Toffee and caramel sweetness in the nose, along with a more subtle vanilla and some rich roasted malt undertones. Not a huge bouquet, but it smells delightful.

T: Toffee, and caramel sweetness are the predominant flavors at the outset. As the beer lingers on the palate, there's some great licorice and vanilla notes that emerge and accompany some warming alcohol through the finish. There is a bourbon quality that remains as an aftertaste, with vanilla continuing to make its presence felt.

F: Despite being a heavier beer, it avoids the syrupy quality that I get from some imperial stouts. It's creamy and somewhat effervescent while remaining substantial.

O: I really enjoy this stout. It has assertive flavors while remaining impeccably well-balanced. It's on the sweeter side, but this works to its favor as that imposing ABV begins to assert itself. If there's any criticism I have for it, it's that it has a relative lack of roastiness in the flavor profile, though it more than makes up for this in the subtlety and balance of its flavors. This four-pack was $15 well-spent.

Photo of cjgiant
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap (have bottle at home so will add to this when drunk):
Black as night with a rich dark tan to almost brown head. The creamy head forms thickly at the edges, providing some lacing, and a gossamer film is also on the surface.

Nose is a bit sweet milky stout, milk chocolatey notes. I actually don't get much coffee or bourbon notes early, but the bourbon comes on with some warmth. The coffee that I get isn't bitter in nature at all, having a lean towards milk, chocolate, maybe vanilla.

Taste is foreshadowed by the nose for the most part. The flavor is a tad more bitter roasted notes. Deviating from the nose is a light twang of flavor that may be from the barrels, as is the vanilla, and there's a hint of coconut also. Bourbon is subdued - only an accent it seems to me.

Feel is silky smooth, body is rather full. Alcohol burn hits in some later sips.

Nicely done! I had rather high expectations, and this came close to matching them, real close. In fact, I think it did meet them-wish I had grabbed a few extra when I grabbed the bottles.

Photo of justinp444
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass this stout has a nice chocolate brown billowy foam head with a pitch black body. Smell is of bourbon, oak, dried fruit, cherry, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is of bourbon, some nice oak notes, cherry, minor vanilla notes at end. Lots and lots of chocolate with some coffee bitterness but a balanced sweetness. A good amount of warmth that is a tad bit too much. The overall mouth feel when fridge temp is a bit less rich then expected with the warmth making up for it somewhat but not as much of a thick viscous stout as I was expecting, when it warms it gets creamier though and the coffee pulls through more. Coffee is nice and aromatic and gives lots of dried fruit notes to this beer, and the oak and bourbon harbor it more complexity.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big Bad Bourbon Coffee Boldness! It is a bit harsh, but somehow works well together.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

some maple and coffee in the nose, flavors of sweet maple, light bourbon, and a gun-metal aftertaste.... overall way too thin... like a nice stout diluted with water... disappointing!

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Didn't quite live up to the hype for me personally. Too boozy up front and too thin in the mouth. Gets smoother and creamier as it warms.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/27/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, light booze, and oak/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and oak/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of bourbon/oak spiciness and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness and malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged coffee stout. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and smooth to sip on for the ABV. This tastes very similar to Heresy in the general flavor profile of the beer overall(with more added coffee notes). Pronounced barrel character that is not overdone. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of twizzard
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bit too boozy for me but still a solid BA offering

Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, opaque in the glass; creamy but thin medium brown head, streaky lace down the glass. Smell: earthy espresso, plum, some booze sweetness from the bourbon, toasted brown bread, notes of chocolate and vanilla. Nice; not earth-shattering, nor does it jump out of the glass. Taste: good chocolate ice cream, brown bread note, black plum and skin towards the finish, which is quite earthy with some herbal oakiness.. Extremely creamy, velvety feel. Growing straight bourbon aftertaste as it warms. This is quite good, but is certainly imperfect... boost the coffee and chocolate, soften up the finish, then we can talk first team.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a tarry black with a thin tan head that leaves an oily residue when swirled. The nose is very similar to KBS with spicy coffee & booze upfront, caramelized whiskey and roasted malt sweetness, and finishes with a hint of cocoa (which blooms as it warms). The taste is a similar experience, but with more whiskey booziness. It has a semi-sweet cocoa presence and oak bitterness in the finish as well. The beer's mouthfeel is rich and decadent with adequate carbonation, highlights the coffee and cocoa very well, and finishes with oaky dry bitterness, which isn't too astringent. This beer is a serious contender against KBS, an easy comparison to say the least, but it doesn't have the depth/richness of bcbs.

Photo of unclejazz
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I see the comparison to KBS, and respect the previous work the Weyerbacher has done. It is a bit too thin in body to really hold up all the different flavors going on. Good effort, hope to see it annually.

4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Little thin but as close to a KBS as I have had. Outstanding beer that I wish I had more of. Had a little more of a coffee flavor than this years KBS. Big fan!

Photo of Zetcha7x
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a huge stout fan and I'm getting a little tired of the whole barrel aging thing. That being said this was a great beer!
12oz single bottle from Capone's in East Norriton, PA. I don't remember what I paid for it. Not my usual style, but had heard about it and was highly recommended by the shop-keep.
Poured into a New Castle Brown Ale glass. Appearance was as I expected. Black with a very small tan head. Actually left some decent lacing on the glass.
Aroma was all bourbon. Some hints of coffee, roasted malt, maybe a little chocolate.
Big bourbon and vanilla taste. Coffee is there but not as in your face as others. At 11.3% you better believe there is an alcohol taste and warming sensation.
Rich and creamy with a dry bitter finish.
I would definitely pick this up again. My understanding is it was a very limited bottle release...As I said not a big stout person, but I did enjoy this. Got even better as it warmed. Chocolate flavors came out more.
Overall pretty impressed. Another great beer from an Eastern PA brewery.

Photo of Maniv_Steel
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/27/15, 12oz poured into snifter. Medium thickness, little head with a pretty aggressive pour. Smell is amazing, like walking into a coffee shop that sells ground coffee (not Starbucks). A mix of coffee flavors, even maple. Medium bodied for a BA stout, not a ton of carbonation. Taste is excellent, similar to nose but more subtle and has more coffee bitterness, sweetness there but not overly so. Not too much heat, just enough to balance nicely. Overall an excellent BA stout that hangs with the big boys IMO.

I think it is ready to drink now. Bought four and was gonna age the rest, but after trying it, I think I will save just 1 to see how it does. I'm thinking the coffee will fade and there isn't a ton of alcohol flavor that needs to mellow out.

Photo of Catracho5
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter

A: Black with no light coming through around the edges, mocha colored head, lots of lacing, especially for a BA stout.

A: Big aromas on this, coffee, bourbon, roasted malts, getting a slight chocolate note, not picking up a lot of alcohol, very nice aroma.

T: Very coffee forward, bourbon, getting some bitterness, lots of alcohol, finishes dry, slight chocolate-coffee bitterness, it's got a lot of flavor.

M: The beer's strength, nice full creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry.

O: My verdict is that this is not a KBS killer, it's good, it has bigger aromas, bigger flavors, but when it comes to drinkability, KBS wins. KBS is definitely smoother, but this might age very well. SMS is a world class beer.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall I'm blown away by this beer. Weyerbacher hit it out of the ballpark ! Tastes phenomenal, amazing bourbon kick with that slight tweak of coffee. A little heavy on the palate and really no coffee in the nose. Other than that one of the best bourbon stouts I've had... Just about ever. If you see it try it.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.38/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Runs a little hot. Solid coffee presence. So much roasted malts

Photo of Zaximus
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Excited to have been able to try this on a trip to Atlanta. Big full mouthfeel but I think the booze overwhelms the coffee and other flavors. Still solid.

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Sunday Morning Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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