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Sunday Morning Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Sunday Morning StoutSunday Morning Stout

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213 Reviews
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Reviews: 213
Hads: 1,274
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 18.79%
Wants: 214
Gots: 455 | FT: 83
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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Photo of OmahaKF
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell is fairly heavy bourbon barrel aroma, brown sugar or caramelized sugar, and just a hint of coffee - more like brewed coffee than the typical roasted coffee bean aroma.

Taste if heavy bourbon up front - I remember when I drank this fresh, I thought the heat was a bit much, it's blended much better since then. Tastes like the top of a creme brulee, mixed with bourbon. Finish is sweet, but not artificially sweet - more like bourbon-y sweetness. Coffee flavor has faded substantially, and tastes more like a straight bourbon barrel stout than a bourbon barrel stout with coffee. At this point not much of a KBS clone, more like a normal bourbon barrel stout.

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Photo of Slack
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

8 month old bottle

Opaque and Black in color with minimal brown head and moderate lacing.

Aromas of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and minimal cocoa.

Taste is bourbon, black coffee, malt, cocoa, bitters, and minimal booze.

Mouthful is medium and smooth with medium low carbonation. Finish creamy and a bit warming.

Overall this an a extremely solid beer that is not as heavy and boozy as the style might imply. It is actually quite drinkable with noticeably good balance and character. Seek this out.

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Photo of hardysf
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a decent beer. Not worth the hype, not in the same class as some of the other beers it gets compared to ie kbs, bbpt5, black note, etc.

Pours a dark thick motor oil black with a tan head. Good head retention. Smell of coffee, wood, vanilla, and molasses. Tastes similar. A bit boozy even after resting for six months. Strong alcohol bite masks some of the underlying flavors that are quite nice.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours jet black with three finger off white head, fades slowly to a ring coating the glass with lace. Ridiculous roasted coffee aroma. Taste of sweet n bitter chocolate, coffee, mild vanilla and bourbon. The coffee really lasts. Drinks lighter than the abv, alcohol very well hidden. Super soft n chewy mouthfeel. Excellent coffee stout.

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Photo of monkeybone7504
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At first I wasn't so high on this beer... it was hot and boozy, and had that burned coffee taste. But if you let it sit for a few months it takes the edge off. Naturally weyerbacher does NOTHING small- all of thier beers are hit you over the head.

Definitely worth a try, and up there in terms of coffee barrel stouts

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Photo of Stevem68
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Has an aroma of chocolate coffee and booze. Flavor is bourbon up front with a much ckocolaty coffee finish. Leaves a warm boozy mouthfeel. Overall a delicious ba stout

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet milk chocolate and loads of coffee on the nose, with cursory notes of oak and bourbon. On the tongue, I'm struck by the overall lactose sweetness of this brew. The coffee isn't as prominent on the taste buds, as traces of vanilla seem to tone things down. The bourbon provides a steady heat, but doesn't overpower at all, instead allowing the caramel aspect to take charge. This is very, very good, but I don't think it's quite on the same level as Founders KBS, as has been claimed by many. But it's personal preference, that's what makes craft beer so much fun.

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Photo of lokizan
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S-smells very similar to KBS, coffee, dark chocolate, and barrel. Also getting some booze on the nose.
T- the beer opens up with dark bittersweet chocolate and cold brewed coffee. Getting barrel and booze on the back end. Finishes with a bitter barrel and coffee combination with noticeable alcohol.
F- very creamy but also thinner than I would expect from a beer of this ABV.
O- Is this better than KBS, I would say no. But its very close. I would love to do a blind side by side of these two. I don't remember KBS having this much alcohol presence though. Definitely one that every beer snob needs to try

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Photo of slade
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good beer, if drink straight from the fridge you really get strong barrel taste. Like any other stout let this one warm up to really let this one shine. Nice lacing with a dark brown head, nice thick mouthfeel which goes down easy. Picked up three four packs after flying through my first, definitely worth the try, did a side by side blind tasting with KBS and was split 50% KBS 50% SMS out of 6 people.

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Photo of danh53
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown, almost black with one finger head that subsides quickly into a ring of foam that leaves lacing on the glass. The aroma isn't jumping out at first. Maybe it needs to warm a bit. I get some roasted malt, caramel, and bourbon. Bourbon comes through big time on the taste. Coffee is more pronounced on the taste as well. Its a big flavor that tastes like a bourbon soaked coffee bean lingering in my mouth. Nice roasted coffee offsets the sweetness of the bourbon and vanilla starts to come through after a little while. Mouth feel is medium to full and vicious. This beer has some real promise, but the bourbon is just too strong for this to be world class. It's too hot and that is hiding any complexity there may be in this beer. I did enjoy it and would like to try another bottle when it has aged a year or more.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ran into their booth as well. gotta love gabf. hidden gems everywhere. this one was no exception. wish i couldve had more. these guys make some great beer

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Photo of glass_house
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pitch black pour with one finger of creamy milk chocolate head. Smell is strong black coffee, a little cocoa and a little bourbon. Also hints of vanilla, caramel, and dark fruits.

Taste is....bold, to say the least--very similar to the nose. An intsense rush of espresso-like roastiness with plenty of bittersweet chocolate and caramel. Finishes with a distinct heat from the bourbon, but it's not overpowering. Mouthfeel is thick. Very thick. Chewy and viscous and coats the palate like an imperial stout should. It's a sipper, and I was more than happy to share my bottle.

This was pretty much what I expected from this beer, and that's a good thing. No, it's not quite up there with the upper echelon of BA stouts, but it's very well done, and stays true to Weyerbacher's typical "go big or go home" approach. I look forward to having this again.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - pitch black, minimal head that lasts
Smell - strong bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla
Taste - reminded me strongly of Bourbon County Bourbon Stout
Overall - this was one of a few beers given to me as a gift, those who gifted are now better friends

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Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a viscous, motoroil black color, with a small dark brown head, which is almost fizzy, vanishing immediately, leaving small coatings back on the beers surface.

Smells of caramel coated coffee beans, accompanied by a cream mellowed roastiness. Bourbon complements the nose in a warming, utmost wooden, oaky way. This brings out the slighty dry coffee even more, by adding a flowery vanilla note as a well functioning counterpart.

Features a lower carbonation, with a smooth creaminess, which leaves the palate during the finish, due to the carbonation turning quite bubbly with a mineralic quality to it. Has without a doubt a fuller body, ranging from earthy coffee to caramel glazed cocoa, challenging the palate throughout.

Begins with earthy coffee flavors, wrapped up by bakers chocolate and toasted, mellow whole grain malts. Once this foundation is established, the malts turn sweeter, while at the same time an almost harsh, overpowering whiskey dryness tightens up the palate, creating an overall bitterness, which easily blends into the already known coffee taste. Chocolate provides a nice creaminess, balancing the very prominent, slightly boozy Bourbon, leading to a long lasting coffee dryness, involving a warming burn.

While its beginning is all about pleasantly roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate, once the Bourbon gets invited to the palate, it seems to be hard to tame it. Despite its hot Bourbon burn, the beer remains a pleasant, creamy soft mouthfeel, which gets interrupted by a cold pressed coffee presence, reminding me of cold, slightly harsh espresso, coated up by melted toffee and milk chocolate. Misses balance and depth to convince more.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really, really good stuff here. Would like to try it side by side with KBS because I think it would be a tight race. Great barrel character as well as well as creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Tommo
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most generic barrel aged stout ever. Smell is ok, taste is a little rough and the coffee does not come across very rich and nice, rather harsh and dark, like drinking a cold espresso but not as strong. Overall i feek that the base beer for this is not good, so the barrel aging did not help it that much

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Photo of winningwes91
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had high expectations for this one. Pours out a dark black color with a very little dark brown head. Smells very similar to kbs. Big chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Also some alcohol heat. Taste is the same with the heat coming out more here. A touch thin for the style..definitely not as good as kbs, but still awesome.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark chocolate, coffee and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted dark chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of donspublic
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as all get out. Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 3-24-2015) into a tulip. Minimal head, thin tan layer of foam on top, very little carbonation. I pick up a mild coffee smell, but the predominate smell is boozy. I get the coffee and vanilla but again the taste profile is really booze. The mouth feel on this is pretty good, typical stout. But the after taste pretty much reminds me of when I would try to do an Irish Coffee with bad bourbon instead of Irish Whiskey. Not a bad beer but definitely not up there with the other Bourbon stouts, i.e KBS, Goose Island, St Arnolds and Karbach. I have 3 more of these going in the cellar. Will update this if the profile changes

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Photo of DrunkAl
2.44/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this twice. At dark lord day, where I had approximately 1 oz, then more recently a whole bottle to my self. People say that this is a kbs killer. That's kinda like opening up a pizza place and saying your stuff is going to blow little Caesars away. Everything about it is bad. Bad coffee, bad bourbon, wierd mouthfeel. It's definitely not the worst ba stout, that is still kbs. But this is making a strong case for number 2.

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Photo of mabermud
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep, dark, and opaque body. I would say it is black. The head is a fine dark mocha that is even and consistent, and super fine. Very attractive lacing grace the sides of the glass as I twirl the beer around in my favorite 15.5 oz snifter.
Smell: Roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, coffee, chocolate, and booze. This is an excellent combination of the stated ingredients. The sweetness in the aroma is nicely integrated. In the smell, the vanilla and caramel, with the bourbon barrel, make a nice impact.
Taste: This is nice. The taste is not overstated in the smell. Desirable.
Feel: The feel is consistent with a a high quality imperial stout. Heavy, thick, and chewy. Smooth and silky in the box.

Overall - This is up there with BCBS, right on it's shirt tails.

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Photo of BuckeyeBeers
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried a bottle fresh right after the 2015 release and just recently tried a 6 month bottle... do yourself a favor and give this a little time in the cellar, it really helps.

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Photo of core42
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great coffee stout w/loads of bourbon in the nose & in the taste as well. Smooth mouth feel makes it enjoyable to drink. Really good but for me it's a bit too hot at this point making it a bit unbalanced but I can't wait to try it again in a couple of months

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Photo of woemad
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of LehighAce06. According to the stamp on the neck, this was bottled on March 9, 2015 and is good until March 5, 2017. Since that would be my Dad’s 70th birthday, I briefly thought about stashing it ‘til then, but immediately rejected that as it’s not something he’d enjoy.

A viscousy pour into an Iron Goat snifter yielded a beer so dark brown as to be virtually black, with a nice, creamy, long lasting tan head. Lots of lace.

Initially the nose was of coffee, but the bourbon barrel notes came out to play in a big way as it warmed. There were some sweet, molasses-like notes as well.

Big, syrupy, boozy and –surprisingly – fruity. The taste starts out with bitter coffee notes, but that aspect gets elbowed aside fast. The fruitiness is like chocolate covered cherries infused with whiskey, and comes in about midway through the taste. Big, boozy warmth in the fadeout.

Full bodied, with a thick, velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Thinking back to the KBS I had last week, I think this is a stronger, more brash brew. I’d be interested to see what it would be like with some age on it. Really like it, but I think I’d score the KBS a little higher in drinkability, but they’re both great. Again, while a great beer after a hearty breakfast burrito, this would be really great to try as a dessert or a nightcap on a cold winter’s night.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one is special. Tons of bourbon and chocolate on the nose and taste. Pours jet black with tons of nice tan head and lacing throughout the drinking process.

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Sunday Morning Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.