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Sunday Morning Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Sunday Morning StoutSunday Morning Stout
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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Two dates on the bottle looks like bottled on March 27th 2015, good till March 27th 2017.

Pours inky dark walnut brown and nearly black, and completely silent. The snifter takes it easily but without much fanfare. No head creation on a basic snifter stout pour, some faint hint of a really dark mocha mahogany head makes an appearance. Too bad there's no finger of it cause it's really dark it would be nice to see more of it's chocolate like goodness. Settles to a simple tan collar that looks much lighter. Top is virtually non existent except doesn't leave an oil slick at least, and a minor sheen and webbing.

Aroma is very nice, hits at very dark chocolate and fresh ground coffee beans. There's a nice hot spice note coming off this which almost gives off a whiff of hot cinnamon in the back of the throat. A bit boozy but not with much whiskey barrel hinting character, but keeping in step with a great dark chocolate and a sense of thicker mouthfeel to come. Fruity berry notes of grape and cherry peak out as well.

Palate gives some interesting notes. First sip hints at almost fruit forward ester mix which goes nicely, an almost Eclipse Elijah Craig fruit berry note that hits the mid palate nicely. Palate is a little watery but also slight fizzy but manages to give a neutral chance for the flavors to come through, but it would be nice to have some of that thick fudge character. Aftertaste has a bit tannic barrel note, with some good wood and whiskey character. However there's a sharp hop but tolerable bite, and whiskey finish that really hits a boozy feeling in your stomach. Just borderline watery and missing a good deal of depth for a large stout. Coffee angle also seems real buried after awhile with more of the whiskey character dominating. The lighter feel certainly makes for quick drinking, and even a honey coating sweetness on the lips. Chocolate seems a little muted as well and does take a turn for more of a classic roasty porter quality with husky and ripping grain quality.

Where's the vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, thick chocolate and coffee bursts that can come with such a character brew? Nice first effort though from Weyerbacher in the big stout whiskey realm, but it's crowded up here with the big boys and this one doesn't stand out as much as some of the other big guns.

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Photo of Jjski
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at room temp, obtained today. Bottled on 3/24/15.

I think I got some lame KBS last year, because I was disappointed in its thin feeling, and muted flavors compared to prior iterations. This beer from Weyerbacher tops 2014 KBS in those regards, and it has a thicker mouthfeel: in the medium range for RIS. Analogous to regular Narwhal. Pleasantly viscous without weight. The beer lingers on the tongue without being a palate coating ruffian.

I decidedly prefer this to last years KBS . The coffee is potently sleek, and roasted grain renders cocoa notes. I always yearn for ubiquitous barrel presence, but this is not BCBS grade in that regard. Shadowy puffs of bourbon, vanilla, and oak at the end of sips, while coffee is omnipresent and anonymous ethanol vapors aggressively invade the nasopharyngeal sensory bed. This beer is currently very "hot".

In the realm of "obtainable" BB RIS- this beer is near the head of the class. FAR better than their Heresy!! ( a hobbled excuse for barrel aged beer). It may age well if u like coffee a trifle attenuated. The fusel character should diminish. On the contrary: I'm in the camp that aging KBS is counterproductive.

From the length and depth of this review, one thing should seem obvious: This beer is very very very good. If I didn't drink Black Tuesday, Java Bourbon Eclipse and Parabola with a modicum of regularity: I would call Sunday Morning Stout fantastic. Considering the resultant drain on the bank account by the aforementioned exemplars, it's probably better to stick with this Weyerbacher triumph.



Ps: If u haven't noticed, I often end my reviews with suggesting beers in the same vein. If you like coffee bourbon stouts: do not forget Big Bad Baptist. It's quite like this with more barrel and espresso dominant flavors. Not better, just different

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Photo of smith_s4765
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer is awesome. They should just call it the awesome beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 12/28/15: Pours pitch black with a foamy 2+ finger mocha colored head that had tons of bubbles of all sizes popping as it dissipated slowly around the edge of the glass, leaving the middle like the Close Encounters mountain as it made hissing sounds and settled into a nice layer on top. Each sip leaving minimal spotty lacing that slides down back into the head.

Weyerbacher lists "A stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee" on the bottle; they may as well put this label in the beer dictionary next to bourbon barrel aged coffee stouts since the aroma was perfect. The dark roasted, bitter coffee smelled like the best cup of fresh Starbucks bold I've ever inhaled. And that was just the start...then there is rich dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, light bourbon, cocoa powder, maple syrup, toffee, bakers chocolate, faint vanilla and oaky or earthy notes. Might even be some hints of piney hops, but that may just be the burnt coffee bitterness. Light char, smoke and burnt grains round it out. This beer is perfectly named and smells like delicious fresh coffee.

I let the bottle warm up for 30 minutes before pouring and it was just as tasty as it smelled, with a sweetness to start that is full of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, cocoa powder, roasted, bitter coffee, dark fruit and some bourbon, which then shifts to malty tones and some earthy notes like oak, merlot/red wine, peat moss, charred wood and smoked grains. Light piney hops peek through and then get washed away with the toffee, caramel, dark chocolate (like Hershey's Dark), maple syrup, brown sugar and coffee grinds. The barrel influence lingers after each swallow, with traces of bourbon adding nice depth and complexities. My affinity for coffee stouts has once again hit me like Cupid's arrow.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a slick feel and mild carbonation, but the fact that the feel and delicious flavor completely mask the 11.3% ABV balances out those knocks. Aftertaste is bitter with a mix of coffee grinds, bakers chocolate, woody, barrel notes and fruit like a merlot or other red wine with a tannin aspect that makes for a dry finish. Chocolate and bourbon (or single malt scotch) lingers for a while.

By far the best Weyerbacher beer that I've ever had, and a top notch BBA stout. This lived up to the hype, and this comes from a guy who has been harsh on rating other brews from Weyerbacher. I would love to drink this on a Sunday morning, so perhaps that's when I'l crack open the bottle I have aging. I highly recommend drinking this brew is you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. The brew is black in color with a dark brown head that fades slow leaving stringy lace. Some brown clarity seen around the edges.

The nose is coffee forward with roasty grain like chocolate and earth. Some oakiness imparts faint caramel and vanilla. The aroma is easily the best part of this brew.

The taste is roasty with earthy bitterness, slight coffee and mild green yeastiness and minerals. It has a lot of neutral oak flavors, solvent booze and not really all much bourbon character. The more I taste this, it almost feels like cedar instead of oak...as weird as that sounds.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Initially has a lot of wow factor but as the experience continues it kinda falls apart. The initial strong coffee tapers off, the barrel doesnt have nuance and lacks finesse. Instead, its straight raw wood without all the pleasantries. Despite my gripes about this beer, its still pretty good.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My one-year reunion with fresh Sunday Morning Stout is an anniversary most anticipated, that's for sure. This beer knocked my proverbial socks off when I got it last March. Though I had purchased only one four-pack of bottles in 2015, they lasted me until 1/16 given my plan to drink/share two relatively fresh bottles, store one for 4-5 months and age one bottle for 10-12 months. The evolution of this beer was remarkable; though it went through changes and mellowed out, it retained most, if not all, of its coffee flavor and robust barrel character, though it did drink relatively smoothly. This review is for fresh 2016 SMS, however.

Picked up a four-pack, once again, at Craft Beer Cellar Westford. Two bottles were immediately stashed in the cellar for later consumption. One bottle was poured for my housemate (cheers Dan!) and one was poured for myself. In my tulip glass, the beer pours a sinister black with cascading dark khaki head that breathes an evil crimson upon each tiny swirl. This is no ordinary beer! Head dissipates to one finger of everlasting foam that laces very slightly in the glass. A sinister and foreboding appearance, for sure.

On the nose, SMS presents itself with hefty oak qualities, ethanol, vanillins, espresso and roasty malt, almost exactly in that order. This beer is a very forward one and there is very little room left for subtlety within its captivating depths. Slight milk sugar, English toffee and even some earthy/herbal hop qualities pop out from within its deep, Lethean body. I feel that this is a little, tiny bit less barrel forward than 2015 SMS. I recall that beer absolutely bowling me over with intense whiskey character, and this seems a little more restrained. I'm thankful for that, to be honest, as I felt fresh 2015 SMS had a bit too much heat straight out of the bottle. I may age it for slightly less time due to this fact, but that doesn't change the reality that this is certainly a cellarable beer. 4-6 months seems like a sweet spot for this year's batch, I'd reckon.

The palate is rife with roasty, chocolatey and coffee flavors, bringing in an added charred oak and vanilla character in the late-middle of the palate. The finish is balanced with a strong ethanol hit that kicks in to reveal some dark stone fruit notes. Some late hoppiness seems to show up to the party, too, but it's very much drowned in the deep blackness of roasted malts. Feel is on the heavy side with a thick finish that speaks of its strength, character and long barrel-aging period. I've always found KBS a little on the "overrated" side of things (and I've had it maybe six times, mostly on tap) and, though it's quite great, this beer pushes a lot of the flavors it flaunts to much higher levels and comes out on top for those seeking a barrel-aged stout without restraint.

I'm sure that fans of KBS will tout its conservative, "balanced" qualities above this, but SMS just feels like a superior beer to me, especially taking price, format and availability into account. Put simply, this is a beer that took a chance against a difficult opponent, competed for the title and won.

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Photo of thisXwar
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The look was a slight disappointment as it seemed to have very little head with a short stay.

Smell was great all I could smell was a fistful of coffee with a very light wood smell in the background.

Taste: It's like 2 different drinks at the same time. With the sip you get strong coffee then it's like you chased it with a shot of bourbon.

I thought the feel changed drastically during the drinking of this beer. As it warmed it got a much stronger bourbon taste then at a point went right back to perfectly smooth and balanced.

Overall: Exceptional beer with a spectacular price point of $11 for a 4 pack!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very coffee forward. Bourbon is warm and gets hotter as the glass sits. Nothing subtle about this beer. Every character flavor knows it's roll and plays it well. Well done Weyerbacher.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Once I found out about this beer, I could not wait until I tried it. I luckily stopped in at the package store I work at and they had some 4Packs.
Picked up some and aging 3 while tasting one right now.

Typical jet black full stout. Off color dirty beige head that stays for a while.
The aroma is COFFEE, Black strong Italian Espresso Cafe to be exact!

The taste was big and very bold. Bigger than some of the other coffee stouts I have tasted. The coffee flavor comes through right from the start, but then the alcohol slowly starts to take over. I would have rated this probably a 5 across the board, but it was because of the alcohol, that I took it down a notch. The alcohol burn to me wasn't as balance with the coffee. So, what started out as espresso, became alcohol and then finished an alcoholic coffee!

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Photo of JayWhitson
4.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/11/16 Can't see much wrong with this beer. I'd rate the smell a 10 if I could. Last year it seemed like more of a booze bomb but is much more balanced this year. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This new WOW imperial stout pours a deep black with a nice head of light brown foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice lacing. Nose of chocolate, rich roasted coffee, bourbon, and vanilla. Flavors exceed the nose with a crescendo of deeply roasted smooth coffee, rich chocolate, and booze laden bourbon on the front and middle of the taste. Cream and vanilla present themselves on the middle to back of the taste with notes of oak and bourbon resting fimly on the back and aftertaste. Smooth and creamy mouth feel, full body, and medium carbonation makes this one FANTASTIC brew to sip and enjoy with a fine cigar. Extra warming and substantial....outstanding. A new found love in the stout world and one I can NOT WAIT to try on tap.

Cheers

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Photo of Walleybeer
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beyond delicious Stout! Dark brown look.you can taste hints of bourbon, chocolate as well as coffee , such I nice relaxing finish. Hands down one of the best if not best bourbon barrel aged!!

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle dated 3/24/15 and enjoyed on 4/5/15. The beer pours out inky black with a rocky mocha-colored head that is fairly well-sustained for such a high abv beer. Lots of rich coffee notes on the nose. No bitter, acidic coffee, just rich coffee with hints of chocolate, toasted oak, and a little bourbon. Smells awesome!

Full body with a rich flavor and a silky smooth feel. Plenty of roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, and caramel flavors up front, then loads and loads of rich intense coffee notes and Asbach Uralt brandy-filled dark chocolates. The flavors are smooth, creamy, and very satisfying. No bitterness at all. Very, very reminiscent of KBS, except at mid-palate where the bourbon notes creep in. Where they simply enrich the flavor of that other beer, here the bourbon is noticeably more assertive and heats things up more, enhancing the dessert-like qualities of the beer. The beer finishes with coffee, dark chocolate, and bourbon.

Long story short, this beer drinks like KBS - it disappears far too quickly! It also tastes like KBS, except it has more of an assertive bourbon-like presence. As rich "coffee-forward" beers go for me, this stuff is right up there with KBS and Big Bad Baptist (and just below BCBCS). Weyerbacher has a real winner on their hands here. I hope they keep making this stuff. It is wonderful. Congratulations Weyerbacher!

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking a lot of BA stouts lately, so a lot of beers of the style are fresh in my mind. SMS's closest comparison would be BCBCS, and it's not BCBCS which isn't to say that's a bad thing. The coffee comes through much more here than in BCBCS, with the bourbon/oak flavors muted. It is also thinner. Now, when you're being compared to(as of this writing) the #3 beer on this site, there's going to be areas for improvement. But...... the value and availability of this beer make it an outstanding offering. Definitely the best from Weyerbacher. Seek out and enjoy!

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bourbon-barrel-aged coffee stout is impenetrably black; the only observable highlight is a faint glimmer of mahogany at the bottom of the glass. It is topped by a large, slightly pebbly creamy brown head that shows brief retention; lacing is fair, consisting of bands and caverns. The aroma is light-medium in intensity: bitter coffee and sweet milk chocolate against a boozy bourbon midrange with hints of caramel and some unexpected banana notes. On the palate, a very nice bourbon midrange character leads, along with the banana from the nose and significant alcohol undertones, all of this riding atop a rich, complex chocolatey dark malt melange. The overall result is sweetish; coffee notes are notably absent from the flavor. The finish is a good hit of boozy chocolate, and the linger is a faint echo of the finish that lasts for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is commensurate with the full body, and the texture is creamy, sticky, and light-medium peppery from the slightly aggressive carbonation. The bourbon character here is very well done: an almost perfect balance between dominance and restraint, and the booze attains a delicious level of prominence without being too assertive. (12 oz bottle, 79 days after pkg, 652 days before best-by)

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Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This came out of nowhere and apparently is really friggen good. Most people seem surprised, but I have been a fan of a lot of the BA beers from Weyerbacher. Original Blasphemy was phenomenal, and Insanity is great, etc. So now to try the new one.

Bottled 3/24/15, best by 3/24/17, so much for aging them.

Pours thick as motor oil, and darker than satan's butthole, with a chocolate black fizzy slight creamy small head that fades fairly quickly, little lacing, but looooooong thick legs on the sides like bourbon level legs. No light getting through this beast.

Nose is wow... great fresh coffee cuts through the heavy stout, a great coffee, nutty little earthy, quite nutty actually, with a soft complexion maybe cold extraction, not tannic so far, a nutty fudgey stout, dark chocolate cocoa, plenty of caramel and fudge, barrel brings a nice vanilla and mild coconut even, just a touch of bourbon as well.

Taste continues where the nose left off, lots of fresh coffee with nice stout malts and barrel notes. Somehow the barrel cuts through the big heavy malts, with mild coconut again, nice vanilla and toasted oak, just a touch of bourbon which I wish was a little stronger. Malts bring nice fudgey cocoa, a little nutty, plenty of caramel and sweet characters but not super sweet, and some mild fluffy nougat. Nice dark chocolate, heavy thick melting dark chocolate. Tons of coffee though, a little bitterness from the roasted malts and a bit from the coffee it seems, a nutty earthy coffee again, without tannic bitterness so probably cold extracted or at least well done infusion. Thick creamy nougat base, and some oats I think. Just a touch of booze, a bit more on the finish with a touch of booze flavor and warmth, attempts to dry but stays quite sticky and a little sweet, fluffy nougat lingering, with more nutty earthy coffee and fudgey cocoa lingering nicely.

Mouth is full bod, thick, lush, creamy, etc, just a touch of warming booze, nice carb.

Overall really nice beer, great stout base, heavy thick fluffy and quite tasty, great coffee infusion with nice nutty earthy coffee and no tannic bitterness, nice barrel notes, the barrel itself is decent but wish the bourbon was a bit more. Still quite enjoyable, not sure how well it will age as it seems to be at its peak now.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer pours a thick, jet black coloring with a dense, low profile, chocolate colored head that settles out into a clingy surface coating. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate blending with heavy roasted coffee notes. It's like someone melted chocolate in some freshly used coffee grounds. Wow, this smells insanely fresh and robust. Flavors are heavy on the roast and bitter coffee notes forward, followed immediately by the booze kick providing warmth and an edge. Bittersweet chocolate highlights throughout, with some earthy and vanilla characteristics chiming in as well. Woody and bourbon notes smooth out the edges. This is a layered, meaty epic. The body is full, big, and chewy, with a velvety smooth finish that carries a lingering bittersweet blend of chocolate, creamy vanilla, coffee, and a building booze warmth. This is a great beer!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick bodied creamy air with an aroma of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is loaded with coffee, chocolate, nuts, and jalapeño? Something peppery. Lingering chocolate and coffee when found.

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Photo of toppoop
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Did a blind taste with THE KBS and heavily preferred this. When I tasted the brew which had the thin aftertaste, I figured it would have to be this one. To my chagrin it was KBS. Very well done here

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Photo of floridadrift
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

So close to BCCS besides the mouthfeel. Smells and taste wonderful.

Smell is vanilla, oak and bourbon and taste is harsh, mega blended booze like it's Goose Island predecessor.

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Photo of Donco
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Update: Below is my original review. Just had the new batch of 2016 and can say it drinks just as good as last years' version. Excellent fresh and wonderful with a full year aging as well.

2015 Bottle poured into my tulip glass.
Like all big BA stouts, let this brew warm up for 20-25 minutes out of fridge.
Nicely oily black appearance.
Strong bourbon/vanilla/oaky smell from the first pour into my glass. Bourbon smell reminiscent of BCBS.
Taste: very much subdued but noticeable coffee/vanilla/bourbon nicely integrated with a very good Imperial Stout base beer.
Overall: A very enjoyable beer. A great alternative to the almost-impossible-to-find BCBCS. And much better value at $14.99 for a 4-pack. Glad I bought a half-case to enjoy through the year. Get it while you can!

Update: I bought another half-case to make it one full case. Too good not to buy while it's around!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color bordering black with a dark tan head. Some lace is left behind in each of the snifters I had. The aroma had roasted malt notes, as well as coffee, bourbon, and just a touch of floral. In the taste, much of the same deep roasted coffee elements, vanilla and wood from the barrel, and a slight piney hop bitterness. Mild dark fruits. Damn tasty. The beer was well rounded and easy to drink, with copious malty sugars softening out the full bodied feel. Overall, Sunday Morning Stout was well received by all the tasters surrounding the keg, Worthwhile barrel notes on a solid imperial coffee stout base. A winner!

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Photo of justinp444
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: impenetrably-black liquid, mocha-hued foam... a bit of lacing, despite the foam all but disappearing

S: freshly-opened pack of expertly-roasted coffee beans, chocolate malt husks... perhaps a wee nip of alcohol... if you adore coffee, this will knock your socks off with its intensity and clarity

T: coffee coffee coffee, with wood on the edges, and a bit of bitter dark chocolate in the back... just enough of a malt backbone... phenolic (nail polish) whoosh at the end, mingles with the coffee beans in the aftertaste... not getting much of the bourbon barrel character

F: there is a whisper of velvety flow up front, but the booze quickly flattens it... faint gritty ghost left over... mild-moderate acidic twinge lingers

O: the coffee element is great, but it may just render this beer rather 2D... not much depth in this edition... typical overly-boozy Weyerbacher fare that can definitely be tweaked for the better... I would leave this sitting for at least 1.5 years before consuming - not that it'll get that much better - who knows?...

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Sunday Morning Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.