Sunday Morning Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 1,090
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 3.45%
Wants: 173
Gots: 421 | FT: 81
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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 RacerX5k
2.61/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Well. I'm the idiot who didn't like the beer the first 4 pak so had to buy a second one just to be sure I hate it. This should be called early am stout 'cause that's where i wound up after drinking 2 yesterday (in the john) ... smells good but that fades quickly along with the taste. The first taste is not bad but quickly becomes a waaaay too hot sticky syrupy mess that basically becomes the base beer Tiny as it warms, too much black licorice. I don't drink Tiny anymore either. Price is good. But the beer fucking stinks. Oh well, live and learn. There won't be a third time. Come to think of it, didn't like last year's draft either. (639 characters)

Photo of sleepyteacher
2.91/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This is no KBS. Every time someone says that, a frat boy gets a visor. I think the flavor was fine, but the booze hurt it for me. What killed it for me was the mouthfeel. It drank (to me) like a really boozy milk stout. I'm glad Weyerbacher finally appeased a large audience and have a covet factor, but it ain't for me.

When I want a stout, I'm going Evil Twin, Founders, BCBS, Stone, or Great Divide before returning here. (427 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
3.38/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Way too boozy. There are many other brews out there better balanced than this I can see the potential. Decent coffee and chocolate notes. Didn't get the bourbon (161 characters)

Photo of rjp217
3.38/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a burning hot fire right now. It's also quite boozy, which is fine but it doesn't hide well at the moment. This also totes the line of being much more espresso than coffee forward. I think time will help this. (217 characters)

Photo of rockernino
3.46/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Don't know if I had a bad bottle or what, but this was just a boozy mess. Fusel alcohol and ethanol dominated both the aroma and palette masking any pleasant flavors. I was able to pick up some mild mocha notes, but no dominant chocolate, coffee or bourbon. This drain pour was a hot mess and disappointment. Still have one in the cellar so we'll see if time works on its side and try it again down the road. (408 characters)

Photo of lillitnn92
3.57/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured great, was expecting the mouthfeel/taste to match that pitch blackness. Was only okay after that. One of the first times I can remember thinking that it was better cold and not as it warmed with a stout. Maybe it's just me, but it wasn't anything special. It was decent, but just didn't stand out too me. (311 characters)

Photo of Elsuperjefe
3.57/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/27/15. Nice ebony color with a thin tan head that lasted about five minutes. Smelled of my uncle's coffee shop in Bolivia which I love so thumbs up there. The taste however was not as exciting as I had hoped after hearing the reviews but a good stout nonetheless. Sweet and bitter come to mind as I move the bourbony stout around my mouth. The 11.3 abv isn't subtle. Regardless, a very drinkable beer that will surely put a smile on many of my guests. (467 characters)

Photo of W_Des
3.57/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was surprisingly booze-y. The nose was very bourbon forward with some roast at the backend. I wanted more coffee. The body itself was very bourbon forward finishing with some burnt/roasted coffee and chocolate. There is a warmth from the bourbon in the finish. I hope the bourbon calms down after some time in the cellar. (326 characters)

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! (183 characters)

Photo of beerhan
3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, just below room temperature. Price: $16.99/4 pack

A-Jet black body with a 1 finger foamy mocha head. Sizzles.

S-Smells like bourbon soaked coffee beans, stale coffee and vanilla.

T-Of course with the coming from Weyerbacher I had absolutely zero expectations from this. I was pleasantly surprised that this is somewhat drinkable. Initial taste is like that of a chocolate covered espresso bean. Seconds comes a decent bourbon taste with some toffee, vanilla, oak and chocolate. The remaining taste though is of bad coffee.

M-A bit hard to get down, very thick with minimal carbonation. That alcohol bite is just knocking down the smoothness this beer could have had.

O-I do like thick coffee beers aged in bourbon barrels but the coffee used in this is just not good. The whiskey flavor is just too ripe. Perhaps this will be made better in the future but until then I will say I guess you get what you pay for. (940 characters)

Photo of SlothB77
3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Too much bourbon heat. The bourbon overpowers the coffee. Also a bit too much carbonation tingle on the tongue. Some aging will do this quite well. A little mellower and this would live up to the hype. (204 characters)

Photo of goods003
3.67/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty weak "bourbon" aged stout..Thin look and feel..coffee flavor completely overpowers the bourbon..very thin scent of bourbon that isn't flavored through the beer at all..Disappointed..better options out there for the price (227 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.71/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours black with short-lived brown head. Aroma is of poppy seeds, alcohol, toasted malt, and dark fruit. Body is full, creamy and smooth. Toasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, cacao, brown sugar, graham crackers fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry from alcohol. Overall good but not great brew. (311 characters)

Photo of xcdarrel17
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very good BB stout with all the complexities you would expect. A very nice mouthfeel, but the hot alcohol taste and smell knocked it down a bit for me. Tasted fresh. (167 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Disappointed, it has an intriguing nose but the alcohol comes off way to hot and overwhelms everything. Maybe sitting on it for 6 months to a year will help. (158 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours like old motor oil under a slender tan head that lasts as a spotty covering on the surface. Aroma is alcohol and chocolate syrup upfront - not much of the coffee left in the smell at this point. Woody vanilla, cherries, spices, and some creamy coffee. Not particularly "bouborn-y" so much as just boozy. Coffee makes and stronger appearance in the mouth blending with chocolate covered berries, sweet vanilla, and a nice roasty edge at the finish. Pretty full bodied with some lingering dryness that helps kill the sweetness. Pretty tasty...6 oz is enough though. (574 characters)

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well, I opened the bottle too early.
march 2015 bottle date, should have left it for a year (or more!)
very bitter and alcoholic up front, chocolate, vanilla, bittersweet, bark, oak, some dark fruit.
overall not a bad imp coffee stout, but needs to mellow out. only had one 12 oz, so i'll need to find another and age it if I want to find out.
recommended aging for best experience is my guess. (394 characters)

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Dark, dark, dark. Small but prominent tan head fades into a smooth leathery lacing.

S: Coffee, bourbon and roasted malts dominate. As the beer warms, vanilla, oak and hints of dark fruit show up on the nose.

T: At first, this beer really tastes amazing with tons of bourbon and coffee, but as it warms up it really becomes a hot mess with an unfavorable stale coffee taste. Its good, but not as good as the initial impression and the aroma.

M: Heavy on the tongue but a bit thin with a good amount of carbonation. Kind of sticky.

O: After all the hype about this beer being better than KBS and the constant comparison to BCBCS, I expected a world class beer. It just isn't so. Too many undesirables and not nearly balanced enough. While this beer is very good, it is not in the league of the world class BA coffee stouts. Too hot, stale coffee flavors, and a rather thin mouthfeel for a BA stout. I have 3 to age, so if it gets better with age I will review it again. Overall, very good but don't let the hype fool you. (1,062 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev -8%
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?... (1,082 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

wonderfully dark and velvetty in the head. A deep mocha head forms late in the pour.
In the aroma i get bourbon chocolate and coffee with a mingling creamy vanilla.
the taste is a bit weak and the bourbon dominates a bit too much. it over powers the thin flavors of chocolate and coffee.
towards the end of a sip there is a vague sourness or dryness from the barrels i awesome.
feels thin and drinks thin on the palate.
over all a pretty good beer. (448 characters)

Photo of RexBanner
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, almost black in complexion. 1/2 finger tan suds rise to the top. No carbonation detected. The aroma of coffee is immediately noticeable followed by molasses and something "oily": maybe coffee resin?
Taste is very boozy upfront. The coffee comes through second, then the bourbon barrel on the backend. This stout has an almost Bosco syrup aftertaste to it. Very, very subtle bitterness washes everything down.
Heavy mouth feel, although this beer finishes semi-dry. The alcoholic "burn" is there with every sip.
Overall: Not bad. Not bad a'tall! Please don't go in thinking you're going to get a knockoff of founders KBS. This isn't as well balanced as KBS, although not by much, but it can be had for much less price wise ( $6 bucks as compared to $2.49 ) and more accessible. Aging wouldn't hurt this either. If you see it buy it! You'll surely agree that this is one heck of an Imperial Stout. CHEERS! (918 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had not heard of Weyerbacher's plans to do a barrel aged coffee stout until a week or so ago. Once I was aware of it though, I needed to get it. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to all of the hype I had heard.

This beer was a very good coffee forward beer. I didn't get any bourbon notes though and it was overly boozy. I don't normally age coffee beers for fear that the coffee will fade but this one needs some time for the alcohol to mellow out. (451 characters)

Photo of Hop_God
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black. Minimal tan head. Smell is very coffee forward. Roasty some chocolate. A faint candied fruit and subtle bourbon. Taste hits initially with the coffee. Even more of a roasted coffee than the nose offers. At first while still rather cold this was a bit underwhelming, however as expected, as this warms the flavors are stating to open and show themselves. Dark chocolate and dark fruits. The bourbon is not as pronounced as I would like. There is also a definite spice to this.peppery would be closest. This reminds me of a starter version BC coffee stout with similarities to prairie BOMB. Overall solid but could use work. (641 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (2,381 characters)

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. (649 characters)

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Sunday Morning Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.