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Sunday Morning Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 220
Hads: 1,319
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 247
Gots: 460 | FT: 80
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 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 RacerX5k
2.61/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

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Photo of sleepyteacher
2.91/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.38/5  rDev -21.6%
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

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Photo of rjp217
3.38/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of rockernino
3.46/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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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 lillitnn92
3.57/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
3.57/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of W_Des
3.57/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.59/5  rDev -16.7%
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!

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Photo of beerhan
3.61/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of wildfire275
3.61/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/24/15. Opened 11/30/15.

Upon first pour, the color and head look excellent yet what I am initially taken aback by is, as strange as it may be, the sound the beer makes. The bubbles of the head emit an audible hissing noise, comparable to pouring seltzer or soda. I have to say there are no other beers which I've noticed this on so much as this beer. The nose of the beer imparts excellent roasted coffee/espresso notes as others have noted, as well as some chocolate and molasses. Upon further closer whiffs though, the bourbon-soaked phenol alcohol notes waft off the head as well -- usually not a good sign. Sure enough the flavor delivers through with great cacao, bitter coffee and espresso notes right up front, but is immediately followed by a freight train of boozy, phenol alcohol heat, even six months after bottling. Now, to some this may be a desired and welcome taste/sensation from their BB stout, but to me this comes across as simply heavy-handedness in a world of stiff imperial stout competition. The elements of greatness are somewhere in this beer's DNA, but they are disjointed and do not blend well into an overall superb beer experience. While barrel-aged everything is the fashionable craze these days, there are examples such as this one where grace and artistry fall short and we are left with, well, a bourbon bomb. The mouthfeel, which based on the initial hissing one could've assumed would be ultra-carbed, is actually on the contrary a little under -- thin and not as chewy or velvety as one would come to expect from the style. Overall, the hype of KBS-killer etc. that has followed this beer since its inception is only that: hype. While KBS may also be a shell of its former self these days, this beer unfortunately does not step up to the plate either. Not necessarily a strikeout, but perhaps a single or double in a style in the market stacked with other home runs and grand slams.

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Photo of SlothB77
3.66/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of goods003
3.67/5  rDev -14.8%
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

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Photo of mikeg67
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

People that are comparing this to BCBCS are so far off base. This is the best beer that Weyerbacher has released, however, that doesn't say a whole lot. For the high, ABV, the mouthfeel is still thin. It has the look of typical imperial stout. But the smell and taste leave a lot to be desired, especially when comparing this to the best coffee BA stouts in the county.

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Photo of xcdarrel17
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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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 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 moonboogie_n8
3.92/5  rDev -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.

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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 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 BoardwalkBock
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Sunday Morning Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.