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Sunday Morning Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 221
Hads: 1,322
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 252
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 brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours black as obsidian with a foamy mocha head; very leggy lacing

Smell: Chocolate, coffee with cream, Bourbon and toasted oak

Taste: Coffee and lactose, up front, with the chocolate and Bourbon tones building; vanilla, oak and a slightly sugary finish with some booziness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This doesn't taste quite as big as some of the more notable examples of the style but I would have to try them side by side to be sure; an excellent beer by a brewery that has come a long way over the last decade

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Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sunday Morning Stout enjoyed on a Sunday Morning -reviewed today. Poured chilled in a stout glass from the 12oz.

The color is black opaque with quick dropping medium brown head with fine bead that sticks in spots. The smell has strong coffee in the aroma with sweet dark malt which brings a sort of cocoa quality to the nose with mild bourbon as it warms. The feel is heavy woody and boozy boubon with medium carbonation and light creamy texture mid palate with mild sweetness and warming alcohol in the dry finish.

The taste is very good with a nice coffee flavor up front with mild bourbon and slight cocoa-like flavor from the malt with a woody barrel-quality that is not shy in the mix with pretty intense bourbon in the flavor which overtakes the coffee in taste easily. The taste has mild alcohol which increases as it warms with heat in the back end and light vanilla from the barrel's caramlized sugar flavor with nutty toasted quality. Overall I liked this - very good coffee/barrel aged stout with a little warmth fresh could be a good candidate for cellaring but the coffee aroma is great fresh - this has a split personality with the bourbon dominating the taste while coffee is more aroma intensive. I consider this well worth the price of admission -I am using some in a strip steak marinade.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Holy coffee. Loads and loads of it. I get very minimal bourbon on this. A good bit of sweetness that dies down as the beer goes on. Very easy to drink and I am loving it. A memorable beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of jwc215
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a creamy brown head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of coffee, fudge/chocolate, bourbon/oak/vanilla, caramel with a subtle hint of dark fruit.

The taste is of coffee, bourbon, peppery booze, vanilla, caramel. Sweet, but with enough roasted balance to keep it from being sticky.

Full-bodied, but not too thick or syrupy, this is a rich, hot, complex sipper!

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -6%
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 smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Almost inky. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - Strong coffee. Bourbon. Some dark chocolate.

Taste - Bourbon is stronger here. Coffee behind it. Dark chocolate. Sweet caramel. Bourbony finish with what tastes like lactose.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Kinda boozy. Tingly carbonation and booze.

Overall - Remarkably good. Great job from Weyerbacher. It's not quite KBS, but it's really tasty.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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 AngusOg
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My verdict? It's an excellent beer, but still like KBS better. This seems more coffee foward to me, which I'm sure some people might like, but the balance of coffee and bourbon in KBS Is why I love it. Curious to see if a little age will mellow the coffee a bit. Again though, awesome beer I enjoyed very much and would not pass up if you have the chance.

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Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with a bottle of this two months back.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a super dark oily black hue with a thin quarter inch dark chocolate head that faded slowly to leave a thin cloud and thicker halo. Awesome legs.

S - Aromas of fresh coffee grounds, light chocolate, nice roast, little bit of alcohol. The bourbon is rather faint. Little nutty and fudgy too. Pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Great fresh ground coffee, little bit of nutty roast. Nice barrel notes, vanilla, wood, caramel. Chocolate is pretty good too. Little bit of sticky sweetness, dark malts, maybe even a hint of fruit. The bourbon aspect is nice, though not nearly enough. I do get some alcohol on the finish. Not quite burn, just, alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, I'm getting a fair amount of booze though.

O - Overall this is a damn fine imperial stout. Only knock would be how boozy this tastes and feels. A lingering booze too. I understand the ABV, however, it certainly could be hidden better.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 03/24/15, best by 03/24/17. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that didn't stick around for too long. There is a pretty good amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like coffee, bourbon, oak, bittersweet chocolate, and roasted malt. I think the taste is just as good if not better than how it smells! It's pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some vanilla and caramel flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick with a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. I think this is a great bourbon barrel stout, I'm glad I bought it! It's definitely worth picking up if you come across some. $14.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a dark black, with very small head, and basically no lacing. I don't think I poured it all that well, though.

This one smells great, smells like chocolate, molasses, and rich, roasty coffee. I get a bit of lactose, too.

This is great. This balances the sweet and bitter aspects of this very well- barrel aged coffee stouts can sometimes get very sweet. There's the roasted malt character that's still strong, along with roasty, slightly earthy and ashy coffee, along with sweet milk chocolate, a little bit of dark fruit. There's lots going on here and I like all of it.

This has a fairly thick body, which is great, because some other stouts I've had from Weyerbacher have been a bit thin. It's very creamy, with a lower level of carbonation. It's very drinkable- downed the whole thing in about 15 minutes since it was so tasty.

Probably the best Weyerbacher beer that I've had. I haven't been all that impressed with them in the past, but I am now.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Just as good and thick as tiny very heavy deep blackness with a solid two inches of deep mocha head that sticks around for quite a bit. Lacing is great.
S - Wow from the bottle neck very whiskey forward like Jack Daniels heavy. In the glass much more pronounced coffee, chocolate, and roast but whiskey is still very strong in this one. Whew!
T - One hell of a whiskey beer it's still young but balanced coffee and chocolate with a semi dry yeasty finish. Very warming its been a while since I had such an intense bourbon beer!
M - First sips very heavy, burning bourbon and creamy finish. Repeated finish still heavy but not so much blast of warming whiskey.

Overall KBS killer? Not quite but give it 6 months and this might be one of the best coffee bourbon Imperial Stouts on the market. Need to get a case before it's gone (spring only release)

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Photo of dar482
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out a slick black color.

The aroma hits of huge coffee, similar to aged KBS. Loads of bourbon, cacao bitterness, coffee bitterness, a touch of alcohol. Big sweetness.

The flavor follows with rich chocolate and caramel sweetness throughout, lots of roasted coffee and espresso. A creaminess, vanilla. Bourbon throughout, with a touch of lingering alcohol on the back, but not as offensive as I've heard from others.

In a blind with KBS, this won hands down. A rich imperial stout with huge forward notes of bourbon and coffee. One of the best in the style.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

ig, strong coffee aroma with an underlying coconut notes. Oak dryness, bitter dark chocolates, hint of coconut and maybe some dark fruits. Lots of alcohol vapor in the mouth. This is real good, better than Tweak IMO. Might be great with a year on it though.

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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 mrn1ceguy
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've now had it twice. The first time I was disappointed, it has an intriguing nose but the alcohol comes off way to hot and overwhelms everything. The second time, I got a lot of coffee both in the nose and the taste. It finished with a good thick/ full moth feel without much heat. A little bitter coffee but otherwise solid, enjoyable beer. Interesting differences, so I'll rate it mainly on the better bottle.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Wyerbacher tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a dense, one inch, mocha-colored head. Head slowly settles in a solid slick with a thick, textured band of lacing revealed as the beer recedes. Nose expresses coffee grounds and a trace of vanilla and ethanol. Taste consistent with nose - booze is much more present but it comes off a little caustic. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but closer to light, with a pleasant, silky mouthfeel and a mild, even carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer - I think I'll put a bottle or two in the cellar to see if the alcohol evens out a little with time.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says 03/24/15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch medium brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and faint wisps of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Good coffee-forward aroma with the Belgian yeast coming through strong as well.

T- Sweet iced coffee flavor combines with the vanilla notes from the barrel and the rich Belgian yeast ties it all together. Very drinkable for the ABV with notes of chocolate, Belgian candi sugar and dark fruit. Caramel aftertaste.

M- Very creamy with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- I had this fresh a couple of months ago and the coffee aroma was more pronounced. Now that it's simmered a bit, I feel the Belgian characteristics are coming out more which could be a good or a bad thing considering what you're looking for. Either way, I find this to be a very enjoyable BA coffee stout.

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Photo of maximum12
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my old fiver29 who spotted my plea for this & had bottles headed my way seconds later. It’s good to have friends. 12 oz. bottle dated 3/24/15, so it’s not likely gone bad yet.

The pour is black with a fleeting sigh of carbonation. The nose is exactly as advertised: coffee, more coffee, a bit of vanilla infused with coffee, sweet. Very nice.

Sunday Morning Stout backs up the fact that Weyerbacher is one of the most underrated breweries in the U.S. Once it warms a bit from absolute zero, the bourbon runs into my mouth, down my throat, & within nineteen seconds I can feel it in my right thumb. Everything warms up, including my bloodstream. And my groin. Underneath the barrel is pure vanilla bean, coffee that begins to fade as it's put six feet under by the bourbon, dark-skinned chocolate, & a electroshock of alcohol right to the Sylvian fissure. The finish is all bourbon. Drinks like thick milk chocolate made by Jim Beam. Despite the fact that my brain function has already fallen about 7% (no laughing matter when my original capacity was only 82% of what I normally have 96% of), I’d chug this out of a boot. Das boot.

Another winner from Weyerbacher, though I’d expect nothing less. Excellent.

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

Thanks Dan for sharing. Full notes recorded last night while consuming.

A- Black as the night with a mocha tan head up to a finger with fair retention. Decent head retention leads to many legs but rare spotty lace.

S- Lots of dark roast coffee and an aggressive oaky and Bourbon infused barrel. Charred barley, vanilla, cocoa and alcohol.

T- Hotter than some of the exemplary barrel aged stouts. Coffee like espresso or dark roast is the focus right along side the hot, peppery whiskey which also brings some vanilla sweet tones. Cocoa nibs, burnt grains, ash, heavy toasted oak wood, charcoal and a decent bit of dark fruits.

MF- Thick but not exactly towards the higher side of thickness. Slightly oily with medium carbonation and a very hot finish.

The heat is strong with this one as well as the dark roast coffee beans. Lacks some balance that the greats find as it ends very hot.

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Sunday Morning Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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