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Morning Glory Espresso Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by larryi86 on 11-24-2012

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-bottled 11.20.15. consumed 04.30.16.

A: Dark chocolate pour, with a dark tan, solid foam head of 0.5 inches has a good rate of retention. Slow moving effervesce creeps up along the vessel walls. Small lacing, moderate lace adhesion with the head lapsing to a thin, milky covering.

S: Light to medium scent of chocolate roast, cocoa and milk. Bittering chocolate and roasty leave.

T: Hearty espresso beans for flavor, freshly grounded with a smooth, and high bittering rate. Dark chocolate, some dry creamer, roasted barley with earthy roasted hops, dried greenery, and lightly smoked charrdness. Earthy roasty bite comes on the swallow.

M: Creamy, silky smooth and milky texture with a medium heavy body. Small carbonation factor, silty roast feel after-swallow.

O: The flavor packs a pretty good wallop of espresso beans for the coffee lover in one. Rich, hearty, freshly grounded and boutique style feel, very smooth in drink-ability and for those who love their coffee rich and robust are going to enjoy this.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This brew has 9.0% ABV.

Look-It pours a jet black body with a thin film head that is off-white almost khaki in color.

Smell-It smells of chocolate and coffee.

Taste-It tastes of chocolate and coffee, but with boysenberry and oyster shell. There is a smooth mouthfeel and the alcohol content does not overwhelm the palate.

Overall-This is a nice winter-warming brew so drink in moderation and by a fireside. Cheers!

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense brown color into a pint glass. some light gets through the sides of the glass, creating ruby highlights. Big tan head with fairly decent retention. Filmy bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a slightly sweet milk stout that contains a robust coffee aspect. Taste is more of the same Alike a milk stout with a strong coffee kicker. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The alcohol reveals itself briefly but then is swallowed by the richness and coffee flavor. A very enjoyable drink, I would have it again.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: very dark brown, tan head, no lacing
S: sweet chocolate malty coffee scent
T: coffee, faint hint of dark chocolate. bitter aftertaste. disappointing after the incredible smell.
F: light bodied for a stout, light to medium carbonation

Decent overall, but it smelled incredible then only tasted average, so that was disappointing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I always wonder if the beers that say espresso on the label are actually done with espresso coffee or if its just a sexy way to name the beer. I mean, the difference between the two in the coffee world is enormous. drip vs pulled shot. different in texture, flavor, acidity, strength, everything. it has to make a big difference on the beers too, although it seems quite a bit harder to determine. this is great base stout, fluffy from oats I assume, and plenty bitter on the back end from the earthen roast. however, the coffee aspect, as nice as it is in the nose, doesn't immediately announce itself as espresso to me. its got less nuance, seems just black and acidic and somewhat generic as coffee goes. none of the blueberry or chocolate essences in there, none of the crema smooth mouthfeel, and not nearly as much of a caffeine hit as others bring to the table. the flavors are good, but I think the quality of the stout might be higher than the quality of the coffee. im not an expert, but that's the way it comes across. the alcohol is a little warm in the finish, especially when it warms up, but I totally dig it. a great beer to try for those relatively new to coffee stout, but the more refined coffee beer palates out there may be looking for a little something more on the java side...

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Photo of muchos
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Black, opaque. Light tan foam head reducing in a minute to a thin layer.
S - Rich coffee, roasted sweet malt, cocoa.
T - Coffee, molasses-like sweetness, coffee and cocoa in the aftertaste. Not boozy.
F - Medium body, more carbonation than expected, pretty dry finish for a big ol' stout.
O - Not very sweet, on the thin side and dry for an imperial stout, and pretty straightforward. But it's not bad, and for the price I would buy it again. And there's an attractive female on the label, sooo...

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Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: November 29, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith tulip pint... OCCASION: Christmas lights--up and operational... APPEARANCE: pitch black body supports a creamy, thick brown head that smears cirrus clouds above its half-finger base... attractive crags form while the head settles... AROMA: deep, alluring peat and coffee bean... what else? some briny notes with roasted malts... slight alcohol wafts in... PALATE: warm, soft, and smooth--much gentler than the 9% ABV would suggest; late action warms and leaves a comfortably lingering aftertaste that cooks... TASTE: as advertised, a powerful shot of coffee bean and roasted malts... the flavor is not overwhelming, but it is demonstrative... reasonable sweetness... OVERALL: as espresso stouts go, solid and rewarding...the ABV instantly numbs and the caffeine stimulates...one of Dominion's better, right up there with the Oak Barrel stout...

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours black (reddish tint around the bottom) with a creamy khaki colored head leaves sticky lacing
S- Roasted malt, dark coffee, chocolate
T- Strong on the espresso making it more bitter than sweet. hop bite on the finish and chocolate rounds it out
M- Full-bodied, thick and creamy, easily drinkable especially considering the 9% abv
O- Overall this is a very solid coffee stout, it doesn't do much to differentiate itself, but it is a great example of the style.

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pub pint glass. Pours dark chocolate brown with a full finger of tan head that lingered for a bit. Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate and espresso coffee. Taste is much the same. Not sweet. Easy drinking stout with a tiny hoppy bitterness on the back end. Good.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured nicely initially....very dark with a foamy tan head (like sea foam, only tan). The head dissipated quickly, however having a very flat appearance. This was consistent with the feel. Nice aromas of roasted/burnt coffe and malt. The taste was heavier on the malt than on the espresso, but the combination was good. Overall, I would say that the taste and smell were very good. The appearance disappointed and the feel sort of brought it down for me. I tend to rate on the hard side...rarely have I rated a beer into the mid 4 range. This beer was slightly above average for me.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a Savor snifter. Bottled 4/25/15.

Pours a pitch black color with a finger and a half of mocha foam. Aroma is dark roasted malts.

First sip is rich, viscous, with a coffee like bitter finish. Feels like you can chew this beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Lush roasted flavor dominates, but the beer isn't overly sweet despite the viscosity.

Overall, I like this beer. There is a lot of flavor, and everything flows together nicely.

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Photo of skorasaurus
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A few minutes ago, I opened a bottle that was bottled (and stamped) on 4/27/15.

Look: dark, your standard stout color.

Smell: The initial strong smell of coffee dissipated after a few minutes.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark chestnut, almost black; small tan head, minimal lacing

Smell: initial whiff of roasted grains and coffee; then sweet and chocolate malts; smells great

Taste: roasted grains and coffee right up front; good bit of sweetness in the middle with some lingering sweetness at the end; tastes like it has lactose to keep it sweeter; excellent flavor and well balanced

Mouthfeel: creamy/chewy with medium carbonation

Remarks: much better than I was expecting. Really liked it.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into an IPA glass.

a: Black body with ruby edges when held up to the light. Lively carbonation. Milk chocolate colored one finger head.

s: Lovely chocolate malt. Slight coffee.

t: Chocolate malts up front. Wheat crispness. A pronounced but not over done roasted espresso bean towards the end with a spicy hop bitterness on the finish.

mf: Medium full body with lively carbonation. Smooths into gentle melted chocolate mouthfeel as it warms.

o: Over all a nice boozy stout. The espresso is there but not over the top. Runs a little hot with the 9% abv.

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly less than a fingers worth of crisp light brown colored head.... Limited retention gives way to a full slightly lush lacing... The color is a deep dark brooding brown teetering on the black that allows a bit of light to leak in around the edges... Still with no discernible carbonation... A light bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The nose is dominated by a big mix of coffee and roasted malts... Next comes a layer of sweetness in the form of milk chocolate and caramel... Well rounded with more than sufficient depth and complexity... Quite satisfying...

T - The flavors that materialize on the palate are exactly as I expected from the nose... Lots of coffee and roasted malt... Milk chocolate and caramel are next... Finally there is a bit of a lactose milk stout like presence as well... Enough going on to keep this one interesting, but not overly complex...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Chewy... A light carbonated bite... Smooth and sleek... A bit of a chalk like finish...

D - A very nice American Double Stout that I would enjoy again in the future without hesitation... Not the best by any means, but better slightly better than average in all facets... A bit less than a sum of its parts in total... However, it's worth seeking out for those interested and a reminder to me to take a closer look at Dominion...

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Photo of MrWonka
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great coffee/espresso stout. It's funny bcuz with the 9%abv its obviously a sipping brew. That being said you can very well easily drink it otherwise. Has a great chocolatey/coffee/espresso aftertaste that is expected. Where this particular brew really shines is in it's light creaminess. Drink one, you'll know what I'm talking about. And at $9.99/6pk (again with 9% alc) it's hard to beat a good coffee/espresso stout. Cheers my friends.

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Photo of Jameezus
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

Look: wonderfully dark. I'm partial because I like dark brews to begin with but this one certainly did not disappoint. At least an inch and a half of head. No complaints here

Smell: Exactly what I expected. I am an avid coffee drinker and LOVE the aroma of freshly ground beans. This brew has the aroma of sweetened espresso with some hints of alcohol. The smell is not extremely powerful or overbearing, but a wonderful prelude to what I was about to drink

Taste: Wow. That's all that I can say. I have had many coffee stouts, coffee oatmeal stouts, etc, and none have I found to be as delicious as this. The espresso flavor is apparent coupled with hints of brown sugar, vanilla, and a sweetness that does a wonderful job of balancing out the 9% alcohol abv. Each sip is a pleasure

Feel:So smooth and creamy, but not to the point where it is too thick or wierd. I feel like the feel matches the taste.

Overall: This beer is F&$kin awesome. I purchased it based on the ratings I saw from this site plus my obvious love for coffee stouts, and I was not let down. This beer definitely deserves a higher score then the high score that it already has. Well done Old Dominion.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Morning Glory.

Old Dominion has been impressing me lately with the quality of their brews so I hope this one keeps the streak alive.

Look - Pours pitch black..blacker that the inside of Satans smelly asshole with a thin mocha colored head that quickly fades to cloud formations layed ontop of the black oil infested swamp. Cannot comment on carbonation since as I said, it is fucking black. 3.5.

Smell - The espresso is very obvious and it smacks you up like a red-headed step child. There is an obvious amount of boozeyness prevelant as well. Dark coffee is also there. This is a balanced nosed that smells exactly as you would expect it to. 4.

Taste - Very straightforward and to the point. Rich black coffee with a heavy dose of espresso and a touch of alcohol on the finish. Very, very smooth at its ABV. This one is quite a pleasure to drink. 5.

Feel - Very, very almost velvety smooth and creamy bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Isn't as heavy as the appearance would lead you to believe. Goes down like silk on the back of the throat and warms the stomach upon arrival. 5.

Overall - This is why I seldom read reviews before buying a beer. This is a phenominal brew. So many people buy into so much hype and will rate seemingly trying their damndest to match the average. Give it up. If this one were made by Founders or AleSmith it would be at least a 4.35 average. But it isn't so people don't give it a hypothetical blowjob like they do most others in such a category. Would I have it again? Hell yes. This is easily the most sessionable stout I have ever had at 9%. Seriously guys, I cannot stress enough that hype only leads to disappointment. The best beers you will ever have are the ones you expected nothing out of, that you've never heard about until you see it on a mix-a-six shelf. Biggest problem I've noticed is people drink their stouts TOO FUCKING COLD. 50F ladies and gentleman. 5.

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in D.C.
A very good, mainstream coffee stout. Good balance in both bitter/sweet and in roasted grains/coffee flavors. Looked like it might be over-carbonated at the pour but the feel was quite good.

O: recommended.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottling date 2/13/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a fantastic 2+ finger latte-colored head that settles very slowly
S: Espresso, chocolate, dark malt, brown sugar, a hint of raisins
T: Matches the nose - particularly noticeable coffee and chocolate with more subtle malt/brown sugar and raisin
M: Medium+ bodied, a touch sweet, alcohol very well balanced
O: Fantastic way to start the day. Tasty beer, recommended

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, thin cappuccino foam head and ultra thin ring of lace. Smells of coffee and vanilla. Roasted malt taste with a sweet creamy vanilla finish. Halfway, a modest doze of hops and espresso taste add a slight bitterness, although the finish remains sweet. Very smooth and easy to drink. Hard to tell it's 9%abv. A really enjoyable coffee stout.

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Photo of Kolbfusion
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the darkness...like liquid gold. Espresso smell jumps out at you. I am a lover of this style. Coffee taste and good bitter, smooth stout base. Mouthfeel is quite smooth once it warms up a bit. Overall a nice example of the coffee stout style. This one is quite strong at 9%ABV. Dessert in a bottle.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle $ 2.49 at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottled 2/13/15 at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried nonic
Aroma of coffee
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to an irregular frothy ring and layer
Lacing poor – rare irregular islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of weak coffee with a slightly bitter aftertaste. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, on the eatery side of creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color. A nice but mild blend of malt and hops but the flavor profile also had a medicine note that was not so pleasant.

Sorry to say, but the WWII-era “cheesecake” cutie on the label was the best part of this offering.

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Photo of droomyster
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an ink black body with dark brown edges, foam is short-lived, no lacing. Aromas are smokey and dark chocolate, with lots of roastiness. Flavors are surprising sweet and mocha-like in character. The cold coffee flavors are very pronounced on the mid palate and finish. This is a well made, complex concoction that hides its high abv well and serves as an excellent winter warmer.

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Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.