Morning Glory Espresso Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Morning Glory Espresso StoutMorning Glory Espresso Stout

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86
very good

334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 11
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
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Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: larryi86 on 11-24-2012

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Photo of barhoc11
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Looks like it should for a double stout

S: Best part of this beer is the smell, almost has a barrel aged character to it

T: My bottle was dated May 2013 so that must be why this beer isn't very good. I taste very little coffee and a lot of fake chocolate when drinking this beer

M: Decent, a little flat

O: I may just be tasting an almost year old batch but this beer was not good at all. I would have thought a 9% stout would hold up somewhat well over a year but that doesn't seem to be the case with this beer. I was very excited by the smell because it smelled a bit of bourbon but the fake chocolate taste was a huge let down.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black absorbs all light no ruby highlights to note, big mocha tan head forms thick and lasts awhile, fine speckled lacing left behind. Aroma has big notes of milk chocolate, creamed coffee, a bit of acrid acidity from the coffee roasts to boot. Flavor really stays balanced not overtly sweet or killer with lactose sugars but there's a not of creamed coffee, dark roasted malt base with the bitter dark espresso adds to a nice robust finish and each sip is a bit smoother going down the last. Alcohol flavors add to the complexity and I believe at 9% I would say it's well hidden in this sample...a brewery I used to recognize as a Virginian Old Dominion staple is now brewed and bottled in Dover, DE. This is part of a series they released with WWII era pinup girls and of all the labels this is the most likely that would actually be hanging on your wall. Mouthfeel is smooth a bit of creamy textured dark chocolate with a balanced bitterness from the dark roasted malts/coffee additions, carbonation is natural and the alcohol warmth doesn't overwhelm but it's sure to warm you during the polar vortex we are currently experience. Overall, I'm very impressed with this offering comparing it to the Double D DIPA that I tried, which I found to be sugary and not fermented out all the way.

Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid-looking stout with pretty good thickness in its dark brown body. It develops a tan head in the snifter, which sits at a full finger's height, barely fading through the entire session and dropping patching as it goes.
Espresso is straightforward in the nose, and refreshingly so. True, it may be one-dimensional, but it really isn't entirely, as some notes of roast and cocoa come out. It's nice to see a beer with as a complementary a note as coffee is to stout that translates well and isn't hushed.
It's straightforward in the taste, too, though this is a very well-brewed beer that shows off strong flavor without needing to blow the drinker's face off, and it puts in the forefront what's supposed to be there without dominating the supporting cast. Speaking of: roast, gently bittersweet cocoa, and vanilla all take their turn. more points go to this beer for avoiding the pitfalls of the style: acidity, astringency and/or an acrid harshness. Finally, that 9% ABV? It blows my mind to even read that it's that high while smelling or tasting this beer.
It starts off like a coffee soda (surprisingly good, though), a bit heavy on the carbonation and spritz. It backs down a bit as it goes and the body is really quite smooth. It's got just a touch less body than it ought to. Overall, though, this is really quite good. Kudos to these guys for a beer that, being my second, piques my interest in the brewery.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department. There are some aromas of roasted malt, a touch of smoke, a little bit of coffee, but not much, some vanilla, brown sugar and chocolate. But all of these aromas are faint, not strong and enticing.

Taste: However, what the beer lacks in strength of aroma, it makes up for in a damn good taste! Tons of roasted malt and brown sugar up front, followed by a touch of smoke, some vanilla, but not a lot of coffee flavor, which is surprising for a beer called espresso stout. I’m not disappointed, but coffee lovers probably will be. Still, it’s a delicious beer!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as silk, as there’s no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.0%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow, this is a very good, almost great stout! I love the massive malt flavors and sweetness and I find the lack of coffee to be really good (I’m not a coffee fan). Like I said earlier, coffee lovers will probably be disappointed in the lack of coffee flavors found in a beer called an espresso stout, but I really, really liked this beer.

Photo of blckwiteboy
2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bitter from coffee. No depth of flavor and taste.

Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of mild, some coffee. Nothing mild about the taste, dark roasted malts, lots of strong coffee, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, if you are a coffee lover, this beer is for you.

Photo of Copernicandream
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Jet black, impenetrable to light, with one finger of dark brown head lasting a few minutes.

S: Espresso is overpowering. The smell is truly espresso, a little sharper and more acidic than I would expect for coffee alone. Also some notes of chocolate, vanilla, and subtle clove.

T: Dark malty sweetness with bitter espresso mingling with bitter roasted malt. Very well done. There is a well balanced hop component that complements the aforementioned bitterness well. As described - an espresso stout with some hops, perhaps a little bitter in general, but fitting for the style and goal.

M: Medium to full bodied stout, appropriately carbonated. I typically expect a little more body in my stouts but the taste really helps carry it.

O: Excellent. Good balance of bitter flavors and espresso tang. Would want only a little more body - and perhaps some barrel age, bourbon or whiskey, if the espresso was willing to hang around. Surprised and impressed.

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

App - Pours an almost blackish, dark brown with off white head, minimal effervescence.
Smell – Roasted malts, chocolate, hint of coffee
Taste – Sweet toasted malts up front, dark unsweetened chocolate, hint of coffee, bit of a bitter twang as an endnote and rather clean and sweet finish.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, between 2% and whole milk (a bit thin for an IS), good carbonation as it warms in the mouth.

Overall: This is a great stout, malty and sweet with a hint of coffee flavor and cocoa – IMHO it combines some features I enjoy from a RIS and oatmeal stout and a coffee porter – a delicious Frankenstein’s monster of great qualities. A good winter warmer and easily quaffable – as good on the last sip as the first.

Photo of rjp217
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/11/13 so about 7 months on this. Poured into my Lawsons tulip....

A - Black in color with an off white half finger head that dissipates quickly. Not much lace left behind.

S - The big winner here of the groups. Deep milk and dark chocolates, vanilla, oak, coffee, espresso, roasted malts. All mix together well, very inviting.

T - Sharp acidic espresso flavors. Black coffee hits up front but not in a good way. There's some dark chocolate notes midway in and then another huge burnt coffee taste takes over, too much.

M - Thin body and feel, huge carbonation and biting finish on the palate.

O - I love coffee stouts but this one unfortunately misses the mark. While by no means is it a bad beer it just lacks balance and feels rushed. I laid it down for awhile after reading the bitter/burn reviews that were left. Unfortunately time didn't take those away. I think with a little tweaking this could be great but overall it's just average.

Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, like the kitty licking condensation off of my glass. A creme tan colored head rises up from the body of the beer. The head is small, and gently subsides back into the body of the beer.

S: Rich dark coffee, molasses, and perhaps a hint of vanilla in the aroma. Some slight earthy notes, but the coffee really dominates the aroma with rich malt backing it up.

T: First sip is all coffee, the flavor subsides, and lets the malt shine through, dark chocolate, and possibly a touch of wood comes in. The finish is sweetened coffee, almost but not quite cloying. There is a touch of alcohol in there...

M: Medium thick in body, the carbonation is a bit strong for me, but not too distracting. The finish definitely goes out smooth, coating the mouth with coffee goodness as it goes down.

O: Good brew, nice stout and I like what the espresso bring to the party. Considering the abv, and the fact that I got it pretty cheap in a mix a six, I think it is a pretty good buy. Perhaps not the best of the style, but certainly something that will kill a craving.

Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled June 19th 2013.

Classic dark walnut brown body, nearly black. Head barely forms and is very very light for a stout, nearly light tan in color. Leaves a bit of a filmy top and a thin pencil sized collar.

Nose is a good amount of coffee and vanilla like accents. Very light roasting smelling for a double, but with a good sweetness mixing with the roasty malts. Light but solid.

Palate comes with a very wet body. Extremely thin and nearly lifeless mouthfeel. Lots of roast specifically coffee bitterness on this, and very astringent and watery. Mid palate does fill with coffee and roast, but it's not coming with a malt depth to hold up. Very astringent aftertaste. Warmth lets the cola flavors come out with some cola nut sweetneess and letting the bitterness subside.

It's a bit disappointing and the biggest problem is the mouthfeel as the flavors don't really hold up, and it's un-pleasurably bitter unfortunately. Gets a bit better as it warms.

Photo of Immortale25
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Back label says Bottling Date: 04/09/14.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before dissolving down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thin solid ring behind.

S- Immediate shot of booze plus some brown sugar sweetness. Trying to find coffee and dark roast but it's hard to see through the heavy alcohol fume.

T- Taste is much of the same with an overbearing sweetness and booze burn. Mild coffee, soft vanilla and some unappealing dark roast. Coffee starts to come out more as it warms but it's too little, too late.

M- Sharp from the booze and not as viscous as it should be. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Wow, I don't know what they were going for here, but this is a pretty lame excuse for a coffee stout. Way too boozy to be enjoyable and the coffee presence is severely lacking.

Photo of Badger6
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let me bring in another full review of this Virginian born Russian Imperial Stout. Poured this out of a 12 oz (355mL bottle) into a standard pint glass.

A: Body is black as the Russian night north of the Arctic Circle. Black. Head built up after the pour, then receded pretty fast. Never got bigger than one finger, after recession it looked like the foam on a cup of espresso...imagine that. Lots of sticky lacing to the glass.

S: A deeply pleasing aroma. Distinctly an imperial stout with strong aromas of roasted grains and malts, dark espresso, and hints of dark and bitter chocolates. The smell seems dry, like there is a bit of char.

T: This is a straightforward Russian. A bit tough at first, but warms up quick...like any Russian if you've ever met one. Warmed up it is easy to drink, the flavors smooth out and get better and better with easy drink. This is a manly beer, there are no fruits or florals in this, it is all the way grain, malt, coffee, char, and bitterness. The bitterness at the end cuts off the sweetness, and keeps you ready for more.

MF: Not extraordinarily thick, but this is not a thin beer. There is a decent amount of carbonation to keep things balanced. The beer feels slightly oily on the palate, which is odd considering the dryness you should expect, nevertheless it adds to the drinkability of the beer.

O: Pretty damn awesome RIS offering from the fellas down at Old Dominion. Smells like its gonna beat your mouth in with huge alcohol and lots of sweetness and bitterness, but this beer is well balanced, and super drinkable. Some things could be better, but as is, this is quality beer.

Photo of schwemjw
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black slightly brown head.

S: Iced coffee. lots of roast. nice deep malt. Caramel. Almost like a a chocolate mocha ice cream.

T: This has a big taste despite drinking it cold! Iced coffee and espresso. Not much alcohol up front. A lot of chocolate, almost a tad sweet but deceptively smooth. The finish doesn't linger. As it warms the alcohol shows itself and it has a bigger more bitter bite to it.

M:Smooth as silk. very clean with a light medium body.

O: I started off drinking this cold and it was awesome. very straight forward coffee, espresso and roast. I actually preferred drinking this stout cold. Enjoyable! /84

Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Old Dominion's Morning Glory last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer before, but I don't remember much about it and I thought I should revisit it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that let just a little bit of light come through which made for a more brown like color with two fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the coffee being the first to show up, it's fairly nice, but it has a light over roasted coffee aspect to it. Up next comes the malts which impart some roasted, chocolate and sweet malt aromas with a slight bit of charred malt aromas showing up in the background. This beer had a pretty nice aroma and the coffee was showcased just like I would expect from a Coffee Stout.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the coffee still being the first to show up, but this time the coffee doesn't seem to be as overly roasted as it was in the aroma and it was followed by a slightly creamy flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart the some sweet malt, chocolate and roasted flavors with a slight bit of alcohol that's barely noticeable. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a coffee, chocolate and sweet malt like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, just like the aroma the coffee was still the star of the show.

M- Fairly smooth, a little sticky, a little rich, medium creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a low amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a nice example of a Coffee Stout, the coffee was showcased nicely as it should be and the malts provided a nice base for this beer while keeping the alcohol well hidden. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not too boozy, a little rich, not too filling and that taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I think two would be my limit for this beer and I think this would be a nice beer to enjoy in the fall. What I like the most about this beer was that the coffee wasn't too strong or to weak, it was right in the middle and that worked well in this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the over roasted coffee aroma, it wasn't bad at all, it was just pretty noticeable to me. I might buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down. I would recommend this to anyone who like coffee stouts, but I don't think it will be a stand out. All in all I was happy with this beer, it wasn't the best coffee stout I have had, but i didn't think there was anything really wrong with it and it satisfied my craving for a coffee beer. I still like GI Gi's Farmhouse Ale the most as far as beers from Old Dominion go, but this one would be my second favorite from them. Nice work guys, keep up the solid work.

Photo of Gryphon69
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, 7-16-13 bottling date

A- Black/Dark chocolate with a slight amber hue in the light. Light ring of light colored foam. Very little bubbles coming thru.

S- Light roast, subtle coffee, hints of light milk chocolate. Everything was very light and subtle.

T- Very similar to the nose, nothing really popping out and subdued, has a slight bitter to the finish that sneaks in there.

M- Thinner and kind of on the lighter side, more fizz from the carbonation than what you see in the appearance. Has a smoothness to it, tad dry in the finish.

O- Really not impressed with this one at all, the best thing about this one is the beauty of the color. Nothing really to smell and NO real complexity in the flavor, boring and straight forward. I do not plan on getting anymore of this one and don't recommend it.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up for $2.29 for the single. Into a pint glass

A - Seems pretty viscous with a deep dark blackness. Head is minimal with just a 1/4 inch that settles to just a thick lace ring.
S - Grainy with milk stout dryness. Has some strong coffee smells and maybe some chocolate smells.
T - Has some sweet lactose sugars, has solid coffee flavors not bitter but balanced with a vanilla like flavors. Milk chocolates abound but overall grainy. Not bad.
M - A bit thin bodied for such a high ABV beer. Could use more body.

Overall its a very easy going stout with coffee flavors but it could be better. For 10 dollars a four pack its not bad.

Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 2/22/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a mocha head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing. The aromas are full of black coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. There's some roasty malts in the mix. Flavors are bittersweet. The expresso really does shine. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but it's still pretty creamy. Active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is a very easy drinking stout. Straight forward, no gimmicks.

This is a really nice coffee stout. Flavors come through. Great value as well. Recommended.

Photo of Steelcitynsouth
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Short and sweet - if you like this style, buy it... My ratings above say it all. If you are a novice Stout / Imp. Stout fan, choose something a bit more tame. The espresso is highly evident here, as is the ABV... Not for weak stomachs, but almost an imperial stout for those who seek a rich beer.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%

Picked it up as part of a mixed 6. Outstanding beer, loved the malt, strong coffee but in a good way for me, who does not always care for the coffee stouts. The 9% was not boozy at all. Very good stout but not world class by any stretch.

Photo of PottstownBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This offering is under appreciated as far as I can tell. Great coffee aroma and perfect malt and sweetness hides the 9% ABV very well. As an espresso stout, I would think the coffee would be too over-pronounced, but this is balanced with great sweetness and sound bitterness. A very strong (and dare I say flagship beer) from a brewery I'd like to see more of from my local Wegmans! Not syrupy, bitter, or too malty...Just a Ultra Solid stout with good complexity for it's ABV!

Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up mainly because dat bottle art. Poured into a bell tulip (as I regrettably don't have an OD glass as of yet), dark black with a creamy cap of tan head that retained as a thick ring and livened up with a quick swirl; nice lacing. Room temperature. Nose was more muted than I'd have expected, but still nice. Roasty aroma, coffee and dark malts, with a subtle touch of fruity esters, almost like Belgian yeast. Good roasty taste, dark malts, caramel, espresso, smooth but not too strong, bittersweet cocoa, mild sweet/fruity undertones, with just a hint of neutral alcohol...about right for a 9% brew. Body was on the fuller side of medium, mouthfeel was smooth, but not really what I'd call thick for the style. A good beer overall.

Photo of cyclonece09
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 14oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a one finger light brown head. Smells of roasted coffee, very nice. Tastes of coffee with a tad bit of malt, nice combination. Beer is carbonated correctly medium bodied nice finish. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Kolbfusion
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.