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

338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 12
Gots: 60 | 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 bcsbeer
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Pinup Pack. Bottled on 4-9-13
Poured in to my Stone snifter.

Appearance was dark as brown can be with out being Black, showcasing an impressive mocha three finger head that destroyed the walls of the glass with sticky lacing.
The nose picked up the sweet roasted malts with coffee beans and espresso.
The taste was a espresso lovers dream. Sweet and slightly acidic. Dark and roasted to perfection with out being burnt. Flavors were authentic , crisp, fresh and bright. Like the sunrise on a new day.
Mouthfeel was solid as it should be for the style. Carbonation was present with out interfering with the drinking qualities of this brew. Suds would bounce back with a quick swirl of the glass.
Overall I would say this beer is underrated. I liked everything about it, from the label to the long lasting aftertaste. Two thumbs up.

Photo of Kargeo99
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Pours almost black and has a nice balance between coffee and chocolate, neither being too predominant. Not bitter, with a bit of pleasant sweetness. Old Dominion calls this a full bodied stout, I would call it medium. I thoroughly enjoy this beer and find it a rather easy drinking stout that I seem to go back to.

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 Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was by far my favorite sample while visitin the brewery. This poured out looking like a chocolate milk due to the nitro. Once the beer settles it is black in color with a delicious creamy looking brown head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a very nice coffee aroma with a soft roasted malt backbone. The taste of the beer is chocolatey upfront with a creamy coffee flavor as well. The taste is moderately sweet with a subtle bitter finish. The mouthfeel is like silk, it is soft and creamy with a very good drinkablity. Overall it's a great coffee stout, the nitro gives this beer a very good quality. Awesome stuff here!!

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 Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottled 5-31-13.

Served in a Schlafly snifter.

A: Looked like your average, run-of-the-mill, imperial coffee stout: Black as night with a sticky, icky head that clung to the glass and then some.

S: This one had a mocha flair (as opposed to a black, roasted coffee one) in spades. Smelled good... fresh!

T: It had a good bit of that buttercream frosting-esque sensibility that Terrapin "W N' B" has. Extremely smooth and quite delectable. Mocho milkshake.

M: Thick and creamy, and one with have to have an ABV microscope to detect anything above 4% here. 9%? Really? You've gotta be F-ing kidding me!

O: I truly think the reason this brew hasn't caught on is because of the bad blood between Old Dominion and the local consumers. I feel as cheated as anyone about them leaving the local craft scene by leaving Ashburn years ago and selling out to the giant in St. Louis. However, I'll give credit where credit is due: This beer is excellent.

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Started my Sunday morning off with this. !2 ounce bottle poured into a 16 ounce coffee mug. Dark brown in appearance, like coffee, with a foamy, tan head. It settled after a little time into a little "froth" like the espresso it was flavored with.
You could smell roasted coffee along with sweetness, if it is possible to smell sweet. The smell belies what taste awaits. Roasted malts and sweetened coffee. A little cream perhaps as well.
The mouthfeel was a little thin for a double/imperial stout. I expect something a little "thicker when it comes to that style. Other than that, it was quite enjoyable. If it was available in my state, I would get this again. (Thanks to 302BeerGuy for sending me this!)

Photo of schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Woo hoo. I had a few beers working in the yard all day, and I had one or two since as well, but this is the winner of the day. And although this may be a great breakfast stout, it is working well as an end of day brew.

The thing pours oil black with little head or lace. The aroma is of what it is - a coffee flavored stout. Very nice.

The taste is a nice sweet, slightly hoppy, coffee stout. Very nice. The aftertaste is a nice lingering bittersweet.

I like this beer a lot and will seek it out in the future.

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.

Photo of SHerninko
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed a bottle from BLUE DOG - Lansdale, PA. Thank you boys!

It is a bit simple in terms of not being complex, but from nose to taste to mouthfeel it is above average and very solid. Very espresso, some chocolate, some smoke, good base stout---all very subtle.
If you like stouts, like coffee stouts -- then give the lil' lady (hot!) on the label a taste.

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 NoLeafClover44
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; consumed on 6/21/13. 12 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. Best by 3/13/13.

A - Pours black coffee black with a half finger of almond head. Sticky lacing.

S - Roasty, vanilla, coffee, oats, wet grain.

T - Sweet vanilla, dark bittering chocolate. Grain middle. Bitter, burnt finish.

M - Carbonation is high but it works. Smooth with good body.

O - Great coffee flavor, cheap at $9.99/six pack. I will buy again.

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 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 DIM
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottles 6-19

a: Black body; thick, sticky off-white head.

s: Moderate coffee aroma, some roasted grains. Nothing off but not much going on.

t: Wow, big step up from the smell! Smooth, well incorporated coffee takes center stage. Rich semi-sweet chocolate before a long, lightly bitter coffee finish. No off flavors and no trace of 9% abv.

m: Not very robust, but I guess coffee can do that.

o: Not quite up there with Breakfast Stout, but not all that far behind either. I could have a sixer for 10 bucks but I bought a single. F***.

Between this and their b-wine these guys are going to get plenty of business from me.

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 RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with minimal head. Nose is mild coffee. Flavor profile is espresso express! Great coffee character with little to note as a detractor. I've got nothing negative to say. Very smooth feel and very easy to drink. A great coffee beer. Glad I found this one.

Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a very small tan head.

S- Espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts.

T- Coffee, chocolate, some sweet malts, some roasted malts, mainly coffee.

M- Smooth, could be a little thicker.

O- A solid coffee stout. It is coffee forward and could be thicker. I will definitely pick some more up. Well worth the price.

Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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 GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Solid black colour with only a 1/4" tan head that breaks down to a dusting across the surface. Decent lacing when the glass is tilted.
AR: Nice aroma. Rich coffee aroma but also in equal part I get chocolate. The coffee nose is more espresso than straight up coffee and the chocolate is sweeter and not like cocoa or baking chocolate. There is also black bread and roasted grains. A little bit of molasses hides in the background.
T: Definitely espresso jumping out at me and also on the finish (with a hint of vanilla), which really leaves a nice taste on my palate. The chocolate follows up the espresso before giving way to it again. The black bread and roasted grains in the nose are only a whisper in the taste and I don't get any molasses or any syrupy flavour at all. Pretty much just espresso, chocolate and roast. The flavours are very nice and fairly well balanced with each other, neither one really dominating and suffocating the others. Well done here.
M: Decent body, but not chewy at all, which I expected a little bit of for being a 9% ABV Imperial Stout. Creamy and pretty smooth on the tongue with a bit of a dry finish.
OV: There's nothing really complex about this Stout, but it's very tasty and solid. If you like coffee/espresso then you should enjoy this one. The coffee/espresso won't smack your taste buds around, but it will tickle them pretty good. I'm glad this one is now it their year round arsenal.

Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. Chocolatey smells come at first with hints of espresso. The taste is much of the same, chocolate up front with the espresso layered in, not bitter, this stout is slightly sweet. The beer is a smooth drinker, not much alcohol present, and it falls about medium on the body, maybe a little less than desired on an imperial stout, but not too bad. This is a nice stout with no major flaws and some good flavors and balance. My only complaint really is that for an "espresso" stout, I don't get enough of that flavor, this beer makes me think chocolate stout first, but a good effort nonetheless.

Photo of Act25
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thrilled to be among the first to review this great RIS. Well done.
A: I get a lasting head with stained glass lacing. 4
S: I get a deep range of malt, roasted grain, wood, espresso, a bit of char. All good. 3.75
T: It's a welcoming, approachable, uncomplicated RIS with a nice balance and a long tingly finish. It's up there with the better RIS, more wood than fruit, more masculine, fireplace, split wood, than fruit and flowers. The sweetness (of which there is plenty) is well balanced by the long bitter end. 4
MF: Maybe thinner than the greats, but a great finish and a nice balance. Leaves you in a great place. 3.75

O: Surprisingly good RIS, and yes, a sexy, strong RIS. I'd happily trade, age, share, blend, and drink again. 4

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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.

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Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.