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Morning Glory Espresso Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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87
very good

66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 357
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 11
Gots: 73 | 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 MrWonka
4.14/5  rDev +7%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of Jameezus
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (1,203 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (1,918 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (231 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (447 characters)

Photo of Kolbfusion
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (585 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (240 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,380 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of Kargeo99
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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. (315 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%

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. (240 characters)

Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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. (640 characters)

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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!) (710 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- very very dark brown, opaque almost black, barely a head, but a thin creamy one

S - espresso/coffee, dark chocolate, light smoke and roast

T - same as smell, coffee is the main taste, its pretty smokey with roasted malt, earthy, some bitterness in the after taste

M - smooth, creamy, medium carbonation, medium-full bodied

O - This is a good stout. Nice earthy roasted malt with a strong coffee taste but not unwelcoming. The alcohol is masked by the other flavors. Smells fantastic. (490 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/5/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and solid complexity of coffee and dark/roasted malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of roasted coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and solid complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice coffee stout. Good balance and solid complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,273 characters)

Photo of theandychrist
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into a tulip. From the bottle the smell is all malt and coffee, poured into the glass thin head dissipates quickly and is near black with dark brown around the thinner base of the glass. Very mild hop smell while in the glass along with more malt and more coffee. Very thin mouthfeel with a nice taste that lingers on the tongue but doesn't coat it. It's a decent coffee stout that hides the ABV well, but I probably won't pick it up again. Also I wasn't expecting it to be a twist off and almost cracked the bottle with an opener. (538 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black with a small tan head that leaves behind some lacing.

S: Coffee. A touch of roasted barley malt and dark fruits. But mostly coffee.

T: First impression is the coffee. But after the palate adjusts to that, I'm also getting a nice roasty foundation underneath, with some fruitiness - dark fruits and dried fruits - and some vanilla, followed up with a bit of char and roast bitterness at the finish. I've had far better coffee stouts, but this isn't bad at all.

M: A bit thin/underweighted in feel. Carbonation is modest.

O: OK. Nothing earth-shattering, but better than I expected for some reason. (680 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of barhoc11
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (3,280 characters)

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Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.