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Morning Glory Espresso Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Morning Glory Espresso StoutMorning Glory Espresso Stout

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 369
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 25.97%
Wants: 13
Gots: 77 | 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 -22.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of theandychrist
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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

12 oz bottle, dated 6/19/13

jet black, with thin off-white head that fades to just a ring around the glass. smells like black coffee. taste is bitter roasty coffee flavor, a touch acidic and ashy. slick, a bit oily mouthfeel. moderate carbonation.

overall - the coffee flavor is a bit too sharp and bitter. wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of FleetwoodMatt
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter at slightly below room tempt. Bottling date is November 12th (about a month ago).

A: Pours like a moderately flat cola. Small amount of light khaki head dissipating quickly and leaving a small ring. Fair amount of lacing. Color is very similar to cola, not quick black but very dark.

S: Didn't pick up a ton of espresso/coffee but it's still there. Mostly roasted malt with some bitter chocolate and hop mixed in.

T: Similar to the smell in that I was getting coffee/espresso notes but roasted malt and chocolate came through a bit stronger.

M: Not much carbonation and felt like it could have benefited from a bit more. Medium bodied and could be improved if it were a bit heavier.

O: Nothing really stood out to make this beer impressive. It's certainly drinkable and smooth but the espresso and mouthfeel leave too much to be desired to make me want to pick up another one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Old Dominion Brewing
Morning Glory

Pours a dark brown color, good clarity though dark, with an off white creamy head and plenty of lacing.

Aroma of dark malts, chocolate and a bit of coffee. More coffee pulls through the aroma as the beer warms.

In the taste, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolates. The coffee flavor is there but could be more robust. Of course, all the flavors work with a small heat on the back end. Enough bitterness to be in no way sweet.

Medium bodied but surprisingly light given the strength. Smooth yes, full, not quite.

Overall, a nice strong beer with mellow coffee and big malt, but with a thinner body. Ive been trying to check this out for a while, and it is who we thought it was. Drinkable, approachable imperial stout brewed with coffee beans.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a midnight brown color with ruby highlights; a carpet of foam lays on top of the liquid and leaves a few strands of lace behind

Smell: While there is coffee detectable in the aroma, there is also a fruity character that blends with the roasted tones

Taste: Fruit and roast forward, with the roasty flavors building into the middle; after the swallow, the espresso finally makes an appearance and holds its own, though the aftertaste has a lot of fruit in it, as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderare carbonation

Overall: The body is too light and there isn't as much coffee flavor as I would prefer for the style

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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 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 rjp217
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of dank203
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

put my faith in this after a short browse. was in the mood for exactly what I got. big fresh coffee been aroma and a well balanced flavor with coffee and sweetness. drank from oversized wine glass. drinks well for the abv and well priced. 8.99 for a six pack

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Photo of schwemjw
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz.bottle a dark brown that borders on being black with a HUGE 2 1/2 finger beige head that seems to last forever before settling into a thick collar. It's impossible to judge the carbonation level by looking for bubbles in the darkness. The aroma is somewhat faint, but there are hints of coffee and smoke. 1st sip brings a mellow mixture of black coffee and unsweetened dark chocolate. The flavors are somewhat subdued and underwhelming at first taste, but they linger and get more noticeable on and after the swallow. The mouthfeel is somewhat on the thin side, but has more heft than your average macrobeer. Overall, this is a good offering. Quite a nice introduction to this brewery and it's beers! Looking forward to more!

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Photo of Pencible
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with almost no head.
S: It smelled like bold French roasted coffee, with some sugar and cream.
T: It tasted like earthy and smoky French roast coffee, with some sugar and cream. It had a clean and mellow bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thin with a bit of carbonation. Weak body.
D: This was an ok coffee stout at best. The scent and taste were basic, but enjoyable. The body was terrible, but the finish was crazy smooth with well hidden alcohol. So it was very easy to drink, especially for the style. Not for aging. An unimpressive brew, but could serve as a good gateway for those just getting into coffee stouts.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a borderline black color, albeit one that lacks impressive thickness. The head is a four finger khaki shade featuring nice retention. The head leaves behind some nice lacing, also.

S: There's a good espresso presence here, but it's not overpowering or even super-strong. Beneath the coffee notes lie notes of licorice, chocolate, roasted barley, cream, and even some leafy hops. Really damn pleasant, if not massively bold.

T: Initially it opens up with some light roasted barley and chocolate. Coffee builds up on the finish and aftertaste, backed by some licorice, nuttiness, char, and even a touch of piny hops. I don't think the espresso used here is amazing, which is my biggest quibble. Decently deep and enjoyable, though.

M: Indeed, this one lacks body. It's not the driest coffee stout either, choosing to err slightly towards a sweet finish. It goes down superbly, which is my #1 desire for a good coffee stout.

O: I don't think it can compete with WnB or FBS. I do think, however, it's a solid alternative, and a superbly priced one at that. And it delivers the drinkability and the coffee-ness I look for.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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

A: faintly red, the next best to pitch black; brown beige head fading to substantial surface covering; intricate spidery lacing
S: woody, espresso, chocolate, slightly metallic, slightly syrupy
T: bitter, strong alcohol presence well-masked by the woody espresso
M: medium-bodied for a stout, alcoholic bite
O: A bit hollow for a stout, with an odd metallic nose. Quite decent.

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

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Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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

Nice appearance in the glass. Thick and luscious. Big head, lots of tiny foamy bubbles, good lacing all the way down. Pleasant espresso coffee ground flavor, but just a little chalky for my taste. Not a bad example of the style, but somewhat pedestrian from my perspective.

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Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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