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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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74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 380
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 25.71%
Wants: 15
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 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 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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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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 Kargeo99
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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!)

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Photo of mthomp081
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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