Morning Glory - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
10-10-2013 23:08:26 | More by DIM
District of Columbia
4.3/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
09-30-2013 00:03:40 | More by Chaney
3.28/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
09-15-2013 02:36:14 | More by Gryphon69
4.06/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
09-14-2013 18:06:30 | More by Brenden
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Picked this up last week in Totowa, having never tried this before.I like the WWII-inspired label on here and was hoping that the story behind this would be a beer that this would be strong enough to be a true American Double/Imperial Stout. Although this could have been a bit stronger in the body, this was a solidly brewed example of the style that felt a lot lighter in the alcohol department than in actuality, while still expressing the Espresso qualities espoused on the bottle. If almost felt like a Coffee Stout without the caffeine or strong cocoa flavors.
The pour to this was what I expected, with a deep brown hue, tan head, and a bit of lacing the slide down the sides of my pint glass after every sip. There was lots of espresso in the nose with just a hint of bitter chocolate and currant behind that, with those two flavors more pronounced in the taste. The only drawback to this beer was how thin this was and how carbonated the mouthfeel felt. It reminded me of a craft soda and this could have used more malt to make the staying power of this a bit more extended and what resulted was a beer that could have easily outdone anything available at my local Starbucks.
To be fair, the alcohol was not that noticeable as I made my way through this and it crept up on me throughout my session. This had just a bit of oat in this and while it was certainly not an Oatmeal Stout, it would have made a good choice as a dessert beer. There's enough to like here and this is just thick enough on its own to make the cut.
09-11-2013 19:32:13 | More by JerzDevl2000
Morning Glory from Old Dominion Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.