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Morning Glory Espresso Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 358
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 74 | 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 StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of Copernicandream
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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 (258 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of rjp217
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of PottstownBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This offering is under appreciated as far as I can tell. Great coffee aroma and perfect malt and sweetness hides the 9% ABV very well. As an espresso stout, I would think the coffee would be too over-pronounced, but this is balanced with great sweetness and sound bitterness. A very strong (and dare I say flagship beer) from a brewery I'd like to see more of from my local Wegmans! Not syrupy, bitter, or too malty...Just a Ultra Solid stout with good complexity for it's ABV! (477 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,308 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of Badger6
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let me bring in another full review of this Virginian born Russian Imperial Stout. Poured this out of a 12 oz (355mL bottle) into a standard pint glass.

A: Body is black as the Russian night north of the Arctic Circle. Black. Head built up after the pour, then receded pretty fast. Never got bigger than one finger, after recession it looked like the foam on a cup of espresso...imagine that. Lots of sticky lacing to the glass.

S: A deeply pleasing aroma. Distinctly an imperial stout with strong aromas of roasted grains and malts, dark espresso, and hints of dark and bitter chocolates. The smell seems dry, like there is a bit of char.

T: This is a straightforward Russian. A bit tough at first, but warms up quick...like any Russian if you've ever met one. Warmed up it is easy to drink, the flavors smooth out and get better and better with easy drink. This is a manly beer, there are no fruits or florals in this, it is all the way grain, malt, coffee, char, and bitterness. The bitterness at the end cuts off the sweetness, and keeps you ready for more.

MF: Not extraordinarily thick, but this is not a thin beer. There is a decent amount of carbonation to keep things balanced. The beer feels slightly oily on the palate, which is odd considering the dryness you should expect, nevertheless it adds to the drinkability of the beer.

O: Pretty damn awesome RIS offering from the fellas down at Old Dominion. Smells like its gonna beat your mouth in with huge alcohol and lots of sweetness and bitterness, but this beer is well balanced, and super drinkable. Some things could be better, but as is, this is quality beer. (1,631 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (737 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up for $2.29 for the single. Into a pint glass

A - Seems pretty viscous with a deep dark blackness. Head is minimal with just a 1/4 inch that settles to just a thick lace ring.
S - Grainy with milk stout dryness. Has some strong coffee smells and maybe some chocolate smells.
T - Has some sweet lactose sugars, has solid coffee flavors not bitter but balanced with a vanilla like flavors. Milk chocolates abound but overall grainy. Not bad.
M - A bit thin bodied for such a high ABV beer. Could use more body.

Overall its a very easy going stout with coffee flavors but it could be better. For 10 dollars a four pack its not bad. (644 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pitch black with just over a finger of a rich brown fizzy head, a few tangents of tight smaller lacing.
S - This is what I dont get, there's not a powerful aroma here to start things off well. A little smokey and sweet toffee malt, some lighter graininess, medium scents of roasted coffee.
T - Fortunately the taste picks up things a bit. A smooth blend of mild roasted coffee and espresso with a rich toffee malt, some nuttiness to it, a touch of caramel and vanilla.
M - Not super thick, but chewy, and definitely some alcohol burn, slightly creamy and smooth.
O - I wouldnt drink this if you get heartburn, I mean this is burning me up pretty decent, and I hardly ever get these side effects, but for what it is, its a great coffee beer infusion, the flavors aren't at their peak, but they're very smooth and rich. Would gladly partake of again. (876 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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 (432 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of mhksuccess
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pour from bottle into a snifter glass
dark very small head almost none very little lacing
smell is express heavy coffee
taste is similar nice coffee and roasty malt
mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side was hope was not quite so thin
overall is very solid decent good beer (274 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of Gryphon69
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,429 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,531 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. "Bottled on" was a part of the label on the back, but no date was stamped there.

Poured a deep black with a little over a finger of oatmeal colored head. The head diminished, but maintained. Lacing was evident, but slide down the sides of the glass rather quickly.

Smell was excellent. Good aromas of Expreso, Coffee, and a touch of chocolate.

Taste was...well, a bit of a letdown. Was only getting the coffee, with a slight alcohol burn from the 9.0abv. Now don't get me wrong, the taste was good, and I certainly enjoy a good coffee stout. Just don't think this one measured up to the aroma. Coffee taste was stong, but...felt there should be more somehow.

The problem may be in the mouth, which was very on the thin side for a stout. Now this might improve its drinkability if you wanted to have 2 or 3, but then the high abv might get you. All in all though, a decent offering which I can see having again. Just seems that will a bit more, it would be something outstanding. (1,038 characters)

Photo of SHerninko
4.19/5  rDev +8%
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. (358 characters)

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Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.