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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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75 Reviews
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Reviews: 75
Hads: 381
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 25.45%
Wants: 16
Gots: 83 | 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 mhksuccess
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of DIM
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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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 Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of SHerninko
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Steelcitynsouth
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Short and sweet - if you like this style, buy it... My ratings above say it all. If you are a novice Stout / Imp. Stout fan, choose something a bit more tame. The espresso is highly evident here, as is the ABV... Not for weak stomachs, but almost an imperial stout for those who seek a rich beer.

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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 bcsbeer
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Pinup Pack. Bottled on 4-9-13
Poured in to my Stone snifter.

Appearance was dark as brown can be with out being Black, showcasing an impressive mocha three finger head that destroyed the walls of the glass with sticky lacing.
The nose picked up the sweet roasted malts with coffee beans and espresso.
The taste was a espresso lovers dream. Sweet and slightly acidic. Dark and roasted to perfection with out being burnt. Flavors were authentic , crisp, fresh and bright. Like the sunrise on a new day.
Mouthfeel was solid as it should be for the style. Carbonation was present with out interfering with the drinking qualities of this brew. Suds would bounce back with a quick swirl of the glass.
Overall I would say this beer is underrated. I liked everything about it, from the label to the long lasting aftertaste. Two thumbs up.

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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 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 schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Woo hoo. I had a few beers working in the yard all day, and I had one or two since as well, but this is the winner of the day. And although this may be a great breakfast stout, it is working well as an end of day brew.

The thing pours oil black with little head or lace. The aroma is of what it is - a coffee flavored stout. Very nice.

The taste is a nice sweet, slightly hoppy, coffee stout. Very nice. The aftertaste is a nice lingering bittersweet.

I like this beer a lot and will seek it out in the future.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Solid black colour with only a 1/4" tan head that breaks down to a dusting across the surface. Decent lacing when the glass is tilted.
AR: Nice aroma. Rich coffee aroma but also in equal part I get chocolate. The coffee nose is more espresso than straight up coffee and the chocolate is sweeter and not like cocoa or baking chocolate. There is also black bread and roasted grains. A little bit of molasses hides in the background.
T: Definitely espresso jumping out at me and also on the finish (with a hint of vanilla), which really leaves a nice taste on my palate. The chocolate follows up the espresso before giving way to it again. The black bread and roasted grains in the nose are only a whisper in the taste and I don't get any molasses or any syrupy flavour at all. Pretty much just espresso, chocolate and roast. The flavours are very nice and fairly well balanced with each other, neither one really dominating and suffocating the others. Well done here.
M: Decent body, but not chewy at all, which I expected a little bit of for being a 9% ABV Imperial Stout. Creamy and pretty smooth on the tongue with a bit of a dry finish.
OV: There's nothing really complex about this Stout, but it's very tasty and solid. If you like coffee/espresso then you should enjoy this one. The coffee/espresso won't smack your taste buds around, but it will tickle them pretty good. I'm glad this one is now it their year round arsenal.

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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 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 BB1313
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 2/22/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a mocha head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing. The aromas are full of black coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. There's some roasty malts in the mix. Flavors are bittersweet. The expresso really does shine. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but it's still pretty creamy. Active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is a very easy drinking stout. Straight forward, no gimmicks.

This is a really nice coffee stout. Flavors come through. Great value as well. Recommended.

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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 Hopscat
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into a pint glass. Good looking solid black with nice thin head that lingers.
S- rich dark coffee aroma, and some toffee , molasses notes.
T- sweet malty start with dark coffee in the middle and smooth finish . This goes down really easy for the high abv
Mouthfeel is creamy, and body seems about right for the style IMO
Overall I bumped this up because it's a good stout and a solid value . I'll definitely look for this again

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Photo of ckollias
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a thin brown ½-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong malty aroma with big whiffs of coffee and chocolate.

T: Smooth toasted malt flavor with and excellent coffee and chocolate make-up. Every sip is as smooth as the last. I was expected something for astringent.

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this beer. It was super smooth and tasty. Lots of alcohol but really couldn't tell.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was by far my favorite sample while visitin the brewery. This poured out looking like a chocolate milk due to the nitro. Once the beer settles it is black in color with a delicious creamy looking brown head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a very nice coffee aroma with a soft roasted malt backbone. The taste of the beer is chocolatey upfront with a creamy coffee flavor as well. The taste is moderately sweet with a subtle bitter finish. The mouthfeel is like silk, it is soft and creamy with a very good drinkablity. Overall it's a great coffee stout, the nitro gives this beer a very good quality. Awesome stuff here!!

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Photo of MikeB20
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: A nearly opaque dark brown with a single finger brown/tan head. Lacing is okay, it sticks but it's spotty.

S: Lots of coffee and bitter dark chocolate along with roasted malt. Some malty sweetness and caramel notes. A slight smokiness creeps up as the beer warms.

T: Roasted malt and coffee up front with a little bitterness in the finish. A nice balance, not too bitter or too sweet. Not as much coffee as I was expecting but it adds some nice character to the beer. No burnt or charcoal like flavors with is always a plus in my book.

M: Slightly creamy texture, carbonation is low. Both are nice for the style but some more carbonation wouldn't hurt.

O: This beer is very drinkable, I knew the ABV was on the higher side but I would have never guessed it at 9%. Part of me wants more coffee flavor but another part of me enjoys the subtle flavors that it's added to the beer without being overwhelming. It's well balanced and I'm enjoying it, worth a try even if it doesn't leave a lasting impression.

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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 larryi86
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a very small tan head.

S- Espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts.

T- Coffee, chocolate, some sweet malts, some roasted malts, mainly coffee.

M- Smooth, could be a little thicker.

O- A solid coffee stout. It is coffee forward and could be thicker. I will definitely pick some more up. Well worth the price.

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Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.