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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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87
very good

66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 357
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 11
Gots: 73 | 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 smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (1,007 characters)

Photo of bcsbeer
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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 (647 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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 (630 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,476 characters)

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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! (746 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,164 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of Hopscat
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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 (435 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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!! (634 characters)

Photo of MikeB20
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of FleetwoodMatt
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (917 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (368 characters)

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Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.