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Mourning Wood | Local Option

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3.84/5
Very Good
500 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Local Option
Illinois, United States
localoptionbier.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Morning Wood

Mourning Wood is an oak-aged coffee amber ale. Fresh American oak used during the aging process and Dark Matter’s El Salvador San Jose pulp-natural coffee aromatically drive the beer yet they remain subtle components of the beers’ overall flavor profile. This amber colored, medium-bodied, and extraordinarily well-balanced ale has a delicate taste that is appreciated by beer drinkers of all palates.

Added by MasterSki on 12-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,503
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
500
pDev:
9.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
49
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 500 |  Reviews: 75
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardyA
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque amber burgundy with a medium-thin off-white head. A tad bit of lacing left behind, but not much. Coffee, toasted malts, and a bit of lactic sour form an interesting aroma. Opens up fairly basic with a good malt base. Coffee and pine hop notes throughout the flavor profile. Intriguing mouth feel as it feels filling, and yet thin. It does feel a bit harsh on the carbonation side. Overall, a good brew. I picked it up for the coffee, of which it doesn't quite deliver for me.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kalosjakar
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle says Morning Wood, not Mourning.

Murky amber with a beautiful big white creamy looking head.

Definitely smelling coffee, especially as I was pouring. Subtle oak note.
Coffee up front in the taste as well, pretty odd for an Amber.
A bit of Oak in the taste towards the back.
Smelling a little alcohol in the aroma, but it doesn't come across in the flavor.
I'm also getting Belgian-style malt aroma as it warms. Awesome.

Good lacing.

I haven't liked most of the Oak-aged beers I've had but I enjoyed this very much.

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4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage, so score set to current average.

Aroma is still very coffee and oak forward, with a touch of fruity specialty malt character.

Flavor is lightly sweet amber malty, with coffee kicking in mid palate and carrying into a roasty, coffee grounds finish. There's a touch of acidity/sourness that I can't quite place, but it's not altogether unpleasant. Might explain the billowing head. Lol Finish is lightly oaky and nutty.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zander4dawin
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A barrel aged Amber ale with coffee, not much barrel or coffee flavors, pretty much tastes like a standard Amber ale you'd find in a six pack.
Not a terrible beer but not as advertised.

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of erjaq
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkawachi
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tedvr
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a thin white head. Mild coffee smell. Nice coffee taste with a malt background. Mild carbonation and is really well balanced.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phigg1102
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is like caramel glass. Very little off white head when poured, and it quickly settles into a thin ring around the edge and leaves very low levels of lacing. Aroma starts with toasted malt and moves into the strong oak presence. Coffee is present but doesn't overshadow the beer in general. Generous caramel in the taste, with even more oak presence than in the nose. Coffee comes through a bit more in the taste than aroma yet still does not overpower the beer. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a touch of sweetness to finish.

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3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewed and bottled by Pub Dog Brewing Company.

BOTTLE: 500ml. Brown glass. Unbranded black pry-off crown cap.

7.3% ABV. "Oak aged coffee amber."

Reviewed live as an amber per the label. Expectations are average. Served cold into a conical pint glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 3 inches wide. Frothy and even, with a smooth supple appearance. Appears somewhat soft. Coating and thick. Retention is quite good - about 7-8 minutes. Leaves a ring of even coating lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear clean vibrant copper-amber with no visible yeast or sediment. Clearly filtered.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking amber, but isn't unique or special in its appearance.

AROMA: Shallow coffee roast is dominant. Generic floral hops mix in with a basic amber malt sweetness. I don't get much oak from the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is average. I detect no overt yeast, off-notes, or booze.

TASTE: The coffee is shallow, inexpressive, and one-dimensional, lacking rich expressive character, roastiness, espresso bitterness, etc. The amber malt backbone gives it moderate sweetness, with generic floral hop character lending some balancing albeit mild bitterness. I taste oak only when I really look for it, and I can't help but wonder just how long this was aged on oak for...I wouldn't be surprised if it was a couple months or less.

Not as artificial in taste as the "...with natural flavor added" marketing jargon might have you expect. Not syrupy or extract-redolent. But it's shallow and simple, with average flavour duration and intensity.

It ticks the boxes of what it's billed at...there's amber malt sweetness, oak, and coffee, but each note is faint, inexpressive, and dull.

For a beer called Morning Wood, the wood itself is shockingly reticent.

TEXTURE: Aptly medium-bodied. Smooth, wet, well-carbonated (if highly so), and somewhat refreshing. Adequate heft, weight, and thickness on the palate without coming across syrupy or sticky.

It's a decent complement to the taste, but ultimately this texture fails to elevate the beer as a whole or to accentuate specific notes.

OVERALL: Cashing in on the "oak aged" marketing trend, Morning Wood is a hum-ho amber with a forgettable coffee presence. While drinkable and enjoyable enough, ultimately, this beer's best element may be its label art. Not a brew I'd nab again unless it was $10 or under per 6-pack, and not the quality brew I hoped for given Local Option's rising reputation. Still, those drinkers who desire an amber with a bit more going on than you'd find in traditional examples of the style may find this whets their appetite nicely. Hides its high ABV well, and in spite of my nitpicks it's definitey above average.

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Mourning Wood from Local Option
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 500 ratings
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