Mourning Wood | Local Option

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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
Ratings:
499
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
49
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 499 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of ScaryEd
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, dark amber color with a fluffy off-white head. Some gorgeous cobweb lacing is left around the top of the glass.

The aroma is filled with notes of nutty, caramel malt, and a subtle coffee character. I also get some faint hints of oak chips on the back end.

The taste is extremely nutty and toasty, with the coffee notes being far more subtle than expected. Lightly sweet. Some mild caramel notes can be detected as well.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall, a good, but disappointing brown ale. I am just not picking up much of the coffee notes and the oak character is far too subdued for my liking. It's possible the bottle I have is past its prime and those notes have subsided with time. Still, a very solid beer that I'd be happy to drink again.

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Photo of Washuffizi98
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Homebrew
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

16oz bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a clear amber color. Produced a light frothy off-white head.

(S)- Light roasted coffee grounds meets a light nuttiness and honey sweetness.

(T)- The balance is nice. You get some light nutty flavors with a honey-like sweetness, but then quickly flows into a light roasted coffee profile. Finishes very woody.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Not too big on the coffee or oak but integrated nicely into the base.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew offers a unique and complex blend of elements that characterize it's niche. You will be hard pressed to find an American amber, with very prevalent oak nose, and a coffee and nutty malt backbone. The beer has a sweet touch on the palette; was expecting a more robust taste and finish, but that was not the case, it is easy and smooth.

I will look to stock up on this one on my next trip to Maryland!

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Photo of Hopocalypse
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dandiprat2015
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, muddy looking copper red. Moderate sized head that doesnt last very long. Sort of gross in a lot of ways really.

Smells like wood, coffee, and malty.

The oak flavors are definitely there with a decent amount of coffee flavor. Coffee is nice and smooth though. Well integrated with the rich malts. A hint of brown sugar and baking spices.

Nothing crazy here, but a very nicely balanced beer that reveals all of the flavors advertised.

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Photo of LacquerHead
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has all the characteristics of an amber with a coffee flavor. Unlike most coffee flavored beers this one actually tastes like coffee and not coffee grounds. There was no bitter flavors or harsh roasted flavors. It tasted like coffee freshly poured and chilled. I liked it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oldvines
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OGdirty
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with slightly off-white cap that fades fairly fast.

The smell is raw with its woody character seemingly almost fake in a strange spicy incense way. The coffee character is a very subtle afterthough that is hardly noticeable behind the aggressive harsh oak.

The taste carries more of that raw oak essence with a mild fruity alcohol feel and a touch of roasty coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.

This is medium bodied, moderatelt carbonated and a pretty forgettable brew. I pass on this if offered again.

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Photo of killcore
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alaska1
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic coffee beer, great beer

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Photo of SimcoeKid
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of joberlander
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber goldish color, white head that disappears very quickly. The smell is coffee forward with malt and slight oakiness coming through. The taste follows the nose, coffee upfront with a the malt and slight bitterness on the finish. Not a lot of oak in the taste but the coffee helps. Overall a nice coffee ale. Would like more it if it was just marketed as a coffee ale and not aged.

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Photo of aussiebeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beastcpa
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MUTINY
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a little caveat here: I hate this label art so much. I mean, so much.

500ml into a wine tumbler.

A: Hazy deep-copper with 1/2" white head that recedes pretty quickly. Retention is quite good, lacing not so much.

S: Coffee, milk chocolate, cinnamon, slight fruitiness, traces of spice. All of the aromas here are incredibly rich & fleshed out. Impressive nose.

T: More coffee & milk chocolate. Raspberry. Honestly, I'm getting a hint of chile pepper. Honey, brown sugar. Lactose (though I doubt it's involved in the brewing).

M: Very creamy with a cocoa powder graininess. Carb is moderate. Slightly soapy, mostly just richly full-bodied.

O: This is the second offering I've had from Local Option, the first being Blood Ov The Kings. These brews are very similar minus the coffee element. That being said, this is a pleasant enough coffee-forward red. I kinda like it.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Local Option is back to spelling this as “Morning Wood” rather than “Mourning Wood”
L: Pours hazy amber under with a 2” light tan tinted foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Sweet coffee nose, traces of oak
T: A big creamy entry with grainy amber malts quickly gives way to coffee and then the malts return by the finish with traces of oak and vanilla.
F: Very creamy medium body sits very softly in the mouth with a slight drying astringency on the finish.
O: An interesting combination of flavors that works surprisingly well.

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Photo of ALC82
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mourning Wood from Local Option
3.82 out of 5 based on 499 ratings.
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