Morning Wood | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by THECPJ on 10-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Hojaminbag:
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4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Morning wood has a dark black body and a thin, thick-looking brown head. The retention is good, but there isn't really any lacing to speak of.

The aroma is all coffee. It probably smells more like coffee than any beer I've encountered, mostly because I don't notice anything in the aroma besides coffee itself. Pretty nice actually.

Strong coffee is the first flavor I notice, and it is certainly the most dominant. There is tons of coffee, actually; so much that it takes me a few sips to really notice anything else. When I do, however, I notice that this beer is certainly aged in a barrel (the "Wood" part of the name makes even more sense now). I don't get any bourbon notes, or flavors of other spirits, but there is a noticeable wood flavor and a good bit of vanilla.

This is a really big stout or a smaller imperial stout, either way the body is full feeling with pretty low carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice coffee beer, and one of the better offerings that I have had from Evolution. Great name too.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig.

A: Served in a goblet, the beer is dark black with a small tan head on top. Moderate retention and little bits of lacing that clung on the sides for a few minutes.

S: Coffee up front, lots of coffee grounds, some light roast, and vanilla. There is a little bit of bourbon and a hint of chocolate.

T: Lots of coffee upfront, the oak and bourbon come through nicely with some vanilla. Like the nose, a hint of chocolate on the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. On the thicker side for sure, slight creaminess.

O: A really good stout, liked it more than expected for being so coffee forward. Flavors intensified as it warmed. A nice beer to sip over an extended period of time. Paired extremely well with dessert.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Kloby's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Quite roasty up front. I'm definitely picking up the coffee and some dark fruit in the background.

Taste: Very roasty and bitter from the malt and the coffee. This beer has a very full flavor that is also quite smooth. Also a bit nutty with caramel. I'm pretty sure this is wood aged, but I didn't really find that component.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Very good with full flavor. I would have liked more flavor from the wood, but it's nothing to worry about too much. Very good mouthfeel.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Frisco's today. Poured into a goblet.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is likewise attactive, showcasing considerable coffee grounds, dark chocolate and a hint of licorice. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet stout, except I'm picking more chocolate, as well as vanilla. There's a hint of licorice in the finish, which is smooth and long. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is impressive. The alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and the beer has something of a creamy mouthfeel.

Very tasty beer from Evolution. Very nicely done.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Big Hunt DC. Pours an opaque black with a thin covering of light tan head. Nose has lots of fresh coffee, dark chocolate and bourbon. Upon warming the sweet dark caramely malts come out along with plenty of espresso beans and dark chocolate with vanilla and bourbon oak complexity before a slightly drier roasted finish. Medium carbonation and mouothfeel.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of lackenhauser
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very, very dark brown in color. No head at first pour but by the time you seal the growler and put it in the fridge there is a great cocoa colored head on top-very nice looking beer.

Slight boozey aroma but as it warms there is a growing presence of chocolate and coffee. Not a lot bourbon wise.

Very solid flavors of coffee, bourbon and chocolate. Very nice grain like flavor. Enough bourbon to be noticeable for sure but the vanilla and cofee really balance it out.

Nice body. Very smooth. Did I read this was an oatmeal stout? If so lacks some velvety creaminess but it is still very nice.

WOW-like a smaller version of their Menagerie 5 for me. Dangerously drinkable. Can you say Locals Kentucky Breakfast Stout? Damn fine-another huge winner for me from my local!

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jhughes23
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler I received from the Brewery. Thanks Todd!! Shared with inlimbo77 on 10/13/11

A-Dark Dark Brown with some light seeping in the edges when tilted, creating a nice reddish brown hue. This ones got Legs...alcohol hanging onto the glass after the off white tan head, that was created by giving this one a bit of a swirl, dissipates.

S-COFFEE! holy cow coffee, with some subtle hints of vanilla and bourbon. It smells of a creamy coffee drink. After the first few wafts you start to pick up the bourbon more but the coffee smell is distinct with sweetness.

T-Coffee, Coffee, Vanilla, Coffee, Sweetness, Coffee, Bourbon-in that order. This is wonderfully subtly Barrel Aged. This Beer is not about Bourbon, it's about how the subtle Bourbon flavors can add layers to an already awesome Coffee Imperial Stout. The Vanilla flavor really adds to the experience. This is also amazingly easy to drink considering the Alcohol, which is hidden well.

M-As mentioned this is too easy to drink. It's not overly full bodied, keeping it from being a heavy RIS. With the Vanilla Coffee Sweetness the thinner smoother mouthful works well.

O-If it wasn't a 2.5hr drive to the brewery I would be on my way there right now picking up another growler. I am looking forward to these guys doing this annually. And by the way, look out for these guys because they are doing some amazing stuff!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to hear FireWorks in Court House, VA had this on tap today after the label didn't get approved in time for their Evolution Event 2 weeks ago. Poured into a 10 oz. tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of fluffy dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the tulip and few minutes of retention. Looks like a great stout.

s - Smells of coffee grinds, wood, roasted malts, and vanilla. Some bourbon definitely comes through as well as it warms up. The smell is quite strong coffee, and it kind of reminds me of Central Waters coffee stout.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some bitter coffee. More bourbon than the nose, and the coffee is more bitter coffee than coffe grinds.

m - Full bodied stout with moderate carbonation, thick and chewy. Nice bourbon to the nose and taste but not hot at all; very nice for a stout.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good stout from Evolution, probably the best beer I've had by them so far. The nose was coffee grinds and bourbon, like CW's Coffee House Stout with a tiny bit of bourbon, and the taste was a little bit better. No real heat and not hard to put down a full glass, but it's a thick stout. It also got substantially better as it warmed up, so if it is served cold I would recommend letting it sit for a few minutes and letting it warm up a bit. Would love to have it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of yourefragile
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Klobys for their Beer meets Wood BBW event. 75% rise up (pre coffee stout) aged in bourbon with 25% oatmeal stout aged with coffee beans. Or something like that. Someone please correct me.

Pours an opaque dark milk chocolate with a mocha head. Fads to a thin crown and no lacing. Aroma is cocoa bean and coffee dominated with light roast malt and some raw woodsy oak. Flavor is very nice with a silky, chewy body. Oatmeal and chocolate dominate with subtle coffee presence in the finish.; more sweet than bitter. Finish is slightly bitter and oaky, very mild bourbon/booze taste. A very nice coffee stout, though I'd prefer it to be a little lower in ABV as the finish is still a little hot. Regardless, big step up over their Rise Up stout and Menagerie 5 stouts. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to jhughes23 for sharing this one! He received this from the brewery after a tour/tasting. Growler Date: 10/5/11. Enjoyed 10/13/11.

As another reviewer mentioned, I heard the same thing about what this beer is. 75% EVO Rise Up stout w/o the coffee which has been aged in bourbon barrels. Then 25% of an oatmeal stout with coffee blended. I actually thought this came in around 11% ABV but we could be mistaken.

A: Pours a really dark brown. You do get some redish hues on the edges. Mild head with swirl. Some lacing on glass. There are definitely some alcohol feet.

S: Smells of strong coffee for sure. Starbucks much? Behind that is some vanilla and bourbon notes that are faint. I think I actually said it smelled like a Frappachio or some kind of coffee with cream added.

T: It tastes like a Starbucks mohkah latte type drink. It's awesome! Creme and sugar coffee. BA'ing is very lite, but I am assuming the vanilla notes are coming from that. Coffee bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Lots of life in the mid mouth life.

M: Medium to full.

O: I'd have to go A on this one. It's truely a delicious beer! EVO is doing some really interesting stuff down there in Delmar. A little more time and a bigger facility....who knows what's next.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewe from notes:

Appearance: dark brow black with minimal mocha head

Smell: roast, coffee, bourbon, barley, malts,

Taste: booze, coffee, barley, malts, roast

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body

Overall: a local founders breakfast. Very nice beer and easy to drink.


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Morning Wood from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 27 ratings