Morningwood | Odd Side Ales

52 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SupaCelt on 12-12-2011

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 327
Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves very little lacing.

The smell is pretty nice. I get light bourbon and coffee notes with a lot of milk chocolate.

I get a lot of chocolate in the flavor with some hints of bourbon. There is a little black coffee in the finish.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

This beer is not as good as it is fresh. I thought it was a 2015 and was avoiding it, so I left it in the cellar too long. The smell is fantastic still, but the flavor is a little oxidized.

 575 characters

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super smooth coffee bourbon stout. Fresh Rich coffee grounds and vanilla, spicy bourbon oak on the aroma. Taste is very smooth- the coffee and roasty malts stand up to the barrel treatment for a well balanced palate. Feel is very smooth and helps the flavors linger. A great winter beer, and one of the better Bourbon aged coffee stouts around. One of Odd Side's best for sure.

 381 characters

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.24/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hate rating infected beers but this is going south. 2015 consumed in March 2016. Tart cherry and pomegranate. I can sense the potential but the body is thinning and this is only going to get worse.

 199 characters

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 2/20 out of a swingtop growler filled at Odd Side one week prior, on 2/13. Poured into a imperial pint glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Poured somewhat aggressively to coax out two fingers of creamy, cocoa-hued foam that retains for a minute or two before slowly fading to a bit of film across the surface of the liquid and a few streaks of darker brown lace on the sides of the glass. The body is walnut dark brown, bordering on black.

Smell (4.0) - The aroma is well-blended, with several elements coming out in a cohesive whole--baker's chocolate, sweet coffee and caramel notes and sort of a dessert-like sweetness that hints at lactose, even though I don't think this is a milk stout. The barrel is hiding there, but it is definitely subtle, with none of the astringency that can sometimes come through in harsher barrel-aged stouts.

Taste (4.25) - The smell really provides a nice preview of what's to come with the flavor. Rich chocolate and mocha coffee are the predominant profiles, but there is still some bourbon in there to provide a nice bit of counterpoint, but without the heat. Some residual flavor characteristics in the form of vanilla, lactose sugar, marshmallow, all serving to meld the coffee and chocolate into something that is less pungent than you often get from coffee stouts. Roasted malts provide a nice semi-bitter finish that prevents this from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Body is medium, with lowish carbonation levels, but there is a distinctly creamy component to it that makes it feel a little bit fuller than it might otherwise. There isn't a ton of body, but it still gives a filling impression.

Overall (4.0), a well-done beer from Odd Side. It's not my favorite of their excellent barrel-aged stout offerings, but it stands out in how easy it is to drink for something with coffee and chocolate and then stuck in bourbon barrels. The flavors all meld together quite well, which makes it go down smooth, but with lots of flavor. The only drawback is that it can become a tad monotonous over a full growler of it. Still, that never seems to prevent me from finishing one over a couple days.

 2,144 characters

Photo of Sabtos
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose of coffee, maple-even. Though, maple is not listed.

Taste of creamy bitter chocolate stout and maybe even a sort of cedar. Bourbon is not too hot.

Restrained use of barrel. Less is more here. Not to die for, but better than many trade-bait whales.

 254 characters

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and smells of rich chocolate and a small amount of bourbon and a touch of coffee. Nice lacing, superb taste with a near perfect balance of flavors (sweet, bitter (hops?), cocoa, bourbon) and the alcohol is hidden very well. Solid brew.

 246 characters

Photo of antott0523
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to beergorilla for a 32oz Governor's Quarter growler of this delicious Michigan-made stout.

A: Pours an opaque viscous black coffee colored liquid. Thick espresso foam brown head that disappears and leaves minimal but very sticky residue along the glass. No visible carbonation.

S: The nose is phenomenal, dominated by coffee and chocolate, with notes of cinnamon, coconut, raisins, smores, chocolate pudding and some smooth bourbon.

T: Sweet milk chocolate up front followed quickly by a bitter cocoa, coffee, raisin flavor across the middle and back. Slight touch of cream. Bitter roasted malt, long dry bitter coffee finish. Not getting much from the bourbon barrel here.

M: It is a bit thin, but smooth with a touch of carbonation.

D: From the nose, which is unsurpassed, to the bold sweet and bitter flavors, none being overly dominant, this stout exceeds most others. Delicious beer I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to try.

 966 characters

Photo of BigRedDog
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, murky black with no head. Slight mocha colored bubble line the outside of the glass.

Smell is big on coffee, bourbon, and vanilla. A slight caramel sweetness is present as well. Maybe even some maple syrup...

Taste is oak and vanilla with a nice rounding out of semi sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. Slight caramelization of some of the flavors and a lingering roast that coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel is interesting. This beer is basically flat. Other say the mouthfeel is too thin. I think with a decent amount of carb this beer would become thick and syrupy. I for one do enjoy the low/no carb. That being said I can see how most people say it is thin. A little bit more body and this beer would be much better.

Overall a great beer. Nice roast and breakfast character. Not heavy for the alcohol content. Good balance.

 839 characters

Photo of WhoKnew23
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is an awesome stout. There is almost a smores component to it. It may just be me, but I taste a nutty taste throughout, which is really yummy. Like others said, it is a little on the thin side. However, the taste more than makes up for it.

 244 characters

Photo of PHBoiler
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A tad on the thin side, but marshmallow and chocolate. Little roast from the coffee but light on the bitterness. bourbon blends seamlessly with no heat. Excellent stout.

 172 characters

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky black color with few mocha bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The nose is most noted for sweet chocolate.

Taste - My initial impression is sweet baker's chocolate followed by the booze. The coffee is present but leans toward the back. The chocolate and coffee present a dry aftertaste that is slightly warming.

Mouthfeel - For a stout, I found this to be thin. Like most people, this is my major crticism. It needs more body.

Overall - I was not blown away, but I rather enjoyed this beer.

 548 characters

Photo of K-Dog
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I first tried this almost 2 years ago I wasn't sure how good a thin 7% bb stout Could Really be. This beer is fantastic. Bough 6 bottle last fall. Have drank 4 every couple of weeks. Drinking one now with 6 months if age and will save the other for about another six months. It's a shame odd sides is retiring this gem. Please bring back again sometime in the future.

 372 characters

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic coffee profile. Light on the barrel. Charred malts, sweet, light body, and very drinkable. Solid coffee stout that is best for those that don't want a huge battle influence. Terrific balance.

 202 characters

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown to black with very little dark khaki head that disipates quickly to a lingering ring around the surface. A nice soapy lacing present during drinking.

Aroma is amazingly delicious. Heavy roasted malt here with cocoa, coffee, caramelized sugars, not as much bourbon as expected and just just a slight tinge of lingering alcohol at the finish. Loving the earthy, oaky, campfire marshmallow smell throughout.

Taste of hugely roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, coffee, bourbon barrel (though again much more subtle then expected), and just a hint of vanilla. The alcohol is well balanced and/or hidden even as it warms. I get a lot of sweetness from the aroma but very little from the taste as the finish is fairly dry and tending towards bitter.

Mouthful is quite nice being medium to full even with light carbonation.

Overall a fantastic stout and for me an even better bourbon barrel aged variety. Surprisingly easy to drink and seems to disappear all too quickly. A must buy again in the future.

 1,031 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with mikeyson4 recently, thanks dude.

Pours a fairly dark, but not entirely opaque, black color, with a quarter inch head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like coffee, molasses, chocolate, and caramelized sugar. Smells pretty sweet.

This tastes good, but it's a tiny bit too sweet to be top level. Very sweet, cream and coffee flavor, with some sweet chocolate syrup, molasses, and a little bit of caramel. The barrel character is pretty light, and not all that prominent. I get a little bit of sweet bourbon, but no oak.

This is medium bodied, slightly thin for the style, but not that much to it's detriment. It's got a pretty low level of carbonation.

This is a pretty solid "light" BA stout for when you don't want to get wrecked.

 766 characters

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle...courteous extra via Justin..thanks man!

Dark pour with a short lived cinnamon head.

Smells of powdered cocoa and not much else.

Taste is odd....gobs of Nesquik...artificial powdered chocolate...tinny, metallic notes...barrel is negligible. Some tart red apple notes and dark fruits poke around.

Carb is high, body is light, and there's just a "fake" taste here that doesn't jive with me... that and the red apple tartness that lingers. Guess either this is a bunk bottle or my palate just doesn't dig on the masses.

 536 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An aroma of chocolate rice crispier treats? Some bland coffee and a bit of toffee in the flavor. Medium body somewhat low carbonation, dry finish. Not bad, perhaps a touch oxidized, and just a little too thin to fulfill its potential.

 237 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade. Pours pitch black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma of earthy coffee and sweet chocolate, some roasty, light vanilla an a hint of bourbon. Flavor is big chocolate and coffee, super smooth like a creamy milkshake. Smooth and creamy body, rich, with only a twinge of bourbon heat going down. Very impressed with this one. Mmmm.

 348 characters

Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/10/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, fudge, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, brown sugar, and oaky earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, caramel, fudge, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, bourbon, brown sugar, and oaky earthiness. Light amount of roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, bourbon, and brown sugar on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial coffee stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,455 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage from BlowOffTube, thanks for the opportunity!
Solid inky black with a minimal tan head. Huge milk and light dark chocolate bourbon and vanilla notes with a touch of roasted coffee. I swear I get some mint in the aroma as well. The flavor is rich thick and sweet fudge-y chocolate that slowly turns to a mocha then some wooden vanilla and a bit of alcohol flavor and burn Rich thick and sweet, I love this brew!

 423 characters

Photo of Vogie
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would call this Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout Light and by light I mean no disrespect. It has all the great bourbon qualities intermingled with dark roasted coffee beans and chocolate and doesn't come across as heavy. Great brew for someone looking to get into barrel aged stouts.

 280 characters

Photo of Trent
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black, smooth from the bottle. No head at all. After pouring, a tan ring develops on the outer edge of the glass.

Sweet smell hits the pallet, though subtle. The overriding aroma is from the bourbon barrel. The coffe and stout mix with the bourbon to create a toffee like smell.

The taste is fantastic. Super smooth, with no presence of the 9.5abv at all. Lightly roasted coffee with a little chocolate taste, and some sweetness from the bourbon also.

Mouth feel is silky smooth. No carbonation, no bite.

Great great brew.

 547 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Dated 11/10/14. Served in a snifter 12/26/14. I had this a year ago and wasn't impressed. But I distinctly remember it being quite old (1 year) at that point so it wasn't fair to review it at the time. Now, all bets are off.

A- Dark cola brown body, quarter finger offwhite head. Minimal retention time, no lacing, thin collar. Looks every bit the part of a bourbon barrel aged beer.

S- Rich chocolate aromas with oak and vanilla undertones, moderate amount of roasted coffee beans aromas. Clean and mild bourbon aromas, just the way I like it. Again, the chocolate and cocoa are rich and the bourbon barrel supplements it quite well.

F- Clean chocolate and cocoa, oak and mild smoky bourbon, barrel vanilla, and finally coffee on the backend. This is a nice complex stout that doesn't slam you in the face with coffee but rather allows all 3 major players- the chocolate malts, coffee and bourbon barrel- to get in its say. Very nice complexity and is put together quite well.

M- Medium bodied, a bit sticky, which is nice. Viscous, slick and on the lower side of carbonation for the style, but sufficiently so. Finish is roasted coffee beans and some vanilla.

O- Very nice coffee stout. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Overall put together quite well, reasonably subtle in general but that is not a bad thing here.

Final score: 4.23

 1,353 characters

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really solid beer, first one I've had from Oddside. The chocolate and coffee notes are very distinctive. Wish the bourbon influence was more pronounced, however. Still a very nice offering!

 192 characters

Photo of blankenhoney
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in November 2014 and enjoyed from a snifter.

A: Morningwood pours dark black with a thin, rusty brown, and barely there head. Looking like a mighty fine BA stout.

S: The dominant aroma is Hershey's chocolate syrup, with some nice roasted coffee in the background and some very light notes of vanilla and whiskey. From the nose alone I'd probably be hard-pressed to identify this as a BA stout if I didn't know what I was drinking.

T: Anyway, the flavors are mild, but very nice: milk chocolate holding hands with roasted coffee, followed by a good deal of bitterness and a whiskey sting on the finish. I'm a coffee nut, so I'd like a bit more coffee presence here, but this is still a tasty beer with a decent amount of coffee.

M: The mouthfeel is the star, though: it's incredibly smooth and creamy, and the finish is a study in dry, bitter roastiness. Just delightful stuff here.

O: I was thoroughly impressed with this beer. It's a restrained beer that doesn't go for the huge flavor profiles you see in other BA stouts. And it's neither a chocolate bomb nor a coffee bomb, but a beer that blends both flavors pretty seamlessly. Not much to criticize about this beer; that I might like to see a bit more coffee and bourbon in the nose and the taste is just my own preference, rather than a problem with this beer.

 1,333 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Morningwood from Odd Side Ales
4.09 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.