Morningwood | Odd Side Ales

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Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This complex imperial chocolate coffee stout aged in bourbon barrels provides a mouth watering vanilla, oak, whiskey, chocolate and espresso flavors.

Added by SupaCelt on 12-12-2011

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Reviews by BreakfastStout:
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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Living in Grand Haven, I've been extremely critical of Odd Side Ales in the past. Some of the shit they put in their beer just astounds me. Habanero?!? Give me a break. So when we stopped out last night after already having a Bells and then a Guiness stout, I wasn't expecting much. I ordered a flight and it was typical disappointing blah, until I hit their Instigator IPA. This 8% abv taste treat is soon to be bottled according to Eric. Nice! As I was working my way through the flight, and choking down the aforementioned habanero swill, I saw this little beauty in the cooler. It said Limited Edition, and was not on tap so I had to wait until tonight to sample it. Nice! A local Bourbon barrel aged stout! I was so fucking excited...

Pours black as night with a small 1 inch head that lingers. Lacing stays on my Founder Tulip through out the entire test. Nose is burnt coffee with a hint of fruity chocolate. The taste initially reminds me of Founder Imperial Stout, but then I get the slight bourbon kick near the end. I wish the bourbon was a bit more up front. This would truly be a great beer if it was. By the way, I was told this latest batch was at 10% ABV. It's very evident as I work my way through this beer. Mouth feel is thick chocolate on the tongue. Nice job Odd Side! You're finally stepping it up. I can't wait to find Instigator IPA in the bottle! Hurry up!

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Photo of Bung
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 version is 9.5% abv.
Superior to the Hipster though noobs will say different since it has the buzzword "maple" in it.
Comparing either of these to KBS seems popular now, but is folly.

For this however, think of a barrel aged FBS, it is very nice.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev +5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tectactoe
2.02/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Jeff for splitting the bottle with Kevin and I. I've been enjoying lots of Odd Side stuff recently, so what could be better than a barrel-aged stout with coffee? Morningwood is a nearly jet-black color with a deep, deep brown outline. There's literally no head that forms, even after a straight-down pour; only a pathetic, beige collar works its way out begrudgingly. No carbonation = not a good sign.

The aroma isn't... bad. I think. Well, I'm not really sure. It's got some good stuff *in* it; some sweet chocolates, lightly sweet dark fruits, a touch of burnt coffee beans, and very light amounts of oak and bourbon. So far, these are many things you'd expect from a bourbon barrel aged coffee stout, yes? Well, of course.

The trouble lies in a weird, almost tart and sour-like aroma that cascades throughout the rest of the aromatic profile; overpowering, distracting, and unwarranted. It smells infected, it really does. There's a big different between dark-fruit sweetness and downright infected tartness. I really feel that this funky, sour smell should not be plaguing this stout.

But the smell isn't even the worst part... The taste is. The first sip makes the infected tartness even more noticeable, as it attacks the palate right away. A semi-sour bout of something like apple skins, cherry skins, and vinegar. There's no way those flavors are intended, and if they are - they don't work here. Based on the many positive reviews, though, I have to assume that this was a mistake.

The first sign was probably the lack of carbonation. Perhaps the bottle wasn't properly capped and the beer feel victim to oxidation and infection. There are some bourbon, oak, and coffee flavors in each sip, but the sickening sour flavor is too much to handle. We tried to put these back, but sadly, they ended up in the drain.

There's no way this was intentional. I don't believe it, because there's no way people would enjoy a beer that tasted like this one did. I'd love to find either another bottle of this or have it on tap, just so I can give it a fair chance. I really believe this was an infection, but until I'm completely sure, I just can't give this beer a good rating.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of barhoc11
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Picked up a couple bottles to try out and was not disappointed.

The base to this beer is solid and I could see how previous year's was lacking body. The coffee added really takes things to another level, very smooth. Once you add in the barrel aging, it adds some vanilla to the mix. To me it resembles something along the lines of Bailey's and Cream.

Overall this is probably one of the best barrel aged coffee stouts I have had, it has it all if you like barrel aged coffee imperial stouts.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of slasich
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rolandboy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heystevec
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trent
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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Morningwood from Odd Side Ales
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 344 ratings