Morning Wood | Big Wood Brewery

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Morning WoodMorning Wood

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Big Wood Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
50 IBU

Added by MBrausen on 02-03-2012

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Photo of bbtkd
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big Wood Morning Wood Coffee Stout, ironically lots of head. Has 5.5% ABV, 35 IBU. Pours thin and dark, with lots of head, excellent lacing. Smell is slight coffee. Taste is....not much of anything, slight coffee if you look for it. No bitterness, thin mouthfeel. Overall it is inoffensive, which is not always bad if you like stouts but don't like them bitter. It could be passed off as a porter - which in my admittedly limited experience have less flavor than stouts.

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Photo of Lostbeer35
4.46/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see this beer only rated an 81.

I'm a couple beers deep, but this beer is damn good. It's a coffee stout style. The look is a nice opaque dark brown. The smell is like my black coffee in the morning with a slight presence of roasty-ness and minor vanilla notes. The taste is a rich, deep flavor of roasted malts with mild hop flavor to even things out. The feel is perfect for a breakfast...Easy to drink (with wood). Overall, very good coffee stout. One of my favorites from the midwest region so far. Prost!

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can served in a mug at the 2015 Albino Skunk Music Festival.

Pours very dark brown with an exceptionally creamy head.

The aroma is moderately strong with at least as much chocolate as coffee and roast grain. The coffee comes to the fore upon tasting. It’s nearly matched by the rich, dark roasted grains. Moderately bitter.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1 pint can. Poured a rich brown with a minimal head, lacking carbonation. Taste was rather weak for a stout, but drinkable. Will do in a pinch...price was right. Coffee taste was there if you thought about it hard enough.

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Photo of marieli
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft. Not sure of temp. Started on cool side but warmed up some over 30 minutes or so. Appearance was dark brown. No head. Maybe it was the bartender's doing. A mild aroma. A slight coffee taste. Same with flavor. Mild. Not completely stout-like. Mouthfeel on thin side. Not bad but not necessarily good. Wouldn't reach for this as a stout and would rather have a porter or brown ale based on my overall reaction to this beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I should feel so lucky. I got a discounted 4 pack because of a store mistake. Woot.

Appearance : Pours a jet black color out of the can, straight into the pilsner glass retaining its color but showing some brownish hues as well. The color as it sits is a chocolate muddy black-brown. It's beautiful. The head is tightly knit although I wouldn't call it creamy, it's more bubbly. It's about 2 fingers at my measurement and recedes within a couple minutes' time. It leaves wisps of lacing on the glass as it descends.

Aroma : Roast coffee in a big way. Foldgers - look out. Beyond the medium roast ground coffee there is a slight hint of bakers chocolate and vanilla extract. By and large, mostly coffee grounds - like opening a big can.

Taste : This is a breakfast beer if I've ever had one. Large malty body with coffee grounds and roasted coffee bean. Medium-dark roast with some oily flavor from the depth of the bean. It's really not like drinking beer, it's like drinking a fluffy, creamy coffee. The finish is of roasted coffee and I'm actually getting coffee breath from this beer.

Mouthfeel : Creamy, fluffy, full bodied. Very nice, much like the froth on a cappuccino. It ends roasted and semi-dry.

Overall : Coffee. If you like coffee, you'll love this beer. If you're a beer lover, which if you're here you are, you can substitute this for your morning drink. It will give you a jolt and also coffee breath. It's probably one of the more unique stouts I've had, although it's pretty linear focusing ONLY on roast coffee. I'll have the other three for breakfast when I need a jolt (tee-hee).

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Photo of CraigP83
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing that you noticed with this beer is its dark coloration, you can hardly see through it even when holding it up to the light. It pours nicely and has a chocolaty scent to it. When you take your first sip it has a definite coffee taste which isn't surprising since the box says they actually use Dunn Brothers coffee beans in the brewing process. This is a very smooth drinking beer, It is also very rich.. I can't help but thinking this beer would go well with some Bacon, Eggs, and Hashbrowns after a rough night

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Breakfast aromas of fresh baked bread and fresh brewed black coffee dominate the nose with some grain smells in the background reminiscent of sprouted barley as it is just starting to kiln.
Pours bright coffee black with a dense 3" light tan foam cap that leaves thick lace.
The palate shows a good balance between the dark roast elements, hops and malt. It starts creamy with hints of caramel, cola to introduce coffee that especially dominates the after taste.
It has the creamy oatmeal texture with a hint of slickness in a big body with slightly below average carbonation.

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Photo of PauI
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Morning Wood is like a guerrilla coffee attack. You sit down to a midnight glass and take a sip, expecting a stout brew, and instead your taste buds are skewered by a charred, defiant, coffee resistance - in a good way, if you're into that sort of thing. Someone put a double shot o' joe into your beer. You're mad and bewildered, but not mad enough to do anything about it, in your bewilderment. A tasty coup.

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Photo of Bravak
3/5  rDev -15.5%

A - deep mahogany - bordering on chocolate. Thin head that dissipated and left very little lacing.

S - Sweet coffee - like a Super America instant latte

T - Sweet versus roast up front with a taste that reminds me of cold, sweet coffee drinks from a bottle. light carbonation. Pleasant tasting, but lacking any oomph or traditional stout character.

M - Medium mouth feel with a watery/thin finish. More like a dark ale than a stout.

Overall - OK, but lacking something and nothing stout-like stands out.

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Photo of ronskrnkn
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Jee whiz... what a swell drink. After inundating my precious buds with that garbage water known as Great Divide's Titan IPA, does this really make a guy appreciate not drinking Great Divide Titan IPA. With a kickin' bod like Scarlett Johan, and a dark tone like a sunburnt Michelle Obam, this is one helluva coffee stout. Don't listen to the swine and scum who would erroneously lead you to believe that this has been misspiced or otherwise shanghaied the coffee flavors. They are great dishonor. My buddy brought this one out to me for my birthday and I cherish the light that it has brought into my family. If you are within the regional distribution radii of this here brewdog, you should get on it like you were randy for Scarlett Johan.

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Photo of Cszymanski
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Big Wood is basically my hometown brewery. They have great beer- leading with this Morning Wood (I don't care to comment on their not so great beer). I love that it features Dunn Bros. Nice, dark, coffee stout with above average finish. Can only enjoy one pint/can at a time because of its robust taste. But, I truly enjoy that one pint.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a Pint can into a Pint glass, jet black with a small creamy head which left solid lace rings as things went on. It has a sweet smell like a sweet/milk stout with hints of coffee followed by a chocolate candy whiff at the end...nice really. Taste was sweet coffee with a dark roast background and a little dark chocolate mixed in, smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes it work well together as an American Stout with coffee flavor...Overall I think this is a solid offering and I'm glad I picked it up...also very happy I have 3 more Pints to enjoy later. I like Stouts and Porters a lot and when I find a solid one I have no problem saying so...4 Pints at $ 9.50...count me in!

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Photo of alphagnome
2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pitch black body and crowned by the weakest head I have ever seen - it had all but vanished within seconds of pouring. Mild sediment is noticable. No lacing.

What aroma? Faint notes of coffee and chocolate can be found if you're willing to invest the time and effort.

About as lifeless as aroma. Coffee is the only real flavors, and it's a decent flavor, I just wish it was more vibrant, richer. Cola towards the end. Light bitterness. Unfortunate aftertaste.

Thin and watery. No detectable carbonation.

I love coffee. I love beer. Should be a match made in heaven, right? Unfortunately it falls short of good in every aspect. I grabbed this in Minnesota, where Surly is available, and I find myself regretting the decision... I should have just stuck with Surly's Coffee Bender - You should too.

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Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured shortly after 9am on a Sunday, as is customary for coffee stouts.

Can says 'malt beverage with coffee added' - that's a turn off. Did I buy a malt beverage? I wanted a beer.

Pours a typical coffee stout not-quite-jet-black, I'll call this hue Super German Chocolate. Good 3 finger head that doesn't last terribly long. Leaves good lacing. Typical coffee stout notes of dark roasted coffee beans and cocoa on the nose. It's a little bitter, and tastes of dark coffee as you may expect. It's tongue-pricklingly fizzy, mouthfeel isn't fantastic.

Overall, not remarkable.

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Photo of BigBry
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of a four-pack of 16 ounce cans, from my last trip to Minnesota.

Poured dark brown (basically black) with reddish tints. Small tan head, looked good to start but did fade away, leaving some thin lace. Aromas of dark and bitter roasted coffee, slightly malty, dark chocolate. Slight earthy hops in the smell, that was even more prominent in the flavor. Well balanced mix of burnt or charred malt and coffee beans, and the herbal hops. Not overpowering espresso bitterness, but enough to enhance the stout flavor. Body is a bit thin compared to some really heavy, rich stouts, but still a full and smooth mouth feel.
Good drinkability, flavorful but not too strong.
An enjoyable coffee stout on this cool December evening (and another can for the collection).

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Morning Wood pours a black color with a small tan lacing head. There is a a creamy aroma with lots of coffee and chocolate notes. The taste has a nice roasted malty backbone, with a lots of strong coffee notes, and an almost bitter aftertaste. A bit watery, but nice flavors. Overall its a nice coffee beer, no frills nothing fancy.

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Photo of jwc215
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to black with a head that descends to a wispy thin, vanishing, cover. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted iced coffee with a hint of oatmeal, toffee and earthy tones.

The taste is of iced coffee with dark malt and some roast in the finish.

It's medium bodied with mild carbonation.

It's pretty much iced coffee with a decent stout backing.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can

Morning Wood was black in color with red highlights when held to a light. It had a thick light brown head with good retention and lacing. The smell was coffee and malt. The taste was roasted grain and coffee. It has a long, lightly bitter, and coffee flavored finish. The mouthfeel was good, with a full body and moderate carbonation. Overall Morning Wood was an above average stout, but not something I would go out of my way to try.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big tan to light brown head slowly dies down above a clear super thick super dark brown to black colored beer.

Decent amount of aroma coming from this beer consisting of dark roasted malts, light coffee grounds, a bit of dark bakers chocolate, with a grain like aspect to it.

Dark bakers chocolate, dark roasted malts, along with a bit of light coffee coming through in the taste of this Morning Wood.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of the dark malts tastes sticking around with this full bodied beer.

Also seems that as this beer sits and warms a bit that the dark chocolate and the black coffee aspects in the aroma and taste seem to come to the forefront a bit more, adding to this beer.

I'm glad it's sort of cold outside, seems to make this beer even better.

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Photo of Ri0
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into snifter. Thanks Nick!

A - Looks like coffee with a tan 2 finger head that fades into a nice collar. I have plenty of webbed lacing on my glass.

S - Fresh coffee beans and roasted malts with hints of wood.

T - Bitter coffee and roasted malt with some woodiness. A bit of cola flavor to it. I can't detect much else from this. Wish it had some oatmeal and chocolate to add to the depth of the stout.

M - Thin body and a bit harsh. Should be more creamy. Carbonation was nice.

O - I have a hard time calling this beer a stout. It has the consistency of a brown ale. It wasn't bad, but lacked characteristics that I look for in a stout.

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Photo of Stevedore
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz "pounder" can shared with a friend yesterday; poured into my FFF teku glass today 6/2/2013.

Aroma: Straight up cold-pressed black coffee just like when I homebrew a coffee stout. The nose itself is kind of weak, and is nothing particularly special. I don't detect much malt presence or hoppiness here at all. (3)

Colour: Dark cola brown, minimal head, minimal lacing. Thoroughly average looking stout. (3)

Flavour: Straight up black coffee bitterness plus the underlying roast malts which are kind of hard to detect under the coffee. Its an OK tasting beer but rather disappointing that it is so one dimensional. I might as well drink hot coffee in the morning instead. (3)

Mouthfeel: Thinner side of medium body, well carbonated, aftertaste is black coffee bitterness, the finish is like black coffee. Ehh. (3)

Overall: Just not quite what I expect from coffee stouts. Its just a very, very heavy cold black coffee with a bit of malt and alcohol in it. I don't expect these to be complex beers but this one would really benefit from having more malt and hops backbone to it all. (3)

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Photo of budgood1
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 ounce can.

pours out a opaque dark brown with reddish tints. smallish tan head. some clingy lace. aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee, accented by some dark chocolate and nougat complimented with some earthy hoppiness. nice nose on this one. the taste profile suggests a layered, nuanced and balanced conglomeration of burnt maltiness, with a relatively timid dark roast espresso charge. this is definitley not a coffee bomb or an overly rich stout. hopping shows off a bit of earthy herbalness and some NW pineyness. i find the overall body of this brew a bit too much on the lighter side, almost lagerish. mouthfeel is overly smooth and seemingly watery. drinkability is's easily approachable, not over the top in any way, but uninspired.

overall, i would say this misses the mark for me. my preference for coffee stouts is something bigger and badder than this offering. that said, this isn't a bad rendition of the style, just a restrained one. but it did seem sort of appropriate on a cool and blustery spring day.

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Photo of TCMike
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a 1 finger, tan head when I poured it. The beer color is a deep brown, (non-translucent).

The aroma was of biscuit, coffee, roasted malts.

The taste was similar, but with, possibly, a little dark chocolate. Had a slight hop bitterness, but the beer is well balanced. This is a lighter bodied, and easier drinking coffee stout than most I've had. Still plenty of flavor, but you can easily down more of it. I'd call it a low carbonated, medium bodied brew.

Definitely will buy again.

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Photo of yamar68
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first offering from Big Wood...

Sure does look nice - pitch fucking black with a healthy finger of mocha brown froth which laces consistently... so far so good.

Chocolate, coffee... chocolate & coffee... some vanilla bean notes, fresh cream, nothing too exciting but it's inviting nonetheless.

Creamy mouthfeel carries flavors of mild chocolate, cheap bitter coffee, brown ale flavors, really tame... the bite from the coffee tends to linger.

Super sessionable, super simple... doesn't inspire what the name might suggest though.

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