Chocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Chocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning StoutChocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning Stout
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Average: 4.36 | pDev: 6.88%

Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 36

American Imperial Stout | 12.70% ABV

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Notes: Limited (brewed once) availibility. This barrel aged coffee beast is jacked up on gratuitous amounts of cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, lactose and unrefined sea salt. Lots of roast and dark chocolate play along nicely with bourbon, coffee and vanilla. The lactose helps balance things out and the sea salt adds a layer of smooth salinity that ties it all up.
Chocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning StoutChocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning Stout
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 36
Photo of Sabtos
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This really is not all that different from the "standard" SMS of years' past, of which I had a vintage bottle only a couple weeks prior. That delicious mocha and bourbon combo is still featured prominently, as the syrupy thick body has a hint of charred malt and accents of salted caramel. Super solid and still better than KBS.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid black color with light carbonation. Body is above average with a creamy oily feel.
Aroma is barrel, bourbon, black coffee, pretzel dough, malt, sweet sugary
Taste is definitely bourbon and coffee forward. Some wood,roasted malt, fudge,chocolate syrup, mill chocolate. A little alcohol but it was really well hidden
Flavors are all there but some are tough to find. Overall it's an excellent beer that's worth a try

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Photo of ONUMello
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a one-finger brown head
S: Cocoa, caramel, hints of coffee & vanilla
T: Matches the above adding a bit of salt
M: Full-bodied, fairly sweet, very smooth
O: Very tasty, a nice variation of the original

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Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
Look: much like the regular SMS - dark with a small tan head.
Aroma: a big dose of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla with a hint of salt.
Taste: as expected. Great flavors from the base beer amped up with chocolate and enough salt to induce mouth watering. More salty than most Goses in my experience.
Feel: thick and heavy but not overdone. Slightly warm on the finish.
Overall: really nice. The salt distracted me a bit from the other flavors, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with no head at all. I smell cocoa, salt, and lactose. I’m tasting bourbon, cocoa, salt, and coffee. The mouth is dry, thick, chewy, and yet smooth. There’s a bit of warmth from the alcohol.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, black, motor oil looking viscous liquid. A moderate mocha head billows to the surface and soon dissipates. Good looking drink.
Aromas are complex and enticing. There are notes of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and raw cocoa. The alcohol spice is discernible, giving off aromas of bourbon, oak and vanilla. What’s most unique is the smell of salt, which mixed in with the bready and chocolate malt, truly gives it a pretzel like aroma.
The taste is rich and complex. It opens sweet and boozy, with flavors of bourbon, vanilla, thick chocolate fudge, lactose, dark caramel, brown sugar, molasses and robust bready and nutty malts. All throughout, there is that unique sea salt taste that does an amazing job of balancing the sweetness, it’s flavor subtle yet omnipresent. Furthermore, as the roasted malts, coffee and hops flavors begin to kick in, an espresso like bitterness enhances the balance.
Full bodied to say the least, thick, chewy and sticky. The alcohol is not overly boozy, more on the spicy side, yet this is definitely a sipper. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and with a moderate carbonation. The finish is roasty, dry and with an espresso like acidity.
I’m quite impressed with this big flavored and high ABV stout. I thought the sea salt in particular added an excellent touch.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours black with a thin mocha colored head that quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

Aroma - Huge punch of bourbon and barrel right off the bat. Little bit of vanilla and coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate and caramel.

Taste - Wow really smooth, up front the bourbon and a big dose of wood. Rich chocolate, vanilla, hint of coffee I love the way the salt at the end ties this all together. Lots of flavor layers in this one boozy, salty, light sweetness and bitter chocolate.

Feel - Big creamy smooth feel, little warmth from the booze smooth drying finish.

Overall - Really well done variant of SMS, the salt really does wonders for this. The chocolate and bourbon work so well together. The coffee seems like an after thought but this one drinks really easy for the ABV.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This BEAST pours a rich obsidian
with a nice head of tan foam that settles to a thin ring, light layer, and
shows light lacing. Nose of bourbon, brown sugars, char, vanilla, and
bakers cocoa. Flavors hit the mark with bourbon---warm and inviting,
mild oak, rich vanilla, dark semi-sweet bakers cocoa, touches of cream
as well as char touched marshmallow, rich coffee, and a light salt note
on the back of the taste. Nice mouth feel; full slick body, light carbonation,
warming, smooth as silk, and a rich bourbon finish.

A FANTASTIC BREW. Better than the original Sunday Morning Stout, and
THAT is a hard one to say.


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Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a snifter.

Jet black oily pour. Short dark brown head dissipates quickly.

Bourbon, fudge, chocolate syrup, espresso, earth, charcoal, caramel, and French vanilla.

Chocolate fudge, dark chocolate syrup, and cocoa powder. Espresso, black coffee, and salted caramel. Charcoal, molasses, tobacco, and earth. Smooth bourbon, slight oak, and French vanilla ice cream.

Medium-light bodied, oily, smooth, warming, and moderately bitter.

Between the caramel notes of the bourbon and the salt, it would be more aptly names "Salted Caramel," but that isn't nearly as appealing as "Chocolate Pretzel."

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the 8th Imperial Stout that I have tried from Weyerbacher. I like their practice of producing various limited and regular runs of imperial stouts for us to drink and compare.

Poured from a can into pint glass in May 2019. There was a canned on date of 3/14/2019.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin but dark brown head. Head is thin, and does not last long. It leaves a little lacing on the glass, and it lasts longer than most of Weyerbacher's other stouts.

Smell: Strong aroma of coffee, cocoa, and bourbon. There is also some caramel, and some bitter aroma like hops, but overall the coffee and bourbon dominate the others.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the coffee, bourbon, and chocolate flavors. There is some smokie roasted flavors, some caramel and vanilla flavors, and a small amount of bitter hop flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is also a salty flavor as mentioned on the label. There is a strong alcohol presence, which matches the 12.7% advertised. The taste is obviously very similar to the Sunday Morning Stout, with more of a bourbon edge.

Mouth-feel: Very thick, but with a smooth body.

This is a very good, complex, strong Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. Compared to Weyerbachers' other Imperial Stouts, it has more coffee and chocolate flavors, and also has more of a bite from the bourbon barrels. This sweetness and bourbon flavor is a nice balance to the high alcohol content.

All of the Weyerbacher Stouts that I have tried are excellent, with interesting differences between them. I wish they would bring back Old Heathen, as it was a very good RIS, and a favorite of mine for regular drinking. Overall this "Chocolate Pretzel SMS" and the regular Sunday Morning Stout are two of my favorite Imperial Stouts, and the best of the Weyerbachers stouts. Due to the high alcohol of "Chocolate Pretzel SMS", one pint is enough for one sitting, and it is something I will save for special attention.

My current ranking of the Weyerbacher stouts I have drank are (best first):

1) Chocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning Stout: look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2) Sunday Morning Stout: look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
3) Sunday Mole Stout: look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
4) Forever 23: look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
5) Finally Legal: look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
6) Old Heathen: look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
7) 23 Anniversary: look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
8) Tiny Stout: look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of 57md
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, Weyerbacher released this offering as a special SMS variant for 2019 and put an exorbitantly high price tag on it.

Like the sucker that I am, I bought a can.

The only significant differences noticable are that the nose has a more chocolatey aroma to it and salt is present on the finish. Other than that, the flavor tastes like year-old SMS (I prefer it aged, so that's a good thing).

I dinged the overall score because this one-off doesn't even come close to being worth the money.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 3/14/19 into pint glass. Pours a very deep brown with a minimal dark tan head. Initial impression is, uh, chocolate pretzels, including the salt. Amazing likeness. There are hints of coffee and vanilla, but these are relegated to secondary roles. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy-smooth and thick like a stout oughta be. Even though this was a very fresh can, the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Finish is sweet and smooth.
This might be way too sweet for some palates. I'll admit that I couldn't drink more than one of these. But if you want a decadent, sweet, freakin' POTENT Imperial Stout, this one is worth a try.

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Photo of beerbully
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L-Black as night......1/4 inch head no retention........fairly thick lacing that clings to the side

S-Wood char, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, molasses,

T-Big and boozy.......thick dark chocolate......bourbon barrel wood.......notes of vanilla.....alcohol burn in the finish.....some pretzel, breadiness......lingering saltiness in the finish

F-one of the thickest, creamiest beers I have had........alcohol burn......low carb

O-great good as any barrel stout

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Photo of SawDog505
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 13 oz Lost Abbey Teku glass canned on 3/14/19. Pours a viscous black with a 2 plus finger mocha head with a Micheal Jackson sleep over pour (Aggressive) that leaves little lace, but the wonderful color on the beer and head more than makes up for that, plus I poured near room temp and that can effect the lace left behind. 4.75

Smell is boozy Oaked vanilla bourbon, dark fudge, expresso beans, and not sure how to explain but I am getting that sea salt pretzel thing that makes it different from regular. 4.75

Taste follows dry strong coffee, deep dark chocolate, Oaked vanilla, sea salt and again hard to explain, and did I mention charred roasty bourbon that sticks to the palate like a fat kid a chocolate peanut butter Easter Bunny on Easter morning. 4.75

Mouthfeel Yogi (Bigger than your average Beer) plenty of life considering its 12.7% ABV, a sipper for sure but dangerously approachable for such a big beer. 4.75

Overall this is what I had hoped it would be, a big boozy complex monster that would leave and impression sip after boldly aggressive sip, and how amazingly gorgeous is this one wow. Thanks @jzeilinger for the treat! 4.75

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Photo of rypkr
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Like Sunday morning stout but with both more bitter dark chocolate and more caramel/toffee sweetness. Maintains a nice balance there. The coffee however is gross. It tastes like old Maxwell house that was left in the pot for 3 days. It's less extreme than Sunday morning but the taste it does have is not pleasing.

Pretzels? No those aren't there. It does taste more acidic than Sunday morning however. Maybe that's the salt?

Mouthfeel is awesome though. Thick, viscous and creamy. Really a standout quality on an average beer.

Overall, this is not better than Sunday morning. I'm sad that I paid twice the price for it.

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Photo of thebeers
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, approaching black, with a half finger of fizzy, dark-mocha head. It’s short lived, but does last a beat longer than on the regular SMS. Forms a thin crown.

Loads of chocolate and big bourbon, with vanilla and wood, in the nose. I’m getting light impressions of salted pretzel malt, too, but that maybe psychosomatic.

Regular SMS is so raw tasting. This takes a step in the smooth direction, while still maintaining a little nasty. Bourbon-forward with strong almond notes; lots more rich chocolate; and a little salt. Coffee with some slight fruity notes takes a backseat to those other flavors.

Medium bodied and somewhat slick feeling. It seems a little still at first, but does have some fizzy carbonation that builds up in it.

This is a fun variant. The chocolate and bourbon are so strong I didn’t even notice coffee at first. The chocolate is really top-notch and the salt is noticeable, but relatively measured.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 6.63 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.414/oz) from the brewery, Easton, PA. Reviewed 4/2/19.
“Canned on 03/14/19” stamped on the bottom of the can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Black, opaque. When held to the light, still opaque.
Head – Tiny (Maximum six mm, aggressive center pour), brown, fizzy. Gone almost immediately leaving a ring a single tiny bubble wide and four tiny islands.
Lacing – Duh! 12.7% ABV, so none.
First pour – Dirty motor oil but slightly translucent.
Aroma – 4.25 – Cocoa, coffee, and bell peppers. As it warms, some bourbon comes through, but the cocoa seems more dominant.
Flavor – 4.25 - Begins with a bitter café mocha. No alcohol (12.7 % ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl. Allowing it to warm in my mouth releases enough alcohol to make my tongue burn.
Palate – 3.5 – Full, creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – Very good nose and flavor. The bourbon barrel doesn’t add enough vanillin for me to detect it, but that’s my problem. The bourbon, however, does come through at the end. The coffee doesn’t hold up as it warms and there is no hint of pretzel at any stage (I eat LOTS of pretzels so I’m familiar). Overall, a very good variant of the Sunday Morning Stout.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black pour with dark caramel colored pour that dissipates quickly leaving a micro-thin lacing behind. Weyerbacher is notorious for almost zero lacing retention with some of their big beers.

S - Dark sweet chocolate, sea salt, some light acidity, delicate chocolate syrup sweetness,

T - Overall, not at all shy and doesn't hide the ABV at all. Chocolate, roasted cocoa, bourbon, some acidity, a hint of salt, no pretzel, and finishes with a lingering chocolate bourbon roast with slight acridness.

M - Thick, viscous, a little syrupy, and lip smacking sticky with prominent warming on the way down.

O - It's big. It's boozy. 'Nuff said.

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Chocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 36 ratings