Chocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning Stout
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Chocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning StoutChocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning Stout
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American Imperial Stout
4.35 | pDev: 6.9%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Chocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning StoutChocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning Stout
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by Donco:
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3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of q33jeff
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Can to snifter.

LOOK: Thick dark black color. No head. Poor retention.

AROMA: bourbon and salt,



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Photo of thebeers
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -5.5%
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 Buck89
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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 dbl_delta
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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 BirdsandHops
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rypkr
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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 GreenMind
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaktcc
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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 dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thick viscous opaque jet black in color with light amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint extremely dark cola brown + extremely dark chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy very dark mocha colored head that slowly reduces to a handful of small to medium sized patches of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, cocoa over the top of moderate to strong aromas of dark + roasted + charred malts with a slightly stronger than moderate amount of lactose sweetness. There are moderate aromas of roasted coffee, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon as well as light to moderate aromas of toasted oak + brininess.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark + roasted + charred + caramel + chocolate malts with a slightly stronger than moderate amount of lactose sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, and cocoa. Moderate flavors of roasted coffee + vanilla + bourbon with a moderate presence of bourbon barrels (toasted oak, caramel, vanilla). Finally there are light flavors of brininess. There is a light amount of roasty bitterness which fades away pretty quickly and leaves a lingering bourbon booziness in the finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Drinks pretty easily considering the strength but this is more of a dessert slow sipper. Enjoyable with excellent additions to the base Sunday Morning Stout which work really successfully.

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Tcsox
3.54/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ONUMello
4.48/5  rDev +3%
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 jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of chrismattlin
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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 beerbully
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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 CanConPhilly
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PDinunzi
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chocolate Pretzel Sunday Morning Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 41 ratings