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Sunday Morning Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Sunday Morning StoutSunday Morning Stout

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sunday Morning Stout, 11.3% ABV, is an American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. The result? A beautiful ebony pour with a large, creamy, off-white head that lasts and lasts. The aromas of roasted coffee and bourbon awaken your senses while their flavors blend with hints of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and caramel.

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Reviews: 347 | Ratings: 1,833
Photo of dstanmyer
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/16 and drank 11/16 in a snifter. Minimal aroma on the initial sniff. Velvety smooth up front, quickly giving way to an alcohol blast followed quickly by coffee notes and maybe some vanilla and toasty malts. The alcohol taste in this one is pretty big; a bit much. Curious as to what 2-3 more years in the cellar would do for it. I dig the depth and strength but a little heavy handed with alcohol.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral coffee notes with some nice vanilla and bourbon notes with some black chocolate notes also noticeable. Taste is a great mix between some bourbon and vanilla notes with some floral coffee notes with some residual sugar notes and some roasted malt with some creamy black chocolate notes. Body si full with oily-like texture and good carbonation with some warming alcohol notes. Extremely well brewed with good complexity and good drinkability.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Brooklyn for $4.99 per 12 fl oz bottle.

Brewed 02/13/16. Best before: 02/03/18. 11.30% ABV. "Stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee."

HEAD: Dark tan colour. Lacks the shining complexion of the very best imperial stouts, but it's appealing. Retention is average - ~2 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. It's not the thickest head - maybe 1cm at best in my nonic.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. No yeast or particulate is visible within.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for an imperial stout, but a generally attractive one.

AROMA: Pungent creamy roasty java/coffee character is present, and I find its quality to be a few notches above the norm, evoking rich coffee grounds. It's balanced out by the usual dark-and-chocolate malt sweetness. Suggests a gooey sweet yet balanced brew.

What I'm missing here are expressive notes of bourbon; there's a hint of it with flirtations towards vanilla but no commitment. I have to wonder what barrel was used and how long this spent in barrels. No toasty oak, coconut, or whisk(e)y-like spice here.

Aromatic intensity is average. Overall, I'm eager to try it but it isn't dazzling.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The balance leans too heavy on the sweet syrupy side, not quite nailing the gooey chewy leathery feel of the finest expressions of the style, but playing fairly well into the dessert stout vibe with big sweet notes of chocolate malts and dark malts. The coffee isn't present enough, failing to compensate for all that sweetness with sufficient roastiness or coffee bitterness. I get some limited coffee character but it isn't as expressive as one would hope for in a coffee imperial stout. A blip of caramelized walnut.

Average duration and intensity of flavour.

The build is decent but wants in terms of complexity and balance. I find no real bourbon presence whatsoever; I suspect this spent a short amount of time in a mediocre brand bourbon barrel. It's a shame.

Texture is smooth and wet with some warmth but no hot booze. All things considered, it hides its ABV decently. Medium-bodied and slightly silky. There's not quite an ideal harmony of texture and taste here, but the former complements the latter to a degree.

Not a harmonious gestalt whole of a brew, but enjoyable fare.

OVERALL: An enjoyable brew from Weyerbacher, but given the talent of the brewers and this beer's reputation I do have to say I hoped for better. Drinkable for its high ABV, but not a world class coffee imperial stout - even not judging it in terms of its bourbon barrel presence.


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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic offering...i am a huuuuge KBS fanboy and this is nearly identical to it...just a little less sweet, hence the score difference...would drink this any day, regardless...great job

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.14/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was really excited as I love BA coffee stouts and read this was spot on for this. Was not impressed at all. Smell was green pepperish, not much barrel or coffee notes. Taste was just ok or maybe I expected too much. Was going to do this side by side with a KBS but didn't need to. It isn't even close.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I do like high ABV brews, but unfortunately, this one just didn't tingle my toes...

I finally got my hands on one of these and was so excited to simply be let down. Not in a hugely bad way, just enough to wonder why all the hype from some. Though the beer has a beautiful, almost black color, it has practically no head or lacing. As far as what met my nose - it was mostly the 11+% alcohol and nothing else. Maybe to others that's great, but I need more than that. The mouthfeel was impressive, lightly carbonated and very velvety to the tongue - that much I did enjoy. Though I'm not impressed with it as most others, I do find it very enjoyable and will partake without a doubt in the future.

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Photo of DudMan
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 3/9/15 consumed 7/31/16. Pours black with one finger creamy brown head. Smells of slight coffee and bourbon. The taste is more chocolate with slight bourbon. It is very smooth and creamy. A damn good beer!!

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Photo of KensWorld
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not too impressive looking or smelling When poured into snifter, But the taste sure makes up for it. When cold it's average tasting for a BA coffee Stout, but when this baby warms up it just expodes with flavor! FRESH ROASTED, GROUND & BREWED COfFEE W/ A SPLASH OF BOURBON. No alcohol presents what so ever. I tried this just after a I had a 2015 Founders Breakfast Stout and I will have to say that this rivals it. 4.50

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark pour with mocha head, 11.3 abv but hidden well, before bottled its aged for several months in bourbon barrels I had it right when bottled and then 7 months later and it gets better and better, most of the taste it coffee but you will also get notes of chocolate Carmel and vanilla

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Photo of agreenman19
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L - whoa. Pours a jet black, viscous motor oil-looking liquid with a quick-forming foamy mocha head. Wasn't expecting such life out of a BA stout. The color of the head is really what makes this one. Good looks.

S - rich aromas of milk chocolate and coffee cake. Kinda reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout, but amped up. Some vanilla from the bourbon.

T - onslaught of coffee, chocolate, and booze. It doesn't stop. Took that first sip and did one of those open-eyed, head back sort of expression until the last bit of flavor fizzled out. The bourbon just hits so hard up front and flavors of bitter roasted coffee and German chocolate cake creep in toward the third act. Great progression of flavor. Bourbon down the middle lane. Coffee coming up on the left. Chocolate on the right. All merging together into the same lane as the sun sets on the horizon or some bullshit. Point is, the finish is on point.

F - little too fizzy and thin for the intensity of this stout. Was expecting a little more viscosity and syrup to truly make this a heavy hitter.

O - been trying to find this for a while, then it magically dropped into my lap as an extra in a trade. What luck! I am impressed. Big, bold flavors. This was drank relatively fresh (bottled 2/11/16), which means I have to get my hands on another because this will age beautifully. The carbonation will settle and you've got yourself a real treat.

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a viscous jet black and left a larger amount of head than is usual for a barrel aged stout. The smell of the barrel comes out with hints of wood and bourbon. A tinge of vanilla but for some reason the coffee is kind of lost in there, not prominent at all. There is a serious smell of dark fruits as well. The taste is rather unremarkable to be honest. The roast malt profile is not all that strong and combines with hints of bourbon and booziness. Very faint notes of caramel as well. It feels like there is something missing in the taste department, perhaps some creaminess. The feel is thick and chewy but the relatively high amount of carbonation for a barrel aged stout detracts from the overall experience as first. Gotta give it a few serious whirls to really open everything up. Overall I would say they need to work on the base beer. This is one of those instances that the barrel aging is what totally saved what would otherwise a rather mediocre stour. HOORAY for barrel aging!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours like motor oil but with a thick dark creamy head. looks pretty damn good.

smells like slight coffee, light bourbon and roasted malt. oddly enough it kinda smells like a combination of nail polish remover and sex.

taste is surprisingly mild, i get notes of bourbon mixed in the stout. very smooth drinker just not a great flavor. this is good but nothing special.

the head does stay for a long time, the aroma is bland, and the taste is good but nothing special. it's surprisingly bland yet very easy to drink at 11.3%.

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Photo of kingston2
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic stout. Big bold coffee notes but smooth as can be. Hides the alcohol pretty well. Nice smooth coffee with some subtle vanilla notes. Well done.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a three finger head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights some yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee and bourbon nose, flavor is same roasted coffee, bourbon and hints of caramel, high ABV is hidden. Pricey at $5.49 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark chocolate brown with some black highlights. 1+ finger head is khaki colored and fades to a thin layer of foam which sticks around a little while. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. Dark molasses, caramel, and bitter chocolate. Light bourbon and oak.

More coffee and vanilla on the first sip. Dark roasted malt and dark semi-sweet chocolate. Again, bourbon is quite light. Molasses, caramel, and a hint of smoke.

Creamy mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Mild coffee/chocolate bitterness. Just a touch of alcoholic heat.

Really nice smooth coffee stout. Just a bit more bourbon would be nice.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours black with a small tan head.
S - The aroma is all dark coffee.
T - Outstanding coffee flavor. I'm not getting caramel or vanilla but I don't care. Bitterness is just right.
M - Medium mouth feel, low carbonation.
O - This is a really tasty coffee stout. Get some if you can. I traded KBS for this and I don't regret it a bit.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good bourbon, coffee is there but not that pronounced. Some chocolate as well. Good balance. Easily one of Weyerbacher's better beers. They need to make more of this.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: pours pitch black with just a film of head
S: coffee, chocolate with slight bourbon notes. Reminds me of kbs
T: very nice. Big coffee and chocolate with light bourbon notes. I like that the coffee is not too bitter.
F: pretty thick and coating, but lacking a little here.
O: a very good ba coffe stout. I prefer this over kbs

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2015 vintage. Tasted liked pure booze to me. No balance at all, just overpowering flavors of alcohol. Not sure if this would be better with age or not, but would like to try one.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
3 months since bottling

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, viscous. Half finger thick, dark tan colored head, dissipates to thin layer. Lots of alcohol legs, coats and sticks to glass.

Aroma- Roasted coffee, earthy and spicy. Lots of oak w/ sweet bourbon notes. Sweeter mocha chocolates, vanilla, and caramel.

Taste- Fresh roasted coffee, espresso bean, earthy. Sweet bourbon notes, char, lots of drying oak. Creamy vanilla, chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, toasted almond nuttiness.

Feel- Full, creamy and velvety, coats mouth, finishes dry. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Wonderfully rich with lots of barrel characteristics. Oak and coffee are at the forefront, and really blend so well together to create a dry earthiness. Sweeter notes on the finish, really help to balance and add richness.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black pour, held up to light and can't get much of anything besides a very dark brown hue near the head. Khaki colored head that disasters to a small ring shortly.

The nose is a fantastic blend between sweet chocolate, woodiness of the barrel and a sweet butterscotch scent. Some nuttiness involved as well. Maybe walnuts? Bourbon stands out more as it warms.

Taste, at a colder temperature is more milk chocolate, cold pressed coffee foward with hints of brown sugar and butterscotch. As it warms, the bourbon comes through as well as well as the woodiness of the barrel, as well as vanilla.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily as expected. As it warms it becomes a sipper, and the bourbon and wood coat the palate.

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Photo of TooHop4U
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/28/15, served at 50*F. Great pour and head. Rich smells of bourbon, chocolate and slight vanilla. Still pretty hot/boozy even at 4.5 months. Tremendous bourbon taste with hints of caramel.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into pint glass. Pours an inky black with a substantial tan head. Initial impression is bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and just a touch of booze, which incidentally is quite well hidden but definitely present. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel, but there's a little roughness since it's fresh. I'd be curious to see how this one ages - might have to go back to the store and grab a 4-pack! Not my all-time favorite for the style (that would be Goose Island Rare), but pretty damned close!

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/25, poured 5/3.

Bottle courtesy of Jordan ... my man! Missed out on this last year, so I'm looking forward to having it now.

Appearance: Pitch black. Dark brown, creamy head that dies pretty quickly, leaving just a ring behind. No lacing. Looks thick, rich, delicious (TWSS).

Smell: Wow. The blend of everything in here gives a potent caramel and butterscotch aroma for me that's stupid awesome. Also, black coffee with a hazelnut creamer vibe... smells like a candle in the best way. As it warms, roasted malt comes through with a little bit of "warmth" ... not so much a smell of alcohol, but a smell of, "That's a big beer." Yeah, that probably makes no sense. Just know this smells incredible.

Taste/feel: Bourbon, black coffee, vanilla, and even still a little bit of hazelnut. As it warms a bit, some milk chocolate sorts of flavors, which only makes it all better, of course. Finish is a little warming with plenty of nice bourbon and oak that lingers. There's also a slight "twang"? Hard to describe. I guess it has a savory or umami kind of thing that I suppose comes off as slightly... salty? That's something I get in bigger stouts, though usually Russian Imperial Stouts, in particular. That characteristic is keeping me from giving a higher rating. The feel is thick, but not crazy big. The carbonation is surprisingly nice on this -- keeps the beer lively (duh) which is needed and great.

World-class, for sure. Not too sure how this beer "only" has a 96 rating on this site though, unless there was an infection I didn't know about. There are few beers I've had to this point that have been better than this. SMS is a beer that is easily worth the hype.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep/rich black. Smells mostly of tree fruits, coffee, and dark chocolate. Tastes coconut, syrupy, sticky fruit, fig, coffee, chocolate, complex, yet keeps you coming back.

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