Sunday Morning Stout
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.35 | pDev: 7.36%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Sunday Morning StoutSunday Morning Stout
Notes: Sunday Morning Stout 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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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bourbon-barrel-aged coffee stout is impenetrably black; the only observable highlight is a faint glimmer of mahogany at the bottom of the glass. It is topped by a large, slightly pebbly creamy brown head that shows brief retention; lacing is fair, consisting of bands and caverns. The aroma is light-medium in intensity: bitter coffee and sweet milk chocolate against a boozy bourbon midrange with hints of caramel and some unexpected banana notes. On the palate, a very nice bourbon midrange character leads, along with the banana from the nose and significant alcohol undertones, all of this riding atop a rich, complex chocolatey dark malt melange. The overall result is sweetish; coffee notes are notably absent from the flavor. The finish is a good hit of boozy chocolate, and the linger is a faint echo of the finish that lasts for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is commensurate with the full body, and the texture is creamy, sticky, and light-medium peppery from the slightly aggressive carbonation. The bourbon character here is very well done: an almost perfect balance between dominance and restraint, and the booze attains a delicious level of prominence without being too assertive. (12 oz bottle, 79 days after pkg, 652 days before best-by)

Mar 26, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Two dates on the bottle looks like bottled on March 27th 2015, good till March 27th 2017.

Pours inky dark walnut brown and nearly black, and completely silent. The snifter takes it easily but without much fanfare. No head creation on a basic snifter stout pour, some faint hint of a really dark mocha mahogany head makes an appearance. Too bad there's no finger of it cause it's really dark it would be nice to see more of it's chocolate like goodness. Settles to a simple tan collar that looks much lighter. Top is virtually non existent except doesn't leave an oil slick at least, and a minor sheen and webbing.

Aroma is very nice, hits at very dark chocolate and fresh ground coffee beans. There's a nice hot spice note coming off this which almost gives off a whiff of hot cinnamon in the back of the throat. A bit boozy but not with much whiskey barrel hinting character, but keeping in step with a great dark chocolate and a sense of thicker mouthfeel to come. Fruity berry notes of grape and cherry peak out as well.

Palate gives some interesting notes. First sip hints at almost fruit forward ester mix which goes nicely, an almost Eclipse Elijah Craig fruit berry note that hits the mid palate nicely. Palate is a little watery but also slight fizzy but manages to give a neutral chance for the flavors to come through, but it would be nice to have some of that thick fudge character. Aftertaste has a bit tannic barrel note, with some good wood and whiskey character. However there's a sharp hop but tolerable bite, and whiskey finish that really hits a boozy feeling in your stomach. Just borderline watery and missing a good deal of depth for a large stout. Coffee angle also seems real buried after awhile with more of the whiskey character dominating. The lighter feel certainly makes for quick drinking, and even a honey coating sweetness on the lips. Chocolate seems a little muted as well and does take a turn for more of a classic roasty porter quality with husky and ripping grain quality.

Where's the vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, thick chocolate and coffee bursts that can come with such a character brew? Nice first effort though from Weyerbacher in the big stout whiskey realm, but it's crowded up here with the big boys and this one doesn't stand out as much as some of the other big guns.

Apr 12, 2015
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Jjski from New York

4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at room temp, obtained today. Bottled on 3/24/15.

I think I got some lame KBS last year, because I was disappointed in its thin feeling, and muted flavors compared to prior iterations. This beer from Weyerbacher tops 2014 KBS in those regards, and it has a thicker mouthfeel: in the medium range for RIS. Analogous to regular Narwhal. Pleasantly viscous without weight. The beer lingers on the tongue without being a palate coating ruffian.

I decidedly prefer this to last years KBS . The coffee is potently sleek, and roasted grain renders cocoa notes. I always yearn for ubiquitous barrel presence, but this is not BCBS grade in that regard. Shadowy puffs of bourbon, vanilla, and oak at the end of sips, while coffee is omnipresent and anonymous ethanol vapors aggressively invade the nasopharyngeal sensory bed. This beer is currently very "hot".

In the realm of "obtainable" BB RIS- this beer is near the head of the class. FAR better than their Heresy!! ( a hobbled excuse for barrel aged beer). It may age well if u like coffee a trifle attenuated. The fusel character should diminish. On the contrary: I'm in the camp that aging KBS is counterproductive.

From the length and depth of this review, one thing should seem obvious: This beer is very very very good. If I didn't drink Black Tuesday, Java Bourbon Eclipse and Parabola with a modicum of regularity: I would call Sunday Morning Stout fantastic. Considering the resultant drain on the bank account by the aforementioned exemplars, it's probably better to stick with this Weyerbacher triumph.

Ps: If u haven't noticed, I often end my reviews with suggesting beers in the same vein. If you like coffee bourbon stouts: do not forget Big Bad Baptist. It's quite like this with more barrel and espresso dominant flavors. Not better, just different

Apr 08, 2015
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brief Review:

O: So listen here. This is not a KBS killer. In fact, I don't even think it should be compared to KBS since KBS has a load of chocolate in it. Honestly, this should be side-by-side with BCBCS in pure coffee stouts (which BCBCS wins by the way). But if you want to compare this to KBS in similarity and affordability, then fine. It actually does a pretty good job and can hang with it. I just did a side-by-side of both 2017 editions, and I prefer KBS because it's so much more unique, the barrel is way more present, and there's this great earthy, rich, oak and chocolate note that only KBS can give you (probably from the caves). This one is just coffee all the way. The nose, the taste, the aftertaste. It's huge. Bourbon notes are nice, but this is all coffee's show. Mouthfeel isn't huge, but the drinkability is there. Overall, this is a great beer, if not world class. I just think you should be comparing it to BCBCS instead of KBS.

Recommendation: Stellar beer here, find it and drink it. Should be readily available where it's distributed. In addition to the obvious KBS side-by-side, I'd actually recommend a side-by-side with BCBCS for some potentially interesting results.

Apr 19, 2017
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smith_s4765 from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer is awesome. They should just call it the awesome beer.

Apr 01, 2015
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jaketaz from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

About $14-16 per 4pk in the Florida gulf coast, poured hard from bottle to goblet.

Super black with minimal head, which is dark brown and dissipates fast leaving no legs. Light carbonation and heavy body. Bitter coffee aroma with little to no barrel notes such as toasted oak or vanilla.

The taste likewise carries little to no oak or vanilla, spice, or bourbon, it's mostly heavy black coffee and roasted cacao nibs. Its molasses sweetness is more what I would expect from an aged dark rum, the malt character is ultra roasted and has a pumpernickel aftertaste with some bitter sandy chocolate. Ethanol is front and center and this beer does not hide its 12.7% abv at all.

The lack of flavor balance doesn't compare well to the usual breakfast stout all-stars, and the lack of barrel taste doesn't stand up well to other barrel-aged stouts. I'd sooner recommend KBS, Dragon's Milk, the aged Yetis or even Abita's barrel-aged stout. *PURISTS ENCOURAGED TO STOP READING HERE*

I toasted a handful of sweetened shredded coconut in the broiler and soaked that in a couple ounces of this beer for 10 minutes, then strained out the coconut and added the infused beer to a goblet with the rest of the bottle. This unsophisticated procedure mellowed out the ethanol bite a lot, and the fat from the coconut helped temper the bitterness.

Mar 07, 2017
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Jarogers24 from Maryland

4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. Has a great smell with a very smooth finish. I tried this after trying KBS by Founders and found that it was very comparable. I rated this slightly lower because I found the finish was a bit boozier. Still a great beer and a much more accessible alternative.

Apr 13, 2017
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floridadrift from Florida

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

So close to BCCS besides the mouthfeel. Smells and taste wonderful.

Smell is vanilla, oak and bourbon and taste is harsh, mega blended booze like it's Goose Island predecessor.

Apr 04, 2015
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thisXwar from New York

4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The look was a slight disappointment as it seemed to have very little head with a short stay.

Smell was great all I could smell was a fistful of coffee with a very light wood smell in the background.

Taste: It's like 2 different drinks at the same time. With the sip you get strong coffee then it's like you chased it with a shot of bourbon.

I thought the feel changed drastically during the drinking of this beer. As it warmed it got a much stronger bourbon taste then at a point went right back to perfectly smooth and balanced.

Overall: Exceptional beer with a spectacular price point of $11 for a 4 pack!

Apr 11, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer pours a thick, jet black coloring with a dense, low profile, chocolate colored head that settles out into a clingy surface coating. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate blending with heavy roasted coffee notes. It's like someone melted chocolate in some freshly used coffee grounds. Wow, this smells insanely fresh and robust. Flavors are heavy on the roast and bitter coffee notes forward, followed immediately by the booze kick providing warmth and an edge. Bittersweet chocolate highlights throughout, with some earthy and vanilla characteristics chiming in as well. Woody and bourbon notes smooth out the edges. This is a layered, meaty epic. The body is full, big, and chewy, with a velvety smooth finish that carries a lingering bittersweet blend of chocolate, creamy vanilla, coffee, and a building booze warmth. This is a great beer!

Apr 07, 2015
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CHickman from New York

4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 12/28/15: Pours pitch black with a foamy 2+ finger mocha colored head that had tons of bubbles of all sizes popping as it dissipated slowly around the edge of the glass, leaving the middle like the Close Encounters mountain as it made hissing sounds and settled into a nice layer on top. Each sip leaving minimal spotty lacing that slides down back into the head.

Weyerbacher lists "A stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee" on the bottle; they may as well put this label in the beer dictionary next to bourbon barrel aged coffee stouts since the aroma was perfect. The dark roasted, bitter coffee smelled like the best cup of fresh Starbucks bold I've ever inhaled. And that was just the start...then there is rich dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, light bourbon, cocoa powder, maple syrup, toffee, bakers chocolate, faint vanilla and oaky or earthy notes. Might even be some hints of piney hops, but that may just be the burnt coffee bitterness. Light char, smoke and burnt grains round it out. This beer is perfectly named and smells like delicious fresh coffee.

I let the bottle warm up for 30 minutes before pouring and it was just as tasty as it smelled, with a sweetness to start that is full of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, cocoa powder, roasted, bitter coffee, dark fruit and some bourbon, which then shifts to malty tones and some earthy notes like oak, merlot/red wine, peat moss, charred wood and smoked grains. Light piney hops peek through and then get washed away with the toffee, caramel, dark chocolate (like Hershey's Dark), maple syrup, brown sugar and coffee grinds. The barrel influence lingers after each swallow, with traces of bourbon adding nice depth and complexities. My affinity for coffee stouts has once again hit me like Cupid's arrow.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a slick feel and mild carbonation, but the fact that the feel and delicious flavor completely mask the 11.3% ABV balances out those knocks. Aftertaste is bitter with a mix of coffee grinds, bakers chocolate, woody, barrel notes and fruit like a merlot or other red wine with a tannin aspect that makes for a dry finish. Chocolate and bourbon (or single malt scotch) lingers for a while.

By far the best Weyerbacher beer that I've ever had, and a top notch BBA stout. This lived up to the hype, and this comes from a guy who has been harsh on rating other brews from Weyerbacher. I would love to drink this on a Sunday morning, so perhaps that's when I'l crack open the bottle I have aging. Highly recommend drinking this brew if you can get your hands on it.

2/14/2017: Had another one from the batch Bottled 12/28/15 and it looks even better with a head that lasted longer and produces the same great looking beer. Raised the "Look" score from 4 to 4.25. The smell for a bourbon barrel aged coffee stouts again was perfect. The improvement in the flavor is what impressed me the most about the way this bottle aged; the coffee is still incredibly potent and the base stout has enough bourbon sweetness and chocolate malts to cut the bitterness. I raised the "Taste" score from 4.5 to 4.75.

Overall Rating went up from 4.64 to 4.76 due to how well this aged after a year. An outstanding beer.

Mar 18, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. The brew is black in color with a dark brown head that fades slow leaving stringy lace. Some brown clarity seen around the edges.

The nose is coffee forward with roasty grain like chocolate and earth. Some oakiness imparts faint caramel and vanilla. The aroma is easily the best part of this brew.

The taste is roasty with earthy bitterness, slight coffee and mild green yeastiness and minerals. It has a lot of neutral oak flavors, solvent booze and not really all much bourbon character. The more I taste this, it almost feels like cedar instead of weird as that sounds.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Initially has a lot of wow factor but as the experience continues it kinda falls apart. The initial strong coffee tapers off, the barrel doesnt have nuance and lacks finesse. Instead, its straight raw wood without all the pleasantries. Despite my gripes about this beer, its still pretty good.

Apr 03, 2015
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toppoop from Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Did a blind taste with THE KBS and heavily preferred this. When I tasted the brew which had the thin aftertaste, I figured it would have to be this one. To my chagrin it was KBS. Very well done here

Apr 03, 2015
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle dated 3/24/15 and enjoyed on 4/5/15. The beer pours out inky black with a rocky mocha-colored head that is fairly well-sustained for such a high abv beer. Lots of rich coffee notes on the nose. No bitter, acidic coffee, just rich coffee with hints of chocolate, toasted oak, and a little bourbon. Smells awesome!

Full body with a rich flavor and a silky smooth feel. Plenty of roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, and caramel flavors up front, then loads and loads of rich intense coffee notes and Asbach Uralt brandy-filled dark chocolates. The flavors are smooth, creamy, and very satisfying. No bitterness at all. Very, very reminiscent of KBS, except at mid-palate where the bourbon notes creep in. Where they simply enrich the flavor of that other beer, here the bourbon is noticeably more assertive and heats things up more, enhancing the dessert-like qualities of the beer. The beer finishes with coffee, dark chocolate, and bourbon.

Long story short, this beer drinks like KBS - it disappears far too quickly! It also tastes like KBS, except it has more of an assertive bourbon-like presence. As rich "coffee-forward" beers go for me, this stuff is right up there with KBS and Big Bad Baptist (and just below BCBCS). Weyerbacher has a real winner on their hands here. I hope they keep making this stuff. It is wonderful. Congratulations Weyerbacher!

Apr 07, 2015
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JayWhitson from Montana

4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/11/16 Can't see much wrong with this beer. I'd rate the smell a 10 if I could. Last year it seemed like more of a booze bomb but is much more balanced this year. One of the best I've had.

Mar 03, 2016
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My one-year reunion with fresh Sunday Morning Stout is an anniversary most anticipated, that's for sure. This beer knocked my proverbial socks off when I got it last March. Though I had purchased only one four-pack of bottles in 2015, they lasted me until 1/16 given my plan to drink/share two relatively fresh bottles, store one for 4-5 months and age one bottle for 10-12 months. The evolution of this beer was remarkable; though it went through changes and mellowed out, it retained most, if not all, of its coffee flavor and robust barrel character, though it did drink relatively smoothly. This review is for fresh 2016 SMS, however.

Picked up a four-pack, once again, at Craft Beer Cellar Westford. Two bottles were immediately stashed in the cellar for later consumption. One bottle was poured for my housemate (cheers Dan!) and one was poured for myself. In my tulip glass, the beer pours a sinister black with cascading dark khaki head that breathes an evil crimson upon each tiny swirl. This is no ordinary beer! Head dissipates to one finger of everlasting foam that laces very slightly in the glass. A sinister and foreboding appearance, for sure.

On the nose, SMS presents itself with hefty oak qualities, ethanol, vanillins, espresso and roasty malt, almost exactly in that order. This beer is a very forward one and there is very little room left for subtlety within its captivating depths. Slight milk sugar, English toffee and even some earthy/herbal hop qualities pop out from within its deep, Lethean body. I feel that this is a little, tiny bit less barrel forward than 2015 SMS. I recall that beer absolutely bowling me over with intense whiskey character, and this seems a little more restrained. I'm thankful for that, to be honest, as I felt fresh 2015 SMS had a bit too much heat straight out of the bottle. I may age it for slightly less time due to this fact, but that doesn't change the reality that this is certainly a cellarable beer. 4-6 months seems like a sweet spot for this year's batch, I'd reckon.

The palate is rife with roasty, chocolatey and coffee flavors, bringing in an added charred oak and vanilla character in the late-middle of the palate. The finish is balanced with a strong ethanol hit that kicks in to reveal some dark stone fruit notes. Some late hoppiness seems to show up to the party, too, but it's very much drowned in the deep blackness of roasted malts. Feel is on the heavy side with a thick finish that speaks of its strength, character and long barrel-aging period. I've always found KBS a little on the "overrated" side of things (and I've had it maybe six times, mostly on tap) and, though it's quite great, this beer pushes a lot of the flavors it flaunts to much higher levels and comes out on top for those seeking a barrel-aged stout without restraint.

I'm sure that fans of KBS will tout its conservative, "balanced" qualities above this, but SMS just feels like a superior beer to me, especially taking price, format and availability into account. Put simply, this is a beer that took a chance against a difficult opponent, competed for the title and won.

Feb 20, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This came out of nowhere and apparently is really friggen good. Most people seem surprised, but I have been a fan of a lot of the BA beers from Weyerbacher. Original Blasphemy was phenomenal, and Insanity is great, etc. So now to try the new one.

Bottled 3/24/15, best by 3/24/17, so much for aging them.

Pours thick as motor oil, and darker than satan's butthole, with a chocolate black fizzy slight creamy small head that fades fairly quickly, little lacing, but looooooong thick legs on the sides like bourbon level legs. No light getting through this beast.

Nose is wow... great fresh coffee cuts through the heavy stout, a great coffee, nutty little earthy, quite nutty actually, with a soft complexion maybe cold extraction, not tannic so far, a nutty fudgey stout, dark chocolate cocoa, plenty of caramel and fudge, barrel brings a nice vanilla and mild coconut even, just a touch of bourbon as well.

Taste continues where the nose left off, lots of fresh coffee with nice stout malts and barrel notes. Somehow the barrel cuts through the big heavy malts, with mild coconut again, nice vanilla and toasted oak, just a touch of bourbon which I wish was a little stronger. Malts bring nice fudgey cocoa, a little nutty, plenty of caramel and sweet characters but not super sweet, and some mild fluffy nougat. Nice dark chocolate, heavy thick melting dark chocolate. Tons of coffee though, a little bitterness from the roasted malts and a bit from the coffee it seems, a nutty earthy coffee again, without tannic bitterness so probably cold extracted or at least well done infusion. Thick creamy nougat base, and some oats I think. Just a touch of booze, a bit more on the finish with a touch of booze flavor and warmth, attempts to dry but stays quite sticky and a little sweet, fluffy nougat lingering, with more nutty earthy coffee and fudgey cocoa lingering nicely.

Mouth is full bod, thick, lush, creamy, etc, just a touch of warming booze, nice carb.

Overall really nice beer, great stout base, heavy thick fluffy and quite tasty, great coffee infusion with nice nutty earthy coffee and no tannic bitterness, nice barrel notes, the barrel itself is decent but wish the bourbon was a bit more. Still quite enjoyable, not sure how well it will age as it seems to be at its peak now.

Apr 17, 2015
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was black with a slight mocha head.

Smell - The nose was pleasantly bourbony.

Taste - I think a clever way to describe the initial taste is chocolate and weed. Further notes included cookies with a little maple. The sweetness really works well with the bourbon. This is quite nice with a slightly warm after.

Mouthfeel - The sticky stout clings to the roof of the mouth and tongue.

Overall - It does not meet the Bourbon County Standard, but it is quite nice.

Aug 07, 2015
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justinp444 from Michigan

4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass this stout has a nice chocolate brown billowy foam head with a pitch black body. Smell is of bourbon, oak, dried fruit, cherry, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is of bourbon, some nice oak notes, cherry, minor vanilla notes at end. Lots and lots of chocolate with some coffee bitterness but a balanced sweetness. A good amount of warmth that is a tad bit too much. The overall mouth feel when fridge temp is a bit less rich then expected with the warmth making up for it somewhat but not as much of a thick viscous stout as I was expecting, when it warms it gets creamier though and the coffee pulls through more. Coffee is nice and aromatic and gives lots of dried fruit notes to this beer, and the oak and bourbon harbor it more complexity.

Apr 29, 2015
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wildfire275 from New York

3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/24/15. Opened 11/30/15.

Upon first pour, the color and head look excellent yet what I am initially taken aback by is, as strange as it may be, the sound the beer makes. The bubbles of the head emit an audible hissing noise, comparable to pouring seltzer or soda. I have to say there are no other beers which I've noticed this on so much as this beer. The nose of the beer imparts excellent roasted coffee/espresso notes as others have noted, as well as some chocolate and molasses. Upon further closer whiffs though, the bourbon-soaked phenol alcohol notes waft off the head as well -- usually not a good sign. Sure enough the flavor delivers through with great cacao, bitter coffee and espresso notes right up front, but is immediately followed by a freight train of boozy, phenol alcohol heat, even six months after bottling. Now, to some this may be a desired and welcome taste/sensation from their BB stout, but to me this comes across as simply heavy-handedness in a world of stiff imperial stout competition. The elements of greatness are somewhere in this beer's DNA, but they are disjointed and do not blend well into an overall superb beer experience. While barrel-aged everything is the fashionable craze these days, there are examples such as this one where grace and artistry fall short and we are left with, well, a bourbon bomb. The mouthfeel, which based on the initial hissing one could've assumed would be ultra-carbed, is actually on the contrary a little under -- thin and not as chewy or velvety as one would come to expect from the style. Overall, the hype of KBS-killer etc. that has followed this beer since its inception is only that: hype. While KBS may also be a shell of its former self these days, this beer unfortunately does not step up to the plate either. Not necessarily a strikeout, but perhaps a single or double in a style in the market stacked with other home runs and grand slams.

Dec 01, 2015
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ccg from District of Columbia

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2015-03-13, opened 2017-01-15, so almost two years aged. Second bottle from 2016-02-04 opened for a side-by-side comparison. Let's start with the 2015...

This stout looks excellent. It pours thick and goopy-looking, with a medium amount of fizz and carbonation. If you tilt the glass, you can see thick legs, and it leaves trails of tiny bubbles wherever it goes.

The smell backs up the looks. Nice earthy coffee smell still present even after two years. Smooth chocolate and roasty malt next to that. It adds a creamy sweetness on top of the coffee, kind of like an espresso with a bit of brown sugar in it. Subtle oak and bourbon in the background.

The flavor hits the same notes. There is a trailing bitterness, but it seems to be more from the coffee than from the hops, because it has a bit of an earthy, smokey bite (rather than being floral or even citrusy). The barrel aging is subtle. You can pick up some charred oak and caramel-like boozy bourbon notes, but they're always in the background. The coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts are the main players.

Mouthfeel is also quite good, with some moderate carbonation to give it a rounder feeling, and a satisfying, chewy viscosity.

I'm very impressed with this beer. I kind of wish I had opened one when it was fresh, but it sure is drinking nicely right now.

Differences with 2016... The 2016's coffee is obviously fresher and less faded, but that also makes it more assertive. The 2016 SMS just a little bit thinner and less chewy, and the barrel aging is even more subtle and harder to notice. I'd say it's on par with recent batches of Big Bad Baptist and KBS 2016. (But not KBS'15 I'm afraid -- that batch was much richer and more chocolatey.)

Jan 15, 2017
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color bordering black with a dark tan head. Some lace is left behind in each of the snifters I had. The aroma had roasted malt notes, as well as coffee, bourbon, and just a touch of floral. In the taste, much of the same deep roasted coffee elements, vanilla and wood from the barrel, and a slight piney hop bitterness. Mild dark fruits. Damn tasty. The beer was well rounded and easy to drink, with copious malty sugars softening out the full bodied feel. Overall, Sunday Morning Stout was well received by all the tasters surrounding the keg, Worthwhile barrel notes on a solid imperial coffee stout base. A winner!

Nov 07, 2014
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GOBLIN from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very coffee forward. Bourbon is warm and gets hotter as the glass sits. Nothing subtle about this beer. Every character flavor knows it's roll and plays it well. Well done Weyerbacher.

Apr 07, 2015
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Way too boozy. There are many other brews out there better balanced than this I can see the potential. Decent coffee and chocolate notes. Didn't get the bourbon

Jun 17, 2015
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Zonk from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate with a tan head. Its a little boozy but the barrel flavors are not as aggressive as some similar beers. Good coffee aroma and noticeable but not overpowering bourbon. On the thinner side compared to something like KBS but not in a bad way.

Jul 29, 2015
Sunday Morning Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2240 ratings