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): 12.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of DrunkAl
2.44/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this twice. At dark lord day, where I had approximately 1 oz, then more recently a whole bottle to my self. People say that this is a kbs killer. That's kinda like opening up a pizza place and saying your stuff is going to blow little Caesars away. Everything about it is bad. Bad coffee, bad bourbon, wierd mouthfeel. It's definitely not the worst ba stout, that is still kbs. But this is making a strong case for number 2.

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Photo of RacerX5k
2.61/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Well. I'm the idiot who didn't like the beer the first 4 pak so had to buy a second one just to be sure I hate it. This should be called early am stout 'cause that's where i wound up after drinking 2 yesterday (in the john) ... smells good but that fades quickly along with the taste. The first taste is not bad but quickly becomes a waaaay too hot sticky syrupy mess that basically becomes the base beer Tiny as it warms, too much black licorice. I don't drink Tiny anymore either. Price is good. But the beer fucking stinks. Oh well, live and learn. There won't be a third time. Come to think of it, didn't like last year's draft either.

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Photo of sleepyteacher
2.91/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This is no KBS. Every time someone says that, a frat boy gets a visor. I think the flavor was fine, but the booze hurt it for me. What killed it for me was the mouthfeel. It drank (to me) like a really boozy milk stout. I'm glad Weyerbacher finally appeased a large audience and have a covet factor, but it ain't for me.

When I want a stout, I'm going Evil Twin, Founders, BCBS, Stone, or Great Divide before returning here.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.04/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Pours pitch black, less head than I expected with very little retention. Even after warming up to room temp the aroma on this beer is almost pure ground coffee. I couldn't catch any bourbon or other flavors. Sadly, it smelled like canned Folgers. Taste is much more balanced. Coffee is more delicate & carries the front end of the profile, segueing into a smooth bourbon flavor at the end. Doesn't coax much subtly from either flavor, it's pretty straightforward coffee & bourbon. As it sits the bourbon becomes more pronounced, and finishes pretty hot. Again, really not much complexity here, disappointingly. Mouthfeel is great, very silky & creamy.

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Photo of ToastedB
3.05/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Woody coffee grain and chocolate very light on the nose. No booze. Almost no smell. Huge beer. Very creamy and thick with dry bland coco wood taste with bitter dark chocolate fudge finish. No coffee initially... until a few minutes later in the aftertaste. The abv is almost undetectable until it sits in your stomach for a few minutes then opens up your sinuses and gives your tongue a tingle. It's present but at 11.3% in blends in very well. I'm not a fan of this beer. Not sure what age would do because nothing is overpowering at all. Everything is underwhelming. To be fair I had high hopes for this beer being highly rated and frequently compared to KBS which I've never had but is legend. If KBS tastes like this I'll be bewildered at the very least. The best part of Sunday Morning Stout is the coffee aftertaste on the tongue. Tastes just like the free coffee at work at it sits for a couple hours. The beer improves as it warms but I can't see this in the same galaxy as other BA Coffee Stouts I've had (Lagunitas High West-ified and BCBCS). This beer is, at best for me, average.

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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 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 fscottkey
3.37/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (12.7%)! It also has a bottled date (02/14/2017). Dark brown to black with 1/2 a finger of tan colored head. The head is a bit weak - but my pour was pretty gentle.

S: [3.00] Astringen booze. That is 90% of what I get. Behind that maybe some cocoa.

T: [3.25] Coffee and cocoa with a huge karate chop of alcohol in the middle. Then there is more cocoa and marshmallow late that provide nice sweetness.

M: [4.25] Toe curling alcohol at first. Like doing a shot. The beer is uber smooth and the carbonation is low. This is thick and chewy.

O: [3.50] The alcohol dominates everything early. Allowing it to breathe and getting a little tasted it all starts to mellow. There are cocoa and some coffee flavors underneath. The body is really rich and luscious. Unfortunately I can't get past the huge alcohol notes.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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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 Fantific
3.44/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with little carbonation. Smells of alcohol with coffee and some vanilla. Tastes as much like a bourbon as a beer, different from a typical BBA stout where you get the bourbon aftertaste, in this case it was up front. I prefer a stout that tastes like bourbon, not the other way around so was a little disappointing but overall, not a bad beer.

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Photo of rockernino
3.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Don't know if I had a bad bottle or what, but this was just a boozy mess. Fusel alcohol and ethanol dominated both the aroma and palette masking any pleasant flavors. I was able to pick up some mild mocha notes, but no dominant chocolate, coffee or bourbon. This drain pour was a hot mess and disappointment. Still have one in the cellar so we'll see if time works on its side and try it again down the road.

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Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a viscous, motoroil black color, with a small dark brown head, which is almost fizzy, vanishing immediately, leaving small coatings back on the beers surface.

Smells of caramel coated coffee beans, accompanied by a cream mellowed roastiness. Bourbon complements the nose in a warming, utmost wooden, oaky way. This brings out the slighty dry coffee even more, by adding a flowery vanilla note as a well functioning counterpart.

Features a lower carbonation, with a smooth creaminess, which leaves the palate during the finish, due to the carbonation turning quite bubbly with a mineralic quality to it. Has without a doubt a fuller body, ranging from earthy coffee to caramel glazed cocoa, challenging the palate throughout.

Begins with earthy coffee flavors, wrapped up by bakers chocolate and toasted, mellow whole grain malts. Once this foundation is established, the malts turn sweeter, while at the same time an almost harsh, overpowering whiskey dryness tightens up the palate, creating an overall bitterness, which easily blends into the already known coffee taste. Chocolate provides a nice creaminess, balancing the very prominent, slightly boozy Bourbon, leading to a long lasting coffee dryness, involving a warming burn.

While its beginning is all about pleasantly roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate, once the Bourbon gets invited to the palate, it seems to be hard to tame it. Despite its hot Bourbon burn, the beer remains a pleasant, creamy soft mouthfeel, which gets interrupted by a cold pressed coffee presence, reminding me of cold, slightly harsh espresso, coated up by melted toffee and milk chocolate. Misses balance and depth to convince more.

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured great, was expecting the mouthfeel/taste to match that pitch blackness. Was only okay after that. One of the first times I can remember thinking that it was better cold and not as it warmed with a stout. Maybe it's just me, but it wasn't anything special. It was decent, but just didn't stand out too me.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/27/15. Nice ebony color with a thin tan head that lasted about five minutes. Smelled of my uncle's coffee shop in Bolivia which I love so thumbs up there. The taste however was not as exciting as I had hoped after hearing the reviews but a good stout nonetheless. Sweet and bitter come to mind as I move the bourbony stout around my mouth. The 11.3 abv isn't subtle. Regardless, a very drinkable beer that will surely put a smile on many of my guests.

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Photo of W_Des
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was surprisingly booze-y. The nose was very bourbon forward with some roast at the backend. I wanted more coffee. The body itself was very bourbon forward finishing with some burnt/roasted coffee and chocolate. There is a warmth from the bourbon in the finish. I hope the bourbon calms down after some time in the cellar.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.59/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

some maple and coffee in the nose, flavors of sweet maple, light bourbon, and a gun-metal aftertaste.... overall way too thin... like a nice stout diluted with water... disappointing!

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Photo of beerhan
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, just below room temperature. Price: $16.99/4 pack

A-Jet black body with a 1 finger foamy mocha head. Sizzles.

S-Smells like bourbon soaked coffee beans, stale coffee and vanilla.

T-Of course with the coming from Weyerbacher I had absolutely zero expectations from this. I was pleasantly surprised that this is somewhat drinkable. Initial taste is like that of a chocolate covered espresso bean. Seconds comes a decent bourbon taste with some toffee, vanilla, oak and chocolate. The remaining taste though is of bad coffee.

M-A bit hard to get down, very thick with minimal carbonation. That alcohol bite is just knocking down the smoothness this beer could have had.

O-I do like thick coffee beers aged in bourbon barrels but the coffee used in this is just not good. The whiskey flavor is just too ripe. Perhaps this will be made better in the future but until then I will say I guess you get what you pay for.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I said yesterday morning, Sunday Morning as it happened to be, that I had finally achieved lift-off on my Weyerbacher B.C. horizontal. I sped through the low-ABV offerings as a part of NBS (Week 626), but in reaching the stratosphere, I began to slack off. This is a very fresh bottle, dated 01/18/17, BB 01/18/19 & I may try to score another for cellaring purposes. Next up will be some of their Anniversary offerings & then onto the next big thing (or some repointing of cracks).

From the bottle: "Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Coffee".

Once again, I was anxious to Pop! the cap and get things started. I began with a heavy-handed pour and watched in rapt fascination as it produced a pseudo-cascade with a finger of fizzy, foamy, deep-brown head that quickly dissipated into wisps. That is two recent beers of theirs that have done this. Is there a current problem with carbonation? Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled strongly of coffee and ... well, I don't know that I could have identified it as "Bourbon", but there was definitely an inherent booziness to it. Mouthfeel was medium, but kind of thin for the style. The taste was definitely a combination of dark-roasted coffee, dark chocolate & still an unidentifiable booziness. Is it that I do not drink enough bourbon? I admit, I prefer Rye over Scotch, Bourbon or Irish whisky, but I do know my way around them. Warming, I got the caramel that they mention in the "Notes" section, but I still felt like I was missing the vanilla & any distinct bourbon flavor. Finish was dry, kind of hot & boozy, with a coffee-chocolate flavor that lingered, but where was the bourbon? 2017 may not be their banner year.

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Photo of wildfire275
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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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 SlothB77
3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Too much bourbon heat. The bourbon overpowers the coffee. Also a bit too much carbonation tingle on the tongue. Some aging will do this quite well. A little mellower and this would live up to the hype.

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Photo of goods003
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty weak "bourbon" aged stout..Thin look and flavor completely overpowers the bourbon..very thin scent of bourbon that isn't flavored through the beer at all..Disappointed..better options out there for the price

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice: color is black, solid, dense, head is tan and after an aggressive pour it presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring with minor lacing.

Smell is coffee, light roast, then booze - not quite bourbon, but definitely ethanol.

Taste is similar with coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and harsh booziness/ethanol.

Mouthfeel is a little hot from the ethanol, but decidedly not cloying or harsh otherwise, just warming in the mouth.

Overall a big beer that tastes big in terms of ABV - the coffee/roast/chocolate flavors are there but are hard to overtake the booze - I think this beer needs a few months to age and soften some. I'll find some more and come back to age it.

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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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