Sunday Morning Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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.

Added by Jason on 01-24-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,020
Reviews:
402
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
7.39%
 
 
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261
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Photo of MenardMa
1.75/5  rDev -59.6%

Photo of AardvarkJohnson
2.25/5  rDev -48%

Photo of DavidHume
2.39/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't know if I got an infected bottle, but it had an unpleasant buttery fruit flavor which dominated everything.

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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 bheckman13
2.98/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DonFrap
3/5  rDev -30.7%

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 Delz
3.17/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

KBS-lite. A little too thin and lack of depth for me.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
3.21/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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 BoilerUpNavy
3.32/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Quite bitter and sharp compared to other other barrel aged stouts. May need ~1 year to age and mellow.

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Photo of Rammed96
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 Bosoxfan20
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Runs a little hot. Solid coffee presence. So much roasted malts

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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.

B- / WORTHY

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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 ninaturner
3.49/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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