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 acurtis
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nmann08
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Luscious, bold and woven together with creamy roast, Weyerbacher's bourbon-infused imperial stout celebrates the roasted flavors of espresso as much as it does of the booze of the barrel. Stout lovers and bourbon lovers can easily join hands over a glass of this decadent stout.

Jet black and generally opaque, the stout crowns with a short but dense coffee-like crème. Earthen wafts of coffee and bourbon carry the nose with underpinnings of dark chocolate, campfire and walnut. Its taste is a gentle sweetness of caramel and bittersweet chocolate and heavy whipping cream.

Once full saturation of the tastebuds ensure, the silky, milky, velvety creaminess of java milkshake seduce the senses with those strong overtones of espresso and bourbon caramels and vanillans. Charred oak plays off of the barrel and brings a greater sense of appreciation to its coffee and cream finish.

Full, lavish and creamy, the beer's subdued carbonation gives the body a light and feathery lift, caressing the palate with its velvet textures. Bourbon warmth decorates the finish while cocoa and coffee resonate strongly after.

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

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 brentk56
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours black as obsidian with a foamy mocha head; very leggy lacing

Smell: Chocolate, coffee with cream, Bourbon and toasted oak

Taste: Coffee and lactose, up front, with the chocolate and Bourbon tones building; vanilla, oak and a slightly sugary finish with some booziness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This doesn't taste quite as big as some of the more notable examples of the style but I would have to try them side by side to be sure; an excellent beer by a brewery that has come a long way over the last decade

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/27/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, light booze, and oak/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and oak/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of bourbon/oak spiciness and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness and malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged coffee stout. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and smooth to sip on for the ABV. This tastes very similar to Heresy in the general flavor profile of the beer overall(with more added coffee notes). Pronounced barrel character that is not overdone. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Kbs replica. Nice coffee and chocolate flavors. Good amount of oak and bourbon. Thick and syrupy. Ends clean. Rich with a nice roast. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Highly recommend this one!

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Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle on a Sunday morning at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Camp. Bottling date of February 2016.
Mild sweet bourbon, roasted coffee, dark chocolate and faint dark bread in the nose. The flavor is a bit boozy, moderately strong for style, and sweet up front. Coffee and mild bitterness characterize the finish and aftertaste. Full, slightly oily, smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

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