Morning Glory Espresso Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Morning Glory Espresso StoutMorning Glory Espresso Stout
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Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
olddominion.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by larryi86 on 11-24-2012

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Morning Glory.

Old Dominion has been impressing me lately with the quality of their brews so I hope this one keeps the streak alive.

Look - Pours pitch black..blacker that the inside of Satans smelly asshole with a thin mocha colored head that quickly fades to cloud formations layed ontop of the black oil infested swamp. Cannot comment on carbonation since as I said, it is fucking black. 3.5.

Smell - The espresso is very obvious and it smacks you up like a red-headed step child. There is an obvious amount of boozeyness prevelant as well. Dark coffee is also there. This is a balanced nosed that smells exactly as you would expect it to. 4.

Taste - Very straightforward and to the point. Rich black coffee with a heavy dose of espresso and a touch of alcohol on the finish. Very, very smooth at its ABV. This one is quite a pleasure to drink. 5.

Feel - Very, very almost velvety smooth and creamy bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Isn't as heavy as the appearance would lead you to believe. Goes down like silk on the back of the throat and warms the stomach upon arrival. 5.

Overall - This is why I seldom read reviews before buying a beer. This is a phenominal brew. So many people buy into so much hype and will rate seemingly trying their damndest to match the average. Give it up. If this one were made by Founders or AleSmith it would be at least a 4.35 average. But it isn't so people don't give it a hypothetical blowjob like they do most others in such a category. Would I have it again? Hell yes. This is easily the most sessionable stout I have ever had at 9%. Seriously guys, I cannot stress enough that hype only leads to disappointment. The best beers you will ever have are the ones you expected nothing out of, that you've never heard about until you see it on a mix-a-six shelf. Biggest problem I've noticed is people drink their stouts TOO FUCKING COLD. 50F ladies and gentleman. 5.

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Photo of Jameezus
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

Look: wonderfully dark. I'm partial because I like dark brews to begin with but this one certainly did not disappoint. At least an inch and a half of head. No complaints here

Smell: Exactly what I expected. I am an avid coffee drinker and LOVE the aroma of freshly ground beans. This brew has the aroma of sweetened espresso with some hints of alcohol. The smell is not extremely powerful or overbearing, but a wonderful prelude to what I was about to drink

Taste: Wow. That's all that I can say. I have had many coffee stouts, coffee oatmeal stouts, etc, and none have I found to be as delicious as this. The espresso flavor is apparent coupled with hints of brown sugar, vanilla, and a sweetness that does a wonderful job of balancing out the 9% alcohol abv. Each sip is a pleasure

Feel:So smooth and creamy, but not to the point where it is too thick or wierd. I feel like the feel matches the taste.

Overall: This beer is F&$kin awesome. I purchased it based on the ratings I saw from this site plus my obvious love for coffee stouts, and I was not let down. This beer definitely deserves a higher score then the high score that it already has. Well done Old Dominion.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Pinup Pack. Bottled on 4-9-13
Poured in to my Stone snifter.

Appearance was dark as brown can be with out being Black, showcasing an impressive mocha three finger head that destroyed the walls of the glass with sticky lacing.
The nose picked up the sweet roasted malts with coffee beans and espresso.
The taste was a espresso lovers dream. Sweet and slightly acidic. Dark and roasted to perfection with out being burnt. Flavors were authentic , crisp, fresh and bright. Like the sunrise on a new day.
Mouthfeel was solid as it should be for the style. Carbonation was present with out interfering with the drinking qualities of this brew. Suds would bounce back with a quick swirl of the glass.
Overall I would say this beer is underrated. I liked everything about it, from the label to the long lasting aftertaste. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of Kargeo99
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Pours almost black and has a nice balance between coffee and chocolate, neither being too predominant. Not bitter, with a bit of pleasant sweetness. Old Dominion calls this a full bodied stout, I would call it medium. I thoroughly enjoy this beer and find it a rather easy drinking stout that I seem to go back to.

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Photo of Steelcitynsouth
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Short and sweet - if you like this style, buy it... My ratings above say it all. If you are a novice Stout / Imp. Stout fan, choose something a bit more tame. The espresso is highly evident here, as is the ABV... Not for weak stomachs, but almost an imperial stout for those who seek a rich beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was by far my favorite sample while visitin the brewery. This poured out looking like a chocolate milk due to the nitro. Once the beer settles it is black in color with a delicious creamy looking brown head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a very nice coffee aroma with a soft roasted malt backbone. The taste of the beer is chocolatey upfront with a creamy coffee flavor as well. The taste is moderately sweet with a subtle bitter finish. The mouthfeel is like silk, it is soft and creamy with a very good drinkablity. Overall it's a great coffee stout, the nitro gives this beer a very good quality. Awesome stuff here!!

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

App - Pours an almost blackish, dark brown with off white head, minimal effervescence.
Smell – Roasted malts, chocolate, hint of coffee
Taste – Sweet toasted malts up front, dark unsweetened chocolate, hint of coffee, bit of a bitter twang as an endnote and rather clean and sweet finish.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, between 2% and whole milk (a bit thin for an IS), good carbonation as it warms in the mouth.

Overall: This is a great stout, malty and sweet with a hint of coffee flavor and cocoa – IMHO it combines some features I enjoy from a RIS and oatmeal stout and a coffee porter – a delicious Frankenstein’s monster of great qualities. A good winter warmer and easily quaffable – as good on the last sip as the first.

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Photo of Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottled 5-31-13.

Served in a Schlafly snifter.

A: Looked like your average, run-of-the-mill, imperial coffee stout: Black as night with a sticky, icky head that clung to the glass and then some.

S: This one had a mocha flair (as opposed to a black, roasted coffee one) in spades. Smelled good... fresh!

T: It had a good bit of that buttercream frosting-esque sensibility that Terrapin "W N' B" has. Extremely smooth and quite delectable. Mocho milkshake.

M: Thick and creamy, and one with have to have an ABV microscope to detect anything above 4% here. 9%? Really? You've gotta be F-ing kidding me!

O: I truly think the reason this brew hasn't caught on is because of the bad blood between Old Dominion and the local consumers. I feel as cheated as anyone about them leaving the local craft scene by leaving Ashburn years ago and selling out to the giant in St. Louis. However, I'll give credit where credit is due: This beer is excellent.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Started my Sunday morning off with this. !2 ounce bottle poured into a 16 ounce coffee mug. Dark brown in appearance, like coffee, with a foamy, tan head. It settled after a little time into a little "froth" like the espresso it was flavored with.
You could smell roasted coffee along with sweetness, if it is possible to smell sweet. The smell belies what taste awaits. Roasted malts and sweetened coffee. A little cream perhaps as well.
The mouthfeel was a little thin for a double/imperial stout. I expect something a little "thicker when it comes to that style. Other than that, it was quite enjoyable. If it was available in my state, I would get this again. (Thanks to 302BeerGuy for sending me this!)

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Photo of dcotom
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark coffee color with deep ruby highlights, fluffy long-lasting tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Very nice.

S - Roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate and coffee.

T - Espresso beans, dark chocolate, a touch of malty sweetness, and a bitter and slightly astringent finish. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.

F - Silky and substantial mouthfeel, just what you'd expect out of a big stout.

O - This is an outstanding beer, balanced and flavorful, with nice retro pinup-girl label art as a bonus. Highly recommended.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Woo hoo. I had a few beers working in the yard all day, and I had one or two since as well, but this is the winner of the day. And although this may be a great breakfast stout, it is working well as an end of day brew.

The thing pours oil black with little head or lace. The aroma is of what it is - a coffee flavored stout. Very nice.

The taste is a nice sweet, slightly hoppy, coffee stout. Very nice. The aftertaste is a nice lingering bittersweet.

I like this beer a lot and will seek it out in the future.

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Photo of Kolbfusion
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the darkness...like liquid gold. Espresso smell jumps out at you. I am a lover of this style. Coffee taste and good bitter, smooth stout base. Mouthfeel is quite smooth once it warms up a bit. Overall a nice example of the coffee stout style. This one is quite strong at 9%ABV. Dessert in a bottle.

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Photo of SHerninko
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed a bottle from BLUE DOG - Lansdale, PA. Thank you boys!

It is a bit simple in terms of not being complex, but from nose to taste to mouthfeel it is above average and very solid. Very espresso, some chocolate, some smoke, good base stout---all very subtle.
If you like stouts, like coffee stouts -- then give the lil' lady (hot!) on the label a taste.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; consumed on 6/21/13. 12 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. Best by 3/13/13.

A - Pours black coffee black with a half finger of almond head. Sticky lacing.

S - Roasty, vanilla, coffee, oats, wet grain.

T - Sweet vanilla, dark bittering chocolate. Grain middle. Bitter, burnt finish.

M - Carbonation is high but it works. Smooth with good body.

O - Great coffee flavor, cheap at $9.99/six pack. I will buy again.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked it up as part of a mixed 6. Outstanding beer, loved the malt, strong coffee but in a good way for me, who does not always care for the coffee stouts. The 9% was not boozy at all. Very good stout but not world class by any stretch.

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Photo of MrWonka
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great coffee/espresso stout. It's funny bcuz with the 9%abv its obviously a sipping brew. That being said you can very well easily drink it otherwise. Has a great chocolatey/coffee/espresso aftertaste that is expected. Where this particular brew really shines is in it's light creaminess. Drink one, you'll know what I'm talking about. And at $9.99/6pk (again with 9% alc) it's hard to beat a good coffee/espresso stout. Cheers my friends.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black absorbs all light no ruby highlights to note, big mocha tan head forms thick and lasts awhile, fine speckled lacing left behind. Aroma has big notes of milk chocolate, creamed coffee, a bit of acrid acidity from the coffee roasts to boot. Flavor really stays balanced not overtly sweet or killer with lactose sugars but there's a not of creamed coffee, dark roasted malt base with the bitter dark espresso adds to a nice robust finish and each sip is a bit smoother going down the last. Alcohol flavors add to the complexity and I believe at 9% I would say it's well hidden in this sample...a brewery I used to recognize as a Virginian Old Dominion staple is now brewed and bottled in Dover, DE. This is part of a series they released with WWII era pinup girls and of all the labels this is the most likely that would actually be hanging on your wall. Mouthfeel is smooth a bit of creamy textured dark chocolate with a balanced bitterness from the dark roasted malts/coffee additions, carbonation is natural and the alcohol warmth doesn't overwhelm but it's sure to warm you during the polar vortex we are currently experience. Overall, I'm very impressed with this offering comparing it to the Double D DIPA that I tried, which I found to be sugary and not fermented out all the way.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department. There are some aromas of roasted malt, a touch of smoke, a little bit of coffee, but not much, some vanilla, brown sugar and chocolate. But all of these aromas are faint, not strong and enticing.

Taste: However, what the beer lacks in strength of aroma, it makes up for in a damn good taste! Tons of roasted malt and brown sugar up front, followed by a touch of smoke, some vanilla, but not a lot of coffee flavor, which is surprising for a beer called espresso stout. I’m not disappointed, but coffee lovers probably will be. Still, it’s a delicious beer!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as silk, as there’s no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.0%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow, this is a very good, almost great stout! I love the massive malt flavors and sweetness and I find the lack of coffee to be really good (I’m not a coffee fan). Like I said earlier, coffee lovers will probably be disappointed in the lack of coffee flavors found in a beer called an espresso stout, but I really, really liked this beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: November 29, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith tulip pint... OCCASION: Christmas lights--up and operational... APPEARANCE: pitch black body supports a creamy, thick brown head that smears cirrus clouds above its half-finger base... attractive crags form while the head settles... AROMA: deep, alluring peat and coffee bean... what else? some briny notes with roasted malts... slight alcohol wafts in... PALATE: warm, soft, and smooth--much gentler than the 9% ABV would suggest; late action warms and leaves a comfortably lingering aftertaste that cooks... TASTE: as advertised, a powerful shot of coffee bean and roasted malts... the flavor is not overwhelming, but it is demonstrative... reasonable sweetness... OVERALL: as espresso stouts go, solid and rewarding...the ABV instantly numbs and the caffeine stimulates...one of Dominion's better, right up there with the Oak Barrel stout...

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Photo of Tohibii
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely love this as a commercial beer.

Pours a deep brown. Overt coffee essence off the first wiff. Hits right from the get-go of a rich espresso and continues to resonate with a satisfying and multilayered richness that lingers on the palate (as stouts generally will). Does not hurt by any means that this is also 9% ABV, while being eminently sippable.

In fairness, being in the area of the brewery, this is by far the most accesible coffee stout on the market, which weighs my review to a certain extent into the positive. Sure, I could hunt down some esoteric foo-foo exotic mentioned here on the advocate by enthusiasts, or I could just head to my local super market and pick up the Pin-Up 12 pack for $19.99 USD and be equally well pleased. This is the beer that makes sense.

I only wish I could buy a full 12 pack of this rather than bringing in Double D and Candi, which are also good, but not near Morning Glory to my taste.

Next step: tour the brewery.

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Photo of DIM
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottles 6-19

a: Black body; thick, sticky off-white head.

s: Moderate coffee aroma, some roasted grains. Nothing off but not much going on.

t: Wow, big step up from the smell! Smooth, well incorporated coffee takes center stage. Rich semi-sweet chocolate before a long, lightly bitter coffee finish. No off flavors and no trace of 9% abv.

m: Not very robust, but I guess coffee can do that.

o: Not quite up there with Breakfast Stout, but not all that far behind either. I could have a sixer for 10 bucks but I bought a single. F***.

Between this and their b-wine these guys are going to get plenty of business from me.

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Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid-looking stout with pretty good thickness in its dark brown body. It develops a tan head in the snifter, which sits at a full finger's height, barely fading through the entire session and dropping patching as it goes.
Espresso is straightforward in the nose, and refreshingly so. True, it may be one-dimensional, but it really isn't entirely, as some notes of roast and cocoa come out. It's nice to see a beer with as a complementary a note as coffee is to stout that translates well and isn't hushed.
It's straightforward in the taste, too, though this is a very well-brewed beer that shows off strong flavor without needing to blow the drinker's face off, and it puts in the forefront what's supposed to be there without dominating the supporting cast. Speaking of: roast, gently bittersweet cocoa, and vanilla all take their turn. more points go to this beer for avoiding the pitfalls of the style: acidity, astringency and/or an acrid harshness. Finally, that 9% ABV? It blows my mind to even read that it's that high while smelling or tasting this beer.
It starts off like a coffee soda (surprisingly good, though), a bit heavy on the carbonation and spritz. It backs down a bit as it goes and the body is really quite smooth. It's got just a touch less body than it ought to. Overall, though, this is really quite good. Kudos to these guys for a beer that, being my second, piques my interest in the brewery.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with minimal head. Nose is mild coffee. Flavor profile is espresso express! Great coffee character with little to note as a detractor. I've got nothing negative to say. Very smooth feel and very easy to drink. A great coffee beer. Glad I found this one.

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Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a very small tan head.

S- Espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts.

T- Coffee, chocolate, some sweet malts, some roasted malts, mainly coffee.

M- Smooth, could be a little thicker.

O- A solid coffee stout. It is coffee forward and could be thicker. I will definitely pick some more up. Well worth the price.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottling date 2/13/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a fantastic 2+ finger latte-colored head that settles very slowly
S: Espresso, chocolate, dark malt, brown sugar, a hint of raisins
T: Matches the nose - particularly noticeable coffee and chocolate with more subtle malt/brown sugar and raisin
M: Medium+ bodied, a touch sweet, alcohol very well balanced
O: Fantastic way to start the day. Tasty beer, recommended

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Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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