Morning Glory Espresso Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Morning Glory Espresso StoutMorning Glory Espresso Stout

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by larryi86 on 11-24-2012

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, almost opaque blackness, but with a hint of transparency on its edges. Light tan head, quick to fade off to a rim on the edge. Lots of tight lacing. Pretty.

S - Quiet. What comes through is bread and molasses, chocolate and a hint of the coffee promised.

T - Rich coffee and mocha, bread and a mild acidic, coffee's bitter acridity in the close. The taste is rich, and definitely delivers a breakfast style stout.

M - Open is slick and sticky, the close sharp and dry. The result is a beer that can play it both ways, sweet and open in the start but calling for a quick return as the dryness kicks in.

O - A nice, full bodied stout that offer richness and a clean striking close. Beauty.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am working on yet another horizontal, beginning with this Stout on the heels of a 2014 vintage Terrapin Wake-n-Bake. This is all making me jones for some hops, though.

I gotta give it to Salt-n-Beer for this summation: "Artwork: The label in this pinup series beer depicts a lady that appears to be wearing a military shirt and nothing else. She is stretching and yawning in front of a window. Not the most suggestive of labels in this series, but the same cannot be said about this beer's name."

From the bottle: "Loose lips sink ships, and coquettish Glory will never tell. A midnight Stout brewed with coffee beans, Morning Glory wakes up at 9% Alc. by Vol. with the aroma of espresso."

Morning Glory seems to be of WWII-era Army Air Force vintage, but as a retired U.S. Navy salt, I can tell you that coffee is what kept us going. I knew a Glory Dawn in school & she also had a pleasant build. I am going to Pop! Morning Glory's cap here in a second, but I figured that I would give her a moment to gird herself for what is coming. Imagine my profound disappointment at discovering that she was sporting a screw-top! I could have accessed her much more quickly, had I known ... I took her over my knee & really stirred things up to get her going. I had two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, light-tan head before she exhaled & it all fell away to wisps. What a tease! Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. I suddenly realized that she had slipped a blindfold over my eyes. Oooh. Nose smelled like she knew I was visiting and had coffee going in anticipation of my arrival. Dark, roasty, some chocolate & even a light smokiness greeted me. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but since it was Glory's kiss, I found it in me to overlook this. The taste was of very bitter, black coffee which is how I prefer both my coffee and my Coffee Stouts, but it may be too much for some. Finish was dry, bitter, slightly smoky & lingering. I liked its intensity, especially coming on the heels of Wake-n-Bake, which was good, but not as good as this.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma us coffee, Dark chocolate, salt. Dark black color, thick, small tan head. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, toasted malt. A good bitterness. Feel is not very lively, but the drinking is smooth. A nice stout.
Parallel tasting: 1 GD Espresso Yeti, 2. Lagunitas Capuccino Stout 3. Old Dominion Morning Glory 4. Southern tier Mokah

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Photo of Sabtos
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee 'black' with a large creamy head that dies off fairly shortly, and a slight bit of webby lace.

Smell is nutty, slightly bitter roasted coffee with cream and sugar and a hint of cocoa.

Taste is surprisingly rich with roasted coffee and dark malt with a good tang, some deep chocolate, and burnt brown sugar that actually adds a little bitterness.

Fully frothy with a little light fizz within, medium bodied, semi-dry.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice espresso stout. Super dark with a thin sudsy head, some lacing. A great roasty, bitter chocolate smell. Tastes bitter, dark, and malty, with chocolate and coffee upfront. Mouthfeel was not as heavy or smooth as I expected. Somewhat thick, but not necessarily creamy. A little sparkly. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Artwork: The label in this pinup series beer depicts a lady that appears to be wearing a military shirt and nothing else. She is stretching and yawning in front of a window. Not the most suggestive of labels in this series, but the same cannot be said about this beer's name.

Appearance: Jet black with relatively small tan head.

Nose: Not much going on here. You can smell the coffee somewhat. A little bit of burnt bread.

Taste: Sweeter than I would have thought. The coffee is marginally stronger here.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light body. Carbonation harsher on the tongue than expected.

Overall: I felt that this one lacked enough complexity to be considered a great beer. Nothing too offensive though. If coffee is your thing however, this may not give you the necessary fix.

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Photo of StoutAar
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought it just because I love stouts & the artwork of the label sold me. Picked up a pair of them in the singles area. Which was great, little hesitant to get the 6pack based on price & never having before.
dark pour, head melts away fast really thin.
Warmed up to it as I drank more & more.
Not as much of the coffee in the nose or taste as i would have liked. Has some bitterness but not too Much.
Overall a decent beer would pick it up again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this from the bottle chilled in a glass.

The color is black with dark brown hues with translucent clarity and thin light tan head with very fine bead and no lace ok retention. The smell is roasty espresso with slight vegetal accent and mild spice in the aroma with light malt and subtle yeast with a bean-like odor. The feel is smooth in texture with medium carbonation and moderate roast with mostly dry and semi bitter feel with light earthen elements yet a slight mix of sweet/spicy and mild alcohol in the back.

The taste brings some good malt flavor with a slight vegetal quality with mild roast of espresso adding a somewhat spice-like bitterness and espresso helps to balance the sweetness of the malt with a nice finish that is semi-dry however there is still some residual sweetness -generally it has the balance of coffee and malt. Overall this is a solid stout with a nice amount of coffee flavor, I would revisit this it would be interesting to try on tap.

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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 beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-bottled 11.20.15. consumed 04.30.16.

A: Dark chocolate pour, with a dark tan, solid foam head of 0.5 inches has a good rate of retention. Slow moving effervesce creeps up along the vessel walls. Small lacing, moderate lace adhesion with the head lapsing to a thin, milky covering.

S: Light to medium scent of chocolate roast, cocoa and milk. Bittering chocolate and roasty leave.

T: Hearty espresso beans for flavor, freshly grounded with a smooth, and high bittering rate. Dark chocolate, some dry creamer, roasted barley with earthy roasted hops, dried greenery, and lightly smoked charrdness. Earthy roasty bite comes on the swallow.

M: Creamy, silky smooth and milky texture with a medium heavy body. Small carbonation factor, silty roast feel after-swallow.

O: The flavor packs a pretty good wallop of espresso beans for the coffee lover in one. Rich, hearty, freshly grounded and boutique style feel, very smooth in drink-ability and for those who love their coffee rich and robust are going to enjoy this.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This brew has 9.0% ABV.

Look-It pours a jet black body with a thin film head that is off-white almost khaki in color.

Smell-It smells of chocolate and coffee.

Taste-It tastes of chocolate and coffee, but with boysenberry and oyster shell. There is a smooth mouthfeel and the alcohol content does not overwhelm the palate.

Overall-This is a nice winter-warming brew so drink in moderation and by a fireside. Cheers!

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dense brown color into a pint glass. some light gets through the sides of the glass, creating ruby highlights. Big tan head with fairly decent retention. Filmy bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a slightly sweet milk stout that contains a robust coffee aspect. Taste is more of the same Alike a milk stout with a strong coffee kicker. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The alcohol reveals itself briefly but then is swallowed by the richness and coffee flavor. A very enjoyable drink, I would have it again.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: very dark brown, tan head, no lacing
S: sweet chocolate malty coffee scent
T: coffee, faint hint of dark chocolate. bitter aftertaste. disappointing after the incredible smell.
F: light bodied for a stout, light to medium carbonation

Decent overall, but it smelled incredible then only tasted average, so that was disappointing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I always wonder if the beers that say espresso on the label are actually done with espresso coffee or if its just a sexy way to name the beer. I mean, the difference between the two in the coffee world is enormous. drip vs pulled shot. different in texture, flavor, acidity, strength, everything. it has to make a big difference on the beers too, although it seems quite a bit harder to determine. this is great base stout, fluffy from oats I assume, and plenty bitter on the back end from the earthen roast. however, the coffee aspect, as nice as it is in the nose, doesn't immediately announce itself as espresso to me. its got less nuance, seems just black and acidic and somewhat generic as coffee goes. none of the blueberry or chocolate essences in there, none of the crema smooth mouthfeel, and not nearly as much of a caffeine hit as others bring to the table. the flavors are good, but I think the quality of the stout might be higher than the quality of the coffee. im not an expert, but that's the way it comes across. the alcohol is a little warm in the finish, especially when it warms up, but I totally dig it. a great beer to try for those relatively new to coffee stout, but the more refined coffee beer palates out there may be looking for a little something more on the java side...

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Photo of muchos
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Black, opaque. Light tan foam head reducing in a minute to a thin layer.
S - Rich coffee, roasted sweet malt, cocoa.
T - Coffee, molasses-like sweetness, coffee and cocoa in the aftertaste. Not boozy.
F - Medium body, more carbonation than expected, pretty dry finish for a big ol' stout.
O - Not very sweet, on the thin side and dry for an imperial stout, and pretty straightforward. But it's not bad, and for the price I would buy it again. And there's an attractive female on the label, sooo...

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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 of Dominion's better, right up there with the Oak Barrel stout...

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours black (reddish tint around the bottom) with a creamy khaki colored head leaves sticky lacing
S- Roasted malt, dark coffee, chocolate
T- Strong on the espresso making it more bitter than sweet. hop bite on the finish and chocolate rounds it out
M- Full-bodied, thick and creamy, easily drinkable especially considering the 9% abv
O- Overall this is a very solid coffee stout, it doesn't do much to differentiate itself, but it is a great example of the style.

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pub pint glass. Pours dark chocolate brown with a full finger of tan head that lingered for a bit. Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate and espresso coffee. Taste is much the same. Not sweet. Easy drinking stout with a tiny hoppy bitterness on the back end. Good.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured nicely initially....very dark with a foamy tan head (like sea foam, only tan). The head dissipated quickly, however having a very flat appearance. This was consistent with the feel. Nice aromas of roasted/burnt coffe and malt. The taste was heavier on the malt than on the espresso, but the combination was good. Overall, I would say that the taste and smell were very good. The appearance disappointed and the feel sort of brought it down for me. I tend to rate on the hard side...rarely have I rated a beer into the mid 4 range. This beer was slightly above average for me.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a Savor snifter. Bottled 4/25/15.

Pours a pitch black color with a finger and a half of mocha foam. Aroma is dark roasted malts.

First sip is rich, viscous, with a coffee like bitter finish. Feels like you can chew this beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Lush roasted flavor dominates, but the beer isn't overly sweet despite the viscosity.

Overall, I like this beer. There is a lot of flavor, and everything flows together nicely.

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Photo of skorasaurus
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A few minutes ago, I opened a bottle that was bottled (and stamped) on 4/27/15.

Look: dark, your standard stout color.

Smell: The initial strong smell of coffee dissipated after a few minutes.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark chestnut, almost black; small tan head, minimal lacing

Smell: initial whiff of roasted grains and coffee; then sweet and chocolate malts; smells great

Taste: roasted grains and coffee right up front; good bit of sweetness in the middle with some lingering sweetness at the end; tastes like it has lactose to keep it sweeter; excellent flavor and well balanced

Mouthfeel: creamy/chewy with medium carbonation

Remarks: much better than I was expecting. Really liked it.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into an IPA glass.

a: Black body with ruby edges when held up to the light. Lively carbonation. Milk chocolate colored one finger head.

s: Lovely chocolate malt. Slight coffee.

t: Chocolate malts up front. Wheat crispness. A pronounced but not over done roasted espresso bean towards the end with a spicy hop bitterness on the finish.

mf: Medium full body with lively carbonation. Smooths into gentle melted chocolate mouthfeel as it warms.

o: Over all a nice boozy stout. The espresso is there but not over the top. Runs a little hot with the 9% abv.

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly less than a fingers worth of crisp light brown colored head.... Limited retention gives way to a full slightly lush lacing... The color is a deep dark brooding brown teetering on the black that allows a bit of light to leak in around the edges... Still with no discernible carbonation... A light bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The nose is dominated by a big mix of coffee and roasted malts... Next comes a layer of sweetness in the form of milk chocolate and caramel... Well rounded with more than sufficient depth and complexity... Quite satisfying...

T - The flavors that materialize on the palate are exactly as I expected from the nose... Lots of coffee and roasted malt... Milk chocolate and caramel are next... Finally there is a bit of a lactose milk stout like presence as well... Enough going on to keep this one interesting, but not overly complex...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Chewy... A light carbonated bite... Smooth and sleek... A bit of a chalk like finish...

D - A very nice American Double Stout that I would enjoy again in the future without hesitation... Not the best by any means, but better slightly better than average in all facets... A bit less than a sum of its parts in total... However, it's worth seeking out for those interested and a reminder to me to take a closer look at Dominion...

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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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