Morning Glory Espresso Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Morning Glory Espresso StoutMorning Glory Espresso Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
olddominion.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by larryi86 on 11-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
437
Reviews:
91
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
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17
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105
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Ratings: 437 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 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 nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a midnight brown color with ruby highlights; a carpet of foam lays on top of the liquid and leaves a few strands of lace behind

Smell: While there is coffee detectable in the aroma, there is also a fruity character that blends with the roasted tones

Taste: Fruit and roast forward, with the roasty flavors building into the middle; after the swallow, the espresso finally makes an appearance and holds its own, though the aftertaste has a lot of fruit in it, as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderare carbonation

Overall: The body is too light and there isn't as much coffee flavor as I would prefer for the style

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/5/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and solid complexity of coffee and dark/roasted malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of roasted coffee, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and solid complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice coffee stout. Good balance and solid complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in D.C.
A very good, mainstream coffee stout. Good balance in both bitter/sweet and in roasted grains/coffee flavors. Looked like it might be over-carbonated at the pour but the feel was quite good.

O: recommended.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up mainly because dat bottle art. Poured into a bell tulip (as I regrettably don't have an OD glass as of yet), dark black with a creamy cap of tan head that retained as a thick ring and livened up with a quick swirl; nice lacing. Room temperature. Nose was more muted than I'd have expected, but still nice. Roasty aroma, coffee and dark malts, with a subtle touch of fruity esters, almost like Belgian yeast. Good roasty taste, dark malts, caramel, espresso, smooth but not too strong, bittersweet cocoa, mild sweet/fruity undertones, with just a hint of neutral alcohol...about right for a 9% brew. Body was on the fuller side of medium, mouthfeel was smooth, but not really what I'd call thick for the style. A good beer overall.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 atrocity
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 tdm168
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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