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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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Local Option Morning Wood: Local Option Morning Wood is an oak-aged coffee ale developed and brewed by Local Option Bierwerker. Fresh American oak used during the aging process and Dark Matter’s El Salvador San Jose pulp-natural coffee aromatically drive the beer; while remaining subtle components of the beers’ complete flavor profile. The amber colored, medium-bodied, and extraordinarily well-balanced ale was first unveiled at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers in November 2011. Morning Wood’s taste is delicate and should be appreciated by beer drinkers of all palates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (760) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2014
Orangebrun tåkete farge med tynt beige skum. Lett røyklukt og noe karamell og kaffe. Minner litt om portvinlut og smak også. Eik, vaniljesmak. Rund smak, lite bitterhet. Lite kullsyre, kort ettersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inbreak (1526) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
01.03.2014, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, dark malts, espresso, dark sugar, caramel, chocolate, roasted grain, hay, chocolate, hints of vanilla. Taste is slightly dry, dark malts, oak, espresso, dark sugar, hay, chocolate, caramel, roasted grain, hints of vanilla. Medium to longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Nice enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bergstaden (1007) - Røros, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
Amber with a small white head - coffee and wood in the aroma - taste has some coffee notes, but the most dominant flavour is of vanilla from the wood - Lingering malt and vanilla with some hint of coffee - This was interesting and quite nice

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ClubGonzo (3509) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a hazy amber body with a small white head. Nose is nuts, nougat, grains, cereal, vanilla, wood and hints of straw and caramel. Taste is coffee, grainy cereals, rye bread, sour straw-like herbal notes and bitter astringent tones in the back. Medium body, high, near-fizzy carbonation. As far as I’m concerned: not a very good idea, amber and coffee (although I grant some extra point for sheer originality); the body and sweetness cannot keep up with the bitter coffee and the result is a quite unbalanced beverage. A rather bad first impression from Local Option.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Banksiz (17) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours dark amber, slight coffee nose. Slightly sweet, with a pleasant saltiness. Slightly bitter finish, some astringency. Pleasant, but didn’t grab me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, dark hazy reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma has coffee grounds, nutty notes into some caramel, toffee, some slight earthy, spicy notes. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, slight earth and spice into some coffee, nutty, slight cocoa, finishing slightly sweet, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (615) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2014
Pours a lovely amber with a large and creamy looking head that clings to the glass. Aroma of oaken barrels, malty caramel, cereal and some dried fruit. Taste is malty with notes of oak, coffee and toast. Hints of spice , honey and dates. Wonderfully complex and well balanced. Medium body. Dry finish with lively co2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatDane1632 (145) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip -- Purchased from The Beer Temple Store. Aroma is a delicate coffee mixed with caramel and the faintest hint of chocolate. Looks like a cloudy, almost muddy amber/copper with some white foam that for the most part disappears with the exception of some stubborn glass-clingers. Taste is a very creamy roasty coffee flavor, notes of dark chocolate and delicate sweetness. The taste improves greatly as it warms up. Overall, was disappointed at first sip straight out of the fridge, but as it as warmed up I’m becoming more and more fond of the delicate mixture and balance this coffee amber has. Able to check this off of my ’wish list’ after being there since April 2012.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nische (530) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours light amber brown with off white head. Nose and taste of coffee, earthy malt, oak and roasted malt. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2014
50cl bottle pours a hazy amber with some creamy, white head. Nose is nice, blonde roast coffee, very nutty, almond, gristy, cracker. Flavor has a nice cold pressed coffee character, nutty, some cheese rind, a little caramel, malt. Lightly nutty, lightly sweet finish. I really like the blend of amber beer and coffee.

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