Local Option Morning Wood

After we finished at Monk’s, we walked around Philly and went into a bunch of stores and looked around. We passed Tria and decided to stop in for a brew and some small plates before driving back to New Jersey. This was a beer that I know that I can’t in Jersey and that I had never heard of, so it sounded like a winner to me. The picture is difficult to see due to how dark it was in the restaurant.


ABV: 7%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to beeradvocate.com, “Morning Wood is an oak-aged coffee ale developed and brewed by the 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.”

Random: I’ve been watching the show, “Super Fun Night” and it’s just awful. I’ve been told that it is going to get better, but it’s not.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that was really slow to dissipate. The body was a slightly cloudy orange color with high carbonation visible throughout. The nose had some smoke and coffee to it without much else. The taste started with some bitterness and then went into coffee, chocolate and spice. I expected a bit more hoppiness, but the coffee and smoke definitely dominated the flavor profile. This was definitely not your typical amber. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation present. The finish was long with a lot of coffee. If I were to be served this beer and told it was an amber, I wouldn’t believe it. The flavors that came through were not typical of the style and made this beer really interesting. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0