Dominion Morning Glory Espresso Stout

As usual, work has me backlogged. I’ve been trying to get out at a decent time so I have a better balance and it’s not really working all that well. It’s not shocking since we’re only a few weeks away from end of quarter. Anyways, let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Morning Glory is a full-bodied espresso stout that utilizes locally roasted coffee beans. Waking up at 9% ABV with the aroma of espresso and the taste of chocolate, she gives drinkers a jolt.”

Random: I think the pin-up girl labels make the beer look a bit cheesy.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to how dark the body was. The nose was filled with cheap, burnt espresso. It also had light smoke and dark chocolate. The taste also had the same burnt espresso note and dark, roasted malts. The bitterness was medium. Smoke was there as well as slight alcohol warming at the end of the sip. It had a medium thick body that could have been thicker with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with espresso and chocolate. This wasn’t bad, but I’ve had many others that were much better. There is no comment on the price as this was left in the beer fridge of the house we bought. Given that, if someone handed it to me, I would drink it, but other than that, I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Dominion Double D IPA

Here’s the last post before the other half and I get ready to go out. Last night, we headed to one of Val’s coworker’s apartments for her birthday party. We had a really good time. When we came in, we were told the good beers were in the fridge and the “other” beers were outside. I had some Stone IPA, which I haven’t had in awhile and hit the spot. There was also some Innis and Gunn and Founders All Day IPA at the party. Anyways, let’s see how this hoppy beer stacked up.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Double D is a full-bodied Imperial India Pale Ale, flaunting sultry guava, mango, and tropical fruit aromas as a result of dry hopping with Citra, Zythos and Crystal hops. Brewed with light toasted malt and Bravo bittering hops, this double delights with smooth warming alcohols and a torrid finish.”

Random: The Eagles better win today.

This beer poured with a three finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, caramel color with heavy carbonation. The nose was really fragrant with grassy and light pine with some alcohol. There was toasted malt present as well. It had a lot of bitterness with pine and grapefruit pith. There was also some oiliness with booze warming. The body was thick and had lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with alcohol and bitterness. This was a decent beer that I would have again. If you see it in your area and like the style, it’s definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Dominion Candi

Last night, I finally cracked open a beer that was not an IPA or a double IPA. I was really excited because it feels like forever since I had a tripel and I tend to really enjoy the style. After checking, it’s only been since June…but still! So, let’s crack open this Delaware beer and see how it went.


ABV: 9.5%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Candi Belgian Tripel may taste of sugar and spice, but her beguiling introduction is far from nice. Saaz and Hallertau hops provide a clean, floral aroma with minimal hop bitterness and the soft sweetness of apricot and pear lingers nicely against a dry finish.”

Random: This could be one of the most overtly sexual labels that I have ever seen on a beer.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was really strong and fruity. I picked up banana, clove, Belgian yeast and some apricots. The taste was filled with yeast and bread up front. After that, I got clove, banana, apricot and green apple. I also found some bubble gum and alcohol at the end. The body was thick with too much carbonation. It had a long finish with yeast and alcohol. This was a respectable tripel, but not one of the best I’ve ever had. If you find a bottle of this, I would buy it if you’re into the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Dominion Millennium Ale

So, the past two weeks have been like Murphy’s Law for me. I’ve had plans a few nights and every night that I have plans, I end up sitting at work because the drivers have been running super late. It’s almost like the universe knows, because a few weeks prior, I was getting out super early because everyone was finishing really quickly. I just can’t win.

ABV: 10.5%

Style: English Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Millennium is brewed in the barley wine style to commemorate our 1000th batch of beer. Its generous hopping & bottle conditioning allow this beer to be cellared and enjoyed for many years.”

Random: I lost my lip gloss last night. I just bought it a week ago and now I can’t find it. Things like that annoy me.

This brew poured with a two finger white head. It dissipated rather quickly with some lacing left on the glass. The body was a dark, clear orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had notes of oak, booze, honey, golden raisins and some fruity esters. The taste started with sweetness and was buttery. Notes of toffee and caramel with brandy and heavy booze came out as well. The body was medium thickness for the style with low carbonation. The booze on this one made itself known and burned on the back of the throat. The finish was long with smoke and brandy. Despite the alcohol being a touch more apparent than I would have liked, this is a barleywine and it was one that had some really good flavors and would warm you up on a cold night. I think I’m going to try to grab a few more and throw them in the cellar for a few years and see if that tames some of the booze edge on it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Dominion Cherry Blossom Lager

Last week, Kate and I went back to Jack’s Goal Line Stand in Long Branch. They boast 50 different draft beers and have a pretty good selection. If you follow the blog at all, you know that they do one thing that I find really annoying: serving everything in a pint glass. I don’t need to have a beer that is 10% in a 16 ounce serving. It’s just not right. Anyways, this is the first brew that I had there.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Cherry Blossom Lager is conditioned on 300 pounds of Michigan cherries for 48 hours. It is delightfully effervescent, blushing, and tart and resembles a cherry champagne”

Random: I had never heard of this beer before, but it’s the spring seasonal from Old Dominion and just came out at the beginning of this month.

This poured with a two finger white head that dissipated slowly with a lot of lacing left on the glass. The body was a clear, dark golden-yellow color with moderate carbonation visible throughout. The nose was grain and some maraschino cherries without much else. The taste started with tart cherries, but quickly went into grain and sweet caramel malt. For a fruit beer, the cherry was really dialed down, which wasn’t what I expected. The beer itself is relatively bland and non offensive, but needed more fruit. The body was towards the thicker side with moderate carbonation on the tongue. The finish was quick with caramel malt. This was just an alright beer, although maybe they should change the name to Dominion Lager with a drop of cherry flavor.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Dominion Baltic Porter

I’m almost done with this huge freaking backlog. I never seem to have time during the week to update one or two posts, so it always waits until the weekend. It’s one of those things that annoys me about myself. I really need to try to update more often so that I don’t spend an entire day doing this. Anyways, onto the brew…

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dominion Baltic Porter is brewed to meet your need for warmth on a cold winter’s night. Hints of licorice, toffee & chocolate mingle with a touch of Rye giving our Porter a full-bodied taste. Raise your mug to those who were bold enough to brave the Baltic!”

Random: It seems as if Dominion’s winter seasonal made its way into New Jersey. Nice!

This beer poured with a two finger tan head that dissipated quickly with no lacing left on the glass, but a slight crown left on top of the body. The body was a dark black color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was relatively mild with roasted malts and some hop bitterness as well. The taste had a lot more body with roasted malts, some vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee. I expected a lot more flavor from this beer, but was sadly disappointed. The body was thick for the style with high carbonation. The finish was long and roasty. This was only an okay brew. I was hoping that I got more from it given that it was a winter seasonal, but no. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

It’s Tuesday…which means a day closer to the weekend. Nothing really interesting to report. I had a really good workout at the gym. I normally am in my own little world (I mean, I’m in my own world most of the time, but especially at the gym), but today I was looking around at the gym. The expressions on people’s faces when they saw what I was lifting was absolutely priceless. After I did that, I banged out about 50 minutes on the bike. A pretty productive day. So, tonight’s selection is the last one from the Delaware stash. Given the cold weather, a nice oak-ey stout will hit the spot.

ABV: 6.1%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We use smoked and peated malts to create an intricate malt foundation. Our method of dry hopping with vanilla beans and oak chips pushes the depth of this stout’s flavor spectrum even further.”

Random: I love the cold, but seriously, where was the transition period? It went from like 70 degrees to 40. Ridic. Just sayin.

This brew poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body is a dark black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had definite oak and a bit of smoke. Coffee took a backseat on this one, which was surprising, given that it’s usually the first thing I get on a stout. The taste was a lot of oak. I don’t think I’ve ever had a stout which had such a prevalent oak flavor. The next thing that I got was vanilla. I didn’t get as much coffee and chocolate as I usually get from a stout. The finish lingered with a bit of oak. I really enjoyed this one. The booze didn’t overwhelm and it didn’t come with all of the same flavors from a stout. Definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0