Mornin' Delight - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 507
rAvg: 4.75
pDev: 6.32%
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Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Pintofbrown on 12-17-2011

How do you like your coffee? Try our delicious coffee stout and you'll never want your low-fat vanilla cream latte again. This might not contain a wonderful design in the foam, but it certainly will satisfy your need for a late evening coffee pick-me-up.
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Photo of 4lo
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'13 Mornin' Delight from the bottle still drinking great two years out.

Pour - Pours like black motor oil as do most of the TG stout. No signs of significant carbonation on the pour as there is barely any head compared to '14 KBBS which was poured along side.

Smell - Vanilla, Maple, Coffee, Cocoa are the predominant smells it is giving off. Almost like chocolate chip waffles coming off the griddle

Taste - I get vanilla sweetness followed by chocolate and coffee. The tail picks up big with the maple. One flavor leads way to another, well layered beer. Flavor profile reminds me of BA Vanilla Shake, but jacked up on steroids and more depth.

Mouthfeel - Motor oil like thickness and consistency is the first thing you notice. Allows you to almost chew on the beer as you mull over the flavors in your mouth. Exactly what I love in some stouts.

Overall - Don't throw many 5's out, but this beer has everything I'm looking for in terms of thickness, mouthfeel, flavor, and aroma. Perfection at it's finest and preferred it a bit over the '14 KBBS side by side. (1,075 characters)

Photo of Get_Lowell
4.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: Dark brown foam on a pitch black body, leaves an excellent dark brown lacing on the glass. Very enticing.
Smell: Extremely fragrant with maple syrup, bourbon, and loads of chocolate on the nose.
Taste: Dark roasted cocoa, strong coffee, maple syrup, bitter on the finish which strikes a wonderful balance with the maple syrup sweetness.
Feel: Medium body, wish it could be a little bit thicker.
Overall: Fan-freaking tastic beer. As a concept beer this really captures the spirit of a delicious morning at a pancake house. That is, if you're having bourbon with your meal! (578 characters)

Photo of Indocraft
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stout is the epitome of perfection. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied, tons of maple syrup.. and very complex. By far the best stout I've ever had. Beats out KBBS and Assassin. (179 characters)

Photo of dboon
4.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottle (* of 300). Huge thanks to Hopscotch for sharing this beast. Joan Jett black pour with a brown head. Huge maple syrup aromas. It truly is breakfast in a glass. Maple syrup, black coffee, dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate. Great mouthfeel and body. Impressive... (271 characters)

Photo of jaken0ss
5/5  rDev +5.3%

2013 bottle #57/300 shared on 8/26/14 with some fellow BAs

A: Beautiful, oily, viscous, dark, syrupy pour into my teku with a perfect foam head.

N: Waffles. Syrup. Coffee. Breakfast. By far the best nose on a beer I've ever smelled. By Far.

T: Waffles, pancakes, syrup, sweetness, breakfast. Honetly, this is the best tasting beer I've ever had. And the complexities are ridiculous. Your mouth gets hit with waves of flavors through sipping this beer. I just can't believe a beer can taste and smell like waffles!

M: Perfection. Nice, oily, syrupy that coats the palette beautifully.

O: This is the best beer I've ever had. For being non BA and the complexities that ensue is ridiculous. This is the first time where i was genuinely upset to finish a beer. I need more of this beer in my life! (799 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.41/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 2014 GToM.

A: Pours a blackish-brown color with dark, fine, espresso-like head which forms a thick ring. Good, thick head sticks around a while.

S: Loads of rich maple syrup, along with charred tobacco and some dark chocolate bar. Wonderful.

T: Moderately sweet maple syrup, strong RIS-like roast, some tobacco, and a bit of mouthwatering dark fruit.

M: Soft, medium-light carbonation and medium-full body.

O: A bit cloying, but tasty and has an amazing nose. Akin to dumping some maple syrup in a roasty RIS. Good in small doses, though not overwhelming in subtlety or complexity. (604 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served side by side with KBBS and Assassin.

The beer is dark brown with an oily thin head. Aromas of whiskey, vanilla and coffee. Oak and whiskey. Mild heat. Huge malt bill with bourbon atop coffee. Roast character throughout and quite smooth on the palate. My least favorite of the three and it's still world class. What?!? (325 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.92/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was fortunate enough to receive the entire set from cparles a while back. We did this one, Assassin and KBBS in that order. Cheers!

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter
Batch 1
Bottle 4 of 3000

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and thick, yielding a smell, medium looking, creamy, dark mocha colored head with great retention. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a swirly wisp and bubbly ring. A faint wisp and ring remain leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Thick black body and a great head, and just a touch more lacing would give it a perfect score.

SMELL: Lots of maple, caramel, roasted coffee, sweet vanilla cream and loads of dark chocolate on the nose. Very bold and well put together, with the adjuncts working wonderfully well with the base stout. Decadent.

TASTE: Lots of maple and coffee up front, with some nice dark chocolate from the base beer. Very flavorful through the middle with a big, bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted coffee, sweet maple syrup, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch, with a dose of bitter dark chocolate providing balance. Lots of sweet maple syrup and other sweet flavors with bitter coffee and chocolate lingering on the palate. Excellent.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. A light burn at the swallow and some heat lingers, but well measured. Great feel.

OVERALL: Well, here's one case where the rumors are actually true. KBBS is another case, actually. This is one outstanding adjunct stout, with flavor and aroma all over the place all working in perfect harmony. Loved every drop of this. The look was great and the feel big, thick, creamy and full, making this just a wonderful creation overall. Too bad so little of this was made, as I'd love to drink it by the bucket full. This one is just as good as everyone says it is. Thanks for the brews cparles. Morning Delight deserves every single piece of praise it receives. (2,027 characters)

Photo of RachelZ
4.61/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great beer overall! Has a dark/mahogany pour with a tan head. Dark fruits and coffee and maple aromas make up this beer with a similar taste. It also has a sweet espresso type taste with hints of bitter chocolates. Texture is very creamy! Also served on tap! (258 characters)

Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a dark black color with a thin brown lacing.

The aroma is incredible. A punch in your face of espresso, rich roasted coffee, along with some sweet maple syrup and chocolate. A beautiful melding of that bright bold roast along with sticky syrup sweetness.

The flavor follows with this beautiful interplay. The roasted espresso coffee in the front, dark chocolate and chewy brownies, then onto a kick of smooth maple.

There mouthfeel is medium plus and silky smooth.

I actually did not realize that this was not barrel aged. It has this creamy vanilla and beautiful mellowed transition that barrel aging adds to beer. This reminds me of KBS on steroids. Easily the best coffee stout out there, one of the best non-barrel aged imperial stouts imaginable (772 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at EBF 2014.

One of my faves at the fest. Flavors is complex including licorice, sweet roasted coffee, bourbon. Aroma is simply stunning, a nice balance is struck between sweetness and coarseness of the stout. Very drinkable considering the ABV, super creamy. I need a few bottles of these. (299 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-EBF sample. Pours thick, oily and black.

S-Sweet Jesus what an aroma. Unbelievable intensity. Loaded to the gills with coffee and more specifically, espresso. Maple syrup by the gallon. Rich chocolate. Shockingly strong.

T-Perhaps the most indulgent stout I have ever tried. Coffee and espresso. Roast and some lighter burnt flavors. Pure maple syrup. Melted, dark chocolate. The flavors are ridiculously rich and intense. Incredibly impressive.

M-Like drinking maple syrup. Oily, syrupy and chewy. Booze hidden too well. The feel was one of this beers highest points.

O/D-This was a 'must try' for me. Toppling Golitah loves up to its lofty billing. The best stout I have ever tried. It's very unique. It's also masterfully crafted. So rich and delicious. (762 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.74/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It smells like a breakfast blend of maple, Hershey’s chocolate pancakes, and a bit of Irish coffee with cream. The taste is big and bold and smooth too, matching up perfectly with the welcoming aroma and the dollop dropping body. Flavors include milk chocolate, coffee, well-incorporated maple syrup sweetness and just some toffee. There’s something additional here too, a doughy cookie batter chewiness, that sets it apart from other stouts that have those traditional coffee-milk-chocolate aspects. Rich and smooth in body, motor oil heavy and moderately carbonated. (572 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.72/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Dexter's in Madison, WI and also on tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest.

This beer looks like black coffee- a fairly typical appearing imperial stout with a dark black body and fluffy 1cm mocha head that dissipates slowly into a brown collar, no film. Lacing looks great, and the beer is oily and stains the heck out of the glass and probably my teeth. In other words, a black coffee-like stout.

The aroma is really something. I'm going to call it black espresso spiked with maple syrup. It's intense and so strong. I just want all my breakfast meals to smell like this. However intense it is, its still a two-trick aroma. I can't get a whole lot of that underlying malt base, if there is even one.

Honestly an amazing tasting beer. Tastes like pancakes smothered in maple syrup and coffee. Here, the base malts make its contribution known and the balance on this is phenomenal. Both the maple syrup and coffee are so intense yet complement each other well- the maple sweetness and the espresso flavours on top of the underlying chocolate roasty malt backbone. It must have been a hell of an endeavour to brew this beer. Very well balanced yet the individual flavours are so intense.

Mouthfeel is medium thick, not thick like BCBS but not thin like a lot of other stouts out there. It is just right for this kind of beer. It's very sticky- my lips are stuck together after I lick them- as maple syrup would be. It's really well-balanced, drinkable and enjoyable. Aftertaste is a blend of coffee and maple syrup, as if it takes time for the coffee and maple syrup to start coming together in your mouth.

Very delicious beer, really good stuff. I think what makes it so great is that it has the intensity of two different, competing flavours yet they take away nothing from each other. It's overhyped to be sure, due to its incredibly low supply vs the high demand for a delicious beer like this.. I know TG's expanding so I'm not going to ding them hard here and give them credit where it's due. It's not a particularly thick or complex beer, but at this point who cares? I just want this beer with breakfast every morning.

Re-visited at Toppling Goliath's tap room in Decorah, IA. Two full 12oz pours into unlabeled chalices today, 3/8/2014. Basically, it supports everything I got out of the 4oz pour at Dexter's as reviewed above. Straight out of the tap, it's very coffee forward remniscent of Bourbon County Coffee's coffeeforwardness. But if you give it a few minutes to warm up, the maple syrup comes out big time and balances out the coffee-forward nature of the previous few minutes. And if you give it even more time, the maple syrup begins to dominate a bit. Throughout, there is a nice pancake batter sweetness that helps cut both of the otherwise-dominant adjuncts. Neither adjunct flavour is artificial or overwhelming. It's perfectly balanced and perfectly crafted with a nice sticky finish as one would expect from a maple syrup stout.. it does feel a bit thin for a beer that has maple syrup though.. may even be a bit undercarbonated. No heat at all, so dangerously drinkable. This is as good as it gets when it comes to non-barrel aged stouts with any kind of adjunct. (3,206 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
4.93/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at TG served in a Chalice

A - Dark as night with light tan mocha head with minimal lacing

S - Smell is of syrup, pancakes and chocolate… truly incredible.. could pour this directly on my pancakes

T - Taste is much the same with amazing flavors blending together of pancakes, maple syrup, with chocolate hints. Can hardly taste the booze… it goes down incredibly smooth and leaves you wanting more

M - Soooo creamy and full bodied and goes down so smooth

O - May be the best non barreled stout ever brewed…

Kudos to TG (537 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is jet black with a burnt cappuccino head. Nose is a bit greener than kbbs, lots more coffee and a bit more simple. Some sugary sweetness behind. Taste is strong coffee, both are really clean coffee without any of that burnt acrid flavor. A little vanilla and marshmallow, a fair bit of malt sweetness in back but abrupt. The wood in kbbs added a lot, this gets just as sweet without the bourbon. The coffee is still really clean and nice for a coffee stout. The body is very creamy and the carb is light. (510 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.83/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes from 12/25/13

A- Pours jet black and thick with a thick brown mocha head that retains well and leaves some good lacing on the glass. A great looking stout!

S- Smells of rich dark chocolate, black strap molasses, roasted malt and coffee, as well as hints of toffee, dark fruits (figs, dates, etc.), and booze. Also a good amount of burnt sugar. There are some other aromas that I can't identify due to the incredible complexity. Simply glorious!

T- My first thought when I initially sipped this was "This is simply decadent!" It is so rich with the sweet flavors coming from the chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, and dark fruits. There are also some caramel and creme brulee flavors going on. All the sweetness is pretty well balanced by the bitterness of dark and baker's chocolate and coffee. Also bringing balance are the dark roasted malts and the roast from the coffee. Make no mistake though, this is still a very sweet and decadent beer! I could nit-pick, but this is damn near perfect, especially considering it isn't even barrel aged!

M- The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, but slightly prickly from the carbonation. Not very viscous, but still coats the palate. A bit of warming booze.

O- Overall this made my Christmas morning utterly delightful! For a non-barrel-aged stout this is astounding! Well done Toppling Goliath! (1,356 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.97/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 335 of 300....mmmm...math

Bottle split blindly with Kyle

Morning Delight is nothing if not a very unique and interesting beer. Super sugary sweet, overloaded molasses and maple upon a massive wave of fresh roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is thick, rich, and coating. Pancakes in a glass is more than appropriate...drinks batter-like with a big cup of coffee tossed on top.

What Morning Delight gives in a very interesting and huge take on a breakfast style stout, it takes in the cloying, rather difficult beer to work through. Blasphemous perhaps, but this beer is really too much and could use a little reigning in. A beer to be shared for certain. Would I like to try this beer again in four packs that may be more readily accessible? Sure. Is this worth trading away a bunch of great beer just to try? If you're a glutton for punishment, over-trading, or instant cavities, then by all means. (899 characters)

Photo of nrs207
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Nice dark tan head, dark brown appearance. Looks really nice.

S - My first thought was, "Ummmm.... What?!?!?!" This stuff smells like the best breakfast anyone's ever had in history. The maple is so delicious, the coffee is so phenomenal, the roast is so gorgeous. I'm hyping this up a BIT, but it's literally that good. Blew my mind.

T - So, yeah. The taste of this is like heaven. God must exist. This is definitely the best beer I've ever had. Funny to me that KBBS has a higher rating, because I can't imagine how. This beer is better than a 5/5. Just get it.

M - 12.8% or whatever, might as well be non-alcoholic. There's no booze to be found here. Creamy, full bodied, yeah, perfect.

O - The best beer I have had. It's perfect. I'd drink this all day long until I died. Luckily (or unluckily?) they don't produce enough for that. Need to have as much as possible of this in the future. Can't recommend enough. (923 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Reviewing the highly sought after Morning Delight from my friends at the Toppling Goliath Brewery out of Decorah, Iowa. This mega-delicious imperial stout drinks like an imperial Canadian Breakfast Stout, and its bottle release quickly put Toppling Goliath on the radar for those who had not yet heard of them. I have had this brew a few times prior, but I felt it was time to finally write this one up now that I had a bottle of my own to sit back and enjoy

Score: 99

2013 vintage bottle served in a Toppling Goliath snifter and enjoyed on 08/31/13 while on vacation in the Wisconsin Dells for Labor Day weekend.

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a thin later of khaki head that settles to a thin ring around the glass. Below average lacing, but excellent retention. Very nice looking stout. 4.5/5

Smell: Bold notes of roasted coffee, chocolate chip pancakes and maple syrup! This smells like a hearty breakfast in a bottle. Love the interplay of the sweetness from the maple character and the roastiness of the coffee. I could smell this beer alll dayyy longgg. 5/5

Taste: Taste is less coffee forward, but still pretty roasty. Excellent bittersweet balance here between the chocolate flavors, maple and coffee characters. Tastes exactly like it smells, but with less coffee and more chocolate pancake flavor. The flavors linger long on the palate, with residual maple and coffee. No alcohol booziness whatsoever; are we sure this is even 6% let alone 12%?!? Not too sweet at all, which aids the drinkability wonderfully. The maple flavor layers quite nicely as well. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Not quit full bodied, low carbonation. Super slick, oily mouthfeel with a slight umami feeling at room temperature (but no soy sauce flavor). Nice bittersweet balance leaning towards slightly sweet. 4.75/5

Overall: This beer is fresh CBS on steroids; it smells and tastes wonderful. I have to give a big shout out to my friend Matt for insisting that I check out this then-unknown brewery at the Great Taste of the Midwest in 2012, as Toppling Goliath consistently produces some of my favorite stouts and IPA's (my two favorite styles). Morning Delight is one of my all time favorite beers, and probably the best non-barrel aged stout out there. I think just a touch more body is all the more I could ask for, but this beer is by no means thin bodied like Last Snow. Seek out a bottle. You will not be disappointed. Cheers!

Cost: $10 for a 12 oz bottle. (2,455 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
4.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mornin' Delight, an already legendary beer from a brewery that is rapidly becoming a maker of world class beer. I have only been aware of Topping Goliath's existence for about four months but they are already one of my favorite breweries as everything I try from them has been excellent. I can add Mornin' Delight to that list after trying it at The Great Taste of the Midwest this past weekend. I can't say that I loved it as much as some people do but it is an interesting beer that you shouldn't need much more than a few ounces to get your fill because of it's thick texture and sweet taste.

I have heard people reference coffee, syrup, pancakes and chocolate when describing the taste of this beer and all of those things were definitely present in this beer. It was a great treat for sure but the sweetness got to be a little too much after awhile so a bottle of this might best be shared with friends! (910 characters)

Photo of cmdmzmjm
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a growler in a glass @ mwbbf

Yes. It is absolutely worth the hype. Over and over....

The pour is dark, thick and creamy... Like a cup of fresh coffee

Smell is rich maple, coffee, chocolate... Best smelling stout I've ever had. I love the smell of ba abraxas...but the maple in this beer makes you want to keep smelling it for ever.

Taste, oh the taste. Rich coffee, maple, chocolate, and some dark fruits... The alcohol is perfect! It's there but not in the way at all.

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy. Again... It's just hard to describe this beer.. It perfect in every way!

Mike (brewmastamike) you have created a master piece with this beer just like the rest of the beers you have created. From ipas to American stouts....keep up the work! And we will keep drinking your amazing beers!

Quality beer with quality people brewing it! Perfect beer! I don't see how this beer can be better but I guess if there is someone to top toppling Goliath, it will probably be themselves. (991 characters)

Photo of MNBeerGeek
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been fortunate to try a lot of good beers. I've never rated one 5s across the board. What a delicious beer. Nice work Toppling Goliath! Rich thick black opaque deliciousness. It pours with a nice dark chocolate head that quickly dissipates. The smell and taste pour out wave after wave of rich chocolate, dark coffee, and roasted malt. There's enough of a boozy backbone to keep it from being cloying. This was a real treat to drink. (438 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the KBBS release.

Overall, this beer deserves all the praise it receives. It is equally as good as KBBS in a different way. Whereas KBBS has the bourbon and a touch of sweetness, MD has more coffee and maple characteristics. Best coffee stout I have tried, bar none. (281 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black with a small mocha head. Wisps on the surface. Stains the glass nicely.

Smell - Whoa. Coffee and maple. The maple is incredible. Dark chocolate. Like a giant Maple Bacon Coffee Porter.

Taste - Coffee is more prominent. Strong coffee and even a bit abrasive. Delicious maple. Dark chocolate. Boozier here too. Coffee lingers in the aftertaste. Even a little smokey in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Chewy. Nice and thick. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is delicious. Smells better than it tastes but it's pretty damn good. (591 characters)

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Mornin' Delight from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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