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Mornin' Delight - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 650
Avg: 4.76
pDev: 16.6%
Wants: 2,088
Gots: 82 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 jjdc
4.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was Exxon Valdez thick with a lovely waft -- maple syrup and chocolate. Superb mouthfeel and big for a non BA stout. Really nice variation between chocolate, maple and coffee. Coffee and cream flavor predominates. The only major flaw is a bitterness on the finish that appears left over from the coffee. Excellent, but not quite at the very top of my list for an Imperial Stout. A tad overhyped.

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

Call it homerism, but this beer is an absolute heavy hitter and worth every penny for the price of admission. You get a huge boom of maple and chocolate as soon as you crack the bottle open. It is hard to believe that this beer isn't barrel aged by how much flavor they seem to pack into the bottle. The pour is, of course, motor oil thick and it sticks to the glass like it never wants to slide back down. I think the only thing I can say against it is that it is such a big beer and you need to share it with your friends. If you don't have friends, find some strangers. This beer will put any soul brave to slay it down to his knees like Ahab on on the starboard side of his catatonic vessel. Approach with caution, thar whale be fierce in its might and ready to do the Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bakey tango with your tastebuds, bud.

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Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.89/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolute maple bomb. I haven't tried Good Morning yet, but so far, this has to be my favorite maple stout/porter (over the likes of CBS, Beyond Good & Evil, BB Black Maple, etc). Also the best smelling stout I've ever had... worthy of the hype, for sure.

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Photo of Mojua
4.6/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely wonderful beer, but maybe not as good as the hype. Doesn't smell very good. Body and mouthfeel are perfect. Great roasty maple and coffee. Bigger and less sweet than Good Morning, but overall it's a toss up.

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Photo of Gerberr
4.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding beer. Extremely thick and viscous. A huge amount of coffee, dark chocolate, and to a lesser extent; maple syrup. I've had KBBS and this isnt quite as good to me but still better than any other beer I've had. My only reason for docking it would be not enough maple flavor, which isnt much of a fault in my book.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured not as thick as I thought it would be, especially compared to SR71. Very little head, but that's mostly because the pours were small (3oz-ish). Smelled AMAZING! HUGE coffee and maple, perfectly played together. Taste followed, but didn't mesh as well as the small. Some sips were full of coffee, other was dominant with maple. Mouthfeel was velvety, thick, but not quite the incredible mouthfeel that KBBS delivered.

I've been really spoiled with TG stouts, having been able to try them all multiple times. I made a mistake of going in with major expectation, so in all fairness, the bar was set really high. I loved it, but it didn't blow me away.

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

L - Very dark brew. Lightish brown head with good carbination.
S - Can really smell the maple syrup. Has a slight coffee smell to it also. Not boozy at all.
T- Coffee/maple syrup/vanilla/touch of chocolate. Sweet in the front with a VERY smooth delivery all the way through. Simply amazing!
F - Ver thick!
O - I was lucky to get a bottle from the release and just got the oppurtunity to crack it. This is one of the best beers of my life. This definately lives up to the hype surrounding it! Wish I had more bottles!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.69/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For my tastes, superior to KBBS, SR71, and Assassin. Appearance is spot on; opaque, viscous, black with dark brown accents, an espresso like head of brown shot through with amber / mahogany tones. Ring of brown foam clings to the edges of the glass. Aroma is a blast of maple and coffee, a bitter roast note at the end. A bit one dimensional though; I like a bit more malt presence and the adjuncts obscure it. The flavor, though, brings back the roasty malts, chicory and charred oak impressions though not barrel aged, maple pecan / praline flavors. The one criticism I have is it's a pretty straight forward coffee profile. It simply says "coffee" and I feel like you could get more nuance from a more studied application. There's no risk involved in this coffee choice. Feel is close to perfect - chewy but not as coating as the BA versions that really overwhelm you.

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Photo of luvtotri140
5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't normally write reviews but WOW!

From the minute you open coffee and maple in your face.
Dark , thick ,and soooooo smooth. The coffee and maple battle for dominance but they are so well blended that you taste them both the whole way down. Maple does win it out at the end with a sweet after taste that coats your mouth.

Woke up and smelt the bottle this morning and the maple was still so strong. Never had anything like this. forget the hype train the is the real deal!

Drinking this beer brought a tear to my eye, I genuinely did not want to finish it. Amazing job now all we need is distro!!!

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Photo of c-rum
4.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Jet black. Deep tan head, light carbonation.

S: Tons of Maple and coffee.

T: Tons of coffee mixed with maple sweetness, bit of dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

F: Extremely thick body - a good hardy breakfast!

O - An amazing beer that you don't want to end.

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

Real deal, had to acquire another bottle to confirm. Mouthfeel is unreal, maple syrup and coffee everywhere but not excessively sweet. Sort of happy it is not barrel-aged...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the source. Consumed at room temperature.

Pretty nice beer here, kind of overpriced at $30, but it is what it is. Poured thick, dark brown-black in color, with a small chocolate head that receded to a thin ringlet, apparent lower carb. Light roasty coffee in the nose, notes of brown sugar and liqueur-like booze. Pretty good balance in the taste, smooth coffee, lighter notes of maple candy, some neutral booze...definitely a bit hot, there's no doubt this is 12%. Sweet, but not diabeetus sweet. Suffered in the mouthfeel, which was quite thin, even at room temp, and the higher booze and lower carbonation didn't really help.

Overall this was an average coffee stout. Good, no question, but not great. There are many many better beers out there in the same vein, but with the value this one gathers on the secondary and/or trade market, it's pretty obvious people are going to rate it up to justify the overpricing.

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Photo of Circles313
5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This isn't a beer. There's no way that this is a beer. Sorry, I don't believe it. This is so much more than a beer! This is an experience! This takes stouts/beer to a whole new level! This is out of this world!

Aroma: Maple covered pancakes

Taste: the same as the aroma with fresh pressed coffee.

Body: the thickest brew of all time! I can't believe this isn't BA!!!

OA: The best beer I've ever had! There isn't 1 thing that is wrong with this brew!!

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Photo of joecool0909
5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the source during MD release.

L- Jet black with thin tan head, motor oil thick that laces the glass.

Smell- Good lord. I love coffee, but I would be absolutely addicted if I could make coffee smell like this. Dark roast coffee without any burnt or bitterness. Maple syrup and a little fudge brownie.

Taste- Follows the nose perfectly to me. Rich full bodied coffee without out any hint of bitterness throughout. Chocolate brownie comes across in the middle and the end is all delicious maple syrup. Very rich, but does so without being overly sweet.

Feel- Velvet smooth. Maybe even chewy?

Overall- This was exactly the beer I was hoping it would be. Having tried most other highly sought after coffee stouts, both barrel aged and non, MD is the king for me. Loved being able to try Good Morning the night before and while a great beer, it is just not on the same level as MD. The complexity and balance on this beer is truly amazing. Well done TG.

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Photo of Jsnyd05
4.73/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 release party pour(s).

Everyone who has had this beer, knows that it is the real deal.

The look, smell, feel and taste of this beer is everything that you would expect - black poor with a nice tan head. Smells of 6 am - medium roast coffee, dark chocolate and maple syrup. It takes a moment to actually drink this beer as it's a beauty to look at.

The taste, is basically the smell - rich, creamy mouthfeel with a solid balance of coffee, maple syrup and chocolate stout.

Again, this beer meets all of the hype and is everything you would want in a big stout. By far, one of the best beers in the world, barrel aged or non-barrel aged.

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

On tap at Dexter's in Madison and at Toppling Goliath at release.

Minimal tan head which dissipates quickly. THICK, and sticks to the sides of the glass for an eternity.

The smell. My god, the smell. Absolute perfection. Rich, sweet and chocolate, with a pronounced coffee note.

Taste - A perfect blend of sweet coffee goodness, with vanilla. Given the high ABV, it was surprising that there was virtually no heat to the beer. Coffee flavor is much softer than one would expect from the nose, and continues to become less prevalent as it warms.

Mouthfeel is SMOOTH and THICK. Take your pick of a viscous liquid to compare it too -- motor oil is probably the closest, however. Perfectly chewy, it clings to your hard palate in a wonderful way, letting you hang on to the flavors a few seconds more.

After having Good Morning the night prior to my second time with MD, it is clear that MD is in a category all its own with this one. The only beer I've had that tops this is was 2013 KBBS, and that was an exceptionally close call.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 vintage at the 8/29/2015 release on draft

Look: Thick, viscous, black with a light tan head. Motor oily thick

Smell: Maple syrup and coffee. Very strong coffee which slowly becomes more and more maply as it warmed. Really amazing.

Taste: Just amazing. The balance of chocolaty roast, coffee, and maple syrup is quite exquisite. The maple really opens up as it warms and it just seems to get better and better. Drinkability is crazy here being a 12% beer. Goes down so smooth.

Mouthfeel: Thick, viscous, and smooth. A little chewy too

Overall an amazing beer. Well worth the 4 hour drive. My first of the big TG stouts and I cannot describe how amazing this beer was. The maple was simply amazing.

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Photo of jow_42
5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 6 oz tulip glass - Thanks so much for sharing Nathan!

A - Jet black, 1/4 finger of a mocha, khaki looking head. Pours viscous, like motor oil. Sludgy, thick, sticks to the glass, with alcohol legs everywhere.

N - A maple bomb. Amazing how much maple is in the nose. Roasted coffee (think of the smell when you walk into a coffee shop like Starbucks), chocolate, buttered pancakes (weird, I know). It smells like breakfast in a glass.

T - Drop the fucking mic. Maple explosion, chocolate, coffee. Amazing. One of the chewiest beers, ever. Thick, sludgy. Ever had jamocha almond fudge ice cream from Baskin Robbins? You tastes that in this beer. Brownie batter. Milkshake consistency. Truly mind blowing stuff.

O - this just might be the best beer - any style - that I've ever had. They hype is real. #HUNNITS

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

The nose is incredible. The freshest roast of coffee amalgamated perfectly with sweet and dark chocolate to balance the bitterness of the roast. The taste supersedes the nose if one can believe that. A lot of coffee stouts albeit good... tend to portray a roasted bitterness, which I do not mind necessarily, but Morning Delight goes beyond the realm of balance. The real player in this beer is their signature soft and pillowy mouthfeel, similar to Treehouse GM, but a bit more viscous due to the ABV. This is easily one of the best beers I have ever had. I had it next to Morning Delight, which is just as good, if not better, but lighter and sweeter. These are both perfect.

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Photo of vermontham
3.95/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a good coffee stout. not worth the hype ... feel like a lot of people are just reviewing this high so they can use it as trade bate...

So much maple and coffee. Very little heat. You could drink a bottle of it so quickly as it goes down incredibly smooth.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
5/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 bomber poured into a snifter. Tasted following Tree House Good Morning.

Looks dark and oily, minimal head. Very thick. I wish every Stout looked like this.

This beer smells amazing. Maple dominates, followed by coffee and chocolate. (I keep smelling the bottle long after the beer was gone, it smells THAT good.)

Such a great tasting stout. The coffee is strong but complimented by the sweet rich maple syrup. Chocolate and vanilla round out the flavors. Perfection.

The mouthfeel puts this beer in a league of its own. So rich, thick, viscous, creamy and it coats your mouth with deliciousness.

Overall, this might be the best beer I have ever had. I would love to drink it again, side by side with KBBS to see which is better.

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

Had some of this at the release (8/29/15) and someone was nice enough to open one during a bottle share last night.

Jet black color and thick like motor oil. Nose was strong with coffee, maple and chocolate. I don't drink coffee but loved the smell and taste with this beer. Taste was not overpowering and but for me the stronger feel was with the maple. Did not taste any heat with this beer and felt like they balanced it perfectly. This was overall the best non-barrel stout I have ever had and probably close to my favorite beer. Being from Kentucky I love the bourbon flavor in the BA stouts and I wouldn't sell this one short. Fantastic beer and glad to know I have two left!

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

Absolutely incredible. Had on tap at release. So much maple and coffee. Very little heat. You could drink a bottle of it so quickly as it goes down incredibly smooth.

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

Let me preface, I don't give many perfect scores out, but this is just ridiculous stuff.

On Tap at Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight Day, multiple pours.

Look: Oily, viscous, borderline sludgy. Head foams up with a mocha-dark khaki head. Lacing and legs for days.

Smell: Maple. Maple. Maple, coffee, waves of chocolate. This is a beer I could smell for days.

Taste: Sweet sticky maple doused chocolate covered coffee beans. Pure decadence. Absolutely mind blowing. There's even a buttery note (not diacetyl) that comes through almost like creme-brulee.

Feel: Viscous, creamy, thick. Words don't describe this mouthfeel. 2nd only to SR-71 for Stout mouthfeel IMHO.

Overall: Many folks have said this isn't as good as 2013, they're wrong, it's better. More maple, more coffee, just completely delicious. Worth every penny. Would I give up a 12 bottle shipper for one? Doubtful. No beer is worth that.


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Photo of Corbet
4.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Draft at the brewery bottle release on 8/29/15

L: Jet black. Deep tan head, light carbonation.

S: Tons of Maple and coffee. Smells extremely decadent.

T: Tons of coffee with a great acidity that keeps the maple sweetness in check.Dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla.

F: Extremely thick body - rivals even the thickest stouts.

Overall: Simply amazing. Superior to other maple stouts like CBS and MBCP. I wouldn't sit on this one, folks - drink fresh! It's perfect now.

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Mornin' Delight from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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