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Mornin' Delight - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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353 Ratings

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.75
pDev: 8.21%

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Russian Imperial Stout. Breakfast of champions, just add pancakes. Made with real maple syrup and a super secret brewers’ ingredient

(Beer added by: Pintofbrown on 12-17-2011)
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New York

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 19:03:45 | More by dar482
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 16:34:59 | More by papat444
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4.88/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | 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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 18:11:11 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | 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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 12:26:47 | More by jbaker67
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4.78/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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. Overall experience gets 5/5, though this beer is certainly not perfect in all aspects.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 06:20:06 | More by Stevedore
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4.98/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | 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

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 04:34:04 | More by drmcleod10
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 16:59:18 | More by cpetrone84
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New Jersey

4.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:17:48 | More by SadMachine
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3.94/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 03:49:32 | More by BarrytheBear
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 16:19:15 | More by nrs207
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 05:46:31 | More by jegross2
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4.31/5  rDev -9.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 21:31:14 | More by mjpolzin
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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.

Serving type: growler

07-29-2013 01:28:45 | More by cmdmzmjm
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 15:42:11 | More by MNBeerGeek
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 18:43:41 | More by thebigredone
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4.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 23:56:33 | More by Alieniloquium
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5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at TG Assassin/Morning Delight release in a 12ounce chalice. My new favorite beer, lots of coffee but not overwhelming. Thick fantastic mouthfeel and just bursting with breakfast flavors, maple, etc. Dark blackish brown color and the smell is similar to the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 23:55:00 | More by CLaBarre
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5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Graciously shared by IPeeA. This beer blew my mind. As a coffee lover I'm often looking for more coffee flavor in my stout. This was by far the most coffee I've ever found in a double stout. Over the top. Might have liked this even better than their Kentucky Brunch - both are 5's.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 02:31:37 | More by HoppyMcStout
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New York

4.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz waxed and capped bottle into a snifter. Shared by Josh! Reviewed from notes.

Pours pitch black with spotty lace, huge, oily legs, and almost no head. Decent.

Nose is just as advertized. Super robust chocolate, maple syrup, cocoa, fudge and coffee. Delicious!

Opens maple sweetness. Espresso and milk and dark chocolate in the middle with hints of plum, raisin, and other dried dark fruit throughout. Lactose at the end with a boozy, sweet, chocolate-y finish. Great balance, incredibly deep, and super robust. This is pretty incredible!

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick, oily and rich in the mouth and goes down smooth and heavy. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. For the style and the flavors present here, this is very nearly perfect.

I've heard a lot about this beer and this brewery recently and after having a taste, I gotta say that I'm clamoring for more. The flavor profile here is at the same time so well balanced and so robust with a body that carries out the experience perfectly. You feel every bit of the ABV but you can't help but want more. A ridiculously good offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:29:48 | More by SpeedwayJim
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5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer Nirvana. The mother beer for Kentucky brunch is a big mother. Chewy and big as it should be. Wish I had had another pint before it ran out. My compliments to Clark and company for their commitment to small batches and great brews. Cant wait for the next release

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 15:46:06 | More by amangill
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4.96/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had on tap Friday evening , day before the K-Brunch release, which, by the way, was one of the best run beer releases I have ever been to, and I've been to most of the "biggies".
Awesome beer-goddess Chelsea served this top-notch nectar in the 11 oz. TG chalice, for an amazing $8. Give the beer a quick swirl and you get a great coffee aroma that I haven't had the pleasure of inhaling off a beer ever. Fantastic nose appeal, really hard to stop inhaling the incredible aroma of this beer. Top notch.

The appearance has to wait until you get a few sips in, because at Toppling Goliath, your cup over floweth ! Your glass is REALLY filled to the rim, every time ! But once you get down a bit this baby really coats the glass, just the way you want, and it is every bit as black as the other big coffee stouts.

Your mouthfeel will be as expected once you sip it, and smell it, you know it will be thick and very smooth, velvety, as it most certainly is.

When you take your first taste , you almost immediately want to scream out " Oh My God " but you resist until you have given it a good tour around your mouth and palate, so as to take in this incredible explosion of taste, then you can let out your high praise of the great flavor of a not-barrel-aged beer. This is the undoubtably going to continue to be a top want of mine forever, if you haven't or can't get to taste it, just keep trying, these guys will be expanding and continuing to make more of this, keep it on your wants - totally way worth it.

Overall - I think you get my point. My top 4 beers ever tasted, in no order, Rare , Grey Monday, Mornin' Delight, Bourbon Barrel Dark Lord.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 19:07:38 | More by stouts4me
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4.96/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've never had enough CBS to give it a full review. I have had enough, however--at festivals and tastings and other places where tiny pours are given--to know that it's not worth the exorbident price it goes for on the trade market. It's a very good beer, yes, but... man, when I heard about a barrel aged syrup beer, I had a certain idea in mind. I wanted it to taste like a combination of the way an RIS tastes and the way a plate of breakfast smells right when it's placed down in front of you. CBS didn't deliver on my fantastic desire. And that's not it's fault. No beer could.

Or could it... (?!?!?!?!)

Mornin' Delight does deliver. It is exactly what I hoped CBS would be: pancakes, and stout all rolled into one. Nothing cloying, nothing overly sweet or alcoholic, just a wall of delicious breakfast flavors.

Maybe--maybe--this is better without the bourbon aging. We were one day early for the Kentucky Brunch release, so I can't say, but I'm willing to bet that the bourbon smooths out the syrup nodes, rather than accentuate them. Maybe that's what happened with CBS? I dunno. I do know, however, that this is one of the very best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 16:21:06 | More by mynie
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4.38/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: black. Pours with a visible viscosity. Almost syrup like. Doesn't form much of. Head, but it does form a bit of extremely dark mocha crema head. No lacing.

S: strongly aromatic. Coffee. Espresso. Concentrated coffee flavor. Heavily roasted malts. Char and smoke.

T: taste is similar, but with a syrupy sweetness. Extremely potent coffee flavor, more like espresso than your typical cup of joe. Heavily roasted malts, some dark fruits, but the coffee and syrup dominate.

M: thick, viscous, and with a lower carbonation. Chalky, as if the coffee grounds are in the beer itself.

O: a damn potent beer, with thick, concentrated coffee flavor. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 00:46:35 | More by Florida9
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4.35/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I had a sample of this at Dark Lord Day, but recently had a chance to sit down with a good-sized pour and take some detailed notes. Bottle #178/300. Served in a Wakefield Brewing snifter.

A - Thin dark mocha foam settles to wisps, specks of lace, and a thin collar. Loads of bubbles adhere to the sides of the glass. Black body with a glass-coating film to it.

S - Massive maple and coffee aroma, with touches of roast, and hints of anise and dark chocolate. Very nice complexity for a unbarreled stout. As it warms the sweetness verges toward cloying, but it never reaches that point for me.

T - The taste has a bit less coffee and roast, perhaps to the beer's detriment. Loads of maple and caramel sweetness - awesome for a few ounces, but it'd take me a long time to work through a 12oz bottle. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden here.

M - Chewy, sticky, smooth, with a tiny bit of coffee grit to it. Lower carbonation, and big, viscous and full in body. Not much alcohol warmth at all for the listed 12.8%. Spot on for the flavor profile.

D - The taste starts to border on maple syrup after a while, but in a good way. Quite delicious in small doses; I can imagine a bourbon barrel might impart some needed balance, and it seems that Toppling Goliath agrees with me. Definitely worth checking out, particularly if you like CBS.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 14:04:35 | More by MasterSki
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4.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was awesome... it's a shame the bottles are so small, while perfect for single serving, they are hard to share or put down. Thanks to Ted for sharing a few of these over the weekend.

Jet black with a coating on the glass when swirled, gently bringing some mocha foam to the surface. Can't really see through it, though there's some lighter shades of brown around the edges.

Aroma is just about perfect, maple syrup, coffee, and chocolate chip pancakes in perfect harmony. Rich but not too sweet, each component is distinct, completely authentic, and mouthwatering

Potent and rich, fudgy mouthfeel with flavors that linger and coat the palate. Big coffee and maple syrup flavors, undercurrent of bittersweet dark chocolate fudge. Perfectly blended and balanced. Alcohol is present but takes a backseat to the flavor parade. I suppose it may be too sweet for some, but with a name like this, it should be obvious. An expert mix of maple, coffee, and chocolate, beer alchemy at work here... definitely a "KBS Killa" in my mind. An excellent imperial stout, among the best i've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 17:15:43 | More by emerge077
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Mornin' Delight from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.