Mornin' Delight | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Pintofbrown on 12-17-2011

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Photo of Clarkee
4.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mouthfeel is very thick. Like nothing I've ever had before. The boil for this must be 18-24 hours and a 36 hour brew day total. The coffee is perfectly there, little carb, which is great IMO. Not transparent, even when you tip your glass. The legs fall down the glass slowly. The aroma is a nice sweet coffee + maple mix with roasted undertones of mellowed out fruits. Forget the penny taste, some people don't know what they're talking about. The only thing that could make this better is barrel aging. Hello Kentucky Brunch!

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Photo of nhindian
4.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours a pitch black with a dark mocha brown head. The head isn't large and the retention is short, but the lacing isn't bad.

Aroma - The aroma is a delicious combination of maple syrup and coffee. The coffee is a little more subtle than I would've expected, but that's a function of the maple being so strong, not necessarily the coffee being so weak. There's a good amount of dark malt as well.

Taste - The taste is a huge burst of maple syrup right out of the gate and lasts and lasts. Honestly, this may be the biggest maple syrup flavor I've gotten out of beer - much more than CBS for sure. As it warms, the coffee comes back with a vengeance and battles the maple, which keeps this from becoming too one-dimensional. If I had to complain, it'd be I'd like a little more malt backbone, but that's a petty complaint.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is super thick with a slick, oily body. It's chewy and plays into the flavors perfectly.

Closing Arguments - Overall this is another fantastic stout from Toppling Goliath. I have to say it's much different than I expected since I thought the coffee would dominate, but I love all this turned out.

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Photo of IlCraftWjgman
4.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 bottle. Best beer ive ever had. Period. End of discussion. Pours the blackest black. No head whatsoever. Smells like pancakes and coffee. Tastes of pancakes and coffee. Maple notes come out more as the beer heats. Have one bottle left and dont know what will be an accomplishment good enough to crack it open. G.O.A.T.

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Photo of dwagner003
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Honestly unreal. Worth the hype. Worth the hunt. Find it however you can. It's absolutely mind-blowing. Super dark. Super rich. When the bottle is empty, you will cry, because you may never see it again. Amazing, amazing, amazing.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.87/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Hunahpu's Day 2016.

Black, with a minimal tan head.

Huge maple on the nose, with coffee in the background.

Flavor follows through exactly the same, which is a nice surprise. Maybe a little more coffee here than on the nose.

If you're going to do maple, you need to make sure we can taste and smell it. Too many beers advertise it, but they don't actually showcase it. I'm just a little wary whether they are using corn syrup and flavoring to achieve this, or real maple. It's not clear on any of the official brewery marketing.

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Photo of Manilovebeer17
4.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So much maple you could use this as pancake syrup. This is one incredible brew.. Heavy aroma of maple and coffee dark mocha thick head that coats the glass as you swirl it around. A bit on the sweeter Side from all the maple and sugar used a whole bottle may spike your chances for diabetes lol.

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Photo of csaxon128
4.55/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not that big mouthfeel that Assassin, SR71 and KBBS have, but the flavor was as promised. Aside from other TG stouts, this was phenomenal. Big thick with huge amount of coffee and a nice amount of maple.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.73/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this was a banger i was finally able to try. my only gripe is that, yes, i want to try this again, but no, i would never pay what people ask for it. for a non barrel aged beer, i put this next to, but not above hunahpu. the coffee is noticeable, and the beer is thick and drinkable. the one adjective i kept going back to was, smooth.

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Photo of fjoe
4.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huna day 2016. Props to TG for bringing enough for me to get to try it even later in the day.

Coffee, maple goodness. It was more on the sweeter side than I expected, but over a pretty epic beer.

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Photo of -Rick
4.71/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huna Day, 2016

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. The smell was great on this beer, lots of black coffee, and the unmistakable smell of maple syrup. The taste was spot on with the nose. lots of coffee, but even more of a sweet syrup taste. some molasses in there also. This was a real creamy beer, with a nice mouth feel. Was very happy to have finally tried this beer. It is not the best maple stout I have tried, but damn close. Quite amazing!

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4.03/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lucky enough to kick off HunaDay16 with this highly sought after beer. This beer did not live up to the hype in my opinion. Excellent aroma with heavy coffee notes, but the body felt incredibly thin for the style.

L: Pours a beautiful black with a thin layer of creme on top
S: Heavy coffee notes enough to realy get you excited before the first taste
T: Plenty of medium-ish roasted coffee, some toasted almond notes in there
F: Thin, thin, and thin.

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Photo of HookemHoos
4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at hunahpu day 2016. Definitely a tasty beer but wasn't the best at the festival. Compared to its peers, I would prefer to have good morning from tree house 10 times out of 10.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.64/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor oil black color with mocha brown head. Aroma is coffee chocolate and maple syrup. Flavor follow the nose and is really well balanced. Has a lingering aftertaste of maple and coffee. Big body and oveRall delicious

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Photo of leighton
4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours oily black with a creamy brown head. Lots of ashy roast in the aroma, some dark chocolate, cocoa. Big sweet flavour, which clashes somewhat with a hard ashy aspect. There is also a lot of espresso and scorched earth. Full bodied, oily and chewy, with fine carbonation. Bitter finish with more baking cocoa, scorched earth, strong roast. A very good beer overall.

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Photo of Jslay013
4.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No where near as good as Good Morning or even CBS. The maple is definitely there up front, but it fades very quickly, almost tasting artificial, IMO. The finish is all coffee, no maple. Very good, but not quite elite to me.

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Photo of whitemage
4.71/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very solid stout(coffee aside) if you base on the stout, its good, Its clearly has a good base, it dark and creamy. While the morning delight is more of second runnings of this beer. I am not a very huge coffee fan and so i cant give it a 5 on taste. that being said it a must try for everyone

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Intense opaque dark chocolate hues with a thin 5mm sandy cinnamon head; exceedingly transitional lacing with minimal retention - visually this is my ideal for an imperial stout
S: Deep notes of chocolate, caramel, and toffee on the nose; for me the coffee aroma was very subtle
T: Intense rush of molasses and bitter dark chocolate up front that effortlessly melts into a complex syrupy sweet rush of caramel, maple, latte, and mocha; the finish is moderately dry and accompanied by a lingering sweetened coffee flavor
F: The mouthfeel on this beer is incredible. It's as if the viscosity from the syrup and depth of the latte are imparted into the stout
O: Just an immensely pleasurable ride from start to finish. In my opinion, this beer deserves its place among the top beers of the world and takes non-barrel aged stouts to new depths. Obviously barrel-aged beers are all the rage at the moment, but between Mornin' Delight and Good Morning I'm glad to see that brewers don't need to age a beer for more than a year to impart a plethora of flavors and complexity. World class stout here for sure.

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Photo of Ristaccia
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got the chance to try this one thanks to DJ (happy birthday!).

Look: Thick and creamy appearance, with a minimal head and little lacing.

Smell: Like sitting in a pancake house as pots of coffee occasionally walk by. No alcohol in the nose, and absurdly balanced; the coffee is there but doesn't dominate whatsoever, and maple, while the star of the show, isn't overly sweet and doesn't block out other flavor.

Taste: Like a giant stack of pancakes with maple syrup and a sip of coffee afterwards. Coffee is present but not dominating. As someone at the tasting pointed out, 'this is like Trader Joe syrup, not Aunt Jemima's'. Alcohol content is hidden and as a whole Mornin' Delight is very complex and perfectly balanced. This is one of those beers where you end up taking very small sips and letting them coat your mouth to draw out the experience.

Feel: Smooth and creamy. Leaves a coating of flavor in your mouth that persists.

Overall: A fantastic beer that met the very high expectations I had for it. Compared to a similar beer like fresh CBS, I give it the slight edge for better balance and a bit more complexity. As others have mentioned, the amount needed to trade for a bottle is a bit silly, but I'm certainly planning on dropping everything and booking it to Decorah next time a release comes up.

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Photo of ELS
4.66/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer on tap at the J Wakefield First Anniversary Party (Wakestock). The look is chocolate. Another reviewer said it looks like a Willy Wonka Chocolate River. They were right, but it's definitely more viscous. Smells nice and chocolatey but I was hoping for a little more aroma. Taste is sweet chocolate with smooth tasting coffee and a bit of maple. The maple is not the major player here but is definitely noticeable. The mouthfeel is top notch with a smooth, creamy, easy drinking well hidden abv experience. Overall a great stout. My only small criticism is that it's a little bit too sweet.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to @GarMerr for sharing this bottle on Super Bowl Sunday. Incredibly viscous - pour looks like Willy Wonka's chocolate river lusciously flowing from the bottle to glass. Aroma is incredible - like walking into your favorite cozy coffee shop that just had the most amazing maple syrup spilled all over the floor. Taste follows the aroma, and I found it to be best when taking small sips. Thankfully TG seems to bring a keg of this beer to numerous events throughout the year - can't wait to try it again!

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Photo of frasergrove
4.38/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely a top want in the stout game...and it was darn tasty. On draft at Rate Beer Best - thick syrup like, huge chocolate, coffee, plum and Roasty notes mixed with sweet sugar and some alcohol hotness. A bomb of a beer for sure...would do well with a few years of age.

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Photo of KaeF
4.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, where to begin. First of all, the wax on this bottle is beautiful and it is a great start of what will follow.

The smell of this "beer" is like a rich breakfast. There is maple syrup, coffee, roast, pancakes, chocolate croissants. The taste is full on maple with coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate.

There is so much going on in this brew, incredible that all these flavours can get into a beer!

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Photo of yumbeer
4.48/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying, I am reviewing this a couple weeks after I had it, so I won't be as descriptive as I'd like to be.

I split this bottle with a few friends in what turned out to be a pretty amazing impromptu share with the likes of DBH, Pappy's, and many other highly acclaimed brews. While this was certainly one of the highlights going into the night, it didn't live up to the hype for me personally. Don't get me wrong, it is a great beer and definitely one you should try if you can get your hands on it but I wasn't blown away.

The motor-oil-esque color and strong coffee nose were the best features of the beer for me. Huge coffee (obviously) and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel was nice too. The taste was very good, but I expected more due to the hype. Funky Buddha Morning Wood is in the same realm, IMO and you don't have to give up nearly as much to obtain some.

Would I pick one up if I saw it available on the shelf? Duh, of course. But, would I trade away the farm for another bottle? No. Glad I had an opportunity to try it though.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say...this is along with BAVDL and Triple Sunshine are my 3 favorite beers ever...there is no reason to not give this beer 5s across the board...thick motor oil pour with a dark brown head...smell and taste are like like espresso with maple syrup thrown in...just sweet enough..everything plays in perfectly...mouthfeel is a huge winner here as well...perfect syrupy body to first maple coffee stout and unfortunately I don't see my experience with this format getting any better than this

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Photo of linnymtu
4.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Save yourself the heartburn and get morning wood from funky Buddha. It's nearly as good.

For this beer- mouthfeel is exquisite like all TG stouts. Taste was more coffee dominant than I hoped for, maple was definitely playing second fiddle. Very good, absolutely not better than KBBS, and I'm shocked anyone thinks that.

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Mornin' Delight from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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