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Mornin' Delight - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 535
rAvg: 4.76
pDev: 5.88%
Wants: 2,012
Gots: 24 | 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

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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 kkleu357
4.65/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Dexters during Great Taste Eve. Big thick black body. Huge aroma of coffee. Slick sticky mouthfeel. Hell, this beer is very sticky. Taste was huge coffee. Can’t understate how much coffee flavor is in there. Probably more than the average extra dark roast coffee from the local coffee cafe. Has lots of sweet maple flavor to cut through the coffee. One thing I didn’t like was that is was kind of tart. This might have been the coffee though. Still, I didn’t care for the tart taste. (499 characters)

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

Waited in line to drink this and SR-71 at Dexters in Madison. Having some Morning Delight at 9AM with free donuts was a great experience. The appearance was pitch black with barley no head.. did you see what I did their. Smell was rich dark and sweet. Tasted like heaven! maple, coffee, chocolate, nice barrel flavor, with a hint of booze near the end. Full mouth coating, It was the perfect beer to drink with donuts. Overall I loved this beer and I am super happy to get invited into the release party on the 29th this month. (529 characters)

Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.95/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had at Great Taste of the Midwest, Wow is all I can say...

This is the most well crafted coffee stout I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.

It is like drinking an espresso with hints of maple goodness thrown in for added complexity, that only becomes more delightful as it warms, my only complaint is that I couldn't have more!!

After trying this I can't wait for more opportunities to taste what else Toppling Goliath has to offer. (439 characters)

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

2015 batch on draft at Dexter's in Madison. Dark and brooding with a strong maple/coffee nose. You can tell it is thick just by the lag as you swirl it. Taste is maple and sweet up front with a strong, slightly bitter coffee finish that lingers. Super thick and chewy. The maple smell stays in the glass for days afterward. One of the best stouts I've ever had. If you don't like coffee or sweet in your stouts, this may not be your thing, but definitely worth the experience! (484 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.55/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beasty looking beer, jet black with a minimal head of dark brown. Strong coffee aroma complimented by rich maple, bitter dark chocolate, and vanilla sweetness to even it out. Probably the richest flavor and texture I've ever experienced. The maple and vanilla came together seamlessly with fresh coffee grounds being potent without dominating the beer. Lips literally stuck together after each savory sip. A treat to try it at Dexter's at a very orderly event. (461 characters)

Photo of ragnar3
4.93/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Dexter's in Madison (Aug '15). Delicious mix of coffee and maple without either being overpowering. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied, huge maple syrup notes, sticky but not overly sweet. Lives up to the hype and well worth seeking out. (241 characters)

Photo of fondyball20
4.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Dexter's. Very intense battle going on between coffee and maple with each sip. Coffee flavor was very strong but then with the next sip maple would overpower. Very enjoyable to drink. My only complaint is that I wish it was creamier with a thicker feel. Having sampled sr-71 I felt like MD was a little thinner. (321 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.77/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'll start out by saying that I am not a coffee drinker/lover by any stretch of the imagination. That being said, this beer was freaking amazing. Great coffee nose (I don't mind the smell of coffee) with some slight sweetness in the taste along with some coffee and chocolate. Had it on tap at Dexter's in Madison today and it was worth the wait. Wasn't sure I'd ever have this and it lived up to the hype. (410 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not much on the nose, but a hint of sweetness. A lot of coffee on the taste, but by no means overpowering. The coffee blends well with a slightly sweetness. The finish is decently full but a bitterness bite that comes in on the end. Overall very good, but not otherworldly. (276 characters)

Photo of 4lo
5/5  rDev +5%
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 +0.6%
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%
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 -5.5%

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%

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 -7.4%
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 -6.1%
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 +3.4%
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 -3.2%
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%
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 -5.5%
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 +2.7%
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 -0.4%
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 -0.8%
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 +3.6%
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 -23.7%
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)

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Mornin' Delight from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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