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Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 457
rAvg: 4.77
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 2,558
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
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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: siradmiralnelson on 02-26-2012

This beer is the real McCoy. Barrel aged and crammed with coffee, none other will stand in it’s way. Sought out for being delicious, it is notoriously difficult to track down. If you can find one, shoot to kill, because it is definitely wanted... dead or alive.
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Photo of tapperm
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew has been on my bucket list for a while. Thanks to Clark and the gang for busting it out at EBS when they were in town!

A: Dark and chocolaty. Nice head to it, even for a taster
S: Has notes of maple syrup, coffee and chocolate
T: AMAZING! The syrup really comes through. There is an oakyness there as well. Simply blown away!
M: Full mouthfeel and very well balanced.
O: Best beer of this style I have ever had! (430 characters)

Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was nothing short of spectacular. A deep, rich black color with fantastic lacing. The nose was unctuous. There was big wafts of maple syrup, fudge, vanilla and a perfect roast bitterness from subtle hops and perhaps the char of the barrel. The mouthfeel matched every part of the nose on this beer. It was viscous and chewy, but the marriage of all of those huge flavors kept it from being a mess, which I can only imagine how hard that had to be to brew. Huge vanilla, pancake syrup, and a roasted twinge of coffee bitterness. What a remarkable beer. I shared this with three friends at TG. Bottle courtesy of TG. What a great crew. (643 characters)

Photo of Sprague67
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

KBBS Vintage 2014 (x2)

Simply amazing! Poured from a 12 oz Vintage 2014 bottle into a small tasting glass (Thanks to the generosity of Mike & Clark for the first sample and Brandon for the second!) The smell was out of this world; coffee, maple, vanilla, roasted malt, slight bourbon and oak. Appeared very dark almost black with a dark tan head, very thick. The taste followed the nose and was unlike anything I've ever tried before. I was completely blown away by this stout, it surpassed the hype in my opinion. I found myself waiting about 2 minutes between drinks, leaving enough time for the taste to linger and to again smell the stout. Taste amplified over the first 30 seconds and the maple became stronger. Overall extremely impressed with this release from Toppling Goliath! I just wish it were more readily available as it is almost impossible to find. 5/5 (879 characters)

Photo of StarofSahara
3.17/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a good coffee stout, but it is blown way out of proportion due to its insanely limited availability and the fact that that availability makes it impossible to get a bottle without emptying your cellar. The beer looks great- black as night with a beautiful head. Smell is coffee and bourbon with a sugary sweetness behind it. The sweetness is present in the taste as well, creating a somewhat uncomfortable mouth feel. The coffee is outstanding, but the sweetness kills it for me. I'd take BCBCS over this every day of the week. (549 characters)

Photo of BeerCrazyCrow
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pure Heaven. SOOO DAMN TASTY. BEST STOUT I HAVE EVER HAD. Poured from 12 oz into a snifter dark black with virtually no head. What little head there is disappears into nothing very quickly. S- deep rich notes of roast, huge boozy bourbon followed by rich coffee. There is a subtle maple scent that follows the coffee in the back. T- delicious flavor with the bourbon and the sweet vanilla, oak barrel. Lastly, after the swallow there's a strong maple presence that sits in your mouth for a long time and it develops and lasts for a long time and you don't want it to go away. Strong chocolate and vanilla notes also seep in during the mix. M- thick, creamy, velvety. The way a stout should feel. No carbonation. Completely coats your mouth and throat all the way down. O- Best stout i've every had. The flavors blend perfectly and each flavor is detectable. It's amazingly delicious. (884 characters)

Photo of 4lo
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like all TG stouts which nearly equates to motor oil. Of course the mouth feel will follow the pour which allows you to chew on the deliciousness that ensues. Scent is roasted coffee with chocolate and maple. Bit of booze in there as well. Flavor is something I've yet to find any other beer match between the coffee, maple, chocolate, molasses and balanced mouthfeel that lets you mull this beer over a bit. (419 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
1.53/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Black with tan head. Smells like overly sweet maple syrup and cloying molasses. Tastes even more sweet than it smells. Pure Aunt Jemima. Cloying. Hard to drink. Too thick. Don't see the hype. Sucks. (198 characters)

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.99/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Disclaimer: I didnt want to love this beer, knowing how tough (impossible) it is to obtain.

Pours a dark, thick syrupy pour. Smells unlike any stout I've had. Definitely sweet maple, sweet barrel notes and roasted malt. Smells amazing.

This is where Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout separates itself from others...taste and mouthfeel. The taste is pure perfection. Sweet, but not overly so. Perfect blend of maple, barrel, coffee and roast. Thick mouthfeel that clings to your entire mouth, making you want another sip.

I wish this would be more readily available. (571 characters)

Photo of Carrier4
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I felt like I was royalty when I got to drink this. Its not really delicious and is great a excellent stout, especially for being brewed in a bourbon barrel which I am not usually a fan off. But this beer is top 10 for sure. (226 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uber creamy, silky, and rich.... deep dark chocolate and raosty coffee with dark-maple flavors that linger a full minute or more.... you can literally taste this beer for awhile after your last sip.... decadent!! (212 characters)

Photo of Monktastic7
4.74/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was such an incredible beer. I truly never thought I would try it but yet again, a friend came through. So much maple and coffee on the nose. The beer itself is thick and palate coating. Perfect amount of sweetness from the maple, mixed with a complimentary but not overpowering touch of coffee. Truly world class. Gotta say...trades through the roof for a reason but it's a tiny bottle...hard pressed to ever catch me trading my cellar though. (449 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared at DLD15. Silver wax. Served in a snifter.

Appears dark brown bodied, one finger bold brown head, good retention, no lacing. It looks just like Mornin' Delight does. Smells of sticky maple syrup, a fair bit of coffee, with a bit of oxidation, milk chocolate, a bit of bourbon. It doesn't smell a whole lot different than Mornin' Delight, but that's not a bad thing. However, on the palate, the bourbon comes through a bit more; casting an oaky presence in the background, very mild bourbon flavour/heat. The maple syrup still dominates as does the coffee, which I'll never complain about. Some milk chocolate and roasted malt backs it up. As with the base beer, it's a very two-note beer that the bourbon doesn't necessarily add much to. Mouthfeel is excellent, full bodied, sticky yet smooth, easy to drink. Overall this is a very good beer; it's not necessarily worth what it takes to get; economics aside it is an excellent stout that nicely balances two extreme flavours even if it's not particularly complex. No other brewer has been able to make a beer like this, with the exception of Tree House, so there has to be some points awarded for that. (1,160 characters)

Photo of TampaRainman
4.84/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

KBBS '14 (gold wax/label). Big thanks to @newbeeraday for sharing this bad boy!

A: Thick black pour reluctantly leaves the bottle and delivers a quickly receding mocha head. After a few moments, only wispy small bubbles remain, clinging the rim. Very oily legs effortlessly paint the glass.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, sweet maple. Burnt sugar. Some type of spice--maybe cumin? Tobacco, rye whiskey.

T: Sweet maple up front, roasty coffee in the middle and a lingering sweetened French vanilla coffee tail with a rye/bourbon boozy burn. Ms. Butterwoth's pillow after the Kentucky derby. Surprised at the nice retention of bourbon after many months since the release. [side note: tried this with VBDL '14 and by contrast KBBS tasted bitter and darker].

M: Fluffy pillow of velvet. Thick, rich, nicely carbed. Burn down the throat. Pretty much perfect for the style.

O: Well, it's a great beer. No doubt about that. (933 characters)

Photo of TimDisaster
4.9/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maple in the nose, maple and coffee on the tongue and maple in the backend. Enjoyable and easy to drink. Not too hot, but slight bit of alcohol as it warmed. (158 characters)

Photo of mportnoy
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stunning. No 12oz beer is worth what this costs to obtain but this is as close as it gets. Nose is superb. Smells of pure Maple. The empty bottle still smelled days later. Mouth feel was spot on as with all TG stouts. Taste - it's just delicious. Other beers are more complex (CBS for example) but this is just delicious. Booze is well masked. Easily in my top 4 beers. (378 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.94/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick oily black with mild brown head. Super viscous with dark brown collar of head. The nose is heavy on coffee with notes of vanilla and maple. The coffee brings on a smokey character with heavy barrel char. The maple opens up more as it warms and melds beautifully with the coffee and cocoa. Super rich and decadent. Mouthfeel is perfect, silky and smooth. Overall, this beer is fantastic. Is it worth what it takes to get it? Probably not. Is it delicious? Hell yes. Glad to have gotten to try this! (511 characters)

Photo of ArkyVaughan
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very fortunate to have a pour at a bottle share. This one lives up the considerable hype. Nice and viscous with wonderful coffee flavors balanced by sweetness from the maple syrup. Would love to try this one again, but that is probably a long shot. (248 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look- Sweet Dark nectar that is begging to be placed into your mouth.

Smell- Exactly what Jesus's breakfast smells like every morning.

Taste- I reached my tongue to the bottom of the bottle on this one.

Feel- Pure bliss on your tongue. When it hits your stomach you are on cloud 69.

Overall- I absolutely LOVE this beer. But what people want and give up for it is RETARDED! No 12oz/22oz/750mL beer should ever be worth so much. (432 characters)

Photo of linnymtu
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say? Bar none the best beer I've ever had and absolutely worth the hype. 2014 gold wax poured into an open mouth wine glass.

Smell- holy molasses batman.

Taste- starts off with coffee dominance and some chocolate and then the molasses hits you, truly what makes this beer worth the chase

Mouthfeel- not sure how toppling Goliath does it, but both this and assassin are by far the best mouthfeel in a beer I've had. Coats your mouth like a smoothie, making this beer truly elite.

Overall- perfect. For sure worth a 5/5 rating. (543 characters)

Photo of thereal_adam
4.96/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow is all I have to say. Whatever it takes to get this beer do it, and don't think about it again. Opened a gold wax in the company of a few good men, basically what we call a normal Tuesday, whale slaying, gold wax from a Toppling Goliath snifter. The beer gave off the aromas of sweet brownies dipped in coffee, if that's a thing. Just understand that it was amazing, even before it touched my lips. As the beer traveled out of the glass into my mouth I began to levitate into the air, and fireworks were going off around me. Suddenly I realized I was actually hovering over my own self, watching myself drink this wonderful concoction. I recently had fresh CBS on tap, and thought that might be the pinnacle for my beer drinking of 2015, I was very wrong, that beer doesn't belong in the same sentence with KBBS. This is about as close to perfection in a beer that I believe is possible, especially for anyone who loves stouts. This is a must drink, must seek out beer, if only it was in a larger format. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Abbbp
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So ok, on the real, I gave up a ton for a couple of these bottles. And leading up to having it w some legendary DFW BA's I thought I wouldn't like it. I mean c'mon man, there's no way it could live up to the hype.man I've never been so beechwood aged wrong in my life.

My boy Adam was being swooped away by a double unicorn led chariot. What do I mean? It was amazing. Truly a trancendent stout. It was flat out the greatest stout ever made in America. And wel I haven't tried everyone, but I've tried everyone enough from the list.

The smell, taste, aftertaste, feel, and dat maple dho, just perfection incarnated. Wasn't hot for fairly fresh either, can't wait to try the next couple little bit down the line. (714 characters)

Photo of Paccamacca
4.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glad to have got the chance to try this. World-class? Yes. Was it better than Proprietor's, DBH, Masterpiece, Chez, various De Garde BUs, that we had at the same tasting? ... no. (178 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive had the 2014 before, but I was lucky enough to be able to sit on the TG patio with Clark and Mike BOTH and sample the 2013 & 2014 back to back! Both are out of this world ridiculous with tons of barrel but the 2013 was smoother. 2014 had more coffee left in it. (268 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This is the 2014 gold wax version.

Appearance: Pours black with a finger of coffee/tan head that slowly fades to nothing. (4.5)

Smell: Burnt coffee, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, a hint of roasted malts. (5)

Taste: Toffee, toasted malts, coffee, maple syrup and pancakes, vanilla, rich fudgy milk chocolate. (5)

Mouth-feel: Full bodied with a low to medium carbonation. Thick and creamy. (5)

Overall: This is simply a fantastic stout. The coffee, maple, vanilla and chocolate flavors meld together wonderfully for a tremendous BA stout - the best I've had. (5) (627 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

rb

12oz gold wax provided by Syndicate in a homerun tasting... Darrel is good peeps and should be given the utmost trader elbow room IMO.

Pours impossibly thick.. dark brown/black viscous brew.. the the head is dark brown and dies back quick but the sugars hold on leaving nice lacing.

Thick nose.. sweet and never over done... tons of character.. maple with big coffee and dark toast.

Flavor is again just amazingly full.. from front to back the dark malt moves silky into the bourbon and dark cherry... soooo thick and full.

Very tasty, but not worth the hype... Not even close.

Darrel deserves a nice slow.. golf clap for acquiring this one.. clap clap clap.

Thanks my friend.

4.25/4.25/4./4.5/4.25 (709 characters)

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Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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