Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.82
pDev: 6.64%
Wants: 2,438
Gots: 58 | FT: 4
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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 tectactoe
1.53/5  rDev -68.3%
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.

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.99/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Carrier4
5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
5/5  rDev +3.7%
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!!

Photo of Monktastic7
4.74/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
4.65/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | 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.

Photo of jaken0ss
5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

gold wax

probably the most viscous beer I've had to date. Mouthfeel is second to none. TG can make stouts

Photo of TampaRainman
4.84/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of TimDisaster
4.9/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of mportnoy
5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.94/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of Heatwave33
5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Blackboardbrewing
5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed both vintages, both shortly after their respective taproom release. All I can say is this is the BEST beer I've ever had. What a treat.

Photo of linnymtu
5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of thereal_adam
4.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Abbbp
5/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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.

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

Well done! Thanks TG for this great beer. Loved every drop.

Photo of Paccamacca
4.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best adjunct stout I've ever had. I wish I could rate this higher than five. I'm smelling the bottle three days later here on 12/30/14, and it still smells like fresh pancakes. Ridiculous.

Photo of Resuin
4.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.47/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


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.


Photo of kevanb
4.89/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, 2014 date with gold wax, poured into a Toppling Goliath teku. Enjoyed on 12.13.14, shared with my dad, review is from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, motor oil consistency, very thick and viscous out of the bottle with a lovely finger or so of mocha colored head, thick, taut and firm that has superb retention yielding a few spots of lace but with great dark staining legs. The aroma is fantastic, loads of smooth chocolate, coffee is assertive, but at the same time mild, lightly roasted with a nice fruit character that helps accentuate the stone fruits that come out in the nose, charred oak and whiskey with a bit of toffee sweetness linger well and just a splat of maple that helps curb any heat from the barrel and the bitterness from the coffee. The barrel character is what leaps out to me on the tongue, very smooth, nice mix of charred oak, lightly chewy and soft bourbon, a bit of toffee, a bit of molasses, even a touch of spice while smooth and decadent chocolate, lightly bittersweet, rolls over and brings forward stone fruits with lightly roasted and fruity coffee. The balance is supreme and the finish has just a breath of warmth to it from the barrel. The mouthfeel is perfection, thick, rich, creamy, viscous, silky, smooth, coating, any adjective you like for a stout, this has it, carbonation is perfect, enough life while being totally forgotten yet it also doesn't feel too sticky or clumpy, and the finish is incredibly fluid.

Verdict: A lot of hubbub and noise about this beer and it's all deserved. The balance and complexity is tremendous, everything in true harmony, no one characteristic is truly defining and each aspect of the beer is artfully mastered.

Photo of mlhyatt
4.94/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz into a bourbon county snifter

A- pitch 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- oh my god. Heat from the bourbon sits up front and hits your palate like spartans against the persians. Then a shot of espresso covers your mouth and melds deliciouslu 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. There is only one beer that beats this on taste.

M- thick, creamy, velvety. The way a stout should feel. No carbonation. Completely coats your mouth and throat all the way down.

O- one of the best stouts i've every had. The flavors blend perfectly and each flavor is detectable. It's amazingly delicious. I wish i had an infinite amount of this.

Photo of inkdemention
3/5  rDev -37.8%

Poor coffee stout with sweet maple and subpar whiskey. Sad. I didn't cough up an arm or leg for the bottle either. Maybe if I had lost a limb my rating would be higher. Meh.

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Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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