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Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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4.82
pDev:
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Kentucky Brunch Brand StoutKentucky Brunch Brand Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by siradmiralnelson on 02-26-2012

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

12 oz bottle, served in a snifter glass thanks to @jaken0ss at a big share

I don't think this beer has a single flaw aside of the fact that the bottle is only 12 oz and you're sad when it's done. Mouthfeel is unreal, nose is insane maple, vanilla, very complex. Taste lives up to the hype, although with a $1,250 price tag now, hard to justify buying a bottle. Wait till the next release, hope and pray it it's a big bottle count with generous Iowa traders.

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

Lives up to the hype. It has pretty amazing flavors and very well put together. TG Barrel aging is one of the best out there. Couldn't hate on this even if I wanted to.

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Photo of joodstryr
4.84/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Simply put, this is by far and away one of the best stouts on the market. Ever. Thick like oil, nose of bourbon, vanilla, maple and chocolate. Taste matches the Smell. Great beer.

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

Overall this is an incredible beer. It pours like motor oil, like every other TG stout. It smells like maple syrup, bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Tastes exactly how it smells and coats your mouth as your drink it. So lucky to have tried this.

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

I've had the 2014 twice, and it's hands down my favorite BA stout. The nose, body, and layers of complexity are absolutely extraordinary....maple, coffee, endless barrel....a work of art.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(2014) Super balanced.Pours out black as night. Coffee, lots of maple syrup, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt and sweetness. Getting some boozy heat and bitterness on the back end. Coats the mouth. No doubt this is world class, but I feel like I've had this before.

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

Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Jack. Pours thick black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is quite strong, with lots of charred wood up front, then secondary notes of dark chocolate and maple syrup. Big sweet flavor, oily, with bittersweet chocolate, baking cocoa, torched wood, earth, more maple syrup, figs, some coffee grounds. Full bodied, chewy, with moderate carbonation. Warm finish with loads of sticky chocolate sauce, well roasted malts, vanilla, char, maple, espresso, raisins, figs. Delicious. Robust yet still exceedingly drinkable. Exceptional.

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

Pours jet black, leaves a thick coating on the glass. Smell is of chocolate, coffee, and a mild, sweet bourbon. Taste is fantastic. Very sweet and thick. Main body is chocolate and coffee with a bourbon finish that blends perfectly with the beer. Lots of toasted marshmallow on the back end. Feel is very viscous. It coats the mouth the way it coats the glass. Overall my first 5/5.

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

Kbbs '14

Pours a viscous, motor oil black color, with a small dark brown head, soon collapsing to a tiny ring of lacing with some spider web in the middle of the glass. Leaves back a mix of tiny tubbles and an oily texture after swirling.

Although I opened this after more than a year of its release, the coffee is as dominant as it has been in fresh Mornin' Delight. In this though, the Bourbon adds to the complexity of the coffee, creating an unforseen richness of aromas on the nose, while maple syrup appears to be a bit muted. There is a luscious bakers chocolate quality in this, tying the oaken barrel and flowery, cold pressed coffee beautifully together, creating a spicy coffee bean decadence, amped up by a mix of molasses and syrup. Coffee itself has an earthen note to it, perfectly enhanced by the barrel, while vanilla blends into scorched malts, producing an intense, wood accompanied, spicy praline impression.

I cannot belive the mouthfeel on this is real. This is unbelievable smooth. Rich and creamy, while featuring one of the most intense tasting beers I've ever had. Its silkness remains throughout, soothing the warmer parts of the beer with whipped cream and just an unbelievable softness.

Tastes of fudge, earth and brownie batter right from the beginning, together with a sweet and bitter cold pressed coffee appearance, adding foremost a roasty quality to the taste. While the flavors evolve rapidly on the palate, its silk creaminess calmes the upcoming flavor onslaught, leaving everything enjoyable and detectable. Milk chocolate and cocoa nibs set on top of the outstanding creaminess, finding their counterpart in roasty malts and a genuine coffee bitterness, blending into earth. Has a hot peak, together with a flowery barrel dryness, while licorice and a rich chocolate coating, calm the well accentuated, spicy heat. Finishes surprisingly clean and soft, right after the short, burning glimpse, whipped cream works its magic, ensuring the beers world class mouthfeel, while complimenting its chocolate richness. Coates the tongue during the aftertaste, together with gently spiced vanilla and coconut bark, packing also a lingering dryness.

This beer is beautiful throughout, it is indeed perfect. What I loved most about Mornin' Delight was its outstanding mouthfeel, but this one puts it to shame, by revealing a chewy smoothness, I have never experienced before in a beer. Its taste features a certain ambivalence, on the one hand it drinks fairly easy, due to its unreal silkness, while on the other hand it packs an unbelievable flavor range with a perfectly nuanced intensity to it. Everything seems to be in perfect balance, while maple syrup gets partially replaced by the far more complex Bourbon barrel in comparison to the MD. I understand this beer is highly sought after, this time it is most certainly well deserved.

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Photo of mothman
4.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black and thick. Tan head. Nose is perfect with huge maple syrup and coffee. Bourbon and vanilla. Best breakfast ever.

Taste: maple vanilla bourbon and oak. Everything I want in a beer. Not overly roasted. Just perfect.

Full bodied. Good carbonation. Ends with maple syrup.

Amazing. That's all. Cannot believe it lives up to the hype.

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

Backlog:

Look: Poured incredibly heavy, and had a certain weight to it as it filled my tasting snifter. Minimal head, jet black.
Smell: Like nothing I had ever smelt before: intense roasted coffee with just a hint of pepper, dark chocolate, and nuances of maple. Oh yeah, and BOURBON. Really complex.
Taste: Tons of coffee on the tongue, with (what I consider) a perfect carb that just tickles the tongue. Lingering sweetness after the drink, then the amazing bourbon aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.
Feel: Incredibly coating, almost oily. The taste lingered and developed for about 15 seconds after a sip. Once again, a fantastic carb on this one.
Overall: Easily one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of trying. Would I go out of my way to get it again? Absolutely. Would I give up what it takes to get another one? Probably not. Awesome experience either way.

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Photo of Hallsey3
5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split a bottle with 3 buddies at the MD release 8/29. This beer is world class for the style and 2nd to none. Perfect amounts of coffee, maple, and bourbon make this beer a standout.

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Photo of tapperm
5/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Sprague67
5/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of StarofSahara
3.17/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerCrazyCrow
5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of 4lo
5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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