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Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.83
pDev: 6.42%
Wants: 1,519
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A stout aged in whiskey barrels with coffee added.

(Beer added by: siradmiralnelson on 02-26-2012)
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AleWatcher, Sep 14, 2013
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.81/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to Mike for this one. 12oz. bottle shared with jbuddle and POTABLE83. #155/300 into Torst stemware. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a .25 finger dense, dark chocolate head with moderate retention. Beer is rich, thick and pitch black. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Probably the biggest, oiliest legs I've ever seen on a beer. Ever part of this screams imperial.

Nose is a hot fudge Sunday with a side of pancakes and bourbon maple syrup. Very aromatic. Outstanding.

Notes of maple syrup, chocolate, fudge, and molasses. Very chewy with loads of pancake and waffle and the slightest hint of bourbon that serves to complement the cornucopia of breakfast flavors perfectly. Now THIS is a breakfast stout if I've ever come across one. Finishes sweet and syrupy with a sticky, molasses and chocolate aftertaste. Phenomenal!

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and viscous. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable for 13% but definitely a sipper.

This is easily one of the best and most unique imperial stouts I've ever had the opportunity to try. I'm not sure where Toppling Goliath came from but between this and Morning Delight, they have the market cornered on breakfast style imperial stout. Kentucky Brunch is simply amazing and I could drink this over and over and over again.

SpeedwayJim, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
4.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was very happy to see the three bottle stout set arrive at my door, courtesy of cparles. Cheers! We drank Morning Delight, Assassin and KBBS, in that order.

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2013
Silver wax
Bottle X of 300
Whisky barrel aged with coffee

APPEARANCE: Same as Morning Delight. 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: Basically like Morning Delight with some whisky barrel aging. Maple, caramel, butterscotch, coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla cream, with some whisky and oak pulling it all together. Really decadent. Bold and infinitely complex, with lots of aromas all over the place. Morning Delight was already a perfect score, so too bad this one doesn't go to 11.

TASTE: Outstanding. Lots of maple syrup, caramel, whisky and oak up front, with more sweet butterscotch, maple and barrel flavors at the swallow. Definitely maple and coffee with a big, lingering finish of bitter coffee and dark chocolate, coconut, sweet vanilla, whisky and oak coating the palate. Very flavorful, complex and absolutely delicious. Wonderful sweet flavors with just enough bitterness and whisky barrel to provide the perfect balancing touch. Just great.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A touch lighter than Morning Delight, but still full enough for the style. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A bit of heat lingers as well. Good feel.

OVERALL: Though it doesn't claim to be, this could very well be barrel aged Morning Delight. Absolutely fantastic. This has everything I loved about MD and added a touch of whisky barrel aging on top of it. One of the rare, rare occasions when a beer of this magnitude surpasses its billing. This is the best barrel aged imperial stout out there at this point, and I can't imagine being able to surpass this either. Would love to drink some of the second batch that is apparently waiting patiently at the brewery. Thanks again cparles. World class.

Jeffo, Jul 09, 2014
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4.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter shared by Cory from Side Project. Got lucky and went back to talk to him about beer for a bit and this VB Assassin and Fuzzy were open.

A - Appearance is just like MD, dark as night with minimal dark mocha foam head that recedes back into the glass. Extremely thick as it pours into the glass. Minimal lacing (small pour)

S - Smell is pretty much like Mornin' Delight in the maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Then the bourbon oak vanilla smell comes through from the barrel. The barrel smell does not at all overpower the base beer.

T - Taste follows the nose with huge notes of maple syrup chocolate coffee goodness. Vanilla notes with oak and bourbon are on the finish. Definitely one of my favorite tasting stouts of all time. This was after BA Abraxas and Vanilla Bean Assassin. I think this was my favorite of the 3.

M - So chewy and delicious. Coats the mouth and stays there

O - From a small pour I was able to tell so much. After having MD i could tell that this was the BA version of that. It is one of the best barrel aged stouts ever brewed.

drmcleod10, Jun 07, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Toppling Goliath on release day. Served in a Duvel style tulip.

Pour: pitch black with two fingers of deep brown head. Leaves light lacing, and the head dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: woah. Lots of sticky maple, coffee, and a light bourbon. Some toffee and vanilla. A really nice roasty char, but no smokiness. Decadent and inviting. As it warms, it smells identical to Mornin Delight.

Taste: lots of butterscotch, coffee, and smooth roast. Some vanilla bourbon, and a touch of maple. The barrel definitely took the distinct maple syrup quality of Mornin Delight and gave it a toffee like quality. Finishes creamy with bourbon, coffee, and toffee.

Mouthfeel: really very drinkable. Lighter carb than Mornin Delight, but just the right amount. Very creamy, especially as it warms. Very little bourbon heat. Finishes creamy, lightly sweet, and lingers for a long time.

Overall: amazing. I enjoyed this better than Mornin Delight because of its superb balance of flavors. Easily the best barrel aged stout I've had yet. Awesome.

cfrances33, Jun 01, 2013
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4.91/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle 230/300 poured into snifter after having 15 minutes on the counter to warm from the fridge.

A- Pours a viscous pitch black with a dark brown/mocha head about 1/4 inch high with insane retention for a stout. Detectable carbonation bubbles, but on the low side, as appropriate for style. Over two minutes, the head fades to a mocha ring around the edges of the glass.

S- Mother of god- this smells like Vermont maple syrup aged in a bourbon barrel, dipped in chocolate, and wrapped with the tears of angels. Honestly though, the syrup sweetness with the wood notes really dominate, although the bourbon notes are just hanging out behind them.

T- Maybe I am just riding the hype train, but this tastes absolutely amazing. A huge sweet maple sugar (think the little maple butter candies you can buy up in Vermont) followed by a super mellow bourbon barrel character mixed in with chocolate, caramel, and a balancing roast and bitter note.

M- Thick. A bit more carbonation than I expected for this, but it works well with the beer. This is an oil slick of a beer, as it should be for the style. This is definitely a sipper, but I could (and will) drink a full 12 ounces in one sitting happily.

O- This is by far the best tasting and smelling beer I have ever experienced. Insanely good, better than BAVDL and BCBS rare in my opinion. I am actually a bit upset I decided to open this bottle, because I don't know if I will ever get it again. I guess I will be at the release if they release it in the future!

justforrazors, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of moose3285
4.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle # 110 of 300. This bottle has been tempting me ever since it showed up on my doorstep. Thanks isn't enough to maximum12 for sending me a bottle completely unexpectedly.

A - Pours thick and black with about a quarter inch tan head, which dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a thin ring.

S - Reading some of the reviews on here, I was expecting to get a wave of coffee as soon as I popped the cap, which I really didn't get. But as it warms, the aromas really begin to shine. Maple and bourbon are dominant, while the coffee hangs out in the background. There's just enough heat in the nose to let you know this one is a sipper.

T - This is where it's at. Honestly, this tastes like a plate of bourbon and maple syrup soaked chocolate chip pancakes followed by a sip of really good coffee. I have no other way to accurately describe it. It's fantastic and unlike anything I've ever tasted before. I have no idea how they got so much maple syrup flavor into one bottle. But at the same time, it's nowhere near cloying in any way. The coffee plays second fiddle to the maple, chocolate, and bourbon, but there's enough there to tie it all together.

M - Carbonation is spot on. This is thick and silky. It feels like velvet on the tongue.

O - At 12%, I'm trying to take this one slow but it's disappearing way too fast from my glass. I was really curious to see if this would live up to it's lofty expectations. Not only did it live up to them but it surpassed them. I hate to gush but this is just really fucking good. I'll be sad when my glass is empty.

moose3285, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
4.84/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into HF stemmed glass, split three ways. Huge, huge thanks to Josh (thebigredone) for sending this to me!

A- Pours a decently viscous dark slightly brown black, fairly opaque jet black in the glass with some light purplish brown along the edges, very thin mocha brown head forms that has decent retention and fades at a moderate pace to a flat top, leaves thin lacing that fades back into the glass.

S- Aromas of rich maple syrup, integrated bourbon, dark creamy chocolate, a bit of oak on the backend. Very sweet smelling, but very pleasant and retaining a nice balance. Definitely above average aroma strength.

T- Dark creamy chocolate, sweet/sugary maple syrup, balanced and integrated bourbon, faint hints of oak. Finishes with a strong, rich maple syrup presence with balanced bourbon, oak, coffee, and creamy chocolate. Easily one of the best finishes I've experienced from a beer.

M- Thick, viscous, creamy, very drinkable, incredibly smooth especially at a surprising 13%, only a faint presence of alcohol, fairly low carbonation but appropriate for style.

O- This beer definitely blew me away and is 100% worth the hype, possibly one of my favorite beers to date. There were a ton of strong, rich tastes coming out but it still retained a very nice balance and drinkability. I wish this was made on a regular basis and wasn't so rare so I could drink it all the time. I definitely recommend seeking this out especially if you like big, rich, balanced stouts.

jaasen64, Aug 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +3.5%

Picked up a 2014 bottle in the Brewery on the day of the release. Gold wax covers the cap down to the bottom of the neck of the bottle.
Poured into a snifter.

A: Thick, viscous, motor oil appearance. Little to no head, what was there dissipated and just remained at the edge of the glass.

S: This was hands down the best beer I've ever smelled. Bourbon, maple, coffee, Carmel, sweet smells. If there was an air freshener of this I would buy them all....every last one.

Taste: Just as good as the smell. Bourbon, coffee, maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla, hint of toffee. All of the tastes I just mentioned seem to be equally dispersed in the beer no real dominate taste, a perfect mix. There was a slight warm alcohol presence when I first sipped but as it warmed it completely disappeared.

M: Thick, rich, filling. Coats your mouth hole and sticks to it. Absolutely wonderful. One bottle is like a meal, but you just want to go back for seconds, thirds, and fourths.

Overall: Think of KBS on steroids with the addition of maple syrup and you have KBBS. Does it meet the hype? In my mind yes. Absolutely wonderful beer that I cannot find flaws with. I was discerning during drinking and tried to find issue with it. I take that back, there was an air bubble between the label and the bottle, I squeezed it out...flawless.

Gerberr, Sep 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +3.5%

Schlais, Jun 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev -1.7%

DaftPatrick, Feb 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +3.5%

77apm, Sep 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +3.5%

williamjbauer, Mar 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +3.5%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev -1.7%

dc55110, Jun 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +3.5%

striker2160, Jun 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -6.8%

JasonFromLA, Aug 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +3.5%

roostor07, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -6.8%

weonfire, Sep 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +3.5%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -6.8%

GMUPatriot_inKansas, Dec 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev -1.7%

leschkie, Jul 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev -1.7%

huskermike12, Jun 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +3.5%

Gonzoillini, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.53/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottle number.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass again. Bigger and darker head than Mornin' Delight and Assassin. Great surface wisps.

Smell - Bourbon. Maple. Vanilla. Dark chocolate. Everything you'd want in a stout. The bourbon does take over, though.

Taste - Bourbon is sharp. Coffee comes out here. Dark chocolate. Maple comes out in the back. Sweetness lingers. Bourbon flavor lingers also.

Mouthfeel - Very thick. Boozy. Sweet with medium carbonation.

Overall - Tough to argue which is better, but bourbon always wins.

Alieniloquium, Jul 02, 2013
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Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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