Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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4.81/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
07-12-2013 11:04:29 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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
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.
07-09-2014 12:12:45 | More by Jeffo
4.88/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
06-01-2013 13:07:17 | More by cfrances33
4.91/5 rDev +1.9%
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!
08-29-2013 00:01:39 | More by justforrazors
4.94/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
06-07-2014 00:49:42 | More by drmcleod10
4.84/5 rDev +0.4%
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.
08-03-2013 01:09:51 | More by jaasen64
4.53/5 rDev -6%
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.
07-02-2013 00:17:44 | More by Alieniloquium
Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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