Mornin' Latte
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #58
Ranked #1,712
4.23 | pDev: 8.51%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
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Notes: Mornin’ Latte is an imperial coffee milk stout brewed with lactose and a careful blend of cacao nibs and aromatic coffee to emulate an iced mocha latte. This delicious beer asks you to slow down, pour a glass and enjoy the moment.
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Black pour with big fluffy mocha-colored head. Great lacing.

S: Sweets.... roasted coffee, burned grains, vanilla, and cocoa.

T.F: Just like it smells. Sweet and roasty... Italian roast coffee, chocolate, soy, and vanilla. Some roast bitterness comes through for balance with a dash of hops. Medium bodied.... smooth and creamy. A little booze mixed in for good measure.

O: A delicious milk stout... and it's exactly as advertised. Toppling Goliath nailed this one.

Saturday at 05:15 AM
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minterro from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Hazel's in Boulder. Canned 10/21/20; consumed 11/14/20.

A&S: The beer is thick-looking while poured and mid-black color. When poured with vigor, the head is a light tan that pours two plus finger and stays around for a while in about a finger. The aroma is a little one dimensional, however, it is a wonderful freshly ground coffee bean aroma. Hints of dark cocoa and molasses.

T&M: Way too sweet for me. Sweet milk chocolate and marshmallows. No real tones of bitterness or alcohol even in the finish. Surprisingly drinkable for 8.9% AVB. Almost too thick almost chunky, but velvety smooth.

Overall: Admittedly, this isn't my favorite style, and this beer probably my least favorite I have had from Toppling Goliath, but it is still not bad.

Nov 15, 2020
THE_VANDAL from Arkansas

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you're looking for a milk stout that ramps up the coffee, vanilla, cocoa and sweet to dessert levels, you'd be hard pressed to find a better indulgence than this lovely drink. I keep a few cans of this libation around all of the time, and so should you!

Oct 30, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can stamped PKG 09/30/20 (3 weeks ago) poured into an Irish coffee glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours dense very dark brown with mocha colored head. The head builds slowly but quickly filled my glass before settling down to a thin cap. Lots of lacing. The aroma is sweetened and creamed cold brew coffee. The taste is bittersweet coffee with notes of caramel and cream, very subtle chocolate before a roasted malt, moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, excellent. The balance here is the key. There are sweet notes, but it finishes roasty & drier than you would think.

Oct 21, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/16/20 A few months on this one

Pours a dark brown with dense creamy two fingers of head. It looked like honey on the pour. Very thick looking brew. Retention doesn't last very long. Some spotty lacing. Mild light penetration on the edges.

Nose is sweet notes of coffee, chocolate, soy sauce/malty, and booze. The alcohol wafts out quite strongly.

Taste is a malt forward stout with accents of coffee and chocolate. When I initially had this, it was very coffee forward and this sweet almost high fructose corn syrup quality. Now that this a few months of time on it, it seems more balanced and restrained. This may very will be personal preference and is probably not in line with the intentions of the brewer. However, I think it has tamed this one for the better.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied and rich and smooth with mild carbonation. Very nice creamy consistency.

Overall a nice coffee stout. This is a stark contrast to the Morning Shakeout that I had by Timber Ales recently. Whereas that was a bitter, dark, and dry finish this is sweet rich and decadent like a dessert.

Sep 19, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light carbonation with an above average body. Has a creamy thick feel.
Aroma is coffee,bakers chocolate, mocha malt candy. A little bit of dark fruit and licorice.
Taste is oddly in the middle between tasting like iced mocha and a very nice coffee dessert stout.
This is an excellent dessert beer that isn't cloying sweet. Definitely worth a try but one at a time is enough

Sep 07, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap. Poured pure black with a tan, fluffy head. Really nice looking. Smell is coffee, chocolate, roast malt. Taste is deep and varied. All the chocolate, coffee, and malt as in the aroma, but also I got cream, marshmallows, black licorice. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, coats your tongue. A bit of alcohol presence, but it's not harsh or biting. This is one of the smoothest drinking beers I've ever had. Overall, wow, what a treat! I love sweet stouts and this one hits the spot. Every sip made me anticipate that next one. T.G. did it right!

Aug 26, 2020
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GoBearsWalter from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful, fluffy, thick mocha head on top of a jet black pour.
Wonderful coffee, bakers jacket, and maple syrup smell.
Taste of bitter coffee right up the bat smoothly transforms into Carmel, Baker’s chocolate, and maple syrup. A nice bitterness in the end that you would expect out of an imperial. A very sticky, sweet taste throughout.
A very smooth Matthew on this milk stout.

Jul 26, 2020
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Quickly diminishing black brown head. No lacing, most likely due to ABV. Aroma is roasty, chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit. Taste leans toward a sweeter chocolaty/coffee late. The lactose is present and provides a nice sweetness as well as creaminess on the feel. Low-medium carbonation. Overall, I think I prefer my stouts to be a little on the sweeter side, so this hit the spot for me.

Jul 24, 2020
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dfillius from Iowa

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A tasty one overall which delivers on aroma, flavor and appearance. Heaviness and heat are noticeable and could be dialed back. However heat is very mild for the ABV, and is not overly distracting. Label advertises that it is Imperial, so I knew what to expect. My only question is, does it need to be Imperial? Also, it’s a bit too sweet - would be better with some more roast or licorice notes to balance.

Jul 22, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Fantastic looking black beer with a great lasting than head and sticky lacing
Smell - smells like slight coffee with a creamy roasty malt slight cacao. As noted, smells like an iced mocha latte.
Taste - Taste like an iced mocha latte, incredible! Coffee, creamy milk, cacao, slight vanilla.
Feel - medium full body with a creamy light carbonation. I'd prefer more body to this one but still really good.
Overall - This is just an incredible beer if you love mocha latte's or coffee, choclate and so forth.

Jun 14, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 2/24/20, so 3 1/2 months old.

Initially looking great in the glass. Jet black body with a decent dark tan head. However, the head fizzes away quite quickly, and an agitation doesn't return it for long. No lacing.

Really nice aromas of mostly coffee, but with a good chocolate presence as well.

A simply delicious drink. Smooth strong coffee flavors. A nice chocolate taste throughout. Sweet without being cloying. The abv gives a comforting warmth in the back of the throat. Loving this.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish a sweet warm coffee flavor.

Overall, an outstanding flavored milk stout. Happy to have another 3 in the fridge!

Jun 05, 2020
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bobhits from Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously gifted to me by a whisky buddy of mine who knew I liked beer too.

Well, off the bat the body and head are that of about a perfect stout. The ~9% mark is where the alcohol isn't over powering the body, but it's thick and sticky and sweet enough to give it nice long lingering legs.

Nose - lactose, medium roast, and chocolate for days.

Taste - it opens with an over the top sweet lactose bomb. Vanillas and milks. Then quickly turns to bitter very well made and expertly roasted coffee. The finish is more coffee forward than some of my morning cups.

I think they nailed what they were going for here, but at the same time. I've never wanted a latte. Latte's are like the crap version of coffee. So I gotta ding it in a way for being what it is supposed to be, far too latte like coffee stout. Still if you want a milk bomb with coffee, here's your beer.

May 31, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours coffee colored with a one finger ecru head that fades to a ringlet; a few shards

Smell: Coffee and mocha with vanilla tones

Taste: Sweetened coffee with a heap of lactose; some mocha flavors add depth and more sweet tones; the coffee comes on strong, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite the sweet treat

Thanks, xKURTx, for the opportunity

May 04, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Canned a little under 2 months ago. The base imperial milk stout is wonderful, lush, decadent, and appropriately sweet. The chocolate is prominent while the coffee is more subtle unfortunately. I would have more coffee, but this is stellar as is. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy perfection. The ABV is incredibly well hidden.

Apr 19, 2020
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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look ebony with tannish head
Smell molasses , caramel, sweet coffee
Taste sweet with sugary coffee times
Feel moderately carbonated like beer should be
Overall what a great winter beer! Love the heaviness and warming tones with each sip! This is a great winter beer for me! Would love to see what pairings would go with this beer!

Apr 18, 2020
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robwired from Kansas

4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hmm. "PKG09/20/10 BEST BY 03/18/20" And I just saw and bought this tonight. But I don't gravitate toward Toppling Goliath. However.
One month after the best-by date, this milk stout still flavorfully sets itself apart from good milk stouts (I hope it's not the drop-off from the September canning). I did a blindfold test -- OK, so I closed my eyes -- and olfactored a raisin scent. The mouthfeel is a little thick and resinous on the corners of the mouth. A glass of water is handy. Or would've been, had I taken my own advice.
Flavor. Nibs and lactose give a brightness to this brew. ... Oh, sorry. Stopped writing as I enjoyed a smooth, roasty coffee malt finish.

Apr 17, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 10.15.19.

A - Dark opaque brown colored pour with a one finger thick layer of caramel cream foam laying on top, nice cascading bubbles.

S - Light cream and chocolate malt aroma. Overall the nose is light and faded but then again, this can is over five months old, some drop off is expected.

T - The flavor more than makes up for the drop-off in aroma. Nice roasted chocolate throughout with a slight bit of char, coffee bean, and delicate smoke buried way down. There's also a nice layer of cream on the palate that blends extremely well with the chocolate roast.

M - Thick and silky soft, leaves a coating of sticky sugar on the lips, a little wet on the finish. Initially there's a slight bit of warming on the way down. The cream part of the beer leaves a little coagulation on the palate.

O - This is a pretty fantastic Milk Stout.

Mar 26, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown + dark chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that reduces to a small to medium sized patch of thin film surrounded by a large patch of slightly mottled very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of coffee along with light to moderate aromas of cacao nibs/chocolate. Underneath that is a just shy of moderate aroma of roasted + caramel malts with a moderate amount of lactose sweetness.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of roasted + caramel malts with a moderate amount of lactose sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of coffee along with light to moderate flavors of cacao nibs + chocolate. Light amounts of roasty bitterness are present that fade away relatively quickly leaving sweet coffee lingering.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a very pleasant smooth + creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable (especially for those of us that are coffee lovers) and definitely reminds me of a iced latte with the smooth coffee flavors and lactose sweetness.

Mar 22, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ML is an over the top, sweet milk stout. The beer is rich, syrupy, and reminiscent of chocolate syrup mixed with coffee liqueuer. Truly a king of dessert stouts.

I am impressed with the reviews on this beer so far because they are spot on. It is difficult to get through the whole 16 ounce can as the beer is very sweet.


Mar 15, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

2.69/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can poured into a tulip pint glass. Pours nearly pitch black with a small head that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma is sweet booze with some coffee and dark roasted malts. Taste is similar, cloying and very boozy. Mouthfeel is hot, sticky (not in a good way), and does not invite another sip. Honestly difficult to finish a full 16 oz. My wife took one sip and looked like she wanted to spit it out. Tastes even stronger than 8.9%. I'm very glad I only got a single and not a 4-pack.

Mar 09, 2020
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cmiller4642 from West Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 01/16/20. Poured into a Jackie O's snifter

Pours black as night with about a 1/2 finger mocha head that dissipates very quickly

Smell is very boozy chocolate and coffee. A lot of really big alcohol notes coming off of the nose

Taste is better than the nose. Alcohol isn't really prevalent, but the beer is very sweet and has more chocolate on it than coffee notes at the beginning, and then the sweetness fades off into a nice coffee aftertaste.

Feels very much like an iced coffee or a frape on the mouth (which is what they were going for). The taste will definitely linger and stick with you, but in a good way.

Overall: It's a an alcoholic Starbucks iced mocha. I'm the kind of person that prefers more coffee in my coffee stouts than chocolate. It tastes really good, and honestly would probably go well with breakfast in the morning, but at the price I will stick to Pseudo Sue.

Mar 01, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great look, even better smell but just way to sweet for me. If the roasted malt had a bit more bitterness to at least balance the beer, I would have enjoyed more. Likeable but exhausting to get through 16 ounces. 1 and done.

Feb 26, 2020
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super thick and sweet. Cocoa and maple syrup taste, very slight tartness and a bit dry. Wish it came in smaller cans because this is heavy and the alcohol hit hard.

Feb 24, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 1/16/20. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; creamy khaki head that falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of coffee and espresso. Some chocolate and vanilla cream. Malts are there. The flavors are very rich and bold. Lots of coffee and espresso leading the way. Lots of milk chocolate. More vanilla cream along with some sugar. The lactose isn't shy. This one is on the sweeter side, but it's not quite cloying or too over the top. Nice malt backbone. Low bitterness. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very creamy, velvety, fluffy, thick and smooth.

Wow, this truly is a great coffee stout. The coffee shines. The "milk stout" characteristics and lactose shine as well. This one is extremely bold and there's really no holding back, especially for a beer that's just under 9% ABV. The craftsmanship is very impressive. They really nailed this one. This is up there with some of the best coffee beers I've ever had.

Feb 23, 2020
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