Mornin' Latte
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #62
Ranked #1,777
4.23 | pDev: 8.98%
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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Pivopijak from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draught (nitro)
As one would expect, the nitrogen pour, creates a full, long lasting, meringue like head, and this one is light brown. Very dark brown, that has a touch of auburn highlights, at bottom of the glass. No light transmission here. Smelling of molasses, toffee, some coffee and some dark roasted grains, in the background, with a little edge, to the aroma. The added lactose, makes this a bit overly sweet, to start off the taste, then the dark roast, mellow grains, and slight molasses & toffee, arrive, with the subtle coffee note, following. Finishes with dark toffee and some coffee.

Nov 21, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on draft, served in a tulip glass

black in color, tan colored head that fades. wonderful aroma and flavor though, Really nice coffee and sweet cream flavor. fuller bodied, slick mouthfeel.

Aug 12, 2021
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

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

-Imp. Coffee milk stout.

A: Huge bready textured surface is dark tan-copper with large cavernous voids, while maintaining its sturdiness. A dark oily black esspresso-esque exit from the can showed dark burgundy highlights around the edges with a silky nature. Lots of wavy sticky lace strands adore the vessel. Slow, steady carbonation beads linger to the surface.

S: Rich vanilla creamer latte, milky stout with a beautiful oily roast aroma. Very pleasant, like a freshly brewed espresso, outstanding with a dark chocolatey roast bitterness. Small smokiness, burnt grains and wood linger about.

T: Huge oily roast start, silky smooth flavor, dark chocolate cocoa with a rich vanilla creamer touch. Roasted chocolate, with earthy roasted hop flowers, and a sweet milky chocolate flavor. Mocha almond milk and nuttiness.

M: Silky smooth mouthful has a very light mention of carbonation, is oily and eloquent on the tongue with a warming roasted nature. Small smoky and roasty film layering on the tongue.

O: Overall from the first sip my ground floor was 4.5 for flavor with no hesitation. A rich, oily esspresso-esque like appearance, natural sweet vanilla and roasty nose, and a flavor that followed suit concludes with a silky smooth mouthful. It's an espresso/latte drinkers delight, outstanding in all regards.

Jun 09, 2021
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, packaged 12/21/20, best by 06/19/21 stamped on the bottom of the can. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a couple inch tan head that stayed around a while. Good amount of lacing, too. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like coffee, cream, chocolate and roasted malt. For the most part the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some hazelnut and burnt/charred malt flavors. It's a sweeter tasting brew than I expected, but the coffee/roasty flavor is still noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good overall coffee milk stout, worth a try if you get the chance.

Jun 05, 2021
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pkalix from California

3.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

canned 9/20.... nine months ago. no wonder it smells tinny.... gotta watch what you buy from certain people, i guess... even with the tinny smell it still smells pretty good, though. taste is okay, but ya just gotta wonder ya know/. especiallu when it's your first taste of a particular brew. getting the tinniness in the mouth now also. meh... definitely not a '94' in this hero's palate.... the great debate is do i even add a rating here?

May 31, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mornin' Latte 16oz. poured into my 20oz. weizen. The glass was filled perfectly to the top with a thick tan three finger head of froth. This is a very dark cola color that impossible to observe the carbonation. The foam did settle to a quarter inch cap and thick sticky lacing left behind.
I can smell sweet chocolate malts and mild coffee notes. The coffee smells very good here!
Sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, a milky sweetness, and a slight alcohol flavor.
The feel is a creamy smooth feel, from the milk, light carbonation, and the little alcohol bite at the end.
This looks perfect, the aroma is very good, and the flavor is nice. The feel is nice and creamy. My grade would be better if there was not an alcohol bite.

May 28, 2021
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

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

Single pint copped from Route 22 Liquors in Union. Pours a jet-black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Powerful aroma reminiscent of It Azz Italian sweet cream and hazelnut. Similar overall flavor profile laden with nuances of sugar milk and chocolate mothballs. Good stuff. Highly recommended.

May 15, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer at the brewery. It poured a opaque dark with ecru head and left some lace. The scent had very nice vanilla latte and coffee like notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with roast malt base vanilla latte highlights. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

Apr 17, 2021
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PolskaKielbasia from Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My review will consist of eight words: too sweet, too sweet, too sweet, too sweet

I LOVE coffee beers. I've tried dozens of them over the past 5 years. This is one of the few that I didn't like.

Apr 15, 2021
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Brian29 from Ohio

4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You could trade/chase down the next seemingly unending run of hype beers and unload your cellar to acquire. Or, you could buy this off the shelf, which is probably better than all of them. Thick. Tasty. Flavorful. Fantastic.

Apr 01, 2021
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BillAfromSoCal from California

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

My favorite stout...period....
on tap/ nitro. 1.5 fingers of a really stiff creamy, almost chewy head. Lots of sticky lacing. The head is Like meringue. Scent matches description, as does the taste. Thick, velvety mouth feel. I find nothing worthy of less than a "5" here. IMO, this is a perfect stout.

Mar 18, 2021
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TryThemAllOnce from California

3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint can (canned on 12/21/20 - Poured into a snifter glass today (3/10/21).

Nice dark beer in the glass, with an inch of tan foam that slides away in a minute or so. Sticky lacing, a few small spots remain after a swirl. Slight coffee and sugar/vanilla on the nose. The taste smacks you with sugar, maple slight note of coffee and chocolate, but goodness it's very sweet. Feel is syrupy. I didn't hate it, but have enjoyed others much more. The balance just isn't great. As another review mentioned, no ABV listed on the can, rare these days.

Mar 10, 2021
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Head of just the tiniest bubbles does the cascading nitro thing without the benefit of a widget and it's quite the sight. Retention is impressive, leaving webs of sticky lace as it recedes. 'Tis an incredibly pretty beer. Smells nice enough, too. Roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate with an obvious lactose addition. I'm also picking up a peppery note too. Can't quite place it, but it's a chili and not some sweet variety. I want to say there's an alcoholic note buried in there too, but it could be the aftershave I just splashed on. Taste... is a bit of a letdown. There's sweet chocolate right up front and that's nice, but the coffee they used tastes a bit singed. Almost burnt even. It lingers and while not wholly unpleasant, it is a bit of a letdown. Canned 12/21/20 if anyone is wondering (or even reading this). Medium-bodied and incredibly creamy thanks to the lactose, so it delivers on that front. Kind of a weird beer. I actively disliked the one I had last week and while this one is far better, I still don't think I'll be purchasing it again. Not with Founders Breakfast Stout sitting right next to it at half the price.

Feb 21, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no penetration to light. There’s a quarter inch of creamy brown on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of dark roasted coffee and lactose. I’m tasting milk chocolate, coffee, and lactose. The mouth is creamy and smooth. Very decadent. The alcohol is well hidden.

Feb 19, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

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

16oz can received as a gift from a friend. Canned on 1/16/2020 with a best by date of 7/14/2020. This is just over a year old and well past the recommended six month shelf life.

Look: Very dark brownish, bordering on black color. Almost looks like a very dark brown ale or cola. Pours with a nice looking brown cafe au lait head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: This has a lot of chocolate character in the nose. The nose reminds me a lot of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Lots of roasted character - roasted malts, subtle black licorice note? Coffee aroma is not so strong to me, but then again this beer is over a year old.

Taste: This is super sweet and caramelly. It's almost cloyingly sweet, but still quite enjoyable. There must be a lot of lactose in here to bring all of that residual sugar and simulate that iced mocha latte effect. I'm curious if this beer tastes much different when fresh.

Feel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Has a decent mouthfeel.

Overall: It delivers on what it says it is. It's hard for me to complain about an iced mocha latte milk stout being sweet! I've had other milk stouts that were not so sweet, yet very enjoyable. I am curious to try a fresher version of this beer.

Feb 04, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mornin’ Latte from Toppling Goliath. Purchased 0n 27/1/21 for $ 4.00 (Including tax) for 16 oz can ($ 0.250/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. In reefer at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 31/1/21.
Stamped on bottom rim “PKG 12/21/20 BEST BY 6/19/21”. Served at 46.5 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 50.5 degrees.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Brown (SRM 20), clear.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque When rear-lite, same.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.2 cm, aggressive center pour), buff, high density, short retention, leaving a 0.5 cm crown fed by massive effervescence, and a complete cap. Second pour produces a three mm crown and a single-bubble thickness cap.
Lacing – Fair. Wide, sketchy band of near-microscopic bubbles, much more open space than torn curtain lacing, like a net for medium-sized whales.
Aroma – 3.5 – Light coffee and milk, no hops, no malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 4 – Begins slightly bitter with mostly coffee and a hint of cocoa. No alcohol (8.9 % ABV, according to BA, NOT marked on container) taste or aroma. No gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Subsequent belches generate some coffee memories.
Palate – 4 – Full, bordering on creamy, soft and billowy carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 (Minus 0.25 point for no ABV on container) Decent but unremarkable – Seems a bit main-stream for TG.

Jan 31, 2021
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Jeff-Iowa1 from Iowa

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

Tasted at the brewery on 1-06-2021 had a great flight Assassin Term Oil and Morning Delight. This tasted good but light compared to its side by side competition.

Jan 28, 2021
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BucBasil from Rwanda

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 16oz can into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a pure creamy black color with a 2 finger frothy tan head. A nice looking beer.

S: Roasty coffee beans, a slight whiff of chocolate and a creamy milky character.

T: First impressions are a very sweet beer, and that continues throughout - sugary sweet with brownies, chocolate milk, chocolate syrup. Not much balance from coffee or even roasted note which shows up a bit in the end.

F: Smooth and creamy with a slight prickle at the end. Coating.

Overall: Tasty but a bit cloying. Definitely a desert beer.

Jan 18, 2021
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mellonsm from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really great beer. It pours thick, dark, and bubbly almost like a nitro stout in the way the bubbles take shape. It leaves a lighter brown, but still thick head and lacing. The aroma is sweet and well balanced. Same with the taste. Definitely sweeter than your average milk stout but really great. High viscosity on the mouthfeel lets you know this is not a low calorie offering. Overall a really great beer!

Jan 17, 2021
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npolachek from New York

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

Black pour with a tan head. This beer tasted really good. It was a fine balance between sweet and stout, and seems pretty similar to some of the really high rated whale beers from TG.

Jan 13, 2021
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150lRoast from Missouri

4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet black in color with a tan head that had goo staying power. The smell is a nice balance of smell with notes of coffee beans and dark chocolate. The taste is smooth milky, bitter chocolate, with a roasted vanilla taste. The feel is medium with light carbonation. Overall this is a nice coffee stout.

Jan 03, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

2.67/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Currently ranked #58 in the Stout - Sweet / Milk category and #28 in the Top Iowa Beers list with a 94 overall score.

CAN: 16 fl oz pull-tab nabbed as part of a 4-pack at a beer store in Colorado. Packaged 09/30/20. Refrigerated in-store.

Served cold into a beer glass the shape of which I've all but given up on trying to's an ornate pint sized tulip-snifter-perfect pint glass hybrid sort of thing that's lovely.

"Imperial coffee milk stout"..."brewed with lactose and a careful blend of cacao nibs and aromatic coffee to emulate an iced mocha latte." No ABV is listed on the label.

HEAD: Rich tan in colour with a dark lustrous sheen to it. Starting head height is 9cm. Retention is excellent - ~10+ minutes.

BODY: Opaque black. I see no yeast/lees. Seems filtered, but of course it's opaque.

Looks well carbonated overall. It's the right look for a milk stout, but we've all seen better...some imperial (milk) stouts have a gilded sheen to their heads with an even darker richer more expressive dark tan/brown.

AROMA: Lactose sugar sweetness. Malted milk balls. Chocolate malt. Cacao. Dark malt sweetness. I don't detect much in the way of overt coffee, to be honest...lacks the rich coffee aroma of something like Founder's Breakfast Stout or similar, and it doesn't nail a mocha/mocha latte/latte aroma at all in my view.

I detect no overt hop aromatics (which is true to style), roasted barley/roasted coffee/carafa, or charred/burnt sugars.

I think I get a hint of hazelnut and some earthiness.

Promises a simplistic but balanced milk stout high in sweetness and residual sugar but a bit light in terms of depth of flavour and intricacy/layering of flavour.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Heavy milk sugar sweetness brings it straight into dessert beer territory for me, making it flirt with feeling like a chore to drink when coupled with its curd-ly cream-heavy mouthfeel and high viscosity. Prediabetics needn't apply...

Its predictable dark malt backbone brings more sweetness to an already saccharine brew, but there's no coffee flavour, burnt bitterness, roasted barley/carafa, or other bitterness source (e.g. hops) to help mellow out all that sweetness. I find it rather imbalanced to be honest.

Has an almost nice creamy thing going on, which would work in favour of its mocha latte premise if the beer actually had a mocha/coffee/latte flavour to it but it doesn't. Has this thick milkshakey mouthfeel that just makes it a meal in a glass and not a pleasant one at that. Sweet in build even for a milk stout...Left Hand's expression of the style is sweet without feeling cloying.

This does hide its ABV well, burying it beneath syrupy sweetness. I don't know that that's a worthwhile tradeoff.

Smooth, wet, heavy, full-bodied, unrefreshing.

Has no interesting additives to liven it up (e.g. coconut, espresso, any of the other schlock brewers are dumping into these prediabetes pastry stouts these days).

I mean honestly - where's the coffee flavour? This fundamentally fails to execute the whole morning latte premise because there's just not a vivid or expressive coffee flavour at all.

Depth of flavour is decent.

OVERALL: A chore of a milk stout, to be honest. Doesn't line up with Toppling Goliath's high reputation, and I say that as a big fan of Pseudo Sue and most of what little else of their's I've had the chance to try. Left Hand's milk stout is better, cheaper, and more widely distributed. I couldn't see myself trifling about buying this again, and my remaining three cans will have to be split with someone else...even 12 fl oz is daunting to down.

I do like the cacao, but it kind of gets lost in the midst of all the beer's cloying sweetness, and the lack of any bitter ingredients to bring this into balance just tanks the beer for me.


12/22/20 trying this can in the morning to see if that makes a difference!

Imperial Coffee Milk Stout
8.9% ABV • 20 IBU

featured ingredients:
Coffee, lactose and cacao nibs

Not as vivid or expressive as one would hope for, failing to really deliver on the iced latte premise. Coffee flavour is underwhelming and lacks pungency, bringing some mild earthiness but no rich roast or espresso-like bitterness. The milk sugar imbues it with unnecessary sweetness. Cacao nibs are barely noticeable; honestly, in a blind taste test I'd figure the cacao nib flavour was mere chocolate malt sweetness.

Off-putting marshmallow fluff flavour.

Needs more coffee (and better beans), no lactose, and more chocolate/cacao.

Has a creamy softness that's in the neighborhood of what would be ideal for the beer's premise, but never quite nails it.

There's no way I'd buy this breakfast stout over Founders', Terrapin's, or just about any decent regional iteration (e.g. Parish's Reve in Louisiana, Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast in Denmark).

I don't see the appeal of it; it's pretty clearly too sweet even for a milk stout...


Dec 14, 2020
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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.

Nov 28, 2020
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minterro from California

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
Mornin' Latte from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 375 ratings