Mornin' Delight | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Mornin' DelightMornin' Delight

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
How do you like your coffee? Try our delicious coffee stout and you'll never want your low-fat vanilla cream latte again. This might not contain a wonderful design in the foam, but it certainly will satisfy your need for a late evening coffee pick-me-up.

Added by Pintofbrown on 12-17-2011

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

no denying this is a great beer, but the hype really does almost make this a disappointment no matter what. i remember having my first heady topper after it was the top beer on this site for so long, and i remember loving it, but also thinking man, i know a bunch of other hoppy beer just this good. this is a really dramatically flavored beer, a big chocolate forward base stout with heaps of maple in it, its super well made, and hides its alcohol insanely well, but its almost like no matter what this tasted like, it wasnt going to live up to its top billing. it came about as close as one can considering the hype around this beer, but would i drive 12 hours to iowa and camp overnight to buy this? or would i spend a few hundred bucks on one via the secondary market? absolutely not. i am a maple guy, through and through, and this does have quite a lot of natural maple flavor in it. the coffee is bold and fresh, espresso intensity, and the earthy bitter nature of the coffee keeps the maple from making this too sweet, although it very much still seems like dessert beer to me. the base stout is tasty, but its not uncommon in any way including in quality, but all the chocolate notes in here are amazing with both the coffee and the maple. it seems at its saturation point, maxed out on the amount of flavor it can reasonably hold in it, but there is a balance in its enormity as well, and its just so smooth on the palate, throat coating going down, and leaving a brilliant maple taste on my tongue. almost has a whiskey character to it, and if i think about it, i can taste molasses, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and raisin. breakfasty i suppose, awfully intense, really well done, but just not quite as epic and life changing as it was supposed to be. is that fair?

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Photo of PaulVanney
4.8/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank 2015 MD in September of 2016 and another in Feb 2017. Have also had on draft at 2015 release.

Look: As dark as they come.

Smell: By god if this this warm maple syrup smell doesn't get you excited nothing will.

Taste: Notes from owner (C. Lewey) and brewmaster (M. Saboe): This beers flavor pallet inverts from a deep bourbon to a sweet maple syrup as it ages. You can tell. Comparing the 1 year aged from the glass on draft at release event, the aged MD was much thicker and left a better, stronger flavor of maple syrup.

Feel: Extremely thick, but as smooth as silk.

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Photo of shareallthebeer
4.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

MDb3 had on tap at Toppling Goliath.

Fantastic beer and would drink again, especially if I ever open the bottle of MDb2 that I am sitting on.

Not as much maple as I recall hearing about, but I have also heard that b3 is a tad thinner than the previous batches.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.6/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to hate this beer because of all that it has come to represent in the craft beer world, but after twice receiving a 10 ounce pour for $5 each at the taproom, I was able to go into my first taste of the beer with a more open mind.

The nose on this beer is all coffee at first, with sugary artificial maple syrup popping as the beer warms.

On the palate, this beer bursts with deep, bold, rich layers of coffee, chocolate, and faint maple syrup flavors.

Overall, this is the best non-barrel aged stout out there. Good Morning has better maple syrup flavor, and Double Shot has better coffee flavor, but neither can quite surpass the fantastic depth of flavor offered by Mornin' Delight.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.49/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, smells of coffee and maple, light tan head. I let this warm up a little after my first sip in the taproom. The aroma and flavors started to come out as it warmed, and it definitely got better.

My only gripe on this one is the mouthfeel. It was thinner than I expected, but keep in mind I was having side by side with Assassin and Term Oil 4-C, two extremely thick stouts. I think MD is very good, but a little more viscosity would send it higher in my book. Definitely worth the try if you can find it, but not so sure I would go through the hassle of seeking it out if I wasn't in Decorah already.

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Photo of kevanb
4.55/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10oz pour on tap at Toppling Goliath. Reviewed live at the bar.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, inky and viscous, with a tan head, about two fingers high, solid retention and spotted lace. The aroma is nice, this was served very cold but as it warmed, lots of coffee and chocolate, subtle and smooth maple, stone fruits, roasted and malted grain, really smooth and luscious. The flavors are fantastic, tons of maple and coffee, wonderfully roasted, tons of grain, bakers chocolate, mild fruity acidity, such a balance of flavors, really does remind you of breakfast. The mouthfeel is superb, coating, rich, full bodied, lots of legs and heft, super smooth finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A wonderful coffee stout from Toppling Goliath and a real treat to find on tap. Lots and lots of smooth maple as it warms which really compliments the coffee while sitting on a great stout base. A very memorable beer.

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Photo of Beer_Line
3.87/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 (batch 3). Pours almost black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee. Taste is big sweet coffee and maybe a lil maple syrup. Mouthfeel is nice and smoooth but thinner than I'd expect. Overall, this was a huge disappointment from what it took to obtain it and the hype. There are plenty of $20 beers that will be sufficient enough for what this beer delivers.

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Photo of edthehead
4.73/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, jet black with a bountiful, lasting, and sticky mocha brown head. Coffee early on the nose and palate, but warms up to a very nice interaction with maple, also on the nose and palate. The second pour from the bottle was a waltz of coffee and maple, coffee led but both undeniable. Mouthfeel was in the moderate range but not disappointing. Great showcase of coffee maple interaction, with great flavor, but still more rustic than sweet. Thanks Corey for the trade!

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Photo of Chuckrutter
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 vintage. Closest thing to a criticism would be the mouthfeel where the body is a bit light. But the flavor is all there. Coffee heavy with a nice support from the maple. Smooth and incredibly balanced. I need another bottle!

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch 2 into a TG snifter. Pours pitch black with no head. Aroma is all breakfast. Coffee, maple, toffee, vanilla, chocolate. Amazing! Taste is exactly as the nose. So much maple, toffee, vanilla and coffee. I wanted some bacon with it. Feel is slick and creamy. Very coating. Overall, this is the best beer I've ever had. Beats out GM by a tad. Amazing balance of all flavors but all flavors pop so much.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.96/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

B3 bottle poured into snifter glass. Rich, black color small tan head. Notes of maple, chocolate and coffee meet the nose. Dark chocolate (slightly bitter, yet rich) and coffee greet the palate and then the maple syrup --- oh my! The well balanced taste lingers on the palate - this is a chocolate donut with a nice maple coating.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

b3 2016. Pours a beautiful dark with lingering creamy tan head. Nose is full maple syrup with fresh coffee. Taste is wonderfully bitter coffee and dark chocolate with maple. Like a maple drizzled dark chocolate glazed donut dipped in espresso. Mouth feel is full without being overly thick. This falls between a 4.8 and 4.9 for me. I think Good Morning may still hold the top spot, although I'm very glad to have had this beer, and will seek it out again.

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Photo of Shogun250
4.49/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Such a silky smooth beer. Feel is def 5 everything else is a little overhyped. This was B2 and I got the coffee roastiness and bitterness on the backend, but was way more maple forward then I was expecting after having B1 at EBF 14. Good beer but I still think I like the taste and smell of GM a little better.

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Photo of leuk0
4.04/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

B3 MD 2016.

Trader beware! I've had previous versions and the maple is subdued in B3 - really non existent. The drop off in quality is steep. Coffee is present but mouth feel is thin. Previous batches were great but faded in short order. Not worth the current trade value. Beer is enjoyable but comparable quality can be found on your local shelves.

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Photo of JFresh21
4.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

MD B3 (2016)

You know it's good when you drink 3 glasses of it. Smells of maple syrup and fresh roasted coffee. Upon sipping, you are smacked in the face with coffee. There's no mistaking it. The secondary layer is a strong helping of maple. It's the right amount of maple, you definitely taste it, without getting too sweet. Nice thick body and goes down smooth for it's ABV.

This is a -must- try beer.

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Photo of YvesB
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 1 at the assassin/kbbs release.
Maple was still ever so present. Some coffee on the nose but less in taste. Unbelievable smooth, balanced and complex. Without a doubt the best non barrel aged stout out there.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour in my nice new MD Teku glass on MD day 2016.
L: A dark beer with a brown head that looks lovely.
S: Coffee & maple syrup. More maple on the nose than I expected.
T: Tons of coffee up front. When it was just poured and still cold - I would only get a bit of maple on the back end. Particularly if I only took a small sip. But as it warmed the maple became more powerful - that's where this beer really shines.
F: Thick and viscous.
O - I don't love coffee stouts quite as much as some, but this one is the best I've ever had. The maple goes so well.

Edit: from the bottle it's a lot more maple forward.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

10 oz pour in MD teku at MD day. Definitely need to let this warm up, dark oily color with a dark brown head. Aroma is very coffee forward with some syrup notes. You get the coffee first with a little syrup jumping in at the end with a great fluffy body that I was expecting. Totally nitpicking but I fell the coffee was overpowering the maple, maybe with some time the bottles will be more even?

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Photo of Brian29
4.35/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a fleeting minimal mocha head. The BA depiction was a mirror image of my pour, low carbonation.

A splendid aroma of coffee, a hint of maple, and a daunting whiff of alcohol.

I've heard plenty of mythology surrounding TGB's stout mouthfeels, and was eagerly anticipating to be wowed...which unfortunately, I was not. In fact, I felt it was considerably light by comparison to other elite stouts (Cycle, Cigar City, BA Abrax, Goose Island, J Wake, all thicker). I was greatly disappointed after hearing so much. It was smooth and slick, but I seek that chewy, sludgy component of what I consider elite stouts.

The astringency of the coffee became a standout as I pondered my experience. There seems to be a fresh bitterness that's rarely or perhaps uniquely captured by this beer. The maple was only a light undertone, barely noticeable by me. A supporter might say it's because it's wonderfully balanced and melded, but I'm going to say - I didn't taste it. I'm a fan of maple components in my stouts with Good Morning and MBP being two of my top three favorite beers, the maple in MD is of no comparison to these afterthought and nearly a non factor. It's my opinion that Good Morning is absolutely superior when seeking a maple stout by an Iowa country mile. Maybe the maple served as a sweet component to slightly offset the alcohol bite, but again it's an afterthought vs being showcased. The showcase here is fresh black coffee and i grew endeared to this fresh bitterness.

Overall Mornin' Delight is a solid if not strong stout. I'd order it any time I saw it on tap and would love my order. I'd encourage friends to get to the bar and have a taste. It's a great beer no doubt. It's my opinion that if you seek a maple stout with similar rarity, without a doubt seek Good Morning. In this experience, MD does not cast this massive shadow over all other beers in this category, its merely good. While perhaps in the same league as Good Morning, GM is the league champ, whereas Mornin' Delight isn't playing the same sport at MBP, dominated by complexity, uniqueness, and taste. (In my opinion GNVP is also substantially better...oh, Morning Wood and Sunday Brunch also). The hype around this brewery has merit but the mythical status is overblown. I'm an experienced drinker and trader and there are better beers that require far less effort and resources.

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Photo of Ericshain
4.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L - This is a really dark beer. Thick and syrupy, sticks to the edges of the glass.
S - Overwhelming maple syrup. Faint coffee
T - Strongest part of the beer. Delicious coffee and syrup notes. Sweet maple didn't overwhelm the taste profile as much as the smell would indicate.
F - Very thick and sticky.

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Photo of TylerHockett
4.84/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a treat to try this at MD 2016. Waiting for my Teku and poor was salivating...the look as it came out of the tap was beautiful. The head was an amazing dark brown.

Smell and taste were both very coffee heavy with little maple until it warmed up for ~10 minutes. Then the maple begins to appear slightly, though not as much as I hoped.

Amazing beer.

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4.69/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight

A: One of the most heralded American imperial stouts ever pours like motor oil, pitch black and viscous. It is topped with a deep caramel-colored head. Together, they look a bit like espresso with the crema. Retention is below average, likely due to the 12% ABV. Lacing is immaculate, however. Carbonation is impossible to note. Alcohol legs are present. Intimidating and inviting at the same time. 4.75/5

A: Woody maple syrup (clearly natural maple) and bitter French roast coffee roast explode out of the glass. The malt actually implies pancakes. Notes of molasses and dark chocolate back up the strong breakfast notes. A little bitter vanilla bean shows up (though this is not brewed with vanilla or barrel-aged) along with some caramel and toffee and deeply toasted sugars. Amazing. 5/5

T: Unfortunately, the strong maple flavor does not carry through into the taste as much as it showed in the nose. It is there, but it is a background flavor to the aggressive French roast coffee, deep espresso, and a surprisingly strong dark chocolate flavor. Vanilla, milk chocolate, burnt sugar, and molasses all play second fiddle. The maple, when it does show, comes through very earthy and woody. The argument could be made that maple is just "well-integrated," but it is a bit disappointing when it is so prominent in the nose. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, and the beer dries up incredibly well for 12%. 4.5/5

M: Here, the beer is a home run. Absurdly thick, sticky, creamy, yet still amply carbed, and with no whiff of alcohol heat, this is what every imperial stout wants to be. Light drying on the back end ties it all up with a bow. 5/5

O: This is a review of specifically the 2016 vintage of Mornin' Delight served on release day at Toppling Goliath. Having had several past batches of MD, this reminds me of one other, weaker batch quite a bit. There have been batches that were truly remarkable in their balance between maple, coffee, and base beer, but this one is dominated by that aggressive roast, leaving maple drowned out underneath the hefty stout character. Of course, even this disappointing batch is above most other stouts on the market, and the maple, when it does show, is fantastic. It is probably not worth what it commands via trading and/or secondary pricing, but honestly what is? This is a premier American imperial stout done like only TG can, and that much is evident in the jaw-dropping mouthfeel alone. Pair with Kayo Dot's "Dowsing Anemone with Copper Tongue" because while it is not "Choirs of the Eye," it is still amazing. 4.5/5

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Photo of Gp311
4.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Strong Maple Flavored, almost a charred, woody Maple flavor to me. The coffee still present after so long, but had a somewhat bitter taste to it. It was a definite must have on my list, and glad it got to enjoy it. Worth the hype, probably not, but a good overall beer I'd like to try fresh one day.

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Photo of bismarksays
4.38/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours syrupy and has little to no head. This may not bother other people, but this a non barrel aged coffee stout. Just give me a finger nail of head. Hmm. Moving on.

Big coffee notes, burnt sugar, maple, and maybe milk chocolate
Taste follows suit and the beer is sweet. Not cloying per se, but sweet nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: sticky and viscious, syrupy. Light carbonation and creaminess would do this beer wonders as it would break up that sweetness (or at least take the empahasis away).

Overall: a non barrel aged beer that in many ways drinks like a one. It is bold, thick, and sticky. Again, good, but for me, the mouthfeel and curb appeal fall a touch flat.

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Photo of sposter4
4.07/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very excited to get to try this. Pours like syrup or motar oil with no head. Smell is huge coffee and maple. Taste is off however with a great up front coffee and burnt sugar taste that finished with a lingering sour milk flavor. This off tone dies down intensity as the beer warms but is still present. I really wanted this beer to live up to the hype but it fell short. Not even in the sane league as MBP.

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