Mornin' Delight
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #4
Ranked #7
4.75 | pDev: 7.37%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
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Notes: 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.
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NickandToni from New York

4.98/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

5oz pour at Carmine Street in NYC.


I’m not sure how this is so perfect. Warm without being boozy, sweet but balanced beauty. With all the extras, the backbone is a well developed stout. This is a magic experience.

I am blown away that anyone could complain about the $15 pour. Most of NYC just had a mediocre pinot noir for $15 and found that normal. This may be the very best pour value in the city. Go in before it’s gone.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Chris7482 from Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pure black pour with a huge maple nose. Lots of maple flavor balanced with coffee. Thick, velvety mouthfeel that leaves syrup stickiness. Just a great beer!!

Aug 06, 2021
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.72/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a fresh ten ounce pour on tap into a tulip glass. The rich and luscious cocoa-colored foam pours two fingers deep over a nearly black base, and slowly dissolves leaving ample lacing coating the surface and the rim of the glass. Powerfully aromatic maple and coffee is detectable a foot away. Bringing the nose in closer reveals underlying notes of chocolate and an intense maple and coffee that is simply about as pleasing as can be expected from a beer. The taste is fresh maple and coffee, chocolate, molasses and syrup with just a hint of roasted malts and hops from the base beer. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall just short of life changing, but if every coffee stout were this good it would be a better world.

Aug 03, 2021
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OfficerKramitz from Pennsylvania

4.77/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

P: deep brownish black with a slight brown head which dissipates, stayed a bit stronger in the draft Bergson

A: Strong maple syrup goodness with French toast. Draft was pure French toast

T. Sweet maple syrup up front followed by a strong roasted coffee and then gets more mapley on the back end. The coffee was a bit lost in the draft version but I did not miss it.

M: nothing bad, nothing great.

O: this is definitely a quality beer. It’s pushing to be overly sweet but the coffee works to balance it well. This definitely would be superb in a barrel.

May 23, 2021
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Craftbeerfan666 from Norway

4.88/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Nose is of course clearly maple, all bait the beer itself is highly coffee dominated/driven. (To a somewhat surprising level I must say). A superb stout.

Apr 20, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.54/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - black thick with a great tan foam and lacing
Smell - coffee maple maybe some blueberry
Taste - maple coffee chocolate vanilla, not overly sweet
Feel - full creamy body
Overall - really tasty

Mar 09, 2021
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Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark from Massachusetts

4.86/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe its the psychology of how hard this is to come by or how expensive it is but I loved this one! The only points I took off were for how sticky it leaves everything and for lack of a head. The taste is fantastic ... none of the bitterness of a typical beer of its kind, all of the flavour.

If you aren't into sweet beers, this won't be your jam. It takes what Founders Maple Mackinac Fudge does and removes the boozy sting. It tastes like french press coffee, those little maple syrup sugar candies and a bit of chocolate. It keeps the chocolate smooth and without the harsh/bitter pure cocoa notes many stouts these days have.

The colour is black with a slight tan head which dissipates quickly. The beer is syrupy and will leave the glass, your lips and anything you touch sticky like resin. Probably the price to pay for such a delightfully sweet beer.

I had this on draft at Rogue Island in Providence. At $16 for a 12 oz. pour, it's much better than paying $50 for a bottle. Not sure if I would do that despite how good the beer is. I can see why it's in the top 10 but it seems like most/many of the beers in the top 10 are limited releases with improbable obtainability, so maybe psychology and hype brings them to the top of the list. I wish there were more smooth/less harsh breakfast stouts, like this. Funky Buddah had a good one a year ago. If they came out with a version that added a bacon note, I'd probably drive to the brewery to get it.

Feb 15, 2021
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wally_world from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maple nose, maple and roasty coffee combo throughout, and a long, lingering finish with a bit of heat. The maple does not overpower and fits in nicely with the coffee and roasty stout base.

Like others have mentioned, the price tag is a bit prohibitive. However, the beer itself is excellent.

Feb 14, 2021
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LupulusLucas from Iowa

4.08/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black like cannon fodder and aroma of maple and caramel. A very pleasant beer but far from the $50 price tag. A fantastic beer that should be a flagship for the brewery and not a large event once a year release— specially since other special releases TG does are predominantly barrel aged. Good beer, overpriced

Feb 10, 2021
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brokensail from California

4.21/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle @ 10K + OT. Thanks, Gil! Black in color without any head. Viscous. Maple syrup, coffee, vanilla, and graham cracker on the nose. Toffee, a hint of peanut brittle, and plenty of chocolate. Nice bitter chocolate on the taste to balance out the sweet toffee, vanilla, and maple. Nice graham cracker, roast, and coffee, too. Well done all around. Another solid beer from Toppling Goliath.

Feb 05, 2021
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Gcam311 from Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bellview! Straight crazy... Nose is a decadent blend of coffee and chocolate and that mouth feel that coats the tongue and back of yer throat leaving you needing another sip!

Feb 04, 2021
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Klan85 from Netherlands

4.46/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a true Maple and coffee bomb. For me to much maple, but it's a good stout. barrels are a bit behind on the overwhelming maple.
Backlog okt 19, 2019
MD 2017 apr 20, 2018
MD 2018 dec 28, 2019 + jul 27, 2019

Jan 27, 2021
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Jeff-Iowa1 from Iowa

4.63/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this at the brewery Jan 7 2020. I also had Term oil Maple Cakes and Assassin Vanilla bean in the same flight. I have had it other times when that was the best beer in the flight while those other two dominated this.
It is an outstanding beer and love to drink it when ever i can get it.

Jan 20, 2021
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An unbelievably huge thanks to Chris for this one. You are a saint, sir. Thank you.

Batch 5 - poured into a balloon stem at 45°F.

Great big hiss when opened. Pours an inky coal black, sitting like black coffee in the glass, with just a hint of deep brown sheen on the top. A collar of coffee bean bubbles form, before quickly simmering down to nary a ring.

Nose: I can smell this from across the table. This thing is crazy. A Tsar Boma explosion of maple galore, like a Canadian pancake house with an industrial sized syrup spill. Beneath that, or rather, beaneath that, a big heaping batch of fresh Ethiopian coffee - lightly roasty, bold, fresh, and warming. The actual beer base is just oozing with caramel, brown sugar, chocolate fudge, vanilla cupcake frosting, and a big rich nutty note with hazelnut spread and praline. There's some dark fruit character, but purely in the form of blueberry pie filling and candied plum. A whisper of tiramisu cinnamon, marzipan, and fresh waffles. This is a beautiful aroma.

Palate: Mornin' Delight greets the palate deliciously sweet - almost perfectly so, and just unfurls with a maple intensity that is difficult to describe. This is like rustic, dark, grade B maple syrup boiled down and barrel-aged, lending a sweet, smoky maple fudge character, and less like Aunt Jemima, reported in batch 2 and batch 6. Nevertheless, this is still candied maple, lending a parallel thread of pure butterscotch. The coffee begins to open up, and almost eclipses the maple, lending a necessary roasty bean quality to cut through the sweetness. The coffee is fresh, smooth, and bold, with absolutely no acrid, bitter, charry, or pepper qualities. A dark chocolate-covered espresso bean note takes centre stage, with a maple silhouette, and some dried blueberry, Almond Joy, dark toffee, and Madagascar vanilla bean notes play in the background. A nutty malt note emerges, and the sweetness begins to rapidly subside - concluding with roasted malts, hazelnut, Ethiopian coffee, chocolate blueberries, malted milk balls, and the reminder of maple syrup, just managing to dry out.

Mouthfeel/Body: TG did well here. For how big and decadent this beer is, it isn't syrup. There's some very good effervescence for a 13% ABV stout, cutting through the full body. Rich, hefty, and creamy, but not quite chewy or viscous. It is quite sticky around the lips, though. The roast and coffee manages to lend just enough dryness in the finish to escape a cloying fate - mimicking very well the effect of oak tannins. Not difficult to drink.

Overall: This has always been a hype stout, and now I fully understand why it gets that praise. In fact, I think by and large, it deserves it. Even ignoring the maple and coffee additions, the stout itself is fantastic. Big, sweet, and so well rounded, with some nice sweet blonde notes. The fact that this is so rich, sweet, and hefty, yet never fights back or feels like a chore is a testament to its pedigree. You don't even care that it isn't barrel-aged. This is The Real McCoy imperial breakfast stout - it just has that special something that separates it from the rest, and I encourage any fan of the style to seek this out and try. Absolutely thrilled I got to enjoy this.

Jan 18, 2021
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dcotom from Iowa

5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Whiskey Road in Cedar Falls, IA. Six-ounce pour, served in a small snifter. Deep, almost lightproof brownish-black in color, with a thin ring of tan foam. (The beer was apparently drawn to minimize the amount of foam, which for the price was okay by me.) Big and bold aromas and flavors of coffee, maple, toffee, chocolate, and molasses. No char. Lots of sweetness and alcohol warmth as expected, but incredibly smooth. Mouthfeel is delightfully thick and syrupy. The maple syrupy sweetness and notes of espresso linger on the finish. Does it live up to the hype? You betcha!

Jan 16, 2021
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Rich4mde1 from Missouri

4.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 Bottle

Pours Dark Black with minimal brown head.

Smell like a million bucks. Get the quick hit of Maple.

Taste is a Maple bomp with notes of chocolate and hints of coffee.

Feel: It coats the palate for awhile.

Jan 14, 2021
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MostlyMetalz from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If I could have this as my morning coffee every day I would. The smell is fantastic along with the rich coffee flavor. The only bad part is every other coffee beer you tasted after having this will never compare.

Jan 11, 2021
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12ArmedGoon from Kansas

4.61/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2019 vintage.

Appearance is standard imperial stout. Dark brown/black body, tan head that doesn't dissipate right away. Thick. Sticks to the glass.

Smells like maple and chocolate. There's coffee in there somewhere, but the maple overpowers the nose.

Taste follows nose, but with coffee. Sweet maple mostly, coffee as well but not as prominent.

Body/feel is fantastic, sticks around well after swallowing.

Overall, I'd never turn this beer down. It isn't something to drink everyday, but it's a delicious treat for every now and again!

Jan 05, 2021
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D4kapa from Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rich maple nose with hints of coffee. Syrup-thick body and mouthfeel. Taste is a huge amount of fresh maple up front, with some vanilla and buttery notes in the middle, ending with roasted coffee. This is basically a pancake breakfast in a cup. Rich and decadent.

Jan 04, 2021
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bret27 from California

4.64/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018? Bottle courtesy of Draftdaddy.
L: black with fizzy dark brown head.
S: vanilla, chocolate, coffee, maple syrup.
T: coffee, vanilla, chocolate syrup, maple, wood, a little booze.
F: fairly thick. Just about right.
Overall: very well done coffee/breakfast stout.

Dec 10, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2020 bottling; consumed on 10/23/20

Pours an inky jet-black body topped with multiple fingers of creamy, fluffy, pale mocha foam; spectacular head retention fades steadily to a half-finger of rocky cap and brooding, frothy collar, along with layered gobs of thick, sticky lacing ringing around the walls of the glass with longevity.

Aroma begins with coffee, dark chocolate, and undertones of maple candy inextricably fused upfront and foundational to the bouquet; hazelnut, vanilla cream, and waves of lush dark fruits mesh with roasty maple and the subtle earth of roasty malts over the middle, developing towards a finale highlighting blueberry jam, fresh prunes, and burnt butterscotch to close.

Taste offers a slight coffee character giving way to a silky maple-forward profile upfront as roasty malt prickles the mid-palate and blueberry compote and bakers chocolate develop; a lingering hazelnut and vanilla cream again form in tandem through the finish with a plummy lingering resonating past the swallow.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body, lightly charry with an encroaching sticky texture upfront, along with a moderate fluff of pillowy carbonation; mild-moderate roasty char lingers past the mid-palate through the back end and cuts the oily slickness for a finish narrowly dodging syrupy textures.

Drinking well below the weight of both its ABV and the robustness of its adjuncts, this stout remains airy and fluffy in texture, and despite the more Aunt Jemima-styled maple, is balanced effectively with ample coffee and a soft, roasty malt base; a firm foundation in brewing while adjuncted evocatively with a sense of time and place (big-time early morning diner vibes), which alone emphasizes a masterful quality of the style.

Oct 24, 2020
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nepamikef98 from Pennsylvania

4.92/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

To start I would like to say this was purchased on tap at a local bottle shop doing pours and crowlers. I may change this after I open the crowler, but this review is based solely off the 10 oz. pour I had at the release. With that being said it was quite cold off the initial pour.

Look- Poured thick jet oily black. The beer itself has zero light coming though the body, a slight amount on the top outer edge. The head is a very dark mocha brown with medium sized bubbles. The head hangs around for a good 4-8 minutes. The glass lacing is amazing, Thick lines of dark brown bubbles hang around on the glass.

Smell- The aroma is fresh boiled maple syrup. That high sugar fresh maple syrup that. Slowly as this beer warmed in the glass it explodes with notes of coffee. The syrup is kind of overwhelmingly there throughout the beer. The sweetness is so sugar like I cant really say it vanilla. As the beer rises in temperature though the heavy sent of fresh ground espresso comes through nicely.

Taste- The Flavor profile is where this beer shined for me. Up front big espresso notes. A very nice bitterness, followed by an amazing sweetness. The back end of my pallet picked up ever possible maple flavor possible. Maple candy, and homemade fresh maple syrup. It is a very sweet beer. In all honesty though i really enjoy how the coffee notes mellow that out. The finish of beer you a greeted with a nice touch of vanilla.

Feel- the first sip this beer was not as thick as expected. It was poured quite cold as it warmed and I sipped on it, it became what seemed thicker. I mean this is a thick beer do not misunderstand what I am saying. But I just expected it to be thicker. Maybe out of a bottle it is.

Overall- Being 22 years old, I can say I've been super gifted with the beers I have been lucky enough to get my hands on. Since I got into craft beer early last year this has been in my top 10 wants for a while. I had a very high mental standard of how good this beer should be. It more than lived up to the hype. I was very lucky in being able to try this beer on tap. It really is all the best parts of breakfast in a bottle. This is a God tier beer for me. Absolutely outstanding.

Oct 23, 2020
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Kuges from Texas

4.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, I was expected to be let down on this but it exceeded my expectations. You get the coffee & maple coming through with a thick mouthfeel and perfect sweetness, not overly sweet.

Oct 20, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a thick, viscous black in the glass with just a scant off-brown head produced with moderately aerated pour. The guy filling my growler apologized to me because the beer is so thick that it takes quite a while to pour out of the tap
S -- HUGE maple presence. Kinda hard to decide whether its a nice stack-of-pancakes type of maple character or straight up artificial Aunt Jemima. Hmmm... Also getting coffee ice cream, salted caramel, hazelnut, milk chocolate, and a hint of booze
T -- Largely follows the nose with the hefty adjunct profile. In order of intensity of flavors, I'm getting maple, coffee syrup, milk chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut. The base stout itself seems fairly unremarkable. No perceivable booze, which is pretty cool for the ABV
F -- Big mouthfeel, minimal carb. Not as crazy thick or velvety as expected. If anything it feels a bit on the thin side
O -- Row 34 once again pulling the rabbit out of the hat with these to-go growlers. At $42/32oz, it was very expensive but ironically was also far cheaper than buying bottles from the brewery (this year's release was $85/44oz split across two bottles). If you took the maple out, I would have difficulty distinguishing this from, say, Trillium's Night & Day or other (well made) sweet imperial coffee stouts. That being said, this seems to be targeted towards the folks who don't really mind artificial flavors, etc. As someone who likes coffee as much as beer, the fact that TG insinuates in their description that people drink "low-fat vanilla cream lattes" in the first place is a pretty huge red flag. How about brewing something for the single-source pour-over crowd


Sep 20, 2020
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Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at vintage estate boardman ohio. Snifter pour

L - thick and chewy looking. Heavy amount of thick head. Disappointing looking carbonation. Very large bubbles as opposed to tight froth. Not a worth class high abv look at all.

S - big, big maple. Nice coffee. Cream. Lightly burnt sugar. Just loads of maple

T - definitely the most maple forward beer ive ever had by a country mile. The coffee is dark and roasty. The base of this beer is classic and roasty like an expedition stout and not overly sweet like a bcbs. The maple starkly contrasts the roast and plays on the base nicely.

F - is nice but not mind blowing.

O - very great beer but not exactly leaps and bounds above a plethora of other beers that are similar.

Top 250? Yeah. Number 10? Nah. I actually wound up with these 2 times in large beer trades but never drank them because I didn't believe they'd be worth the $100 in other beer I could trade them for. I was not wrong. I wouldn't pay more than $15 for this to drink if it were on the shelf.

Sep 10, 2020
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