Mornin' Delight
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #4
Ranked #6
4.76 | pDev: 7.35%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
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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4.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a two finger beige head that forms after the bubble show; leggy, with clinging squiggles

Smell: Bold maple syrup and coffee join in with the chocolate fudge; perfectly balanced

Taste: Chocolate fudge layered with maple syrup, in the front end, with the coffee emerging, in the middle, and driving home the finish; the fudge and maple are balanced with the coffee tones in the aftertaste; slight astringency at the very end

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Overall: Toppling Goliath knows how to construct a bold and flavorful adjuct stout

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brentk56 from North Carolina, May 02, 2020
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4.77/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As it warms there is a sour finish that I'm finding is common to toppling goliath stouts. The look is common and dark, no foam. The smell hits me with a pleasant sweet aroma. There are not too many beers that smell this good. Feel is full with slightly above average thickness. Maple and coffee are a great combination! I still feel this is overhyped for a non barrel aged stout.

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robertm2152 from Illinois, Mar 22, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage.

Maple character tastes neither strictly of extract nor strictly of pure maple syrup. I suspect a combo, but who knows.

Explosive flavors of cheap store-brand maple syrup gives way to the woody, aromatic, dry sappy quality of the B grade pure stuff. Midpalette, a bit of coffee acidity blends wonderfully with the maple, accentuating the sappier berry notes.

Mouthfeel is full without any excessive sweetness. Higher abv does this beer well. If you've had Mornin latte, pay that beer no attention when considering seeking out Mornin Delight. The former is a syrupy mess while the latter is the real deal.

I would comment on the base beer, but besides mouthfeel, its features are hardly discernable through the maple

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matts2896 from Connecticut, Mar 21, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one that I've been wanting to try for years and have heard many great things about it. Finally found it on tap at a local spot and had to try it. The aroma of this beer was simply fantastic - lots of maple and coffee, perfect for a cold day. The taste was definitely a let down, being overly sweet and syrupy and thinner than expected. It's not a bad beer, but missed the mark and was hoping for something more balanced to counter the overbearing sweetness.

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Duffman621 from New York, Mar 10, 2020
4.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

082217 Very inviting pour. Nose is absolutely incredible. Excellent mouthfeel. Maple upfront and lingering in this Coffee flavor bomb! Thanks for the opportunity Kevin L.

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WOLFGANG from South Carolina, Mar 07, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big maple presence, but it’s dialed in. The coffee shines mostly. Creamy, vanilla, no bitterness and some berry as well. Nice base stout that finishes nutty, roasty and semi-dry.

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TheGent from New Jersey, Mar 01, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage, drank 9/28/18 from notes

poured into a barrel theory glass

looks great in the glass, small thin foamy head. completely dark

smell is huge maple, stout and than more maple.

flavor follows the nose, nice roasty character but huge maple, on maple on maple. it started overpowering me near the end of the bottle. delicious tho but it’s alot

mouthfeel is good, but thick and syrupy, a bit too much for my taste which is why i can’t rate this as high as others have

overall i get why people love this beer, but you need it love maple, a lot. iya the new trend to make big syrupy beers but it’s not for me. excellent beer but defintly over the top

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KevSal from California, Feb 22, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this at Dark lord Day in the bottle share tent. Not bad but certainly not as good as advertised. i Get the maple but I have sampled better maple coffee stouts that were as good or better for a fraction of the after market price.

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DEZ01301960 from Illinois, Feb 15, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown-wax topped 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Gorgeous beer... inky black pour with thick foamy brown head. Lasts awhile... great lacing.

S: The smell is fantastic. Rich and sweet. Big time chocolate, espresso, and roast. Maple syrup and possibly love.

T.F: Just like it smells. Big roast character. Maple sweetness and chocolate mixed with some bitter espresso and char. Vanilla, syrup, and caramel. Nicely balanced... medium bodied and warming. A slow sipper... more of the same (chocolate, coffee, and maple) at the finish.

O: An elite Imperial Stout, and made for an outstanding mid-Winter nightcap. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. One to seek out.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Jan 30, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019 bottle into a PAA Dino glass.

Very dark brown with minimal highlights. Two fingers worth of caramel colored crown form and slowly recede, leaving no lacing behind.

I can smell maple as soon as the bottle is cracked. Putting my nose into the glass carries in huge maple mixing with coffee and chocolate.

The taste brings in coffee with a little more prominence. Just a huge mix of chocolate, coffee and maple all tangling.

Not hugely thick, despite a sticky sweetness. Carbonation is on the low side. No alcohol burn at all, but leaves a warmness in the chest.

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4.5/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 5 oz taster on tap at a special release. Pours thick and black with very little head or carbonation. Smell is nice coffee aroma with maple tones on back. Taste is bitter coffee supported by deep rich caramel and chocolate malt and sweet syrup notes. Body leans to the malt thick side but drinkable for a big beer.

I’m not sure this is the world class beer these rankings indicate, but it is really good.

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omahawk from Nebraska, Sep 27, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh my goodness ! This may be my new top beer !! Coffee flavor with stout is mixing so well. Very nice mouth feel, dang, this is almost perfect !! Totally different style but it definitely going to rival Piraat for my number !. Only had a sample in the tap room, but I bought plenty of large cans to enjoy ! Not easy drink though, more on the serious side to drink slowly and enjoy. On high side of alcohol.

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4.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black. No head, but there's a ring of a residue from the head around the glass.
Coffee is really strong an pleasing on the nose. Deep and rich. There's vanilla notes, and chocolate. Just spot on.
Taste - wow! This is perfect. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Maple syrup. Just amazingly good.
Thick bodied. Smooth. Slightly warming, no alcohol burn at all.
This beer is worth the hype. Must try beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 bottle. Poured highly viscous motor oil with a beige head that disappeared quickly. The aromas is heavy in rich sweet maple. Just a little coffee in the background as well as vanilla. The taste is precisely the same. Mega doses of sweet maple. The coffee comes in but more like an afterthought, gives a mocha flavor with vanilla and some cocoa. I find this stout sweet, decadent as well as robust. It lends a nice full bodied mouthfeel with no alcohol warmth. Overall: it provides massive amounts of maple. Yes its no doubt a breakfast stout but I do kinda wish there was more coffee to help balanced out the sweetness. But nonetheless, this is a spectacular stout!

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Benish from Wisconsin, Sep 07, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with tan head. Immediately, you can smell the maple and coffee, like a cafe with freshly ground beans. It smells really good. It's sweet with plenty of maple and coffee character. There is also a bit of bitterness on the finish. The pour I got was 5 oz. I think that's where this really suffers. It's a beer that you only want a little of. You can tell it's well-made as it's measured in its use of adjuncts. It's good.

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Sheppard from Virginia, Aug 21, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Catching up on lots of historical check ins. This was a nice bottle with great flavor and mouthfeel but respectfully, having had it three times in a couple of months it's simply good beer - not worth the hype.

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GRG1313 from California, Jul 28, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tulip.

Dark and syrupy, almost pitch black. Mocha colored head is thick, foamy, and slow to dissipate. It leaves some clingy mocha lacing and a cappuccino collar.

Aroma is roasty coffee over sweet and woody maple. A hint of floral vanilla.

Flavor is bold coffee balanced with sweet maple. Bittersweet baking cocoa and roasted dark malts. Maple is hidden a bit behind the powerful coffee.

A bit thinner mouthfeel than I expected, lighter side of moderate carbonation.

A beautiful beer with lots of nice flavor and aroma characteristics. Would like to try different batches as comparison.

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jhavs from New Hampshire, Jul 24, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. Bottled 8/26/15; drank 10/20/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Black appearance.

Minimal dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Rich dark roast coffee bean, vanilla & maple syrup notes in the nose.

Thick, smooth mouthfeel.

Rich maple syrup, dark chocolate syrup & vanilla flavors up front; dark roast coffee bean notes on the finish. No booze heat.

A flavor monster; rich dessert perfection.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, May 20, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 poured into a mornin' delight teku

L - pours a beautiful think black and leaves to a two finger coffee colored head l. Minimal coffee colored lacing around the rim of the glass.
S - as described. Coffee, maple syrup, vanilla. Some bitterness from roasted malts, and maybe some astringency from the coffee
T - follows the nose. Maple dominates with coffee and vanilla as second flavors. Sweet roastiness, mild coffee astringency. The astringency comes out more as this warms.
F - think in the tounge and lingers. Near perfect, just a little over carbonated in my opinion
O - A maple syrup, coffee and vanilla ice cream in the glass. Excellent. I think this is better closer to 40 degrees.

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jheimbigner from Washington, Apr 29, 2019
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4.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cracked it open.... eventually. This bottle had the worst, hardest, most annoying wax I've ever seen. I literally tore the bottle cap in two pulling it off of the bottle. Anyway, when I did tear the cap, the smell that burst out in my face was incredible. This might be the best smelling beer I've ever smelled. Basically smelled like I had a cup of good coffee and a stack of pancakes drenched in maple syrup right in front of me. Some vanilla and chocolate in the smell too. They should make a Mornin' Delight air freshener, I would buy it.

The taste was really good, but not as great as the smell. The coffee was almost overwhelmingly strong. I didn't get a lot of other tasting notes because the coffee dominated so much. The maple was mostly an aftertaste. Great if you like coffee (which I do). A little thinner than I expected, but not enough for it to be a negative. Drinks really well.

Overall: really good, one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had. My only issue is that the other stouts I think are comparable with Mornin' Delight are like 1/3 the price (maybe less).

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miniditka77 from Illinois, Apr 16, 2019
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3.06/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Saved this for a very special occasion and unfortunately did not enjoy it. Thinner than described by others and too roasty. Definitely was getting a strong green-peppery thing going on.

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AllOfTheCats from Illinois, Mar 22, 2019
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4.64/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At last, finally got to try one of the vaunted stouts from T.G. Now for what was honestly expected. Is it a great coffee stout? Yes. Is it a top 10 beer in the world? No chance. Now that we have gotten the hype proceedings out of the way, this is a decadent stout with layers of bakers chocolate, maple, molasses, praline, vanilla, pecan, smooth malt, and of course dark coffee. The smell features all of the taste flavors, but does so in the prism of the coffee, and adds some dark fruit too, amazing. Feel is worthy of the hype as well, with full and lush dark nature, but not overly sweet or heavy.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Feb 23, 2019
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4.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black. Dark mocha head. Decadent. Great breakfast beer but having as a dessert instead. Coffee and maple blend so well together. Sweet but not overpowering. Thickkkk.

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ktr5010 from Illinois, Jan 23, 2019
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4.73/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2018 Bottle opened Jan 2019

A: Very smooth coffee, sweet molasses, vanilla, maple, and mellow roasted malts. Very full and smooth but remains nicely balanced and not overboard. Perfect.

A: opaque black with medium brown head that quickly falls to a nice ring around the glass.

F: wonderful flavors of coffee, maple, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, mild roast malt. Perfectly blended flavors that follow directly from the nose. Very smooth.

M: Full body with nice medium-low carbonation. Fully coats the mouth and lingers in the pallet. Remaining chocolate, coffee and maple syrup with a balanced finish.

O: An excellent stout and one of the best I’ve had. The smooth and creamy coffee, maple, and mocha flavors melt into a delicious stout. Highly recommend and I like some more please.

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edisacoolcat from Virginia, Jan 17, 2019
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4.83/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap during the 12-15-18 KBBS release. Excellent aroma and flavor. A maple beast! In my opinion this is every bit as good as KBBS. When factoring in the acquisition costs, Mornin' Delight is a no brainer.

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Sandis from Minnesota, Dec 19, 2018
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