Mornin' Delight
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #4
Ranked #8
4.75 | pDev: 7.37%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Mornin' DelightMornin' Delight
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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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 Kentucky

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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trevormajor from Ohio

4.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal beer. 5 oz taster at Porch growler. Extremely dry with a strong coffee taste and smell. Maple syrup on the nose, a great blend of dry and sweet.

Aug 31, 2020
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mgundy32 from Wisconsin

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

Taster on tap at Three Cellars in Menomonee Falls, WI. Dark brown, espresso color. Strong notes of coffee, chocolate and vanilla on the nose. I get surprisingly little maple here. Taste is coffee forward with creamy sweet notes of vanilla and maple. Medium to full bodied. Glad to finally have a chance to try it.

Aug 22, 2020
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joberlander from Massachusetts

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

This one lived up to the hype. Maple BOMB. got on draft and literally smelled the maple before the server brought it to the table. Maple syrup, chocolate, coffee blend together but the maple is at the forefront in the aroma and taste. Super thick and sticky mouthfeel that coats the mouth and lingers long after the sip. Super smooth with no alcohol burn. Overall an amazing beer that did not disappoint!

Jun 11, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.82/5  rDev +1.5%
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

May 02, 2020
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robertm2152 from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Mar 22, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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

Mar 21, 2020
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Duffman621 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Mar 10, 2020
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.67/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Mar 07, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Mar 01, 2020
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KevSal from California

4.34/5  rDev -8.6%
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

Feb 22, 2020
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DEZ01301960 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Feb 15, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Jan 30, 2020
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Dec 29, 2019
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omahawk from Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Sep 27, 2019
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Sep 24, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.92/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Sep 08, 2019
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

Sep 07, 2019
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Aug 21, 2019
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GRG1313 from California

4.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Jul 28, 2019
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jhavs from New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Jul 24, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

May 20, 2019
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Apr 29, 2019
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miniditka77 from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev -3.6%
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).

Apr 16, 2019
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