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Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
tgbrews.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is the real McCoy. Barrel aged and crammed with coffee, none other will stand in it’s way. Sought out for being delicious, it is notoriously difficult to track down. If you can find one, shoot to kill, because it is definitely wanted... dead or alive.

Added by siradmiralnelson on 02-26-2012

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523
Avg:
4.81
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
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Photo of tectactoe
1.53/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Black with tan head. Smells like overly sweet maple syrup and cloying molasses. Tastes even more sweet than it smells. Pure Aunt Jemima. Cloying. Hard to drink. Too thick. Don't see the hype. Sucks.

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Photo of StarofSahara
3.17/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a good coffee stout, but it is blown way out of proportion due to its insanely limited availability and the fact that that availability makes it impossible to get a bottle without emptying your cellar. The beer looks great- black as night with a beautiful head. Smell is coffee and bourbon with a sugary sweetness behind it. The sweetness is present in the taste as well, creating a somewhat uncomfortable mouth feel. The coffee is outstanding, but the sweetness kills it for me. I'd take BCBCS over this every day of the week.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.8/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to Mike for this one. 12oz. bottle shared with jbuddle and POTABLE83. #155/300 into Torst stemware. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a .25 finger dense, dark chocolate head with moderate retention. Beer is rich, thick and pitch black. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Probably the biggest, oiliest legs I've ever seen on a beer. Ever part of this screams imperial.

Nose is a hot fudge Sunday with a side of pancakes and bourbon maple syrup. Very aromatic. Outstanding.

Notes of maple syrup, chocolate, fudge, and molasses. Very chewy with loads of pancake and waffle and the slightest hint of bourbon that serves to complement the cornucopia of breakfast flavors perfectly. Now THIS is a breakfast stout if I've ever come across one. Finishes sweet and syrupy with a sticky, molasses and chocolate aftertaste. Phenomenal!

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and viscous. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable for 13% but definitely a sipper.

This is easily one of the best and most unique imperial stouts I've ever had the opportunity to try. I'm not sure where Toppling Goliath came from but between this and Morning Delight, they have the market cornered on breakfast style imperial stout. Kentucky Brunch is simply amazing and I could drink this over and over and over again.

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3.5/5  rDev -27.2%

I liked it, but just dump 6 oz of maple syrup into a halfway decent ba stout and you'll get the same beer. And probably diabetes.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was very happy to see the three bottle stout set arrive at my door, courtesy of cparles. Cheers! We drank Morning Delight, Assassin and KBBS, in that order.

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2013
Silver wax
Bottle X of 300
Whisky barrel aged with coffee

APPEARANCE: Same as Morning Delight. Pours out black and thick, yielding a smell, medium looking, creamy, dark mocha colored head with great retention. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a swirly wisp and bubbly ring. A faint wisp and ring remain leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Thick black body and a great head, and just a touch more lacing would give it a perfect score.

SMELL: Basically like Morning Delight with some whisky barrel aging. Maple, caramel, butterscotch, coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla cream, with some whisky and oak pulling it all together. Really decadent. Bold and infinitely complex, with lots of aromas all over the place. Morning Delight was already a perfect score, so too bad this one doesn't go to 11.

TASTE: Outstanding. Lots of maple syrup, caramel, whisky and oak up front, with more sweet butterscotch, maple and barrel flavors at the swallow. Definitely maple and coffee with a big, lingering finish of bitter coffee and dark chocolate, coconut, sweet vanilla, whisky and oak coating the palate. Very flavorful, complex and absolutely delicious. Wonderful sweet flavors with just enough bitterness and whisky barrel to provide the perfect balancing touch. Just great.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A touch lighter than Morning Delight, but still full enough for the style. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. A bit of heat lingers as well. Good feel.

OVERALL: Though it doesn't claim to be, this could very well be barrel aged Morning Delight. Absolutely fantastic. This has everything I loved about MD and added a touch of whisky barrel aging on top of it. One of the rare, rare occasions when a beer of this magnitude surpasses its billing. This is the best barrel aged imperial stout out there at this point, and I can't imagine being able to surpass this either. Would love to drink some of the second batch that is apparently waiting patiently at the brewery. Thanks again cparles. World class.

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Photo of inkdemention
3/5  rDev -37.6%

Poor coffee stout with sweet maple and subpar whiskey. Sad. I didn't cough up an arm or leg for the bottle either. Maybe if I had lost a limb my rating would be higher. Meh.

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Photo of Paccamacca
4.68/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glad to have got the chance to try this. World-class? Yes. Was it better than Proprietor's, DBH, Masterpiece, Chez, various De Garde BUs, that we had at the same tasting? ... no.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.55/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(2014) Super balanced.Pours out black as night. Coffee, lots of maple syrup, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt and sweetness. Getting some boozy heat and bitterness on the back end. Coats the mouth. No doubt this is world class, but I feel like I've had this before.

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Photo of DonFrap
5/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It angers me to write this. I really wanted this beer to be super overrated and to just be a product of Midwest people pumping up their instawalez. It's not. This is the best beer I've ever had. Smell, taste, lacing, everything is perfect. It smells like maple syrup with a hint of bourbon. It tastes like smooth maple syrup with a hint of bourbon. I never thought something non HF would become my favorite BA stout, but it has. Nice job Toppling Goliath. Please make this again. Soon.

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Photo of aleigator
5/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kbbs '14

Pours a viscous, motor oil black color, with a small dark brown head, soon collapsing to a tiny ring of lacing with some spider web in the middle of the glass. Leaves back a mix of tiny tubbles and an oily texture after swirling.

Although I opened this after more than a year of its release, the coffee is as dominant as it has been in fresh Mornin' Delight. In this though, the Bourbon adds to the complexity of the coffee, creating an unforseen richness of aromas on the nose, while maple syrup appears to be a bit muted. There is a luscious bakers chocolate quality in this, tying the oaken barrel and flowery, cold pressed coffee beautifully together, creating a spicy coffee bean decadence, amped up by a mix of molasses and syrup. Coffee itself has an earthen note to it, perfectly enhanced by the barrel, while vanilla blends into scorched malts, producing an intense, wood accompanied, spicy praline impression.

I cannot belive the mouthfeel on this is real. This is unbelievable smooth. Rich and creamy, while featuring one of the most intense tasting beers I've ever had. Its silkness remains throughout, soothing the warmer parts of the beer with whipped cream and just an unbelievable softness.

Tastes of fudge, earth and brownie batter right from the beginning, together with a sweet and bitter cold pressed coffee appearance, adding foremost a roasty quality to the taste. While the flavors evolve rapidly on the palate, its silk creaminess calmes the upcoming flavor onslaught, leaving everything enjoyable and detectable. Milk chocolate and cocoa nibs set on top of the outstanding creaminess, finding their counterpart in roasty malts and a genuine coffee bitterness, blending into earth. Has a hot peak, together with a flowery barrel dryness, while licorice and a rich chocolate coating, calm the well accentuated, spicy heat. Finishes surprisingly clean and soft, right after the short, burning glimpse, whipped cream works its magic, ensuring the beers world class mouthfeel, while complimenting its chocolate richness. Coates the tongue during the aftertaste, together with gently spiced vanilla and coconut bark, packing also a lingering dryness.

This beer is beautiful throughout, it is indeed perfect. What I loved most about Mornin' Delight was its outstanding mouthfeel, but this one puts it to shame, by revealing a chewy smoothness, I have never experienced before in a beer. Its taste features a certain ambivalence, on the one hand it drinks fairly easy, due to its unreal silkness, while on the other hand it packs an unbelievable flavor range with a perfectly nuanced intensity to it. Everything seems to be in perfect balance, while maple syrup gets partially replaced by the far more complex Bourbon barrel in comparison to the MD. I understand this beer is highly sought after, this time it is most certainly well deserved.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.93/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter shared by Cory from Side Project. Got lucky and went back to talk to him about beer for a bit and this VB Assassin and Fuzzy were open.

A - Appearance is just like MD, dark as night with minimal dark mocha foam head that recedes back into the glass. Extremely thick as it pours into the glass. Minimal lacing (small pour)

S - Smell is pretty much like Mornin' Delight in the maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Then the bourbon oak vanilla smell comes through from the barrel. The barrel smell does not at all overpower the base beer.

T - Taste follows the nose with huge notes of maple syrup chocolate coffee goodness. Vanilla notes with oak and bourbon are on the finish. Definitely one of my favorite tasting stouts of all time. This was after BA Abraxas and Vanilla Bean Assassin. I think this was my favorite of the 3.

M - So chewy and delicious. Coats the mouth and stays there

O - From a small pour I was able to tell so much. After having MD i could tell that this was the BA version of that. It is one of the best barrel aged stouts ever brewed.

2014 Gold Wax KBBS poured and split amongst friends

This is pretty similar to 2013 in terms of mouthfeel and barrel character. It doesn't quite have the maple finish that 2013 did but the coffee is definitely better in this years. Decadent smooth creamy mouthfeel, TG nails their mouthfeel in all of their big stouts.

I have to say that this is still my favorite BA Stout that I have had, slightly ahead of DBH, BA Abraxas, BA Coffee Abraxas, PvW Black Magick, BA Lumber. This outshines them all. I wish it wasn't so damn hard to get, but seek this one out in confidence.

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Photo of Resuin
4.97/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This is the 2014 gold wax version.

Appearance: Pours black with a finger of coffee/tan head that slowly fades to nothing. (4.5)

Smell: Burnt coffee, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, a hint of roasted malts. (5)

Taste: Toffee, toasted malts, coffee, maple syrup and pancakes, vanilla, rich fudgy milk chocolate. (5)

Mouth-feel: Full bodied with a low to medium carbonation. Thick and creamy. (5)

Overall: This is simply a fantastic stout. The coffee, maple, vanilla and chocolate flavors meld together wonderfully for a tremendous BA stout - the best I've had. (5)

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.6/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from tap into Chalice approximately 12 ounces.

A. Poured maybe a half finger of very dark tan head by the time it arrived to my hands. Not much lacing. Color is jet black.

S. Whiskey, oak, vanila, molasses, roasted malt, chocolate. Not overpowering on the aroma. Not a whole lot of whiskey barrel on the nose, but does impart subtlety. This beer reminds me of Bourbon County Stout in a lot of ways, which is saying something about this beer. Nice smooth smelling beer for a barrel aged imperial stout.

T. T. Nice whiskey, bourbon hints. Smooth. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol. Nice vanilla, milk chocolate sweetness. Tongue coating flavor. Again this reminds me of a smoother Bourbon County for some reason. I had one of these beers on Friday afternoon, and thought about it so much I had to go back and get another one on Saturday. Really big beer with a lot of flavors, but still smooth.

M. Full bodied. Tongue coating sweetness. Medium low carbonation.

O. Damn good Imperial Stout. This beer made me crave having another one. Smooth but great whiskey flavor. This is really as good as a lot of the best barrel aged stouts that I have had. Mouth coating flavor. Really smooth for 13%. I found a lot of similarites to BCBS for some reason, but I can not remember BCBS ever being this smooth fresh. Having had Kentucky Brunch makes me very excited to try my bottles of Assasin. Kentucky Brunch needs to be put in a bottle soon. Toppling Goliath is putting out some really good beers.

5/6/12 Bottled Version

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured about a half finger of head. Color is jet black. Moderate lacing. Not much head retention.

S. Smells like bourbon. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Smells like I remember it on tap. Does smell a little hot. Molasess, roasted malt. Pretty heavy cofee aroma.

T. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate. Not super boozy on the taste, but you can fell that it is there. Really nice chocolate flavor on the back of the tongue. Big time flavor.

M. Nice mouthfeel. Full bodied, close to being called chewy. Lingering bitterness on the finish. Low carbonation.

O. Lots of coffee flavor going on. Nice barrel aged characteristics as well. This was a delicous beer on tap, that really impressed me. Nothing different about this beer out of the bottle. Job well done TG!

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Photo of Gerberr
5/5  rDev +4%

Picked up a 2014 bottle in the Brewery on the day of the release. Gold wax covers the cap down to the bottom of the neck of the bottle.
Poured into a snifter.

A: Thick, viscous, motor oil appearance. Little to no head, what was there dissipated and just remained at the edge of the glass.

S: This was hands down the best beer I've ever smelled. Bourbon, maple, coffee, Carmel, sweet smells. If there was an air freshener of this I would buy them all....every last one.

Taste: Just as good as the smell. Bourbon, coffee, maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla, hint of toffee. All of the tastes I just mentioned seem to be equally dispersed in the beer no real dominate taste, a perfect mix. There was a slight warm alcohol presence when I first sipped but as it warmed it completely disappeared.

M: Thick, rich, filling. Coats your mouth hole and sticks to it. Absolutely wonderful. One bottle is like a meal, but you just want to go back for seconds, thirds, and fourths.

Overall: Think of KBS on steroids with the addition of maple syrup and you have KBBS. Does it meet the hype? In my mind yes. Absolutely wonderful beer that I cannot find flaws with. I was discerning during drinking and tried to find issue with it. I take that back, there was an air bubble between the label and the bottle, I squeezed it out...flawless.

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Photo of Lucho
4.25/5  rDev -11.6%

review of 2014 Gold wax KBBS. First I would like to say that I have had a good 4 ounce pour of 2013 kbbs on two separate occasions and this 2014 was shared with my friend with 6oz pours each.

A: 4.25/5 pours an almost solid black with quarter inch mocha head from a semi vigorous pour. head fades to nothing within a few seconds.

S: 4.5/5 maple forward with a strong coffee presence followed by slight alcohol and fudge. not nearly as sweet smelling as last year and lacking that beautiful maple syrup and chocolate bomb of last years batch.

T: 4/5 at first there is nice sweet maple but then the huge coffee astringency hits you and bitter coffee dominates the palate. The barrel and maple are there but are overshadowed by the coffee. though the huge coffee profile may subside over time, It seems that the bitter astringency will never fade as its a bitterness oily issue.

M: 4/5 not nearly as creamy and silky as last years or even lesser beers like Assassin. The finish from the coffee is almost slightly dry and the maple and barrels don't shine as they should.

O: 4.25/5 Overall this is a good beer that unfortunately happens to not be the beer that it was in 2013. 2013 was a life changing experience and almost didn't disappoint in anyways. I enjoyed drinking 2014 but was turned off by the unbalanced coffee presence and bitter astringency.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive had the 2014 before, but I was lucky enough to be able to sit on the TG patio with Clark and Mike BOTH and sample the 2013 & 2014 back to back! Both are out of this world ridiculous with tons of barrel but the 2013 was smoother. 2014 had more coffee left in it.

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Photo of WynnDavis
5/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was nothing short of spectacular. A deep, rich black color with fantastic lacing. The nose was unctuous. There was big wafts of maple syrup, fudge, vanilla and a perfect roast bitterness from subtle hops and perhaps the char of the barrel. The mouthfeel matched every part of the nose on this beer. It was viscous and chewy, but the marriage of all of those huge flavors kept it from being a mess, which I can only imagine how hard that had to be to brew. Huge vanilla, pancake syrup, and a roasted twinge of coffee bitterness. What a remarkable beer. I shared this with three friends at TG. Bottle courtesy of TG. What a great crew.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.87/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Toppling Goliath on release day. Served in a Duvel style tulip.

Pour: pitch black with two fingers of deep brown head. Leaves light lacing, and the head dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: woah. Lots of sticky maple, coffee, and a light bourbon. Some toffee and vanilla. A really nice roasty char, but no smokiness. Decadent and inviting. As it warms, it smells identical to Mornin Delight.

Taste: lots of butterscotch, coffee, and smooth roast. Some vanilla bourbon, and a touch of maple. The barrel definitely took the distinct maple syrup quality of Mornin Delight and gave it a toffee like quality. Finishes creamy with bourbon, coffee, and toffee.

Mouthfeel: really very drinkable. Lighter carb than Mornin Delight, but just the right amount. Very creamy, especially as it warms. Very little bourbon heat. Finishes creamy, lightly sweet, and lingers for a long time.

Overall: amazing. I enjoyed this better than Mornin Delight because of its superb balance of flavors. Easily the best barrel aged stout I've had yet. Awesome.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was served in a chalice-tulip. I reviewed this from notes.

Appearance- The foam is a brown-sugar colored ring around the glass that leaves behind no lace. A completely black body looks great in the curvy glass.

Smell- First noticeable aspect is the iced mocha scent. It is slowly followed by some brown sugar and caramel syrup. I also get the flare of whiskey and oak. It smells incredibly rich and delectable.

Taste- So much whiskey and barrel oozing on the palate, with some coffee roast and leather as it flows over the tongue. The finish is very roasty and smokey.It takes a few sips, but the malt sugar also pervades the drink. Crazy good!

Mouth feel- The pub calls it "gluttonous", and I have to agree. The body is huge, silky, and chewy. Thanks to the stickiness, the finish never seems to end.

Overall- Kentucky Brunch is the stuff dreams are made of. This offering would be perfect if the palate imitated the syrupy nose more directly. Instead of letting the smokey whiskey take over on the tongue.

A fantastic, big brew with a fantastic feel and whiskey to spare.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is jet black with a tight mocha head. Nose is strong coffee, clean and roasted, notes of maple and vanilla with a well balanced bourbon and wood. Taste is a little sweeter, very big with lots of roasted coffee, well integrated bourbon and vanilla with some slightly charred wood, malt berry sweetness in the finish. Roast lingers, full bodied, creamy and moderate carbonation. Well balanced, lots of coffee with a fair bit of bourbon and malt sweetness, can get a hint sweet.

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Photo of Abbbp
5/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So ok, on the real, I gave up a ton for a couple of these bottles. And leading up to having it w some legendary DFW BA's I thought I wouldn't like it. I mean c'mon man, there's no way it could live up to the hype.man I've never been so beechwood aged wrong in my life.

My boy Adam was being swooped away by a double unicorn led chariot. What do I mean? It was amazing. Truly a trancendent stout. It was flat out the greatest stout ever made in America. And wel I haven't tried everyone, but I've tried everyone enough from the list.

The smell, taste, aftertaste, feel, and dat maple dho, just perfection incarnated. Wasn't hot for fairly fresh either, can't wait to try the next couple little bit down the line.

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Photo of moose3285
4.88/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle # 110 of 300. This bottle has been tempting me ever since it showed up on my doorstep. Thanks isn't enough to maximum12 for sending me a bottle completely unexpectedly.

A - Pours thick and black with about a quarter inch tan head, which dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a thin ring.

S - Reading some of the reviews on here, I was expecting to get a wave of coffee as soon as I popped the cap, which I really didn't get. But as it warms, the aromas really begin to shine. Maple and bourbon are dominant, while the coffee hangs out in the background. There's just enough heat in the nose to let you know this one is a sipper.

T - This is where it's at. Honestly, this tastes like a plate of bourbon and maple syrup soaked chocolate chip pancakes followed by a sip of really good coffee. I have no other way to accurately describe it. It's fantastic and unlike anything I've ever tasted before. I have no idea how they got so much maple syrup flavor into one bottle. But at the same time, it's nowhere near cloying in any way. The coffee plays second fiddle to the maple, chocolate, and bourbon, but there's enough there to tie it all together.

M - Carbonation is spot on. This is thick and silky. It feels like velvet on the tongue.

O - At 12%, I'm trying to take this one slow but it's disappearing way too fast from my glass. I was really curious to see if this would live up to it's lofty expectations. Not only did it live up to them but it surpassed them. I hate to gush but this is just really fucking good. I'll be sad when my glass is empty.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.55/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared at DLD15. Silver wax. Served in a snifter.

Appears dark brown bodied, one finger bold brown head, good retention, no lacing. It looks just like Mornin' Delight does. Smells of sticky maple syrup, a fair bit of coffee, with a bit of oxidation, milk chocolate, a bit of bourbon. It doesn't smell a whole lot different than Mornin' Delight, but that's not a bad thing. However, on the palate, the bourbon comes through a bit more; casting an oaky presence in the background, very mild bourbon flavour/heat. The maple syrup still dominates as does the coffee, which I'll never complain about. Some milk chocolate and roasted malt backs it up. As with the base beer, it's a very two-note beer that the bourbon doesn't necessarily add much to. Mouthfeel is excellent, full bodied, sticky yet smooth, easy to drink. Overall this is a very good beer; it's not necessarily worth what it takes to get; economics aside it is an excellent stout that nicely balances two extreme flavours even if it's not particularly complex. No other brewer has been able to make a beer like this, with the exception of Tree House, so there has to be some points awarded for that.

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Photo of kevanb
4.89/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, 2014 date with gold wax, poured into a Toppling Goliath teku. Enjoyed on 12.13.14, shared with my dad, review is from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, motor oil consistency, very thick and viscous out of the bottle with a lovely finger or so of mocha colored head, thick, taut and firm that has superb retention yielding a few spots of lace but with great dark staining legs. The aroma is fantastic, loads of smooth chocolate, coffee is assertive, but at the same time mild, lightly roasted with a nice fruit character that helps accentuate the stone fruits that come out in the nose, charred oak and whiskey with a bit of toffee sweetness linger well and just a splat of maple that helps curb any heat from the barrel and the bitterness from the coffee. The barrel character is what leaps out to me on the tongue, very smooth, nice mix of charred oak, lightly chewy and soft bourbon, a bit of toffee, a bit of molasses, even a touch of spice while smooth and decadent chocolate, lightly bittersweet, rolls over and brings forward stone fruits with lightly roasted and fruity coffee. The balance is supreme and the finish has just a breath of warmth to it from the barrel. The mouthfeel is perfection, thick, rich, creamy, viscous, silky, smooth, coating, any adjective you like for a stout, this has it, carbonation is perfect, enough life while being totally forgotten yet it also doesn't feel too sticky or clumpy, and the finish is incredibly fluid.

Verdict: A lot of hubbub and noise about this beer and it's all deserved. The balance and complexity is tremendous, everything in true harmony, no one characteristic is truly defining and each aspect of the beer is artfully mastered.

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