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Toppling Goliath Kentucky Brunch

 (RETIRED)
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100
100
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Formerly brewed at Toppling Goliath
Style: Imperial Stout
Decorah, Iowa USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Beer Aged in Whiskey Barrels with Coffee


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Sampled @ Woodshed 3.0! Dak supplies another gem! Liquid coal with a cashew cap that floats delicately above the brew. Godiva, Ghirardelli, and Hershey are all here, accompanied by decadent Nestle Quik dusted coffee beans, vanilla bean, oak, and whiskey. Get some maple, toffee, caramel, and even some spice. A culmination of all things good. World-class for sure!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pushkinwow (1997) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2014
12oz unmarked bottle brought to share by cparles to Ian’s that was apparently filled by the brewer for various people from the last keg of the first batch - what do you really say to that. Black with no head. Unbelievably fresh and full bodied coffee combined with freshly roasted and ground beans (which was surprising but apparently it was kept at a constant 39 for the last year or so which makes me think I need to get a fridge for certain beers), thick without being overwhelming, chewy, vanilla, light cracked pepper notes that develop on the finish as it dries out and coats the palate. The oak and booze are present but perfectly compliment everything and combine to form an incredible beer that is probably the best stout I have had.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djd07 (3480) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle shared with the Minhs back in November 13’. Pours a black with thick creamy tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a strong maple, oak, roast, coffee, and whiskey. Thick mouthfeel with an amazing maple flavor that lingers, strong coffee, light booze. Wow, lived up to the hype, sipped this for over an hour. Amazing. 3000th rating.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4302) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
This one poured a very thick black color with a small tan head. Aroma was just huge maple, light barrel and remnance of coffee too. Flavor was just liek the aroma, maple and maple, old coffee and bourbon underneath. A bit too sweet to be amazing, and as the maple wears on you, the stale coffee slightly takes effect. Still pretty good though.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1582) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
Big thanks to beerman6686. Pours a dark brown black with a brown head. Aromas of huge maple and maple and maple. Is there maple in here? I didn't know. Taste is super sweet with a maple finish. Some coffee in there at the end but mostly faded. Thick mouth feel. Medium light carb. Super good but super hyped.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (1057) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Poured black with thin dark tan head. Aroma of bourbon oak pretzel with a maple finish. Light carb thick bod. Well balanced dark choc bourbon maple. Very good but a top 5?

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Clownoisseur (210) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle 9/300. Pours like a thick, spent motor oil. Medium to low carbonation. Little to no head, more like some tan bubbles of carbonation settling on top of the oily splotches. The aromas are insane!! Coffee for days and days. Wow. Smells like freshly ground beans. The dark chocolates give off hints of oak/bourbon, but not much. Coffee dominates this nose. The taste (finally!) has the loads of coffee that you would expect, but digs deep to give you plenty of character. Bakers chocolates graham cracker, charred marshmallow....taste like s’mores! Seriously. Again, wow. The body on this bad-boy is so chewy, you could stand a spoon up in it! Flavors last for an eternity. The sticky mouthfeel lets more flavor cling to your palate....maple syrup...oak...vanilla...and an ever so slight presence of bourbon. Very well hidden. The finish is very warming. Gave me chills after the first sip!! I knew this beer would be special, but wasn’t sure that it would live up to the hype. It did...and then some! Was close to giving this a perfect 5, but couldn’t quite say that it was the best in appearance. Other than that, second to none.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Daniel719 (133) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Ip trade at the brewery! Thanks to beechner224 for the Cali huna! Pours a nice dark color with a small head smells of coffee with a lot of whiskey. Taste is more of the same. This is a great beer! Wish I had more! One of the better beers I have had! Def wish I could get my hands on more.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1372) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcnielsen (2055) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2014 Bottle. Pours a black color with white head. Thanks to thehoff for sharing. Very chocolate, roasty, vanilla, bourbon flavors. Thick, syrupy beer. Really nice.


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