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Toppling Goliath Kentucky Brunch

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5271) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
Bottle (12 oz). 2014 vintage. From Brian, thanks! Split 4-ways.

Appearance: Pitch black with a small very dark brown head, little lacing and some legs.

Aroma: There’s a burst of coffee at first followed by a really fruity presence and rich caramel/toffee. There’s also some spices/cinnamon, bourbon, vanilla, brandy (might just be the fruits though) and fudge.

Taste: Quite sweet, but well balanced by the coffee acidity. Rich caramel/toffee presence, lots of coffee here too, quite fruity, bourbon, mild spices/cinnamon presence and fudge.

Palate: Full body. Medium carbonation. Thick and silky mouthfeel. Lingering caramel, coffee and fruity finish. Nice alcohol warmth.

Overall: Excellent barrel-aged RIS. The malt depth is impressive and it’s extremely flavorful and tasty which I guess helps to get some very high ratings from small pours. I liked it a lot, but I didn’t enjoyed it nearly as much as GI Rare (which stunned me when I had it 2 years ago) or Double Black on tap (which was as tasty and more drinkable - yeah no kidding - despite being listed as more than twice the abv of this one).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2015
Bottle 2014, shared 4 ways. Deep very oily black as black pour with thin dark brown foam with light lacing. Aroma is rich, lots of molasses, fruity, brandy aroma, coffee, rich chocolate coffee aromas, spicy, cinnamon. Taste is rich, very sweet, chocolate-y, lots of vanilla, coffee acidity, roasty flavor, boozy fruitiness molasses and brown sugar. Palate is full bodied, silky, light stickiness, nice carbonation, silky and thin but just enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
theothermatt (286) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle at PD Anniversary/Post-Holiday Party. I almost couldn’t believe the hype behind this 12oz bottle. Dark pour. Nose of oak, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, with a slight bit of anise and brown sugar. Very nicely balanced, a warm chocolate fudge. Amazingly balanced between roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, and oak. Really quite nice, if not for the enormous rarity of the bottle. I’ll take it in a 12 pack of cans.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
30th December 2014
5 Kay, 7.5 Kay, 10 Kay Tasting. Very big thanks to Jack for this much wanted whale. Very dark brown - black beer, decent dark tan head. Nose of rich coffee and mild maple. Palate is smooth and airy but still has a little body. Very fine carbonation. Smooth and rich dark malts. Lovely dark malt cream and rich chocolate fudge. Mellow but well flavoured coffee. Touch of maple. Mild dark fruits and fruity mellow bourbon. Trace of licorice. Smooth dry finish. Yeah - worth the hype, this is a special Impy. Sumptuous and packed full of flavour but very easy to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
A few sips from a bottle at a tasting at Sahtipaja, Sätila. Black beer with a small nice brown head. Coffee, chocolate, licorice, dreid dark friuts, vanila and bourbon aroma. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, dark dried fruits, bourbon, woody, salty licorice and a bit smoked and roasted flavour. A smooth beer with a lovely aroma and the flavour is heavenly. My first 5,0 beer so far :-) Thanks guys to let med have some of this lovely beer :-)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2015 (Bottle) Pours black with a dark brown head. The aroma holds boat loads of compact and fairly complex coffee, perfect integrated wood and massive roast with undertones of fresh ginger, violet, stone/gravel, smocked meat, liquorice, vanilla ice cream, roasted coco flakes, sweet cocoa powder and some hops. The flavour is heavily sweet (yet not mega sticky), heavily bitter and light to medium acidic. Tones of smooth coffee/cocoa, vanilla/coconut-ish oak, dark fruits, perfect aggressive roast, spices, violet and really heavy on the hops. The mouthfeel is mega fat, oily, round, velvety and smooth with a soft carbonation. A lot of everything on the finish. Full, full bodied Vulgar yet perfect. Wow!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours jet black with a minimal head. Aroma is an intensive mix with sweetness coffee chocolate fruits vanilla. Flavor is as crazy as aroma, licorice coffee chocolate fruity some soy well balanced in acidity. Wow.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
_angst_ (4499) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle courtesy of tkrjukoff. Pours oily pitch black with a thin dark mocha head that leaves a thin ring of trace on the glass while quickly dissipating. Smell is intense and malty with roasted malts, caramel, vanilla fudge, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, soy sauce, chocolate covered cherries, raisins in rum, Schwarzwald cake, salty liquorice hard candy, moist soil and bourbon alcohol. Taste is equally intense, sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, dried pine needles, hay, moist soil, salty liquorice hard candy, soy sauce, raisins, prunes, dates, high quality mature high fat salami, walnut skins and bourbon alcohol. Mouthfeel is enormous, fat, oily, round, tiny roasted astringent and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, burnt caramel, Brazil nut fudge, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, soy sauce, raisins, dates, moist soil, bourbon alcohol, chocolate cake and hints of charcoal. Wow! While they’re not similar in their presentation the last time I had this kind of experience was the first time I tried Kaggen. Every drop is packed with intense flavours and those flavours are plain amazing. Wow! This is equally good but different. Second best IS I’ve ever tried.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle at Bryggerivisning o lite bärs, Sätila, 150109. Opaque black beer with a small but nice beige/brownish head. Coffee aroma, chocolate, licorice, nuts, cocoa, raisins, figs, caramel, vanilla, cream, plums, licorice, some bourbon, ash notes. Roasted fig and dade flavor, vanilla, bourbon, cream, dark bread, bitter hops, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, viola, salty licorice, smoked notes, citrus. Extremely fullbodied with huge depth. Alcohol is there but still well hidden. Finish brings chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins, figs, vanilla, woody, whisky notes, salty licorice, some coffee, cream and plums. Huge beer, I love it. One of the best beers I have tried!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MrHangover (3935) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle @ New Years Tasting. Massive thnx to kermis for sharing this monster. Pours a pitch black beer with a medium sized, brown bubbly head on top. Looks are daunting for sure. Aroma is simply insane. Starts off with loads and loads of coffee and molasses, followed by some smokey notes with ashes, chocolate, roast, charred wood. Extreme complexity going on here, definitely the best smelling stout I’ve ever smelled, and I doubt if there will be any better. Flavor is complex, sweet bourbon notes, loads of wood and coffee again. Some booze detected, giving it even more power. Sticky, smooth mouthfeel, great long aftertaste. This stuff is amazing, it simply is.

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