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Toppling Goliath Kentucky Brunch

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Formerly brewed at Toppling Goliath
Style: Imperial Stout
Decorah, Iowa USA
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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Beer Aged in Whiskey Barrels with Coffee


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7309) - Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2013
They work a solid coffee character into this beer, it also has a ncie mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6126) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Sampled at Darkness Day 2013. Super dark pour. Rich licorice and roasted malt nose and taste. Very nice but overhyped. Really good though. I’d like to re-try this in a better setting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_MedievAle (164) - Alabama, USA - OCT 24, 2013
bottle # 280 of 300. poured thick as synthetic pancake syrup, but darker. creamy khaki head. the nose on this is really impressive, if overwhelming: hot pancakes drenched with loads and loads of maple syrup. soft/woody bourbon undertones, bitter dark chocolate, and almost too-sweet syrup flavor dominate the taste buds. full bodied, thick and sticky with a long finish. this is a delicious beer but it was difficult for me to just finish one 12oz bottle. it isn’t as life-changing as many of the reviews lead you to believe, though. except for the possibility that it will give you diabetes.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
great beer that lives up to the hype....strong nose that almost puts me in a diabetic coma, light coffee, thick maple sour, bourbon, sweet but pungent... the taste is balanced better not as sweet as the nose, more stout and bourbon, decadently awesome

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
Bottle 230/300 poured into snifter after having 15 minutes on the counter to warm from the fridge. A- Pours a viscous pitch black with a dark brown/mocha head about 1/4 inch high with insane retention for a stout. Detectable carbonation bubbles, but on the low side, as appropriate for style. Over two minutes, the head fades to a mocha ring around the edges of the glass. S- Mother of god- this smells like Vermont maple syrup aged in a bourbon barrel, dipped in chocolate, and wrapped with the tears of angels. Honestly though, the syrup sweetness with the wood notes really dominate, although the bourbon notes are just hanging out behind them. T- Maybe I am just riding the hype train, but this tastes absolutely amazing. A huge sweet maple sugar (think the little maple butter candies you can buy up in Vermont) followed by a super mellow bourbon barrel character mixed in with chocolate, caramel, and a balancing roast and bitter note. M- Thick. A bit more carbonation than I expected for this, but it works well with the beer. This is an oil slick of a beer, as it should be for the style. This is definitely a sipper, but I could (and will) drink a full 12 ounces in one sitting happily. O- This is by far the best tasting and smelling beer I have ever experienced. Insanely good, better than BAVDL and BCBS rare in my opinion. I am actually a bit upset I decided to open this bottle, because I don’t know if I will ever get it again. I guess I will be at the release if they release it in the future!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beardaxe (169) - - SEP 20, 2013
Yea this was amazing. Similar to mornin delight but a bit less sweet. A bit more boozy. Too long ago to remember super specifics but it was fucking awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rxeight (1294) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 Huge thanks to my buddy Matt for sharing this awesome bottle. Aroma pancakes breakfast. Not maple, maple plus pancakes, maybe some cinnamon. The mouthfeel is perfect balance between thickness and carbonation. Taste has the perfect amount of bourbon but was not in the aroma. Bit of maple and chocolate. And coffee, but the coffee was really in the back or rather perfectly mixed. I really like coffee bombs, I guess it could have used more coffee in this but that might have thrown it off. Because everything really is perfectly balanced. No burn at all. Tried this at an amazing tasting up against some of my favorite ba stouts and this was the best. We opened BC Coffee (my previous #1) right after this and it didn’t even come close. Even later in night trying Rare and Murda’d Out, this still stood out as the best. Fuck man, amazing.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
deekyn (1170) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
A- pours an oily and sleek deep deep brown with a thin, quick deep tan head that does not linger. S- reminiscent of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - just a little better. Whiskey, rich vanilla, molasses and toffee persist. A hint of grains, chocolate covered raisins, graham crackers, marshmallows, caramelized sugar, wood and sugar cookie batter. M- light carbonation supports a full body and a smooth, oily full palate. T- tangy cacao, coffee, burning alcohol and vanilla get you going up front. More sugary maple syrup, dried fruits, marshmallows, fudge, mocha and molasses form a sweet and solid middle. Some tangy hints of overripe apples and bing cherries. Whiskey persists throughout. Walnuts, grains, dry grass bitterness form towards the end. Ending is long and sweet with a rich chocolate, maple, toffee and cake. Is this Heaven? No, it's a beer from Iowa.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
b3shine (5343) - Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2013
12 oz bottle to oversized snifter (shared with the Mrs.; thanks JAXSON). Bottle # 257 of 300. Looks good; a mostly opaque black with thin mocha head that quickly dissipates into thin lacing. Smells great! Dark malt, chocolate, coffee, whiskey, and a bit of oak. Tastes like it smells, with a bit of pancakes and maple syrup too. Great on the palate. This beer is LEGIT!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (872) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Oily black no head. Slightly bourbony nose but muted. Flavor is real sweet and oily with some batter.


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