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Toppling Goliath Kentucky Brunch

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

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kermis (9603) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle shared at The Hague New Year Whale Session. Pours black with a small thick brown head. Massive aroma as soon as the bottle is popped with roast, big molasses, bourbon, woody barrel notes, vanilla, fudge, milk chocolate and light coffee notes. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter. In the palate it’s like a box of milk chocolates with fudge and a glass of pappy on the side. Simply mind blowing. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, warming, soft, incredible. Full bodied with soft carbonation. It lives up to hype. Surely a stout cannot get any better.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jool (198) - - DEC 31, 2014
Bouteille 12 fl oz. Vintage 2014, merci Brian! Nez de tire-éponge et café légèrement torréfié. Bouche lourde, peut-être un peu trop, visqueuse: tire-éponge, crême brulée, dattes, café et finale sur l’érable. La finale est longue, très longue... sucrée mais également légèrement alcooleuse.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey (11555) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle gigantic thanks to the man, the myth, the pervert, Jack L. It pours jet black with a dark tan head. The nose is rich roast, espresso coffee, oily, earth, wood, toffee, marshmallow, fruit cake, nougat, vanilla, toasty coconut and coffee liqueur. The taste is rich, oily, deep roast, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, charred wood, nougat, toffee, fruit cake, mild acidity, warming alcohol, earth, light spice and molasses with a lingering rich roasty finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Rich and decadent. Pretty drinkable. As good as this style gets.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackl (6737) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle @ The Tasting via trade. Congrats to Colin on 10k!!! Deep brown with a tight tan head. Super oily, intimidating in the glass. Nose is huge. Coffee aromas radiate from the bottle. Marshmallow and Nutella. Dark cocoa. Taste is wonderfully integrated. Dark roast coffee. Chocolate. Slight butterscotch and vanilla heat. Spicy cinnamon. Vietnamese coffee creaminess. Full, fat. So viscous. Overall, fantastic. This delivers.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (17470) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Jack. Pours thick black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is quite strong, with lots of charred wood up front, then secondary notes of dark chocolate and maple syrup. Big sweet flavor, oily, with bittersweet chocolate, baking cocoa, torched wood, earth, more maple syrup, figs, some coffee grounds. Full bodied, chewy, with moderate carbonation. Warm finish with loads of sticky chocolate sauce, well roasted malts, vanilla, char, maple, espresso, raisins, figs. Delicious. Robust yet still exceedingly drinkable. Exceptional.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Theydon_Bois (16006) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Beer 10K @ Bruce’s pad, big thanks to bro Jackl for this want which was randomly selected from a choice of 7. Pitch black with a doity tan head. Nose is rich roast, big coffee grinds, spice, chocolee puddin, charred, raisens, woody bourbonics. Taste comprises big chocolate strokes, subtle bourbon, charr, dark fruits, black pepper, coffee grinds, vanilla. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet licks in the close. Solid impy, great balance, superbly drinkable, chocolate maltesers in a glass... boom!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1992) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle, thanks charule. Pour is deep black with a very small beige head. Aroma of coffee grounds, light licorice, roasted malt, oak, dark chocolate, and booze. Flavor is similar with the roast/coffee coming through the most and a slightly bitter finish. Good, but overhyped in my opinion.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnGalt1 (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 25, 2014
12oz gold wax provided by Syndicate in a homerun tasting... Darrel is good peeps and should be given the utmost trader elbow room IMO. Pours impossibly thick.. dark brown/black viscous brew.. the the head is dark brown and dies back quick but the sugars hold on leaving nice lacing. Thick nose.. sweet and never over done... tons of character.. maple with big coffee and dark toast. Flavor is again just amazingly full.. from front to back the dark malt moves silky into the bourbon and dark cherry... soooo thick and full. Darrel deserves a nice slow.. golf clap for this one.. clap clap clap. Thanks my friend.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
boisebeerguy (168) - boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Thank you Darrel (syndicate). Nice coffee and whiskey nose. The taste on it is great. Taste like coffee, maple, and whiskey. This one actually lived up to its hype.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Syndicate (180) - Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Thanks to Shane for this. 12oz bottle gold wax. Maybe the most legit beer I’ve ever had. Pours out a standard jet black, thin dark brown head that disappeared pretty quickly. Nose is sweet malt, some light spice. Flavor is amazing, maple syrup, dark chocolate, coffee is subdued but there. I can’t put into words how good it is. Maybe top three beer if not number 1.


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