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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 itís 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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2014
12oz waxed bottle. Tasted at RBSG grand tasting post-tasting. Black color. Thin light brown head, bits of lace. Wow, awesome coffee, killer roast, good bourbon. Vanilla. Some cookie dough. Holy shit. Delicious. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft chewy lighter carbonation. Great thicker chewy texture. Moderate bitter taste. Fucking killer stuff. So damn good. Meets the hype. A highlight of the weekend for me. Fucking good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2014
The bottle pours with a deep dark glass staining pour where a swirl puts up a sheet of rich liquid that clings to the glass. A tan head could be teased up with modest agitation. The aroma doesnít mess around as it pulses with rich chocolate, booze, sweet coconut, smooth bourbon and then some dark roasted malts to big dark roasted coffee notes. The taste is rich and nectar sweet where smooth slick residual sugar intermingle with oily rich dark roasted coffee notes and big velvety chocolate goodness. Wow! It quickly picks up supporting notes of thin slippery sweet smooth bourbon mixed with marshmallow and vanilla. Wow. There arenít many sippers out there that will entice your senses into a state of speechlessness. Wow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
poured black with an espresso colored foamy head. nose was coffee, roasted malt, nuts and more coffee. Flavor followed the nose, extremely roasty coffee goodness thick, oily mouthfeel which was mouth coating overall, top 3 stout i have ever had. top notch

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pushkinwow (2568) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2014
12oz unmarked bottle brought to share by cparles to Ianís 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djd07 (9998) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2015 Bottle thanks to the Minhs back in November 13í. 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6320) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (3120) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (2159) - New York, New York, USA - APR 25, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2015 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? Rerated with a 2014 fresh from trade. flavors popped slightly more but still debating top 5 status.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Clownoisseur (421) - 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 símores! 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 wasnít sure that it would live up to the hype. It did...and then some! Was close to giving this a perfect 5, but couldnít quite say that it was the best in appearance. Other than that, second to none.

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