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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: 112   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (2178) - 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 (428) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Daniel719 (144) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcnielsen (3220) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheHOFF43 (2044) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle @ Armins. Pour is a thick syrupy black with no head. Aroma is strong coffee and maple. Flavor is breakfast--maple syrup, coffee and some offset booze. Really a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle @ Armin’s house, courtesy of theHoof. Thanks! Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Spicy whiskey, dark chocolate, coffee, a bit smoky, maple bacon aroma. Thick gooey dark chocolate, big maple, burnt smoky, cocoa, a bit woody flavor. Big fucken beer. Drinks good, would pete again. Hoofman rocks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bacterial (2871) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 Bottle shared by The Hoff @ Armin’s - thanks! Wow this is excellent. Huge maple coffee and boozy nose. Thick, boozy, coffee and maple. A little harsh in the the finish would be the only bad thing to say about this beer. Fantastic. Tastes almost like an iPad. Edit: Bumping this to a 4.7 because of some Mussolini BS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle sample thanks to THEHOFF! Dark black pour, almost no carbonation and an aroma of strong coffee and a little booze. Flavor is a silky, sugary sweet meld of dark chocolate, whiskey and slightly warming on the finish. Really good, but I think I like the original version better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, danish style, big thanks to Kyle for cracking this gem. Thick black pour with thin to no head, aroma brought notes of big dark chocolate, big coffee, hints of slight oak, vanilla, slight maple syrup notes into a bit of molasses. Taste is a mix of big dark cocoa, roast, dark molasses into some maple, roast, slight oak into a bit of earth, lots of espresso bean, nice earth, finishing slightly dry, bitter, nice and sweet. Very tasty, but I prefer mornin delight.

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