vcsa (206) - - MAR 8, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2020 Vintage 2019
Appearance: Pours opaque dark brown to black with lasting creamy brown head, with some lacing.
Aroma: Toasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, toffee, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup and molasses, with slight hints of smoke.
气味：烘烤麦芽、浓缩咖啡、黑巧克力、太妃糖、肉桂、香草、枫糖浆和糖蜜，伴有些微的烟熏味 Pronounced coffee flavor with dark chocolate, maple syrup and toasted malts. Heavy sweetness balanced by same bitterness and sourness. Lingering bitter tart finish with hints of espresso.
味道：显著的咖啡味，伴随着黑巧克力、枫糖与烘烤麦芽。重甜被同等的苦度和酸度所平衡 Full bodied, soft carbonated. Oily texture, smooth.
Espres bitterness and tartness can last for dozens of minutes. Highly balanced and drinkable. Unlike KBBS, it's necessary to serve it slight chilled.
浓缩咖啡一样的酸和苦可以在口腔中滞留数十分钟。非常平衡、耐喝。和KBBS不同的是， Brigadier (4475) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2020 On tap in Madison, WI
Toppling Goliath has a reputation for excellence which made this the main draw for a night out at one of Madison's best bars. Worth every penny of the cost, it delivers an experience unrivalled by all but the best of the best. Despite the lines I may have to make a detour to their booth at the Great Taste this year to get another pour.
AROMA / APPEARANCE
A deep oily black core permeates the glass and stains everything it touches. A minimal head tracks the long icy legs which melt like sheets of snow on a warm spring day. Plums, raspberry, anise, and coffee hang in the air with a glowing warmth that feels mellow and dense. There's no mistaking the ABV but even so it feels very approachable.
FLAVOR / PALATE
Warm espresso, dark chocolate, plums, and blackberries coat the palate with layers of boozy sediment. The dense flavors complement each other so well that it is nearly effortless to follow each sip with another. The mildly bitter finish continues to warm the throat well after the glass is empty. Overall there is only one complaint - that I did not order a full pour when offered the opportunity. jsquire (5633) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2020 Very dark beer out of the bottle with a short foamy brown head. Big alcohol and maple nose. Huge sweet maple syrup flavor with some chocolate, vanilla and sweetened coffee. Really rich dessert beer. Balanced enough to handle everything in here. radagast83 (10639) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2020 Bottle at the December Ratebeer DC Tasting. Poured a deep, dark brown color with a small tan head. Smells awesome. Aroma of pancakes, coffee. Maple syrup. Sweet, with enough roast from the malts and coffee to keep it balanced, at least balanced enough for a pastry stout. nimbleprop (11511) - Southeast, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2019 22oz bottle courtesy of IPhonePhan, pours an oily, cola brown with no head. That will be my only complaint. Nose is WILD, I mean stupid, big big maple pancakes, coffee, dried berries, caramel. Not a boozy note to be found. Flavor is just good, coffee, maple, vanilla, berries, caramel. There's a clear pancake thing happening - clearly pancake. Smooth finish. A real treat.
RichTheVillan (10465) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2019 Bottle cheers to Wingmane Willis cheers Dave; opaque dark brown pour with a creamy tan head, aroma has chocolate and quality coffee, taste is really airy and floaty no sense of the ABV, rich coffee, cinnamon, maple on the finish. solidfunk (13448) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2019 Lots of maple and lots of coffee to be sure. Pancakes. Roast and dark chocolate. Oily consistency. Black pour with good head and lacing. Bottle thanks to Iphonephan. JohnnyJ (5801) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2019 Bottle. Pitch black pour, with a small brown head. Sweet and dense, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, rich fudge, and espresso. Big thick mouthfeel. WingmanWillis (934) - Croydon, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2019 On tap at source. Pours jet black with a dirty tan head clinging to the glass. Aroma is chocolate, cinammon, maple syrup, treacle, coffee. Taste is a big coffee hit with chocolate and maple mellowing out the bitter roast coffee leaving a sweet maple syrup finish. A hint of booze but so well balanced. Absolutely stunning. andyhwcinc (1887) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2019 My first beer review in over 2 years, felt like this was so good I had to. Gifted a bottle from a friend in Milwaukee and enjoyed in Savannah, GA. Pitch black with tan head, aroma is very strong in maple syrup, chocolate, light coconut, tingle of molasses. Taste is like French toast with espresso nicely balanced and it’s incredible. Definitely one of the best beers I’ve ever had.