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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: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.5/5   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 its 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.

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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rlgk (18731) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle at Bryggerivisning o lite brs, Stila, 150109. Opaque black beer with a small but nice beige/brownish head. Coffee aroma, chocolate, licorice, nuts, cocoa, raisins, figs, caramel, vanilla, cream, plums, licorice, some bourbon, ash notes. Roasted fig and dade flavor, vanilla, bourbon, cream, dark bread, bitter hops, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, viola, salty licorice, smoked notes, citrus. Extremely fullbodied with huge depth. Alcohol is there but still well hidden. Finish brings chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins, figs, vanilla, woody, whisky notes, salty licorice, some coffee, cream and plums. Huge beer, I love it. One of the best beers I have tried!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MrHangover (4120) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle @ New Years Tasting. Massive thnx to kermis for sharing this monster. Pours a pitch black beer with a medium sized, brown bubbly head on top. Looks are daunting for sure. Aroma is simply insane. Starts off with loads and loads of coffee and molasses, followed by some smokey notes with ashes, chocolate, roast, charred wood. Extreme complexity going on here, definitely the best smelling stout Ive ever smelled, and I doubt if there will be any better. Flavor is complex, sweet bourbon notes, loads of wood and coffee again. Some booze detected, giving it even more power. Sticky, smooth mouthfeel, great long aftertaste. This stuff is amazing, it simply is.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrewHaMeister (433) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Sample at the TG tap room. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, with hints of vanilla. Flavor is pure silk liquid goodness.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kermis (11535) - Where the wild whales are, 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 its 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-ponge et caf lgrement torrfi. Bouche lourde, peut-tre un peu trop, visqueuse: tire-ponge, crme brule, dattes, caf et finale sur lrable. La finale est longue, trs longue... sucre mais galement lgrement alcooleuse.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey (12990) - 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 (7093) - 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 (19166) - 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 (17579) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Beer 10K @ Bruces 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 (2039) - 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.


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