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Vanilla Bean Assassin - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 29
Avg: 4.71
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 195
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MITCHELLMPLS on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 29
Photo of mythaeus
4.85/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What an incredible treat, thanks to a very generous friend and BA! Was nervous opening such a rare bottle and the wax hardened into almost brittle plastic. Poured rather thick. Vanilla hits you like a truck on the nose. Tasted like lightly sweet vanilla ice cream with chocolate. Had it side by side with a '14 Assassin and an SR71, but all 3 were very different even though the base is the same.

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Photo of YalovaIA
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is simply not possible to make a "better" beer than this. Some beers may be different, others may prefer different style, but none can be better. Perfection for what it is .

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.84/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was opened at Perennial today and drank with KBBS, BA Abraxas, and Fuzzy. Small 2-3 oz pour from the 12oz 2013 vintage bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark obviously like every other solid stout out there with decent lacing. Looks thick and vicious in appearance and definitely stains the glass.

S - Small notes of vanilla with chocolate as well as light notes of whiskey. Hard to compare because I have not had regular assassin but smell is pretty damn good

T - Taste follows the nose although the vanilla is somewhat muted. It blends in with the milk and dark chocolate flavors that come through from the base. Definitely some hints of coffee in there and some bourbon on the finish although it is not that prevalent.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty thick and vicious, not as thick as KBBS and MD but it is definitely a thicker BA stout which I love

O - Glad I was lucky enough to get to try this along the KBBS and the other fine brews that were drank today. Thanks again Cory

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.26/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Tiny pour at Peg's.

Appearance - Glass staining black body. Viscous. No head.

Smell - Vanilla and chocolate. Rye whiskey. Dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Less intense vanilla, but present. Dark chocolate. Whiskey. Coffee roasted malt.

Mouthfeel - Very thick. Slick and syrupy. Lingers on the palate.

Overall - Irresponsibly small pour, but it was really good. Just like Assassin but with more vanilla.

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Vanilla Bean Assassin from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.