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Assassin Imperial Stout | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Assassin Imperial StoutAssassin Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
After endless hours of scorching in heat, brewing in turmoil, fermenting in angst, the Assassin’s journey has just begun. In the shadow of the temple, he lies in wait, maturing his plot to perfection. He emerges merciless, dominated by darkness, his bite laced with the charred remnants of his victims. No man dares to cross his path. They will forever sleep with one eye open, in fear of the Assassin’s hot kiss of death.

Added by Pintofbrown on 02-20-2012

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Photo of jws6w7
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The closest thing I've ever had to a 5/5 and the stout every other stout should be judged against. I've never had anything quite like it and probably never will. Just an awesome beer all around.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into a snifter. Nice mix of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, molasses and bourbon flavors. Thinner body than expected, which held back the overall experience.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.92/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 Bottle, opened last night for Christmas eve...
pours a thick viscous black with a dark mocha 1/4 inch head...which as dissipates leaves a foamy swirl reminiscent of an espresso.... smell and taste are the same, bourbon, milk chocolate, and coffee notes, ...thick, chewy, and very balanced at 2+ years old.....
Overall- absolutely delicious and blew away a couple of amateur beer drinkers at the party!....
Forget hype, comparisons, and all the rest, this is world class (and I've had them all)!!!

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Photo of wulfie85
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the absolute best stouts I have ever had. The smell was a sweet bourbon viscosity of the beer was so thick that the mouthfeel was almost that of motor oil consistency rather than beer. One of the few stouts that I truly felt I needed to chew. Excellent in all categories and one I will definitely seek out again in the future.

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle gold wax dip. Thanks to Darrel. Worthy of its reputation. Inky black pour, stout body picks up all the right notes from the whiskey barrels. Smoky, roasty, boozy....

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Photo of Austin32
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold waxed bottle review - Wow, pretty incredible beer. Thick, jet black, smells amazing, taste if very much chocolate brownie soaked in bourbon. Although it is an incredibly good beer I don't think it quite lives up to the hype and myth surrounding it....again....super good beer, if you can, definitely buy or trade for it....but don't sell/trade the farm.

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gold Wax Assassin. Reviewed from notes.

Pours absolutely jet black, very small khaki colored head. Completly coats the glass, sticks to everything it touches. This beer smells amazing. Taste is mainly chocolate, some caramel, toffee, and fudge. Tastes almost like a brownie in beer form. Really lives up to the hype.

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Photo of aleigator
4.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a thicker night black color, with no head at all.

Smells of scorched malts, smoothed by milk chocolate, dried raisins and rock sugar. Has a rich, wooden Bourbon quality, which blends perfectly into the malts, evoking a rich chocolate profile, with molasses and matured oak on top. Scorched qualities are quite apparent, together with the slightly spicy barrel foundation.

Has a very creamy mouthfeel, due to its non existing carbonation in combination with a big amount of whipped cream.

Tastes of molasses from the very beginning, gently wrapped up by earth and profound malts, resulting in a balanced toffee impression. Bourbon gets then introduced by pleasant, hot oak, together with even more smoothing chocolate, this time heading into a bitter chocolate direction, reminding of alcoholic truffels. The bitterness from the chocolate turns more pungent during the finish, still soft on the palate due to the beers rich cream profile. Spicy bourbon completes the rich finish, accompanied by a dry touch, leaving the palate with a long lasting warmth, working its way slowly down the stomach.

The more the beer opens up, the more I like it, especially its finish is stellar, based on its smooth cream foundation, handling Bourbon, licorice and peaty, burned malts. Its slick licorice quality grows a bit too pungent though, amped up by the malts, resulting in a sweet sticky impression, which takes up a bit too much place on the palate.

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Photo of jolly_lynch
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable overall, but was not blown away. The smell was all barrel and rich malt, and the body was thick, oily, and coating. A lot to like here, but relatively lacking in the taste.

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Photo of MIbeerGeek84
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was disappointing considering the hype around the beer. I had the gold wax and it was very thin. Very little barrel notes were there. Even though this is a very solid stout its not worth the price of admission unless your there at release. B+ overall

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Echo GRG1313 below. This is a good beer, but so, so overhyped. To be honest, it is an average really good imperial stout. For those that are looking to "sell the farm" to get one of these, I would not go out of my way at all to acquire this.
Taste very good, but a Bit thin.
Nice vanilla and chocolate notes, some heat, minor bite, nothing extraordinary....actually very ordinary.
Overall, solid stout...nothing outstanding.

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Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!!!


22oz Bottle

2014 version. Jet black. Nose is good, coffee and chocolate. Super smooth with complex notes of bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Feel is thick and chewy...delicious!! Highly recommended.

(A+)

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Photo of GRG1313
3.74/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First, this is a very good beer. However, this has to be one of the most over hyped and improperly rated beers on this site in my opinion.

Pours dark black oil with no head. And, most of the reviews point that fact out. Yet, they still give a score of 4.5 and such! I don't get it it! Any other beer that has no head would not get and "outstanding plus" visual score.

Moreover, the nose is good but not wonderful. Several reviews point out weaknesses and shortcomings in the nose which is, indeed, chocolate, vanilla, roasted grains and sweet coffee. It's a nice nose but perhaps not as assertive as others on the same playing field.

Mouth feel is low carb. Clearly not outstanding. Yet, the beer is given 4s, 4.5s and more, despite being somewhat of a flat sweet stout.

Taste is boozy, chocolaty, vanilla, coffee and thick sweet malt. Good - very good, and with a nice sweet bitter coffee finish.

This is a very good good beer. This is a very good stout. It is not particularly well made and certainly not an exemplary example of the style.

Thick, sweet and hard to get do not equal an outstanding beer. Good yes; outstanding or more? No.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.95/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 Gold Wax. Ive been sitting on this since obtaining it last summer and finally popped it and it was everything I was hoping itd be. Smooth, chocolaty, bourbon deliciousness. Hope to get another bottle.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Gold Label

Viscous and smooth appearance. There's no head but once settled does have a khaki surface layer of carbonation.

Vivid aromas of fudge and coffee. Vanilla, oak, and an earthy spice.

Lots of depth to the taste. Fudge and coffee are front and center. Charred oak, black licorice, light soy. Extremely sweet finish.

Low carbonation, very smooth. Only a tad bit boozy which peaks as it warms.

World class, for sure. When talking about the king of barrel aged stouts, it deserves to be in the discussion.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very tasty, very smooth beer. This is a premier BA stout with such an amazing finish. Not much on the nose compared to other world class BA stout, but it definitely deserve to hang out with Rare, Prop, and the Bruery Big Boys.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 (gold wax) vintage. pours like motor oil and drinks about the same, but in the best way. Really rich and full of flavor. Definite bottle variation between the two bottles we had side-by-side. One bottle just didn't have as much barrel character and felt a little subdued relative to the other, but both were stellar.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage bottle opened in 2014.
Look: Dark brown head, light carbonation, pitch black body, leaves dark lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Bourbon, lots of chocolate, raisins.
Taste: Big chocolate notes on the front, bourbon flavors dominate the palate in the middle, finishes with an alcoholic burn.
Overall: Truly awesome imperial stout, its an epic union of bourbon and chocolate flavor.

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Photo of dboon
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Big thanks to Hopscotch for sharing this gem. Dark brown pour with a light brown head. Incredible caramel and chocolate aromas. Great lacing. Sweet with some cola like qualities. Caramel, chocolate, and woody notes with a fair amount of heat from the rye in the finish. Very good mouthfeel and body.

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Photo of 4lo
4.86/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Gold Wax

Pours like motor oil which builds up your anticipation on the mouthfeel. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon and raisin on the smell. Significant depth to the taste with fudge & coffee leading the way. Roast and bourbon pick up on the tail with a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is among the best.

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Photo of gatornation
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick jet black color very viscous with a slow forming small mocha head very little lacing or head thru -out
chocolate rich and delicate with slight coffee and vanilla roasted malts wood and bourboun
this is perfection it is a blend of fine chocolate melded with roasted malts the BA presence brings this whole stout together a touch of vanilla nothing overpowers here is a perfect blend that leaves you wanting one more sip
rich with flavors BA is perfection it compliments this stout
this is a must try if you are a BA Stout lover exquisite brew

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to @justdoit1234 (Jesse M) for this amazing gift! 2014 Vintage, opened at an amazing share. Pours like motor oil, black with very little carbonation. Taste was very balanced and while you got lots of the barrel flavors, it was not overpowering. Best BA stout I have ever had.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage.
Definitely lived up to the hype.
Has that special something that's hard to pin down.
'13 Prop is the only other BA stout that I've had that's in the same league as this.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Gold Wax batch poured into Teku. Big thanks to @HawkeyePA for the hookup.

A: Black Oil poured from the bottle struggles to churn up a slight dark brown head. Only light wisps and a few small bubbles last more than a minute. Swirling leaves a sticky film that slowly recedes.

S: Heavy dark chocolate and molasses. Slight coffee. Burnt marshmallows. Smoky, woody campfire. Bourbon.

T: Bourbon hits strong in a good way. Sweet boozy goodness. Molasses. Caramel. More burnt marshmallow. Dark chocolate. Roasty malts but this is definitely leaning dessert.

F: Low carb. Not super thick, but silky and creamy. Bourbon finishes a little hot.

O: A pleasure to drink and a great example of the style.

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Photo of jaken0ss
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rating reflects the 2013 vintage, yellow wax. The rye barrel aging makes quite the difference in this beer and honestly takes it to a whole new level. Having had the 2014 right before opening this bottle.

2014:
Good, will probably age beautifully, but did not impress compared to the 2013 which was phenomenal

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Assassin Imperial Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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