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Assassin Imperial Stout - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Assassin Imperial StoutAssassin Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

362 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 932
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, aged in rye whiskey barrels.

(Beer added by: Pintofbrown on 02-20-2012)
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-29-2013 13:47:49 | More by cfrances33
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.2/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was lucky enough to get the three bottle stout set from cparles. We did Morning Delight, this one and KBBS, in that order. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2013
Yellow wax
Killer imperial stout aged in whisky barrels

APPEARANCE: A thick, opaque black pour yields a small, foamy, dark mocha head. Pitch black body but with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. A slight swirly wisp and ring remain leaving falling dots of lacing down the glass. Really black body, but a foamy head and too much carbonation for the style.

SMELL: Lots of whisky, coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla and lightly roasted coffee. Caramel as well, with oak rounding it out. Nice nose, and plenty forthcoming.

TASTE: Oak, whisky, coconut and vanilla up front. More oak and whisky through the middle into the swallow. A big, lingering finish of whisky, coconut, lots of oak, milk chocolate and caramel sweetness lingers on the palate. Very sweet with lots of wood flavors, but very little roasted malt and bitterness as balance. There's a lot of good sweetness here, but not enough other components to provide balance.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, slick and silky, goes down smooth and finishes very sticky. A bit of heat lingers on the palate. A touch light and too much carbonation, but creamy and silky.

OVERALL: Lighter bodied than the other two and very, very sweet. Not quite cloying per se, but definitely too sweet and not enough bitterness as balance. This one definitely suffers from BA Dark Lord syndrome; good in small quantities, but tough to handle otherwise. The fact that people only ever drink this beer in small servings might explain why it gets such inflated scores as well. In the end, this is an interesting creation and I'm very glad to have gotten the chance to try it, but it falls well, well short of the magic that is Morning Delight and KBBS. I would like to try future incarnations of this beer, as an adjustment here or there might really make a world of difference. Thanks again cparles. This was one of the funnest sets we've ever done.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 11:57:10 | More by Jeffo
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Ant4711

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-03-2014 13:05:32 | More by Ant4711
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StayWhatYouAre2

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

07-01-2014 02:25:57 | More by StayWhatYouAre2
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MWolverines66

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-30-2014 21:50:31 | More by MWolverines66
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sfr26

New York

4.25/5  rDev -7%

06-30-2014 12:35:06 | More by sfr26
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dar482

New York

4.89/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours in a dark black color.

The aroma has roasted malt, whiskey, coffee, chocolate.

The flavor follows with a bright kick of whiskey in the front onto roasted malt and longing flavor of chocolate. The beer transitions into a bitter coffee, a hint of apple. On the finish is beautifully onto oak, coconut, and almonds.

This beer certainly had comparisons to KBBS. Arguably just as incredible and one of the best barrel aged stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 04:28:55 | More by dar482
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HitchSlap

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -7%

06-28-2014 02:16:03 | More by HitchSlap
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Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-22-2014 19:52:40 | More by RColbert3
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akang

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-22-2014 03:28:03 | More by akang
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kermis

Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-20-2014 12:14:44 | More by kermis
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New York

5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-19-2014 16:38:28 | More by Roze
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Dag48

Florida

3/5  rDev -34.4%

06-17-2014 22:13:51 | More by Dag48
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jadenmiller

Iowa

5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-16-2014 20:45:54 | More by jadenmiller
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MastaShonuf

California

5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-15-2014 12:53:38 | More by MastaShonuf
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GatorLCA

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-11-2014 00:07:15 | More by GatorLCA
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markgugs

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-07-2014 13:54:17 | More by markgugs
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Rborre321

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-06-2014 20:10:48 | More by Rborre321
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Dolfan907

Louisiana

1/5  rDev -78.1%

06-06-2014 01:52:14 | More by Dolfan907
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Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-04-2014 00:00:13 | More by TGanyone
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Mbrown44

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -7%

06-02-2014 19:58:46 | More by Mbrown44
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Pitch black motor oil pour with a thin, quickly fading caramel-colored head with decent lacing. The nose is rich and decadent! Chocolate fudge brownies, espresso, vanilla, whiskey, oak, and dark fruit. The taste is just as rich and very complex with huge chocolate fudge and whiskey notes along with hints of vanilla, oak, cocoa, dark fruits, espresso, subtle coconut, molasses, tobacco, and leather. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and beautifully balanced with a velvety smooth finish. There is a dessert-like sweetness, but it isn't overpowering and doesn't hurt the drinkability at all. Same with the alcohol. It's there throughout, but it's never boozey. Overall, this was well worth what I gave up in trade. Definitely top 3 for BA stouts! Highly recommended!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2014 16:54:15 | More by beerdrifter
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HoppyMcStout

Missouri

5/5  rDev +9.4%

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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.4%

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Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-28-2014 21:36:23 | More by Arsenal0328
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Assassin Imperial Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.