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Assassin Imperial Stout - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Assassin Imperial StoutAssassin Imperial Stout

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444 Ratings
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 94 | FT: 6
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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New Jersey

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California

4/5  rDev -13.2%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -13.2%

07-31-2013 22:57:21 | More by acurtis
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

10-16-2013 01:03:16 | More by kjkinsey
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Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-16-2013 01:39:57 | More by Texasfan549
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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3%

08-25-2014 15:22:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

06-29-2013 01:53:21 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

07-08-2013 00:10:05 | More by Knapp85
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-22-2013 05:06:10 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

10-08-2013 02:35:58 | More by emerge077
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

08-18-2014 14:27:45 | More by SocalKicks
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Dark as the sin as well as the sinners, ninja-black, thin brown head.

Aroma screams out from the glass, spilling out deep, dark aromas, rich whiskey tones…and it's only sitting on the table, I have yet to bring it up to the nose, here we go…man, this has got it all! Thick, sick, overblown amounts of dark rum, maple, molasses, anise, notes of vanilla and cherry, and overpowering, thundering whiskey (forgot what kind, and I haven't peeked at the label yet.). Every kind of amazing whiskey barrel imperial stout flavor is seeping out of this.

Taste: Damn, this is delicious! Starts with big floods of dark fruit and vanilla, coated in thick, slick whiskey tones. Sweet-ish-like, but never too much so. Huge, vast, voluminous flavors, full-body, persistent finish. Stays sweet-like, basking in deep, dark fruit flavors, you raisins, your dates, your plums and prunes, coated in the whiskey,…it's fantastic! Mmmm…love it.

Now, I want to read the label: "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."

I make a lot of hay with the gobbledygook, but this is one of the good ones. I enjoyed that. It tells the story of the beer, cloaked in this mystic fiction, without going overboard.

I definitely wish I had more bottles, to age them and see what happens in maturation, but I also want to feel what this is like young. You can't appreciate one without the other. Maybe someday I'll taste an aged bottle of this, but for now I know it's damned awesome.

12-03-2013 01:49:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.49/5  rDev -2.6%

assassin is one unique stout. i didn't now know it was ages in rye barrels when i had it, but it makes perfect sense seeing it here, there is a distinct rye coarseness to the middle of this that i just couldn't place at the time. now i get it. yellow wax version poured into 8 oz globe, shared with drlovemd87 and claystation. jet black and viscous on the pour, not a ton of head, but some liveliness to it upon close inspection. shiny and inky, rich and dense, looks the part. huge nose of oak barrels, booze, bitter coffee, vanilla sugar, brown sugar, and a colossal malt bill that must have some heavy roast in it. the flavor is as layers as any stout I've had, from darkness to abyss, to bourbon county and its variants, i think there is more going on here, and in a more refined way than any of those beers, save maybe abyss, but the barrel treatment and the coffee push this over the edge. vanilla and sweetness give way to burnt wood and smoke, smoldering still, challenging. there is some sugar on the back end too before the alcohol comes in, but its flavorful sweet, and it adds a richness to this, especially in feel, that is unrivaled. complex spice middle shows both rye and coffee, and the bitterness of the barley is tempered by strong vanilla again on the finish. there are a lot of stouts out there right now trying to outdo each other, trying to be bigger, more flavorful, more dynamic, but this one has to take the cake. such a soft feel in such a big beer, gets a little hot with temperature. a bottle to share for sure, but one worth seeking out and acquiring, it has renewed my interest in stout whales, absolutely world class.

02-05-2014 19:58:45 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -21.3%

2013 vintage (yellow wax), consumed Jan. '14.

Impenetrable black pour, with a wispy tan head that receded rather quickly to a thin ringlet; minimal lacing. Pretty basic aroma for a stout, roasty dark malts, toasted grains, notes of bourbon-soaked oak and neutral alcohol; just about no coffee at all. Taste was similar, pretty oaky, roasty dark malts, toasted pumpernickel, slight herbal (or maybe astringent?) bitterness, thin bourbon notes, semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, maybe some dried prunes in there, and again, very little coffee, if any at all, with a stale solventy aftertaste. Body was on the fuller side of medium, but really no more than that, mouthfeel was a little chalky and unbalanced, carbonation was appropriately moderate. A pretty average stout overall. But I guess it's a whale because it's from Bumble****, Iowa.

01-26-2014 00:36:48 | More by Rifugium
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Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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Maryland

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-20-2013 19:27:44 | More by imperialking
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-23-2014 12:52:14 | More by yourefragile
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +3%

Yellow wax. Served alongside Mornin' Delight and KBBS.

The beer is near black with an oily beige head. Whiskey aroma with vanilla, oak, chocolate. Again, absolutely amazing. Big whiskey character with a lovely coffee presence. Full bodied with oak and vanilla. Palate coating. My second favorite of the trio. Fabulous!

08-09-2014 02:43:10 | More by Huhzubendah
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Assassin Imperial Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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