1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Assassin Imperial Stout - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Assassin Imperial StoutAssassin Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

376 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 376
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 969
Gots: 52 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 376 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MrNate
MrNate

Florida

5/5  rDev +9.4%

11-09-2013 19:02:25 | More by MrNate
Photo of Mealhouse
Mealhouse

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-04-2013 20:47:17 | More by Mealhouse
Photo of s_wit
s_wit

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-04-2013 03:18:12 | More by s_wit
Photo of mjpolzin
mjpolzin

Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally found an occasion to crack open this treat from Toppling Goliath which is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Very little carbonation but sticks to the sides of the glass as you swirl it around. Not as thick as BCBS but certainly not thin. The smell is mostly whiskey and also a lot of sweetness.

The taste is very whiskey-forward with a lot of sweetness following behind that. A very good beer but definitely something that needs to be sipped otherwise the sweetness might get to be too much. It reminded me a lot of Dark Lord but I thought the flavors here were better integrated and smoother than in DL. As it warmed, I could taste the black liquorice that I like so much in a good Imperial Stout. Also, the warmer it got, the more the taste and smell reminded me of World Wide Stout.

So over the course of this review, I mentioned 3 other world-class stouts that I compare to Assassin. This bodes well for this beer in becoming one of the better high end stouts available. Its just too bad that it isn't a little more readily available but that also makes it more of a treat when you get your hands on some.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 19:09:38 | More by mjpolzin
Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-03-2013 18:03:19 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
Photo of noisefights
noisefights

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-02-2013 22:10:57 | More by noisefights
Photo of funkel81
funkel81

California

4.25/5  rDev -7%

11-02-2013 17:55:06 | More by funkel81
Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
HoppyKilaMonster

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-30-2013 01:44:51 | More by HoppyKilaMonster
Photo of bstyle
bstyle

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -7%

10-29-2013 05:20:14 | More by bstyle
Photo of Rutager
Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thank you to Steasy66 for spoiling me as usual with this rarity. 2013 yellow wax spontaneously picked from the cellar and shared at the end of our tasting last weekend.

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a thin layer of light brown head.

Smell. Sweet molasses, smooth whiskey, wood, and chocolate syrup.

Taste. Chocolate and burnt sugar, light smooth whiskey and fresh wood, and some dark berries. Sweet, maybe a little too sweet for me but it's a minor complaint.

Mouthfeel. Full body, fairly sticky, low carbonation.

Overall. Sweet with big flavours but still smooth and tasty. Thanks again Ryan!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:45:08 | More by Rutager
Photo of jarrgal
jarrgal

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +9.4%

10-28-2013 22:57:37 | More by jarrgal
Photo of stealth
stealth

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -7%

10-28-2013 22:35:50 | More by stealth
Photo of drummermattie02
drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

10-28-2013 14:29:01 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of montrealbcr89
montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -7%

10-28-2013 08:42:32 | More by montrealbcr89
Photo of smartassboiler
smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.5%

10-28-2013 03:08:01 | More by smartassboiler
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

4/5  rDev -12.5%

10-27-2013 01:07:43 | More by zestar
Photo of mnphish
mnphish

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

10-26-2013 20:47:48 | More by mnphish
Photo of Diomede
Diomede

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

10-23-2013 17:29:24 | More by Diomede
Photo of sacrelicio
sacrelicio

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-21-2013 05:06:51 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of Holland
Holland

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-21-2013 01:39:19 | More by Holland
Photo of Amill1046
Amill1046

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

10-21-2013 01:21:34 | More by Amill1046
Photo of EvoJoe
EvoJoe

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%

10-18-2013 20:50:08 | More by EvoJoe
Photo of BeerHunter76
BeerHunter76

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

10-16-2013 18:26:21 | More by BeerHunter76
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-16-2013 01:39:57 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

10-16-2013 01:03:16 | More by kjkinsey
Assassin Imperial Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.