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Assassin Imperial Stout - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 955
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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tvv375ia

Iowa

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saved this one for review #200, I even slowed down one some reviews so I could do the review fo rmy birthday, but I missed ou because I had to work and didnt get the time to review. So here it goes, this is for the gold dipped bottle

Poured from 22oz botlle bottled in Feb 2012 into imperial pint glass.

A-very dark brown with no light getting through and less than a finger of coffee colored head that fades rather quickly to a small ring.

S-sweet molasses type smell with some dark fruit and a little carmel vanilla with a bit of the rye whiskey that seems to have mellowed nicely after almost a year in the bottle

T-molasses and dark fruit come through again, and what seemed a little hot the first time I tried it no has a nice mellow rye on the finish and no hint of the almost 13% alcohol

M-an almost thick and chewy feel to it just like an imperial should be

O-excellent beer that seems to only get better with a little age on it too bad I didn't get more of this, I hope I can get my hands on more. If this was brewed anywhere other than Decorah Iowa there would be a lot of hype for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 15:15:09 | More by tvv375ia
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Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me begin by saying the review below is for the red dipped bottle. I've had both red and gold and this is for the red, which in my view is an amazing beer.

A. Opaque, Dark, looks like an Imperial Stout should look

S. Smells sweet, alcohol notes, a little chocolate and warms the nostrils.

T. Bourbon definitely come through. It's sweet but alcohol really balances this out. I get chocolate and roasty malt tones. Sipping this slow and taking your time with the beer in your mouth really brings out the complexity of the beer brought on by the templeton rye barrels with a bit of that warm boozy flavor at the end.

M. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, just as I think it should be.

O. I am a fanatic about stouts. I try every stout that I think warrants a tasting and I hold this beer in high regard. It's on par with some of the better stouts I've had out there. I'll look forward to more stout offerings from TG...a great little Iowa brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 19:55:43 | More by Jrhorner77
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Iowa

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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz gold dipped wax bottle into Tulip.

A. Pours slick out of the bottle. No head at all. No lacing. Color is pitch black.

S. Dominant smell is molasses. Then some roasted malt, a little chocolate, and then alcohol. Actually has a pretty hot smell to it. A little bit of vanilla comes out as it warms up.

T. First flavor is molasses, then roasted malt, a tiny bit of coffee. The off putting part of this beer is that every drink finishes with a soy sauce flavor. Imperial Stouts are not suppossed to be salty. The aroma and taste of this beer is really more along the lines of an American Strong Ale than an Imperial Stout. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. The taste improves as it warms, but you can not get away from the Soy Sauce flavor. My wife tasted to confirm that I was not crazy. Not a lot of flavor to begin with, and then you get that off flavor on the back of the tongue with every drink. Not sure where that flavor would come from, oxidation maybe. Really the firt time I have ever tasted that flavor in a beer.

M. Medium bodied. Should be thicker for a 13% Imperial Stout. Very low carbonation. Finishes with the weird soy sauce flavor.

O. Waited a long time to get my hands on this beer, with the Red Wax overfilled or seeping issue. This beer reminds me more of a strong ale with its flavor. Actually kind of reminds me of Hebrew Jewbilation series, just wish it tasted as good as those beers. I can not get past the soy sauce flavor in this beer. My biggest disappointment probably comes from having tried Kentucky Brunch before this. Kentucky Brunch is a damn good beer. One of the better barrel aged beers I have had actually. Assassin unfortunately is not on that level. Assassin lacks depth in aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. For $20/bottle this should be a lot better. My hope is that the other 2 bottles that are actually able to be stored at room temperatur improve with time.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:23:05 | More by siradmiralnelson
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Missouri

5/5  rDev +9.4%

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bashiba

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured thick and dark brown with a thin tan head.

The smell is powerful, very big molasses, vanilla, and dark fruits all mixing here.

The flavor is a bit messy to me, very sweet with lots of dark fruit and I get a lot of vanilla, but just a hint of oak or bourbon. The roasted barley and dark grain flavors are surprisingly mild as well and are out competed by the sweetness.

The mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it with a bit of oilyness.

A pretty average beer for this style, the alcohol is well hidden and its easy to drink, but a bit messy and feels to me like it needed more time in the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 15:30:36 | More by bashiba
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beagle75

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tasting glass.

A: Opaque black color with a scattered beige residue of diminishing bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bourbon is represented well, heavy on the vanilla but with less toasted oak, fitting nicely with deep dark fruit. The most distinctive part of the smell is the cakey roasted malt, suggesting decadence. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with dark chocolate and muted bourbon spirit. Acidity is detectable but restrained into the middle, where syrupy dark fruit and aromatic wood are discovered in transition. The finish shows a whiff of ethyl alcohol, establishing a boundary that must be stepped over only to find an obnoxious thread of scorched popcorn waiting to linger on the palate.

M: Thick viscosity, syrupy and chewy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout represents a fair attempt at the style, and is endearing in its missteps. Perhaps it sets the bar too high with its impressive smell, but unfortunately some of the key features in the nose do not match up with corresponding flavor qualities. Textures are also decadent and rewarding, probably helping to elevate the features of the flavor profile that would otherwise seem disjunct and very average by comparison. It serves best in the capacity of dessert beer, where the sweetness and moderate spirit influence are not found to be out of place.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 14:55:09 | More by beagle75
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qthompso

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pair of pint glasses. Extremely dark brown, almost pitch black with a reddish hue near the edge of the glass. Essentially no head and absolutely no lacing.

Smells of chocolate and dark, tart cherries. Based on the issues they had with the seeping, I'm picking up a faint note of soy sauce that will hopefully fade in the taste.

The taste is super roasty. Dark chocolate and think molasses towards the front with a deep red fruit. Virtually no bitterness in this one. The finish of this one gets real boozy. To my knowledge, this is one of their first barrel aged beers and it's certainly over the top. I'm a fan of barrel aged stouts but this one is borderline overdone with the finish.

Quite thick and full bodied up front with the flavor complexities. The finish is pretty smooth (albeit boozy) when you get to the barrel character. Much more carbonated than the lack of head indicated.

Overall, a pretty good first attempt. Respectable complexity that keeps you drinking. However, in the end, the booze bomb is a little overwhelming. This was from the red batch that had to remain refrigerated. I can't help but wonder how much this one would smooth out if I had been able to cellar it without it leaking all over the place.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 19:34:50 | More by qthompso
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was put out of my misery while drinking from a tulip glass. This was from the first barrel batch sealed with red wax, bottled January 2012.

Appearance- This imperial stout pours with no sound, so incredibly heavy and sticky. A slight width of dense, brown sugar foam dissipates to a ring and leaves behind no lace. The beer itself is darker than black.

Smell- Sweet and a little punch of heat from the whiskey barrel. I mean, brown sugar, figs, a little chocolate; they make the nose incredibly enticing.

What is great is how the booze envelops all of these qualities to remind you this is still an imperial stout ready to finish you off. It gives the nose a woody and leathery note.

Taste- What a monster of a stout: it begins sweet once again and then takes you on a roasty and boozy ride. Assassin brings on the dates and brown sugar. Right after, there is a bit of roasted coffee and smokey whiskey.

The finish has that distinct leather and smokey booze, with a touch of coffee roast, figs, and dark chocolate. The next sip cannot come fast enough.

Mouth feel- Toppling Goliath knows how to make a big stout punishing to the palate, and the feel is no exception. The thick and chewy feel is outstanding. It is almost a syrup, leaving the lips feeling sticky.

The sticky quality makes the smokey and sweet finish lasts until you take yet another sip of this slightly dry stout.

Overall- I am trying really hard to find much fault with this beer: I suppose the biggest "complaint" you can have is that coffee is almost non-existent, and had it not been mentioned as being brewed with coffee on the bottle I might not have noticed.

Othewise, the whiskey is just big enough to to be noticed, but not so big it the only thing on the palate. The flavors range from sweet, to smokey, to roasty. And the mouth feel is fantastic. I have no problem saying this is one of the best imperial stouts I have had.

Edit: I had the gold wax version in a glass mug. It was bottled in February 2012.

Appearance- Main difference is almost no foam produced, still incredibly black. Same score.

Smell- Not nearly as much heat or woodiness here, still present but very buried under the sweet notes. Same score.

Taste- The whiskey and woodiness is much more pronounced in the finish with some vanilla. The dark fruits are a lot more subdued in this one. Brown sugar is still big and the roast is almost non-existent. 4.5

Mouth feel- I am still super impressed by this feel. No change.

Overall- I would bump the overall score down to a 4.5 for the gold wax just because it tastes a little more boozy and less sweet and complex than in the red wax offering. Still a great imperial stout that I look forward to putting some age on. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 00:16:15 | More by Pintofbrown
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