Assassin Imperial Stout - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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4.41/5 rDev -4.1%
A: rich chocolate color, aggressive pour yields thick creamy two finger head, almost like a chocolate milkshake. Creamy half finger head remains.
S: vanilla, coffee, lots of barrel, wood, rye spiciness, dark chocolate, a little hot booze
T: lots of wood, oak, barrel character; some heat but pleasant for whiskey lovers, the spiciness of the rye definitely comes through and helps cut the chocolate sweetness. The sweetness is chocolatey milkshake goodness but a little syrupy and cloying. Dont taste much coffee but it may have faded.
M: thick creamy mouthfeel, a bit syrupy and cloying but the creaminess keeps it from being Bruery syrup.
O: really good beer, the barrel character really shines and is really well balanced. The sweetness is a bit too much but the barrel and mouthfeel mitigate the effect. Still a dessert beer and dont need too much of it, but very enjoyable. Bravo.
07-25-2014 00:15:11 | More by IrishColonial
3.2/5 rDev -30.4%
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
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.
07-09-2014 11:57:10 | More by Jeffo
5/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
06-30-2014 04:28:55 | More by dar482
Assassin Imperial Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.