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Rover Truck - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 427
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 21.5%
Wants: 18
Gots: 82 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout | 5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FreshHawk on 04-05-2012

Baby get the keys to the Rover Truck. Man, let me get this Oatmeal Stout over, bruh. Ain’t no beer here up in Iowa like it. Bust your big head is what was told to us. Now play it how you say it - I bet ya won’t. I’ll have you drinkin‘ its sweet molasses when I give you what you want. Lookin’ good, doin’ bad, and my nerves bad with it. Drink on up, you know you gonna hit it.

35 IBU
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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled back on 1/1/16, the first new brew of the New Year and right on 1/1/16. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle and was chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 12 ounce snifter glass.

Brew pours very close to a pitch-black in color with some ruby-red highlights. A good 1-finger creamy beige head was seen after the slow pour. Sheets of ring-like lacing was seen after each sip. Aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate. More going on with the taste as there is a hint of toffee, mild coffee and burnt brown sugar even. Very smooth and went down easy with out any bitter or harsh after taste at all. Very tasy brew. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation for this style of brew. Really enjoyed this one! Great brew to start out the New year with! CHEERS!

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Photo of dfillius
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Moderate pour yields 1/4 finger brown head with poor retention :-( Just shy of opaque "pitch brown". Good color/SRM.
S: Coffee, Hershey's chocolate syrup, slight campfire/wood smoke, biscuity grain.
T: Chocolate, slight plum, french roast coffee, modest amount of hops in the middle. Lactose/milk in the finish. Slight Necco wafer. Comes together perfectly.
M: Silky! Oh so nice. Fair bitterness settles in after creamy open.
O: Great smell, taste and mouthfeel. Would be truly great with better head retention. I'll buy again and would order another.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. pint poured at the brewery, unknown brewing/packaging date, drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - jet black, low clarity (cannot read or see through), initial frothy khaki colored head settled into a 1/4 finger lacing, tight carbonation bubbles, moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - big roasted malts - chocolate, coffee and burnt toast, slight PNW hop character and oatmeal; muted alcohols; no diacetyl, no DMS

T: 15/20 - moderate bitterness on the front of the tongue that succumbs to a rich roasted malt character that compliments the aroma; these flavors continue on the late palate with some warming alcohol and oats; finishes dry and inviting

M: 4/5 - moderate body, creaminess, moderate carbonation

O: 8/10 - very good oatmealt stout and one of the underrated surprises from my TG trip; would have liked some more body and malt complexity but that's starting to get nit picky; highly recommended for the cheap price point ($4.50/pint)

TOTAL - 39/50

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Photo of homebrew311
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an inky black with minimal head and a viscous appearance. Nose is on point for the style: heavy roast, soft notes of oatmeal, dark chocolate, and a touch of hop bitterness. There is lots of flavor jam packed in to this sub %6 stout - much like the nose, heavy roast and chocolate followed by a light sweetness and a touch of bitterness. The roast is soft enough where it never becomes acrid. Mouthfeel is great- nice hefty body, velvety texture and low carbonation. Overall, this is a well executed oatmeal stout, better than the majority of what is on the market.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottle date is July 7th, 15.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A sweet and roasty dark malt forward taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and oats. Dark roasted malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, oats, toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, yeast, and slight smoke. Sweet hints of brown sugar and cream. Light dark fruit hints of cherry and raisin. Also some hints of anise. Very light with the hops. A pretty nice smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a sweet and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and oats. Dark roasted malt with upfront notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oats, biscuit, toast, grains, caramel, smoke, and yeast. Sweet taste of sugar and cream. Notes of anise spicing. Subtle dark fruit undertones of raisin and cherry. Pretty light hop presence. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Oatmeal Stout. Good dark malt flavor with a nice balance of sweetness and roast.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours dense black to dark brown under a 3” tan foam collar that dissipates to nothing over 4 minutes. S: Has a chocolate and malt aroma. T: Big malt, chocolate and some grain, nothing harsh or burnt. F: Full body, soft carbonation, creamy, soft palate. O: This is a flavorful, well balanced and easy to drink oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as night with a thin head that is gone nearly immediately. Slight coffee smell with not much else that I can smell. A sweet coffee and molasses taste with a black licorice and hop backing. A coffee and bitter taste that resonates up the nose. A medium to heavy mouthfeel n which the taste comes together and lingers in mid mouth. A wonderful oatmeal stout.

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Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with an almost two finger mocha head. the aroma has oatmeal, dark fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt.

Tastes much like it smells with oatmeal, dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, lactose, and cocoa. Has a nice balance of sweetness wih some bitterness for balance.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Has all of the qualities of a very good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of RJB66
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm continuing my dive into stouts and other brews other than IPA's. This is a very good stout from TG. I can taste the molasses and other goodies that are in this easy drinking everyday stout. Try one I think you'll like it!!

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Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap once. Drinking from the bottle now. Medium dark body with minimal head. Chocolate oat aroma. Smooth velvety mouthfeel. Lots of cocoa taste with some roasted notes. Yummy.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola brown/black. Medium sized, creamy, smooth, cafe colored head. Great retention leaving a nice patchy lacking.

S - Dark and milk chocolate, roasted nuttiness, and cocoa nibs are abundant. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter.

T - Similar to the nose but slightly sweeter. Some toffee and brown sugar hints are in there. Subtle coffee notes but they play second fiddle to the chocolate/cocoa. A nice roasted malt flavor with a strong roasted nuttiness. No astringency and well balanced sweet and bitterness.

M - Medium body with average to slightly below carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Great mouthfeel that you expect from an oatmeal stout.

D - Well balanced stout with the bitter and sweet aspects. Chocolate, nuts, cocoa, coffee, cream, etc. blend well together. Easy drinking stout with a nice finish.

Notes: Nice oatmeal stout. Doesn't necessarily wow you, but it is very easy to drink. Nice balance between sweet and bitter with a nice chocolate milk kind of finish. Great, creamy body.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a stout/porter glass.

Impressively thick and chewy dark khaki head over an ebony body. Trickling carbonation is visible. Lacing is light. 4.5

Smells thick with dark toffee-like malts. Cacao-like sticky sweetness. Caramel and spicy hop aroma. Pretty lovely to smell. 4.25

Thick malty flavor, noticeable oatmeal sweetness, caramel and vanilla. Bitter dark chocolate lingers on the finish. 4

Smooth and viscous mouthfeel, albeit a tad thin. Carbonation creates a touch of a soda-like feel and the finish is bittersweet and lingers. 3.75

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Photo of ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A smoky oatmeal stout....a decent molasses impression.........Some milk chocolate impressions but not overloaded this way....not a classic oatmeal stout...body is medium at best.....not as velvet like in texture as I had hoped but not thin or acidic either....

I enjoyed drinking this and would drink it again but it is not one of TG's best beers.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is dark/roasted malts and mild nuttiness. The flavor is dark/roasted malts, light fruit, mild sweetness, a hint of nuttiness and a bitter/acidic finish. Simple but very effective.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with caramel tan head that totally disappears very quickly

Smells of malt

In a word "Delicious" almost cereal like with trace of chocolate

this has much substance almost chewy, but still slides down the throat very smoothly

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, date stamped 11 AUG 15; thanks to my friend, Ken, for picking this up for me while on a road trip to Wisconsin
A - dark and nearly black with a creamy tan head that quickly fades to a foam
S - plenty of roasted barley, dark chocolate, coffee, oats, earthy hops
T - heavy hand of roasted barley with nice nutty oats, bittersweet dark chocolate, french roast coffee, earthy hops
M - creamy and smooth, medium body, bitter roast and ashy black patent malt linger on the drying, astringent finish
O - very solid oatmeal stout. I'd drink this again. Very well put together!

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Photo of wdberkley
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm goin down down baby yo street in a Rover Truck.... Can't help but hear Nelly when I drink this beer...

Pours dark black with 1/4" head that recedes to the rim of the glass faster than you can put a band aid on your cheek.

Nose of chocolate (shimmy shimmy cocoa what?), coffee, oatmeal.

Somewhat thin for my liking, but there is a hit of boozy flavor at the end.

Solid oatmeal stout from TG

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

Appearance: Pours your traditional stout black, and forms a thick, fluffy head of deep tan foam with good retention. Oddly, no real lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sweet malt wafts out of the glass, caramel and toffee, with something of an almost chicory note like the coffee from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. Something faintly peaty lurks beneath, alongside some dark stone fruit.

Taste: Burned black toffee and scorched caramel hit right up front, riding a wave of an earthy, peaty flavor. There's a hint of some maple ashes, something plum-like, and that chicory coffee as the beer moves along the palate. The finish is sweet malts and ashes.

Mouthfeel: Rather thin, verging on watery by the finish.

Overall: A solid oatmeal stout, if a bit light on the mouthfeel. I'll likely repeat this once I live in Iowa.

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Photo of pmangold
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at the Brew Hub in Lakeland, FL. A great oatmeal stout that looked great in the glass and was extremely easy drinking. Sweet chocolate in the nose and that follows in the taste, adding a cereal/oatmeal to the taste. I'm glad I got to enjoy this one while it was still on.

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Photo of laketang
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

into a tupil black with a burnt butter head, not big but stays somewhat lively.

I get scents of chocolate ice cream and like peanut butter.

chocolate notes. I swear theres hints of peanut butter in here. but that doesn't make sense.

theres not any bulk to it, a typical oatmeal stout look.

for me its alright, I don't do many oatmeal stouts. I wouldn't buy too much tho.if I did. this was a gift .

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, Iowa. It arrived in a tasting stange, showing a deep and saucy tamari coloring. It held a quarter finger head of dense cappuccino foam due to a full pour, but retained well nonetheless, leaving sparkling ridges of lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment obscured clarity, and carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma sang of roasty chocolate, coffee, and oaty maltiness, sticky molasses, milk chocolate sugars, lactic milkiness, attic mustiness, faint orangey bitters, syrupy black cherry fruitiness, cashew oiliness, bitter flaked cacao, coin, and gentle vanilla coolness. Following through the taste came a blend of medicinal phenols, dusty chocolate and coffee malts, bittered cacao nibs, chewy oat, smoky tobacco freshness, equally sweet and biting black strap molasses, white rice starchiness, dark chocolate oiliness, heavy creamer, granular brown sugar, and general char. The body was on the heavy, syrupy side, while the carbonation was medium. Each sip left the mouth coated with that same thick richness, with eventual warmth to the belly and dryness to the mucosa. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop were all contributory and intact. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped easily.

Overall, this was a nice cap to our tasting night at Toppling Goliath. It is really kind of unfair that we tasted this on the same night as Zee, Sue, and Tsunami, but it was certainly nice to see the more malty, roasty side they have to offer. The beer was smooth, flavorful, and easily approachable. The oats and accompanying malt base was nicely singed at the base, making for that fuller experience. Otherwise, the brew wasn’t as memorable as their hoppy beers, as we’ve already alluded to. It does hit the spot if you’re in the mood, however, and the staff is more than happy to blend you up something creative using this beer with any others they have available at the time.

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Photo of Coldstorage
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a thick oil black with fluffy chocolate milk colored 1 inch head.
S: Milk chocolate, caramel, a bit of coffee.
T: Cold outta the fridge the taste delivers on the noses promises but with a light and unfortunate metallic flavor. As it warms up the metallic flavor disappears but is replaced by that strange plantlike flavor I get when I wait too long to drink my KBS.
F: Medium mouth feel, chewier then I expect from an Oatmeal stout. Still pleasant.
O: For a brewery that is usually among the "Best in style" with most of their offerings, this is a bit plain... but still totally lovely stuff. They are a victim of their own success in the sense this is the runt of the litter but as an oatmeal stout its very nice and I would buy more if it was a local for sure.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm... I feel very fortunate to get to have this, as it's not available here in Wisconsin liquor stores. I got it from a friend who'll remain unnamed, as he drove through Decorah and brought back a case of this and a case of Smoove Opferator (not a typo), a brilliant brown ale, and is selling them for cash. I much prefer the brown ale. I just went back and got another of the brown ale!

Don't get me wrong, though. This is a very good oatmeal stout. Big, big flavor. Unlike so many regular-strength stouts whose flavor peters out after the third sip. Drinks like a double stout, but without the tang of higher abv. I do always have difficulty picking out hop bitterness from a stout. What I get here is a highly pleasurable bitter toast and an 80% cocoa tempered by a bit of fruit-candy, tart-sweet red wine.

The aroma is the star. An earthy chocolate overlain by distinct red wine fruits, which my wife says morphs into raisin. She's right.

The oatmeal factor is a disappointment. Doesn't have the smoothness or body of a better oatmeal stout. But in one way, that's to its credit -- being more crisp and thinner bodied allows the big flavors to be at their best.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rover Truck pours a black color with a small lacing head. There is a roasted malt aroma, with hints of coffee. The taste is creamy, with nice roasted flavors, and big roasted oat flavors. Good body, good flavors. Overall, its a very solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of pagriley
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz into snifter

L - Pours almost black, thin off white head that recedes to a minimal ring
S - roasted malts giving hints of bitter chocolate and a solid waft of coffee
T - light flavor profile with nicely balanced coffee, nuttiness and a hint of cocoa. A touch ashy on the finish
F - Full bodied and almost chewy. Impressive for a such a low ABV brew.

Overall, very solid beer. worth trying

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Rover Truck from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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