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Rover Truck - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Rover TruckRover Truck

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very good

55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 386
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 21.76%
Wants: 13
Gots: 69 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

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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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 386
Photo of smakawhat
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. July 8th 2015.

Thick dark bodied walnut brown body with just a hint of red chestnut edge. Head is really.. Odd. Forms nicely and VERY dark mocha but with much swiss cheese in its two finger makeup. The head actually reverse cascades? If I could use that phrase, it bubbles over with upcoming bubbles going over it. I don't know how else to describe it. Dissolves into nothing. There is no collar.. No puck.. Nothing, a lively beer looks truly shot down unfortunately, but a little bit of faint white fine bubbles cascading along the glasses side gives barely a hint of entertainment.

Nice basic aroma. Soft chewy malts of dark quality. Small sweetness of oats and mild chocolate hinting in the back. A real nice black small licorice aroma comes out of this making it more interesting than the average bear you could say. Hints of a watery brew with no depth though.

Palate is flat as a board. Weak bodied and totally missing any depth. The malts are here to play but are lifeless and dead, and come with a watery disposition that doesn't support the flavor at all. Soda like finish but luckily flat and at a least letting the flavors focus and stays away from soda character. Muted. Dead licorice and no roast character or dark malt presence. Chewy texture? Forget it.

This is a real dud and never should have left the brewery or at least goes downhill fast for no reason I can fathom. 3 months is perfectly fine for an oatmeal stout to hold up, this is just not getting the job done.

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Photo of myrixis
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: its black. little bit of brown
Smell: It smells like someone cooking barbecue next door. Smells good but its kind of distant.
feel: This feels exactly like flat soda. Its light and almost no carbonation
Taste: nothing much here just some slight smoky roasted flavor that fades pretty fast.
overall: very middle of the road stout. easy to drink but nothing really to savor. if there was ever a session stout this would be it.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The smell is fairly typical for a oatmeat/cream stout. A lot of sweetness.

As with the smell, this is pretty loyal to the style. Even though it's slightly bitter. Very drinkable for a stout. Reminds me of a more flavorful Guinness.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). Bottled 8/11/15. Served in a Toppling Goliath teku.

Pours black with almost two fingers of khaki head. Gradually fades to a narrow halo, leaving surprisingly little lace.

Smells of roast, brown sugar, rolled oats and caramel. Simple, straightforward and pleasant enough.

Taste is a blend of cocoa, burnt caramel, cola, toasted nuts, oats and a vaguely herbal bitterness. No alcohol presence. While the flavors may be slightly more subtle that I typically prefer, this delivers a decent amount of complexity for such a low abv stout.

The fairly light body still comes across a tad creamy and has fairly slight carbonation. Roasty, nutty and dark cocoa aftertaste.

Rover Truck is a solid basic oatmeal stout. There is nothing particularly stand-out about it but it is an easy drinking stout.

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Photo of indianabeerman
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a bottle from a trade. Minimal head which doesn't last long. Smell is coffee and smoke. Taste is the same and thin. Decent beer, I would not seek it out but would drink if i lived close by

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Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard interpretation of the style in my opinion, but somewhat above average nonetheless. Burnt roast, coffee and chocolate appear in varying proportions. Medium feel and appropriate carbonation.

In fact, all the beers seemed to have a very fit level of carbonation.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is jet black with a caramel colored head that lingers for quite a bit of time. Nose is extremely heavy on the roast, a touch of dry chalky chocolate, notes of toffee. Taste is a little more balanced, not quite as roasty, still a fair bit of roasted malt, more light dry chocolate, a bit of sweet malt. Medium to full body with moderate carb and a slightly bitter finish. Flavor is much more balanced than the nose, fairly enjoyable albeit not great.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a large mug. No dates I can see.

Pours black with almost no head. Just a gasp when the cap unsealed. Smell is inky, anise.

Taste is roast bitter, slight cherry sweetness, lots of anise, lots of coffee. Strong bitter coffee and chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, and unsurprisingly still. Could use a little more life. Overall, it's a nice tasting beer, but could use a little carbonation.

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, oatmeal, slight roasted malt, hint of yeast, slight alcohol, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, oatmeal, slight yeast, hint of hop, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, poor appearance, average aroma and body, good feel, but lacking body depth to be really good.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

it's black with a tan head. there's something that resembles lacing, but it doesn't last.

pretty stereotypical smells - roasted malt and coffee. kinda weak.

tastes a little better than it smells, but still missing something.

it's an oatmeal stout, so it acts like one. creamy and smooth.

it's not great, but it's ok. should have been a sixer for this price.

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Photo of mynie
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours dark with a solid brown cap of a head. Smells of darkly roasted malt roughed up lightly, pleasantly by the oats, with little hints of chocolate.

Tastes a bit sweet for an oatmeal stout, but nothing out of the ordinary. Bitter barley and dark chocolate up front, light hops and rougher barley in the middle, ending on lightly sour malt nodes.

Rather boilerplate. Good, but boilerplate. But seeing as how TG's beers are so reasonably priced, there's nothing wrong with releasing a run of the mill stout.

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Photo of TooGood
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average oatmeal stout, nothing stands out about any part of this beer. Looks ok, smells ok, tastes ok. Glad I got to try it, wish I wouldn't have bought a whole 4 pack. Won't buy again at $10 a 4 pack.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 22 oz bottle on July 31, 2015. Look is dense dark brownish black, medium head, nice lacing. Smell is smokey roasted nut aromas. Taste is bitter dark chocolate and thick, smokey oatmeal notes. Feel is smooth but not syrupy.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Medium khaki head.

Smell - Lots of oatmeal. Chocolate. Dark roasted malt.

Taste - Oatmeal is strong again. Hefty roasted malts. Almost burnt and a little smokey. The slightest bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very well made. Not gonna be something everyone loves because it just isn't that exciting, but I appreciate that TG can deliver a nice roasted malt flavor without excess sugars.

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Photo of galuskan
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doesntlive up to. Their other brews. Maybe itit's because it's bottled. Maybe it's because the bottles I got were from their contract brewer in Florida. Smelled so good. Poured so dark and cream looking. Tasted - meh. Very dry finish as well. The best way I can compare this beer to other from the brewery is that it doesn't taste clean.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Served in a shaker pint.

This beer has a black body that is covered by a half finger's width of dense, brown sugar foam.

The malts come through a little roasted, with brown sugar, cocoa, and some fig.

The roasted malt really carries through the entire drink with some cocoa near the middle. The finish captures some vanilla flavors with more of the roast and brown sugar. It is not doing anything big, just solid.

Rover is incredibly creamy, but the slight astringency from the roasted malt takes away a little bit here.

Rover Truck is a fun stout with lots of flavors to explore as it warms. It feels like the roasted malts were laid on a little thick and detract from the experience of getting to all the other great flavors, luckily the astringency is very low despite this.

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Photo of Smelly
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasty Oatmeal Stout. Looks good, smells good, tastes great...lacing is minimal, but whateva.

I dig it. I feel like I'm missing some depth/body though.

I'll buy it again when I'm craving an easy-goin' stout. Good fall beer for sure.

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Photo of MissSmisje
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: opaque brownish black. S : roasted/burnt malts, some cocoa and coffee. T: roasted/burnt malts, a bit of an ashy/cigarette flavor, some roasted coffee/chicory, some nutrients. Coffee and hop bitterness in the finish and lingering. F: oily, with some astringency in the back of the throat.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chocolate malt, mild coffee, and hints of roasted nuts make up the bulk of the aroma. On the tongue, an initial hit of cocoa powder bitterness softens and becomes sweeter as the oatmeal creaminess kicks in. Coffee bean and light smoke arrive mid-palate before an earthy hop bite and mild acidity ride through the finish. A touch over-carbed for an oatmeal stout in my opinion, but still an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a plain black with a attractive caramel head. The aroma that hits me first is good dark chocolate, followed by coffee, and a little smoke. The flavor is fairly unassuming, leading with a toasty malt flavor and dark chocolate, and finishing off with a rather creamy sensation. Nicely smooth mouthfeel. While this is certainly an enjoyable beer, it is not a head turner.

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Photo of Prasm
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark oatmeal stout, expressive nose of coffee grounds, chocolate, and malt. Kind of tastes and feels of a Nestle Crunch bar in the mouth with a puffed rice mouth-feel and sweet chocolate flavors. Finishes with robust coffee notes. Pretty good, but borderline over the top with sweetness.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours coffee black in tone. Head is a short toasted biscuit brown. Retention is very short. Nose has some anise and dark chocolate plus surprising alcohol notes. This beer is super smooth in body. Nice roasted malts for for an oatmeal stout. Creamy and chocolatey all at once. Maybe a little thin overall but real good.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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 AppaZappa
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautifully dark and surprisingly rich oatmeal stout, especially given the abv. The nose is a bit one-sided here--molasses and malt with a touch of coffee. The taste is smooth malt, sweet, slightly chocolate. Not a 'standard' oatmeal stout and since I'm not the biggest fan of the style that works here. The feel is the highlight, but this is a fine beer.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L (3.75) - Very dark colored body, and wimpy tan head. My glass was none too big, but there should be a bigger creamier head.
S (4) - Get a mild roasty smell. Maybe a bit of coffee. Not bad.
T (3.75) - A nice meek stout. A little of the coffee bitter, and a touch of chocolate taste. Not much oat flavor, and not much of the cream flavors that sometimes come with oatmeal stouts. A little alcohol flavor at times.
F (3.5) - A little thin bodied. I was expecting a little thicker, creamier body. Carb was about right.
O (3.75) - All in all, I was a little let down by this one. I have had two now, and had the same thoughts both times. I'd probably drink it again, but there are much better ones out there than this one.

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