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Rover Truck | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by FreshHawk on 04-05-2012

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Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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 alarmclock314
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 7/8/15. Pours nearly black with a brown head which quickly reduces to almost nothing; very unique. Smell of dark fruit, oat, and come coffee. Taste follows closely with roasted malt and some sweetness. Lower carbonation and slightly thin body. Overall, a unique brew, but too much dark fruit and not enough richness that is expected in an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Smelly
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Czequershuus
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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 NickTheGreat
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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 jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. - Bottled 07 JUL 15:

Pours very dark brown to black. A tan head grows then fades. Minimal lacing slides down the glass.

The smell is of chocolate, some coffee, some dark-ish fruit.

The taste is of chocolate, subtle coffee, slight hint of lactose, some fruit in the finish.

It's pretty smooth, but not as much as some other examples of the style.

Overall, it's a nice stout.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | 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 snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 cpetrone84
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
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 jzlyo
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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 martyl1000
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 MissSmisje
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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 TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 mynie
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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 kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Ri0
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 22oz bottle into chalice.

A - Shiny obsidian with a 1.5 finger mocha colored head. Fades quickly and leaves a thin ring with nice webbed lacing on the glass.

S - Nice and roasty with dark chocolate covered almonds. Cocoa powder, heavy cream, and caramel mix with the bitter hints of coffee.

T - Dark, bitter bakers chocolate with a caramel center. Some cocoa powder and rich cream. Finish has more bitter roast and some hints of coffee.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth and creamy. Just enough carbonation. A very easy drinking stout.

O - A tasty oatmeal stout that is on the simplistic side. I could see this used as a base to add in some other flavors, such as coffee or vanilla. Enjoyable for $6.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Pintofbrown
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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 tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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 FreshHawk
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Rover Truck from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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