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Smoove Opferator - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 225
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 30.56%
Wants: 12
Gots: 45 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: redblacks75 on 12-30-2012

This hearty brown ale is named for its original brewer- our awesome Beerman Chad Opfer. Smoove Opferator started out as a very small experiment taproom-exclusive brown ale named “Brown Sugar.” Since then, it has undergone a name makeover and an expanded distribution to Iowa and Wisconsin. The taste is still the same as when we brewed the first small batch. Deep mahogany color with a hefty malt body. Robust flavors of roasted almonds, hints of chocolate with a slight bitterness in the finish. Oh so smoove!

50 IBU
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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 225
Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, date stamp smudged
A - deep dark brown body with a creamy light brown head that slowly fades to a foam
S - cocoa nibs, burnt caramel, bread crust, molasses, earthy hops
T - bold and sweet with notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, nutty grain - toasted almond as the brewer suggests, pumpernickel bread, earthy hops, mild roast comes in at the end providing some faint coffee notes
M - medium body, smoove and creamy, well-balanced finish
O - great brown ale! Usually it's not a style that stands out, but this one does.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4) - Very dark, almost black, brown color. Not a lot of foam on top.
S (4.25) - A little bit of malt smell and roasted coffee smell. No real hop aroma to speak of.
T (4) - Tastes good. Not a huge sweet malt taste, but fairly well balanced. Maybe a little more hop would be good. A bit of alcohol taste (or something like that) on the back.
F (4) - A little thin for my liking, but it is "smooth." Proper carb level and general mouthfeel.
O (4) - All in all, not a bad beer. I think TG's non-hoppy beers are a little overrated, but this one delivers what it should.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: rich mahogany brown, less than one finger of tan head, a gorgeous brown ale.

Smell: lots of toffee, some chocolate and caramel.

Taste: waves of toffee at first taste, then dark chocolate and caramel. Magnificent.

Feel: a boisterous feel to this brown, it's bubbly and spry on the tongue.

Overall: Tumbler is my favorite brown ale, and this is equal to Tumbler, IMHO. If you like browns, which I do, seek this out. It's an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of CMLinder
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For a $4.99 bomber...let's call this one an absolute steal. I was wholeheartedly impressed with the overall character and taste of this beer (especially when it served as an intermediate beer between far more expensive bombers). TGB continues to impress me.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pretty dark, with a thin, tan head. If I hold this thing up to the light, I still can't see my fingers through it, but the bottom of the glass hints at an almost garnet colored beer. It's not bad, but it's not brown.

Smells sweet and with notes of coffee, but not overwhelmingly so. Tastes sweet with notes of coffee, but not overwhelmingly so.

Feel is thick, especially compared to the taste. Not overly effervescent.

I wouldn't say no to another, but there's nothing to make this anything other than a pretty good brew.

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Photo of maximum12
2.77/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A 22 oz. bottle liberated from Wisconsin, nice telephone on the label. I have one complaint though. There’s no date or notice if Mike brewed this or not; how am I supposed to know if I should like it or not? Oh well. Guess I’ll do it blind.

The pour is a bloodshot brown with minimal carbonation. The nose is nice, chocolate with mild nuttiness & light roast. Standard, but nice.

Smoove Opferator is thicker than tap water, but not by much. The beer is so watery that it’s hard to concentrate on anything else, there’s almost nothing to it. It tastes like weak coffee: moderate roast, motes of chocolate, bready, light sweetness. Lots of water. I suppose you could drink lots of this, but I’m not sure when.

A river runs through this, & not the good kind with fish & girls in bikinis on tubes. Far too thin, & that breaks the back of this one. Borderline finishable.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Jeff for this one. As long as its August Schell, TG or Surly... I'll probably like it. 22oz. bomber into OEC stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich, 1 finger light cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear but very dark, almost opaque brown. Lacing is thick, spotty and layered with great cling. Pretty solid.

Nose is roasty with hints of hazelnut, brown sugar, and toasted dark malts. Nice but pretty subdued.

Opens chocolate, hazelnut and almond skin and shell. Roasty in the middle with a slight tartness from the burnt malt. More coarse nuttiness at the end and finish. Lightly tart and roasty aftertaste. Pretty prototypical.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Slick with some slight bubbles in the mouth and goes down smooth and slightly syrupy. Finish is messy and pretty dry with a slightly linger, acrid aftertaste. Decent.

Done quite well but at the end of the day, this is a pretty typical brown ale with nothing to really set it apart. If you haven't had a lot of beers from this style, this is one to try to see what brown ales are supposed to be all about.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My wife, averse to coffee flavor in beer, really enjoys this. She dislikes sweet coffee in beer (which I love!) and finds the coffee in this beer to start out sweet but then pleasingly bitter and roasty on the finish.

So good! (This is my reaction, now.) Dangerously quaffable -- danger in that this fairly expensive bomber could disappear in an instant. Head-spinningly complex, it drinks like a stout. Makes one think the "brown ale" classification came only as this stout came out light in color. Some kind of tart berry, which screams top-notch porter. Only, unlike most porters, the flavors keep a'coming. Cocoa, of course. A burnt-sugar sweetness. A roasted pecan-like umami, like the other few brown ales I love, like Goose Island Christimas or Maracaibo Especial. The

Oh, no, my tulip glass has gone empty.

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Photo of jwc215
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed dark brown. A creamy thin head leaves lacing, especially as it progresses.

The smell is of burnt sugar, chocolate, toffee. Coffee comes out as it warms.

The taste is of chocolate, toffee - sweet but balanced by earthy hops and roasted nuts (almonds) in the finish. As it progresses, a coffee roast comes out.

It is rich - almost thick. Full-bodied and velvety smooth.

A rich, robust, dark brown ale!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

My 2700th review.

Thanks goes out to jwc215 (Joe) for sending me this one, much appreciated.

Poured into a true pint glass, a very nice dark brown color, with some nice carbonation, which leaves a small creamy/fizzy light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing and a big island in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, with a very nice chocolate/toffee/coffee note, some sweet vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, with some roastyness, lots of chocolate, toffee, slight coffee, slight vanilla note, sweet. Medium body with a very slight dry finish. Overall a very tasty brown ale, almost more of a stout taste. Very glad to have my first Toppling Goliath brew. Thanks Joe!

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Photo of don1481
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz poured into glass.

Appearance : very dark brown, little light gets through. Tan head that dissipates cleanly.

Smell: hints of chocolate, hints of coffee.

Taste: interesting. Tastes almost... woody? Don't get much of the chocolate at all. There seems to be something more there. Can't quite put my finger on it, though.

Mouthfeel : slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall : it's not bad. Was only 5.99 at Discount, so it was priced about right. It's a good beer to drink outside on a warm mid spring sunset.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with hints of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty, nutty, and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Upfront toasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, almond nuts, toast, biscuit, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar and cream. Light hints of earthy hops. A very solid toasty Brown Ale aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty, nutty, and sweet malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Toasted barley malt with upfront notes of chocolate, coffee, almond nuts, biscuit, toasted bread, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar along with some cream. Subtle background notes of earthy hop bitterness. A very good nutty Brown Ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Brown Ale. Good malt notes of chocolate and coffee with lots of nuts.

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Photo of TheFizzinator
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with almost crimson red highlights when you hold it up to the light. Lots of coffee notes, kind of grinded and roast kind, a little bit of the grounds of coffee too. Some nuttiness, and huge chocolate from the nose. Taste is that chocolate burst mingling with walnuts and quickly melds into the roasted coffee and hints of that almost dirty grind of the grounds. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is awesome for a brown. They tend to wash a little too weak for me, and this washes almost like a porter. Heavy but balanced for the style, yet doesn't feel too heavy on the palate and remains drinkable.

Really, really tasty brown, would definitely consume this again giving the opportunity.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Smoove has a small cap that died to nothing quickly, it has an opaque body colored like a loaf of rye bread.

There is a toasted, bready sweetness that pervades the nose, just a hint of honey. Also, there is a good amount of nuttiness as it begins to warm.

The flavors really take off, where the aromas did not. There is milk chocolate, more nuttiness, and a sour tang from a roasted coffee quality that pervades the finish. There is the honey again, and an almond sweetness that becomes even bigger as the beer warms. Really good brown!

This beer has a bigger medium body that is stuck somewhere between being creamy and slick.

The nose is soft, but the palate makes up for it. Some may not appreciate the tangy quality in the finish. Still, this is a solid and interesting brown ale.

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Photo of tewaris
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good brown ale for sure and delivers what it promises... I did find the malt complexity a bit underwhelming but it's well above the run-of-the-mill stuff that decorates the shelves. Kick of roast, lingering breadiness, hints of coffee and a medium body describe the beer for me. Personally, I like Bender better but this is very good too.

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Photo of redblacks75
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 64oz growler filled less than a day prior at the taproom.

A: A dark brown hue. Minimal head, and retention. Light does not penetrate it's brown, mahogany body. Slightly oily look.

S: Chocolate, bread, nuts, toasty. Alcohol comes through on the nose also.

T: A medium sweetness, followed by a light bitterness.

M: Full bodied for a brown ale. A true highlight of their interpretation. There is an oily, and slick feel on the palate. Medium carbonation, and a long dry finish.

Overall: This has become my favorite Brown Ale period. I do not see what they could have done to improve on this one... seriously. I say this, and I do not navigate toward Brown Ales normally. They have packed allot of good flavor into this 5.5 ABV beer. I highly recommend trying when you see it on tap. It's hard to disagree with.

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Smoove Opferator from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.