Vanilla Bean Assassin
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Vanilla Bean AssassinVanilla Bean Assassin
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2
Ranked #2
4.8 | pDev: 5%
May 06, 2023
Feb 23, 2014
Vanilla Bean AssassinVanilla Bean Assassin
Notes: Imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels and conditioned on vanilla beans.
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Rated: 4.98 by boogerisu from Iowa

May 06, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

Mar 07, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by cshafer7 from Massachusetts

Jan 10, 2023
Rated: 4.93 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Jan 01, 2023
Rated: 4.96 by ADG2995 from Missouri

Dec 29, 2022
Rated: 4.85 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Dec 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

4.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
12oz bottle…2022 version. Drank 12/25/22.
Pours dark brown/black, not much carbonation. Smells of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and barrel. Taste is marshmallows soaked in bourbon. Perfect sweetness. If there is a knock it’s slightly on the thin side, but that’s being picky. Probably the best adjunct stout I’ve had. Truly lives up to the hype.
Dec 25, 2022
Rated: 4.77 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Dec 21, 2022
Rated: 4.77 by LumpkinBrews from Colorado

Dec 11, 2022
Rated: 5 by Juggerr from New York

Dec 10, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by IanX from New York

Dec 10, 2022
Rated: 5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Nov 25, 2022
Rated: 4.93 by MorpheusIPA from Ohio

Nov 19, 2022
Rated: 4.93 by kidzord from Illinois

Nov 14, 2022
Rated: 4.91 by mig100 from Texas

Oct 19, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Oct 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Sandis from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2022 version sample from a snifter at Toppling Goliath during Assassin release on 9/12/2022. The strong vanilla aroma and taste along with the viscosity make this beer about as good as it gets for me.
Oct 14, 2022
Rated: 4.69 by not2quick from Missouri

Oct 06, 2022
Rated: 4.95 by beersgud from Kansas

Oct 05, 2022
Rated: 5 by koerns311 from Indiana

Sep 24, 2022
Rated: 4.91 by hjc from Wisconsin

Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 4.59 by Chilmer from Iowa

Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 4.71 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 4.84 by Fireman_RK from North Carolina

Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 4.96 by Resuin from Massachusetts

Aug 21, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by Beerbom from California

Jul 07, 2022
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Reviewed by dboon from Florida

4.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Bottle, graciously shared by Clark at Peg’s. Dark brown pour with a light brown head. Inviting vanilla bean and coco puff aromas. Sweet with delicious vanilla, rich caramel, decadent chocolate, and woody notes. Some heat from the whiskey, but not overwhelming. More of a backbeat really. Doesn’t drink like a 12%er. Smooth, but complex with a very good mouthfeel and body. Bravo......
May 15, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

May 10, 2022
Rated: 4.99 by Affinity from Missouri

Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 5 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 4.59 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 5 by Narthax from Texas

Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 4.63 by JesseLara from California

Jan 28, 2022
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Reviewed by SadMachine from New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Unofficially my last beer of the top 250 (had the trade secured for it before changes were made to calculations, making me 20 short again...)

It glugs out of the bottle super thick and tar black. It has a finger and a half head of tight, thick khaki bubbles that recedes slowly to a thin film and collar that retain throughout. Leaves some nice legs on the glass when swirled.

Immediate strong aromas of boozy bourbon are softened by sweet vanilla and lightly toasted marshmallow. Fudgey brownie batter, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toasted coconut, and charred oak all follow. There's just a hint of figs linger in the background.

The flavor is quite bourbon forward, but very round and smooth. It's like a scoop of real vanilla bean ice cream topped with burnt caramel, artisan fudge, and a shot of high end bourbon. Nothing pops much except maybe the bourbon, but this is quite well balanced.

The mouth feel is thick, but not overly so. It's slick and coats the mouth well, lingering and begging you to take another sip. Just the right amount (only a touch) of carbonation, and a bone dry, slightly boozy finish. Superb!

Overall this is an absolute pleasure of a beer to drink, and a worthy one for my "last" of the 250 list! It doesn't blow me away in the flavor department, but it does in its balance and roundedness! Those are things hard to find in modern BA adjunct stouts! The fact that I could EASILY solo dome this bottle says something!
Jan 14, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by robertm2152 from Illinois

Jan 10, 2022
Rated: 4.85 by MrNate from Florida

Dec 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Hefewiseman from Florida

5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
As far as vanilla barrel ages stouts go, it is hard to name a better one than this. Very sweet, but just short of cloying. The huge fudge notes blend perfectly with that intense vanilla marshmallow presence. Don't miss out on this one if you have a chance to get some!
Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Dec 12, 2021
Vanilla Bean Assassin from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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