Vanilla Bean Assassin
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
12.8%
Score:
99
Avg:
4.91 | pDev: 5.5%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
37
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
99
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stevoj from Idaho

4.65/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle at share. Slick, oily pour. Super smooth. Boozy, chocolate, vanilla, roast, all blended to perfecton. Sweet, slick with a slight burn. Top notch.

Jun 13, 2020
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YvesB from Belgium

5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

09/01/17 full TG lineup tasting. This was always going to be the highlight but it did not disappoint. Hands down the best vanilla beer ever made and top 3 overall.

Sep 04, 2017
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mythaeus from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What an incredible treat, thanks to a very generous friend and BA! Was nervous opening such a rare bottle and the wax hardened into almost brittle plastic. Poured rather thick. Vanilla hits you like a truck on the nose. Tasted like lightly sweet vanilla ice cream with chocolate. Had it side by side with a '14 Assassin and an SR71, but all 3 were very different even though the base is the same.

Nov 19, 2015
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YalovaIA from Iowa

5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is simply not possible to make a "better" beer than this. Some beers may be different, others may prefer different style, but none can be better. Perfection for what it is .

May 01, 2015
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drmcleod10 from Missouri

4.84/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was opened at Perennial today and drank with KBBS, BA Abraxas, and Fuzzy. Small 2-3 oz pour from the 12oz 2013 vintage bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark obviously like every other solid stout out there with decent lacing. Looks thick and vicious in appearance and definitely stains the glass.

S - Small notes of vanilla with chocolate as well as light notes of whiskey. Hard to compare because I have not had regular assassin but smell is pretty damn good

T - Taste follows the nose although the vanilla is somewhat muted. It blends in with the milk and dark chocolate flavors that come through from the base. Definitely some hints of coffee in there and some bourbon on the finish although it is not that prevalent.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty thick and vicious, not as thick as KBBS and MD but it is definitely a thicker BA stout which I love

O - Glad I was lucky enough to get to try this along the KBBS and the other fine brews that were drank today. Thanks again Cory

Jun 07, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.26/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Tiny pour at Peg's.

Appearance - Glass staining black body. Viscous. No head.

Smell - Vanilla and chocolate. Rye whiskey. Dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Less intense vanilla, but present. Dark chocolate. Whiskey. Coffee roasted malt.

Mouthfeel - Very thick. Slick and syrupy. Lingers on the palate.

Overall - Irresponsibly small pour, but it was really good. Just like Assassin but with more vanilla.

Mar 07, 2014
Vanilla Bean Assassin from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 37 ratings