Vanilla Bean Assassin
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Vanilla Bean AssassinVanilla Bean Assassin
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #16
ABV:
12.8%
Score:
100
Ranked #53
Avg:
4.85 | pDev: 5.36%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
87
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
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Vanilla Bean AssassinVanilla Bean Assassin
Notes: Imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels and conditioned on vanilla beans.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 87 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by JDPchi13:
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JDPchi13 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let’s be honest, when it comes to vanilla specific barrel aged stouts this sits comes unrivaled. I dream of finding a D13, but until that day. This is perfection.

Jan 18, 2021
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YalovaIA from Iowa

5/5  rDev +3.1%
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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ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

4.61/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jun 17, 2021
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supergt2 from Texas

4.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 31, 2020
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Almost perfect when it comes to BA vanilla stouts. This looked insanely pitch black during the pour. Completely opaque. Smelled of bourbon soaked vanilla fudge brownies. Really decadent. Taste was amazing....very similar to the aroma. Vanilla wasn't overbearing and really played well with the fudginess and barrel aspects of the beer. Feel was super viscous. Mouth coating and lingering. Overall, an excellent BA vanilla stout.

Jan 15, 2021
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driftlessbeer from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May 22, 2021
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ArtAttackEd from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mar 02, 2021
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chippo33 from Vermont

4.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apr 26, 2021
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crobinso from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 02, 2020
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ADTaber from South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 26, 2021
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jschott75 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 16, 2021
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pcshotsauce33 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 14, 2021
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Ristaccia from Nebraska

4.69/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2019 bottle

May 10, 2021
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mmoore9363 from Arizona

5/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Might be the best beer I've ever had.

Jan 16, 2021
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Travitten from Iowa

5/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Only KBBS16 is better.

Vanilla, caramel/chocolate, bourbon, roast. Thic yet approachable. Perfection! This is one of a few beers that actually keep me wanting more.

Jan 20, 2021
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.72/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2019 vintage, on draft at Toppling Goliath.

I had this along with a draft pour of KBBS at the same time. The VB Assassin is definitely a lot different than KBBS, besides the adjuncts obviously. VB Assassin was pitch black with a bit of foam around the edge of glass. Aroma had loads of vanilla along with bourbon booze a bit maybe. The flavor was soft vanilla all the way with a bit of that now common Assassin dark fruit flavor serving as base underneath the vanilla goodness. Bit of chocolate-like flavors here too. Thick for sure though! Flavors linger for a while.

Dec 05, 2020
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jmh21 from Minnesota

4.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dec 25, 2020
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jul 06, 2021
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Jeff-Iowa1 from Iowa

4.92/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tasted this in a flight at the brewery on Jan 7th 2021first time ever tasting Assassin drove 4 hours because this was on tap. I had half a pour in the afternoon at 5 last of it as the keg blew.
It is a fudge vanilla cake like flavor. The depth of the flavor was incredible. I arrived at 11:30 and took tell two to finish the flight. As this warmed and oxidized the aroma subsided as expected but the flavor just developed more chocolate cake. Outstanding and worth the trip to finally taste this. I had Morning Delight and Term Oil Maple Cakes in the same flight plus the two Latte's. Best flight of my life.
Truly wonderful beer.

Jan 20, 2021
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BarrelAgedG from California

4.42/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 18, 2021
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

4.94/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 20, 2021
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2019 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed taster glass. pours inky black with virtually no head. smells of chocolate cake with vanilla frosting dipped in bourbon. one of the best smelling beers i’ve yet to encounter. taste is similar with big chocolate cake and vanilla flavors with the whiskey barrel on the finish. typical TG stout mouthfeel, which is to say full bodied and nearly perfect for the style. i am admittedly not a big straight vanilla stout guy but i was blown away with this beer. the vanilla is integrated so well that i don’t pick up on the dark fruit flavors that i’ve gotten with past assassins (purple through green). this is vanilla frosted bourbon cake in a glass. delicious!

Sep 03, 2020
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.59/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jan 12, 2021
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eddie5721 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apr 11, 2021
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Jkolls from Ohio

5/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 27, 2021
Vanilla Bean Assassin from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 87 ratings