SR-71 | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
tgbrews.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A different beer from previous draft iterations of SR-71. This beer has been confirmed to be the equivalent of Assassin (Barrel Aged Norseman’s Wrath) with more time in the barrels. The fill date mirrors the 2014 Assassin release that was aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels and is most likely drawn from the exact same batch of base beer.

Added by mothman on 03-11-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
496
pDev:
6.79%
 
 
Wants:
690
Gots:
75
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 496 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of Umdrunner
4.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Chadlossie
4/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at GAB bottle share
Pours a darker thick but small head, decent retention, long legs, pitch black thick soupy stains the glass

Nose big roasted dark cocoa coffee, heavy syrupy malt, little dried fruit, vanilla, tons of coffee, rich cocoa

Taste boozy fruity like brandy raisin thing, molasses syrup, roasted malt and coffee, little cocoa fudge, a bit of bourbon and brandy, slight acrid

Mouth is heavier bod, syrupy thick, little tingly alcohol,

Overall eh, def not worth the hype

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bugsmcl
3.13/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Something is definitely off about B2. There was a strange tart flavor reminiscent of infection.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.12/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lare453
3.57/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible Russian Imperial Stout. Amazing barrel characteristics. Great body. Over all one of the best Barrel Aged Stouts I've had. I must say that I feel like Barrel Aged Dark Lord is just as good or better at a quarter of the price though...

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Photo of cgwami
4.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Scalawags
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of invertalon
2.61/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't know what was up with this, but I didn't find this beer very good at all. It was slightly tart on the finish, which made me think it was going bad in some form. I didn't get much barrel character, thinner mouthfeel and compared to all the other stouts we were enjoying, probably the worst of the night which is crazy. Likely just a bad bottle, but didn't know those existed with this beer. Unfortunate, but rating is as accurate as I can be with it.

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Photo of esktime
4.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach_Attack
4.74/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an amazing nose that lingers well after I've stopped smelling; supremely luscious body, with the flavors lingering for a while too; the finish is boozy yet controlled, balanced, and well executed.

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Photo of Nedster10
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of millelacsmark
4.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nguasta2
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of fossage78
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Egotist
4.54/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gold Wax bottle poured into a snifter.

L: Jet black, no light escaping through.
S: Whisky and chocolate.
T: Heavy whisky and barrel presence, light chocolate and vanilla flavors.
F: Thick as they come. Perfect mouthfeel.
O: This beer didn't come close to the hype it receives. It's excellent but drinking next to a 2010 BCS Rare makes you wonder why this beer is valued so much higher.

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Photo of Felgenlager
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this with Jeremiah Larrison

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer takes everything that is lovely about purple wax Assassin and amplifies it into a sludgy, brownie-batter-dipped-in-whiskey beer. Overall, the flavor profile is akin to Assassin, with bursts of fudge and dark chocolate on the palate, followed by waves of raisiny, dark fruit flavor. The barrel presence is more pronounced, with a woodier, more bourbon-forward profile, but it never delves into the trenches of the dreaded cicerone descriptor of, "too hot." The mouthfeel on this beer is virtually unrivaled by any other in the game.

SR-71 is a special beer. It is not worth 2.5x Assassin 2016, though. This is one of those beers you reach for when you want that elite craft beer experience to celebrate precious moments in time.

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Photo of ha-sheem
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chibrew312
4.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bojandjakovic
4.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells of figs and sweet bourbon.
Tastes unlike any stout ever almost indescribable

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Photo of burns3y
4.79/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DraftDaddy
4.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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SR-71 from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 496 ratings