SR-71 | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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4.72/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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:
#14
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
478
pDev:
6.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Felgenlager
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
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 +3.4%
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 +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chibrew312
4.88/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bojandjakovic
4.71/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DraftDaddy
4.9/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JayGreezy
4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of inspektor
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HawkeyeJosh
4.9/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours thick and black, with a thin dark brown head that fades to a dark brown ring around the glass. The aroma is chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, lots of barrel, but not boozy. There also seems to be some smokiness on the finish. It's a little on the sweet side, but not overly sweet. The mouthfeel is thick. Overall, this beer is a work of art. Like KBBS, I was worried that it was over-hyped, but, also like KBBS, that is not the case. This beer is as close to perfect as a barrel-aged stout can be.

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4.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.44/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kinnick21
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sam_The_Elder
4.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Format: 4 oz pour from Toppling Goliath taproom.
L: Dark black, thick motor oil. Very little to no head.
S: Boozy bourbon, oak barrel and molasses.
T: Cold - Very bourbon forward. Could not taste much else.
Warmed up - Flavors really start to open up. Bourbon, molasses, oak, chocolate syrup.
F: Thick and syrupy.
O: Excellent barrel aged imperial stout. Well worth the price I paid for the 4 oz pour, and I am thankful I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Boldbrew
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PaulVanney
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

B2 from the bottle, at about 65 degrees.

L: Jet black. Dark, mocha head. Pours from bottle like motor oil. The beer leaves a dark brown tint and alcohol legs on parts of the glass it touches.

S: As it pours, smells of marshmallow, chocolate complimented with a little barrel smell. Nothing overpowering. Incredible.

F: Feels just like it looks. Motor oil in a glass. Coats the tongue like syrup.

T: Huge, huge marshmallow and fudge flavors. There's barrel, but again, not overpowering. Absolutely fantastic. Near impossible to believe this has no adjuncts.

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Photo of Vidblain
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is funny about my SR-71 experience is - while I missed the release of 2018, I was able to enjoy the OG bottle the very same day.

While cool/cold, SR-71 is tasting a bit oxidized. The barrels and quite a bit of chocolate are still present, but the beer tastes a bit dull and stale. As the beer warms, the chocolate turns to fudge, and that oxidization fades quickly. SR-71 is extremely barrel forward, yet still exhibits loads of chocolate and fudge in the nose and taste. It's a delicious beer, and I rate it highly - I think my one experience with it will have to suffice. Given secondary values, I'm fairly sure that I'll never see it again - and that's okay. This one experience has been quite memorable enough.

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4.84/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cascade24
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious. Fudge brownie, absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Cibsie
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best non-adjunct stout of all time.

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4.79/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of TCOlson
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bourbon barrel brownie batter

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Photo of RealDeal
4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jakemn91
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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SR-71 from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.72 out of 5 with 478 ratings