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:
#11
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
488
pDev:
6.36%
 
 
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686
Gots:
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Ratings: 488 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of cgwami
4.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Scalawags
4.73/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of invertalon
2.61/5  rDev -44.7%
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 -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach_Attack
4.74/5  rDev +0.4%
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 +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of millelacsmark
4.57/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nguasta2
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of fossage78
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Egotist
4.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +0.6%
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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Photo of EJJ1848
4.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fox82791
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

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SR-71 from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.72 out of 5 with 488 ratings