SR-71 Blackbird (2015) | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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SR-71 Blackbird (2015)SR-71 Blackbird (2015)
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4.71/5
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SR-71 Blackbird (2015)SR-71 Blackbird (2015)
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: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
428
pDev:
6.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 428 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of Awolter
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At the Toppling Goliath new brewery opening. Got a pretty large pour. Dark chocolate, fudge, and bourbon. Overall an amazing beer that I was very fortunate to be able to have.

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

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

Photo of Casey3236
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Gambyt20
4.63/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of libeerguy23
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of xt0n1cx
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bb-magic
4.63/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ristaccia
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the real deal. Smooth, creamy Bourbon, fudge, Marshmallow. Very pleased to have had the opportunity to tried this!

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KevBot89
4.82/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Brian29
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Prior to tasting, I wanted to hate it. I wanted to love it.
It looks perfects, smells nice, nice mouthfeel, and tastes delicious. It may be the bar for a barrel-aged stout. Perfection. Its hard to describe. I'm not wowed, but at the same time its subtle, rounded, and wonderful. I'm going to side by side w 2016 BCBS in a minute.
...back. My hunch was BCBS was a similar beer from memory. Its not. SR-71 crushes it.

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

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

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

Photo of aaronyoung01
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Side by side at a killer whalez share, this was incredible.... can't rank anything equal to Bake Kujira but this is definitely in the top beers I've ever had. Huuuuuuuge body - thicker than any body with no adjuncts that I've ever come across, barrel so well integrated into the chocolate-forward base. It's the best non-adjunct stout you will ever come across and was a completely different monster from that of a fresh 2016 Assassin, we had right before this one.

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

Photo of rouhlas3
4.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of notchucknorris
4.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SveNss0N
4.82/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Fux
4.49/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Tasting to Sink all Sea Shepherds, at Moeder Lambic cellar, side by side with KBBS '14, MD #2 and yellow wax Assassin
A: Looks exactly like Assassin, pitch black, very thick and sticky, with a decent retention.
S: Smell is very similar to Assassin, focused on vanilla and chocolate, with notes of marzipan and dried fruits. At the beginning, I had a hard time differenciating both beers, but as it warmed, it became a little bit boozier, the barrel ageing emphasizing the alcohol content.
T: Taste is also very similar, on vanilla, marzipan, chocolate and fudge, but a little less mellowed and with more alcohol and more bitterness on the finish. Also very sweet.
M: Thick, almost syrupy. A little bit smoother on the palate than Assassin, but the alcohol kick makes it a little bit less enjoyable than Assassin.
O: Very similar to Assassin but a little bit less well integrated which prevents this to being great. Probably my least favorite of the TG stouts, still a very good brew.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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SR-71 Blackbird (2015) from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 428 ratings