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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #162
Ranked #1,126
4.53 | pDev: 6.84%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Notes: Formerly Turmoil Stout

Single barrel whiskey barrel aged stout.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 52
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hunahpu Day 2019. Inky black. Smells of soy sauce, bourbon, oak, and roasted malt. Tastes sweet right up front. Soy sauce and bourbon close behind the sugar. Roasted malt permeates, but it always tends toward soy sauce. Heavy and slow to drink. I didn't even finish my tiny festival pour.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This definitely has that used motor oil look, but is topped by a perfectly uniform, thick mocha blanket that I wasn't expecting out of this barrel aged stout.

It's also a thickly viscous, almost gloppy but delicious blend of all the things I love about Assassin. Mature influences of lightly charred oak on the stout introduce Tootsie Roll, Raisinets, and complex but mild bourbon with a dry yet sticky finish. Yet there is no offensively hot booze to detract from the experience.

God damn I might actually like this more than regular Assassin.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into snifter at the brewery.
A: Pours a super dark brown with thin skim of dark mocha head.
S: Leather, molasses, baker’s chocolate, tobacco, bourbon, and a hint of dark dried fruit.
T: Follows aroma almost to a T. Leather, molasses, smooth bittersweet chocolate, tobacco, bourbon, fig, and raisins.
M: Medium heavy body...less than expected. Very velvety smooth. Darkly sweet with mild bitterness and mild alcohol burn. Perfection here.
D: Good complexity and surprisingly drinkable. Well done, TG!

In retrospect, this was actually Term Oil 18-A.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft. Essentially, it hits almost all the big barrel-aged stout notes that TG is known for. Good booze-soaked chocolate marshmallow presence especially on the nose, with chocolate brownie batter and fudge throughout. Medium fuller bodied; though noticeably less viscous than its more notorious TG siblings.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the source.

Look - Pitch black. Small amount of head.

Smell - Outstanding. Explosive coffee, chocolate, barrel and spirit.

Taste - Chocolate, coffee with the alcohol well hidden. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel - Thicka than a snicka...

Overall - GET YOU SOME!

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great dark and viscous with fading brown head. Getting lots of oak barrel and bourbon. Deep dark roasts throughout. Needs a bit more carbonation to make it pop. But overall it's very tasty!

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Photo of beerprn
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a sniffer glass very cold. Ate a pizza while it warmed. Aroma after warming was coffee cream, vanilla, warming alcohol; hints of anise retro nasal. Poured very dark and opaque with almost no head an zero glass lacing. Flavor dominated by vanilla, bourbon and alcohol; some oak tannins and hints of anise. Bitterness balanced with malt and barrel flavors. The beer presents much better on warming. Carbonation level low.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at MD day 2016 (Oct 8th). Served cold, but allowed to warm up over an hours time frame.
Thick. Smelled like a BA stout with a nice blend of sweetness (oak, vanilla) and roasty malts. It definitely coated the mouth. Great flavor, but nothing that stood out from a flavor aspect that differentiated this beer, other than the thickness.

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Photo of Awolter
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served quite cold, with the flavors coming out quite a bit as it warmed. Had it side by side with Assassin, and it had a slightly thinner mouthfeel. Less barrel presence, but certainly held it's own. Decadent chocolate and some roastiness. Delicious beer. Try it if you can make it to Decorah while it lasts!

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Photo of eppie82
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Barrel 4-A at TG taproom.

Pitch black, with a foam ring along edge of glass and nothing else. Deep barrel character on the nose with some cocoa, vanilla and deep roasted malts. Taste, loads of barrel with a medium-thick mouth feel. Just a super well done BA imperial stout. Nothing fancy about it with regards to notes (no cinnamon or marshmallow or anything like that) but for a BA stout, it's exceptional.

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Photo of WetBandaid
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1-C on tap at TG. Some quick thoughts. . . Looks great with very little head. The smell was barrel dominate. The taste was solid with a nice balance between the barrel and stout. It didn't blow my mind or reinvent the wheel, but it was a quality BA stout taste. The best part about this beer is the great mouth feel. It's a full, thick, and smooth feel with a nice finish. It reminded me of KBS 2015 @ KBS week this last year. I'm really glad I had the chance to have this quality brew.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at TG.....barrel 1-C.

Pours jet black with very little head. Smell is whisky dominant mixed with dark fruits.....plum, raisin, and fig. These elements are all present in taste, but something seems off. The barrel comes off as a tad harsh and the fruits due very little to balance the overall taste. Feel is spot on.....medium heavy with low carbonation.

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Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2-B

Tan head that fades to a thin ring. A swirl of the glass brings a thin layer of head back. Black in color. Very little legs left.

Flavor is heavy whiskey and barrel flavors. Tons of molasses, raisins, and dark fruits. Oaky. Bitter chocolate. Some fudge. A little roasted with some bitter coffee flavors. Hints of brown sugar in the mix.

Moutfull is thick. This beer is fairly rich. Ends a tad dry and roasted.

I thought this was a solid/great beer, but it isn't what I like in the style. I would have liked to see less of the molasses/raisin/black cherry flavors and more vanilla and caramel. I am not sure what kind of barrels they used, but I wasn't the biggest fan of the whiskey flavors from this beer. Either that or they just didn't blend well with the other flavors here.

All in all, a fun beer to try, but nothing near as good as the other TG stouts.

Batch 6D-5A

Less berry flavor. More chocolate and fudge. A little roast. Big barrel flavors. Thick. Better than the other barrel I tried.

Barrel 6C

Lots of roast and bourbon here. Bitter coffee notes. Chocolate and fudge. Molasses.

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Photo of fondyball20
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Barrel 2-B... The flavors and feel came out as it warmed up. Heavy chocolate smell. Taste is bitter chocolate and sweet... just a touch of raisin or fig. Standard TG mouthfeel.

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Photo of jakemn91
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at TG. Barrel 2-B. Served in a tulip.

Pours with no head, just a ring of small bubbles around the edge of the glass. Very dark. Totally opaque black even when held up to the light. Colors the wall of the glass with a thick brown coating.

Aroma is a lot of molasses and oak. Whiskey, black mission figs, and baker's chocolate are also apparent.

Taste is quite similar to the aroma but more assertive. You can definitely tell that this is barrel aged. It was in the barrel for a year, and it shows. When first poured, the cold stout displays more dark fruits than coffee, roast, or chocolate. Quite a bit of dried figs, raisins, dates, and maybe even a hint of Bing cherry. It also exhibits the sweet tang of molasses. Those flavors are more pronounced when the beer is cold. As it warms, the fruity character subsides, giving way to vanilla, chocolate and caramel. It's moderately sweet, but never approaches cloying. Very enjoyable and it is fun to see how it changes as the beer warms up.

The feel is traditional TG stout...very thick. Low carbonation.

Overall, it's a great beer from Toppling Goliath. I wish they didn't have the one glass limit, because I would definitely order another glass. I'm glad I made the drive down from Minneapolis to give it a try.

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