Toppling Goliath / Horus - Stout Hawks
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Toppling Goliath / Horus - Stout HawksToppling Goliath / Horus - Stout Hawks
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #747
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #7,459
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 4.82%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
16
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Avail:
One-off
Wants
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Gots
  5
SCORE
93
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Toppling Goliath / Horus - Stout HawksToppling Goliath / Horus - Stout Hawks
Notes: Imperial stout aged on Geisha coffee, roasted pecans and vanilla beans.

Stout Hawks search endlessly for the perfect pour, and tonight they have found it. Aged on luxurious Geisha coffee beans, roasted pecans, and vanilla beans, which offer notes of milk chocolate, maple glaze, and melt in your mouth caramel. Stout Hawks unite! The search is over.
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Photo of darktronica
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent stout in the vein of a high-class w00tstout. However, I'm a bit conflicted. I've had several geisha coffees, and while they are special, I don't find geisha to be worth the price of admission, and two, it would be a crime to add vanilla and other flavorings to it. The coffee is done a disservice here. (But still, very tasty beer if you ignore its provenance.)

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. No dating information found.
Black colored body, with no back lit edge. Two fingers of tan, small bubble head, which persists as a thin top cap. Most of the lacing upon each sip slides back down into the body, but a few scattered spots are left behind.
Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, behind which stands a nutty smell (difficult to tell if it is pecan), a rich caramel/vanilla mix, and a touch of maple.
Taste features milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a nutty note. The maple is more like a whiff than a flavor. The roasted malts also suggest a coffee flavor, but overall the taste is sweet and not at all bitter. The end resembles somewhat like a dark fruit.
Slightly thicker than medium mouth feel. Sticky texture. Very good carbonation.
Well crafted, well balanced, but based on price, the beer is not head and shoulders above other chocolate stouts with a nutty component. Examining just the beer as a product, it is quite exemplary.

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Photo of maximum12
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK. I’m a sucker for very little, but for a hyped TG stout? Yup. I’m a mark. 22 oz. bottle that cost me diapers for the baby for a week. That’s OK. We have hardwood floors.

Black with minimal head even with a hard pour. Nose brings tons of coffee, chocolate, & sweetness. I’ve had worse.

Stout Hawks takes a minute to wrap my head around; not what I expected, like the last Eve 6 album. Except not that sad. The tastes are mingled with exquisite balance. The coffee is smooth, lacking acidity, vanilla beans strong, baking chocolate, with only a lint of nuttiness that’s almost hazelnutty. Creamy, smooth. Smooth. Like watching a Max Kepler swing. Plenty of this to go around, but I could have taken more than half this tall bottle.

Hawks are awesome. Stouts are awesome. What would one expect when the two are bred? Awesomeness. And that’s what I have in my glass. Though disturbingly little.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A draft pour at TG. I got a couple of bottles and will update after I try that.

Look: A nice black with a thin brown head.

Smell: Fantastic coffee with dark chocolate and dark fruit.

Taste: A sweet chocolate and coffee mix. TG has some amazing coffee blends and that’s coming from a person who doesn’t drink coffee.

Feel: Little carbonation and nice sweet stickiness. Extremely drinkable.

Overall: Most people will probably consider this too sweet but I truly enjoyed it more than most beers that TG has on tap. A great stout to sip on after a meal

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Toppling Goliath / Horus - Stout Hawks from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 16 ratings