Fresh Batch Series - S’mores
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,468
Ranked #7,721
4.09 | pDev: 13.69%
Nov 01, 2022
Sep 01, 2021
Fresh Batch Series - S’moresFresh Batch Series - S’mores
Notes: The dream of the 90’s is alive in Decorah. Time to pre-heat your oven for bagel-sized pizzas and pull out your jazziest cups, the 90’s are back and fresher than ever. Our S’mores version of Fresh Batch stokes the fire with notes of toasted marshmallow and melted milk chocolate squished between graham crackers. TGIFB.
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours like black heavyweight motor oil, black with a thick dark tan head. Looks to have some level of particulates that stick to the glass.

Incredibly strong smell of Graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows, roast malt, alcohol.

The taste is equally strong and it is extremely sweet to boot. The Graham cracker eventually gets lost, supplanted by marshmallow and very heavy chocolate. And for something so heavily flavored, the ABV is quite apparent even at 10%.

It's beyond heavy - thick and syrupy which makes the flavors linger. Can feel and taste the alcohol, but not really warming.

Overall, I did not enjoy this beer. I don't like the syrupy feel, the building sweetness, the imbalance of the flavors, the ABV being so noticeable in a sea of super strong flavors. That said, I can't say it isn't well made and on target for what it is, so my rating based on the objective aspects, tryint to not let "liking" factor too much.
Nov 01, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 9/6/22; drank 10/28/22 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE dark tan head (careful pouring!); nice, tree-rung lace.

Graham cracker, milk chocolate & vanilla notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Yeah, this tastes like a liquid s'more. Way over the top, but also pretty damn good.
Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
poured from a 16oz can into a CW snifter. pours dark brown but gathers in the glass black with a thin mocha brown foam cap that quickly recedes into nothing as if it were never there. big marshmallow and graham cracker on the nose. taste follows with a big rush of chocolate in the finish. it’s sweet for sure but very tasty. big, thick mouthfeel. that makes this beer drink even bigger than it’s 10% abv. take that as a compliment or a knock, but this beer does kind of drink like a 12-13%’er. still, easy enough to take down a pint to myself, albeit over about 45-50 minutes. this was excellent and even if it was a little pricey i really enjoyed it.
Oct 18, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Oct 16, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by crobinso from Colorado

Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Jul 06, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
The pour was gorgeous, thick, black and slow, great big fluffy light brown head that lasted all of a minute or two. Great aromas brought back memories of backyard campouts 60 years ago, marshmallows, graham crackers, Hershey's chocolate. Ya know what, the beer tastes exactly like it smells. It's sickly sweet. If this beer hadn't been a gift, it would have been a drain pour. Mouthfeel, fine, smooth, creamy and not a bubble of carbonation after the original flurry of activity. As much as I love Imperial Stouts, I hated this one.
Edit: This eventually got dumped, as in drain pour, about 4oz.....
May 27, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from my local beer store located just around the corner. It poured an opaque dark with tan head to start which disappeared quickly leaving no head which is leaving no lace. The scent had sweet milk chocolate and marshmallow with Graham cracker highlights. The taste was sweeter leaning and easy to sip. There was an unbelievable s'more presence.....milk chocolate, marshmallow (vanilla), and Graham idea how they perfected the Graham cracker! The mouthfeel was fuller, motor oil, in body with very subtle carbonation. Overall it is my favorite sweet stout I've ever had....amazeballs!
May 22, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

May 13, 2022
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Rated by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Back and forth on this. At times really good, at times too sweet
Mar 20, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Mar 09, 2022
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Fresh Batch pours black, with a nice large tan head. Aroma is sweet, rich, Graham notes. Flavor is sweet, Lacoste and marshmallow, Graham and hints of smoke. Good body and feel. Overall, very rich, sweet lots going on.
Mar 05, 2022
Rated: 4 by Chilmer from Iowa

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota

Feb 19, 2022
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Rated by dan_amdg from Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Dessert in a can.
Feb 11, 2022
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Reviewed by 150lRoast from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Ultra dark with a burnt caramel head. The head has a delay to it and has tight carbonation. The smell has a lot of dark and toasted malt with a lot of chocolate notes. The taste is much as it smells but has a good graham cracker and caramel taste at the end. The feel is super thick and almost sticky. The only down sides are the strong alchol taste and sticky felling after each sip. This beer gets extra points for the awesome label that is on brand with the reboot of the show.
Feb 09, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by BarrelAgedG from California

Feb 03, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Bandi from New York

Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that quickly died down and left a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of marshmallows are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate.
T: The taste follows the smell but has much stronger flavors of milk chocolate and marshmallows with hints of graham crackers.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and slick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is like drinking liquid version of S'mores. It hides its alcohol very well, but you can definitely sense that it is a strong beer based on its mouthfeel.

Serving type: can
Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by ehensn from Iowa

Jan 26, 2022
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A - Dark brown pour with thin toffee colored lacing.

S - Decadently agressive aroma that's dominated with fudge brownie, sweet chocolate, marshmallow, and light graham cracker.

T - Follows the nose with a barrage of flavor smacking the palate: chocolate, gooey fudge brownie, marshmallow, graham cracker, and a slight residual chocolate char. This is pretty much liquid dessert.

M - Goes beyond full bodied and is almost sludgy in nature, syrupy is probably a better description and leaves a sugary residue on the lips.

O - A little too thick but sure is tasty. Is a really nice sipper from a snifter glass.
Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours deep, dark drown. Aroma is very sweet -- caramel, sugar with a tinge of vanilla. Taste is also very sweet, dominated by chocolate flavor with some vanilla. Syrupy feel. Solid stout.
Jan 09, 2022
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Toppling Goliath S'mores Imperial Pastry Stout, 10% ABV. Pours black with a middle-finger of medium-brown head, left no lacing. Nose is strong chocolate, marshmallow, and graham. Taste follows, plus roast malt, quite sweet, slightly bitter. Decent mouthfeel, a bit light on carbonation. Overall excellent to near outstanding. One of the better S'mores stouts I've had.
Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.51/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75
Like brownie mix or hot cocoa powder eaten straight, with light marshmallow softness along with graham cracker pie crust. Tons of phony savory-ness, along with being unbearably sweet, like trying to drink a tall glass of chocolate syrup with a Yankee Candle melted innit. Just brutal EDIT: my pee the next day smelled like hershey's syrup
Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by brewskis from Indiana

Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 4.54 by MilaMila from Massachusetts

Dec 16, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by shigg85 from Japan

Dec 11, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by Burt from Rhode Island

Dec 07, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells extremely sweet, like pure caramelized sugar, melted chocolate ice cream, vanilla, and very light spice.

This is just too sweet to be very enjoyable. I've never eaten a s'more that was this sweet - it feels like there's chocolate and vanilla glaze all over this one, with just too much gummy marshmallow sweetness, and not enough graham cracker or whatever other bitterness from roasted malt to balance this out. At a dose of maybe an ounce at a time, this could have been more enjoyable.

This is thick, sweet, syrupy, and just not super drinkable overall - it just sits so heavy in the stomach.

I just didn't love this one, unfortunately. There's just no balance and it wasn't really easy to drink.
Dec 07, 2021
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz can. Poured out an opaque, oil-black color with a fairly small, light brown head of foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass. It smelled of chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow and graham crackers. Very sweet chocolate, marshmallow, toffee and vanilla flavors.
Nov 30, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by Mikexw from New York

Nov 29, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by EdFed from Illinois

Nov 26, 2021
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Nov 26, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Nov 24, 2021
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Rated by JohnMag

1.71/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Soy sauce, saccharine and syrup. This is my first taste of a TG “beer”. I hope their other stouts aren’t like this one.
Nov 23, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by BEER-NICK from Pennsylvania

Nov 19, 2021
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