Norseman's Wrath
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
American Imperial Stout
3.9 | pDev: 14.1%
May 10, 2021
Dec 17, 2011
A brutal imperial stout, black in color and thick as lava; not for the faint of heart, but fantastic for those that have traveled this path before.
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Rated: 4.28 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
650 mL bottle. Black. Smells of roasted malt and citrus. Quite hoppy. Tastes of citrus and toasted malt. Some sweet chocolate in the back. Citrusy and hoppy throughout. Heavy and a little boozy. I like the hop flavor. It's a very strong stout, though, which detracts a little bit. I can see why people don't like it. It's the oppose of a pastry stout. That said, it's a huge stout that still isn't all that approachable.
Mar 09, 2021
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Rated by UIR1983 from Iowa

2.3/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
A Hoppy stout should not be a thing!
Jan 11, 2021
Rated: 4 by YvesB from Belgium

Sep 16, 2020
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Latest release from TG’s Assassin set.
Label says 11% abv. Sadistically dry-hopped with mosaic.
L: black with brown head.
S: bubblegum, burnt chocolate.
T: Roasty, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, orange. Not boozy.
F: Somewhat full and creamy.
Overall: definitely different, but not bad. I feared from friends reviews this would be undrinkable but it’s just different. The hop presence isn’t overwhelming. Could be mellowing out with age. Probably better.
Aug 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This is essentially a Cascadian dark ale. The mosaic hop presence is significant and dominates the beer. If you don't like CDA's, I'd steer clear of this one. Does not in any form resemble it's barrel aged bethren.
Jul 31, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

May 24, 2020
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2020 bottle. New version dry hopped with mosaic. Thick tan head. Black color. Thick. Lace.

Taste like 09 darkness. Hops are west coast forward. Has a resiny flavor. Orange citrus and chocolate. Tastes like one of those chocolate oranges. Has a burnt marshmallow flavor. Caramel. Nice bitterness. Very thick and creamy feel. Very unique, very enjoyable. Be prepared for a weird beer with this one.
May 20, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by jmh21 from Minnesota

May 16, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by bismarksays from Iowa

Nov 27, 2013
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Reviewed by tvv375ia from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
poured from growler into tulip glass

A-black with no light getting through and almost no head

S- lots of sweet molasses, dark fruits and some brown sugar

T-much like the smell molasses and dark fruits a little coffee bitterness and some brown sugar and raisins

M-heavy thick bodied with a sweet finish

O-sweetness makes an excellent desert beer or something just to sip on for the night weel woth the trip to Decorah to try some of the beers from this brewery
Mar 18, 2012
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Reviewed by AmericanGothic from Iowa

4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a growler into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a quarter inch of medium brown head. Some retention but little lace.

S: Vinous chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Rich and complex.

T: Starts with a little coffee bitterness, then brown sugar and molasses come flooding in-- very sweet, but balanced by the bitterness. On the finish, some dark fruits and then coffee again on the aftertaste. As the beer warms, coffee comes into play throughout the sip. Hints of maple, chocolate and anise also emerge from time to time. Lots going on here, all of it great.

M: Medium body overall, very smooth. Seems a bit thin at times, but not a major flaw.

O: This is great stuff. Dangerously drinkable at 9%, take it slowly or you'll feel the Norseman's Wrath the next day. Will definitely buy it again.
Feb 17, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by theminutemen from Missouri

Dec 18, 2011
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Reviewed by Pintofbrown from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This was had on-tap at the Toppling Goliath tap room. It was served in a chalice tulip. I reviewed this from notes.

Appearance- The body on this beer is dark! If you did not hold this one up to light, there would be no doubt about the black out nature of the beer. Only slight mahogany highlights are able to peek through.

The head mustered about a half-finger of milk chocolate colored foam. It is pretty puffy with a good amount of bubbles in the cap.

Smell- First impression is the sweetness and coffee character of the nose. Definitely some toffee and roasted malt in play. The way that the molasses mixes with that roasted coffee scent reminds me of leather. The complexity of this is a good sign!

Taste- Sweet and strong is definitely the direction they went with this one.Right away, there are some fruit flavors playing around, cranberry and plum.

As the drink continues, a sweet bit of molasses comes out with a smokey leather character. The sweet really rides into the finish strong, with just a slight roasted quality.

Quite the unique flavor profiles! It is on the verge of being awesome, but that smokey leather mixing with the really sweet is clashing a little.

Mouth feel- It is not really big and chewy, but coating is decent. It is pretty creamy, but I feel like this should be thicker on the palate.

Overall- This is a good Imperial Stout, make no mistake. The beer is awfully complex, and obviously made with great skill, but I am having a hard time reconciling the sweet and smokey flavors.

And I really wish the feel was a little more imposing, like the Viking adorning the tap handle.
Dec 17, 2011
Norseman's Wrath from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 14 ratings