Assassin
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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From:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #17
ABV:
12%
Score:
100
Ranked #30
Avg:
4.65 | pDev: 8.17%
Ratings:
1,475
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 01, 2022
Added:
Feb 20, 2012
Wants:
  2,128
Gots:
  194
SCORE
100
World-Class
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Notes: After endless hours of scorching in heat, brewing in turmoil, fermenting in angst, the Assassin’s journey has just begun. In the shadow of the temple, he lies in wait, maturing his plot to perfection. He emerges merciless, dominated by darkness, his bite laced with the charred remnants of his victims. No man dares to cross his path. They will forever sleep with one eye open, in fear of the Assassin’s hot kiss of death.
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4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on May 01, 2022
 
4.5 by Affinity from Missouri on Apr 30, 2022
 
4.81 by JDPchi13 from Illinois on Jan 20, 2022
 
4.69 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 18, 2022
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4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color sottu with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some alcing. Aroma of woody bourbon notes with some light vanilla and residual sugar notes with some black chocolate notes and roasted malt notes also quite dominant. Taste is dominated by woody bourbon notes with some dark roasted malt and black chocolate notes with some vanilla and a rather dry finish. Body is full with a nice oily texture and good carbonation with some warming alcohol notes. Nice late night sipper.

Dec 22, 2021
 
4.71 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina on Dec 04, 2021
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4.77/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by BlanBarry from Oklahoma

Very thick, has a beautiful bourbon warmth and ends with the rich and thick decadence that's expected here. This would be my favorite stout on this date but we always seem to find something we like better.

Oct 20, 2021
 
5 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
 
4.33 by codytwo from Connecticut on Aug 28, 2021
 
4.43 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Aug 22, 2021
 
4.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Aug 22, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Grackos from Florida

2021. Excellent

Aug 19, 2021
 
4.68 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Aug 08, 2021
 
5 by Joenap419 from Rhode Island on Aug 01, 2021
 
4.74 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Aug 01, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by RaulMondesi from California

Man, not a letdown, but… This is not Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven - nor is it that wiener kid that couldn’t see - but this one does not slay the dragon. It’s rich in flavor, but the feel is a lil light, and it has a oil oil slickness in the end.

Raul is sad.

Jun 27, 2021
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by OompaMentor from Georgia

DLD - 5/18/2019

Jun 25, 2021
 
4.62 by EMH73 from New York on Jun 20, 2021
 
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
 
5 by CarpeDiem33 from Minnesota on Jun 16, 2021
 
4.33 by Jangoon24 from Illinois on Jun 08, 2021
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4.92/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by pkalix from California

smells like a 2012 stout recipe. a tad perfume-y. reminds me of the Eclipse series.... really well done. sometimes it's hard to realize something that comes close to flawless unless we have the accompanying hype, but this is very good. also makes we want to go back and find those Eclipse bottles....

May 27, 2021
 
4.5 by Tangentplane from New Jersey on May 27, 2021
 
4.79 by LumpkinBrews from Colorado on May 24, 2021
 
4.81 by PDinunzi from New Jersey on May 09, 2021
 
4.53 by JesseLara from California on Apr 27, 2021
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5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Craftbeerfan666 from Norway

OMG. Have this at the same time as I had KBBS- to be frank & honest about it, it was so good that it felt unfair to even think about rating with any lower then the mentioned merit in life. I had the coconut version and it was amazing! Thick, full and beautifully balanced sweet. Would love to have it again... And again

Apr 20, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by DEZ01301960 from Illinois

I was lucky enough to win the recent Assassin vertical random draw. Drove to Iowa on Friday, pick up day was Saturday.
I sampled 2020 Assassin, Term Oil and Kaiju Clash.

Look: Dark, like a stout should be.
Smell: Bourbon, Chocolate, slight Vanilla.
Taste: No adjuncts, pure BA Imperial Stout. Picking up some Vanilla on the back end.
Feel: Thinner than I expected but still nice.
Overall: Maybe the hype was too much. The beer is very good but I was not blown away.

Mar 30, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by carlso_aw from Indiana

2019 (Silver Wax)

Mar 27, 2021
 
3.63 by blackcloud from Alaska on Mar 08, 2021
 
5 by jacket from Illinois on Feb 19, 2021
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4.77/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by WickedBeer from Alabama

2018 Bottle (Orange Wax)

A really fantastic, in-your-face whiskey barrel stout. Lots of stewed fruits cut through a whiskey potency that finishes dangerously smooth. Very impressed. Had heard some possible bottle variance, but this one was holding up exceptionally well.

Feb 12, 2021
 
4.38 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by brokensail from California

Bottle from Batch 1 (Red Wax). Thick black pour with a small tan head and low carbonation. Intense rye, vanilla, and oak aromas. Big chocolate, roast, fudge, cocoa, and oak. Mild booze, licorice, and dark fruit. Sweet flavor of whiskey and vanilla. Chocolate, fudge, and dark fruit. Some alcohol, hints of licorice, and a nice coffee bite on the finish.

Feb 05, 2021
 
4.75 by Glenndanzig138 from Oregon on Jan 14, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jamesloc from New York

Finally tried this. KInda over rated for the price requried to get this

Jan 13, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by UIR1983 from Iowa

2020 vintage in a 22oz. Bomber bottle

Jan 11, 2021
 
4.5 by pconn10 from Illinois on Jan 11, 2021
 
4.98 by 46and2 from Missouri on Jan 10, 2021
 
4.77 by dubers89 from Iowa on Jan 09, 2021
Assassin from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1475 ratings