Assassin | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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4.65/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
tgbrews.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Pintofbrown on 02-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
1,316
pDev:
8.39%
 
 
Wants:
2,100
Gots:
191
Trade:
13
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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mohaghandi
3.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark black pour, lacing for days.

Cherry and birch bark on the nose. Smells more like a quad.

The awesome texture on the front of the tongue is quickly assaulted by liquorice, anaise, and anything else you might taste after opening up a package of black Twizlers candy.
It coats the mouth, throat, lungs, belly, all the way down to my big toe.
Each additional sip seems to enhance the assault. Were it not for the heavy price I’d paid for this bottle, I would not want to finish it.
This drinks hotter/more painful than most 18-20% stouts. But as a glutton for punishment, I’m very disappointed in this one.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

03/2015 - This is absolutely incredible - the nose is big bourbon, dark chocolate, roast, and some vanilla, too; the mouthfeel is velvety, luscious, and full on whiskey, yet there isn't any ethanol; the finish slightly sweet, yet the roast and barrel linger in a wonderful union that lasts and lasts.

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Photo of Jonesy1981
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leroybrown10
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jensenmoon
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amp
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hudhawk
4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MJSFS
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of monty79_1997
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samact
4.69/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lemmy187
4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pmarlowe
4.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2018 release (orange wax).

A: Pours absolutely jet black with a thin cap of dark brown head. A couple streaks of lacing and pretty good retention for something this big.

S: Rich dark chocolate bar, dark dried fruit, sweet vanilla bean ice cream, light oak char and whiskey. A bit of an alcohol burn on the nose.

T: Hot ethanol, dark chocolate, oak, light vanilla and whiskey, and a bit of red cherry with the associated tartness. The cherry and a powdery cocoa lingers on the (very long) finish.

M: Thick, motor oil consistency cut by medium carbonation. Moderate alcohol heat and burn.

O: A big, bruising imperial stout. Interesting fruit notes and complexity. The heat and light barrel treatment knocks this down below top tier BA stouts. This is decidedly less good than much easier to acquire BA stouts like BCBS or BT.

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Photo of TravisMason
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSecaida
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rothobinide
4.13/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DraftDaddy
4.69/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 505beergeek
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of njcraftguy
4.44/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good beer - solid and enjoyable but I'm glad I had a buddy who got a bottle on the cheap n shared. If I did what it normally takes to score this I would have been very disappointed. Smells boozy and tastes the same. Decent flavor but not great. The booze just over took everything else. I'm glad I got to try it but won't go crazy getting more.

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Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Assassin from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 1,316 ratings