Assassin Imperial Stout | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American Double / 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

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Reviews:
90
Ratings:
1,041
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
8.99%
 
 
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 1,041
Photo of striker2160
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 Yellow wax

This beer pours as thick as motor oil and is as black as midnight. Aromas of bourbon and chocolate dominate and this beer has a nice thick mouthfeel. A wonderful bourbon flavor and a nice alcohol burn finish. I must say that this beer is one of the best I have ever had.

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Photo of timc100
5/5  rDev +9.6%

2014, with some weller 12yr on the side

Pours our thick, dark, and oily black. Closely reminiscent of a CCB stout with BC Prop oiliness. Very impressive.

Brilliant aroma of sweet pappy bourbon (graham cracker, pipe smoke, tobacco, vanilla, oak) molasses, chocolate, caramel and slight umami. Really pleasant booziness and completely in balance. Tastes in great balance as well with a nice booziness.

Outrageously thick - very viscous, full, almost sticky. Carries the vibrant flavors well - great boozy sweet and bitter chocolate finish.

This is an astonishing beer.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive had the 2013 & 2014 before, but I was lucky enough to be able to sit on the TG patio with Clark and Mike BOTH and sample the 2012 B1, 2012 B2, 2013 & 2014 back to back! All are out of this world ridiculous with tons of barrel but the 2012 B1 & 2013 were smoother than 2014... 2014 was still pretty boozy. 2012 B2 (Single Barrel Rye Assassin) was great too but the rye was a little overpowering.

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Photo of wulfie85
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the absolute best stouts I have ever had. The smell was a sweet bourbon viscosity of the beer was so thick that the mouthfeel was almost that of motor oil consistency rather than beer. One of the few stouts that I truly felt I needed to chew. Excellent in all categories and one I will definitely seek out again in the future.

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Photo of Berg77
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split a 2014 vintage with a buddy last weekend. Probably the thickest beer I've ever had, like close to milkshake. Great bourbon flavor but just the right amount, not overpowering the rich chocolate truffle-like flavor. Just an excellent BA stout, and one of the best beers I've had yet.

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Photo of RelentlessLefty
5/5  rDev +9.6%

I had this a while ago, just wanting to log what I have had from the 250 list. Of all the beers I have had thus far, this might be my favorite. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate in this. Mouthfeel was thick and luscious. Everything about this beer was top of the chart.

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Photo of Awolter
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Both 2013 and 2014 varieties tried on 9/16/16 at the Chainsmoker release.

Overall, Assassin is a beer that is absolutely top of it's class. The 2014 had a bit more bourbon and chocolate aroma, were as the 2013's mouthfeel seemed a bit more rich. Both are outstanding.

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Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!!!


22oz Bottle

2014 version. Jet black. Nose is good, coffee and chocolate. Super smooth with complex notes of bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Feel is thick and chewy...delicious!! Highly recommended.

(A+)

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Photo of madtowndmb1
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must start by saying I haven't reviewed a beer in probably 3 years because it just wasn't worth it for a while, but this beer blew me away. It was flawless in what I love in stouts. Khaki head when poured, smells of sweet molasses, coffee, chocolate and dark roasted malts. Taste was right there with the smell! Thick and lingering. This beer is one of the few I put up with Berserker but this may be better. I passed on it when it hit the shelves here and now I regret it.

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Photo of HOPSareKey
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievably enormous without any one area being over the top. Deep roast, sweet, toasted coconut, perfect barrel character. Every quality you would want in a stout. The best beer I have had to date.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to @justdoit1234 (Jesse M) for this amazing gift! 2014 Vintage, opened at an amazing share. Pours like motor oil, black with very little carbonation. Taste was very balanced and while you got lots of the barrel flavors, it was not overpowering. Best BA stout I have ever had.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.99/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage.
Definitely lived up to the hype.
Has that special something that's hard to pin down.
'13 Prop is the only other BA stout that I've had that's in the same league as this.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.99/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always imagined what a perfect stout would taste like, but I wasn't sure if they really existed. This is certainly as close as it gets. So thick it coats the glass. A scent so good it almost prevents me from actually drinking it. And when I do taste it, I just wish I had the words to describe it. They should have sent a poet. If I had to take something away, it would have been nice to see more head, but that's just not something you get on a thick, BA stout. Truly remarkable, and deserving of a perfect score because I don't believe it can get better from here.

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Photo of HawkeyePA
4.98/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 Vintage-Yellow Wax

A: Pours a midnight black and settled with a small mocha head. Nice lacing that covered the outside of the snifter

S: Dark Fruits: Figs and raisins. Coffee and roastiness

T: Fig, plum, raisin, coffee and chocolate. Barrel really brings out vanilla sweetness.

M: Chewy chocolate. Exactly how a BA Stout should feel. One of the best representations of the style

O: Almost exactly what I was expecting from this beer. Thick, dark, roasty and chocolatey. Very gracious of BeersAndBears to share.

Re-Review 2014 Vintage-Gold Wax

A: The most midnight of blacks. Using the term "motor oil" as a descriptor when it pours has never been more accurate. Absolutely coats the glass. Small, dark mocha/brown head which settles quickly to frothy wisps

S: BIG coffee and chocolate. Bourbon/ethanol as it warms.

T: Really sweet. Lots of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit, emphasis on chocolate.

M: Viscous. Thick. Ridiculously coats the mouth and lingers

O: Whether it is the pappy barrels (maybe) or just the time, thought, and care put into this beer (likely) it is truly one of the best BA stouts I have had.

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Photo of durlta
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 Gold Wax. Had this for the fifth time last night in a sours and stouts tasting. Love it! Super dark, viscous, and absolutely delicious. Fantastic bourbon and maple notes that leave your lips sticky and you craving more. The tasting also featured Peche Mortel, Vanilla Shake, BBA Speedway, KBS, and SR-71. The SR-71 was my favorite, but I'm not sure I could've picked it over this had it been blind.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 Gold Wax. Ive been sitting on this since obtaining it last summer and finally popped it and it was everything I was hoping itd be. Smooth, chocolaty, bourbon deliciousness. Hope to get another bottle.

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Photo of Ri0
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured about 6oz into a chalice.

A - Very thick dark brown almost black in color. Thin dark brown head, no retention or lacing.

S - Aromas of rich caramel, mellow bourbon, milk chocolate, marshmallow, and dark fruits. It smells perfect and I can't wait to take a sip.

T - So much sweet rich caramel, molasses, chocolate, mellow bourbon, marshmallow and dark fruit notes. It is so good and as good, if not better compared to BCBS. I am blown away.

M - The mouthfeel is rich, thick, and silky smooth. Just enough carbonation for the style.

O - I loved this beer and feel very grateful to try it. This is one to seek out!

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Photo of Rish907
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be be one of the best stouts ever!! Thick mouthfeel, rich whiskey flavor and extremely thick..

Raisins, dates, dark fruits perfectly blend with the whiskey barrel. Extremely smooth & melded together perfectly.

Absolutely superb!! Couldn't have been made better!!

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Photo of jws6w7
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The closest thing I've ever had to a 5/5 and the stout every other stout should be judged against. I've never had anything quite like it and probably never will. Just an awesome beer all around.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 Bottle, opened last night for Christmas eve...
pours a thick viscous black with a dark mocha 1/4 inch head...which as dissipates leaves a foamy swirl reminiscent of an espresso.... smell and taste are the same, bourbon, milk chocolate, and coffee notes, ...thick, chewy, and very balanced at 2+ years old.....
Overall- absolutely delicious and blew away a couple of amateur beer drinkers at the party!....
Forget hype, comparisons, and all the rest, this is world class (and I've had them all)!!!

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Photo of linnymtu
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best mouthfeel I've ever had in a beer. In fact I never understood why mouthfeel was part of the ratings until Assassin. Coated your mouth almost like peanut butter does it was so thick. Will definitely try to find another bottle.

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gold Wax Assassin. Reviewed from notes.

Pours absolutely jet black, very small khaki colored head. Completly coats the glass, sticks to everything it touches. This beer smells amazing. Taste is mainly chocolate, some caramel, toffee, and fudge. Tastes almost like a brownie in beer form. Really lives up to the hype.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a nice dark brown head. 2013 bottle opened July 2016. Some chocolate and roasted malt notes on the nose. Big time maple, oak, and vanilla in the flavor. Maple continues to stand out and is likely a blend of the bourbon notes with the base at this point. Beautifully integrated base beer and barrel. Very smooth and rich finish. Body is perfectly dense without being overly thick. As good as any BA stout I've had.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%

2014 gold wax bottle from trade. Humungo thanks for this one. Pours thick viscous pitch black looking thicker than any beer I have poured, including dark lord and Hunahpu. Not really anything but a ring of dark brown head. Beautiful aroma of vanilla, toasted coconut, caramel, chocolate, oak, bourbon, dark fruit, hint of roast but mostly sweet. Flavor is bourbon up front with toasted coconut and vanilla galore, a hint of chocolate, oak, more bourbon. Finishes with a blast of vanilla bourbon and wood that is just amazing. Thick bodied with low carbonation but not as sickly syrup thick as expected from the look of this thing. TG is just stupid good when it comes to making beer. Jeez.

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Photo of 4lo
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Gold Wax

Pours like motor oil which builds up your anticipation on the mouthfeel. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon and raisin on the smell. Significant depth to the taste with fudge & coffee leading the way. Roast and bourbon pick up on the tail with a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is among the best.

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