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 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
1,294
pDev:
8.39%
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage gold wax

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -14%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

assassin is one unique stout. i didn't now know it was ages in rye barrels when i had it, but it makes perfect sense seeing it here, there is a distinct rye coarseness to the middle of this that i just couldn't place at the time. now i get it. yellow wax version poured into 8 oz globe, shared with drlovemd87 and claystation. jet black and viscous on the pour, not a ton of head, but some liveliness to it upon close inspection. shiny and inky, rich and dense, looks the part. huge nose of oak barrels, booze, bitter coffee, vanilla sugar, brown sugar, and a colossal malt bill that must have some heavy roast in it. the flavor is as layers as any stout I've had, from darkness to abyss, to bourbon county and its variants, i think there is more going on here, and in a more refined way than any of those beers, save maybe abyss, but the barrel treatment and the coffee push this over the edge. vanilla and sweetness give way to burnt wood and smoke, smoldering still, challenging. there is some sugar on the back end too before the alcohol comes in, but its flavorful sweet, and it adds a richness to this, especially in feel, that is unrivaled. complex spice middle shows both rye and coffee, and the bitterness of the barley is tempered by strong vanilla again on the finish. there are a lot of stouts out there right now trying to outdo each other, trying to be bigger, more flavorful, more dynamic, but this one has to take the cake. such a soft feel in such a big beer, gets a little hot with temperature. a bottle to share for sure, but one worth seeking out and acquiring, it has renewed my interest in stout whales, absolutely world class.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.74/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First, this is a very good beer. However, this has to be one of the most over hyped and improperly rated beers on this site in my opinion.

Pours dark black oil with no head. And, most of the reviews point that fact out. Yet, they still give a score of 4.5 and such! I don't get it it! Any other beer that has no head would not get and "outstanding plus" visual score.

Moreover, the nose is good but not wonderful. Several reviews point out weaknesses and shortcomings in the nose which is, indeed, chocolate, vanilla, roasted grains and sweet coffee. It's a nice nose but perhaps not as assertive as others on the same playing field.

Mouth feel is low carb. Clearly not outstanding. Yet, the beer is given 4s, 4.5s and more, despite being somewhat of a flat sweet stout.

Taste is boozy, chocolaty, vanilla, coffee and thick sweet malt. Good - very good, and with a nice sweet bitter coffee finish.

This is a very good good beer. This is a very good stout. It is not particularly well made and certainly not an exemplary example of the style.

Thick, sweet and hard to get do not equal an outstanding beer. Good yes; outstanding or more? No.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a jet black tar-like beer with a brown head on top. The smell is loaded with whiskey notes. The taste is incredibly rich with a ton of dense roasted malts and whiskey flavors coming on strong with this one. The mouthfeel is sticky and very oily. Overall it's a massive beer and was very excited to try it.

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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

Van Winkle Yellow Wax

Thick and black. Dark tan head. Very rich. Smooth and creamy. Thick. Chocolate and bourbon at it's finest. Vanilla, oak, and caramel. A touch of booze, but very nice.

This beer drinks very nice and having an earlier batch, I believe the PWV barrels make this better. The first batch I had was shared with me by Clark at Darkness day and although I thought it was good, I think this is better. More smooth, rich, and complex. Better barrel flavors with less harshness.


2016 purple wax

This is the bramble/backyard rye of assassin. Lots of berries and dark fruits here. Fudgy and chocolate. Warming bourbon. Oaky. Molasses. Very light roasted malts. Thick and chewy. Chocolate covered cherries. This is definitely different than the previous assassins, but I really like it. 4.5

2018 orange wax
Roasted malts and big barrel flavor. Rye and spice. Thick and fudgy. Much different than last year. Reminds me of bcbs. Cocoa and chocolate. A little touch of bitter coffee. Very thick. 4.4

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Photo of vfgccp
4.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to David for this gem

Decent foamy black head, pitch black beer, long legs

Nose super dark malt, big dark chocolate, fudgey cocoa, roast, coffee, little caramel nougat

Taste thick fudgey dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, big dark fruits, brandy raisin, fig date, nougat, little roasty bitterness, candy, syrupy little boozy

Mouth is fudgey thick chewy, nice fluffy carb, little booze

Overall very nice, like any of the big hitters but no licorice, nice fruits and drinkable now not in 5 years like many of the other big hitters (Abyss, Darklord, Darkness, etc)

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -14%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Rifugium
3.62/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage (yellow wax), consumed Jan. '14.

Impenetrable black pour, with a wispy tan head that receded rather quickly to a thin ringlet; minimal lacing. Pretty basic aroma for a stout, roasty dark malts, toasted grains, notes of bourbon-soaked oak and neutral alcohol; just about no coffee at all. Taste was similar, pretty oaky, roasty dark malts, toasted pumpernickel, slight herbal (or maybe astringent?) bitterness, thin bourbon notes, semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, maybe some dried prunes in there, and again, very little coffee, if any at all, with a stale solventy aftertaste. Body was on the fuller side of medium, but really no more than that, mouthfeel was a little chalky and unbalanced, carbonation was appropriately moderate. A pretty average stout overall. But I guess it's a whale because it's from Bumble****, Iowa.

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Assassin from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 1,294 ratings