Assassin | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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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

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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4.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Yellow wax, 2013.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass. Small mocha head with surface wisps.

Smell - Woo, big rye whiskey aroma. Lightly fruity. Coffee with a bit of its accompanying acidity. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Whiskey is secondary to the dark chocolate. It spices it up though. Coffee then vanilla. Oak. Lots of sweetness. Rye whiskey sustained throughout.

Mouthfeel - Very thick. Medium carbonation. A little boozy but that isn't a problem.

Overall - Excellent. The beer is great despite that I don't love rye barrels.

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage, yellow wax. Thanks to Cyclone8 for the bottle. Tasted 24 April 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep deep brown, almost black, but clearly brown at the edges. One finger of dark-tan to medium-brown head, cocoa-colored. Good retention, decent lacing.

Smell is really well integrated, with relatively sweet chocolate-heavy malts overlain by a smooth, rich, dark fruit whiskey-barrel pop. Some roasty notes to the malts, but mostly they're molasses-sweet. The barrel-aging on top makes it bright and full.

Taste is fantastic. Heavy on the chocolate, quite rich, and fairly sweet. The barrel is a bit in the background, but present enough and smooth enough that I just want to keep drinking it. Reminds me of Bell's Black Note in how well the base beer and the whiskey characteristics harmonize.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and heavy, but with a little bit of marshmallowy carbonation. Even with the carb, it's still thick, but the bubbles add needed texture and volume to it.

A really top-notch barrel-aged imperial stout. There's a certain character, a grainy sweet pop, that some bourbon-barrel-aged beers have, that I've mostly encountered in -bal barleywines like Arctic Devil and MoAS. This beer has that like no other stout I've encountered. I put it in the top tier of barrel-aged stouts I've had, just a tiny step below the very best.

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Assassin from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 1,300 ratings