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Assassin Imperial Stout | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Assassin Imperial StoutAssassin Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the 2012 vintage of Assassin Imperial Stout (Red Wax version) from Toppling Goliath Brewery out of Decorah, Iowa.

Score: 88

Early 2012 vintage bottle (red wax version) served in a Tyranena snifter and enjoyed on 01/25/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Coffee color body with minimal head off the pour in the form of mocha-colored swirls. No lacing or retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Vanilla, whiskey, brownies and milk chocolate. Dark fruit too. 4.25/5

Taste: Chocolate, whiskey, and a little soy sauce-like flavor. Burnt caramel, vanilla and a touch of booze too. A little spice. Slightly oxidized, but in a way that plays decently well with the spice quality. A little sweet. No coffee whatsoever. 3.75

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and under carbonated. Has a nice rye-like kick on tongue that makes up for the under-carbonation. Finishes very dry, almost chalky -- like a less dry The Count. 4/5

Overall: This is a really good beer that just did not deliver out of the bottle when aged. I have had this one fresher, and it was much better. The 2012 vintage bottles had some issues (e.g., the brew is filled so high up in the bottle that it leaks if not refrigerated), so I encourage folks to give Toppling Goliath the benefit of the doubt on this one and seek out the 2013 vintage that was just released. I will review the new release when I get my hands on a bottle.

Cost: $20 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has turned into a mess, or was it always a mess?

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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

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saved this one for review #200, I even slowed down one some reviews so I could do the review fo rmy birthday, but I missed ou because I had to work and didnt get the time to review. So here it goes, this is for the gold dipped bottle

Poured from 22oz botlle bottled in Feb 2012 into imperial pint glass.

A-very dark brown with no light getting through and less than a finger of coffee colored head that fades rather quickly to a small ring.

S-sweet molasses type smell with some dark fruit and a little carmel vanilla with a bit of the rye whiskey that seems to have mellowed nicely after almost a year in the bottle

T-molasses and dark fruit come through again, and what seemed a little hot the first time I tried it no has a nice mellow rye on the finish and no hint of the almost 13% alcohol

M-an almost thick and chewy feel to it just like an imperial should be

O-excellent beer that seems to only get better with a little age on it too bad I didn't get more of this, I hope I can get my hands on more. If this was brewed anywhere other than Decorah Iowa there would be a lot of hype for this one.

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Assassin Imperial Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 1,214 ratings
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