Assassin Imperial Stout | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Assassin Imperial StoutAssassin Imperial Stout
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
Ratings:
1,140
Reviews:
113
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
8.73%
 
 
Wants:
2,033
Gots:
175
For Trade:
13
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Ratings: 1,140 |  Reviews: 113
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: the blackest and thickest pour ever
S: chocolate and some dark fruit notes and nice barrel
T: very nice barrel, sweet chocolate and some dark fruit notes. Not like backyard rye, but slight fruit notes.
F: thick and syrupy and really smooth with no booze.

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Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had purple wax at Wakefest, good not great, good looks, thin band of coffee colored head.

sweet roasted smell a nice balanced tasted. A disappointing thinness for such a hyped beer, people do have off batches. was silky smooth though.

overall glad i got to try, is it worth what people pay? for this batch def not. but glad i got to try and would like some older vintages.

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Photo of PaulVanney
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 Assassin (Purple Wax). Also had on draft at release event.

Look: The purple wax is not an illusion. There is a slight purple hue to this dark stout with a brown and purple tinted head.

Smell: Nostril filling dark deliciousness with hints of chocolate.

Taste: This is hands down the best beer I have ever tasted (currently ranked 49), and I have had ones much higher rated. Warm and chocolately with hints of vanilla.

Feel: Thicker than a bowl of oatmeal. Pours slow mimicking its feel.

Cannot wait to open the other in my fridge at the right time.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Finally got to tick this. Reivew is for 2014 Gold wax.

Look- Nice dark color, motor oil look. Very dark. Nice body, when swirled sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell- very nice complex smell with the whiskey barrel coming through

Taste- good bourbon nice hint of chocolate, barrel comes through very nice

Feel- Mouth feel is one of the best with the tastes coming through from beginning to end and sticking to your mouth. Very very nice beer.

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Photo of HawkeyeJosh
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pcshotsauce33
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TboneRN
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imyourhero21
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nefarious
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SveNss0N
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_chav
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shareallthebeer
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed from the bottle and on draft during the 2016 release in Decorah.

Pours like cloudless, starless night. Legs on the glass that reminds you more of a fine bourbon than a beer.
Smells balanced, whiskey and roast with a very subtle stone fruit scent (namely the pit, not the fruit itself).
Tastes big yet balanced, it lingers on the palate but isn't heavy. Fudge forward with an oaky, tad nutty, vanilla and roast at the end.
The feel is balanced. It's not overwhelming in anyway. Drinking it, you know it's a world-class stout. You know you are standing at the pearly gates.

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Photo of eifster82
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016. From bottle into Assassin teku glass.

Black liquid with no foam head. Just a caramel colored ring around the edge of glass. Aromas are of robust imperial stout with balanced barrel character: nuttiness, oak, some vanilla and coffee (and some smokiness intially but not noticed after it warmed). Taste follows the nose but with some sweet, dark fruits coming out towards the end of each sip (and becoming more noticeable as it warmed). The feel was pillowy, yet sticky as sip was finished. Mouth continued to be coated through out and the flavors intensified.

Overall, it's a magnificently balanced, no adjunct, barrel aged imperial stout. My expectations were met and the asking price was worth it. Will look to trade for another bottle when, and if, possible.

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Photo of greinert21
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kidzord
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 purple wax vintage. Pour is incredible- as thick as a stout could be. Brownie batter on the nose, smell is fantastic. Taste does not follow... boozy and sweet, not overwhelming either way. Bit of roastiness on this- dare I say almost smokey? Big barrel presence. No indication of any stone fruit taste as others have mentioned. Mouthfeel is molasses, thick as mud. Will coat your mouth as it did your glass. Overall happy to have secured a bottle of this. You can enjoy this now, but this one is built to last. Anxious to try it in a couple years down the road. World class offering from Toppling Goliath.

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Photo of badmotorgrunge
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mikaveli
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nuggetz
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cparthemore
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SLindy19
4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Original_Gravity
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of morrissette1
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Assassin Imperial Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
4.58 out of 5 based on 1,140 ratings.
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