Assassin Imperial Stout | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
1,160
Reviews:
119
Avg:
4.57
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
Wants:
2,034
Gots:
174
For Trade:
14
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Ratings: 1,160 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of cd34
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zhillsgator
4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a mocha, almost purple, fuzzy thin head that sticks to the glass with some clear legs.

It's all fudge and wood--in absolutely maxed out levels--chocolatey, thick, viscous, luscious dark malt.

I had a small pour, maybe 2-3 ounces, but how many people have had more than that? I think I can safely say, it lives up to the reasonable hype that's out there--key word: reasonable. It isn't at some ethereal god level, as there are a few beers that also attain these attributes, but it is definitely at the top tier with the rest of those.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
4.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stardusthotel83
3.88/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 Purple Wax: smells great, looks like a regular BA stout, had a lighter body and mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation. Taste was nothing special, just an average BA stout.

Overall it was ok and NOWHERE near the cost to get a bottle. This beer is more hyped up than Lil Wayne, I was very disappointed based on its reputation.

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Photo of Stefko
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nat1975
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Egotist
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Dark used motor oil. Little to no head.
S: Smells of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon, barrel.
T: Like dark chocolate brownies dipped in bourbon.
F: the thickest beer I've had. Coats your mouth and clings on for a while.
O: The best ('13 yellow wax) and second best ('14 gold wax) non adjunct stouts I've had.

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Photo of RichH55
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mwiggi1
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rjbrew
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sukwonee
4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SteveD082791
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gcamparone
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purple wax 2016 poured from a 750mL bottle into a TG 2015 MD tulip. Shared with my buddies from RI. Thanks Mike for sharing!

Pours a thick, motor oil body with a dark brown head that reduces slowly to leave a ring of lacing.

Aromas are fudge, charred malt, lots of barrel and a bit metallic.

On the tongue it's extravagant and rich. Thick fudge, chocolate brownies with bourbon, roasty char, sweet vanilla and caramel. Mouthfeel is a perfect 5, the thickest stout I've had.

Yup, this is awesome. The hype is real.

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Photo of rugbypsu
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brewski
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks fantastic...pitch black. Motor oil esque. Not much nose to it. Maybe some dark fruit. Taste is fudgy. Barrel and dark fruit in there too. Good balance. Feel is excellent. Nice viscosity on this. Overall, an excellent beer.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -11.4%
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 +9.4%
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 +2.6%
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 +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Assassin Imperial Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
4.57 out of 5 based on 1,160 ratings.
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