Assassin Imperial Stout | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
1,079
Avg:
4.57
pDev:
8.97%
 
 
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 1,079
Photo of Vonerichs
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Gold Label

Viscous and smooth appearance. There's no head but once settled does have a khaki surface layer of carbonation.

Vivid aromas of fudge and coffee. Vanilla, oak, and an earthy spice.

Lots of depth to the taste. Fudge and coffee are front and center. Charred oak, black licorice, light soy. Extremely sweet finish.

Low carbonation, very smooth. Only a tad bit boozy which peaks as it warms.

World class, for sure. When talking about the king of barrel aged stouts, it deserves to be in the discussion.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very tasty, very smooth beer. This is a premier BA stout with such an amazing finish. Not much on the nose compared to other world class BA stout, but it definitely deserve to hang out with Rare, Prop, and the Bruery Big Boys.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 (gold wax) vintage. pours like motor oil and drinks about the same, but in the best way. Really rich and full of flavor. Definite bottle variation between the two bottles we had side-by-side. One bottle just didn't have as much barrel character and felt a little subdued relative to the other, but both were stellar.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage bottle opened in 2014.
Look: Dark brown head, light carbonation, pitch black body, leaves dark lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Bourbon, lots of chocolate, raisins.
Taste: Big chocolate notes on the front, bourbon flavors dominate the palate in the middle, finishes with an alcoholic burn.
Overall: Truly awesome imperial stout, its an epic union of bourbon and chocolate flavor.

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Photo of dboon
4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Big thanks to Hopscotch for sharing this gem. Dark brown pour with a light brown head. Incredible caramel and chocolate aromas. Great lacing. Sweet with some cola like qualities. Caramel, chocolate, and woody notes with a fair amount of heat from the rye in the finish. Very good mouthfeel and body.

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Photo of 4lo
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2016 Purple Wax - 4.5

Basically room temp - 66 degrees or so

Appearance - Typical dark thick motor oil out of the bottle. Minimal head on the pour, but slightly more than the recent 13/14 assassins that I've had. Typical dark khaki ring that TG has, but with some trailing carb in the center. Head seems to build higher than the past assassins which pour pretty flat.

Smell - Sugar dominates the nose backed by alcohol/booze. Chocolate base underlines it all with hints of dark fruit mixed in.

Taste - Semi-sweet chocolate up front. Almost sweeter than 2013 was to me off the top of my head. This sugary sweetness mixes with licorice and turns towards bourbon and oak. Burnt char/bitterness takes over at the end which i don't find that pleasant and takes a bit away from the beer to me.

Overall - Reminds me of a cross between the chocolate and booze that were dominate on 14 with the sweetness of 2013, but lacking the dark fruit that 2013 exhibited on taste. While its a cross between the two it doesn't seem to exceed the quality of either and kind of fumbles around in the middle. The back end with the bitterness takes away from it compared to 2013/2014. The carb level of 2016 also exceeds past years by a fair bit making the mouthfeel seem thinner and more fleeting. Still a top notch stout, but when comparing it to prior batch quality 2016 is bringing up the rear by a fair margin.


2014 Gold Wax - 4.75

Pours like motor oil which builds up your anticipation on the mouthfeel. Charred barrel, chocolate, bourbon and raisin on the smell. Significant depth to the taste with fudge & barrel leading the way. Roast and bourbon pick up on the tail with a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is among the best. Little to no carb which makes this beer linger in your mouth. and literally

2013 Yellow Wax - 4.75

Heavy weight near flat motoroil pour. No real head of any sort. Sweet sugary aroma mixed with dark fruits and light milk chocolate. Taste follows aroma with this being much sweeter than the 2014 chocolate bomb. 2013 highlights the dark fruits coated in sugar and mixed with milk chocolate and oak. Mouthfeel is on par with 2014 that you are basically drinking liquid fudge, lingers forever.

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Photo of gatornation
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick jet black color very viscous with a slow forming small mocha head very little lacing or head thru -out
chocolate rich and delicate with slight coffee and vanilla roasted malts wood and bourboun
this is perfection it is a blend of fine chocolate melded with roasted malts the BA presence brings this whole stout together a touch of vanilla nothing overpowers here is a perfect blend that leaves you wanting one more sip
rich with flavors BA is perfection it compliments this stout
this is a must try if you are a BA Stout lover exquisite brew

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to @justdoit1234 (Jesse M) for this amazing gift! 2014 Vintage, opened at an amazing share. Pours like motor oil, black with very little carbonation. Taste was very balanced and while you got lots of the barrel flavors, it was not overpowering. Best BA stout I have ever had.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.99/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage.
Definitely lived up to the hype.
Has that special something that's hard to pin down.
'13 Prop is the only other BA stout that I've had that's in the same league as this.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Gold Wax batch poured into Teku. Big thanks to @HawkeyePA for the hookup.

A: Black Oil poured from the bottle struggles to churn up a slight dark brown head. Only light wisps and a few small bubbles last more than a minute. Swirling leaves a sticky film that slowly recedes.

S: Heavy dark chocolate and molasses. Slight coffee. Burnt marshmallows. Smoky, woody campfire. Bourbon.

T: Bourbon hits strong in a good way. Sweet boozy goodness. Molasses. Caramel. More burnt marshmallow. Dark chocolate. Roasty malts but this is definitely leaning dessert.

F: Low carb. Not super thick, but silky and creamy. Bourbon finishes a little hot.

O: A pleasure to drink and a great example of the style.

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Photo of jaken0ss
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rating reflects the 2013 vintage, yellow wax. The rye barrel aging makes quite the difference in this beer and honestly takes it to a whole new level. Having had the 2014 right before opening this bottle.

2014:
Good, will probably age beautifully, but did not impress compared to the 2013 which was phenomenal

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sure glad I didn't have to travel out to the middle of nowhere in Iowa to land this highly sought-after beauty! It's good to have generous friends in beer nerdery circles. Pours brown-black with a thin but quickly dissipating mocha head. Probably the only disappointing feature of this beer. I could smell the Pappy goodness from a mile away once I poured the beer in my glass. Sweet chocolate, molasses, hints of vanilla and marshmallows, and oak in the nose. The flavors were surprisingly softer than expected! The Pappy flavors came through very nicely, cocoa, coffee subtleties, marshmallows, roasted oak and toffee. Thin to medium bodied along with a velvety and a slight burn in the finish. This beer was indeed a level above a coked up Parabola or BCBS!

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Photo of bismarksays
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle sampled out with friends

Appearance: Syrupy, thin tawny head, opaque. Beer looks like most imperial barrel aged stouts. As thick as BCBS. So, expect a chewy animal.

Smell: Chocolate, almost fudge like, some bourbon (and some heat from the booze), a touch of caramel, and maybe a little bit of coconut. Smells like a chocolate bar sitting next to a glass of whiskey. No, like freshly baked brownies and an glass of whisky. Much more chocolate present than bourbon.
T/M Mouthfeel, I am not going to beat around the bush, is thick and chewy. Leans more silky than sticky though, which is a nice surprise and makes it much more drinkable than one would have thought given the viscosity of it. Taste follows the nose. Chocolate before booze, but booze still present. The chocolate and other barrel qualities (coconut with the faintest hint at vanilla) tone down the booze mostly. Rich. Nice. Warming.
Overall: I was worried that the bourbon would win. I was worried this would be sticky. I worry too much. Enjoy.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Jeff for this rarity. 2014 vintage with gold wax into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

A heavy pour yields a thick, 1 finger chocolate covered head with excellent stick. Beer is pitch black, oily and very rich. Lacing is thick, web-like and layered with outstanding stick. Top notch!

Nose is fudge, sweet soy sauce, fresh plum and grape, vanilla, chocolate and a creamy hop presence. Moderately aromatic. Pretty average.

Opens chocolate, sweet soy sauce and lactose. Notes of dark fruit. Prunes, grape, vanilla, fudge and cocoa in the middle with a bit of wood and booze at the end. Finishes sweet brownie and cocoa powder. Aftertaste of hop creaminess, mocha and molasses. Excellent.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and luscious. Messy finish with a filmy, sticky aftertaste. Fantasticly robust and fitting for the style.

Toppling Goliath is putting out a ton of extremely high quality offerings and Assassin is certainly worthy of leading the bunch. Near perfect look and feel for the style with an unbelievable flavor. Definitely worth the hype.

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

Probably the best mouthfeel I've ever had in a beer. In fact I never understood why mouthfeel was part of the ratings until Assassin. Coated your mouth almost like peanut butter does it was so thick. Will definitely try to find another bottle.

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

Ive had the 2013 & 2014 before, but I was lucky enough to be able to sit on the TG patio with Clark and Mike BOTH and sample the 2012 B1, 2012 B2, 2013 & 2014 back to back! All are out of this world ridiculous with tons of barrel but the 2012 B1 & 2013 were smoother than 2014... 2014 was still pretty boozy. 2012 B2 (Single Barrel Rye Assassin) was great too but the rye was a little overpowering.

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

Unbelievably enormous without any one area being over the top. Deep roast, sweet, toasted coconut, perfect barrel character. Every quality you would want in a stout. The best beer I have had to date.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours viscous thick jet black with a thin tan head that retains nicely. Smell has incredibly rich decadent aromas of chocolate whiskey vanilla oak And some dark fruit aromas. Taste follows nose with super rich semisweet chocolate malt with notes of cocoa coffee, fudge, and caramel. Whiskey, oak barrel vanilla tannins and roasted marshmallow follow before a sweet jam like berry flavor finishes with notes of red current, boysenberry, and black cherry. Mild smokey malt on the exhale. Inceribly complex beer. Mouthfeel is thick velvety and smooth.

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Photo of RelentlessLefty
5/5  rDev +9.4%

I had this a while ago, just wanting to log what I have had from the 250 list. Of all the beers I have had thus far, this might be my favorite. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate in this. Mouthfeel was thick and luscious. Everything about this beer was top of the chart.

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Photo of Berg77
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split a 2014 vintage with a buddy last weekend. Probably the thickest beer I've ever had, like close to milkshake. Great bourbon flavor but just the right amount, not overpowering the rich chocolate truffle-like flavor. Just an excellent BA stout, and one of the best beers I've had yet.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to Chin for sending this beer to me. Hell. Yes. Stupid fudgey. Woody, sticky, and amazing barrel influence. Bourbon shows up, for sure. To me, though, it's the wood character that makes this beer remarkable. Marshmallow, vanilla, yum. A touch of roast to provide some balance. Smell is a little more complex than the flavor, which is my only "knock" on this beer. Mouthfeel is viscous and rich as I've ever had. A beautiful beer in every regard.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.79/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Let it warm up for a good 45 minutes before drinking.

A- black with an dark brown head, looks like chocolate cake with a mousse topping. Delicious. Head dissipates rather quickly into nothing which is pretty normal for a beer with this high ABV.

S- Tons of alcohol, sweet molasses, vanilla and oak. Then coffee seeps in and smooths out the scent. It was kind of a roller coaster ride with the smell. After the coffee, dark fruit and chocolate come in on the end.

T - Follows the nose almost exactly. Tons of bourbon but the coffee is a lot smoother in the taste than the smell. It coats the mouth like ice coffee does but it tastes like hot coffee (if that makes sense). Dark chocolate comes through on the end and finished real nice.

M- a little hot, but overall extremely smooth. Very thick as well.

O- A fantastic beer, I was expecting a little more coffee, but the smoothness of the coffee rivals BCBCS. I think with a year on this beer the alcohol will tone down and it will get even better.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black motor oil body. Almost no head, but who cares. Woo that smells good. Chestnut aroma with an awesome whiskey smell. Good amount of alcohol aroma. Really sweet. Almost a prune raisin taste. Lots of woody barrel tastes. Similar to a fine brandy. Too much going on to explain. Just an absolutely excellent beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.87/5  rDev +6.6%

2014 gold wax bottle from trade. Humungo thanks for this one. Pours thick viscous pitch black looking thicker than any beer I have poured, including dark lord and Hunahpu. Not really anything but a ring of dark brown head. Beautiful aroma of vanilla, toasted coconut, caramel, chocolate, oak, bourbon, dark fruit, hint of roast but mostly sweet. Flavor is bourbon up front with toasted coconut and vanilla galore, a hint of chocolate, oak, more bourbon. Finishes with a blast of vanilla bourbon and wood that is just amazing. Thick bodied with low carbonation but not as sickly syrup thick as expected from the look of this thing. TG is just stupid good when it comes to making beer. Jeez.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: pours a dark mahogany, not quite black but not far off. a very small amount of tan foam forms but has very little retention. completely opaque due to the darkness but lets a nice rich mahogany brightness through the edges. sticks to the glass and leaves a brown layer behind. 4.5/5

Smell: lots of whiskey, maple syrup, some chocolate and some alcohol. low amounts of espresso and roasted malts. 4/5

Taste: opens with a good kick of whiskey, and whiskey soaked dark fruits. strong dark chocolate character. large amounts of sweetness coming in waves of maple syrup and toffee. back end has some oak and wooden character. little to no alcohol. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: extremely thick and chewy. sticks to the glass and the sides of your mouth. strong alcohol warmth but overall drinks very smoothly. 4.5/5

Overall: no doubt this is an excellent beer. almost exactly what I look for in a big chewy barrel aged beer. certainly a treat that I would not pass up on at any chance.

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Assassin Imperial Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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