Assassin Imperial Stout | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Assassin Imperial StoutAssassin Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
98%
Liked This Beer
4.66 w/ 1,179 ratings
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
Ranking:
#21
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
1,179
Liked:
1,156
Avg:
4.66/5
pDev:
8.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,033
Gots:
174
Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,179 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of Eternal218
4.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sourdog
4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ShanePB
3.93/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrug5
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ford0626
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of appetiteforparis
4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tamingthebrett
4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mojua
4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben7773
4.94/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mkhartnett
4.84/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of BWCampbell
4.96/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Hype. It's often a well deserved thing.

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Photo of TimDisaster
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dboon
4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Drift
4.14/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kamikazeokami
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.96/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Vinithing
4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of 4lo
4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Sarge3130
4.26/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Desp59
1.98/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This was a bit rough for me. Huge bourbon smell and flavor and not much else going on. Actually thought it was higher than 12% based on the taste.

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Photo of dnb128
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sweffin
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RobinLee
4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jblain
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Assassin Imperial Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98% out of 100 with 1,179 ratings
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