Assassin Imperial Stout | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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4.66/5
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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
Ranking:
#20
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
1,222
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,065
Gots:
177
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 1,222 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of ToddBeans
4.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2016 Batch Pour from Iowa Craft Beer Festival in Des Moines, IA.

Thick, Stick Bourbon. Pitch black with dark khaki head which subsides rather quickly. One of the thickest stouts I have drank in relation to mouthfeel. Amazing beer!!!

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Photo of Ekor88
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent beer. 16 and 14 both amazing. But wait until you try the coffee version. Another special brew from the TG gang.

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Photo of jadler16
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattsmith413
4.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shoegueuze
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.8/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EJJ1848
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purple Wax

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Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of unclekeith
4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redfox405
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ead73
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kreg02
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of abb610
4.29/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purple Wax. Highly disappointed with this beer based upon the hype leading up to it. Its not a bad beer, just not nearly worth the effort to aquire it. It has great color,body and mouthfeel. The bourbon lays a little heavy (nose and palate) and creates an distracting imbalance. It was almost a clone of Olde Hickory's Event Horizon minus a couple abv points.
Overall, save your time, effort and money. Drink Event Horizon instead. Its available year round at $15 a bottle and tastes slightly better.

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Photo of Smaxy
4.76/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thing pours like tar and packs a massive punch. I split a bottle of the 2017 release with two friends and we were lights out. This beer resembles Dark Lord more than anything else, and honestly I think they're interchangeable. Get some if you can!

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

Photo of pezhead_79
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of macher0
4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purple wax.

This was certainly a treat. Pours a thick, jet-black liquid, amber head with moderate carbonation. The nose was big, very aromatic notes of berries and dried fruit. The taste follows the nose, a complex mixture of berries (raspberries and blackberries) and dried fruit (figs, plums, and dates). Thick full body.

Did this stout live up to the hype - no - but it had a very high bar. With that said it was awesome. I enjoyed the complex flavor that was created from the barrel, malt bill, and serious skillz. It was reminiscent of BC Backyard, but without the fruit adjuncts. Very well crafted!!

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first impression is this beer is over hyped. It does pour thick and lovingly viscous. The smell is roast with a slight undertone of raisin. The barrel is kind of lost from the rest of it. It smells almost identical to bourbon county with more dried and red fruit. Taste is really underwhelming. Red and dried fruit is most prevalent, but I am not a big fan of it. Just behind it you also get some chocolate, but more cocoa than chocolate. Reminds me a bit of chocolate covered cherries and raisins. The remainder of the taste is vinous and roast. The feel is great. Thick silky and oily with barely any carbonation. Overall I would say this is comparable in all aspects to bourbon county but bourbon county takes it in a head to head as it doesn't have that off putting red and dried fruit flavor this beer has. Perhaps it needed some time to mellow and let those flavors fade. 2016 purple wax vintage.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of knicks19947
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TPiwaron
4.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of craigbelly
4.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Assassin Imperial Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 1,222 ratings
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