Rover Truck
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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From:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Style:
Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #174
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,844
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 8.01%
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
555
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 07:51 AM
Added:
Apr 05, 2012
Wants:
  22
Gots:
  126
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Baby get the keys to the Rover Truck. Man, let me get this Oatmeal Stout over, bruh. Ain’t no beer here up in Iowa like it. Bust your big head is what was told to us. Now play it how you say it - I bet ya won’t. I’ll have you drinkin‘ its sweet molasses when I give you what you want. Lookin’ good, doin’ bad, and my nerves bad with it. Drink on up, you know you gonna hit it.

35 IBU
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Rated: 3.99 by TXRobbo from Texas

Today at 07:51 AM
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
An outstanding oatmeal stout from a stellar brewery! Superb flavor rich flavor and very complex. The very tame abv (5%) belies its sumptuous flavor!
Today at 02:02 AM
 
Rated: 3.87 by prototypic from Ohio

Thursday at 06:37 AM
 
Rated: 3.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with one finger of fast falling mocha colored head. No head retention or lacing

S: Roastyness & cocoa, some nutty notes, great nose

T: Follows the nose, plenty dry, some iron notes up front. Plenty dry as this beer warms up, more nutty & roasty notes, a touch of iron & a whisper of cocoa & chicory. Finishes roasty & dryness with some grainy & woody bitterness

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation

I like my Oatmeal Stouts sweeter, this isn't one I would re-purchase
Nov 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Nov 14, 2022
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Reviewed by nizzle8287 from Texas

2.3/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Canned on 10/12/22, poured into a pint glass at 50F.
Look is almost black and cloudy with brown around the edges. Khaki fizz like a Coke that disappears in no time...
Smell is like a typical stout with coffee and molasses
Taste follows the nose, but a little too sweet for the style. Should be labelled as a sweet stout.
Mouthfeel is thin and pretty harsh. Bitter aftertaste which isn't too bad, but the rest of it just isn't that good.
Overall at 5% for 4 16oz cans at just over 12 bucks... no thanks, won't buy this one again. TG's IPAs are worlds better than this, though.
Nov 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Aug 08, 2021
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Reviewed by jbradley42 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours out with nice creamy head that fades slowly and disappears. I love oatmeal stouts as they have a to have a nice body and complex sweetness. This oatmeal stout has more chocolate and molasses but missing some complexity. Could use a bit more body. It is resembles more closer to a milk stout than an oatmeal stout. Decent, but would go elsewhere when I am feeling like an oatmeal stout.
Feb 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2020
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. 16 oz. can purchased locally on 4/5/17. Exact date of consumption unknown, but by position with other notes I'm confident it was sometime in early 2018. Poured from the can into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Dark, dark brown, nearly opaque, with a finger's worth of tan head that recedes by the time I sit back down. Visible carbonation on the low side, but leaves some nice lacing. I do wish the head stuck around better for the style.

S: Dark chocolate, cacao nibs, and dark roasted malts. Tobacco and leather and old books, vanilla and caramel and molasses. Yet there is enough roastiness to make this not even close to cloyingly sweet on the nose. It smells really nice, balanced, and complex.

T: Chocolate, roasted malts and bitterness, and a milder coffee that I wasn’t getting on the nose. Some roasted, near-charred bitterness (but no smoke or Band-Aid). Caramel, sweet tobacco, and molasses to balance. Mild notes of vanilla wander about and mix with the leathery sweetness. More baker’s chocolate and tobacco dryness at the swallow and lingering afterwards.

M: Low alcohol flavors, and low but adequate carbonation. The body is where this just doesn’t follow through. I don’t get much oatmeal in the flavors, but I don’t miss it. But while it’s far from watery, for an oatmeal stout the body just doesn’t live up to expectations. Mouthfeel is just too thin.

O: The body is my biggest complaint. Flavors of a big roasty stout, nicely balanced and not leaning too heavily on the bitter or sweet flavors. But the body just needs more to it – very disappointing there, and enough where this won’t become a regular in the fridge, despite having good flavors. If I was looking for a golf-outing-stout, this might be in the running though.
Mar 30, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Feb 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.9 by NCSapiens from Indiana

Nov 14, 2019
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Interestingly enough, while we have begun to get Toppling Goliath distro here in PA, two of my next three have come from other sources. This one was part of a drop-off by my local, in-person trader @tone77 with whom I have suspended activity until I CAN get out from under. The CANQuest (tm) has become like Manhattan, a work in process that may be CANpleted the day after Never! 8=(

From the CAN: "Baby get the keys to the Rover Truck. Man, let me get this Oatmeal Stout over, bruh. Ain’t no beer here up in Iowa like it. Bust your big head is what was told to us. Now play it how you say it - I bet ya won’t. I’ll have you drinkin‘ its sweet molasses when I give you what you want. Lookin’ good, doin’ bad, and my nerves bad with it. Drink on up, you know you gonna hit it."

Hmm. This all begs the question of why a chinstrap penguin is at the wheel. I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug in the hopes of finding a CANswer. When none seemed to be forthCANming, I sped things along, creating two-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with cola highlights only at the edges. Nose smelled strongly of anise & treacle! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a slick oiliness on the tongue. The taste was not as bitter as the nose had led me to expect, nor should it have been, stylistically speaking. It had a chocolatiness that cut some of the intensity of the still-present anise & treacle. Finish was semi-dry & very pleasant overall as I drank it with my morning coffee. This beer would have worked extremely well with some biscotti, if only I had had some inna haus. 8=( YMMV.
Oct 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Good, on lighter side for a stout. Easy to drink but still a good mouthful as a stout should be. Nothing too particular about it that I can remember, was good to drink it while touring the facilities !
Sep 24, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Unknown vintage; drank 3/19/17 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE, noisy dark tan head; no lace.

Fresh earth, dark chocolate & mild cream notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Cream & dark chocolate flavors up front; fresh earth notes on the finish.

Tastes more like a sweet stout than an oatmeal stout to me; mild & pleasant all the same.
Sep 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.7 by BAsbill from California

May 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

May 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.98 by samEBC from Belgium

Jan 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by mmoore9363 from Arizona

Dec 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by ChrisG523 from Massachusetts

Dec 27, 2018
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Reviewed by LarryV from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bought in MA, has a canned on date of 3/01/18 which seems a little old. Pours with a tight, tan head that dissipates slowly to a thin lingering ring. Aroma of dark fruit, hints of chocolate. Still tastes pretty good despite the canning date. Not overly sweet with flashes of cacao, vanilla, a slight char. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side but still decent. Overall, I enjoyed this and would like to try a more recently canned version to see the difference.
Dec 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.2 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Oct 18, 2018
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Love a good oatmeal stout, esp on a cool Autumn afternoon, canned 3/01/18, wow kinda old, but literally just got this at the store a few days ago, so must have been pretty old by the time we got it in MA

Pours a nice darker creamy thick 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, jet black beer

Nose lots of creamy milk chocolate, chocolate syrup and cocoa, caramel, some roast and a bit of coffee, faint spicy hop

Taste is nice and rich, creamy oats, lots of thick chocolate, chocolate syrup and a little fudgey, caramel, burnt lactose into mild coffee and some roast, touch biscuity, burnt flavors on the back end and touch of hop bitterness, sticky sweet finish

Mouth is fuller rich creamy bod, nice and lush

Overall meh, way too much like chocolate syrupy and burnt flavors, not enough robustness with all that, and just kinda meh in general, and I don't think that's the age, I think that's the beer


Addendum, fresher can.
More coffee and roasty, cocoa and less syrup, creamy oats, some chocolate syrup, little burnt roast. Better than original review but still doesn't wow me
Oct 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.69 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

Oct 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.9 by eafowler7 from Iowa

Oct 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.52 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Aug 31, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by Egotist from Illinois

Aug 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.97 by runwild99 from Minnesota

Aug 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Aug 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Jul 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
L — Pours a nice black body that allows some light to pass through the edges. Two fingers of light brown head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and lacing
S — Cacao powder, coffee, roasted barley, brown bread, hazelnut, almond skin, toasted coconut
T — Roasty chocolate and coffee flavors alongside a mildly molasses-sweet malt backbone. Hint of smoke and earthy hop
F — Nice smooth mouthfeel thanks to the oats, but feels quite watery, even given the ABV. Medium- mouthfeel, medium carb.
O — Decent offering at a very fair price of $10/4-pack of 16oz cans. Good dark daily drinker that will not wow you nor wow your wallet. Can’t get over the pricing disparity between TG’s canned offerings (some of the best value beer in distro currently in MA) and bottled offerings (some of the worst value, with the sole exception of King Sue and maybe Sosus)

75/100
Jun 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

May 31, 2018
 
Rated: 3.43 by jrc1093 from Connecticut

May 28, 2018
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Toppling Goliath Rover Truck, 5.7% ABV, 35 IBU. Pours black with a nice two finger brown head which left no lacing. Not picking up much aroma other than vague sweetness, and taste is a bit of sweet moleasses with only slight bitterness. Very nice smooth and thick mouthfeel owing to the oats, overall outstanding.
Apr 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Apr 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by elec from Minnesota

Apr 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Knobs303 from Colorado

Apr 22, 2018
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