Rover Truck
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 7.99%
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
662
From:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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jbradley42 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +1%
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
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +1%
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
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dirty brown and fair amount of transparency in the glass.

Chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes.

Molasses, caramel, and chocolate.

Medium-full bodied, medium-high carbonation, nice and smooth carbonation.

Overall, nothing to write home about, but certainly worth trying.

Apr 22, 2018
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a nice dark brown with 1/2 inch bubbly tan head that quickly recedes.
S: Dark caramel malt, oatmeal, and grain. Hints of smoky wood and tobacco.
T: Mild dark caramel malt, soft oatmeal, smoky wood, and sweet tobacco.
M: Light body. Sweet malt notes.
D: An above average brew, but certainly not outstanding. Some interesting malt characteristics, but mostly meh. TG's hoppy beers are much better...

Mar 30, 2018
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark body, opaque, not quite lack, with red highlights, and a short tan head, fading quickly.

S - Strong roasted malt, a snap of chocolate and a bit of coffee.

T - Malts full of dark bread and chocolate, a bit of acidity and coffee.

M - Brisk, mild carbonation, moderate feel, slight dryness in the close.

O - Lovely beer, very nice, coffee and chocolate.

Oct 19, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Scored a can of this on my most recent trip to Wisconsin. I believe acquired in Milwaukee at Airport Liquors in their mix and match 6 pack section. Always a wise move to have those, you get turned on to so many new beers that way.

Anyways, this pours a hearty black oatmeal stout, my mind roamed back twenty years to when one of the only comparable points was Anderson Valley's Oatmeal Stout. Well this, looks pretty much like that, and that was one sexy oatmeal stout. Almost a full inch of beige head on this one. Adjunct (other than oats I guess) free aroma.

Taste is actually milder than I thought, this is one of those daily smooth bangers. The roastiness of the malt is tempered, the bitterness as well. Really impressed with that. I wonder if this score would be higher had I consumed this in January instead of July. Anyways, no frills mild sugar free chocolate malt oatmeal creaminess here.

Oct 07, 2017
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brenn79 from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, born on 07/08/16, well over a year ago, but heard it is still good..- Pours black with a mocha colored medium head. Aroma is berries, roasted malts, toffee, caramel. The taste is roasted malts, creamy, chocolate malt balls, the oatmeal really mellows things out, seems like a bigger beer than it is, flavors of an impy, interestingly complex, and i agree, it holds up well. Thanks bro.

Oct 07, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 4 pack of 16 fl oz cans ran me $9.99 USD at a Binny's in Chicago, IL. Brief impressions below:

"Oatmeal stout." "Live beer."

APPEARANCE: Gorgeous khaki colour head. Robust and creamy, with a soft overall appearance and above average retention (~4 minutes).

Body is an opaque black.

Appears well-carbonated and looks true to style. Definitely well above average for an Oatmeal Stout, with its head colour and consistency helping to set it apart from the pack.

AROMA: Dark malts, specialty chocolate malts, creamy notes, hazelnut, nougat, faint roast. Appropriately sweet.

No overt hop aromatics or yeasty aromatics are present, but it seems aptly attentuated for the style. I find no off-notes and it isn't boozy based on the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Hints of hershey's chocolate syrup mingle with sweet dark malts and specialty chocolate malts to good effect, but the beer's mouthfeel - while smooth and wet as one would expect in an Oatmeal stout - is a bit too sticky, syrupy, and weighty on the palate given the relative lack of depth of flavour.

No hop flavours or yeasty flavours are present. A biteen too sweet, in my opinion. Caramel, nougat, maybe nutella-like hazelnut sweetness.

Well-carbonated. Full-bodied. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Unrefreshing.

An overt roasted barley presence would help curtail the beer's problematic sweetness and would help dry out the mouthfeel a bit. Charred/burnt sugars could help, as might earthy or roasty coffee additive.

OVERALL: Certainly a competent Oatmeal Stout, but at $2.50 can I'm not sure it's worth it; I'd sooner have Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's for far less when buying beer in the U.S. Nevertheless, it's drinkable and enjoyable fare...there just isn't anything unique or special about it. Won't dazzle those drinkers familiar with great English/British expressions of the style, but I'm glad I got to try it once and there are no obvious faults - just shortcomings. Depth of flavour could be improved and it could use some dialing in balance-wise.

C+ (3.19) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Aug 30, 2017
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rand from California

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into a pint glass

Given I grew up in Seattle and never lived far from Seattle/San Fran/San Diego metro areas, not really gettin the good ol' boy marketing, but it makes me laugh so I guess that's good.

As for the beer, traditional outmeal stout in color, light in viscosity (not surprising given the low ABV) with a thin wispy head that disappears as I finish the pour.

Aromas of toasty grain and unsweetened cocoa, molasses and tobacco and chocolate on the palate.

Light-bodied complexion, matching its soda-like appearance. Kinda of an Irish stout dressed up as an outmeal stout, but it's drinkable and pretty damn tasty. Don't get a lot of TG out here, and I wouldn't trade for this, but I'll grab a 4-pack when I see this again (and like 4 cases of Pseudo).

Jul 27, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe I bought a 4pck of this downstate Illinois....or at Binnys in Plainfield. I can't remember. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of chocolate. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with milk chocolate presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was a good stout....impressed with the body for a 5% abv stout.

Jun 04, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz can into Spiegelau Stout Glass. Canned on April 17th 2017.

L: Black, ruby edges when held up to the light. Two finger tan head. Good retention.

S: Chocolate, oats, wood smoke, sherry, coffee, and maybe some sweet lactose?

T: Initially this is comprised of chocolate with a surprisingly early note of wood smoke. Sherry comes next, mixed well with black licorice. Then the bittersweet chocolate and cocoa. Quite unique and nicely done.

F: I have always loved the feel of an oatmeal stout. Super smooth and creamy, crisp carbonation. Medium body.

O: I first tried Toppling Goliath's CC and it was disappointing knowing that they make the best beer according to BA's top 250. However this stout definitely reels them back into a good brewery in my honest opinion of what I have tried from them.

May 29, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a thin foamy tan head that dissipates. No lacing, and looks thin. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate, and has a soy like sweetness thing going on. Tastes similar, with a syrupy sweetness. Feel is very thin and watered down, low carbonation, and on the sweet side of the spectrum but not too sweet. Overall, I thought this was an OK oatmeal stout, but not one that I will be seeking out again. Cheers!

May 27, 2017
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, near black. Weak head with minimal lacing. Nice, roasted, rustic, subtly spicy aroma. Roasted malt palate with big licorice notes. Subtle molasses sweetness. Medium body. Slightly flat. Oat and wheat texture. Pretty standard but solid. I really enjoy the licorice notes.

May 27, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Has no carbonation, no head development, pours black with slight brown edges when held up to the light, no lacing.

A: Nice aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee, dark chocolate, oats, semi-sweet lactose aroma, smells promising.

T: Like the nose there are notes of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee, moderate amount of bitterness, finish is smooth and creamy, aftertaste is of dark roasted malts and coffee.

M: Very low carbonation, beer is flat, finish has a semi-dry coffee like finish.

O: This is really disappointing, must have got a bad can, but there is no carbonation at all, beer is flat, nice aroma and a decent taste but the mouthfeel is definitely disappointing due to the lack of carbonation.

May 17, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch tan head that dissipates to a tiny ring soon thereafter over a dark brown body. Nose of chocolate and slight roasted malts. Taste follow nose. A bit underwhelming. Feel is OK and overall, glad to try the Florida Toppling Goliath offering, also solidifying my distaste for contract brewing. Boom!

Apr 30, 2017
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handmuffin from Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from 16 oz. can into glass at 56 F at home. Pours black in color with short lived caramel colored head. Subtle toasted malt aroma. Low carbonation. Smoother mouthfeel than expected. Medium bitterness. Caramelized toasty flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Feb 16, 2017
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can at the St. Paul Grill, St. Paul, MN

Pours an absolutely fabulous, opaque (as in ZERO light) nearly black with a strong foamy two-inch head. This is one of the best looking stouts I've ever seen.

Aroma is complex but disappointing in its understatement. Coffee, chocolate, burnt toast from the oats, and brown sugar/blackstrap present--I just wish I didn't have to work so hard to smell them.

The taste is everything the smell promised, but with more pronouncement. Coffee and chocolate at the very front, and very firm, with smoky and burnt-grain notes in mid-stream and then--just a touch of hoppy bitterness at the end. Not bitterness, per se, just a nice bite. It provides a nice balance.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly thin, given the look and taste. It has a nice hoppy light finish, but seemed pretty medium to thin bodied for the style.

One of the best beers I've ever had from a can and one I will seek out again.

Feb 11, 2017
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into pint glass.
A: pours a dark slight reddish brown body, chocolate milk foam head that dissipates quickly, carbonation
S: molasses, caramel, coffee, slight earthy hop aroma
T: oatmeal, sweet molasses, caramel, strong black coffee, malt that gives a chewy feel,
O: good brew, glad I tried, I prefer their ipa brews more!

Jan 21, 2017
Rover Truck from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 662 ratings