Rover Truck | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Rover TruckRover Truck

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by FreshHawk on 04-05-2012

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Photo of handmuffin
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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!

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with one finger khaki head.
The aroma is dominated by dark roast. There is some chocolate coming through beneath it.
Tastes dark and rich with a nice ashiness on the finish. The flavor is sweet malts with a nice roasty bitterness coming through mid palate to finish.
The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, it's light enough to be drinkable but thick enough to fill the mouth with flavor.
Overall it's solid, there are probably options just as good in your area so I would go out of my way.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 OZ can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color and is topped by less than an inch of mocha head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is roasted malt, chocolate, and light notes of black coffee.

The taste is very similar to the smell. It starts out with roasted malt. Then I get some milk chocolate with a bitter coffee finish.

Full mouthfeel

I made a recent trip to Iowa. I must say that I was disappointed in all of the Toppling Goliath beers that I tried. I bought this to have at home. It is okay, but I thought Toppling Goliath would be some great tasting experience. It is an average milk stout made in Florida. I am glad that I did not go two and a half hours out of my way to check out the taproom.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

From Cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Reading JHTP11 Ch12. Coffee, with some milk chocolate notes later in the sip and a nice bitterness (not too american) in the end that invites you to take another sip. Low on foam. A bit more body would be appreciated

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Photo of aquabears
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with minimal head and lacing. Smells slightly alcoholic and roasty, some chocolate. Straight up stout. Tastes like roasted malts with a little bit of bitter chocolate. Some alcohol taste. Flavorful for the ABV! Lighter body than you might expect, chewy but a little thin.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark molasses, clear, little head
Smell: spice, bitter chocolate
Taste: oats, malt, slight chocolate but not much, slight bitterness with alcohol noticeable.
Overall: fairly tasty beverage.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After seducing our senses with their hoppy spectacle, they now woo us with sensibility, robust and a responsibly polite beer. True to style, Toppling Goliath's Rover Truck shines a bright light on a dark, traditional and time-honored oatmeal stout.

The roasty beer catches the eye with its devilishly dark lusciousness. Silky in its pour and creamy with a whipped mocha froth, a robust fragrance then lures the nose with dark-roast coffee, roasted nuttiness, dark chocolate and a kiss of campfire. Sweet and roasty flavors then slather the palate with rich chocolate, molasses and candied espresso bean.

As the middle palate comes awash with roast, the delicately burnt taste of sugars and grain offer suggestions of roasted marshmallow with hints of woodsy bark, nutty almond and seared in sweetness align on the tongue, patiently awaiting a finish of broad woodsy bitterness, light peppercorn and smoky chocolate.

Full yet sensible, the beer's semi-dry finish is toasty and roasty with burnt toast and the unmistakable creamy burntness that only oats provide. A long and silky after tow of cocoa powder and coffee extend onward into the next sultry sip.

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Photo of bsp77
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too sweet and fruity with a chalky aftertaste. Not what I want out of an Oatmeal Stout. I'm a big fan of Toppling Goliath's APAs and IPAs, but not this.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a chestnut brown with two fingers of brown egg shell head. Spots of lace after each sip ring the glass.

S - Chocolate, oats, vanilla, coffee, oak.

T - Rich and creamy mouth feel, medium bodied, this opens up with rich malts, chocolate, oaky, nutty, and finishes slightly bitter on the back end.

O - Solid stout that is a nice sipper.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Jet black color, one finger brown head, superb lacing, tons of carbonation.

S: Oats, raisins, sweet chocolate.

T: Very balanced. Oats, sweet, roasted malts. Very malty.

F: Medium bodied, amazing mouthfeel due to good carbonation.

O: The best oatmeal stout I have tried so far. Good stuff!

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Photo of matcris
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours like a liquid dark chocolate with a half finger of tan head that settles quickly to a ring. Looks fairly thick. No real lacing to speak of. The aroma right away reminds me of ST 2XIBA with the added brown sugar. It has a nice earthy quality and big molasses. Some dark chocolate underneath all of that. Medium body, nice medium full carbonation, sticky up front. The chocolate blends nicely with that brown sugar stickiness. Nothing off about the beer. It's not over the top crazy great, but it works and is bordering on chuggable. Nice stuff.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the weakest offering I've had from Toppling Goliath thus far, which is saying something after PseudoSue and Golden Nugget IPA. This beer reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout in that it would be a great, delicious beer if it were less hoppy and lacked the kind of heavily roasted taste that makes for an unpleasant aftertaste, as if one was drinking stale coffee. Can hardly taste the oats, but maybe that's for the better.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Roasted dark smokey malts with chocolate and coffee notes. Mildly malt and oat grain nose. Black and opaque with a delicate tan lace.
Full but not heavy body. dry flavor full complex finish. 72 IBUs

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle courtesy of @byrdst23

Appearance: pours dark, dark, brown, almost black but not quite. Carries a super thick and puffy mocha head that sticks around forever. Tons of lacing also.

Aroma: somewhat muted notes of cocoa powder and bakers chocolate coming off the glass, along with a lot of flaky, spicy oats. Again, these aren't super potent, but the subtle dessert-y aroma is nice.

Flavor: a bit more flavorful than the smell would indicate, this beer packs lots of roast....also carries some bitter bakers chocolate to go with the more mild cocoa powder. I didn't get a ton from the oats themselves, but the mix made for a nice, hot chocolatey type of flavor. Lots of flavor for a 5.7% brew as well, for what that's worth.

Feel: I understand it's a low percentage brew, but it is a bit thin, especially since oats are usually added for body.

Overall: never had anything from Toppling Goliath before, and this was a pretty solid oatmeal stout. Thanks to @byrdst23 for including this as an extra!

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can from Dec 2015 poured into Guinness porter glass.

L: Initial pour leads to 3F light tan foamy head. Some retention, but ends up leaving no lacing or ring and top-up pours have little head. This could be because of age of can, so not jumping to conclusions.

S: Muted notes of coffee, unsweetened cocoa, caramel, and flaked oats.

T: Pretty much follows nose. Malt-forward on the oats and roasted coffee, with cocoa and a hint of vanilla on finish.

F: Medium body, practically no carbonation (this could be age of can, as it could use a bit). Fairly well-balanced and constructed, a tiny bit watery but not bad.

O: Perfectly OK Oatmeal Stout, not a huge fan of the style. Happy to reassess if I get a fresher can at some point.

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Photo of tone77
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, oats, coffee. Taste is the same. Chocolate up front, some oats and smoke, light coffee at the finish. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth trying.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(Re-review 2/25/17, original score 4.02)

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is small and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, some dark chocolate, burnt malt, and a little graham cracker. The taste has more graham cracker, and less chocolate. The finish is remarkably dry for an oatmeal stout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat watery texture (especially for the style). Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout, but not one I would buy again.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super dark beer with a one finger tan head that fades quickly and doesn't leave a trace. Faint hints of chocolate and a big blast of roasted, sweet malt hits the nose. The taste is slightly sweet with a lot of char and a bit of molasses. Slightly bitter finish and a lingering taste of lightly sweetened coffee. Great beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this beer.

A - Pitch black pour with a very thick toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Cocoa, mocha, cream.

T - Charred cocoa and mocha.

M - Nice thick medium body.

O - An easy drinking oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, with a thick, frothy tan head. The nose I get chocolate notes. The taste I get the chocolate feel, it's probably the molasses. This is a rich beer, and a pleasant one to drink.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Really fudgey with a ton of lactose on the nose. Mellow roast in the back. Opens chocolate, dark plum, prunes and logan. More chocolate and roast in the middle with a lightly tart coffee and lactose at the end. Solid, sweet with nice balance. Light bodied and smooth on the palate and goes down carbonated and light.

A pretty good overall but nothing to write home about. I'd like a touch more body in this one.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Chocolate, oats, and some roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied, yet very smooth. Finishes with chocolate.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

from a brewery you want to like because of the ratings, but actually like because the beer is outstanding. i think this one is real under appreciated, and i was lucky to see it up in south dakota all week this week. its super dark, a change of pace for the style, approached a bit differently i think too. it pours like road tar, blacktop sealant, and although the head is nothing to write home about, the beer itself is quite sexy in the glass. smells like molasses, raw and concentrated, with less of the bitter dark malt than a lot of these have, and more of the starchy sweet fresh oats. its thick in texture, surprisingly so for the lower abv, and really caramelized, sweet but in a good way, and well layered with the grains. for me it drinks a little heavy, which i like, and it sticks hard to the teeth. there is bitterness cutting the sweet, coffee beans, raw cacao, and burnt malt. this seems like a beer with a freakishly long boil time, like hours and hours, reducing, concentrating, caramelizing. its a lot of beer in a little bottle, and its as good as their hoppy stuff, but will likely never garner the same attention. really fabulous stout. also the write up on the label is absurd.

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