Rover Truck | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 Nat1975
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Thebrewdude08
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of imbibehour
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. July 8th 2015.

Thick dark bodied walnut brown body with just a hint of red chestnut edge. Head is really.. Odd. Forms nicely and VERY dark mocha but with much swiss cheese in its two finger makeup. The head actually reverse cascades? If I could use that phrase, it bubbles over with upcoming bubbles going over it. I don't know how else to describe it. Dissolves into nothing. There is no collar.. No puck.. Nothing, a lively beer looks truly shot down unfortunately, but a little bit of faint white fine bubbles cascading along the glasses side gives barely a hint of entertainment.

Nice basic aroma. Soft chewy malts of dark quality. Small sweetness of oats and mild chocolate hinting in the back. A real nice black small licorice aroma comes out of this making it more interesting than the average bear you could say. Hints of a watery brew with no depth though.

Palate is flat as a board. Weak bodied and totally missing any depth. The malts are here to play but are lifeless and dead, and come with a watery disposition that doesn't support the flavor at all. Soda like finish but luckily flat and at a least letting the flavors focus and stays away from soda character. Muted. Dead licorice and no roast character or dark malt presence. Chewy texture? Forget it.

This is a real dud and never should have left the brewery or at least goes downhill fast for no reason I can fathom. 3 months is perfectly fine for an oatmeal stout to hold up, this is just not getting the job done.

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Photo of myrixis
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: its black. little bit of brown
Smell: It smells like someone cooking barbecue next door. Smells good but its kind of distant.
feel: This feels exactly like flat soda. Its light and almost no carbonation
Taste: nothing much here just some slight smoky roasted flavor that fades pretty fast.
overall: very middle of the road stout. easy to drink but nothing really to savor. if there was ever a session stout this would be it.

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kegger37
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 digitalzombie
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of duceswild
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Tertullian007
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
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.


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Photo of Pletser
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of CraigPWalker
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jrod79
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KensWorld
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Herky21
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Cyclone8
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jbwimer
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of sourbeerismymiddlename
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Filabee
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Rover Truck from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72.5% out of 100 with 607 ratings
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