Rover Truck | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 560
Photo of smakawhat
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
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 -22.9%
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 SteveJeremy
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
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 Wer34truh
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The smell is fairly typical for a oatmeat/cream stout. A lot of sweetness.

As with the smell, this is pretty loyal to the style. Even though it's slightly bitter. Very drinkable for a stout. Reminds me of a more flavorful Guinness.

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Photo of bsp77
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
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 ThickNStout
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). Bottled 8/11/15. Served in a Toppling Goliath teku.

Pours black with almost two fingers of khaki head. Gradually fades to a narrow halo, leaving surprisingly little lace.

Smells of roast, brown sugar, rolled oats and caramel. Simple, straightforward and pleasant enough.

Taste is a blend of cocoa, burnt caramel, cola, toasted nuts, oats and a vaguely herbal bitterness. No alcohol presence. While the flavors may be slightly more subtle that I typically prefer, this delivers a decent amount of complexity for such a low abv stout.

The fairly light body still comes across a tad creamy and has fairly slight carbonation. Roasty, nutty and dark cocoa aftertaste.

Rover Truck is a solid basic oatmeal stout. There is nothing particularly stand-out about it but it is an easy drinking stout.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Oats very apparent among a roasted barley backdrop. Coffee and molasses notes. Simple, but pleasant.

3.5 T: Supple roastiness with strong oats and molasses. Barely leaning toward the drier side. Mild grainy finish.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess.

3.5 D: Decent beer. Shitty by TG standards, but easy to drink.

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Photo of indianabeerman
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a bottle from a trade. Minimal head which doesn't last long. Smell is coffee and smoke. Taste is the same and thin. Decent beer, I would not seek it out but would drink if i lived close by

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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 tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly standard interpretation of the style in my opinion, but somewhat above average nonetheless. Burnt roast, coffee and chocolate appear in varying proportions. Medium feel and appropriate carbonation.

In fact, all the beers seemed to have a very fit level of carbonation.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is jet black with a caramel colored head that lingers for quite a bit of time. Nose is extremely heavy on the roast, a touch of dry chalky chocolate, notes of toffee. Taste is a little more balanced, not quite as roasty, still a fair bit of roasted malt, more light dry chocolate, a bit of sweet malt. Medium to full body with moderate carb and a slightly bitter finish. Flavor is much more balanced than the nose, fairly enjoyable albeit not great.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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 outdoor7or24
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!

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Photo of snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a large mug. No dates I can see.

Pours black with almost no head. Just a gasp when the cap unsealed. Smell is inky, anise.

Taste is roast bitter, slight cherry sweetness, lots of anise, lots of coffee. Strong bitter coffee and chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, and unsurprisingly still. Could use a little more life. Overall, it's a nice tasting beer, but could use a little carbonation.

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, oatmeal, slight roasted malt, hint of yeast, slight alcohol, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, oatmeal, slight yeast, hint of hop, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, poor appearance, average aroma and body, good feel, but lacking body depth to be really good.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

it's black with a tan head. there's something that resembles lacing, but it doesn't last.

pretty stereotypical smells - roasted malt and coffee. kinda weak.

tastes a little better than it smells, but still missing something.

it's an oatmeal stout, so it acts like one. creamy and smooth.

it's not great, but it's ok. should have been a sixer for this price.

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Photo of mynie
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours dark with a solid brown cap of a head. Smells of darkly roasted malt roughed up lightly, pleasantly by the oats, with little hints of chocolate.

Tastes a bit sweet for an oatmeal stout, but nothing out of the ordinary. Bitter barley and dark chocolate up front, light hops and rougher barley in the middle, ending on lightly sour malt nodes.

Rather boilerplate. Good, but boilerplate. But seeing as how TG's beers are so reasonably priced, there's nothing wrong with releasing a run of the mill stout.

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Photo of TooGood
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average oatmeal stout, nothing stands out about any part of this beer. Looks ok, smells ok, tastes ok. Glad I got to try it, wish I wouldn't have bought a whole 4 pack. Won't buy again at $10 a 4 pack.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter at room temp bottled on 7/08/15. Pours a very dark brown with a 1 and a half inch light tan head that leaves behind no lace to speak of.

Smell is coffee, chocolate syrup, oats, vanilla, and toffee.

Taste follows coffee, chocolate, vanilla upfront with oats, grain, and toffee in the back ground.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, nice amount of carbonation, a little on the dry side, and good drinkability.

Overall this is a little thin for me, the flavor is pretty good, but not dazzling.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a relative modest, half-inch creamy brown head despite a fairly aggressive pour. Head recedes quickly, leaving absolutely no lacing.

Aroma of roasted dark chocolates and dark fruits. Oats come through fairly strong.

Taste of dark chocolate, oats, and dark fruits. Malts strengthen as the beer warms, as caramel malts and oats take over. Has some pleasant smoky, woody notes to it.

Quite thin and watery for a stout, even an oatmeal stout. Relatively high carbonation for a stout, that actually works fairly well with the somewhat more subdued traits of flavor.

Overall, a lesser effort by one of the best breweries out there. Not bad by any means, but surprisingly lacking in character for a brewery with some normally fairly distinctive brews.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Medium khaki head.

Smell - Lots of oatmeal. Chocolate. Dark roasted malt.

Taste - Oatmeal is strong again. Hefty roasted malts. Almost burnt and a little smokey. The slightest bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very well made. Not gonna be something everyone loves because it just isn't that exciting, but I appreciate that TG can deliver a nice roasted malt flavor without excess sugars.

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Photo of handmuffin
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.

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Photo of galuskan
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doesntlive up to. Their other brews. Maybe itit's because it's bottled. Maybe it's because the bottles I got were from their contract brewer in Florida. Smelled so good. Poured so dark and cream looking. Tasted - meh. Very dry finish as well. The best way I can compare this beer to other from the brewery is that it doesn't taste clean.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Served in a shaker pint.

This beer has a black body that is covered by a half finger's width of dense, brown sugar foam.

The malts come through a little roasted, with brown sugar, cocoa, and some fig.

The roasted malt really carries through the entire drink with some cocoa near the middle. The finish captures some vanilla flavors with more of the roast and brown sugar. It is not doing anything big, just solid.

Rover is incredibly creamy, but the slight astringency from the roasted malt takes away a little bit here.

Rover Truck is a fun stout with lots of flavors to explore as it warms. It feels like the roasted malts were laid on a little thick and detract from the experience of getting to all the other great flavors, luckily the astringency is very low despite this.

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Photo of Smelly
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasty Oatmeal Stout. Looks good, smells good, tastes great...lacing is minimal, but whateva.

I dig it. I feel like I'm missing some depth/body though.

I'll buy it again when I'm craving an easy-goin' stout. Good fall beer for sure.

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