Rover Truck | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

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 MACrist
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 Sconnie25
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a can of this from Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau, WI. Rover Truck pours a black hue with a decent head and lacing. The aroma is sweet with hints of roasted malt to it. The flavor is sweet and a bit watery at first but finishes with a nice slight roasted malt bitterness. I really enjoyed this stout even though it was a warm late spring day out.

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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 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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Photo of SawDog505
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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 -5.9%
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 jaypaul522
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass, the look is very dark with a medium head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is coffee with hints of chocolate. Taste is very pleasant, not too heavy. The feel isn't as full as other stouts I like, but not unpleasant. Overall, this is a readily available good stout, that I drink regularly.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of my lil Toppling Goliath can stash. Awesome to try and revisit some great TG beers lately.

A - Pint can to pint glass. Color is just about black with no light coming through, a finger or so of brown head tops it. A thin ring remains by the end, no lace left, aw.

S - Dark cocoa powder, oats, bread, ash, perhaps some dark fruit. Reminds me of chocolate pudding. On the faint side but a simple and pleasant oatmeal stout scent no doubt.

T - Some decent-strength licorice coming through here through a sweet-leaning chocolate+caramel malt bomb. Some light roast, coffee, even some vanilla. Finishes with tastes of oats and bread crust.

M - Very smooth with tons of creaminess from dem oats. Nice swishy carbonation that is a bit on higher side overall. Really help accentuates the nice balance and array of flavors. On the sweet side but some light bitter roast meshes in well. A bit heavy but drinks nicely for a lowish ABV stout.

O - Scent just didn't wind up doing justice. Good balance of flavors going on here with a fair amount of complexity going on for a lowish ABV no frills oatmeal stout. Very smooth and quite drinkable, a solid example I'd consider for a go-to in the style.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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 BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled back on 1/1/16, the first new brew of the New Year and right on 1/1/16. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle and was chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 12 ounce snifter glass.

Brew pours very close to a pitch-black in color with some ruby-red highlights. A good 1-finger creamy beige head was seen after the slow pour. Sheets of ring-like lacing was seen after each sip. Aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate. More going on with the taste as there is a hint of toffee, mild coffee and burnt brown sugar even. Very smooth and went down easy with out any bitter or harsh after taste at all. Very tasy brew. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation for this style of brew. Really enjoyed this one! Great brew to start out the New year with! CHEERS!

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured rich dark brown almost black with tan head. Noticeable scent of chocolate and coffee. Flavors are chocolate forward that finish with coffee and roasted malt. Great balance of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of Marius
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle (or something like that) via Mikkeller Webshop. Visually stunning, pitch black and glossy, with a dark tan head. Smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate, and the taste follows the same notes. Nothing complex or out of the box here, just a very well made oatmeal stout.

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

into a tupil black with a burnt butter head, not big but stays somewhat lively.

I get scents of chocolate ice cream and like peanut butter.

chocolate notes. I swear theres hints of peanut butter in here. but that doesn't make sense.

theres not any bulk to it, a typical oatmeal stout look.

for me its alright, I don't do many oatmeal stouts. I wouldn't buy too much tho.if I did. this was a gift .

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, date stamped 11 AUG 15; thanks to my friend, Ken, for picking this up for me while on a road trip to Wisconsin
A - dark and nearly black with a creamy tan head that quickly fades to a foam
S - plenty of roasted barley, dark chocolate, coffee, oats, earthy hops
T - heavy hand of roasted barley with nice nutty oats, bittersweet dark chocolate, french roast coffee, earthy hops
M - creamy and smooth, medium body, bitter roast and ashy black patent malt linger on the drying, astringent finish
O - very solid oatmeal stout. I'd drink this again. Very well put together!

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

Appearance: Pours your traditional stout black, and forms a thick, fluffy head of deep tan foam with good retention. Oddly, no real lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sweet malt wafts out of the glass, caramel and toffee, with something of an almost chicory note like the coffee from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. Something faintly peaty lurks beneath, alongside some dark stone fruit.

Taste: Burned black toffee and scorched caramel hit right up front, riding a wave of an earthy, peaty flavor. There's a hint of some maple ashes, something plum-like, and that chicory coffee as the beer moves along the palate. The finish is sweet malts and ashes.

Mouthfeel: Rather thin, verging on watery by the finish.

Overall: A solid oatmeal stout, if a bit light on the mouthfeel. I'll likely repeat this once I live in Iowa.

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Photo of AppaZappa
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautifully dark and surprisingly rich oatmeal stout, especially given the abv. The nose is a bit one-sided here--molasses and malt with a touch of coffee. The taste is smooth malt, sweet, slightly chocolate. Not a 'standard' oatmeal stout and since I'm not the biggest fan of the style that works here. The feel is the highlight, but this is a fine beer.

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