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Rover Truck | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Rover TruckRover Truck

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 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 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 Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. - Bottled 07 JUL 15:

Pours very dark brown to black. A tan head grows then fades. Minimal lacing slides down the glass.

The smell is of chocolate, some coffee, some dark-ish fruit.

The taste is of chocolate, subtle coffee, slight hint of lactose, some fruit in the finish.

It's pretty smooth, but not as much as some other examples of the style.

Overall, it's a nice stout.

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Photo of smakawhat
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 Tone
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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 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 Hopheadjeffery
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 22 oz bottle on July 31, 2015. Look is dense dark brownish black, medium head, nice lacing. Smell is smokey roasted nut aromas. Taste is bitter dark chocolate and thick, smokey oatmeal notes. Feel is smooth but not syrupy.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours dense black to dark brown under a 3” tan foam collar that dissipates to nothing over 4 minutes. S: Has a chocolate and malt aroma. T: Big malt, chocolate and some grain, nothing harsh or burnt. F: Full body, soft carbonation, creamy, soft palate. O: This is a flavorful, well balanced and easy to drink oatmeal stout.

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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 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 ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A smoky oatmeal stout....a decent molasses impression.........Some milk chocolate impressions but not overloaded this way....not a classic oatmeal stout...body is medium at best.....not as velvet like in texture as I had hoped but not thin or acidic either....

I enjoyed drinking this and would drink it again but it is not one of TG's best beers.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
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 mynie
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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 jzlyo
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is dark/roasted malts and mild nuttiness. The flavor is dark/roasted malts, light fruit, mild sweetness, a hint of nuttiness and a bitter/acidic finish. Simple but very effective.

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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 MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottle date is July 7th, 15.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A sweet and roasty dark malt forward taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and oats. Dark roasted malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, oats, toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, yeast, and slight smoke. Sweet hints of brown sugar and cream. Light dark fruit hints of cherry and raisin. Also some hints of anise. Very light with the hops. A pretty nice smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a sweet and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and oats. Dark roasted malt with upfront notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oats, biscuit, toast, grains, caramel, smoke, and yeast. Sweet taste of sugar and cream. Notes of anise spicing. Subtle dark fruit undertones of raisin and cherry. Pretty light hop presence. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Oatmeal Stout. Good dark malt flavor with a nice balance of sweetness and roast.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a pitch black with a very minimal head that is a dark tan.
S- Coffee, Chocolate, Burnt wood?
T- Lots of dark chocolate with some coffee. Getting some rauchbier qualities as well. Some silliness.
M- Not too thin and slick and creamy.
D- A pretty good oatmeal stout that I was glad I was able to try.

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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 ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a stout/porter glass.

Impressively thick and chewy dark khaki head over an ebony body. Trickling carbonation is visible. Lacing is light. 4.5

Smells thick with dark toffee-like malts. Cacao-like sticky sweetness. Caramel and spicy hop aroma. Pretty lovely to smell. 4.25

Thick malty flavor, noticeable oatmeal sweetness, caramel and vanilla. Bitter dark chocolate lingers on the finish. 4

Smooth and viscous mouthfeel, albeit a tad thin. Carbonation creates a touch of a soda-like feel and the finish is bittersweet and lingers. 3.75

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Photo of homebrew311
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an inky black with minimal head and a viscous appearance. Nose is on point for the style: heavy roast, soft notes of oatmeal, dark chocolate, and a touch of hop bitterness. There is lots of flavor jam packed in to this sub %6 stout - much like the nose, heavy roast and chocolate followed by a light sweetness and a touch of bitterness. The roast is soft enough where it never becomes acrid. Mouthfeel is great- nice hefty body, velvety texture and low carbonation. Overall, this is a well executed oatmeal stout, better than the majority of what is on the market.

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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 snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rover Truck pours a black color with a small lacing head. There is a roasted malt aroma, with hints of coffee. The taste is creamy, with nice roasted flavors, and big roasted oat flavors. Good body, good flavors. Overall, its a very solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola brown/black. Medium sized, creamy, smooth, cafe colored head. Great retention leaving a nice patchy lacking.

S - Dark and milk chocolate, roasted nuttiness, and cocoa nibs are abundant. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter.

T - Similar to the nose but slightly sweeter. Some toffee and brown sugar hints are in there. Subtle coffee notes but they play second fiddle to the chocolate/cocoa. A nice roasted malt flavor with a strong roasted nuttiness. No astringency and well balanced sweet and bitterness.

M - Medium body with average to slightly below carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Great mouthfeel that you expect from an oatmeal stout.

D - Well balanced stout with the bitter and sweet aspects. Chocolate, nuts, cocoa, coffee, cream, etc. blend well together. Easy drinking stout with a nice finish.

Notes: Nice oatmeal stout. Doesn't necessarily wow you, but it is very easy to drink. Nice balance between sweet and bitter with a nice chocolate milk kind of finish. Great, creamy body.

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