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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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Photo of djrn2
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 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 emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head. It smelled of coffee, sweet chocolate and floral notes. It tasted of coffee, rich roasted malts. The was a nice sweet chocolate flavor that balanced out the bitter hops and coffee.

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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Wait, TG makes something other than IPAs and Imp Stouts? It's a fine beer, but nothing stands out.

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3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Rover Truck from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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