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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -7.5%
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 jaypaul522
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -10.3%
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 BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
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 zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of Umdrunner
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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%
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 +2.8%
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 +3.9%
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 +3.6%
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 -2.6%
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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Photo of Mdog
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black, big brown head.

Smell: Roasty, coffee.

Taste: Roasty, sweetened coffee/mocha flavor. Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Picked up a 4 pack of this TG brew. It's a pretty solid oatmeal stout, sweet and roasty, easy drinking. Nice addition to TG's lineup.

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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 Coldstorage
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a thick oil black with fluffy chocolate milk colored 1 inch head.
S: Milk chocolate, caramel, a bit of coffee.
T: Cold outta the fridge the taste delivers on the noses promises but with a light and unfortunate metallic flavor. As it warms up the metallic flavor disappears but is replaced by that strange plantlike flavor I get when I wait too long to drink my KBS.
F: Medium mouth feel, chewier then I expect from an Oatmeal stout. Still pleasant.
O: For a brewery that is usually among the "Best in style" with most of their offerings, this is a bit plain... but still totally lovely stuff. They are a victim of their own success in the sense this is the runt of the litter but as an oatmeal stout its very nice and I would buy more if it was a local for sure.

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Photo of ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 Myotus
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 08Jul15) into a Spiegelau stout glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of cinnamon brown foam that halves itself after 50 seconds and changes colors to khaki. Black in color with an orange tint. Rising bubbles are small in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sweet chocolate and molasses that mix with mild aromas of bitter roasted malts and oatmeal.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild burning wood, maple bacon (just like the flavors you would find in a rauchbier) and sweet chocolate flavors. Subtle oatmeal flavors enter right after along with hints of bitter roasted malts.
FEEL: Very light-bodied (feels like water) with hints of carbonation. Goes down extremely smooth and finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: This is my first oatmeal stout. I'm not sure if they all have a partial rauchbier taste, or if it's just this one. I still enjoyed it.

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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 tbryan5
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 dfillius
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Moderate pour yields 1/4 finger brown head with poor retention :-( Just shy of opaque "pitch brown". Good color/SRM.
S: Coffee, Hershey's chocolate syrup, slight campfire/wood smoke, biscuity grain.
T: Chocolate, slight plum, french roast coffee, modest amount of hops in the middle. Lactose/milk in the finish. Slight Necco wafer. Comes together perfectly.
M: Silky! Oh so nice. Fair bitterness settles in after creamy open.
O: Great smell, taste and mouthfeel. Would be truly great with better head retention. I'll buy again and would order another.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as night with a thin head that is gone nearly immediately. Slight coffee smell with not much else that I can smell. A sweet coffee and molasses taste with a black licorice and hop backing. A coffee and bitter taste that resonates up the nose. A medium to heavy mouthfeel n which the taste comes together and lingers in mid mouth. A wonderful oatmeal stout.

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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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