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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 | 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

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 504
Photo of TooGood
3.59/5  rDev -7%
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 +3.1%
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 +4.9%
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 -10.4%
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 +1%
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 -28.8%
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 -0.3%
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 +14.5%
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 +10.1%
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 -22.5%
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 Wer34truh
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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 wdberkley
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm goin down down baby yo street in a Rover Truck.... Can't help but hear Nelly when I drink this beer...

Pours dark black with 1/4" head that recedes to the rim of the glass faster than you can put a band aid on your cheek.

Nose of chocolate (shimmy shimmy cocoa what?), coffee, oatmeal.

Somewhat thin for my liking, but there is a hit of boozy flavor at the end.

Solid oatmeal stout from TG

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Photo of homebrew311
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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 vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 galuskan
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Tone
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 indianabeerman
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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 bigbluebeerguy
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chocolate malt, mild coffee, and hints of roasted nuts make up the bulk of the aroma. On the tongue, an initial hit of cocoa powder bitterness softens and becomes sweeter as the oatmeal creaminess kicks in. Coffee bean and light smoke arrive mid-palate before an earthy hop bite and mild acidity ride through the finish. A touch over-carbed for an oatmeal stout in my opinion, but still an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of pagriley
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz into snifter

L - Pours almost black, thin off white head that recedes to a minimal ring
S - roasted malts giving hints of bitter chocolate and a solid waft of coffee
T - light flavor profile with nicely balanced coffee, nuttiness and a hint of cocoa. A touch ashy on the finish
F - Full bodied and almost chewy. Impressive for a such a low ABV brew.

Overall, very solid beer. worth trying

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Photo of Prasm
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark oatmeal stout, expressive nose of coffee grounds, chocolate, and malt. Kind of tastes and feels of a Nestle Crunch bar in the mouth with a puffed rice mouth-feel and sweet chocolate flavors. Finishes with robust coffee notes. Pretty good, but borderline over the top with sweetness.

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Photo of pmangold
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at the Brew Hub in Lakeland, FL. A great oatmeal stout that looked great in the glass and was extremely easy drinking. Sweet chocolate in the nose and that follows in the taste, adding a cereal/oatmeal to the taste. I'm glad I got to enjoy this one while it was still on.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 NolaHopHead
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Black with thin tan head that totally disappears. Mild Cocoa aroma. Roasted malt flavor with some coffee and mild vanilla/licorice. The flavors come together nicely, not overly sweet. A little flat with a silky mouthfeel. Overall good oatmeal stout, very easy drinking.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with caramel tan head that totally disappears very quickly

Smells of malt

In a word "Delicious" almost cereal like with trace of chocolate

this has much substance almost chewy, but still slides down the throat very smoothly

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