Rover Truck | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
tgbrews.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,307
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
632
pDev:
8.01%
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Photo of madelf66
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drstalker
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmurphy7
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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.

C+ (3.19) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Slarson7
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMarkle6524
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rand
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into a pint glass

Given I grew up in Seattle and never lived far from Seattle/San Fran/San Diego metro areas, not really gettin the good ol' boy marketing, but it makes me laugh so I guess that's good.

As for the beer, traditional outmeal stout in color, light in viscosity (not surprising given the low ABV) with a thin wispy head that disappears as I finish the pour.

Aromas of toasty grain and unsweetened cocoa, molasses and tobacco and chocolate on the palate.

Light-bodied complexion, matching its soda-like appearance. Kinda of an Irish stout dressed up as an outmeal stout, but it's drinkable and pretty damn tasty. Don't get a lot of TG out here, and I wouldn't trade for this, but I'll grab a 4-pack when I see this again (and like 4 cases of Pseudo).

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Photo of _Adam_
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gtrfrk182
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of firkingroovin
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Demi
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rawfish
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Fubudu187
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe I bought a 4pck of this downstate Illinois....or at Binnys in Plainfield. I can't remember. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of chocolate. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with milk chocolate presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was a good stout....impressed with the body for a 5% abv stout.

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

Photo of Angerhaus
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wilymobastardo
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz can into Spiegelau Stout Glass. Canned on April 17th 2017.

L: Black, ruby edges when held up to the light. Two finger tan head. Good retention.

S: Chocolate, oats, wood smoke, sherry, coffee, and maybe some sweet lactose?

T: Initially this is comprised of chocolate with a surprisingly early note of wood smoke. Sherry comes next, mixed well with black licorice. Then the bittersweet chocolate and cocoa. Quite unique and nicely done.

F: I have always loved the feel of an oatmeal stout. Super smooth and creamy, crisp carbonation. Medium body.

O: I first tried Toppling Goliath's CC and it was disappointing knowing that they make the best beer according to BA's top 250. However this stout definitely reels them back into a good brewery in my honest opinion of what I have tried from them.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a thin foamy tan head that dissipates. No lacing, and looks thin. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate, and has a soy like sweetness thing going on. Tastes similar, with a syrupy sweetness. Feel is very thin and watered down, low carbonation, and on the sweet side of the spectrum but not too sweet. Overall, I thought this was an OK oatmeal stout, but not one that I will be seeking out again. Cheers!

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Rover Truck from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 632 ratings