Smoove Opferator
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #79
Ranked #10,421
3.96 | pDev: 8.08%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Very Good
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Notes: This hearty brown ale is named for its original brewer- our awesome Beerman Chad Opfer. Smoove Opferator started out as a very small experiment taproom-exclusive brown ale named “Brown Sugar.” Since then, it has undergone a name makeover and an expanded distribution to Iowa and Wisconsin. The taste is still the same as when we brewed the first small batch. Deep mahogany color with a hefty malt body. Robust flavors of roasted almonds, hints of chocolate with a slight bitterness in the finish. Oh so smoove!

50 IBU
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: The beer pours bright dark brown with ruby highlights under a 3” tan foam collar with a very fine bead. The foam is clingy and persistent taking 8 minutes to drop to about 1/3 its original size.
S: The nose is nutty with some dark sugars, faint chocolate and spicy grain. T: The palate starts with lightly sweetened chocolate, some light caramel and light nut flavors with traces of tart fruit in the background. Malt flavors are medium high while the hop flavors are low and the bitterness and sweetness are medium.
F: Very creamy smooth medium to medium full body and fine soft carbonation.
O: Full flavored and easy to drink.

Apr 01, 2016
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jaypaul522 from Iowa

4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got in a bomber bottle. Pours very dark, with some head. Smell is malt and maybe some molasses. Taste is sweet, with a strong malty finish. The body is medium to light, for such a dark beer. A nice, smooth drinking ale.

Mar 26, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle. Deep brown. Big khaki head. Smell is nutty and a little roasty. Some bready malts too. Taste is a little hoppy. Lightly roasted malts. A little nutty. Lightly bitter finish. High carbonation. Medium body. Straightforward brown ale.

Mar 22, 2016
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a TG snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade.

Pours a deep brown body with a light brown 2 finger head that reduces slowly to leave chunky retention and a good amount of lacing.

Aromas of chocolate, toffee, nutty, almonds, molasses. On the tongue it's similar, slightly sweet, burnt toffee, milk chocolate, finish is lightly charred with a light semisweet chocolate bitterness. Medium body with medium low carbonation.

Pretty solid.. nothing mind blowing but balanced and tasty.

Mar 21, 2016
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost non-existent head, with a very brown, almost black, color. Carbonation is visible, yet weirdly passive-looking.

Smells of bready malts, chocolate, slight notes of coffee, and molasses.

The molasses really come through in the taste. As does the general smokiness and very dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is quite light, but with a large degree of carbonation. Despite this, there is something very combative about this beer, which was quite off-putting to me.

I have yet to stumble upon any of Toppling Goliath top-tier offerings, and can't wait to do so. Sadly, this was quite disappointing to me.

Feb 26, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has got that classic brown ale look, with a Vesuvius of bubbles rising from the base and forming a tight tan head; the liquid is coffee brown, the head persists and the lacing works

Smell: Brown bread, chocolate, coffee, hazelnut and almond

Taste: Brown bread and chocolate, up front, with developing coffee tones in the middle; after the swallow the nut flavors come through, both hazelnut and almond but there is some nut skin acridity in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; quite creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Brown ales get a lot of dislike in beer geek circles but occasionally one comes along that is worth seeking out; this is one of those times

Thanks, ta_hagen, for the opportunity

Jan 31, 2016
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wcu80 from Georgia

3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

By far my least favorite TG offering. A pretty boring style of beer anyway; this one was over-carbed, out of balance, and borderline unfinishable. Just a mess. Oh well, nobody is perfect.

Dec 31, 2015
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Dr_Leafy_Green from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bold brown with a pronounced malty nose and taste. Redefining the definition of brown ale. Typically a somewhat boring category, this is anything but boring.

Dec 21, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, unreadable date stamp on the shoulder. Pours clear nearly opaque very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, herbal, floral, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, herbal, floral, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent roasty brown ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. This felt more like a brown porter with the balanced dark/bready and roasted malt flavors; but was still a very enjoyable offering regardless.

Dec 17, 2015
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the source and received in a pint glass.

3.75 A: Deep dark murky brown color. Poured up to nearly the top of the glass, but a short creamy tan head is present.

4.5 S: Big toastiness and nuttiness - simply super potent. Hints of cocoa powder that dries it up a bit. Semi-dry overall. A truly giant nose.

4.0 T: Toasty and nutty but just not as powerful as the nose. Approaching moderate bitterness. Cocoa powder, woodiness, and semi-dry overall.

3.5 M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation which is surprisingly bity with a light-moderate creaminess.

4.0 D: Another winner. I wish they had more non-hop forward beers because this one was great.

Dec 04, 2015
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, date stamp smudged
A - deep dark brown body with a creamy light brown head that slowly fades to a foam
S - cocoa nibs, burnt caramel, bread crust, molasses, earthy hops
T - bold and sweet with notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, nutty grain - toasted almond as the brewer suggests, pumpernickel bread, earthy hops, mild roast comes in at the end providing some faint coffee notes
M - medium body, smoove and creamy, well-balanced finish
O - great brown ale! Usually it's not a style that stands out, but this one does.

Nov 25, 2015
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NickTheGreat from Iowa

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4) - Very dark, almost black, brown color. Not a lot of foam on top.
S (4.25) - A little bit of malt smell and roasted coffee smell. No real hop aroma to speak of.
T (4) - Tastes good. Not a huge sweet malt taste, but fairly well balanced. Maybe a little more hop would be good. A bit of alcohol taste (or something like that) on the back.
F (4) - A little thin for my liking, but it is "smooth." Proper carb level and general mouthfeel.
O (4) - All in all, not a bad beer. I think TG's non-hoppy beers are a little overrated, but this one delivers what it should.

Nov 11, 2015
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: rich mahogany brown, less than one finger of tan head, a gorgeous brown ale.

Smell: lots of toffee, some chocolate and caramel.

Taste: waves of toffee at first taste, then dark chocolate and caramel. Magnificent.

Feel: a boisterous feel to this brown, it's bubbly and spry on the tongue.

Overall: Tumbler is my favorite brown ale, and this is equal to Tumbler, IMHO. If you like browns, which I do, seek this out. It's an excellent example of the style.

Nov 09, 2015
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CMLinder from Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For a $4.99 bomber...let's call this one an absolute steal. I was wholeheartedly impressed with the overall character and taste of this beer (especially when it served as an intermediate beer between far more expensive bombers). TGB continues to impress me.

Nov 05, 2015
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pretty dark, with a thin, tan head. If I hold this thing up to the light, I still can't see my fingers through it, but the bottom of the glass hints at an almost garnet colored beer. It's not bad, but it's not brown.

Smells sweet and with notes of coffee, but not overwhelmingly so. Tastes sweet with notes of coffee, but not overwhelmingly so.

Feel is thick, especially compared to the taste. Not overly effervescent.

I wouldn't say no to another, but there's nothing to make this anything other than a pretty good brew.

Aug 16, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

2.77/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A 22 oz. bottle liberated from Wisconsin, nice telephone on the label. I have one complaint though. There’s no date or notice if Mike brewed this or not; how am I supposed to know if I should like it or not? Oh well. Guess I’ll do it blind.

The pour is a bloodshot brown with minimal carbonation. The nose is nice, chocolate with mild nuttiness & light roast. Standard, but nice.

Smoove Opferator is thicker than tap water, but not by much. The beer is so watery that it’s hard to concentrate on anything else, there’s almost nothing to it. It tastes like weak coffee: moderate roast, motes of chocolate, bready, light sweetness. Lots of water. I suppose you could drink lots of this, but I’m not sure when.

A river runs through this, & not the good kind with fish & girls in bikinis on tubes. Far too thin, & that breaks the back of this one. Borderline finishable.

Jun 02, 2015
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Jeff for this one. As long as its August Schell, TG or Surly... I'll probably like it. 22oz. bomber into OEC stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich, 1 finger light cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear but very dark, almost opaque brown. Lacing is thick, spotty and layered with great cling. Pretty solid.

Nose is roasty with hints of hazelnut, brown sugar, and toasted dark malts. Nice but pretty subdued.

Opens chocolate, hazelnut and almond skin and shell. Roasty in the middle with a slight tartness from the burnt malt. More coarse nuttiness at the end and finish. Lightly tart and roasty aftertaste. Pretty prototypical.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Slick with some slight bubbles in the mouth and goes down smooth and slightly syrupy. Finish is messy and pretty dry with a slightly linger, acrid aftertaste. Decent.

Done quite well but at the end of the day, this is a pretty typical brown ale with nothing to really set it apart. If you haven't had a lot of beers from this style, this is one to try to see what brown ales are supposed to be all about.

Jun 01, 2015
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martyl1000 from Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My wife, averse to coffee flavor in beer, really enjoys this. She dislikes sweet coffee in beer (which I love!) and finds the coffee in this beer to start out sweet but then pleasingly bitter and roasty on the finish.

So good! (This is my reaction, now.) Dangerously quaffable -- danger in that this fairly expensive bomber could disappear in an instant. Head-spinningly complex, it drinks like a stout. Makes one think the "brown ale" classification came only as this stout came out light in color. Some kind of tart berry, which screams top-notch porter. Only, unlike most porters, the flavors keep a'coming. Cocoa, of course. A burnt-sugar sweetness. A roasted pecan-like umami, like the other few brown ales I love, like Goose Island Christimas or Maracaibo Especial. The

Oh, no, my tulip glass has gone empty.

May 24, 2015
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed dark brown. A creamy thin head leaves lacing, especially as it progresses.

The smell is of burnt sugar, chocolate, toffee. Coffee comes out as it warms.

The taste is of chocolate, toffee - sweet but balanced by earthy hops and roasted nuts (almonds) in the finish. As it progresses, a coffee roast comes out.

It is rich - almost thick. Full-bodied and velvety smooth.

A rich, robust, dark brown ale!

May 17, 2015
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

My 2700th review.

Thanks goes out to jwc215 (Joe) for sending me this one, much appreciated.

Poured into a true pint glass, a very nice dark brown color, with some nice carbonation, which leaves a small creamy/fizzy light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing and a big island in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, with a very nice chocolate/toffee/coffee note, some sweet vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, with some roastyness, lots of chocolate, toffee, slight coffee, slight vanilla note, sweet. Medium body with a very slight dry finish. Overall a very tasty brown ale, almost more of a stout taste. Very glad to have my first Toppling Goliath brew. Thanks Joe!

May 17, 2015
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don1481 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz poured into glass.

Appearance : very dark brown, little light gets through. Tan head that dissipates cleanly.

Smell: hints of chocolate, hints of coffee.

Taste: interesting. Tastes almost... woody? Don't get much of the chocolate at all. There seems to be something more there. Can't quite put my finger on it, though.

Mouthfeel : slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall : it's not bad. Was only 5.99 at Discount, so it was priced about right. It's a good beer to drink outside on a warm mid spring sunset.

May 16, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with hints of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty, nutty, and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Upfront toasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, almond nuts, toast, biscuit, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar and cream. Light hints of earthy hops. A very solid toasty Brown Ale aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty, nutty, and sweet malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Toasted barley malt with upfront notes of chocolate, coffee, almond nuts, biscuit, toasted bread, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar along with some cream. Subtle background notes of earthy hop bitterness. A very good nutty Brown Ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Brown Ale. Good malt notes of chocolate and coffee with lots of nuts.

Apr 15, 2015
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TheFizzinator from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with almost crimson red highlights when you hold it up to the light. Lots of coffee notes, kind of grinded and roast kind, a little bit of the grounds of coffee too. Some nuttiness, and huge chocolate from the nose. Taste is that chocolate burst mingling with walnuts and quickly melds into the roasted coffee and hints of that almost dirty grind of the grounds. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is awesome for a brown. They tend to wash a little too weak for me, and this washes almost like a porter. Heavy but balanced for the style, yet doesn't feel too heavy on the palate and remains drinkable.

Really, really tasty brown, would definitely consume this again giving the opportunity.

Aug 07, 2014
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Pintofbrown from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Smoove has a small cap that died to nothing quickly, it has an opaque body colored like a loaf of rye bread.

There is a toasted, bready sweetness that pervades the nose, just a hint of honey. Also, there is a good amount of nuttiness as it begins to warm.

The flavors really take off, where the aromas did not. There is milk chocolate, more nuttiness, and a sour tang from a roasted coffee quality that pervades the finish. There is the honey again, and an almond sweetness that becomes even bigger as the beer warms. Really good brown!

This beer has a bigger medium body that is stuck somewhere between being creamy and slick.

The nose is soft, but the palate makes up for it. Some may not appreciate the tangy quality in the finish. Still, this is a solid and interesting brown ale.

Nov 25, 2013
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard brown ale body, smells like light caramel and toffee, touch of floral and earth. Light chocolate, a bit of raisin. Lighter in body, good carbonation, an easy drinking one for the pub but not much else beyond that. Not the most complex beer, but then again, this is rarely the case for brown ales. This is probably around average for the style.

Aug 11, 2013
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