Smoove Opferator
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Smoove OpferatorSmoove Opferator
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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #76
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,039
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 8.08%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
276
From:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
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88
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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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 276
Reviews by BYOFB:
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
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.

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Photo of mkhartnett
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NickTheGreat
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.

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Photo of redblacks75
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 64oz growler filled less than a day prior at the taproom.

A: A dark brown hue. Minimal head, and retention. Light does not penetrate it's brown, mahogany body. Slightly oily look.

S: Chocolate, bread, nuts, toasty. Alcohol comes through on the nose also.

T: A medium sweetness, followed by a light bitterness.

M: Full bodied for a brown ale. A true highlight of their interpretation. There is an oily, and slick feel on the palate. Medium carbonation, and a long dry finish.

Overall: This has become my favorite Brown Ale period. I do not see what they could have done to improve on this one... seriously. I say this, and I do not navigate toward Brown Ales normally. They have packed allot of good flavor into this 5.5 ABV beer. I highly recommend trying when you see it on tap. It's hard to disagree with.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of nuebs
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
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.

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Photo of hilgart1
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MNPikey
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Ejayz
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Pintofbrown
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.

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Photo of Herky21
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of huskermike12
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of martyl1000
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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of gcamparone
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.

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

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YalovaIA
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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

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Smoove Opferator from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 276 ratings