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Toppling Goliath Assassin

Formerly brewed at Toppling Goliath
Style: Imperial Stout
Decorah, Iowa USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 384   ABV: 12.8%
After endless hours of scorching in heat, brewing in turmoil, fermenting in angst, the Assassin’s journey has just begun. In the shadow of the temple, he lies in wait, maturing his plot to perfection. He emerges merciless, dominated by darkness, his bite laced with the charred remnants of his victims. No man dares to cross his path. They will forever sleep with one eye open, in fear of the Assassin’s hot kiss of death.

2012 - Red wax. 1st release
2012 - Gold wax 2nd release
2013 - Yellow wax
2014 - Metallic Gold wax

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rouhlas (2760) - GREECE - JUL 28, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2016 NEW rate: v2013 650 ml bottle. The same look and great mouthfeel as v2014 but aroma and taste are better!! More vanilla and chocolate. Delicious! ----- OLD rate:650 ml bottle v2014, from trade with Kermis, shared with Nightfall at his place. Black color with small brown head. Malty aroma, roasted, bourbon whiskey, wood, vanilla, chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, licorice, coffee, dark dried fruits. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky oily to creamy body with soft carbonation. Best mouth-feel ever! v2014 rating: 8-5-9-5-18=4.5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3495) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2016
July 18, 2015. Bottle, 2014 vintage at Quebec tasting. Received in a trade with craftbeer1over, thanks!
Dense pitch black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is quite intense roasted malts, bourbon, toffee, dark chocolate, licorice, milk chocolate, toasted wood, hints of raisins, vanilla, dark berries and warming alcohol. Taste is sweet, rich, roasted bitterness, some warming alcohol and light spicy woody notes. Finish is sweet malty with toffee, dried fruits, vanilla, berries, bitter chocolate notes and warming bourbon alcohol. Full bodied, oily sticky texture, almost flat carbonation.
intense and tasty but didn’t beat the BA Vietnamese Speedway we had at the same tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (2500) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle at Dangerous Bottleshares WHLZBRZ edition, gold wax ’14. Pitch black pour with a light tan head. Lots of dark dried fruits, tons of vanilla, caramel, fudge, light salty, some savoury notes. Super smooth and well deserved of the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RasmusOtt (2324) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshares WLZBRZ edition. This beer pours pitch oily black with a dark brown espresso head. Aroma has deep and rich bourbon notes that pulls out the most decadent notes. Dark sweet fruits, dark chocolate, chocolate cake, vanilla, roasted malts and just solid malt base all over. Also slight filled chocolates. The taste is just as you would expect. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, dark dried fruits, bourbon, roasted malts with a thick and smooth texture. A straight up badass BA imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ Dangerous Bottleshares - WLZBRZ edition. Pours pitch black with a dark mocha head. Aroma is delicious! Roasted malt, whiskey, dark chocolate, figs, caramel, oak, vanilla and dark dried fruits. Flavour is medium sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied, thick and oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish dark chocolate, dark dried fruits and whiskey. Extremely well-balanced!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vestergaard (1696) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2015
Rating number 1100! Gold wax, 2014 vintage, bottle at Dangerous Bottleshares WLZBRZ edition. Thanks to Derrin for this one! Pours a thick, pitch black with a nice, small, long lasting, tan head. Aroma is very roasty, has lots of coco nut, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, dark, dried fruits, caramel. Taste is sweet, lots of caramel, very roasty, fudgy caramel, salty, roasty finish, oaky vanilla, bourbon. Exremely nice, dark chocolate in the finish. Extremely oily body, low carbonation. Close to being a perfect bourbon BA imperial stout! Better than SR-71 in my opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Klimaet (1868) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle at Dangerous Bottleshares WHLZBRZ-edition. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head. Aroma is amazingly big and rich, huge roast, vanilla, fudge, richest dark chocolate I’ve ever smelled from a stout, some dark sweet fruits, burned wood. Taste is hugeeee, roasty, strong rich dry dark chocolate, vanilla, fudge, prunes, dates, coffee, woody finish. Perfect bourbon stout for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (783) - GERMANY - NOV 2, 2015
Pours a thicker night black color, with no head at all. Smells of scorched malts, smoothed by milk chocolate, dried raisins and rock sugar. Has a rich, wooden Bourbon quality, which blends perfectly into the malts, evoking a rich chocolate profile, with molasses and matured oak on top. Scorched qualities are quite apparent, together with the slightly spicy barrel foundation. Has a very creamy mouthfeel, due to its non existing carbonation in combination with a big amount of whipped cream. Tastes of molasses from the very beginning, gently wrapped up by earth and profound malts, resulting in a balanced toffee impression. Bourbon gets then introduced by pleasant, hot oak, together with even more smoothing chocolate, this time heading into a bitter chocolate direction, reminding of alcoholic truffels. The bitterness from the chocolate turns more pungent during the finish, still soft on the palate due to the beers rich cream profile. Spicy bourbon completes the rich finish, accompanied by a dry touch, leaving the palate with a long lasting warmth, working its way slowly down the stomach. The more the beer opens up, the more I like it, especially its finish is stellar, based on its smooth cream foundation, handling Bourbon, licorice and peaty, burned malts. Its slick licorice quality grows a bit too pungent though, amped up by the malts, resulting in a sweet sticky impression, which takes up a bit too much place on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2015
Pour is black with a tan head.. Nose is roast, cigars, cream, biurbon, marshmallow, chocolate..Taste is chocolate, spice, roast, bourbon, marshamllow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (4702) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2015
2013 bottle shared by awesome people. Pours dark brown/black with a creamy fizzy beige head. Tastes like sweet chocolate, booze, raisin, very smooth with nice sweetness, earthy malts, dark fruits. Ligjt/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet dark fruits, earthy malt, raisin, light booze, and some chocolate and toffee.

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