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Toppling Goliath Assassin

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


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle shared by Lona and Damian. Pours an opaque black with a ring of beige head. Aroma of booze, caramel, and vanilla. Taste is amazing, roasted malts, vanilla, booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (4955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2015
2013 bottle. Pours opaque black. Aroma is chocolate, roast, espresso, vanilla, booze, caramel, and faint spice. Flavor is chocolate, light booze, solid vanilla and caramel sweetness, faint roast, and some barrel character. Medium/full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (3464) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2015
2015 bottle. Big thanks to Couch for sharing. Aroma is awesome. Chocolate fudge, black cherry, tobacco, whiskey, light coffee, and vanilla. Tastes like chocolate syrup, smooth whiskey, dark fruit, oak, vanilla beans, sherry, and coffee. Love this stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2015
2014. Bottle to glass. Pours a thick deep down to black color. Deep roasted chocolatey malts, dark fruits, bourbon. Thick, chewy, fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiedler84 (10) - - AUG 7, 2015
Gild wax... 2014? Nose is chocolate & bourbon and tons of sweetness. Initial taste is... Hotness. Lots of barrel presence. After getting past that, Taste is sweet rich chocolate & vanilla. Tasty but the heat is distracting. Nice mouthfeel and the beer pours beautifully.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5209) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
How: Bottle (22 oz) at tasting. 2014 vintage. Shared by hackobock, thanks!

>>>A massive, rich, complex and flawless Imperial Stout that is up there with the best but doesn’t have the "wow" factor that come to be expected from such an hyped beer.

+ Rich, deep and complex flavor profile
+ Balance is rather good for such a monster beer, the body is strong enough to support everything that is going on and the light soy sauce not only isn’t disturbing but also gives the beer a light salty touch that help to "lighten" in a bit
+ The palate is especially interesting with the full body, the oily, thick and rich mouthfeel, the mouth coating sweetness and the nice alcohol warmth in the finish along salty notes and wood spiciness
While this beer is really good and on par or close with the best of the style (in fact, it’s really close to KBBS), it is not much different than so many very good american imperial stouts. For example, I thought the Barrel-Aged Vietnamese Speedway Stout that we had at the same tasting was much better.

Flavors: Molasses, dark chocolate, fudge, roasted malts, alcohol, soy sauce (mild), wood spiciness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Minderbinder (3264) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle 660ml. Thx hackobock. Pours pitch black with low/no head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is of chocolate, molasses, coffee, alcohol. Palate: Full bodied. Low carbonation. Overall: Quite nice. Packed with flavor. Wow. Complex, fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3254) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle shared by hackobock, thanks a lot Jacob! Pours a deep black with no head and low lacing. Nose is of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is pretty sweet and offers chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Body is full, carbonation low to medium and there is some hot alcohol in the finish. Overall a nice and rich big american imperial stout but I can’t say I enjoyed it more than the average big american imperial stout. Hyped much?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2015
bottle from hackobock, many thanks dude! pours unclear dark brown with a small beige crema cap, minimal retention. meaty and smoky roasted maltiness, sweetened bovril *TM, raisins, olives, perfume booze, umami, maple syrup and dry molasses sweetness. low carbonation, medium to full body - oily and syrupy; warming and woody-astringent-spicy finish. excellent BA stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (1258) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2015
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Yellow wax, 2013. Inky black. Stains the glass. Small mocha head with surface wisps. Woo, big rye whiskey aroma. Lightly fruity. Coffee with a bit of its accompanying acidity. Dark chocolate. Whiskey is secondary to the dark chocolate in the taste. It spices it up though. Coffee then vanilla. Oak. Lots of sweetness. Rye whiskey sustained throughout. Very thick. Medium carbonation. A little boozy but that isn’t a problem. Excellent. The beer is great despite that I don’t love rye barrels.

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