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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tgncc (3094) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Absolutely re-goddam-diiculous. The aroma is chocolate, sweet and spicy rye whiskey, licorice, bread. The appearance is jet black, deep tan head. The flavor is chocolate, whiskey, bread, licorice, fruit nice. Awesome thick body, creamy mouthfeel. The finish was a modest booze burn, sweet chocolate, light roast. Completely awesome. A great example of barrel aging that augments the beer, without overpowering it. The rye whiskey gave it a tangy spicy quality as well. And it’s. great imply stout in its own right.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zizzybalubba (1793) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Sampled at GABF 2014. Black pour with a thin brown head. Incredible aroma of German chocolate cake, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Taste of chocolate, coffee, booze, and vanilla. Warm finish. Somehow my Iowa rating is the last of the U.S. states but it was well worth the wait. A perfect 5!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bytemesis (6724) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2013 Tap. Holy sh*t this is good. Pours opaque black with a medium deep brown head, creamy, some lacing. Aroma is chocolate, dark roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, quite intoxicating. Flavor its even better, quite sweet but not cloying, light coffee bitterness, wonderful balance between the bourbon and stout flavors, and completely masks its huge ABV even through the finish. Full bodied and silky.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewHaMeister (427) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2014
2014 vintage yellow wax bottle pours like dirty motor oil with a thin tan head and coats the glass like oil as well. Wonderful oak, whiskey, raisin aromas with hints of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Delicious! Bytemesis, you will not be disappointed.....if I can hold on to that last bottle long enough!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
BAD ASS. Dark as hell pour, brown head. Flavors? Coffee and whiskey and just a kick ass beer. Sweet and thick. Delicous. Wow. Thanks to TheAlum yet again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RussianDragon (574) - - AUG 8, 2014
22 oz bottle is yellow wax (2013) shared by Huhzubendah, thanks Matt! Pours a near black with a lasting edge head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruit syrup, slight oak and vanilla. Flavor is same with full carbonation balancing the full syrupy mouthfeel. Delicious with dark cherries and rye in the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Pitch black motor oil body. Almost no head, but who cares. Woo that smells good. Chestnut aroma with an awesome whiskey smell. Good amount of alcohol aroma. Really sweet. Almost a prune raisin taste. Lots of woody barrel tastes. Similar to a fine brandy. Too much going on to explain. Just an absolutely excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Des effluves chaudes de bourbon submergés de sucres diverses, principalement chocolatés. La texture est hors norme, complètement badigeonnante. Un liquide mémorable.

   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StephTamiko (45) - Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 2013 yellow wax bottle shared by thebitterendaz. Pitch black, thick pour with tiny head. Coffee and bourbon aroma is mesmerizing. Dark chocolate, sugar, bourbon, and slight caramel finish for lasting mouthfeel. Sweet, but not overly so. Many delicious layers of flavor with every sip as it warms. Would definitely pair well with plain ol' vanilla ice cream.

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