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Toppling Goliath SR-71 Blackbird (Pre 2015 Draft)


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


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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
Vanilla Imperial Stout

Admin Note: This beer is the original iteration of SR-71. It was not bottled and is not barrel aged. Itís essentially Norsemanís Wrath Imperial Stout with some sort of vanilla treatment. Please search out the 2015 Bottled / Draft entry for proper rating of the new iteration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dr_MedievAle (201) - Alabama, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Had this at TG taproom in Decorah during the Kentucky Brunch release back in May. At that point, this beer was already 3 yrs old, I believe? Maybe 4. Aroma: soy sauce, vanilla, chocolate. Appearance: jet black, minimal tan head. Taste: strong umami (soy sauce) flavor that is followed by a nice balance of dried fruits and bittersweet chocolate. Palate: smooth, creamy. Didnít leave a harsh aftertaste. Solid, solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beardaxe (293) - - AUG 4, 2013
Great mouthfeel. Thick and creamy. Toasty with sweetness but not as much as other TG stouts. Finish has a bit of funk to it, perhaps from the aging. A bit of oak or other wood lingers in the background, adding complexity. Not the best TG stout, but perhaps the most drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
Draft on tap at the 2013 Assassin Release (Decorah, IA). Non-Barrel Aged Assasin Base 2012 on Vanilla. Pours a deep brooding black pour, opaque and thicker. Dark as night, midnight with just a faint kiss of dark brown on the edges and bottom. Cakey darker brown head stays as a good layer, laces ok. Aromas are dark and roasty, firm coffee meets caramel, roast, and toasty biscuits. Touches of vanilla, cream, and chocolate, both dark and sweeter. A mellow oaky vanilla feel. Initial is maple flavored, vanilla and oak meet some coffee roast, more of a mellow sweet roast. Sticky toffee and caramel, biscuits and sticky caramel and touch of molasses, brown earthy malts and sticky backend. Middle is sweet, a bit big with sticky caramel, vanilla and toasty malts. Biscuits. Some coffee, more vanilla, and sticky sweet caramel and vanilla. Firm roasty and coffee, sticky and sweet vanilla. Backend is a touch toasty, some coffee, roast and biscuits. Some soy sauce on the nose and palate makes this a bit oxidized. The beer itself is a little too sweet and sticky for me. A noble try but just a bit flaccid, sweet, and a bit oxidized for me. Ok. It does grow on me, but a small pour is more than enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2775) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2013
On tap at TG Assassin release day - thanks Ed for sharing his pour! We were told this was the same base as Assassin, but aged with vanilla beans. Super strong vanilla nose and taste. Very sweet - Assassin has some boozy heat that helps balance the sweetness where this beer doesnít seem to. Still quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2013
On tap at Toppling Goliath, nice cola color with a caramel head. Aroma of dark fruit, barrel notes, molasses and a bit of anise. Taste is some caramel/molasses sweetness, bit of anise in the finish. A lot of dark fruit/plum in the finish, another outstanding beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2013
On tap at TG. Aroma: big dose of molasses, chocolate, hints of coffee, roast malts, quite a bit of ripe dark fruit, noticeable sweetness, a touch of oak and spirits, vanilla and caramel. Appearance: pours jet black, totally opaque, quite a massive dark brown head with great retention for the style, leaves some lacing on the glass. Taste: molasses and vanilla strike first, and linger throughout. Mellow coffee and roast malts are interwoven with caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits. There seems to be some barrel character and spirits lurking in the background, but the vanilla and dark sugars are center stage. There is quite a bit of sweetness in the finish - on the high side for my palate, but all of the other flavors help balance this. Palate: very full body, low-medium carbonation, oily on the palate. Overall: another nice and complex stout from TG

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