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Toppling Goliath Vanilla Bean Assassin

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 4.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 384   ABV: 12.8%
Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey Barrels with vanilla beans.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (1152) - Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Originally reviewed 3/7/2014. Glass staining black body. Viscous. No head. Nose is vanilla and chocolate. Rye whiskey. Dark chocolate and coffee. Taste has less intense vanilla, but present. Dark chocolate. Whiskey. Coffee roasted malt. Very thick. Slick and syrupy. Lingers on the palate. Small pour, but it was really good. Just like Assassin but with more vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DietPepsican (1585) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Black pour with an off white head. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, popcorn. Thick. Oily. Sweet. Beer lifts for dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8040) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2014
The waxed bottle pours with a thick dark mahogany colored body that manages to stain the glass with a dark curtain of liquid goodness. Above the liquid is a minimal head. The aroma offers up chocolate, sweet coconut, smooth sweet bourbon mixed with a firm coconut vanilla sensation and then some dark roasted to thinly burnt malts. The taste is rich smooth deep goodness that gets quickly to business with vanilla, chocolate, smooth sweetened dark roasted malts and increasing sweet vanilla notes. It picks up additional notes of smooth subtle soft bourbon, more vanilla and coconut to go along with just enough boozy warming to let you know this is sipper of a beer. Wow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Sampled @ Woodshed 3.0! Shocked that I got a chance to try this! Dak, you are a scholar and gentleman! Midnight pour with a dense milky chestnut foam. Extremely fragrant with freshly split vanilla bean, Starbucks, rich fudge, oak, and the perfect splash of whiskey. Creamy mouthfeel and an ABV that is muted by the other assertive flavors. Amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VIBhunter (25) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2014
A long overdue review. I finally found my pamphlet that I took notes from attending the Casanova Dark Beer Fest back in January 2014. About a four ounce pour from a bottle into a snifter glass given at the beer fest. The beer has a very dark brown appearance with a light reddish brown head holding the glass up to the light since we were in the cave and it was dark. The aroma has a complex smell of roasted malts, chocolate, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. There was notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, wood, and a hint of vanilla and sweetness to the end taste. The mouth feel was very smooth with all the malts and hops intermingling well together. There was that alcohol present due to the high alcohol percentage but it was not overpowering which I like it. Overall, I feel it’s a beer that fits well in the imperial stout category that was well made and blended. This reminds me a little of Dogfish Head’s World Wide Stout which I was able to drink a mini vertical. But the sweetness in the Vanillas Bean Assassin is not as noticeable or upfront as the sweetness in WWS. Hope TGB release some bottles in the future.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4294) - SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2014
Sample at Peg’s. Dark brown black, oily cons. Huge chocolate vanilla roasted malty sweet caramel aroma and flavor, awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10837) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Holy delicious beer. Wow. Poured at Pegs. Nearly black. Menacing reddish brown head. Flavors of vanilla laced fudge, oak and booze. Flat out viscous and beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3315) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle, graciously shared by Clark at Peg’s. Dark brown pour with a light brown head. Inviting vanilla bean and coco puff aromas. Sweet with delicious vanilla, rich caramel, decadent chocolate, and woody notes. Some heat from the whiskey, but not overwhelming. More of a backbeat really. Doesn’t drink like a 12%er. Smooth, but complex with a very good mouthfeel and body. Bravo......

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