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Toppling Goliath Assassin

 
overall
100
100
style
Formerly brewed at Toppling Goliath
Style: Imperial Stout
Decorah, Iowa USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 384   ABV: 12.8%
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After endless hours of scorching in heat, brewing in turmoil, fermenting in angst, the Assassins 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 Assassins hot kiss of death.

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

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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (2691) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this as part of the long-anticipated Toppling Goliath Brouhaha with Travis, Chris, Doug, and Ryan at Traviss house on September 24. Gold-waxed, 2014 vintage, 22 oz bottle shared by Doug. The pour on this is amazing. Dark black, thick as used oil, with a thin ring of dark brown head that fades slowly, leaving no lace. The aroma is excellent. There is a bouquet of heavy chocolate, sweet bourbon, fudge, a lovely roast, molasses, light vanilla, dark fruits Everything you want in a stout is here. Holy shit. This is just a little too forward with the bourbon. The flavor is just as incredible. The chocolate and molasses roll through a light sweet dark fruit, toasted oak, and light fudge on its way to a light vanilla finish. The bourbon presence is a little less than the nose, but its still here. The mouth feel is something else. Its heavy and thick with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly chocolate and vanilla fudgy bourbon aftertaste. This is one hell of a beer. Jesus.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
linusb (951) - SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
A: Pitch black, no head N: Chocolate syrup, bourbon, vanilla, fudge, coffee T: Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak, bourbon O: Very deep and complex! Lovely indeed!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sjogro (3022) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2016
Bottle vintage 2013 shared at Maakuns with massive thanks to kermis for the trade! Black pour with no head. Massive bourbon, vanilla, deep roasted chocolate and caramel malts, toffee, creme brulee, prunes, cherries, dates. Big sweet, mild bitter. Full body, very soft carbonation. Slick and dense thick and velvety soft feel, crazy sweet finish with nice bitter undertones. Lovely!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maakun (4222) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to sjogro, yellow wax. Black with barely any head just a small brown film. Massive sweet bourbon, vanilla, toffee, molasses, dried cherries, ash, roasted malts, strong chocolate. Just massive sweet desert notes with great bourbon on the side. Very sweet, light bitter. Full bodied with sticky feel, low carbonation and a creamy finish. Just massive.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rouhlas (2897) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3671) - 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 didnt beat the BA Vietnamese Speedway we had at the same tasting.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (2653) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RasmusOtt (2498) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zakoon (484) - 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!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vestergaard (1861) - 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.


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