Toppling Goliath SR-71 Blackbird (2015 Bottling / Draft)

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

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - 14% ABV, Stealth IBUs

2015 Bottling - Gold and Platinum Wax (No difference between them)

Admin Note - This beer has been confirmed to be the equivalent of Assassin (Barrel Aged Norseman’s Wrath) with more time in the barrels. These mirror the 2014 Assassin release in that they are Pappy Van Winkle barrels and likely the same exact beer, batch, and base. However, because the brewery has chosen to distinguish the product under a new label (albeit, one that was a completely different beer before), we’ve allowed separation of this entry under our rules.

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4.4
fonefan (49554) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2017

Bottle 22fl.oz. shared at [ A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. ], Brussels, Belgium.

[ As Toppling Goliath SR-71 Blackbird ].
[ Gold wax - Vintage 2015 ].Clear dark dark brown black color with a small to average, open and fizzy, fair lacing, mostly to fully diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, coffee, alcohol - buzzy. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration, sweet malt, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, coffee, buzzy, caramel. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft to flat, finish is light alcoholic. [20160917]
9-3-9-5-18

4.8
koleminer20 (3704) - 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 Travis’s house on September 24. Gold-waxed, 2015 vintage, 22 oz bottle shared by me. The pour on these TG stouts is crazy. Dark black, thick and viscous with a thin brown ring of head that dissipates without leaving a trace. The aroma is excellent. Chocolate, fudge, vanilla, heavy roast, a ton of molasses, light hints of dark fruits, tons of bourbon. It’s just as good as Assassin, but the flavor is where it separates itself. The molasses is huge. The chocolate and vanilla fudge are incredible. The thick roast and light charred oak balance incredibly. The booze is lighter than the nose and adds just a subtle offering. This is spectacular. The mouth feel is thick and heavy with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly sweet molasses and chocolate and vanilla fudge with a hint of bourbon. Fuck this is good.

4.7
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle at Linus tasting 161015. Opaque black beer with a nice lasting beige/brownish head. Chocolate aroma, cocoa, woody, dark fruits, caramel, figs, some dades. Cocoa powder and chocolate flavor, warming alcohol, woody, vanilla, figs, some dades. Extremely full bodied, delicious!

4.7
hackobock (4045) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
October 15, 2016. Bottle, courtesy of linusb, thanks!
Black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is intense and complex with bourbon, vanilla, smooth roasted coffee, toffee, dark berries, some licorice, charred wood and coconut. Taste is intense, sweet, smooth bitter, roasted and warming bourbon. Finish is rich, sweet, bitter and warming with caramel, vanilla, black berries, cocoa, vanilla, toasted coconut. Full bodied, slight sticky texture, smooth carbonation.
Great, intense and complex.

4.7
_angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2016 Bottle courtesy of linusb. Thanks man, huge want! Pours viscous oily pitch black with a small creamy goldenish mocha head that doesn’t leave much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is intense to say the least, malty and nutty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, toasted coconut, caramelized pecans, dark roast coffee, high quality dark chocolate, moist soil and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and nutty. Mouthfeel is thick viscous, velvety, round, oily, tiny astringent, slightly boozy and full bodied. Finish is insanely rich with all the components mentioned in the taste. As insane as expected from this brewery. Crazy decadent and crazy delicious. Tried side-by-side with Assassin 2014 and this definitely holds more bourbon barrel character. Insanely rich!

4.8
AdmiralVernon (1196) - SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
A: Pitch black with a thin light brown lacing N: Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, fudge T: Toffee, caramel, coffee, bourbon, coffee O: This is so beautyful... Very thick and complex! Lovely!!

4.7
rouhlas (3628) - GREECE - SEP 21, 2016
650 ml bottle (gold wax) shared at the original Chez Moeder Lambic’s cellar. Black color with beige to light brown head. Malty aroma, roasted, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, toffee, mild coffee, vanilla, coconut, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky creamy body with soft carbonation.

4.4
beernbourbon (1593) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 4, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2016 Bottle graciously shared by Brandon, enjoyed along side 2014 Assassin - Awesome. Pour is outrageously viscous with a small tan head - look is incredible. Aroma is insane roasted toffee, maple, vanilla, and rich malt. Flavor is so huge but smooth. Loads of toffee, maple, toasted malt, vanilla, and just an incredible silky palate. Huge but not overwhelming. I preferred this to Assassin.

3.7
brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle @ RBWG 2016. Black in color with a very thin khaki head. A lot of sugar, bourbon, and toasted marshmallow. Somewhat heavy on the chocolate milk and brown sugar. Quite a bit of vanilla to it as well. Some sweetness of dark fruits and licorice candies. I seem to recall liking Assassin better than this, even though they’re pretty much the same.

4
phaleslu (10328) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Pour from a 22 oz. bottle at the RB Best Awards - thanks, djd07, for getting me a chance to try this. Pours a cloudy deep brown color with a small tan head. Notes of fudge, caramel, molasses, oak, vanilla, cocoa, whiskey, coconut, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, gritty, warming mouthfeel. Good, but not at the level of the other TG stouts.


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