Goliat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - To Øl

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Goliat - Bourbon Barrel-AgedGoliat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Chico1985 on 11-28-2013

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that sticked around for a long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, coffee, dark fruit, and chocolate. It tastes like vanilla, dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, caramel, dark bread, roasted malt, and some earthy woodiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and creamy with medium/high carbonation. I liked this brew, although it is pricey at $10.49 a bottle.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black with thin dark brown head that maintains a thin ring around the glass that still leaves moderate lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, grain alcohol, hints of char and coffee. Flavor of dry, lightly charred and toasted malt, high cocoa chocolate, light day old charred coffee, fresh cut wood, hints of nuts; finishes with a woody, non-herbal hop bitterness. Medium to heavy bodied. An interesting but quite dry take on an imperial stout. This is the first time I have tasted chocolate notes like those found in 90% cocoa chocolate bars; intense and dry and an aquired taste. The coffee flavors seem subsumed into charred malt taste, with little fresh coffee taste. The alcohol is well covered, unlike in the aroma, but there is little bourbon flavor associated with it either. An unusual and complex imerial stout, but one that may be a bit more dry and woody than I prefer. Certainly interesting enough that I would like to try the base stout, which was clearly a nice toasty, charred one.

Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter.

A- Pours a fully opaque reddish black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains quite well before steadily making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a thick bubbly ring behind.

S- Strong aroma of oak and dark roast and a considerable amount of booze fume.

T- The oak comes in assertively but not overly so since it makes for a nice accompaniment to the charry dark roast. The only problem is pretty much all I get is the barrel and the malt, though certainly smooth. Alcohol is decently concealed and there's a moderate hop bitterness. No coffee to speak of. Lots of oak in the aftertaste once a few back-to-back sips are taken.

M- Slightly creamy and slick with medium carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- Pretty drinkable for a barrel-aged beer but is certainly lacking in the alleged coffee presence. Also a bit one-sided as all I could sense was the wood (however lovely) and dark roasted malt.

Photo of cbutova
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared by my one of my best beer buddies some time back. Notes taken at the time and reviewed now.

A- Pitch black pour to a small chalice flute. Mocha brown head to a half finger and it falls pretty quickly to a frothy ring and some islands on top. Creamy bubbly ring leaves nice spots of lace.

S- Super 70% bitterness dark cocoa and dark cherries up front combine to make a dessert like feel. Dark roast grains but mostly just a ton do chocolate, tiniest oak hint.

T- Changes quite a bit from the nose but retains that main cocoa dominance. It seems like hops open up here with some piney and earthy flavors, red fruits and almost spicy dry fruits get pretty big as well as a toasted nutty oatmeal feel. Slight oak whiskey and peppery bourbon.

MF- Pretty dry and medium thickness with a lower to moderate carbonation. Fairly oily and somewhat silky, nice alcohol warming to finish it off.

Has a somewhat Belgian fruit feel with a massive unsweetened cocoa force. Bourbon barrels not too strong but overall quite a nice drink.

Photo of wakeuptothesun
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really excited to pop open this beer a few nights ago with a friend. I've realized I have quite a few beers in the cellar that need to be tasted so this was the second one of the night. As I popped the cap... rust. Underneath the cap. The very tip of the bottle underneath the cap was completed rusted. Still decided hey why not try it still, it could just be on the tip. Well fortunately the beer wasn't completed screwed but, it really wasn't all that great.

A - dark black with a little bit of head. Poured into a small snifter.

S - as expected, smells like a big bourbon beer. vanilla, coffee, alcohol, roasted malt.

T - lackluster. The bourbon was a little much, not enough of the rest of the flavors. It fell pretty flat compared to other beers in this style. I think this bottle may have been screwed from the beginning. Hoping to try it again.

Photo of Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml shared with Cam and Kim.

Black body, small brown head. Head is a thin ring and partial cap for most of the duration.

Smells like very dark, unsweetened chocolate fudge, some licorice, coffee, roast. Some light bourbon shows up with warmth. Not quite as intense as expected but the unique dark choc. is very good.

Taste brings on more bourbon and oak, chocolate, roast+coffee finish. Some dark fruits, hops, odd tartness and bitterness. A little jumbled overall with none of these flavors really going the extra mile, but good.

Feels kinda thin on the mouthfeel considering the style, a bit on the boozy side as well. Decent carbonation.

Pretty good overall, though disjointed-feeling. Felt a little weak after the nose. Would like to try the original sometime.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the coffee presence in the barrel aged version is a lot more subtle than the regular Goliat for some reason.

Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at De Molen in Bodegraven.

From a 37,5cl bottle into a snifter
Best Before 04/09/2023
Stout brewed with coffee and aged in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Opaque black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy and bubbly, light mocha head with great retention. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades slowly to a full bubbly wisp and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. A faint wisp and ring remain with some decent lacing down the sides. Good looking.

SMELL: Lots of oak, coffee, sweet cream, vanilla, dark chocolate, some oats and bourbon aromas on the nose. Coffee is in the forefront but the barrels there for sure. Bold and interesting.

TASTE: Coffee and sweet oak flavors up front. Roasted coffee through the middle, moving into a bold and lingering finish of bitter coffee, oats, roasted and burnt malts, sweet cream, oak, vanilla and light bourbon as well. Coffee is still king here, but the barrel aging lends some nice sweet flavors as well.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down okay and with a bit of a burn, finishing somewhat sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Quite nice, and a good twist on what was already a good beer. Enjoy the coffee and oatmeal qualities of this one, and the barrel aging has added another level of complexity that is well worth pondering. If you're a To Ol fan, you'll like this one. Recommended.

Photo of kevanb
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, served side by side with the base Goliat.

The beer pours a dark black color with cola brown edges, much like the base beer but with little head or lace, but some nice dark legs stain the glass as it goes down. The aroma is much different, dark fruits, bourbon, chocolate, oak with little coffee and some astringent alcohol. The flavors mirror well, lots of complexity and smoothness, bourbon and oak leap out, stone fruits, chocolate, rich grain, coffee is there, not quite as subdued as in the nose, vanilla and a bit of abrasive alcohol. Nicely balanced and nice depth, the flavors linger really well on the tongue. The mouthfeel is nice, coats the mouth well, the body is full, but not quite as big and rich as the base, it's not quite as carbonated and it really shows in the finish, while smooth, a bit lacking.

Verdict: A nice barrel aged stout, hard to put this in the same league as the base when it comes to the coffee element, but that being said, this is still a successful beer. Lots of complex flavors that are balanced well, could use a bit more carb and body.

Photo of ADZA
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a thick dark brown/black hue with a wispy one finger head and a touch of classy leggy boozy lacing, the smell is bourbon, oak, booze and an underlying big dark stout, the feel is medium/full bodied and perfectly carbonated with a nice blend of coffee, milk chocolate, oaked bourbon, booze and Xmas pudding, overall its very balanced which is a must for me when bourbon barrel aged and would age some more but perfect drinking as we speak cheers.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Tipples. Pours black with almost no head, a bit of a brown ring of it. Aroma of roasty bourbon, char, chocolate, graham cracker, alcohol, nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol. Flavor is ashy roasty sweet molasses, light bourbon, raisins, lingering oak and char. Lots of char burnt flavor here with a sweetness that nears cloying. Low to no carbonation. slightly thin on the palate. Hmm. Not a huge fan here but not bad.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle shared with my brother-in-law, who has developed an affinity for imperial stouts. Near black opaque body with a thin, beige collar. Roast, chocolate, bourbon aromas. Dark fruits and char flavor, with milk and dark chocolates. Mild booze character. Pretty smooth. Hints of espresso. Tasty.

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.15/5  rDev +7%

This is a surprise. I had a friend give me a bottle of this, and I aged it for a year and opened it today. Nice stout. Lots of flavors. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. The alcohol was hidden well, and the mouthfeel was just right. the only knock on this beer is the price! This beer should blow me away for what my buddy paid for it. It was not mind blowing, just solid...

Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque very dark brown in the glass, with dense one finger thick head that settles to a thin ring...spray of lace on the glass. Smell: dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, earthy and sweet espresso note, raisin-ish. Taste: milk chocolate, caramel, earthy, growing bourbon, toasted brown bread, more fruity and bourbon in the finish. Boozy finish in flavor only, not hot. Maybe the base beer needed more oomph, but it feels a little lost with the barrel. Still delicious.

Goliat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from To Øl
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.