Goliat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - To Øl

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Goliat - Bourbon Barrel-AgedGoliat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 68
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 21.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | 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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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 68
Reviews by babaracas:
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3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Black. Medium khaki head. Boozy aroma. Heavy roasted malt and molasses. A little coffee. Taste is equally boozy. Heavy roasted malt. Sweet molasses. Sharp acidic coffee. Barrel barely yields any bourbon. Some oak. Bitter and burnt acrid finish. Extremely boozy and heavy. The harshness of this beer doesn't quite outweigh its merits.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black foil capped 12.7oz/ 375mL bottle from Lukens Liquors (Dunedin, FL). 12.99. Bottled 9/11/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours an attractive jet black with a full two and a half fingers of pale mocha head that has a nice reverse cascading effect while settling. That froth lingers before receding to a thin layer and sturdy collar that leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

Smells of coffee, bourbon, roast and vague cocoa. Smooth and inviting.

Flavor follows the nose but with a considerable note of bitter oxidation. Creamed coffee, wet oak, deeply roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, soft bourbon, burnt caramel, dark fruit skins, a trace amount of booze and just a hint of barrel funk. Despite any drawbacks and the double digit abv the flavors are smooth and easy drinking.

Creamy medium full feel with moderate but fading carbonation. Oxidation, black coffee, roasty malts and some subtle barrel funk linger in tue aftertaste.

There is some good stuff going on in To Øl's barrel aged Goliat. All-in-all this delivers most of what I look for in a barrel aged coffee stout but between the obvious oxidation and subtle creep of barrel funk I think two years is perhaps past its prime.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbutova
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of wakeuptothesun
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Goliat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from To Øl
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