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Goliat - To Øl

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 277
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 35
Gots: 49 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aasher on 04-07-2012

The great warrior of Gath. The mighty champion of the Philistines. Embedded in ancient folklore and religion. Coming from the World of Old. His size and stature is not human. He is bigger. The armor of Goliat is black. Creamy black lacings. Stands with a towering height. He can grab elements from both earth and heaven. Earthy, roasted, notes from the earth. Warming, pungent, sweet notes from the skies. His heart is beating slowly, almost endlessly slow. This man is thought to be invincible!

Ingredients: Water, barley malt, roasted barley, dark cassonade sugar, flaked oats, hops, gourmet coffee and yeast.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.
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Photo of ccg
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a healthy inch of dense, foamy head that only slowly dissipates. Best lacing I've seen from a stout in a while, and I usually use the same set of clean glasses for comparison. Deep, black color, but you can see the carbonation come up from just below the surface.
I can definitely smell the coffee, but it's balanced well with chocolate, oak, and hop notes. It's been a while since I've smelled a coffee stout with such prominent hop notes, but it still avoids being bitter.
The taste is a balance of coffee, sugar, milk, chocolate. The finish is dominated by bitter coffee, but it's not overwhelmingly bitter. This is a very well-made and balanced coffee stout, although being on the sweeter side, it's probably best as a dessert beer.
The mouthfeel is quite good. It has a nice, creamy, rounded feel that almost makes me think it would be an oatmeal stout, but the carbonation is just slightly prickly.
Overall, I'm impressed. Sure, it's expensive (at least here in the US), but this is now one of my top-three non-barrel-aged coffee beers (the other two being Founders Breakfast Stout and Peche Mortel). I definitely have a sweet tooth, so if you don't care for sweeter beers, you may not enjoy this one as much as I did. It's kind of like drinking a coffee with cream and sugar mixed with dark chocolate, but with just enough bitterness to balance it and to prevent it from being cloying.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with a tan head. Smells like a European stout...odd spices, not coffee and chocolate like stouts made here is the good ole USA. The flavors are weird. I get dark juicy fruit, some of that weird spice I smell, but oddly drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall, not worth getting again especially for the price.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep dark brown with two fingers of mocha head.

Aroma of sweet chocolate malts, dark fruit, licorice, and boozy notes.

Tasted of dark fruit, sweet roasted malts, licorice, and sweet booze notes from the 10% abv.

Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation.

Too sweet and fruity as an Imperial Stout. Good but not great.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Decent coffee stout. Pours midnight and viscous with a receding mocha head light lacing. Smell is coffee and roast the taste follows it's sweet with a bitter coffee ending a light carbonation not complex but cocoa with a slight smoke can be found same as it warms with the sweetness showing more it's easy drinking and highly enjoyable. A lil expensive but the price of admission is worth it if your a stout lover.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the roasty and dry end of the stout spectrum. Pours black with a rocky, loose tan head that settles down to 1 or 2 inches. Not viscous looking but coats the glass well. Lots of dark roast coffee, cocoa, roasted malt. Taste follows through with primarily coffee, some nuttiness (hazelnut?), a roasted oat flavor, a hint of bitterness. Moderate feel with some creaminess.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml, black foil and capped bottle - simple white on red label - I get it - this one's a Goliath!

This beer pours a rather complete black abyss, one worthy of the Goliath of titular lore, with the scantest of faint basal cherry cola edges when pressed to the light, and a teeming tower of puffy, aggressively foamy, and broadly frothy tan head, which leaves a stellar array of sudsy gear cog lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of gritty bittersweet chocolate, biscuity caramel malt, some breakfast cereal oats, day-old coffee grounds, slightly soured cream (but not sour cream, if you get my drift), real vanilla, faint tart black orchard fruit, and a subtle earthy and weedy hop bitterness. The taste is a nice blend of acidic coffee and trying to be sweet chocolate wafers, heady caramel/toffee malt, a strange Euro anise/vanilla thing, more oatmeal cereal notes, still sassy but understated dark fleshy fruit, cream that's been in the fridge just a little too long, and an indistinct bitterness that I'm going to continue attributing to any actual hops present and otherwise unaccounted for here.

The carbonation is quite low-key and unobtrusive in its plainly-rendered mouthfeel, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with a significant creaminess, one growing as it warms. It finishes on the sweet side, the cocoa overriding any lingering creamed coffee esters for predominance.

Not a bad big-ass stout, the coffee adjunct keeping it on the down-low for the most part, along with its table-top creamer pals. Beyond that, we have a well-made Imperial offering, one that could be deemed as such on either side of the pond, or spectrum, if you must.

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Photo of BeerBrose
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep dark silky beer with a beautiful head and great lacing. perfect to the eye.

Smell: Roast and Licorice, a bit of coffee acidity, not very pungent

Taste: Silky chocolate coffee, roast, and an acidic phenolic dark fruit finish. super tasty!

Feel: Thick, heavy and barely lingers, who could ask for more. very minimal carbonation.

Overall: Well executed beer, I like this very much!

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Photo of pagriley
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 and a bit ounce bottle into a tulip

L - pours slightly off black, settles into the glass like pitch with a thin dark caramel head
S - Dark roasted coffee beans, toffee and vanilla
T - Bitter coffee, followed by sweetness, bitter chocolate and a slightly tart yet sticky finish
F - medium bodied for the style, OK carb, but could be softer and fuller, a touch prickly

Overall a solid coffee stout - not sure i would put it above Speedway or founders Breakfast, but very good, especially if you are after a more robust bitter coffee flavor. The sweetness is a bit overpowering, especially as it warms.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

This pours a dark black, with a substantial one inch mocha-colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

Oh wow, the coffee aroma on this one is nuts. Dark, black espresso beans are all up in the aroma, with some cream and sugar, honestly, vanilla is a big part, as well as chocolate.

This is possibly the most coffee forward beer I've ever had. The coffee flavor is delicious, and a bit raw and earthy, and super dark and roasty. The cane sugar is a really nice addition to this one, definitely makes it feel like a coffee with cream and sugar. There's some chocolate as well, and some roasted malt. This is absolutely super delicious.

This is super super creamy, with a lower level of carbonation. This is super drinkable.

This was a huge surprise, one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had, and also just simply one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding brew from a growler via the Eightball Brewing company at the Party Source. This FINE imperial pours a thick black with NO LIGHT and a moderate light tan/brown head of foam that dissipates to a thin layer and ring with moderate lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, rich black coffee, light black licorice, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors surpass the nose with rich coffee and chocolate flavors on all sides, then a light touch of licorice and earthy yeast notes and strong alcohol warmth. Full and lightly creamy mouth feel, coating, substantial, and long on the aftertaste with coffee and dark cocoa. Moderate carbonation and a ton of warmth. A true stout lovers dream.
A winner!


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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ToOl 'Goliat Imperial Stout' @ 10.1% , served from a 375 ml bottle purchased for $7
A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a pitch black in the glass with a smallish tan head leaving a spotty lace along the snifter
S-big boozey smelling Imp Stout
T-boozey tasting Imp Stout , big beer , very big beer
MF-ok carbonation , big full body
Ov-ok/good beer , decent Imp Stout
prost LampertLand

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Photo of GregJ
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich, fragrant. Dark roast malts, mocha, cocoa nibs. Tastes of dark roast malt, sweet creaminess, rich coffee, dark chocolate. Creamy full body with medium carb. Very complex and flavorful. I really enjoyed this one from the first sip.

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Photo of zac16125
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle into a snifter
No bottling dates

A: opaque black, lots of brown floaties, just under 1 fingers width if mocha head, decent retention and lacing 4

S: wow what a nose, sweet, boozy, roasted malts, lots of coffee, char. The booze and char gives it a barrel aged character even though it is not. Awesome 4.5

T: lots of sweetness, roasted malt, cream, oak, coffee notes which are mostly bitterness on the finish 4.25

M/D: full bodies, carbonation appropriate, quite smooth, no hint of ABV, very good drinkability 4.5

O: great beer, really pleasantly surprised by this one, would definitely recommend 4.5

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

They don't get much prettier. Fourth in a flight, and sheets of lacing still coat the glass. Nice film of head.

Aroma is dominated by rich espresso, hints of roast malt, nutty, toasted malt, and luscious dark chocolate.

Flavor is coffee throughout, with rich espresso complemented by lactose sweetness. Lacks the acrid character often found in lesser examples of the style. The finish is roasty bitter, reminiscent of coffee grounds.

Rich, thick, velvety mouthfeel.

I'm not a coffee drinker, but this is a well done brew. The coffee hides the alcohol fairly well. Not the most complex stout, but it does what it's supposed to do very well.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Black pour with a nice fluffy pillow of mocha head, quite dense and leaving lots of traces on the glass as it slowly subsides.
Smell of chocolate covered raisin, mild sweet coffee, some juicy plum, dash of cocoa powder, black licorice, faint chocolate cake, faint leafy hop.
Big juicy dark fruit start, lots of plum, fig and raisin, amped up by strong coffee acidity imposed from the start. Works well with the following dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, black licorice, and brings a nice coffee liqueur feel alongside the alcohol. Roasted malts a bit late, but right at the end, quite ashy. Hops are strong from early on, rather earthy and not quite mixing well with the coffee, at least for me.
Aftertaste is a bit bland, burnt bread with some coffee powder. Still, dark fruit is nice and refreshing with every new sip. Alcohol is just warm. Medium body, smooth enough.
A nice imperial coffee stout, boasting with a big American hop addition that it could do without, i think. Still solid stuff.

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Photo of kevanb
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, side by side with the barrel aged variant.

The beer pours a jet black color, cola brown edges with a finger or so of khaki head that has nice lace a decent retention. The aroma is huge on the coffee, really nice choice of bean, smooth, rich, roasty, lots of chocolate, grain, a bit of sweetness and a touch of stone fruit, but man the coffee is huge and in your face, but really balanced within itself. The flavors are spot on, huge expression of coffee, chocolate, rich malted grain, a touch of roastiness, nice richness, mildly sweet with stone fruit and vanilla at the finish. The mouthfeel is excellent, thick, coating, rich, smooth, gentle but full bodied with an easy and creamy finish.

Verdict: A decadent and delicious coffee stout, all the hallmarks of a great stout with a perfectly integrated blast of coffee. One of the finest coffee stouts around, and in fact, one of the finest stouts in general. To Øl really hit the nail on the head here.

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Photo of bens0n
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Beer pours jet black with a nice amount of creamy dark tan head, leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Decent head retention.

On the nose there is a decent toasted/burnt malt presence, but the coffee dominates the aroma. There is also a very slight floral hoppy presence layered beneath the coffee. Not boozy at all.

Flavor wise I can pick out a hoppy presence, more of an earthy hoppy note than anything though. I can't pick out as much of the toasted malts as I would have expected. The coffee is there, but I notice the hops more than anything. Not too much of a boozy bite, more of a hoppy bite than boozy.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick, moderately thick, high carbonation levels, not a huge fan of the mouthfeel.

Overall, it reminds me more of a black coffee dipa than an imperial stout, not really bad by any means, but not really in line with what I would call an imperial stout.

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Photo of TheBeerSipper
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Purchased this by recommendation from the store beer buyer. This is in his "top 5" all time beers.

Appearance: Dark in color with a malty creamy head. 4.5

Smell: Chocolate and coffee are strongly present. There was another unique smell. I took multiple whiffs to discover it. I can most relate it to an acidic smell like lime juice. It actually fits in nicely. 4.5

Taste: Very unique, wonderful taste. Has the chocolate, coffee, lime juice taste with some more flavors going on as well. Very good my friends.

I am very glad I took his recommendation. I was a little worried as I purchase another one of his recommendations the same same and had it a few days before this one. I was not a fan of that brew (we will keep it unnamed) but this one is delightful, Highly Recommend

Until Next Time

The Beer Sipper

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black. A little bit of a khaki head. Nice wisps on the surface.

Smell - Lots of coffee. Sweet malts. A little roast.

Taste - Sharp coffee and sweet caramel malts, but the roasted malts make more of an appearance and balance it out nicely. A little bit fruity in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and medium heavy. Bitter coffee aftertaste.

Overall - Good. Lots of coffee, but the stout backs it up nicely and the flavors work very well.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep thick black pour with 2 fingers of dark brown head, slow dissipation and a lot f lacing left behind (for the style at least). Smells like.. Is this wen more Jesus?.. Jeez, his smells fucking fantastic. Tons of dark roasty grains, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, butterscotch.
The flavor? Coffee up front, chocolaty, sweet milk chocolate and subtle molasses.. Dark charred roastyness evens things out. This is a fantastic stout.
Body feels a bit thin for how heavy this drinks - if that makes sense. A bit boozy with nice chest warmth, low carbonation and very very enjoyable.

This along with even more Jesus are my top 2 non barrel aged imperial stouts. Do not pass this one up.

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Photo of zonker17
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I cannot get over how much I love this beer. The combination of coffee and a semi sweet stout finished with a bit of funky yeast hits all of my pleasure zones.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12.7 fl oz green glass (ugh...) bottle with black foil-ed over unbranded black pry-off pressure cap and straightforward label acquired at my local bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 93 rating. Brewed at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Reviewed as an imperial stout because the description on the label identifies it as such. 10.1% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of gorgeous tan colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Has a nice supple complexion and a smooth even consistency. Nice even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the high ABV - about 4 minutes.

Body colour is an opaque solid black. Appears adequately carbonated. No yeast particles/sediment is visible. I'd guess it was filtered.

Overall, it's well within style conventions and looks pretty good. Not a unique or special appearance, but I'm looking forward to the first sip. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Has a nice coffee aroma, though it isn't real roasty and doesn't have a whole lot of depth. The coffee character works well with the cream and really develops as the beer comes to temperature. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. A hint of burnt sugars/ash/char. Chocolate syrup.

Coffee steals the show. I'm looking forward to trying it.

No hop character, yeast character, or overt alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant aroma of above average strength. Not the intimidating beast you might expect at 10.1% ABV.

T: Has some nice coffee notes - though the depth of flavour is quite limited. Some hints of chocolate syrup. Chocolate malts. Dark malts. Subtle creaminess. I don't find any roasted barley or coffee roast, much to the beer's detriment. Marshmallow.

I find it a bit too sweet overall. It's not that well balanced, but it does have a definite cohesion. It's not a gestalt build, and it's not very subtle, complex, intricate, or nuanced (especially for a beer in this style) but I like it generally. Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour.

No hop profile is noticeable. I don't find any yeast character. There's some minimal alcohol warmth.

Mf: Sticky, syrupy, and a bit too thick. It's actually a bit too coarse and dry, which lends it an unbecoming rough feel on the palate. Has plenty of weight and body. Overall, the texture doesn't suit the taste particularly well.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

Dr: Drinkable, sure, but the 10.1% is still noticeable. It's a sipper, but mostly because of the troublesome mouthfeel. I do like it, but I wouldn't get it again (in large part due to the Shelton Bastards' unreasonable price point). Not To Ol's strongest work, and far from a great coffee stout. I hoped for better.

High C+

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was absolutely fantastic. My expectations were high, and it surpassed them in grand form.

Poured this one in a Jester King glass and the appearance was jet black with a small mocha head.

The nose was very nice with mostly cocoa and roasted coffee taking front seat.

Wow. The taste was truly amazing. It started with a sweet toffee and chocolate, but before becoming too sweet, the roasted coffee flavors appeared to bring a very nice balance. The finish was a sweet roasted mocha that lingered with a hint of bitterness.

The mouth feel was on the thicker side, but still allowed for a slick coating which really made for a creamy, silk feel. Carbonation was moderate.

Overall, the balance of this beer was very impressive. Everything hit on all cylinders and was truly one of the best beers I've tasted. I will definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of beholder_pl
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly amazing beer. By far the best Imperial Stout I've tasted. Gonna get me another bottle for aging. Goliat was a mighty warrior (defeated, but still), and this is a mighty beer.

Appearance: before opening the bottle I was almost certain it was painted black. Really, even the texture of the glass seemed like painted. Beer itself is pitch black with a thick tan / dark tan head. Great lacing.

Aroma: dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some nice alcohol notes in the back. A perfect combination considering the time of year.

Taste: coffee and roasted malts with the first few sips, later comes dark chocolate with alcohol again. Flavours are intense and "in your face", except the alcohol notes, those are still very pleasant and warming, but doesn't feel like a 10,1% ABV.

Mouthfeel: very low carbonation, but not flat. Medium to full bodied.

Overall: Outstanding Imperial Stout, a beer you have to try.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a 37,5cl bottle into a snifter
Best Before 10 January 2017

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a 1+ finger, thinner looking, bubbly, dark tan head with good retention. Black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a bubbly wisp and clings to the sides of the glass a bit. A ring remains until the end and leaves a few dot of falling lace down the glass.

SMELL: A big nose of roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee, sweet cream and caramel. Some oats as well. Big oatmeal stout nose.

TASTE: Roasted notes, coffee and oats up front. Lots of flavor for sure. Big finish of roasted grain, roasted coffee beans, oats, sweet cream and bitter dark chocolate. Good oats and roasted bitterness here, with coffee and dark chocolate rounding it out. Nice.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Enough heft and very creamy as well.

OVERALL: This is really good. Oats on top of a good roasted base, with lots of nice chocolate and coffee flavor and a good feel to boot. Sort Maelk was perhaps more impressive, but so far, I've been very happy with these guys and their stout beer. Well worth checking out. Recommended.

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Goliat from To Øl
93 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.