Goliat - To Øl

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 29
Gots: 43 | FT: 4
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Denmark

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 kevanb
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of TheBeerSipper
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Photo of ehammond1
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark black, thick body, with a small dark brown head that leaves the glass just absolutely messed with stick: sheets, webs, and lines. A simply, gorgeous, perfectly attractive imperial stout.

Very nice, expressive, bold aroma of roasted coffee, cream, and bittersweet chocolate. Simple but bold and very nice. Complete.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma, with bittersweet chocolates, roasted coffee, mild dark fruit, and a moderate level of bitterness combining for one deliciously, decadent, coffee imperial stout.

Full in body with low to moderate carbonation. Only a mild alchohol hint. Easy drinking, but rich and decadent, all at once.

Flawless.

Photo of 4lo
3.36/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Back of the cellar dweller for a number of months. Maybe better fresh, but nothing to write home about as drank.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A coffee based based stout, and a really good one at that. Good roast aroma. Very brown coloured body with wisp of a head. Some chocolate sweetening it. Understated carbonation. Very drinkable and tasty.Brought back from Lakeview Liquors, and thanks for sharing Liam.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a rather large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium sweet chocolates notes with light roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated some black chocolates notes with light roasted malt, light coffee notes with light residual sugars. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no clear apparent alcohol. Enjoyable but a bit short in terms of complexity.

Photo of Liquoric3
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Goliats appearance is black, black, black no light coming through with an nice creamy, mocca brown two finger head, which lasts quite a long time for such a big stout.
Nice lacing on the glass

Smell is big time coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and a little bit of hops.
I also get some earthiness.

Sweet start when the beer hits your tongue, closely followed by the bitter creamy coffee and it finishes with just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance the beer. So smooth to drink, almost no trace of alcohol. You also get the earthiness in the taste. Mouthfeel is definetly full.
I haven't had such a good imperial coffee stout in a while. Buy it if you can get it!

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Street, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin mocha-colored head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has complex flavors of roasted malts and coffee beans along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is very well balanced. Although the alcohol isn't that noticeable in the taste, the beer definitely tastes strong and is one that needs to be slowly sipped.

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

12.7oz bottle from the Beer Baron (Detroit, MI). 8.99. Can't quite decipher ther date code. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with a thick two and a half fingers of capuccino head. A good bit of dark clumpy lacing.

Smells of strong coffee, cocoa and roasty malts.

Tastes of sweetened and creamed dark coffee, dark cocoa, cherry pits, brown sugar, molasses, roast malts and burnt caramel. There is a subtle alcohol presence but it drinks very smooth for a 10+% brew.

Medium full feel with faint but present carbonation. Long sweet coffee aftertaste.

A mighty fine coffee imperial stout. Certainly worth a try for any fan of the style.

Photo of Ri0
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark black coffee color with a mocha 1.5 finger head. Nice retention and lacing coats my glass.

S - Smells like a RIS with coffee. I get dark fruits, coffee, bakers chocolate, and maybe a touch of caramel and vanilla.

T - This is a big bitter coffee, flavored stout! Bitter coffee and backers chocolate dominate, but plenty of dark fruit, plum and raisin a hidden within. Caramels and vanilla with some hops to finish it off. Very nice taste and complex balance. .

M - Thick body with a rich and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is substantial.

O - Nick sent this to me in a trade and it is awesome. If you like some of the big bitter RIS (Founders, Stone) give this a try if you can find it. It is well worth it.

Photo of liamt07
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors, 375ml into a tulip.

Really viscous black body, brown head with good retention but not a lot of lacing. Substantial coffee notes in the nose, a bit of sweetness (like adding a bit of creme to your coffee), a bit of smoke, caramel and mocha. Coffee continues on the palate, espresso, caramel, dark chocolate. Quite bitter but there's a good balancing malt sweetness in there too. Dense body, alcohol is hidden and this is fantastically smooth. A really tasty coffee beer.

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrived in Indianapolis a couple weeks ago. The beer comes in a 12.7oz bottle and states that it is an Imperial Stout brewed with coffee. It pours a medium bodied dark, dark brown that turns to black as it pools. It quickly gained a one finger dark khaki head that took a couple minutes to subside. The nose consists of freshly soaked coffee beans, bitter dark chocolates, roasted malt, with a touch of cream. The alcohol is nowhere to be found and everything is really smooth and works together nicely. The flavors are big and malty with plenty of dark and milk chocolates. The coffee hits mid palate and last into the after taste. It also has a light spiciness. It drinks a little light in body for the style but it works well for this beer, and makes it more approachable. I'm a fan. It has better flavor than I imagined. I would describe it as a poor man's Founders Breakfast Stout, with less coffee but more sweet chocolate and with a thinner mouthfeel. It's a nice beer overall.

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -5%
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

Photo of GregJ
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of zac16125
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Beer Street Brooklyn in New York, NY

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light hints of visible carbonation at the edges of the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a very thick film and thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee, cocoa powder, and some lighter amounts of vanilla.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is very enticing... Strong flavors of dark roasted malts along with some moderate notes of cocoa, anise, and vanilla. There is a moderate amount of coffee bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and could easily sip on a beer like this one all evening long - I really enjoy the style and feel like this is a good example. There is a good complexity to the flavor and the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey stoutfest

Big creamy 1+ finger darker mocha colored head, fades slowly nice lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose fresh ground coffee, espresso, some dark chocolate, hint of dark fruit like raisin covered in cocoa powder.

Taste starts with chalky cocoa, slight mocha, bit of soy sauce, light briny taste, chewy malts, light caramel, some coffee and espresso but not the fresh grinds, bit of burnt roasted coffee, then lots of spicy chewy hop pellets, bitter bite. Finish is sticky semi sweet but drier, more burnt coffee, light mocha, spicy chewy hops.

Mouth is bigger bodied, bit syrupy, light boozy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, bit to roasty briny taste, decent hops though, malts are ok, semi drinkable, nose has great coffee but wish out came through more on the taste.

Photo of bens0n
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle at Ølbutikken, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with a finger of creamy brown head, nice retention and lacing.

S- Fruity aroma, lots of dark fruit, bread, caramel, also some chocolate, roast and a bit of coffee.

T- Less sweet than the aroma, nice flavors of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roast, has a lightly hoppy, bitter finish. Tasty and nicely balanced.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, creamy feel, booze is invisible.

O- A very nice stout, well-rounded and drinkable, I'll definitely have this again next time I see it.

Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Midnight black color, no highlights, some yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is the same, slightly sweet roasted coffee, no burnt coffee finish. Higher ABV is hidden. Pricey at $8.99 for a 375ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Another thank you to Kevan for sharing!

(A)- Pours near pitch black color. Minimal froth and lace.

(S)- Huge aromas of crushed coffee beans. Easily one of the biggest coffee aromas in memory. Its not acrid or overly bitter, but just a fantastic aroma if you like coffee.

(T)- Again, a huge showing of massive coffee grounds with ever so subtle bits of raisin and coca, but otherwise the perfect coffee forward beer.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Such a superb showing of what coffee can do in a beer. Like the smell, this is not acrid or overly bitter like some strong coffees can be like, but has an underlying richness that makes this very easily drinkable too. The bitterness does slightly increase as it warms, but still an afterthought.

(O)- Perhaps one of the best coffee forward beers I have ever had. Rich and ever so inviting. Coffee lovers out there, this is your beer to seek!

Photo of dorianmarley
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is rich black with a light brown head that fades with pretty good lacing.

Nose is primarily coffee and malt, with some almond biscotti.

Taste has a lot of alcohol, and a lot of smoke. It has plenty of coffee, with sweet cream. It can be cloying.

Overall, it is a big, sweet beer that mellows out after a few sips. It can be fun to drink, but not especially rewarding.

Photo of rmccomas
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into my trusty Ale Yeah birthday pint glass.

A; pours a black with a healthy tan head, leaving good lacing.
S; roasted malt and coffee are the primary scents going on
T; taste follows the nose with the roast filling up the front, and the coffee sliding to the back of the taste spectrum.
M; mouthfeel is very full bodied and healthy as one would expect from an Imperial stout, just a great beer!
O; don't walk, RUN to your favorite bottle shop and get this one, certainly one of the best stouts I've ever drank, and I am a stout lover from way back, so I speak no lies with this style.

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