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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 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 sweetLew
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Goliat is a reasonably enjoyable Imperial Stout, that nearly drinks more like a brandy than a beer. It pours pitch black, with some dark brown coffee colors when held to the light. A thin mocha head fades quickly, leaving some faint lacing as the glass empties. The aroma is of a moderate intensity, with a warm alcohol scent of brandy dominating, followed by less intense notes of dark malt character. The taste is assertive; a strong surge of alcohol reaffirms the brandy aroma, followed by the array of dark malt flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Splendid little hints of vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, and raspberry jump from the smooth, viscous mouthfeel as the beer warms. The beer is balanced with an easy carbonation that eases the rich flavors on to the palate. The finish lingers with a nice toasty alcohol presence.

Would be tough to drink more than one Goliat, but with a plate of raspberries and blackberries, it was a pleasant little Viking wrestle; the booziness overpowered the fruit, and the Scandanavian kick overpowered me. I'd do it all over again given the chance.

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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 FanofHefe
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice 3 finger dark mocha head that has good retention and a decent bit of lacing for the abv. Dark black body with no light penetration.

Solid aroma for an Imperial Stout. Starts off with dark fruit, and as it warms, chocolate and a small amount of coffee.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but the sweet, chocolate flavor is more dominant. The roasted malt flavor comes through and combines with light nut flavor, coffee, and raisin/dates. Pretty good blend of flavors overall.

Thick texture in the mouthfeel and very little notice of the alcohol. Will use the world "solid" again to describe this one overall. Hard category to compete in for scores, but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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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 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 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 dorianmarley
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Foggy/hazy orange after first pour. Begins to become more cloudy as you near the bottom.

S: A very beautiful bouquet of palm citrus hops that ate more on the gentle side then overly powerful/sharp

T: Damn i always love this beer every time i drink it. Massive well balance hop dominate IPA that kicks ass and has a great biscuit malt backbone to tie in all the flavors nicely.

M: Semi dry, with a slightly sweet body to help  create a harmonious mouthfeel with the hops

O: Yum is the word that comes to mind when drinking this strong yet smooth treat for the tastebuds 

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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 ThickNStout
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, cocoa, touch of dark fruit, vanilla, and booze.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, roasted coffee, cocoa, molasses, black licorice, earthy hops, bit of dark fruits, vanilla, and booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted, sweet, warming finish.

D - Nice coffee imperial stout. Good balance.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from. 12.7 oz bottle, into a duvel glass

A: pours a nice dark black with two fingers of a delicious chocolate milk colored head... Which has beautiful retention and leaves huge amounts of sticky lacing.... This is an exceptionally good lookin beer.

S: mocha, a very nice blend of chocolate, with almost a hot coco note and nicley roasted dark coffee, to be honest unexpected a bit more coffee in the aroma. But overall the smell is very nice all the same.

T: there's that coffee I felt was missing in the nose. Loads of coffe flavor mix with chocolate.... Kind of like chocolate covered roasted dark coffee beans.... A sligtly butter black coffe on the finish.

M: medium for the style.... I wish this one was a tad thicker bit it is still nice all the same.... Low carbonation. A bit of a bitter dry finish, very well rounded.

O: a very nice brew... I have already and will most likely drink a few of these bad boys.... Load of coffe flavor... Very well rounded... Haven't had a bad brew from these guys yet....

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes courtesy of Stout Fest at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured a nice oily black with a almost one finger rich mocha head that leaves some very good lacing as it slumps away.

S - Nice roasty malts, faint vanilla, good cocoa powder, and light dark fruits.

T - More of the roasted malts with some light dark fruits and nuts. Nice coffee flavours, more on the end of burnt/roasted beans though.

M - Mouthfeel is decent enough, almost too heavy/syrupy for my tastes though. Fair carbonation.

O - Overall this wasnt a bad stout but on a whole there were better offerings. Wish the coffee came out a bit more in the flavour other than bitter, but still I'm glad I got to try this offering.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of dense brown head. Retention is great.

S: Slightly burnt coffee with smoke, roasted malts, and light caramel.

T: Tons of slightly burnt coffee with strong roasted malts and tons of dark chocolate. Light caramel sweetness balances the flavor very well. If the coffee were smoother, this would be incredible. Unfortunately, the coffee flavor is bitter and a bit acrid.

M: Medium thickness with creamy carbonation.

O: I would have liked to have tried this fresh. The coffee is a bit acrid. However, the roasted malts and dark chocolate with nice caramel sweetness pair very well.

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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 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 gford217
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle.

Pours pitch black with an oversized mocha head that leaves some crazy lacing on the sides.

Aroma is heavily roasted espresso beans with a big bitter chocolate component. It smells a bit like an iced mocha with an extra shot of espresso. Definitely more roasty and bitter than sweet.

The first thing I notice upon tasting is the crazy smooth mouthfeel, but then the flavors start to come out. Initial taste has more sweetness than the aroma with some milk chocolate and sweet malts, but the finish gets roastier and roastier with each passing sip - bitter coffee especially.

Mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and an alcohol burn that I wasn't expecting.

As a big fan of coffee stouts, I enjoyed this, but I wouldn't put it up there with Brunch Weasel or Wake N Bake. Very enjoyable though.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger mocha colored head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, roasted dark malt aroma with lots of robust coffee bean and sweet lactic sugars. Some burnt sugars along with dark chocolate, toffee, fudge, oatmeal and gourmet coffee bean. Strong lactic cream presence makes this smell more like a dessert than an espresso drink.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a robust, deeply roasted dark malt flavor that tastes more like a coffee drink than the aroma suggests. Slight bitterness but not overly dry or acrid at all. There's a delicious roasted coffee flavor but it's countered by the lactic sugars and a sweet fudge-y chocolate cake character. Hints of coffee bean, toffee, oatmeal and burnt toast followed by sweet lactic cream, cocoa, caramel and toffee. Still dessert like but tastes more like a coffee beer than I anticipated. The high ABV is almost invisible making it dangerously drinkable. I would have never guessed that this beer was 10%.

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Photo of Dope
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black as night with a big, tall dark brown head. Head drops away slowly, with heavy heavy walls of lacing left behind.

S: Roasted coffee with lots of char. Kind of a sweeter, more earthy coffee and not just coffee beans. Quite smoky too with some acrid bitterness.

T: Whoa. Strong and very sweet chocolate. Loads of acrid smoke and bitter coffee mixes in in the middle. Sweetness fades, leaving a bitter chocolate, coffee and acrid smoke flavor. Lingering smoke and char in the aftertaste.

M: Heavy, thick and viscous.

O: Interesting. Coffee isn't as strong as you'd think for this "imperial stout brewed with coffee". It is however, very ashy and borderline smoky. Char flavors everywhere. It would be too much but there is a big sweet chocolate bomb in there balancing everything out. Coffee is sorta just in the middle. Big, sweet and heavy. Lots of roasted malt flavors. Tasty overall.

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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