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Goliat - To Øl

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

160 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 27
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with coffee.

(Beer added by: aasher on 04-07-2012)
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thorncp


3/5  rDev -28.9%

10-07-2012 03:44:26 | More by thorncp
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bkeller04

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -23%

03-17-2014 00:00:11 | More by bkeller04
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kojevergas

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -23%
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+

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 13:59:21 | More by kojevergas
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Brutus627

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -23%

06-24-2014 01:46:22 | More by Brutus627
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tetu

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-05-2013 20:41:34 | More by tetu
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

12-21-2012 04:20:18 | More by chippo33
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-12-2013 20:05:07 | More by spycow
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sweetLew

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 05:42:42 | More by sweetLew
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Andy_Luft

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

06-16-2014 20:51:45 | More by Andy_Luft
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FanofHefe

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 21:49:04 | More by FanofHefe
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 03:12:20 | More by Phyl21ca
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

11-10-2013 23:05:52 | More by Cynic-ale
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-06-2013 22:17:33 | More by Kevincredible
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jhillwastaken

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

07-21-2013 18:10:21 | More by jhillwastaken
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Docrock

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

12-08-2013 16:56:30 | More by Docrock
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

03-31-2014 01:32:28 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

10-23-2012 14:52:17 | More by sendbeer
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-03-2013 02:29:52 | More by eawolff99
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-16-2013 23:05:29 | More by ChicagoNick
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shigg85

Japan

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

11-12-2013 13:38:48 | More by shigg85
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pixieskid

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

03-12-2013 06:40:34 | More by pixieskid
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ercxi

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

08-13-2013 01:25:13 | More by ercxi
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dorianmarley

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 19:52:36 | More by dorianmarley
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 20:52:42 | More by Alieniloquium
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 20:16:45 | More by Sammy
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Goliat from To Øl
93 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.