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GoliatGoliat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
To Øl
Denmark | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by aasher on 04-07-2012

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, coffee grounds, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same along with some chocolate syrup flavors. There is a medium amount of roasty coffee bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp, smooth, and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an extremely good beer that is very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
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 biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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 kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -22.9%
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 jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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 dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

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 MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Mocha-tinged foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Very dark brown body.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, dark breads, roasted malts, char, and a hint of anise. Alcohol is pretty well hidden here, as I would have guessed this was closer to 8%.

T - The taste is sweeter than I expected from the aroma, with a nice milk chocolate and coffee with sugar vibe going on. Lactose sugar? Definitely a double-double coffee in any case.

M - Creamy, medium-full body, with lower carbonation, and minimal alcohol presence.

D - Nothing mind-blowing, but well-crafted and easy to drink for 10.1%. Probably not worth the import price with all the great coffee beers available locally, but would be a solid choice if I lived in Europe. Chris and I finished this one easily.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -9%
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 smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A decent small head, with a good dark tan collar that manages some good staying power. Thin puck, but a good black tan hole of head in the middle from rising carbonation. Classic, opaque and very dark walnut brown next to black color. Leopard style lacing while drinking.

Aroma is an excellent mix of the basics. Coffee warmth that accentuates a roasty sweet malt base. Roasted bean and dark grains that envelope the nose nicely. Small hints of nice little hazelnut and chewy sensing nut like quality also make an appearance on the nose. Very nice and with soft subtle qualities, sometimes less is more and this is a perfect example.

Palate manages the goods, and even a few more surprises than expected. Silky body, even a mix of thick coating oily mouthfeel which lets the flavors stick all through your teeth. Noticeably sweet easily, but not severely, and brings out much more diverse flavors. Coffee and almost sweetened condensed milk, but takes a big turn as dark roasted malts kick in. Nice bitterness, with some tobacco notes, and a fantastic anise and slow lingering soft black licorice quality that really coats the back of the throat.

This is a real impressive stout that takes some excessive deal of sweetness, but brings out far superior and unexpected flavors. Much of the coffee notes on the palate though are lost, but what is replaced ironically is far superior.

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Photo of liamt07
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, slight sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of hops, hint of yeast, hint of earthy malt, and alcohol. Overall, great body and blend, good aroma and feel, and therefore and high quality brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very nice Imperial Stout, and I don't know if it's just me or if it characterizes the style, but I've often picked up heavier than usual licorice notes in Scandinavian Imperial Stouts. This one is no exception- very nice deep licorice notes in both the nose, and especially the taste. When I say licorice, I don't mean the overly sweet whips or jelly beans of this country, but the much dryer, almost chalky variety with a zingy. spicy note found in Scandinavia, Spain, and Australia. That's what this evokes. Pours inky black, but without much head. Aside from the licorice, the nose has notes of treacle, tar, and bitter chocolate, as well as a touch of molasses. The taste is deep and quite integrated with lovely licorice notes, including a touch of spice, a nice roasty coffee note from that addition, quite dark, and a touch of cream and dark chocolate. Very Smooth, but deep and with a bit of bite- from the flavors, not the alcohol, which is well hidden. A very pleasant beer.

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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 rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
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 sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased out of curiosity.

Pours a pitch black with a brown one-finger head into my glass. Great looks! To the style.

Roasted coffee, cream and dark fruit make up the notes that greet my nose. I love the roastiness already.

The first drop on the lips yields a mild coffee bite with a good amount of cream and even cocoa as well.

Carbonation is tightly controlled, which allows the taste buds to better process the after-feel. Again, lingering roasted coffee and cream notes.

A great way to start the day! Perks my eyes up too!

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Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pitch black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: As you'd expect, coffee was the main attraction in the aroma, along with some malt as well.

T: Tasted of coffee, coffee, and more coffee, but there was also malt, a hint of chocolate, light hops, and possibly some dark fruit. A big, vibrant, complex flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable, well-made, focused, drinkable beer.

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Goliat from To Øl
93 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.