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Goliat - To Øl


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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%

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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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Photo of sweetLew


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
Photo of MasterSki


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 18:13:12 | More by MasterSki
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 21:51:42 | More by jdhilt
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 19:52:36 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of cvm4


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black, not motoroil black, but black. One finger brown head that stays around for a while.

S - Huge coffee notes along with roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T - Sweet dark chocolate leading way to vanilla and a finish of bitter coffee and roasted malt. The coffee just lingers in your mouth.

M - Full bodied with light carbonation. Not syrupy at all.

O - Wow! What a great beer! This is one you sit back and enjoy because you want to remember it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 21:35:05 | More by cvm4
Photo of ehammond1

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 19:31:31 | More by ehammond1
Photo of wagenvolks


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

350ml bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

A gorgeous pour unleashes a thick, pitch black body into the glass. The head is tall and well-retained--dusty tan in color--and leaves some sticky lacing behind on the glass. Aroma is rife with roasted espresso beans, caramel, and dark chocolate. A bit of earthy hops and dark fruit add balance.

The alcohol comes through on the flavor, but doesn't overwhelm the senses, adding a vinous sweetness to the layers of rich chocolate and coffee roast. Fig and plum with a bit of chalky earth in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, smooth and nicely carbonated. Overall, a delicious imperial stout and one of the better coffee stout's out there. Goliat is the real deal...

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 02:40:42 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of beergoot


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An opaque black body comes with a thick, creamy light brown head. Nice lacing on the glass.Rich, roasted grains dominate the smell. Coffee and mocha with hints of bitter chocolate in the nose. Mouthfeel is heavy with a sugary overtone. Rich and wet.
Taste comes across complex and heavy in possibilities. Malt sweetness collides with coffee notes and then mashes together with a slightly hidden bitterness. Alcohol warmth rides below the surface.

Wow! This is a wonderful, monstrous imperial stout. There is no hiding from the exquisite complexities that bob and weave throughout this beer. Excellent stuff!!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 19:52:24 | More by beergoot
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 02:21:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of brystmar


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blatantdream for sharing!

An absolutely gorgeous stout: tons of tan head, stubborn lace, and more oily than your neighborhood seagull.

Huge coffee aroma; more sweet than bitter. Caramel, roasty, toffee. Reminds me of Beer Greek Brunch, and it's really good.

Plenty of coffee to support the roasty backbone. Coffee is more bitter here than in the nose. Balance of flavors is excellent. Bitter coffee lingers as the booze warms my throat.

Body is oily but lacks creaminess. I want my imperial stouts viscous, and this comes up short.

This makes the short list of Scandinavian beers I really enjoy. Goliat is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 07:23:20 | More by brystmar
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 01:33:55 | More by liamt07
Photo of metter98

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 00:22:53 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 01:14:00 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of 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
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 13:56:02 | More by rudzud
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rich, smoky aroma has a dominate note of quality coffee and hints of unsweet chocolate and licorice, plus a touch of - anchovy? It pours a deep, rich sable with a thick tan head that leaves generous lacing. Superb flavor has a core of quality roast coffee and notes of chocolate and brown sugar plus hints of licorice and burnt hops. Smooth texture has plenty of body, but lacks fizz. This is a must for Stouties - danged near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 23:12:51 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of drpimento


4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Geez, I'm hittin on all cylinders tonight; another understated powerhouse. Poured at cellar temperature with a mammoth, tan, fluffy, frothy, thick, creamy, tan head that slowly settled, & with almost total lacing. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is malt, coffee, roast, cocoa, weed. Flavor's like nose, sweet is only slightly more dominant in the sweet/bitter/carbonic tang mix. Also is a little fuit. Body is soft, but cut by perfect carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly long and boozy. Yummmm

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:23:01 | More by drpimento
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 00:21:56 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of Brad007


4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 11:39:10 | More by Brad007
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 12:05:42 | More by avalon07
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:17:36 | More by gford217
Photo of jlindros


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 22:57:58 | More by jlindros
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 

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 04:04:15 | More by PatrickSwayze
Photo of rmccomas


4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 16:23:32 | More by rmccomas
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....

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 04:22:58 | More by PeterIngemi
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Goliat from To Øl
93 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.