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Goliat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | To Øl

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Goliat - Bourbon Barrel-AgedGoliat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

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To Øl

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Chico1985 on 11-28-2013

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at De Molen in Bodegraven.

From a 37,5cl bottle into a snifter
Best Before 04/09/2023
Stout brewed with coffee and aged in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Opaque black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy and bubbly, light mocha head with great retention. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades slowly to a full bubbly wisp and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. A faint wisp and ring remain with some decent lacing down the sides. Good looking.

SMELL: Lots of oak, coffee, sweet cream, vanilla, dark chocolate, some oats and bourbon aromas on the nose. Coffee is in the forefront but the barrels there for sure. Bold and interesting.

TASTE: Coffee and sweet oak flavors up front. Roasted coffee through the middle, moving into a bold and lingering finish of bitter coffee, oats, roasted and burnt malts, sweet cream, oak, vanilla and light bourbon as well. Coffee is still king here, but the barrel aging lends some nice sweet flavors as well.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down okay and with a bit of a burn, finishing somewhat sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Quite nice, and a good twist on what was already a good beer. Enjoy the coffee and oatmeal qualities of this one, and the barrel aging has added another level of complexity that is well worth pondering. If you're a To Ol fan, you'll like this one. Recommended.

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Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory. I sampled this shortly after the regular version, which is one of my favourite coffee stouts. As expected, the coffee notes are toned down by the barrel ageing, and there are some bourbon notes present, unfortunately not improving on the base beer. Still, an excellent stout.

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Photo of acurtis
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iparedman
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brew topped with a strong dark mocha head; excellent retention and lacing.

Strong sweet aroma, almost like boozy eggnog from a distance. Up close, you can really smell both the roasty notes and the sweet bourbon, coming across with touches of vanilla, oak, and cream. A touch of slightly sour fruit, as well.

Flavor follows: it's a fairly balanced BBA stout. A touch of oxidation up front, and a ton of nutty, roasty, ashy malt on the backend.

Smooth, slightly hot, slick; medium to medium-full body.

This is an enjoyable brew, but the standard for BBA stouts has been raised so high that what might have once been an outstanding beer is merely a pretty good one. Probably not worth a repeat buy at the price point.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Black. Medium khaki head. Boozy aroma. Heavy roasted malt and molasses. A little coffee. Taste is equally boozy. Heavy roasted malt. Sweet molasses. Sharp acidic coffee. Barrel barely yields any bourbon. Some oak. Bitter and burnt acrid finish. Extremely boozy and heavy. The harshness of this beer doesn't quite outweigh its merits.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that sticked around for a long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, coffee, dark fruit, and chocolate. It tastes like vanilla, dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, caramel, dark bread, roasted malt, and some earthy woodiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and creamy with medium/high carbonation. I liked this brew, although it is pricey at $10.49 a bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and a tiny bit of lacing.

Smells like super sweet coffee, rich dark fruit, oak, some vanilla, and sweet chocolate.

This is not an improvement over the base beer, unfortunately, but it has it's perks anyway. It's very, very sweet, much more so than the base. The coffee here is quite sweet and fruity, less roasty than the base, with some rich raisiny dark fruit flavor, chocolate, and some slight oak acidity. There's a bit of vanilla, but no real bourbon character.

This is medium bodied, fairly rich, and somewhat thick. If this was less sweet, and had some bitterness, it would be better- and more balanced.

This is disappointing in that regular Goliat is a delicious monster of a beer, and this is merely a good beer. I still enjoyed drinking it, though.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black with thin dark brown head that maintains a thin ring around the glass that still leaves moderate lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, grain alcohol, hints of char and coffee. Flavor of dry, lightly charred and toasted malt, high cocoa chocolate, light day old charred coffee, fresh cut wood, hints of nuts; finishes with a woody, non-herbal hop bitterness. Medium to heavy bodied. An interesting but quite dry take on an imperial stout. This is the first time I have tasted chocolate notes like those found in 90% cocoa chocolate bars; intense and dry and an aquired taste. The coffee flavors seem subsumed into charred malt taste, with little fresh coffee taste. The alcohol is well covered, unlike in the aroma, but there is little bourbon flavor associated with it either. An unusual and complex imerial stout, but one that may be a bit more dry and woody than I prefer. Certainly interesting enough that I would like to try the base stout, which was clearly a nice toasty, charred one.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter.

A- Pours a fully opaque reddish black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains quite well before steadily making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a thick bubbly ring behind.

S- Strong aroma of oak and dark roast and a considerable amount of booze fume.

T- The oak comes in assertively but not overly so since it makes for a nice accompaniment to the charry dark roast. The only problem is pretty much all I get is the barrel and the malt, though certainly smooth. Alcohol is decently concealed and there's a moderate hop bitterness. No coffee to speak of. Lots of oak in the aftertaste once a few back-to-back sips are taken.

M- Slightly creamy and slick with medium carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- Pretty drinkable for a barrel-aged beer but is certainly lacking in the alleged coffee presence. Also a bit one-sided as all I could sense was the wood (however lovely) and dark roasted malt.

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3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black foil capped 12.7oz/ 375mL bottle from Lukens Liquors (Dunedin, FL). 12.99. Bottled 9/11/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours an attractive jet black with a full two and a half fingers of pale mocha head that has a nice reverse cascading effect while settling. That froth lingers before receding to a thin layer and sturdy collar that leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

Smells of coffee, bourbon, roast and vague cocoa. Smooth and inviting.

Flavor follows the nose but with a considerable note of bitter oxidation. Creamed coffee, wet oak, deeply roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, soft bourbon, burnt caramel, dark fruit skins, a trace amount of booze and just a hint of barrel funk. Despite any drawbacks and the double digit abv the flavors are smooth and easy drinking.

Creamy medium full feel with moderate but fading carbonation. Oxidation, black coffee, roasty malts and some subtle barrel funk linger in tue aftertaste.

There is some good stuff going on in To Øl's barrel aged Goliat. All-in-all this delivers most of what I look for in a barrel aged coffee stout but between the obvious oxidation and subtle creep of barrel funk I think two years is perhaps past its prime.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of parintele
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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