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Goliat | To Øl

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
325
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
16.78%
 
 
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Photo of bnes09
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dense jet black, completely opaque. Billowing, cinnamon colored head with exceptional retention and foamy coating lacing. Big roasted espresso, peat and charcoal aroma. Aggressive roasted flavor with lots of espresso. Burnt brown sugar and molasses. Descent balance. Full body, dry finish. Low carbonation. Excellent.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black pour with a deep mocha head and great retention and lace. Huge iced coffee nose and even bigger milk chocolate flavour. Nice bitterness and dangerous drinkability. Excellent, rich, and tasty.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass right from the bottle.

Appearance: Thick bodied with a dark tan head rising to about two finger's length and it wasn't even a hard pour. Settles quick after a sip maybe eighth of an inch after the first sip.

Smell: Pure coffee actually take that back more on the espresso side coming off like fresh pure roast...makeshe nostrils tingle a bit.

Taste: Rich espresso and heavy heavy malts, light brown sugar notes are pretty evident. The bitterness is a bit of both, hops and the dark coffee with more doses of dark chocolate infusion.

Mouth: Not the thickest imperial but definitely well balanced and extremely sticky. The coffee is so strong the after taste just lingers on you cheeks.

Overall: Fantastic brew, has properties of a few other coffee imperial stouts that I've seen in the states but nice gem I found while visiting Iceland. Salud!

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Photo of Hallu
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'd say this one is hesitating between being an American imperial stout and a British one. It's not as much on the chocolate as most American stouts. It's more nutty and on the dark fruits, like a UK stout. Of course the coffee is there, but it's not overpowering. Very nice and balanced, to be drunk at around 10 to 15° no less than that or you'll lose the nuttiness. The oatmeal rounds this all up in a nice creamy mouthfeel. It's a bit too sweet though, I'd have wantedto be less rich to achieve perfect balance. This is its American side. It can feel like a coffee cup with too much sugar in it. A bit more coffe and dark fruits, less sugar, and it would have been a masterpierce.

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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 THSdrummer
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thick, foamy creme colored head that retains fairly well. A smattering of creme colored lacing is left behind after each sip. Dank, coffee, and roasted malts form an interesting aroma that feels a bit... out there. Still pleasant though. The coffee is nice. Dank and coffee notes on the front end of the palate, with a smooth, malty back layer. Great taste. Mouth feel is robust, filling, and mouth coating. A true pleasure to drink. Overall, a great imperial stout with coffee. The dank notes in the aroma and taste are a bit strange, but otherwise, a very solid beer.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Tilly
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P: Dark browm, opaque, huge khaki head with fabulous lacing.
A: European hops (whatever that means) but it's reminiscent of those beers. Roasted malts and coffees..
T: Sweet, coffee, dark berries, hints of vanilla.
M: Syrup, spicey on the tongue, good carbonation, medium go full body, a little harsh.
O: I'm not sure how long this has been brewed but this is a pretty Good stout! Exquist..

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Photo of 1600eman
2.34/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Aroma- not nice, perfume hops, no coffee, sweet chemical smell. Looks great, thats where it ends. Taste follows smell, no coffee, far too hoppy for a stout, nasty cloying sweetness, no alcohol evident. great mouthfeel doesn’t make up for the taste. not a nice stout

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml capped bottle.

Black, brown at the edges. Nice tan colored head. Pleasant coffee aroma. Taste is balanced, nice smooth ending to the taste. Like coffee with cream and sugar. Not bitter or acidic. Medium bodied, but coats the mouth.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black on draft with tiny, tan head.

Sweet aroma, malts and licorice, maybe dark fruits.

Full body with minimal carbonation. Feels thick and chewy, really nice.

Taste is smooth coffee and sweet molasses, malty and definitely some smoke, raisins. Good balanced bitterness.

Overall, this is great. I've been wanting to try this for some time and then found it on tap and had to go for it. Really enjoyable, easy to drink.

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Photo of drmeto
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium to big,frothy,khaki head
S:
-coffee,tobacco,vanilla,chocolate,molasses,nutty,smoke,cream,herbal,licorice
T:
-prunes,coffee,licorice,herbal,nutty,vanilla,raisins
-finishes dry
-medium,grassy bitterniss
F:
-full body
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Very good and fairly sweet coffee stout

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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 pants678
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with a beige head. I'm guessing it's a stout.

Harsh coffee.

Fairly sweet but not lactose, I don't think. Strong coffee is not curbed by the sweetness but rather hits up against it. Plenty of rich roasted malt that tastes like molasses and anise/licorice. Unique and tasty.

Carbonation is a tad light even for a stout.

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Photo of babaracas
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy near black, billowing dense dark brown head, settles slowly to a thin cap, tons of lace on the glass. Smell: earthy espresso, caramel, molasses, anise and burnt notes, brown bread. Taste: dark chocolate, molasses, pumpernickel toast, more caramel, a little apple-y, earthy and a bit minty in the finish. Full bodied, syrupy cut by alcohol note, drying out a bit. Held on to this too long, coffee is a bit faded but overall pretty good.

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Photo of ccg
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a healthy inch of dense, foamy head that only slowly dissipates. Best lacing I've seen from a stout in a while, and I usually use the same set of clean glasses for comparison. Deep, black color, but you can see the carbonation come up from just below the surface.
I can definitely smell the coffee, but it's balanced well with chocolate, oak, and hop notes. It's been a while since I've smelled a coffee stout with such prominent hop notes, but it still avoids being bitter.
The taste is a balance of coffee, sugar, milk, chocolate. The finish is dominated by bitter coffee, but it's not overwhelmingly bitter. This is a very well-made and balanced coffee stout, although being on the sweeter side, it's probably best as a dessert beer.
The mouthfeel is quite good. It has a nice, creamy, rounded feel that almost makes me think it would be an oatmeal stout, but the carbonation is just slightly prickly.
Overall, I'm impressed. Sure, it's expensive (at least here in the US), but this is now one of my top-three non-barrel-aged coffee beers (the other two being Founders Breakfast Stout and Peche Mortel). I definitely have a sweet tooth, so if you don't care for sweeter beers, you may not enjoy this one as much as I did. It's kind of like drinking a coffee with cream and sugar mixed with dark chocolate, but with just enough bitterness to balance it and to prevent it from being cloying.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
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 Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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 PhillyJ
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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 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 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 BeerBrose
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep dark silky beer with a beautiful head and great lacing. perfect to the eye.

Smell: Roast and Licorice, a bit of coffee acidity, not very pungent

Taste: Silky chocolate coffee, roast, and an acidic phenolic dark fruit finish. super tasty!

Feel: Thick, heavy and barely lingers, who could ask for more. very minimal carbonation.

Overall: Well executed beer, I like this very much!

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Photo of pagriley
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
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 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 Brutaltruth
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding brew from a growler via the Eightball Brewing company at the Party Source. This FINE imperial pours a thick black with NO LIGHT and a moderate light tan/brown head of foam that dissipates to a thin layer and ring with moderate lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, rich black coffee, light black licorice, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors surpass the nose with rich coffee and chocolate flavors on all sides, then a light touch of licorice and earthy yeast notes and strong alcohol warmth. Full and lightly creamy mouth feel, coating, substantial, and long on the aftertaste with coffee and dark cocoa. Moderate carbonation and a ton of warmth. A true stout lovers dream.
A winner!

Cheers

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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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