To Øl

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #549
Ranked #1,844
4.21 | pDev: 8.31%
To Øl
Notes: 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.
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Photo of rex_4539
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black color, one and a half finger brown head, messy lacing, light carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee, sweet-ish.

T: Chocolate, coffee, sweet-ish, alcohol. Oh, yeah.

F: Full bodied, thick, creamy, tons of flavor.

O: World class imperial stout. Well done To Øl!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black hue.

Dark khaki head; strong lace.

Chocolate malt & coffee nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Roasted coffee up front; bitter coffee finish.

Slight pickle juice vibe mars this, but still pretty good.

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Photo of Markr_dallas
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boozy but nice sweet molasses taste. Good beer for a night cap but I wouldn't drink regularly but it is a very nicely done beer. Best to let it sit for a while to enjoy.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark translucent brown pour into over-sized snifter yields and opaque black body in the glass... Center pour produced a few fingers of dark foam that draped some lace arms inside the glass... Molasses, char, chocolate and coffee on the nose, followed by more of the same on the sip... Additional taste impressions had herbal and woodsy notes, like tobacco, cedar/oak, anise, and ash... Smooth and creamy, medium-full-bodied, with a little bit of stickiness leaving a mild bitter shellac on the tongue... Moderately sweet... Long finish dried somewhat with an herbal chocolaty coffee aftertaste... Foil wrap had a 10/25/21 best by date... $11.99 for a 12.7 oz bottle at Total Wine... Decent, but the charred herbal edge wasn't too much to my liking - at least not in combination with the molasses-and-coffee sweetness...

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Photo of kitch
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 12th January 2019. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: A dark brown to black colour with a one finger puffy brown head that had pretty good retention and left some small spotty lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate with light herbal, hops and booze at the end.

Taste: Light roasted malts, coffee and chocolate with light earthy and herbal hop tones late on.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: The earthy and herbal element on the finish in both aroma and taste was maybe a bit too much for me, but otherwise, it was still quite good.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Taste: intense, complex, semi sweet chocolate, coffee, toffee, smooth viscous mouth-feel. Malty, earthy nutty, coffee bean nose. Black, opaque, tall dark brown head with webbed lattice of lace on the glass. Full body. Great, refined stout.

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Photo of moose1980
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nothing like pouring a Stout with a great head, and this one delivers - thick and mocha-colored. If smelled blindly, I would assume this to be coffee. The added sugar gives it some nice sweetness to pair with the roasted coffee/malts notes. Bitter finish.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin off white to tan foamy head. Stringy lacing running here and there on the glass. The smell started off with a sweet to roasty cocoa to dried coffee bean. Light vanilla slides in for the balance. The taste was mainly sweet with a moderately roasty to robust dried coffee flavor combining into the cocoa. There’s a dry coffee aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt nice and somewhat low. Overall, as an Imperial Stout, it’s nicely done and I could definitely see myself coming back to this.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From Miguel. In Teku glass. Playing Grim Legends 3. Very smooth, probably because of the oats. Plenty of milky notes. Soft coffee profile. Really sweet, leaving the glass sticky.

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Photo of Dzu
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap.
L: pitch black with a massive coffee like foam head.
S: Cocoa beans, dark chocolate, rich and complex.
T: chocolat, milk, caramel. Sweets.
F: full body and medium carbonation.
O: too sweet for me but great.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz. bottle

Pours opaque black with a creamy brown foam head. Smells slightly spicy, vinous and fruity with some raw pepper, dark berries, red plum, black cherry, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark roasted toasty malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sweet spicy fruity vinous berries, red plum, black cherry, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, sweet brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark roasted toasty malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice and unique imperial stout with coffee.

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Photo of JD_Brewhaha
2.49/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drank from a Central Waters snifter.
Jet black oil pour with full brown head and nice lacing. Sadly that's where the love affair ends.
Odd perfume aroma with some dish soap (no it wasn't from the glass).
Bubble gum espresso milk flavor.

Couldn't finish this one.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a jet black body with big foaming off white head
Aroma of real good coffee
Unsettlingly sweet coffee taste
Going to try aging methinks

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep, viscous pour with a beige head.

Aromas of slight Belgian yeast, some peppery coffee, spices, adhesive.

Flavor is very strong with sap, green pepper, coffee grounds, wax paper, metal, and a bit of chocolate, fudge, and green pepper seeds on the finish.

Feel is thick, chewy, unrelenting. Moderate carb.

Overall, $11 a bottle is not an appetizing price point. I'd pass next time.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Motor oil with a one finger beige head

S - Big coffee but not really roasted, herbal and earthy notes. A bit of booziness

T - A lot on the cassonade sugar with coffee, nice oatmeal presence, dark chocolate. Quite sweet.

M - Thick and smooth

O - A balanced coffee double stout. It's a bit overly sweet though. A dessert on its own

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown/black with a tan head that stays throughout.

Smells of roasted coffee with a sweet aroma.

First taste seemed on black licorice but never tasted that again. As the beer warmed, more of the roasted coffee notes came through.

Overall a very smooth drinking RIS coffee stout.

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Photo of Rcaros
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured dark but not pitch black out the bottle. Finger of tan/khaki head with mostly compact bubbles with big rocky bubbles in the center. Black in the glass with moderate carbonation coming up the sides

Aroma: slight coffee, heavy pepper skin, boiled jalapeños, worcestershire sauce

Taste: toasty malts, sweet malt, sweet milk chocolate, slight espresso bitterness, slight pepper skin, very sweet all the way through

Feel: very full, thick, awesome coating

Overall: slightly better than good..

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Photo of stakem
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head.

The aroma is sugary at first then coffee, char and solid roastiness/earth developes.

The taste is bitter bordering on acrid, roasty dry earth but still maintains a peculiar sugary aftertaste mingled with booze.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. An interesting nrew to try but doubt id care to have it again anytime soon.

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Photo of bnes09
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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 bylerteck
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +3.1%
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 -6.7%
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 +1.2%
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 Harrison8
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -1.9%
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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