Goliat | To Øl

GoliatGoliat
BA SCORE
92%
Liked This Beer
4.19 w/ 352 ratings
GoliatGoliat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
To Øl
Denmark
to-ol.dk

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
Ranking:
#1,490
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
352
Liked:
324
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
8.59%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
78
Trade:
6
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Photo of 1600eman
2.34/5  rDev -44.2%
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 JD_Brewhaha
2.49/5  rDev -40.6%
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 thorncp
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bkeller04
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of cbnz
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Brutus627
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
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 4lo
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Back of the cellar dweller for a number of months. Maybe better fresh, but nothing to write home about as drank.

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Photo of sweetLew
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of jroof1
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tetu
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of jonbonfondle
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of stakem
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
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 yesterdayfaraway
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Jhfinn
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dwreck
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FanofHefe
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice 3 finger dark mocha head that has good retention and a decent bit of lacing for the abv. Dark black body with no light penetration.

Solid aroma for an Imperial Stout. Starts off with dark fruit, and as it warms, chocolate and a small amount of coffee.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but the sweet, chocolate flavor is more dominant. The roasted malt flavor comes through and combines with light nut flavor, coffee, and raisin/dates. Pretty good blend of flavors overall.

Thick texture in the mouthfeel and very little notice of the alcohol. Will use the world "solid" again to describe this one overall. Hard category to compete in for scores, but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of HopSavant
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Goliat from To Øl
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 352 ratings
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