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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
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
345
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
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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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Photo of 1600eman
2.34/5  rDev -44.4%
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%
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 +6.7%
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 +4.8%
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 +5.9%
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 +1.2%
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 -6.9%
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%
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 -14.3%
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 -5.5%
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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