Goliat | To Øl

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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
Ratings:
350
Reviews:
93
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
78
For Trade:
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Ratings: 350 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A coffee based based stout, and a really good one at that. Good roast aroma. Very brown coloured body with wisp of a head. Some chocolate sweetening it. Understated carbonation. Very drinkable and tasty.Brought back from Lakeview Liquors, and thanks for sharing Liam.

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

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, coffee grounds, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same along with some chocolate syrup flavors. There is a medium amount of roasty coffee bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp, smooth, and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an extremely good beer that is very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Street, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin mocha-colored head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has complex flavors of roasted malts and coffee beans along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is very well balanced. Although the alcohol isn't that noticeable in the taste, the beer definitely tastes strong and is one that needs to be slowly sipped.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
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 kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a rather large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium sweet chocolates notes with light roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated some black chocolates notes with light roasted malt, light coffee notes with light residual sugars. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no clear apparent alcohol. Enjoyable but a bit short in terms of complexity.

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Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey stoutfest

Big creamy 1+ finger darker mocha colored head, fades slowly nice lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose fresh ground coffee, espresso, some dark chocolate, hint of dark fruit like raisin covered in cocoa powder.

Taste starts with chalky cocoa, slight mocha, bit of soy sauce, light briny taste, chewy malts, light caramel, some coffee and espresso but not the fresh grinds, bit of burnt roasted coffee, then lots of spicy chewy hop pellets, bitter bite. Finish is sticky semi sweet but drier, more burnt coffee, light mocha, spicy chewy hops.

Mouth is bigger bodied, bit syrupy, light boozy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, bit to roasty briny taste, decent hops though, malts are ok, semi drinkable, nose has great coffee but wish out came through more on the taste.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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 dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Beer Street Brooklyn in New York, NY

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light hints of visible carbonation at the edges of the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a very thick film and thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee, cocoa powder, and some lighter amounts of vanilla.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is very enticing... Strong flavors of dark roasted malts along with some moderate notes of cocoa, anise, and vanilla. There is a moderate amount of coffee bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and could easily sip on a beer like this one all evening long - I really enjoy the style and feel like this is a good example. There is a good complexity to the flavor and the alcohol is well hidden.

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Black pour with a nice fluffy pillow of mocha head, quite dense and leaving lots of traces on the glass as it slowly subsides.
Smell of chocolate covered raisin, mild sweet coffee, some juicy plum, dash of cocoa powder, black licorice, faint chocolate cake, faint leafy hop.
Big juicy dark fruit start, lots of plum, fig and raisin, amped up by strong coffee acidity imposed from the start. Works well with the following dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, black licorice, and brings a nice coffee liqueur feel alongside the alcohol. Roasted malts a bit late, but right at the end, quite ashy. Hops are strong from early on, rather earthy and not quite mixing well with the coffee, at least for me.
Aftertaste is a bit bland, burnt bread with some coffee powder. Still, dark fruit is nice and refreshing with every new sip. Alcohol is just warm. Medium body, smooth enough.
A nice imperial coffee stout, boasting with a big American hop addition that it could do without, i think. Still solid stuff.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of smithj4
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black. A little bit of a khaki head. Nice wisps on the surface.

Smell - Lots of coffee. Sweet malts. A little roast.

Taste - Sharp coffee and sweet caramel malts, but the roasted malts make more of an appearance and balance it out nicely. A little bit fruity in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Chewy and medium heavy. Bitter coffee aftertaste.

Overall - Good. Lots of coffee, but the stout backs it up nicely and the flavors work very well.

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Goliat from To Øl
4.21 out of 5 based on 350 ratings.
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