To Øl Goliat (10.1%)

GoliatSo, Danish Imperial Stout.
And actually it’s not just Imperial Stout, it’s Imperial Stout with coffee ad perhaps I should have read the ingredients before I poured it as it now seems I’m going to get drunk and wired on a school night.
But do you know what?
With a beer this good I don’t really care.
Goliat sits in my glass a heavy, impenetrable black with an espresso crema for a head.
It smells like a cup of coffee with chocolate sprinkles and rum served on an antique wooden tray.
This is a BIG stout with a huge bitter chocolate heart, dipped in sticky toffee and a pinch of chili flakes, then doused in a week’s worth of eye bulgingly strong black coffee.
The hops are almost an aside, red and brittle, they’re autumnal woodland leaf litter and little bits of tree bark.
the finish here is extended and rich and marvellously big and I’m not sure I’ll sleep tonight.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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