Thanks for your response Ivan. Good to know that others have felt about this the same way that I have! I am definitely looking to use Go at every opportunity that comes my way.
As for Java, though, I believe it has its place. Not because of the language, but because of the powerful eco-system of tools that have sprung around it that make it pretty much the only choice (IMO) for large scale enterprise applications. And more, modern age frameworks like Eclipse Vert.x are quickly compensating for the verbosity and bloat of the language itself.
It will be interesting to see how the tooling side of Golang world develops. If the eco-system starts to seriously address the enterprise needs, there are few “backend” languages that would stand in its way.