Podge Belgian Imperial Stout - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-08-2006

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Reviews by Dukeofearl:
Photo of Dukeofearl
2.17/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

11.2 ouce stuuby bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. Purchased as part of an "Imperial Stout" set (informally) in May 2008 (?), price not recorded.

Pours a murky muddy brown. I didn't see sediment as I poured, but after it is in the glass, the pour is just full of cloudy particles. The best part is a nice looking tan head that has lots of stickage. But overall, very thin and weak looking for an Imperial Stout- more like a cloudy brown ale than a stout.

Aroma is decent enough, nice caramel toasty roasty malts, a bit of smoke, quite decent.

But the flavor just falls down, and falls down hard. Sharp, rank, buttery, hop sharp (with none of the hop goodness), but in the worst way. My best analogy would be to stick my tongue in an ash heap-- wow, this is just not good.

This beer may have been old; the label says 2003 but not as a "brewed on" date- it's rather confusing. However, the label also says this beer can be cellared for 8 years. If it is a 5 year old beer, then I politely disagree.

Drain pour after about 4 ounces-- I tried to like it, but this was just wrong.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Always a treat to try a pretty rare (in least in the NYC area) brew like this one and even better to find it on tap. This one poured the expected near black, with very little head, no lacing and seemingly non existent carbonation. Some roasty malt notes, chocolate, cocoa, moderate hopping. I sensed some sourness layered in there somewhere. Nice stuff, subtle, not the kind of Impy stout that will knock your taste buds out. Less of a R.I.S. and more of a mellow, lighter body wise, easy drinking but still fairly complex Belgian style stout. Worth a try.

Photo of fdrich29
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generously given to me after volunteering for the 2008 Beeradvocate.com Belgian Beer Festival.

Belgian Imperial Stout. The words drip with oxymoronic wonder. No idea what to expect here, but eager to give it a try.

The pour looked like a hearty mix of apple cider and hot chocolate. Smells sweet of figgy, dark fruit, tinge of alcohol. Tastes fruity as well, full malty flavor, very nice. Smooth beer with no lingering taste after the initial sour nibble.

I have to say, I was really impressed with this beer, which I feared would be nothing more than a gimicy brew. I'd say it's worth a try if you can get it.

Photo of magictrokini
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy brown with a tall, thick tan head comprised of very tiny bubbles. Roasted malt, sour yeast, caramel, fig, and earth in the aroma. Coffee and caramel in the taste, lots of choclate malt, all blended with the Belgian sweet-and-sour yeast. Starts sweet and ends tangy.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a full glass of creamy light tan head, even with a gentle pour. After about 5 minutes a dark walnut black body forms underneath. The body is pretty dense but a light hue of light comes through at the very base. Still no sign of carbonation.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt has a smell of dark candy sugar and sweet dates to it.

T- The taste of dark smooth malt has a note of wood and milk chocolate to it. There are sweet dark candy notes and some light prune qualities. After the malt flavor there is a light tartness with a burnt but sweet note at the finish. There is a taste of alcohol at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight creamy texture and a big soda pop fizz in the finish. There is alcohol warmth that turns to an alcohol burn as this beer warms.

D- This beer has a big alcohol heat but not much depth in malt and not that much flavor. I didn't notice any interesting yeast qualities that it alluded to on the bottle. Inside the logo there is the date of 2003 but I didn't have any stamped on date, which was odd because the text said it could be aged for up to 8 years. I don't think age would help this beer.

Photo of fitzy21
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a very deep, earthy brown. Foam dissipated pretty quickly and left a small tracing of lace around the top

Smell - very rich dark fruit smell, with a underlining hint of roasted malts. The dark fruit is very pronounced.

Taste - At first, very sweet and then sour, definitely taste what i smelled with the dark fruits. by the end i tasted malts and a hint, a very tiny hint of the coffee - the hint of coffee came more with the after taste than anything. hides the alcohol very well for a beer that comes in at 10.5%abv

Mouthfeel - heavy, yet it is very liquid, moves around seamlessly.

Drinkability - this was different - you could tell it had a Belgian twist on it. But they melded the maltiness and sweetness together pretty well...I would say this is more of a dessert type beer. I think it would pair well with a nice cherry pie or other similar desserts. Not something I think I would enjoy by itself.

a well made and tasty beer, just not something to have by itself, imo.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Be careful and pour slowly...gushed upon opening and left some sediment in the murk. Not sure why, as no shaking occurred. Just a temperamental one, I guess. The head is huge and stays big. The color is about the darkest milk chocolate-brown that brown can be before turning black. Thick walls of lace form as the head very slowly minimizes. No points taken off for its boisterousness, no hard feelings.

Aroma is malted milk, sweet cream, cheap coffee and shavings of dark baking chocolate. Has a kind of mineral slant that carries over into the flavor.

And the flavor is a weird one. Acidic fruitiness, low-grade coffee and terribly bitter chocolate chip are masked by that mineral flavor, which gives a soft, flat, tart metallic sheen to everything. Sour where it shouldn't be. Could be the "Irish ale yeast" that's used, as I taste some parallels between this and various Irish stouts. There's a great flavor here somewhere, but it's beset by problems.

Mouthfeel is a frothy one. Not as creamy as it could or should be. Finish turns things a bit fruity, still with a metal/mineral glaze. And yes, the long dry finish promised on the label is here...again reminding of various Irish stouts, and even some Scotch ales with that weird, musty, mineral/metal thing going on.

The 10.5% alcohol is superbly well-hidden. The thing looks amazing. It's definitely got its moments in other departments, but really, I'd probably pass this up in the future. There are better Belgian stouts out there (Special Extra Export and Obscura come to mind), but you gotta give it props for originality.

Photo of Magpie14
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: out of the stubby bottle poured cloudy black color. Soap cream colored head, splashes of lace. The pour was not as viscous as I was expecting

S: alcohol, dark malts, dark roasted coffee. A touch of dark, rich fruits

T: dark flavor of malts, chocolate, and coffee. Sweet black liquorice and alcohol notes. Sweetness is followed by sharp sour bitterness, overall a very sweet imperial stout. Most characteristics vanish/very subtle due to sweetness, I get two things out of this brew...sweet then bitter, not much else

M: syrup-like feel and very smooth and creamy. Body is a good heavy

D: with all due respect, I am going to have to try this one again sometime. I am not sure what to think? I am a stout lover but this was somewhat of a bad experience for me...dang!

Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tip of the hat to Papsoe. A dark not jet black colour with some white head. Aroma of yeast and coffee and chocolate. Unique rich stout, not as thick at a top RIS, not a Bell stout, just enjoyable Belgian style, similar to Hercules. Great balance as not too coffee (spelled Koffee), nor too chocolate, nor too bitter.

Photo of cjgator3
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle. 2003 vintage per label. Pours a dark brownish black with a massive light tan head. There is a lot of carbonation in the bottle, which forced me to pour extremely slowly to avoid a foam over. The aroma is a bit sour with roasted malt and cocoa powder. The taste like the aroma suggests is dark roasted malts with some coffee flavored bitterness in the finish and a warming booziness that lingers into the aftertaste. This is a "Belgian Imperial Stout", so people should not compare it to a big bold Russian Imperial Stout. This is not an extreme beer like some RIS, it is kicked down a few notches but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Overall, this is a pretty solid brew for what it is and is definitely worth a shot.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Digita7693. Thanks man

Poured into my Cigar City Snifter it has a very nice off white head. Great lacing. Very dark brown. Not very stout looking.

Aroma is not very stoutish either. Just sort of malty. Can't really smell anything else. Not very aromatic.

Taste is actually pretty good. But it tastes nothing like a stout. No roastyness. Just sort of smooth almost bock ish. Sort of sweet. Not bad just not a stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Good carb.

Overall this is not a stout. It's good bit it needs to be renamed or something. Then I would give it a better review.

Photo of dgallina
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce short brown bottle without dating.

Pours murky dark brown with a 1/4 glass of tan head and rich lacing. The smell carries some mild roasted coffee and chocolate malts and is much more fruity than British-derived imperial stouts. Most malt flavors are obliterated by the extremely large alcohol presence in the beer. Strong fusel alcohols are predominant throughout. Alcohol-derived dark fruit flavors plus a little burnt coffee malt squeeze in at the swallow. The body is heavy and creamy as you'd expect. Rather difficult to finish due to the overwhelming booze content. Not something I'll be looking for in future.

Photo of Orrshow
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Never had a Belgian IS before.

Appearance - Very dark brown....not opaque. Very little off white bubbly head arose but fell quickly.

Smell - Fairly sweet and malty with a little belgian yeast. Some chocolate and roasted characteristics are there with some black licorice and fruit.

Taste - Up front dark fruits are present. There is a good alcohol kick and some chocolate and roasted malt. A little vanilla flavor is there too. Of course belgian yeast is in the taste as well. Interesting and good.

Mouthfeel - A thin but syrupy feel to it. Carbonation as expected.

Drinkability - Not bad...alcohol takes from it.

A good beer which was very interesting to taste. I would revisit it again but I dont think its possible.

Photo of GRG1313
2.64/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Initial comment is that this beer just isn't what it purports to be, at least in my opinion. It tastes like no stout I've ever tried.

Pours a hazy brown/black with a very quickly disappearing head. Pleasant light nose of simple fruit and simple ripe grapes. Some sweet malt/ripe pear nose, as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and no overwhelming character except that this is like no stout I've ever tasted. Flavors are a cross between wine and a sour. Not terribly appealing or pleasant on any level. Very different flavors. Spices, cooked fruit and some grape acid but not the kind of flavors that have you wanting more.

Interesting high acid, aged red wine finish. I can't really imagine drinking a glass of this for any reason other than a tasting experience.

Photo of Bung
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. These Belgian stouts have a great appearance. Dark brown/black with a huge light tan head. It kind of ends their though. Very roasty malt and coffee aroma. Something astringent. Carbonation is off the charts and really clouds everything. Earthy, fairly clean finish. This style has potential, but I just don't get it yet. They really should make a seperate category for these.

Photo of NRo
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Was recommended this when I bought some other stouts. Expiration date on the cap says Sept 2014. More than half of it gushed out when I opened it. My bad for storing it on its side when it explicitly says to store upright.

Smell: Smells very sour. Not sure if an imperial stout is supposed to smell like this might be infected.

Appearance: Kind of a murky dark brown. Not so attractive.

Taste: Very flavorful. I would call it "meaty". The sour kind of adds to it.

Mouthfeel: Almost bubbly. It's not a light beer, but the carbonation suspends it.

Overall: I would definitely drink it again. Easily overlooked due to it's mediocre appearance. Wish I hadn't lost half of it to gushing.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A viscose pour yielded a dark chocolate color with a 1 finger solid foamy, dark khaki colored pancake head.

S: yeasty and fruity, bananas, melons, cantelops at first before yielding to some sweet dark chocolate and lactose notes.

T: dark cocoa beans and dry, milky lactose. Some dark fruit with a very spicy alcohol bite. Theres a spicy fruitiness of apple cider and yeastiness as well detected. The finish is hot and spicy with some alcohol fusels and a dark earthy bitterness. More alcohol then roasted character for my liking.

M: medium, oily, and was very spicy and bitter.

D: limited due to the hot and spicy nature. A big alcohol bite limits this to a sipper and distracts from the flavor.

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A ton of frothy head unexpectedly results when the last dregs are poured into the chalice. Tan foam, dimpled surface. Leaves some lace, looks a little like a trappist Dubbel. In the light, the stout pours almost an amber color, not very dense.

Aroma of roasty malt, very subtle banana. Not strong at all, could use a boost in the nose.

Very malty and rich, unfortunately there's a metallic note that can't be shaken. Roast malt, chocolate, fried plantains. Thin mouthfeel, it needs work there too. Tastes like a cross between a Dubbel and a Guinness. Slight residual astringency. No hint of %10+ abv.

Average at best, when compared to other Belgian stouts, and American counterparts. I really wanted to like this, but it doesn't hold a candle to De Dolle Export Stout, Hercule, or others from Belgium.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a mahogany brown color with a small tan head that went away quickly. There is a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, brown sugar and dark fruit (raisins, plums). Taste is similar to the aroma, with some chocolate also noticable in the taste. The dark fruit flavors are stronger compared to the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it goes down easy and it's not hard to drink at all. The 10.5% ABV is well hidden. Overall I think this is a decent enough brew. It's not something I would buy often, but it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of Jredner
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown and settles a lighter black than most Imperial Stout. The head is massive and very Belgian looking, being two fingers thick, wispy and creamy and tan. Aroma is slightly dusty, but sharp too. Some cocoa and raisin, but little roastiness aroma wise. Rich and chocolatey in the fore with a tart fruitiness, some baked cherry, plum and prune appear though the middle. Palate is thin for the style, but not desperately so. It’s very "different" but it does leave a slightly roasty lingering dark chocolate flavor. Interesting, but not something I’d go back to over and over.

Photo of tendermorsel
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 335 ml bottle to a standard pint glass.

This had a tall but very airy head. Tastes of chocolate and burnt malts. Very interesting Belgian interpretation of this style. Much sweeter than typical imperial stouts. Lighter mouth feel also. Lacking some of the creaminess in both the body and head that typical comes with Imperial Stouts. For a beer this strong the alcohol was hidden well.

Not in my 10 imperial stouts. But interesting to try and recommended.

Photo of BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml stubby bottle into 8oz snifter.

Pitch black, with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. A very thin tan head settles to a rim along the glass.

Beyond the roasty malts there is a bit of sweet dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol. A little bit of sugar is there in the background.

The alcohol is noticed toward the finish, with the somewhat tame roasted malts up front. Some spicy phenols are in the middle, which is the first sign of a Belgian style beer. There's a little bit of light walnut in there, along with a bit of toffee. A bit of plum shows up toward the middle. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

I didn't notice a bottled date or anything, but this seems to have some characteristics of a beer that's been aged over a year. If that's the case, it ages well, and I'd like to try it fresh. Worth a try.

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Monk's 3/26, poured into a tulip and arriving with a frothy 1 finger khaki head. It's gone in a few short moments, leaving only a slight outer ring to top off this deeply plum and cola colored beer. When held to the light, the body reveals itself as a silky and only semi opaque concoction, instead of the dense soupy brew I had assumed it to be.

Smell starts with dark fruit notes - raspberries and raisins. A shadow of bready yeast plays off the huge malt presence: lots of molasses, sugary caramel and dark roasted malt. Grains, and a hint of dairy round it out.

Taste is a surprise right off the bat - the first sip is dominated by a spicy herbal Belgian yeast. Wood and whisky alcohol open up as I swirl the beer in my mouth. The middle of this beer is heavy on the malt, bready and sweet with raisins. A bit of coffee hits towards the back, as it ends with a dry almost powdery cocoa bitterness. Again though, this beer is all about the yeast. As it warms, it actually falls apart into a bit of a hot mess. Not what I expect with a stout.

Very well carbonated. Bounces off my tongue and down my throat. Very light body for the style. Drinks very easy.

Photo of abfraser
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark black. Don't remember there being much more than a small-ish head.

S: Chocolate, malt, very subtle stuff

T/M: Not at all sweet like most American imperial stouts. Very dry and drinkable. Can't believe this thing is still 10.5%. Chocolate, roasted malt, a coffee are there but very subtle, never overpowering the flavors. A little thin on the mouth.

D: Quite drinkable even thought its 10.5%. Very deceiving.

A decent imperial stout. Not at all like what I'm used to having from some of the American producers, which is probably a well known thing that I just didn't know. Don't have too much of a desire to have another one, but worth the try.

Photo of JalfPsu
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured with a three-finger, fluffy tan head that shrank down to maybe a thumb's width within minutes. The beer itself was lighter in color than I'd expected, and appeared almost reddish when light hit it. It was pleasant looking, but not necessarily what I'd expect (or look for) in an imperial stout.

The smell surprised me, too, reminding me much more of a Belgian quad, or even a flemish sour, than an imperial stout. It came across as very fruity up front, with strong notes of dark cherries, and an almost sweet tart like tang. After this subsided, some of the more traditional notes of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt come in, but they were quite subdued, especially compared to the fruitiness.

By and large, the taste followed from the nose. The initial flavors were primarily dried fruits, like plums and cherries, with even some citrus undertones. There is a definite tang to the taste, reminding me again of sweet tarts. Not a bad combinations of flavors, but not what I expected from the style. The aftertaste holds the more traditional flavors, with subtle notes of coffee, chocolate, and molasses blending with dark roasted malts. There's also a noticeable alcohol kick, leaving a tingling on the throat and tongue reminiscent of wine.

The body was surprisingly thin for the style, which I found disappointing. I like my imperial stouts to be heartier, and more substantial.

Overall, this wasn't a bad beer, and I'm certainly glad I tried it, but it's probably not something I'd consume regularly. It's just too weird.

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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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