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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.34%
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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Ratings: 230 | Reviews: 173
Photo of rallison
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a huge light tan head that takes 3-4 minutes to level off enough so that I can drink the beer below it. This is very interesting - there is absolutely none of the black body normally associated with the style and the head is also very unexpected. I am curious as to how the taste stacks up.

Smells of Candi sugar and caramel. Don't notice any roastiness, chocolate are coffee - the common RIS components.

So, the taste. This is not an RIS. A Belgian Strong Dark Ale? Sure. But this is most definitely not an RIS. Caramel. Candi Sugar. Dates. Some alcohol. Some roasted malts are indeed back there - the only thing that reminds me of a stout.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated - enough that it overshadows some of the flavors. Let this one sit and flatten a bit - you'll appreciate it more.

Drinkability is decent.

Overall, this was a bit of a disappointment. Had they called this a BSDA, it would have been much more appropriate. I love when breweries bend styles and create uniqueness. But, I don't love when breweries call their beer one thing when it really is something else. Like Blue Frog's DIPA. Enough rambling.. this is a decently tasty BSDA, nothing more.

Edit: Some marks would have been higher (but not by that much), had they classified it as a BSDA - I try to rate within style unless the beer obviously doesn't fit in any one style.

Photo of gpcollen1
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mighty dark with a massive light cocoa head into my Chimay Chalice. Aromas are a bit wild with a spicy chocolate. This one hits the palate with a roll of carbonation over the tongue - quickly followed by massive amounts of dark bitter chocolate. Hints of alcohol drenched cherries slide in and out very faintly. Finishes a bit dry and bittersweet. The mouthfeel on this is smooth and creamy yet the carbonation detracts from this a bit.

Overall pretty good but not great. I really long for more simple stouts and less Imperial stouts these days...

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 Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured cool from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a goblet. Picked this up at Shawan Liquors in MD.
A - Deep brown w/ a reddish hue and a full 3 fingers of whipped cream type head that forms a tight bead at the base and expands as the eye moves upward. I didn't pour the whole bottle heeding the warnings of others and waited for the large foamy head to subside. The yeasty brown is lightly murky w/ yeast.

S - Roasty, stout like creamy aromas w/ a musty spiced dry essence. Nuts and vanilla w/ sugar and a tinge of coffee are detected when inhaled deeply. A light hop spiced element is noticeable w/ a bit of the irish yeast character.

M - A rich light roastiness in the feel w/ a huge dose of carbonation and smooth chocolate oily texture w/ subtle spice.

T - A big boozy stout flavor that lets you know it has a wallop packin' - booze, chocolate and creamy nutty toastiness w/ a woody vanilla character. The malt is rich but gets carried away by the yeasty mineral character and agressive effervescence. Heady and full of alcoholic warmth with plenty of dry yeastiness.

D - Huge Imperial Stout flavor and Belgian spicy flavors - this is big dark and in your face. Not for sessioning by any means, it is one to sit back w/ and sip. Very flavorful and full of potency I would recommend sharing this one.

Photo of Freshie
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, and because of that it suffers. It bounces back and forth between Imperial Stout, and Belgian Quad, and kind of does a crappy job at both. Since this is classified as a Russian Imperial, I will judge it as such.

It is somewhat too light for a strong Imperial. Caramel color. Thin wispy head.

The taste bittersweet. Chocolate and coffee. Hop spice following.

A raw and musty after-taste makes this tougher to swallow.

The flavors are too in your face, and mix-matched.

Very confused by this one.

Photo of Minkybut
2.37/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The head on this beer was outstanding and I was hopeful that the rest would be as nice. However I was wrong. The beer was sour and very carbonated with way to overpowering alcohol taste. But the burn sour taste done me in and I will not buy again.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out almost gushing, but I manage to catch everything in my glass, but a proper pour is near impossible as there is nothing except pure foam. So I will wait...

Finally, my glass is filled with a murky dark brown with a tan creamy head. The head on this beer is appealing, but the beer itself looks slightly unappetizing. Nonetheless I will try it!

Smells of figs and raisins. There is a dark rum booziness that is enjoyable rather than overpowering. Candy sugar melds well with the roasted malts. Very pleasant nose.

Taste is of spicy anise, hint of coffee and roasted malts. Very dry finish with a hint of cocoa. Lacks some of the depth I would expect given the nose and of a typical Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel lacks the creamy consistency I expect from many stouts, especially given the look of the head on this beer. This may be a product of its overcarbonation. Drinkability is deceivingly high given the abv and the sweetness does not come of as cloying in the least.

As always with Belgian stouts this is an interesting and new experience. This one has its high and lows making it a very enjoyable brew that is lackluster in some areas.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle gushed upon opening, and I was able to get half of the bottle in the glass, including the massive head of tan foam.
The body of the brew is almost black and certainly opaque, with light only passing through when held directly to a light bulb.
The nose is laced with candied coffee beans, caramel, and roasted chocolate bits. A hint of a vineous note starts to develope.
Sweetish and nougat-like.
Mouthfeel is thinnish for an imperial stout. Quite effervescent and sticky on the tongue. Lacking chewiness and viscosity.
The pallet is roasty, chocolaty, and alcoholic. Kahlua-like and very warming. Plenty of residual brown sugar and a hint of maple syrup.
Finishes very warm and sweetish, with a lingering boozy note and more coffee liqeur.

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

11.2oz bottle

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a dense, creamy tan head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasty and mildly chocolatey with a large herbal hop smell. Has a slight woody character and a bit of anise. Lightly boozy when cold, it becomes pronounced when warm.

Roasty and bitter right upfront, it gives way to some mild cocoa and licorice flavors. Plenty of herbal hops and IBUs. Boozy and warming at the finish, which becomes more intense as it warms.

Medium-full body, creamy texture.

A bold stout with no lack of hops, it's an enjoyable version of the style. Drinkability is hindered by the booze, both taste and ABV.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Podge Belgian Imperial Stout, Picobrouwerij Alvinne. 48 IBU, 10.5% abv, a lot of other info, also, on the label...24.3 degrees Plato OG, 302 EBC, whatever that means, for the color. Ingredients: water, pilsner malt, 6 special malts, hops (Challenger and EK Goldings), candi sugar, Irish ale yeast. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle-conditioned. End of label info...that I feel like typing out.

11.2 oz bottle. Goes into a short little La Trappe chalice.

Cocoa brown color. Hard to tell under such large foam, i have to wait for it to diminish, and peer beneath. Foam was so prodigious, I had to suck some down or it would spill over and make a mess. Gorgeous head. A rusty, roasty, dotted, bubbly, lacey, lovely. Very effervescent, also

Espresso and chocolate in the nose. Rich and bittersweet. Creamy and supple. Traces of bourbon and licorice. Beautiful. I just want to sniff and sniff.

In the mouth: mmmm. Full bodied. Long, sweet, dark and delicious finish. Booze rises higher in the profile. Gets more whiskey-ish, cognac-y. Not as roasty, and thick as other Imperial Stouts. And sweeter than others. But oh, so, tasty.
Certainly won't find itself on the top of mine, or anyone else's list of best Imperial stouts. But this is a unique interpretation, more reminiscent of Belgian strong dark ales than most richer, roastier versions of the style.
Baker's chocolate, that's what's biggest on the tongue and down the throat.

I like it, though. I really like it. This should be a whole new style. a luxurious dessert beer.

I've had a handful of Belgian stouts, and this may be the first Imperial Stout from Belgian that's passed my lips. As usual, it's nothing if not a Belgian beer first, and something like an Imperial Stout second.

All that aside, it's damned tasty, and I'm loving it!
Love, love, lovin' it!

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this brew! Cheers

Chilled this brew for about 2 hours in the fridge. Popped the top and poured into my Das Boot beer mug. The head on this beer was absolutely massive! Not only that it took a very long time to dissipate. As for the taste and appearance they were both fantastic. The color is black with a tint of red. The taste, contrary to other reviews, is great. Its full and complex. I really enjoy this brew and would recommend it to any and everybody. Its drinkable, tasty, and simply a great brew.

Overall: Its a good, complex taste with a great mouthfeel. This brew is a fairly decent stout and I would recommend it. I would like to get another if I could find it here in Indiana. Thanks again kmpitz2

Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/08/07- Purchased at Healthy Spirits in Sa Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby nosed bottle. 2003 vintage as per the label. Poured into 8oz size taster glasses.

Appearance- Kind of medium brown color in appearance. Maybe a burnt caramel color. Bottle foams upon popping the cap. Lost about an ounce of beer. Large two inch plus head as expected. Staying power at about a 1/2 inch. Does leave pretty decent lace marking behind though.

Smell- Caramely, a touch of chocolate and maybe a tad butterscotch. Hmmmm...really not a strong outgoing nose.

Taste- Very nice blending flavors of bittersweet chocolate, espresso and even a bit nutty. Flavors work very nice together.

Mouthfeel- Overcarbonated at first sip. Settles down quicky though. Lasting mocha like aftertaste.

Drinkability- As per a reccomendation, this beer didn't dissapoint. Was a bit hesitant after popping the cap and sseing the color, but the flavor was one of the better ones per style that I have had.

Photo of
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle

Opaque brown body, even when held up to a strong light. Slight ruby tint at edges. Huge, creamy, light brown head.

Smell of Belgian funk, but mild. Chocolate and alcohol. Dark fruits, such as raisins and figs.

Taste really brings the alcohol. Coffee helps moderate it a bit (Kahlua anyone?). Dark fruits. Bittersweet/dark chocolate.

Medium to full body. Big/Huge carbonation. Dry - alcohol - desert...ABV warming hits hard and fast.

Interesting! A hell of a stout which could probably use some time in a cave. Right now, kinda rough.

Photo of geexploitation
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, but not black (more of a murky mahogany) with a huge, sticky head that clings to the glass. The aroma is marked by lots of Belgian yeast notes -- licorice root, dark fruit, and spice -- along with some roasted and high-kiln malt bits. Some creaminess lurks in the background, matched by quite present raw alcohol. On the palate, big fruit at the front, cream-and-coffee, then increasingly sweet dark fruits and a significant alcohol burn toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, not very big for the style, with substantial-but-appropriate carbonation (for a Belgian, anyway). Overall, this is a strange but tasty beer. It's not really an Imperial Stout, due to the fruitiness of the Belgian yeast, but it is a tasty beverage noenetheless.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a mighty thin-looking, dark brown body. No head to speak of.

Smell: Candyish, sweet-smelling aroma of chocolate cake and sour fruits.

Taste: There's a rich, sweet chocolatey flavor upfront with a note of sour black cherries soaked in milk. From start to finish there's this odd medicinal quality to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Very low carbonation.

Drinkability: Medicinal and an ultra thin body are two things I don't care for at all in Imperial Stouts. Not recommended.

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 bjohnson
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz. squat bottle.

Pours a murky plum brownish color with a one finger creamy off white colored head. Nice retention that holds for a decent amount of time. Not the color I normally would associate an imperial stout with, but then again, this is a Belgian imperial. Did I just pour a quad or a stout? Roasty malt notes with a wheaty dark fruit quad-like backbone. Touches of chocolate and caramel.

Definitely Belgian qualities come through right from the first sip. Dubbel or quad? yes. Russian imperial stout? um, no. Chocolate and roasty malt notes coupled with a sweet fruity plum and prune twang. A touch of lactic mouthfeel on the palate creates a smooth softness. Dark fruit notes are more apparent as it warms up--as does the hop bitterness. abv goes unnoticed. stout in belgium must mean quad. a mess of a beer if you ask me. pass on this.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the 21 beers I brought back from Belgium. Poured into my De Garre snifter while watching Law and Order.

A - Pours a murky opaque deep brownish black. No carbonation whatsoever, some oxygen bubbles are all that appeared after a vigorous pour down the bottom of my glass.

S - Average smell, hints of chocolate and alcohol. A decent sweet aroma, but it is extremely faint.

T - Slighlty sweet with some alcohol hotness right up front. A very faint roastiness is on the back of the tounge. As this warms a huge Belgian dark chocolate flavor is apparent; I get a chocolate taste out of many stouts and porters, but none tasted like this. The wife hated it, describing it as day old burnt coffee. I am not a huge fan of this beer, but I didnt get those flavors.

M - I actually really liked the mouthfeel. Very creamy. It accentuated the flavor very nicely.

D - Solid drinkabilty for this big beer.

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 jaxon53
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature, in a snifter, from an 11.2 ounce stubby brown bottle. Poured a dark as night, thick black color, that no light could pass through. About three good fingers of thick, dense, very bubbly tan head formed. Awesome head retention on this one. Head looked as if it would just hang there for days, and left generous amounts of thick, sticky lace behind. I don't think I've seen head retention like this. Smell: Sweet faint aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, yeast, a little bit of vanilla, and a nice smooth touch of hops. Taste: Sweet chocolate flavors, mild bitter coffee, smokey roasted malt, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and a light hoppy note. Not too bad at all. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, with some nice texture to it. Did have some nice body. The 10.5 % abv. was very well hidden, almost non-existent. Tons of carbonation , as I expected. A pretty complex brew. Was pretty drinkable. I will definitely be buying this beer again.

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 cbl2
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7/6/2007 $3.95 11.2 oz. 10.50% Brewed 2003, can be kept for up to 8 years.


Crazy carbonation issue, resulting in loads and loads of foam! After an intolerable wait, the body that emerges is dark as night, though lacking the viscosity of RIS that I have come to expect.


Dark rich and redolant with the aroma of rum soaked cherries, dark chocolate and hints of earth.


Much thinner than an RIS should be, and sweeter too. The alcohol surges through here, with the flavors of rum soaked cherries leading. Some roasted dark chocolate appears toward the end, but the high alcohol sensation drowns out most other flavors. Too thin of body, and too high of alcohol make this a not great entry into the RIS category.

Photo of BarryNL
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark, opaque, very black. When backlit the beer appears to have dark brown hues and be reasonably bright. The head is tiny and short-lived.

S: Dominated by alcohol and caramel syrup (probably what the our US cousins would call molasses). There are hints of dark fruits and liquorice the solvent-like alcohol aroma dominates.

T: Malts, syrupy sweetness, alcohol, hints of port wine, or indeed barley wine. As the alcohol fades hop flavours and bitterness come through along with the flavours of roasted barley and dark malts. The burnt grain flavours linger longest.

M: Too thin for the style, probably due to the use of dark sugar and crystal sugar as adjuncts. Carbonation is low and disappears completely during the time it takes to drink this big beer.

D: At 10.5% it's clearly a one bottle per night experience. The overpowering alcohol also gets a little tiring after a while.

Overall, the beer suffers from being dominated by its alcohol - a fairly common problem with beers which use sugar as adjuncts.

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 Patg72
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this beer while in Brugge in January. When I opened the bottle it immediately started to foam over. This foaminess transferred over to the goblet I poured it in and it took a while to pour the whole bottle. The appearance once in the glass is very nice, a dark opaque hue. The aroma is slight roasted malt with that belgian yeast. This beer tasted a lot better after about twenty minutes once a lot of the carbonation had dissipated. Before it was just too carbonated for a imperial stout. The finish was very enjoyable. If I had another bottle I would open it and just let it breathe for a good twenty minutes like a red wine and then still pour very slowly.

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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
80 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.