Podge Belgian Imperial Stout - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Reviews: 173
Hads: 234
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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Photo of Avagadro
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: nearly black, with a touch of maroon showing dimly through the glass. Head is cream in color and texture.

S: I'm surprised how dead the aroma is for how strong of an ale this is. All I can smell is a touch of bready yeast.

T: off-dry with notes of molasses, chocolate, and sourdough bread.

M: medium- heavy body with a healthy amount of carbonation.

D: a fairly good RIS, but Podge doesn't see eye-to-eye with me as to what the beer should be. Not enough aroma, too thin, too much carbonation. Prejudices aside, it is still quite enjoyable and worth a try. (564 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Room temperature bottle into a glass. Supposedly this is 2007 vintage, but it doesn't say that on the bottle.

Courtesy of a trade with Uwftke26. Thanks Ryan!

A: Pours a mahogany body that glows faintly when held to the light. The head is restrained for a Belgian-style RIS; a finger's worth of light beige foam is all it can muster. Retention makes up for it though, as it recedes evenly into a light cap and moderate collar on the brew. No lacing.

S: Surprisingly fruity, with raisins being the first smell on the nose. Chocolate and molasses follow faintly after. It's pretty weak for a bottle at this temperature, and I can't see it getting any stronger in smell.

T: ...Interesting. That's really my first thought. It's very vinous, with red wine and figs coming through on the first sip. The mid-taste is more chocolate- and molasses-driven. The finish is hoppy and tannic, like tea. Lightly spicy (pepper) and just a tad dry as well. The exhalation carries flavors of raisins and brown sugar.

If you had served me this without telling me it was an RIS, I would probably have guessed some variation of a BSDA. Not a bad flavor by any means, just not delivered well.

M: Thin-bodied and kind of watery in flavor. The body lacks the heft to deliver these full flavors with a punch. And the carbonation, which is medium-high at best, is not to blame here. Overall it feels a bit like a cheap soda. In fact, it gets so irritating that I wind up drainpouring the beer halfway through.

D: I'm very intrigued. This is a very creative interpretation (hybrid?) of two normally different styles. It just falls flat in execution. It wouldn't surprise me if they tweaked this and made an awesome beer, but right now it's not very drinkable. (1,745 characters)

Photo of erz316
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

shorty bottle into la chouffe snifter. the graphic on the bottle label says 2003, for what its worth.

A - the bottle begins to foam up as the cap is off and I try to write down the vessel into which I am pouring the brew. the body is a very dark with big yeast chunkies at to bottom. they sure do get a lot of yeast into this small bottle. the head is off white, with decent lacing.

S - smells almost like a dubbel, except with more roasted malts, but not as many as a ris should have; it seems almost like a belgian dark strong without any real spiciness or sweet fruitiness. quite a good bittersweet profile happening. I guess it is like a bdsa in that way, the sweetness is almost like a bdsa, but not quite as pure.

T - that's weird. it has some sour funk but also a stout-ish malt profile. over all I would say that this is not a real ris, but a cool and delicious hybrid. im guessing all of that sour funk is coming from the yeast I poured into the glass. this would be much better as a belgian dark strong, leaning on the super belgian sour side. the initial is sour, malty, and roasted, a but of fruity sweetness on the tip of the tongue. the finish is most like a belgian dark strong, it really gets that juicy malty fruity flavour happening. the aftertaste is more stoutish: has some coffee grounds and a light roasted profile with a larger portion bitter hops.

MF&D - feel is too thin for a ris, but the carbonation is still good. drinkablity is fine, but the sourness is not what Im looking for in a russian imperial. (1,533 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
2.64/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of nriech
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brew is a little like a watered down stout. Did they mix a stout and a Belgian to make this. A little yeasty and sour smell.

The taste was off to me. I purchased this from a very reputable store so am sure it was stored correctly. Way too sweet. This is on the verge of being a Flemish sour, which I like, but somethings not quite right.

A little malt, some alcohol, a little spicy. Thats about all I could find before it was poured. 7 guys tasting and none found any other redeemable qualities. I think Im being pretty generous on the ratings. (546 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle an opaque, dark chocolate brown with a fairly thick beige head. Aroma is chocolaty and smoky with a bit of an alcohol nip and just a hint of fruit. Mouth-filling flavor is malty and chocolaty with undertones of roast chocolate and caramel and just a teensy touch of fruit. The alcohol zing is not as strong in the flavor as in the smell. Texture is thick and creamy smooth, leaving a lively tingle on the tongue and lips. (445 characters)

Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing as a 'Belgian' stout rather than RIS.

2003 vintage

Appearance - This stuff looks kinda like dark coca cola. Not much carbonation to be found, with a 0 finger head. No lacing and no foam it seems. Held to the light there's garnet hues evident but the liquid seems to absorb more light than it should. Possibly this is a consequence of the yeasties floating in the beer. They are chunky rather than powdery and seem to stay permanently suspended rather than settling during cellaring.

Smell - Slight rum alcohol notes first, followed by rich waves of fruit. Raisins and plums and that particularly belgian 'chimay fruit' aroma. Not much roast here, smells kinda like someone poured Chimay red into a baltic porter. You can smell alcohol slightly, but I'd peg it at 8% if I didn't know better.

Taste - There's a definite sweetness that I taste first, followed by a cola-like caramel flavored aspect. More plums raisins and 'Chimay fruit'. There's hints of roast here though, this is definitely not a BSDA if you ask me, because at the finish there is at times a pronounced roast or coffee character. This stuff is slightly vinous as well. A tannic graniness follows and the finish finishes sweet and toffee-like with a long aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This is slightly warming, but in the 6 years since this was released the alcohol has faded to a slight slick feeling in the mouthfeel and a slight warming on the finish. There's very little carbonation, just enough to keep it from becoming cloying. Slightly thick but not viscous, the alcohol lubricates what would be potentially too heavy.

Drinkability - Not high, but not low. As I said before the alcohol is well hidden in this brew. You cannot really taste it, so the only indication of potency is the slight rummy smell and the rapidly developing tipsiness. While a little bit too sweet for me, this stuff is still a very interesting beer. I could think that a decent bit more roast would have helped to balance out the sugariness and add to the complexity of the beer.

I don't agree with those slamming this stuff with Ds for 'not being an RIS'. Well buddy it does state in large font "podge BELGIAN imperial stout" doesn't it now? I'm not sure this stuff would be that good young, but this is a perfect example of how the aging of a beer can solidify it and create a unified whole. (2,350 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
1.91/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Sampled on 7-21-09

Pours a surprisingly light, extremely deep brown color, with lots of yeast, even though I didn't pour the yeast in. The head in thin and bubbly, with pleasant lacing.

Smell is all booze, very caramelly and sweet, not RIS at all. Thick alcohol sweetness all the way.

Taste is thin, watery, and terrible. At least the booze isn't as strong as I expected.

Mouthfeel is awful, super thin and watery. Almost no carbonation.

Drinkability is poor, just a gross beer.

Overall, don't waste your time or money. (525 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
2.3/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thin and airy three + finger tan head with decent retention. Black with very little carbonation evident. Head slowly pops and fades down to a thin film which remains the entire time, leaving some chunky lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Toasted barley malt and some grainy undertones. Lots of spicy notes from the Belgian yeast, as well as some spicy alcohol. A touch of soap-like aroma in there too. Not an RIS nose per se, but not bad.

TASTE: Toasted malt and some grainy qualities. A strong soap presence comes through, which isn't all that pleasant. Spicy Belgian yeast accompanies some spicy alcohol, giving it a slight whisky-like taste through the end. Some sourness near the finish. Strong and long lasting aftertaste is sweet from the sugar and spicy-sour from the alcohol, which is not the most pleasant combination for an RIS.

PALATE: Thin body and pretty airy. Higher levels of carbonation evident. Goes down like nothing with a bit of a scratch at the end and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Much too light and airy for the style.

OVERALL: This one seemed to be mixed up between a Belgian strong dark ale and an RIS. It needed some dark fruit to be a BSDA, but more roasted qualities to be an RIS. A beer with an identity crisis. Either way the end product didn't please, being too soapy, sweet-sour, as well as thin and airy on the palate for my liking. I could finish this one without a problem, but I'll certainly be happy to leave the others for someone else. Not recommended. (1,596 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Alvinne always will have a small (pico?) place in my hart after we were introduced on a whirlwind tour of Belgium back in 2006. Since then, the opportunities to try more have been few and far between, limited to the annual Portland International Beerfest. Recently a handful of bottles have shown up in better bottle shops, so I recently snagged a Podge at Belmont Station. 11.2 oz bottle to a goblet.

A: Dark enough I suppose, a chocolate brown that falls short of black; held to light there's a vague chestnut/auburn hue. Creamy, light tan head builds to just shy of a finger. Flecks of foam stick here and there, most glide effortlessly downward. A dusting of snowy yeast fallout settles at the bottom, a negative mark for certain.

S: Smells much more like a 'Strong Dark Ale', perhaps even a 'quadrupel', than a typically Imperial Stout. This is one of those forgiveable 'offenses' for a Belgian brewer to commit: different yeast -different ingredients altogether- make it rather unfair to compare this with 'Russian Imperials' as categorized here on BA. Still, the aroma is a bit one-dimensional: a fruity/spicy malt roast with a penetrating sweetness. Robust, not terribly complex.

T: Toasted grain, filled with ripe fruit (sweet berries, prunes, raisins). Loads of spicing (Inglemunster yeast strain?) and a decent milk chocolate/cocoa that tastes more and more 'earthy' as it warms.

M: Has a fair amount of crispness, thanks to a healthy carbonation, but otherwise this has a disappointing thinness that can't be overlooked. On the plus side, the 10.5% ABV is hardly notable.

D: Taste-wise this definitely has its merits; aroma is fairly intriguing, too. But the whole package fails to come together, leaving sort of an amateur-ish mess that I regret giving low marks to, but must if I'm being honest. As much as I've enjoyed some Alvinne brews I've had before, this isn't among them. Drinkable, but passable all the same. For a beer that touts on it's label that it 'can be kept for 8 years or longer', I can't imagine this improving very much.

PS: Before I polished off the glass, I poured the last couple ounces into a bowl of fresh-cut Hood strawberries. Oh...My...God, that's delicious... (2,209 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle into sampler glass on 5/18/09.

A - Poured a hazy, gritty copper brown body with lively carbonation and one finger of foamy beige head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and left tons of thick, sticky foam along the glass.

S - Woody, earthy hop notes paired with sweet caramel malt up front. A sweet vanilla character emerges as it warmed up a bit. Bourbon notes are also apparent and come as a surprise, actually.

T - While bourbon and woody hops are quite apparent in the initial flavor, this stout features plenty of chocolate character paired with a prevalent dark fruit presence reminiscent of plums and raisins. Some spicy yeast is in there to give the brew a Belgian twist.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a light syrupy texture. Finishes with a touch of sourness mixed with some sweet notes on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this a bit more than I was anticipating. It's a stout, it's a Belgian, and it's got a nice bourbon presence. Glad I picked up a bottle of this. (1,020 characters)

Photo of BarrelO
2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Dark brown, not quite black. More like a quad. Hardly any head to speak of.

S: Sourness and fruitiness. Where are the roasted malts and chocolate?

T: All sourness and phenols.

M: Insultingly thin and watery.

D: I knew this one would be a miss as soon as I poured it. Not so much a stout as a BSDA, and a rather poor one at that. Drain pour. (384 characters)

Photo of Nick3
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown in color with no head to speak of. Massive floaties form a sheet along the base of my Kapittel Watou chalice. Good amount of lacing. Smell is complex and a wonderful synthesis of dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and vanilla. Wow, taste was much different than what I expected and a bit of a let down. Taste like a slightly malted tripel. Mouthfeel is too thin, chocolate flavors are there but don't balance well with the rest of the ingredients. Taste is also too mellow for this style. Wonder if some age would help here but the beer actually tasted in a bit stale. (590 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle

A: Black with a small white head. Some lace, no retention.

S: Upfront, sweet and fruity, but eventually giving way to some roasted and chocolate character. Pretty nice.

T: Wow, really sweet. I like sweet beers, but this amount of sweetness is pushing it for me. Fruity and candy-like, even slightly sour. The finish is a roasted bitterness, as expected. Coupled with the sweet start, it's a little off balance. Booze is apparent, but it's actually mixed in well. I want to give it a lower score, but even if the balance is off, I keep thinking that it's just more complex than off balance.

M/D: Full bodied, perhaps a little thin for a stout, slightly creamy body, but a little foamy. Drinkability is decent. If the taste was a little less sweet and more balanced, this would be a really good beer. As it is, it remains a good (and interesting) beer, but nothing special. (890 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
1.94/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Year-old bottle. Stored in the fridge six month ago. Avoided for what seems like forever. Though I do like the look of stubby bottles.

Ommegang Anniversary glass at the ready, a forceful snap of the bottle soon follows with carbonation creeping up towards the lip. A frantic pour results in twice as much sandy-colored foam as beer. Spotty lace.

A dirty brown, with tons of sediment, It looks like gritty stove top coffee.

Initial whiff is strong with hard water. Keeping at it, I get flour, crystal malt, fruity Belgian yeast, & just barely a bit of roast.

Powdery sweet banana/coconut artificially flavored dip candy & lots of scotch-like tannins are what my first impressions get me. Minor outline of roast, a continued sickly taste of vanillin, & a heavy dose of alcohol. The finish is metallic, along with a bit of bitter grass. Taste more like a imperial bruin with additives the anything stoutly.

Carbonation is strong, the body is expectedly thin, & the flavors headache inducing. Weird, though just questionably terrible. I'm almost certain the same people that love Southern Tier's phoney Creme Brulee would love the synthetic similarities. (1,155 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black body, very dark brown I'd say, with minor tan head that dies quickly and left a lace ring. A smokey malt smell hit me, like roasted or burnt malts with a hint of jerky/meat smell that you get from a Rauchbier. Odd. Also some hints of bitter chocolate and maybe coffee in the aroma; not noticing the hops.
A smooth, creamy feel and a clean finish. Not a harsh Russian stout or overly drying. However, the subdued finish is from the subdued malt taste. While a little sweet and creamy, the beer has a mix of bitter/dry malts like chocolate, coffee, roasted and sweet malts like caramel and gum (think sugary), they all seem laid back and nothing really grabs the tongue. A quality beer to relax with but if you are looking for a knockdown, ass-kickin' HEAVY Russian then you might want to look elsewhere. Still, a must try if you haven't had it before. (872 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Belgian stout is a deep brown, nearly black color. While the liquid is murky, the head is soapy and tan in color, leaving nice lace. The aroma is something interesting....lots of roasted, toasted malts. The malt aromas dominate this beer, along with a little alcohol and yeast. Although, there's none of the highly roasted black malts and roasted grain....the malt is middle-grade roasted. Quite nice. The flavor is equally interesting...sweet and also a bit sour, with lots of alcohol warming. The malt character continues in the flavor, and there's relatively little bitterness. Medium to full in body, it could deal with a little more heft. Not bad. (657 characters)

Photo of popery
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bizarre. This is a strange beer. It doesn't really taste much like a stout. It almost makes me wonder if I have a bad bottle. I've aged it for six months to a year, but there's no bottling date, so it's hard to say exactly how old it is. The liquid is black and the head dissipates a bit more than I'd like. Lacing is ok. The aroma is pretty good, stone fruit, apples, spice and a bit of roasted malt. The flavor is really odd. They used a very funny yeast for this beer, and I don't think that it holds up to the malt flavor well. It's not so much that I don't like the yeast flavors. It's that I don't like them against the stout background. There are Belgian Strong Dark Ale flavors of earth and stone fruit, but they clash awkwardly with the stout's roasted malt. So, I guess I can understand why someone else would like this beer, but it just doesn't work for me. (868 characters)

Photo of Richardberg
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass. Thick cocoa colored liquid with quite a bit of creamy froth, though it dissipated almost instantly.

S: nothing super strong (probably served too cold). When it does emerge, it's dominated by dark fruits like fig and raisin. Some yeast is present as well. Not much else.

T: not at all what I was expecting. The website labels this a RIS but it's quite different from anything I've had. Explodes out of the gate with carbonation and sour fruit, then reveals a surprising amount of bitter hops, while all along a pervasive (one might even say "spicy") yeast permeates the flavor. As the name and origin imply, it's a lot more like someone took a high end Belgian (Les Deux Brassieres comes to mind) and turned the dial to 11 -- the dark syrupy malts you'd expect to dominate a RIS or its American variations are very much in the background. It's still very dark & heavy, but that feeling seems to come more from the smoky, woody, spicy, bitterly flavored alcohol than from the malts themselves.

M: not at all smooth/creamy, yet still coats nicely due to a viscosity I can only call "oily".

D: at 10.5% you're obviously going to notice the alcohol, but it's a pleasant warming sensation rather than any kind of obstacle. And the flavors certainly make it worthwhile. Will try again. (1,334 characters)

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this monster into my Duvel snifter displaying a deep brown to black body and an absolutely massive, pillowy, tightly wound, tan head. A generous, frothy lacing sticks to the inside of the glass relentlessly throughout the brew.

Big time roasted malt aroma with deep milk chocolate, coffee, and yeast.

Although there is an immediate carbonation rush, this is a very pleasant beer to the palate. Great, sweet, roasted chocolate malt, just enough smokiness, a nice hop bitterness balance and again, just a great milk chocolate flavor.

Tons of carbonation are prominent in the mouthfeel with a nice dry finish and hearty sweet chocolate malt still lingering with the alcohol burn hitting the back of the throat.

I really enjoyed the palate on this stout, but the carbonation seemed a bit overwhelming. Great flavor, actually downright great, certainly worth a try to any stout fan, but I could not drink more than one of these. (936 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark tobacco brown with generous cherry and orange highlights. Despite a crazy amount of carbonation, the bottle didn't turn into a foam volcano. The khaki colored cap is huge, as expected. It's also harsh, crackly and unsticky. No more than a few small splotches of melty lace make it to the glass.

This Belgian/Russian Imperial Stout smells like a BSDA without the yeast spiciness (an Irish ale yeast was used). As far as aroma is concerned, it doesn't have the roasted maltiness and power that all good RISs possess. Dark fruit is dominant, followed by faint cocoa and molasses notes. More personality with warming allows the score to be increased.

Podge is one intensely flavored ale! It tastes like a thunderously black malty BSDA, which is exactly what I think a *Belgian* Imperial stout should be. More than 5 years since bottling (2003 vintage) may have taken a toll in some ways, but it tastes like the flavors have done nothing but use that time to get more comfortable with one another.

If the mouthfeel had held up, Podge would be one of the most classic versions of the style that I've ever had. Specifics include dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, raisin paste, figs and a surprising amount of licorice. Sweet, bitter and tangy complement one another in ideal fashion. Finally, alcohol is prominent without being harsh... like a warming shot of Sambucca.

It's too bad about the carbonation. The bubbles are still going strong (although starting to flag) more than 20 minutes after crown cracking. While it's easy to appreciate the beer's medium-full body, the buzziness causes drinkability to suffer. Thankfully, it eases a bit by the final swallow.

What might have been. I hope Picobrouwerij Alvinne brews Podge Belgian Imperial Stout on a yearly basis (at the very least) because this sucker oozes potential. For want of a proper mouthfeel, legendary status was lost. I would jump at the chance to try a fresh bottle. (1,941 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Squat 11.2oz bottle

Pours a dark shade of brown, light for a stout, appearance wise this looks exactly like DeRegenboogs Catherine The Great. Monster tan head that balloons up from the pour and lingers around for most of the glass. Big nose of sweet dark fruits and aged sweet malts, Belgian yeast and a stale candy sugar funk. Sherry is the easiest way to describe the stouts flavor which leads me to believe this bottle has some age on it, sweet malts, very complex with layers of flavor as it moves on the palate. Medium bodied but i couldnt drink more than a few ounces of this stuff, it is very potent in taste. I would love to revisit a fresh offering. (659 characters)

Podge Belgian Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
79 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.