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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Podge Belgian Imperial StoutPodge Belgian Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of justintcoons
2.22/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a translucent black with purplish-red highlights. Has 1 finger of khaki colored head that dissipates slowly. There’s tons of yeast and some pretty vicious carbonation.

N: Cherry, raspberry, prune, red grape, vanilla and hints of milk chocolate. Smells very much like a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. It’s rather pleasant.

T: This is a serious step down from the nose. Upfront there is prune juice, dish soap, raspberry and blackberry. Mid-palate becomes very metallic with notes of bakers chocolate, rotten grape and lemon. The finish is a horrendous mishmash of all of the above along with astringent pine notes and booze. Blech!

M: Light-medium bodied, warming and clean.

O: Tastes like rotten prunes and rusty screws. Giving it the benefit of the doubt, it’s a pretty bad Imperial Stout or Belgian Strong Ale. It’s just not good.

Photo of thain709
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a pitch black body and a small, one finger head...the head had a light brown hue to it and become wispy over time...some traces of lacing were left behind

S - The aroma was the highlight of the beer...it was very complex...roasted, dark chocolate, dark fruits (raisins and dates), some coriander, strong yeast strain

T - More Belgian flavors stand out on the palate...the yeast is very present from the middle to the finish...there is a slight chocolate and coffee presence also in the middle of the beer but the spices overpower that...the spice and fruit are also take a lead role in the middle...there is a slight bitterness at the end but it also pairs with the Belgian yeast

M - Medium bodied...needed more for a 10.5% Imperial Stout...spicy with yeast flavors

O - A Belgian Imperial Stout just didn't do it for me...I enjoyed the complexity of the nose, but on the palate there was just something not right

Photo of SpillyBeers
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of sweemzander
1.36/5  rDev -61%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a rather muddy/murky brown color. Some tan bubbles. Not a very appealing look to what should be a stout.

(S)- Some rather "muddy" aromas to it. Mildly funky clay, tons of raisin, very heavy yeast, and a prune-like metallic finish.

(T)- Almost tart. Tons of raisin and prune. Very very heavy yeast, metallic, and funky clay to it.

(M)- A normal carbonation level for the style, but the rest of this beer is just kind of a mess. Muddy, murky, and disjointed. Very thin overall too.

(D)- Not sure what is up with this beer, but it is just all over the place. Not sure how old or young it is, but at 10.5%, it should have been fine for a few years at least. Major disappointment.

Photo of M27
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, frothy manila head slowly turns to a creamy cloud that began developing in the bottle. The head never quite settles below three fingers. The beer itself is black in a Dogfish Head snifter, but pours dark brown. Thick rings of lace.

Podge is boozy with sour dough bread and deep roasted malt. This is a rather odd, but welcome combination. There is a hint of perfumy hops followed by roasted coffee. There is also a slight hint of dark chocolate.

The first sip was a bit soapy but that is obliterated almost immediately by licorice, burnt malt and strong but not warming alcohol. The finish has a hint of sweetness as it lingers. With warmth this one develops chocolate cake while sweetness comes out and the alcohol mellows dramatically.

This one is well balanced with a light to medium body and slick texture. Carbonation is soft and the alcohol ranges from strong to well-tamed with warmth.

This one was initially disappointing, but that was entirely due to serving temperature. Whether stated or not, Podge is intended to sit and warm while its subtleties become quite impressive. Pair this with a good book and slowly sip.

Photo of SgunnarW
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle in a snifter. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1 finger, cream colored head that settles fast. Color is deep ruby, almost brown. Lacing is present, but not impressive.

Sm: Sharp and sweet from roasted malts, followed by coffee and chocolate. Definitely better than it tastes.

T: For an Imperial Stout, it wasn't what I expected. It's almost overwhelmingly sweet at first, then a bit of smoky richness, followed quickly by an unexpected tartness of sour dark fruits. Finishes with a lingering dryness. The 10.5% ABV is hidden well.

Mf: Medium body and carbonation...was expecting a heavier beer.

O: I visited my local beer shop tonight and bought this after hearing another customer rave about it. I like it, but I'm not blown away. The pairing of dark fruits/sour notes remind me more of a Dubbel. As far as Imperial Stouts go, I'd say it falls short, but it's definitely interesting.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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5/5  rDev +43.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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

I haven't rated many stouts, but this year I shall try harder. Since it is turning seasons, I decided to just dive right in.

Podge Belgian Imperial Stout
Lot 544

Bottle, poured into tulip.

A - Big bubbly carbonation,tan head pours to a finger head, dwindles down to about a quarter inch. Leave inviting lacing along the way. Deep dark brown. Big bubbles at the bottom of the tulip--interesting!

S - Touch of smokey, but really light floral profile as well. Raisins. Cola. Again, Interesting.

T - First sip, wow. Need to figure this one out. The sour is a big factor. Trying to find the "stout" components --OH there it is--in the big ass burp I let out. This thing is carbonated. Found the cola (syrup) presence here as well. Dry finish. Stout presence prevails upon warming to room temp.

M - Leaves me with sticky lips. Very carbonated, like soda almost. Weird with that bit of cola taste. The heaviness conveys a stout. I like this brew, but it is unbalanced I believe, for what is claims to be.

I want to throw in a disclaimer on this review. I like beers for the experience, and I hope you like my reviews. I try to involve the beer in a further perspective than what is just black and white on the screen as I type. I hope I convey a little bit of each brew experience to the audience-- to you. And I'd like to hope that you will do the same. Prost!

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out pretty dark, I think it should have been much darker since it's supposed to be a Russian Imperial but whatever. The smell of the beer gives off a good amount of roasted malts on the nose and maybe a touch of chocolate also. The taste of the beer actually had a smokey/salty flavor to it. I found it to be an interesting twist on things. The mouthfeel was too thin for the style I think. Overall this brew could be better if it is concentrated down a little more I think.

Photo of schultzi22
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip on 9/17/11.

A: Dark brown in color with a tan head that rises a full finger.
S: The normal stout aromas are not present, but orange and spice are there in their place.
T: Wow. Tastes a bit like salmon. Coriander and orange peel mesh with pine. A very complex, interesting flavor, but I'm not sure I like it. Each sip is slightly different and not always good. Very acidic on the finish.
M: Thin for an 'imperial stout', but it is obviously not a typical stout.
O: Lots of flavors. None that I particularly like. It gets points for complexity, but I won't bother drinking it again.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picobrouwerij Alvinne : Podge

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby hints. A huge off white foamy mass tops this beer, poured into a snifter, but would definitely be better suited in a chalice. Carefully decanted, only a few small particles of yeast are noticed, the rest, reserved in the bottle.

Smell: Dark, roasted malt and Belgian yeast apparent right away. Go figure, a Belgian style Russian Imperial Stout. Alittle minerally and faint hop aromas.

Taste: Roasted malts upfront, along with a semi tart Belgian yeast twang. Minerally, some lemony hops and a bit sour. Light undertones of bakers chocolate and chalky yeast. Absolutely no hint of alcohol, and the slight sour notes prevent the malt sweetness from being cloying during the long journey to Russia (or my glass). Alittle too tart for a stout though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, easy drinking enough, tart yeasty finish.

Overall: An interesting take on a Russian Imperial Stout, very classic. About what you would expect from a Belgian export stout, but to style, there are much clearer and better examples.

Podge Belgian Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
80 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.