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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: 221
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-08-2006)
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Photo of sweemzander
1.38/5  rDev -60.5%
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
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
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
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of josefnewsong
5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of pperez38
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of vince4953529
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of coastiefish
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color (close to black) and poured with a two finger high beige head that died down but has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The aroma is quite complex and smells like a hybrid between a Belgian Stout and a Belgian Pale Ale.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts with notes of chocolate and dark fruits. There is some sweetness along with hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink for the style because it isn’t very full bodied.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a very dark-brown reddish with a small head.
Smell: lot of fruits (pears, banana, raisins, citrus), yeast and malts
Taste: sweet malts, chocolate. Dry sour aftertaste with dark fruits (sour plums)
Mouthfeel: body is a bit too thin, medium carbonation.
Overall: Not a bad beer at all, but I would not call it a RIS. But we rate beers here, and not styles.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Brownish red in color with no head what so ever and no lace on the way down

Smell: Bready yeast dark fruits mainly prunes and raisin a bit strange for a stout but hey its belgian right

Taste: Sweetness from the malt is good and there are some dark fruits in abundance here plums and raisins mainly. This beer taste like a dubble more than it does a stout there is a bit of sourness at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body and little carbonation and it has a nice creamy silkyness to it

Overall: I rated this beer the way I did based on the style it claims to be. This beer is confusing to me because it says imperial stout but it taste and smells more like a dubble. I actually enjoyed this beer but based on the style it does not make sense

Photo of Rhettroactive
1.53/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/18/11
*From notes

A: Ruby-brown in hue. A large amount of chunky, white debris swims around in the glass. No head and mere bubbles rim the beer. Ugh, this looks awful.

S: Raisins and a hint of rusted copper piping.

T: Really odd - rotting black fruits and an overdose of iron. Blech!

M: Thin and oily.

O: Podge Belgin Imperial Stout is a massive, epic fail. Enough said.

Photo of skandha
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: starts ebony and finishes a swampy brown as the yeasties settle out.

Smell: sweet honey and chocolate notes with an underlying sharpness

Taste: much less sweet on the tongue than the nose. There is a profound and lasting bitterness overall that isn't exactly hoppy, but somewhat. The citric sourness outweighs most other flavors. ABV is kept a complete secret from the tongue.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is average, nothing revolutionary.

Overall: confusingly un-stout like with a lasting bitterness that is unpleasant mostly its unexpectedness. Call this beer a dark strong Belgian and it would be easier to accept.

Podge Belgian Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
80 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.