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Podge Oak Aged Bourgogne Barrel (The Oak Podge) - Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Podge Oak Aged Bourgogne Barrel (The Oak Podge)Podge Oak Aged Bourgogne Barrel (The Oak Podge)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 16.97%


Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Called "The Oak Podge" in the US.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 03-10-2009)
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jisom123

Indiana

2.3/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$23 a bottle for the 750.
Cellared for <2 years.
Drank on 10-11-12

The other reviewers are being polite about this failed funk. This beer tastes like an unintentionally infected RIS. Remember the infected 2009(10?) Speedway stouts that tasted like grape juice? This is very similar.

Infected on purpose? I don't know, I didn't do my due-diligence or any research before writing this review, so I may be completely wrong. I was expecting a Oaked RIS with hints of wine. It was a weird gross sour mess.

I'm not sold on the idea that it was totally intentional. If this was my home brew, I wouldn't share it with my friends.

disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 17:34:52 | More by jisom123
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red amber. Thick tan head with lacing. Sour malt aroma. Odd flavor without any of the typical Russian stout elements. Flavor is high in fruit and is tart. Mild malt. Like a cross between an English stout and a lambic. Oaking is not strong, which is too bad as it would have redeemed this one for me. Initial taste is interesting, but the finish is astringent and slightly metallic. There was a hint of weeping around the cap on this bottle, so possibly compromised, but the flavor profile is in line with other reviews. Interesting, but a miss for me because of the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 21:15:52 | More by LiquidAmber
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SLeffler27

New York

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BLACK! The head raises to about half an inch of fine, light coffee foam, then drops to a thin layer.

Roasted black coffee and some milk chocolate are evident but overpowered by astringency. (Windex?) The astringency builds with warmth then settles out.

Oddly, light red wine that builds with some chocolate and a fruity backdrop. The fruity flavors build into a long finish.

Medium body and up front with alcohol in a Dogfish Head snifter. Carbonation ranges from raspy to lively in this drying beer.

Fruitiness and aroma clearly hold this back, especially for the style. Not recommended for reading.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 13:23:10 | More by SLeffler27
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green capped bottle. Strangely low fill here only to the bottom of the neck. Shared with some friends and poured into a snifter. The brew appears brown with ruby clarity when held to the light. Khaki head about a finger strong slowly recedes leaving spotty to patchy lace. A light swirl revives the cap.

The smell of this brew includes notes of cocoa and vanilla to caramel sweetness. Some raw barrel character comes out in the middle with new whiffs. Some tangy alcohol elements like raisin or plum are found throughout. Once warm a very mild vinous note emerges that is quite enjoyable.

Taste is lightly tangy with dark fruit and alcohol notes. Raisins mix with toffee and caramel to provide a mild sweetness. Some chocolate that seems unsweetened, not necessarily bitter is evident throughout. The alcohol is fairly event with a mild solvent touch that blends well and is not imposing in the least. Aftertase is all brownie batter with mild herbal components of hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is a surprisingly enjoyable experience in a unique (dark belgian strong ale mixed with barrel aged stout) sort of way. Very well done and something I would really enjoy having again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 14:57:24 | More by stakem
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown colored beer with a khaki head that left some minor stick on the sides of the glass.

S - A pretty sweet RIS. Some funk, oak, vinous character. Not really getting what I was expecting out of this one. Not sure if it was due to a weak base beer or the Bourgogne barrels overwhelming everything.

T - Taste is also not what one would expect from an RIS. Missing the characteristic roast and chocolate notes, as it's been buried by vinous and funk notes. If I didn't know this was an RIS I would have guessed something else. Not bad tasting, but not what I was looking for.

M - Medium bodied, lively carbonation, still not convincing me this is an RIS.

O - Strange beer, not really in line with what I was wanting to drink, but it's okay. Would pass in the future if other things were available.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 17:04:46 | More by AgentZero
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a deep dark brown color. There was a foamy cream or tan colored head on top. The head collapses into a film over top of the beer and leaves some scattered lacing. The smell of the beer has a good amount of tart aromas coming off of it from the barrels it has been aged in. The taste of the beer has plenty of sour notes that are also blended into the roasted malt flavors it also has. The mouthfeel of the beer is a bit lighter than I had hoped for. Overall it's a pretty interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 22:10:53 | More by Knapp85
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Vintage 2008. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind a wispy cap and spotty lacework. Dark brown body with some reddish transparency - pretty light for an Imperial Stout!?

S - This is super vinous - just tons of red wine from the Bourgogne barrels. Grapes, sweat and bretty funk, lots of oak, and light caramel. Not much in the way of roasted malt or other traditional stout flavors. There's a hint of alcohol as it warms up.

T - Odd - this tastes like an oak-aged brown ale or barleywine with brett. Not unpleasant, but not at all what I expected. Very vinous and fruity, with light caramel and milk chocolate sweetness along with some mild funk. Clean aftertaste is a bit unexpected but welcome.

M - Zesty carbonation, smooth medium body, light alcohol warmth, and an extremely dry and tannic finish.

D - Very strange beer and not at all what I was expecting. This has more in common with something like Surly Five than it does with other wine barrel-aged stouts. More of a dark, funky sour with some sweet malt character. Easy enough to drink, as the alcohol is well-hidden, but not something I'd feel the need to seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 19:54:53 | More by MasterSki
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nickd717

California

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at the after-Bruery tasting, reviewed 1/24/2010. Imperial stout, huh? Not sure I would have pegged this one as such.

Pours dark brown, not too close to black for this style, with a medium-sized off-white head.

Aroma is dark fruit, Belgian yeast, spices, oak, and mild roast. A little tart and a little sweet.

Flavor is both sweet and mildly tart, somewhat vinous, definitely Belgian-tasting, but not very stoutlike. There is some roast and chocolate, but it does not come to the forefront as much as I’d expect. A little yeasty with oak and spices.

A tad thin for the style, and not as smooth on the mouthfeel as I’d like.

Definitely interesting, but not great overall in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 16:31:56 | More by nickd717
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a a decent, but not booming tan head over a deep brown body with a fair amount of yeast in the bottom.

Aromas are quite tart with a lot of deep fruit. Almost like Angel's Share. Lot of roasted malts come thru secondarily, leading to almost chocolate like finish.

Smooth going down, with a lot of tart pull in the finish of the mouthfeel. Has a lot of everything going on. Vinous / deep red fruits, roasted malts, tart twang, oaky notes, and light sweetness. Pretty clean drinking as RISs go.

Not your father's RIS. But overall, a nice beer. Was expecting a little more, but the uniqueness of this one definitely scores some points in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 19:50:02 | More by BeerImmediately
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 2009(?) vintage

The cap of this bottle opened without a problem and only a slight hiss but this beer immediately became the biggest beast of a gusher that I've ever seen. It was like a geyser fountain exploding out of the bottle and raining down all over my head, the floor, couch and walls. I ran to the kitchen which is only five feet away and lost half of the bottle. My apartment smells amazing but I had to spend twenty minutes cleaning up the aftermath. My ceiling is at least ten feet high and it was splattered from the beer explosion!

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown that is completely opaque with only faint toffee colored edges when held to a light and a half finger beige foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Sweet boozy aroma with a very prominent barrel character and subtle roasted malt. Strong vinous red wine presence with hints of grape, currant and other dark berries as well as subtle vanilla and plenty of earthy oak. Underneath, there is some nice roasted malt with hints of chocolate, toffee and oatmeal.

Medium bodied, but on the lighter end, and the flavor profile is very similar to the aroma. Very sweet and vinous with a very promnent red wine barrel presence. Ths beer claims to be a blend of 66.5% stout aged in oak barrels and 33.5% stout but it tastes like 100% red wine barrel aged. Most of the roasted malt elements noticeable in the aroma are overpowered by the barrel character. It actually tastes more like a barrel aged quad than a stout with lots of sweet vinous dark fruit notes, especially grape, dark cherry and raisin. I'm also pckng up hints of plum, fig and currant which add to the sweetness/quad-lke characteristics. Nice soft carbnation adds to the palate and the slight earthy oak gves this beer subtle balance. Underneath all of this sweet barrel character, there is some subtle malt flavor. Only faintly roasted with small hints of cocoa, caramel and toffee. At 9% the ABV is well masked wth only alcohol sweetness and little to no heat in the finish. Although I'm having a hard time fndng the stout qualities, it's still pretty flavorful and easy to drink.

Overall, this beer was pretty interesting from the explosion when opened(BEWARE) to the off flavors(for the style). Even though it wasn't what I was expecting, I still thought that it was pretty good. Just know that you're going to get more of a Belgian quad than a stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 07:58:23 | More by corby112
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Thorpe and Thorpette. Much appreciated.

Beer is brown but dark approaching black with a thin tan head that leaves a lot of lacing, carbonation is low.

Nose bring forth no heat, nice roast and some vanilla and chocolate, almost a coffee.

The lead off reminds me a young port, stone fruits and concentrated flavors, sweetness and a little heat. The feel of it is nice, thick without being coating and bitter on the tongue with the roast throughout the palate. A nice find no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 20:00:57 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at West Lakeview in Chicago. Served in a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a thin mocha head and a bit of lacing. Thin collar as it goes down. The nose has quite a bit of roasted malt plus some chocolate. A very nice oak presence as well. Also, a bit of cream. The taste improves on this and really adds some complexity. There is a nice roasty background along with some dark chocolate and a backing dark-fruit presence. Medium body with some slight booze. Drinks quite well. Glad I picked this up.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 15:49:42 | More by Thorpe429
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mdfb79

New York

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 01/22/11 notes. Shared at a tasting by Thorpe429; thanks Mike.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident. Little bit of retention.

s - Smells of oak, chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, coffee, and vanilla. Smells awesome.

t - Tastes of chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee, bourbon, and roasted malts.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

d - A really nice RIS. I thought it smelled amazing and was very drinkable for a RIS. Would love to get another bottle of this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:49:39 | More by mdfb79
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

I am so glad to get to try this, as on my travels a while back, I foolishly passed up an opportunity to buy this off the shelf.

A: The beer appears a dark chestnut hue, definitely not black in any way, as is typical of an imperial stout. The thin, beige head perches atop the beer and has an appearance akin to a coffee crema.

S: Smells include roasted malt, bourbon, and oak. Very enticing.

T: I must say, this is not your typical imperial stout. The Oak Podge is certainly unique, and I really like it. The oak, roast and bourbon aspects meld together harmoniously.

M: Alcohol content hidden masterfully. Nice feel.

D: I definitely recommend this tasty and unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 18:12:50 | More by Huhzubendah
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark black in color and poured with a finger high creamy beige head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently floating on the surface. Some yeast particles floating in suspension are visible near the edge of the glass.
S: There moderate aromas of red wine in the nose from the oak barrel aging along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of red wine and roasted malts as well as hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Red wine and oak flavors stand particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and the finish is rather dry.
D: Considering the strength, the beer is fairly drinkable because the alcohol is mostly masked from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 03:47:27 | More by metter98
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. This is a beer I had high expectations for.

The beer pours a dark red color with a tan head.

The aroma is very complex. I get some caramel malt, oak, port wine, maple, vanilla and alcohol. Every time I smell the beer I get something new.

The flavor is just as complex. The dominant flavor is port wine along with some vanilla, maple, dark fruit, caramel and oak notes. The beer has a nice wine-like quality and is extremely drinkable for 10.5 percent. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Thin to medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 05:37:46 | More by Mora2000
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rtepiak

Poland

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

russian imperial in terms not really known in north america. This pours a cloudy blackish brown with a head that doesn't say syrupy thick sugar holding the beer in a backbone of heavy malt. Big bubbles with some lace. Nose is musky wood and the tannin minerals of grape skin. Palate is a if this was the premise of a particularly dark oud bruin. Not cherry but plum pulp sour quality. Some chocolate sour mineral notes that work along with the minerals. A tad salty. Not much sweetness. The wood is subtle. As subtle as the malt. I can say that this is the first beer i would have with latin seafood.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 06:00:18 | More by rtepiak
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ifij775

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is unbelievably bubbly. Drink it out of the bottle if you don't want to wait a few minutes for it to reduce like a guinness. The beer tasted like a mix of a lambic and ale; fruity, thick, and tart. It is definitely on the sweet side, which I didn't expect. You won't have any trouble drinking the whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 16:17:53 | More by ifij775
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy dark brown nearing an opaque black with a large head of tan foam. Sticky bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of oak, vanilla, tart fruit(namely apples), cocoa, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the aromas with flavors of brown sugar dominating with cocoa, cherries, apples, raisins, and plum jam.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, sugary, and dry.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 20:25:28 | More by weeare138
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koopa

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle (9% abv US version)

I've come to learn that this is the same beer as the "Oak Aged Podge" listed on BA and this profile was added first so I'm transporting my old review from the "Oak Aged Podge" listing to here....

I shared this bottle amongst good people at the Captain Lawrence Rosse e Marrone Batch 2 release yesterday.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown to black with a 1 finger khaki crown that displays moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: Toffee, apples, pears, a slight bitter hop note, and a hint calvado barrel.

Taste: Same as the nose. The calvado barrel really lends to a nice sourness and the hops definitely play a role in the finish.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium bodied with good carbonation. Crisp.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and balance of the flavors make this an extremely drinkable belgian imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

ORIGINALLY Reviewed on: 03-28-2010 20:03:29

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 00:21:48 | More by koopa
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glid02

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks! Yet another gusher from Alvinne (along with oak-aged Balthazar), be careful with these bad boys.

Pours one shade from black with purplish-ruby highlights and a large tan head. The head eventually settles into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth dark malts with hints of roastiness and sweet molasses. Also present are good amounts of tart medium fruits - cherries mostly with hints of darker berries.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malts and cocoa powder flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of mildly tart cherries. The flavors sweeten a bit midway through the sip with very light amounts of oak and carries through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass with no problems and could easily have a few more.

Overall I'd been interested to try this for a while and it didn't disappoint. An interesting beer that's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 21:06:20 | More by glid02
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gyllstromk

Belgium

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of roasted malts, licorice, dates, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Flavor is somewhat dry, with a deep vanilla character that lingers for seconds, a bit of chocolate banana, a warming alcohol presence, a slightly sour finish, and a sticky mouth. Let it warm a bit before serving; as with most stouts, you'll get more out of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 17:02:42 | More by gyllstromk
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JohnCLT

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark, amber through light. Large beautiful yeast chunks and sediment. I love that in a beer! Smell is not exceptional, oak and tradition Belgian scents are noticeable absent citrus or coriander. Taste is wonderful, malty and Belgian yeast is unbelievable combination. Could the yeast be 2nd or 3rd or even 15th generation? Yeast comes through in amazing ways and seems so mature and earthy. The mouth feel is a bit lighter for a stout and the aged oak gives the impression of a dry palate shortly after the beer has cleared the mouth. I admire a creative beer above all else. This by far, is probably the most creative beer I've had in a year or two. I would recommend it to a fan of Belgian beers before a fan of stouts but it's interesting, exotic and innovative. A+++ for advancing creative boundaries. If you feel like you had it all, maybe it's time to give The Oak Podge a shot. This being said, I cannot say the taste is exceptional. I have some issues with the lack of nose and aftertaste (oak dryness) of this brew. As well, it's not true to form and a bit confused. I am not used to drinking anything like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 02:15:25 | More by JohnCLT
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.58/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a medium black color stout with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt and vinous notes are a strange mix that I am not sure to enjoy. Taste is also a weird mix between some lightly roasted malt with some vinous notes but instead of nice Bourgogne notes it feels more like cheap wine that I can procure at the corner store. Strange mix to say the least and not one that works very well IMO. Body is too light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Strange mix that I won't be revisiting soon and not worth the price tag IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:38:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a diffuse cream-colored head, which quickly evaporated to a collar. The body was a an extremely dark garnet color.

S- Smells of sweet caramel/crystal and lesser roasted malts, rum-soaked dark fruit and a faint oakiness.

T- The candy malts come through a bit marshmallowy on the palate, with just a touch of roastiness. This is quickly overtaken by some moderate oak and some fruity Belgian yeast esters. Finishes with the lingering flavor of dark fruit and an echo of booze. Quite nice.

M- A nice medium-large body; slightly textured with unattenuated sugar and complimented by some silky carbonation. A little chewiness would be desired, but this is good nonetheless.

D- Goes down very smooth. The alcohol makes itself known in the aroma, on the palate, and in the inebriating effects that follow.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2010 23:07:41 | More by jgasparine
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Podge Oak Aged Bourgogne Barrel (The Oak Podge) from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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