Podge Belgian Imperial Stout | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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Podge Belgian Imperial StoutPodge Belgian Imperial Stout

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Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 02-08-2006

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Photo of corby112
4.84/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a very dark brown, almost purplish black with a nice beige head. Malty aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and sugar. Beautiful balance of maltiness, sweetness and alcohol. Malty chocolate, raisin, plum, dark berries and sweet alcohol. The high ABV is very well masked. Excellent beer!

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Photo of nickfl
4.55/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The comically large head is light brown and creamy, leaving behind dense lace as it slowly settles. The body is very dark brown, almost black, with hints of amber showing through when held up to the light.

S - Intense nutty (peanut butter oddly enough), chocolate malt aroma and mild fruity notes. Herbal, earthy hops with a hint of licorice and some coffee.

T - Lots of fruity esters and yeast spice. Banana, pineapple, and maybe coconut. Notes of nutmeg and clove. Chocolate malt character with some licorice and coffee. The malt bitterness blends into big, round, spicy hop bitterness with an earthy, herbal character. Finishes with chocolate and hops and lots of alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium to thick body with high carbonation. Finishes dry.

D - Easily drinkable for a robust, high alcohol beer. The closest thing to a flaw in this beer was the stupidly large head which required a three part pour to allow me the get the entire 33cl bottle into my Delirium tulip. Otherwise it was exquisitely flavored and balanced.

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Photo of craytonic
4.52/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark color, like red velvet cake. Nice 1 inch white head, poured in a chalice.

Smells of espresso and dark chocolate (but not bitter), tastes the same. Rich but not heavy. You don't taste the alcohol. Great finish.

Very drinkable at a moderate pace. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan, creamy head that lasts a while with lots of lacing.

Aromas of roasted malts and dark fruit.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, prunes and raisins.

Body is medium, with creamy carbonation.

This is a nice Belgian-style stout. It is medium in body, unlike the typical monster RIS. Similar in style to De la Senne's Stouterik, in my opinion, but higher in alcohol. Nevertheless, this is tasting well and integrates nicely with the alcohol.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to beertruth for the chance to try this fascinating beer. the label indicates this can be good for up to 8 years if stored properly. Woo Hoo! Mine falls into that category.

2003 vintage
A - flat black, massive light tan foamy head. Thankfully the bottle wasn't a foam over. Took a long time to settle down.
S - ooh, vinous malts swirling with a deep sweet belgian yeast, light coffee notes.
T - dark sweet malts, wonderful belgian yeast character, chocolate, dark fruits
M - full bodied, creamy smooth, high but not distracting carbonatino levels.
D - went down so nicely, richly and satisfying. Sad to see the glass end.

This is a wonderful example of what this combination of styles can be. This one aged beautifully! If I could get this local I'd set aside a row in the cellar just to enjoy as this ages.

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Photo of dtivp
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a nice tan head that dissipated in some lacing. A good bit of chunky tan sediment was present.

Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste was mild for an imperial stout, coffee, dark fruits, raisins and dates.

Full body with light carbonation.

This was a nice stout that was sweet at first with a slight bitterness at the end. I was surprised that the alcohol was well hidden for 10.5% ABV.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottledate 12-05 and revieuwing one with a dak brown label. Not overwelming beigebrown head that lasts well and a coffeeblack beercollor. Nose shows a wonderfull honeysweet& caramellic maltnose with decent amount of roast in it. Next to that very yeastestery and a hint of fresh hops making beer fruity and fresh. Taste is mix of heavy sweetness, heavy roast and imperial hopbitterness with lots of honey& alcohol. Warming feeling with every sip and wonderfull mouthfeel even with all this taste. Great brew to enjoy, and easy drinkable though heavy!

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Photo of joezak5
4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into sniffter; black as night with huge sticky tan head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Acidic apples and cherries? Dark sweet malt but very fruity, almost lambic-like. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Heavy chewy with a sweet malty feel and medium carbontion; quite pleasant on the palate.

Taste: This is like a liquid cherries jubilee black forest whiskey fudgy cake deal. Not at all what I was expecting but really interesting. Very muted roastiness and cocoa, with huge bitter sour finish.

Drinkability: A fascinating interpretation. This would make an excellent after dinner drink. I thought initially I would tire of the taste novelty but it kept getting better and better.

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Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this beer for quite a while, and I finally got it at the BSF bar, GBBF 06. Bottling date: May 2006, served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: very dark ebony hue, with brownish glows when seen against light; the beer head is very restrained, true to the fashion of RIS, leaving just a thin bubbly foam on top of a static body.
S: the top layer of yeasty and vinous (like staleness of a stock/old ale) note with a tartly-sweet fruity touch of pineapples, sweet plums, and citric hops (the bottle says it's EK Goldings+Challenger), sits on top of a deeper layer of sweet dark chocolates, sour edge of cold filtered coffee, thick sugary sweetness. Pretty settled aroma, o.k. in complexity, but pleasant enough.
T: a flow of slightly sharp, sour-sweet fruitiness prevails... like plum syrup mixed pretty well with a slowly developing roast-malty flavour with a trace of coffee, dark chocolates, and roast nuts... gradually the licorice and burned-woody bitterness picks up and replaces the sweet palate of fruits and malts, towards a profoundly hop-dryish feel (like tannic black tea-leaves) all over the palate... skilful blend of hops it shows.
M: very smooth and rounded on the palate, almost without carbonation, as if this was indeed a cask-aged stale ale~~ The 10.5% alc. is no where to be found, making the silky smooth beer ever easier to manage--a dangerous sign, that is.

Overall: this Belgian RIS is more in line with the traditional English version, with its sourness and rounder malt entry, while in a sense it's also akin to a well-hopped, fruity old ale. It shows a brilliant structure with a clearly evolving flavour-profile, from the sweet and sour entrance through the malty mid-palate towards an absolutely enjoyable bitter and dryish finale, where hops just come in abundance to rub the deep end and sides of the tongue. A beer worth slow sipping this is, as it does get better and better as one probes deeper~~ Another impressive offering from Alvinne!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +25%
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!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark, but not opaque
S: roasted malt, not much alcohol presence for a 10% ABV
T: I wasn't going to rate this beer because so many had already done so, but I was impressed by the easy drinking nature and extreme smoothness of the beer, I don't know if I'd classify it as a imperial stout by US standards but it is 10 % ABV so it qualifies, no over the top bitter hops, extremely well-balanced, not true stout but a great tasting beer over all
M: very good, goes down very smooth
D: excellent, could drink a bit (until it catches up with you!)

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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tip of the hat to Papsoe. A dark not jet black colour with some white head. Aroma of yeast and coffee and chocolate. Unique rich stout, not as thick at a top RIS, not a Bell stout, just enjoyable Belgian style, similar to Hercules. Great balance as not too coffee (spelled Koffee), nor too chocolate, nor too bitter.

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Photo of bmwgirl9606
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First...this is not a traditional Russian Imperial Stout.

Opened a nicely chilled bottle and poured into a modified tulip glass. Medium brown with hints of ruby, thick creamy head. Visible particles/yeast floating in the glass. Hazy, unfiltered appearance.

Bitter chocolate aroma with hint of coffee, similar to an unsweetened mocha smell. Definite Belgian funk with a sour tangy aroma, not unpleasant - complementary to the bitter chocolate. No evident hop aroma. No diacetyl, minimal fruitiness.

Very nice sour chocolate flavor, tangy. Belgian funk is present but not overpowering, probably due to the use of Irish ale yeast. Complex flavor. Sourness lingers on the tongue. No evident hop flavor, no dark fruit, no diacetyl.

Creamy mouthfeel, medium to medium-full body, medium carbonation but no carbonic bite.

Overall very drinkable, very nice flavor, bitterness and sourness is pleasant without overpowering the palate. Definitely not a traditional RIS. Will buy and drink again.

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Photo of drpimento
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New take on the Belgian Imperial Stouts. This one poured with a big foamy frothy tan head that quickly settled down to a somewhat sparce head and no lace. Color is a dark brown with lots of sediment chunks. Aroma is mainly of dark ripe fruits like raisins, prunes, and dates with some roasty malt and cocoa. Flavor's about the same, but with a distinct sweet sour component. Old? I dont think so do to its qualities, age, and style. I didn't abuse it. Body is full and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly short. No sense of the alcohol. Super beer!

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Photo of Hopfist
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like Belgian dubels or higher, and you like darker, heavier beers, this is a great marriage. I was surprised to see little bits of yeast floating about it my tulip when I poured this one. Everything about this one screams stout, except mouthfeel and taste. Highly effervescent, super light body, and ester-rich alcohol profile scream Belgium. But color, aroma, and taste (aside from the esters) let you know exactly what it is. Not to mention the boozy 10.5% kick in the liver. One 11.2 oz. bottle is sufficient to let you know you've been drinking. Two is bordering on alcohol gluttony. Three... don't open a third bottle without a safety word.

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my struise glass

A: Pours a dark black with a towering and very creamy, 3 finger head that is mocha in color, leaving some Nice lacing behind

S: Smells of sweet, dark fruit, candi sugar, chocolate, cherries, belgian yeast, spicy raisins, etc...

T: Pretty much like the smell bready taste , bitter dark chocolate and cherry flavours , Nice sweetness

M: Very smooth and creamy. At first, I found the mouthfeel to be quite bitey but it calmed down nicely

D: Excellent considering the high ABV

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter for me at the Capital Ale House in Richmond. It poured a dark brown with a large tan foamy head adn great lacing.
The nose surprised me; plum and dark fruit gave the impression that I was drinking a quad.
Thw taste was sweet malts and brown sugar, molasses and caramel. Anise and alcohol come out towards the end of the sip.
The feel was rather creamy at first, but faded into a slightly bitter-sweetness which was pleasant.
Overall very good but the high ABV might make it tough to polish off more than a few of these in one night.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice deep dark brown, not nearly opaque as enough light was coming through that you could tell there was a good amount of cloudiness and sediment in it. A very nice three finger plus head of tannish colored lace formed across the top and was very slow to recede. It finally let go and left behind large amounts of side glass lace and a good deal of film across the top.

S – The aroma was full of dark yeast like smells. A very nice caramel and nuttiness was hidden in there but the big dominant aroma was of a dark chocolate mixed in with some yeast and a good bit of an earthy tone as well. Very different from any stout I have had before.

T – The flavor as well was quite different. Started by picking up hints of all the normal flavors you would expect in a big stout, there was a good amount of sweetness, mixed in with some chocolate notes and a touch of almost what seemed like vanilla. But then you started to pull out some of the flavors from the yeast, with the strong dark fruit that was hidden underneath. Almost a fig like flavor. This was very nice and was a welcome change from the standard stouts.

M – Very rich and creamy. This was definitely a full bodied ale; however there was a touch of lightness to it as well. Lots of carbonation was evident even from the beginning. There was a very nice smoothness to the whole session and it was not nearly as filling as I thought it would be.

D – An excellent late night sipper. The alcohol in this was high, but you could not find it anywhere in the flavor. It was just so well blended and so many other unique flavors were inside that there was just soo much more going on than that. I could have easily had another and will have to try and track this one down again.

Overall this was very interesting. It was a different take on a style that gets soo much attention this time of year, the depth of the flavor profile really just made all the difference as there were things going on in here that were just awesome. I would love to get a hold of another one of these, really a great beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black in certain lights, and quite hazy. Big, beautiful, tight head that leaves some streaky lacing. Smells somewhat roasty with pumpernickel bread, licorice, coffee, and ash aromas, with the barest hint of sour at the end. There is also a dark fruit aroma like armagnac soaked prunes. A little hot smelling. A little more of that Belgian sweet/sour hint to start the taste buds off, leaning toward candi sugar. From there it transitions to more macerated fruit and licorice, with a hot, peppery finish. Big and bold, but in that Belgian stout kinda way. Mouthfeel is a little solvent-like, it probably could use more time. It's also fairly highly carbonated. Not one to drink lightly- its definitely a big beer, but also a pleasure- The peppery finish is almost Saison like, but it has a good deal more residual swweetness than a Saison. One of the more interesting and full-bodied Belgian stouts (which should be its own category if it already isn't by the time you read this).

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Podge Belgian Imperial Stout from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
3.48 out of 5 based on 241 ratings.
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