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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Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2016 stamp on the cap.
Near black body with ruby edges. Decent tan head but only semi-durable and leaving limited lacing.

Aroma: sweet, floral, bready, boozy, as well as faintly fruity and spicy; hint of wet leather.

Flavor: strong and complex. Bittersweet. Hints of chocolate, raisins, nutmeg and light coffee -- but not as appealing as that description suggests.

Feel: medium carbonation; full body. Light alcohol bite and warmth.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp 11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Okt 2015 lot 755 on the cap.
The beer is a gift from my mother-in-law and her partner, Yay Beer! Thanks!
The beer pours a deep motor oil black hue with a dense creamy tan head of 2 cm after a gently coaxing pour.
Aroma is some dark chocolate and roasted notes but I also get a bit of sweet spicy yeast and maybe berries or cherries. In general the nose is pretty mild and the booze doesnt show up on the nose with any pepper or other obvious hits. No hops at this point either.
First sip reveals a smooth texture and lighter than anticipated body. The carbonation is very fine and a little prickly on my palate.
Flavor is dark malt with chocolate and roasted malt dominating, but again a little fruity cherry note and just the slightest hint of some musty funk on the finish and then a dry lingering effect.
The ABV s hidden very well and no hops anywhere to be found on this brew. I wonder if their may be just a little bit of something unintentional in the bottle based on the very prickly carbonation and hint of musty funk on the finish. Even if there is, this is still an enjoyable beer that goes well with a cold evening. Worth a try, but I could see the slight funkiness turning some off to the beer. Reading other reviews, im glad the bottle didnt gush so maybe that problem is solved.

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Photo of Josh012012
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This was pretty awful. More carbonated than any stout I have ever had. taste was somewhere between a stout and a sour. very odd... I would not recommend this beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cola coloured with an inch of tan foam. Great lacing.

Nose of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt bitterness, with a hint of Brett.

Very bitter roasted malt and chocolate to start. Light coffee with a very dry almost tart taste in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation.

The cap mentions October 2016. A best after date? The label says it can be kept for 8 years or more.

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Photo of DucksFan16
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Obviously an infected bottle, so rating reflects the Russian Imperial Style that it should represent. However, it tastes like a sour brown ale, and is actually quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Monk's.

Dark brown-black pour, typical of a stout, with a small collar of bubbles for a head; little to no retention or lacing to speak of. Aroma of roasty dark malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate. The beer description didn't mention anything about this brew having any fruit in it, but the first thing I noticed upon sipping was a distinct dark fruit taste, cherries and plums, slightly tangy. Not sure if some kind of infection was going on here, but it actually didn't taste too bad. I just wasn't expecting it in any way. Otherwise, dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style, and serving the beer cold didn't help at all. Overall this wasn't too bad, even if it was slightly infected, but it's just not what I typically look for in a RIS.

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Photo of NRo
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Was recommended this when I bought some other stouts. Expiration date on the cap says Sept 2014. More than half of it gushed out when I opened it. My bad for storing it on its side when it explicitly says to store upright.

Smell: Smells very sour. Not sure if an imperial stout is supposed to smell like this might be infected.

Appearance: Kind of a murky dark brown. Not so attractive.

Taste: Very flavorful. I would call it "meaty". The sour kind of adds to it.

Mouthfeel: Almost bubbly. It's not a light beer, but the carbonation suspends it.

Overall: I would definitely drink it again. Easily overlooked due to it's mediocre appearance. Wish I hadn't lost half of it to gushing.

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Photo of Brewsed
2.21/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

CAUTION! this bottle was infected with wild yeast/bacteria.

Opened bottle and it geysered due to over fermentation in the bottle, by wild "bugs". Made a mess at the tasting room table at the bottle shop. (embarrassed the owner.)

Poured into wine glass at the bottle shop.

Appearance: Poured a murky black due to the high carbonation/spewing stirring up the lees.

Smell: Sour, not in a good way. Roast. Dried fruit. Acidic.

Taste: Sour, super fizzy, and very dry. Hints of roast dried fruit, buy it was very hard to pick up on this through the sourness.

Overall: Due to the fact that this beer was infected with wild yeasts/bacteria, I would say that overall, it is not a good beer. I would like to try this beer again, but only if I see better reviews saying that it is "clean".

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

I usually don't mention bottle formats, but this beer was sampled from a magnum.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's definitely more of a Belgian, fruity type of stout.

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Photo of beergoot
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Much like "allforbetterbeer" noted in the previous post: BEWARE -- my bottle also spewed upon opening (it was cool and had been sitting for several days). I had about 3-4 oz of beer to evaluate...

Dark, turbid brown body with a rather thick yet bubbly head. Rather unspectacular aroma; the spillage hinted at rich, dark grains and fruits, but what was left in the glass was a minor shell of this. Taste came across rather rich with a predominance of ripe, dark fruits; slightly bitter and a decent alcohol heat.. Medium-heavy body with a sweet, treacly feel.

Perhaps if the bottle allowed a decent serving I could have rated this beer a tad better. Not bad, taste-wise, for an imperial stout, but looks, after it settled in my glass, exuded an unappealing muddy, watery brown color. The aroma in the glass was faint. The mouthfeel was nothing to write home about. Only the taste left a hint of what this may have been, but as a 'complete beer' offering, I wouldn't waste any money on it.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Batch 572 stamped on cap. WARNING! This bottle was a total gusher. I lost all but maybe 3 oz in the sink (good thing I was standing right there!). What a waste of money.

What is left after the old faithful event is a murky brown liquid with a dark tan head. Full of yeasty chunks. There was obviously a thick layer at the bottom of the bottle.

Smells of dark sugar, cider, sea foam, cherry, apple skins, and day old spent coffee grounds.

The flavor is interesting. This really tastes to me more like a Belgian strong dark ale with some roasted barley thrown in. The yeasty spices are apparent, as is a slight twang which might signal an infection (maybe what caused this to shoot out of the bottle the moment I pried the cap). I don't taste much in the way of hops. There is a bit of cola and cider.

Strangely light bodied. Very carbonated but lighter than expected. Over attenuated for sure.

Conclusion: Well I don't know what to make of this beer, but the gushing all over wasn't a positive point. I think it has a subtle infection and would have eventually been a cider bottle-bomb.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown red amber with lots of black floating particles. Massive medium tan head and lacing. Faint toasty malt, light fruit aroma. Taste of toasted malt, sweet malt, light fruits, maybe chocolate. Pleasant light cherry like flavor in the middle and finishes brightly with an nice slightly acidic fruit flavor. Quite different approach to a RIS. Will try again if it isn't too pricey.

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Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a mostly thick consistency. Had a creamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Not a whole lot of aroma, but there were traces of dark fruit and malt.

T: Tasted of malt, a hint of chocolate, dark fruit (plums, raisins), and a somewhat unpleasant burnt quality. Flavor here is kind of on the thin side, and not nearly as robust as you would expect from a RIS.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not the worst example of a Russian Imperial Stout I've ever had, but certainly not the best. Definitely an underdeveloped beer.

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Photo of BostonHops
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky, muddy dark brown tone with a solid finger, maybe two, of a foamy tan head; decent retention, lacing. OK presentation, nothing especially noteworthy.

aroma is sweet up front with a notes of dark fruits, spice, belgian yeast. some chocolate and roasted malts in the background. sort of muddled and uninspiring, more reminiscent of a belgian dark ale than a stout... flavor follows the nose with a bit of a tart fruitiness up front followed by some traditional stout notes. as i'm not the first to make the observation, the first thing you think is that this seems much more BSDA territory than imperial stout; RIS does not leap to mind.

medium-plus bodied with carbonation a bit on the high side. i would not balk at another if offered, but left to my own devices i'd prefer something else. overall a 'meh' sort of beer: looks like 3s across the board for me.

originally reviewed: 01-23-2011

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Photo of mikeborglum
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma is loaded with roasty malt, dough. Color is black and very hazy with a full tan head that dismisses quickly. Taste is quite sweet with the presence of dried fruit. Very carbonated, lively, with medium body and oily texture. Finish is smooth and long. Just an average stout for me, I prefer a bigger body and creamy texture with much less carbonation.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Best by June 2013. Lot 7JN.

A: The head gushed out of the bottle, spilling slightly, before I was able to pour it. Good retention and great lacing from the two fingers of off-white head. The beer is dark chocolate brown.

S: A bit metallic, then some fruity yeast. Definitely not what I expected.

T/M: Thinnish, but not a bad flavour. Chocolate malts, bright fruit, and an inappropriate carbonation. Definitely fruity-floral aftertaste, perhaps from Belgian yeast? More bright than dark, which isn't necessarily what I was looking for in my imperial stout. A hint of roast.

O: Interesting, but unexceptional. I will probably never have another, but I'm glad I tried this one.

OG: 24.3 Plato
Color: 302 EBC
IBU: 48
ABV: 10.5%
Malt: pilsner and "6 special malts"
Hops: Challenger and EK of Goldings
Other Ingredients: water, Irisch ale yeast, candi sugar

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Photo of justintcoons
2.22/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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Photo of thain709
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of sweemzander
1.36/5  rDev -60.9%
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.

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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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Photo of SgunnarW
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of coastiefish
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of schultzi22
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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