Podge Belgian Imperial Stout | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

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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 sinistrsam
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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 NolateM
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stubby bottle with '2003' on the label.

Pours with a Duvelesque head. Almost black, but not quite. I think sweetness varies from bottle to bottle, as I remember trying this at a beer fest and thinking it had a raisiny sweetness, but my bottle at home had little to no sweetness. Fairly assertive acidity, some esters, slightly roasty/charred, and Belgian-esque yeast presence. Well carbonated. A pretty decent beer, but not worth $4.50 for one little bottle. There are much cheaper stouts that I'd drink over this. Maybe different vintages are better.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a big tan head. Nose is malty, but in a Belgian sweetened up with sugar kind of way. Flavor is rich, yes. There is that deep malt character about it. But it still exhibits a lot of that Belgian sugary sweetness. Feel is thick in a general sense, but thinner than many others of the style I have tried. Full carbonation. A blind taste test might be interesting on this to see how many geeks pick it up. But knowing what it is, it makes a lot of sense. An RIS out of Belgium. Interesting indeed. They certainly get points for going for it and doing a pretty decent job. Overall it just seems a bit too soft around the edges, but that is most likely due to the Belgian influence.

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Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a motor oil black with dark brown edges and an ivory head that fades into a mild cap and light collar. Streaky lacing is left behind.
Smell is of big, juicy, dark plums and concord grapes with roasty java beans, light cocoa, and peanuts.
Taste is of the same aromas with raisins, and a walloping of sweetness, under attenuated syrupy chocolate, and very robust.
Mouthfeel is of a heavy bodied, syrupy, boozy hot, with gritty astringency, and candy sugar sweetness.
Let this one rest about 5 years before trying it.

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Photo of mobius024
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If the head a beer produces is your thing, look no further. On this brew, it is immortal. Otherwise I would say that If Imperial Stouts light your fire, you may stop here out of interest but are not likely to hang around. Nothing bad, nothing beyond that. A bit sour. Neither Russian nor Belgian, stuck somewhere between. Something like the love child of Rasputin and the singing nun. I can't see it as a BSDA. I'm trying to rate the mouth feel, but cannot remember what it was like. Is it not inherent in the name an Imperial Stout should be an ass-kicking beer? This one falls a little short.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
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 JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 squat Belgian bottle picked up at the Boise Coop for about $5... shared with my partner in crime brother from my New Belgium balloon... appears to be a 2003 vintage from the label. Listening to iPod RIS party mix. Rufus Wainwright "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk".

I am going to preface this review by saying, I am NOT basing this review on RIS style guidelines.

Big head 2" cappucino colored head that lasts forever leaving behind good lacing... Dark brown but nowhere near black brew.

Smell is funky Belgian yeasty fruitiness... not alot of roasted grains... the fruits (raisins figs and dates) dominate.. no noticeable hop aroma suprisingly. Some chocolate and coffee in the mix.

Mouthfeel is waay to bubbly.. with nowhere near enough body for a RIS. Reminds me of a Strong Belgian Dark with more dark roasted grains mixed in. Sorta has a whiskey character that comes from the yeast... quite boozy as it warms up.

Overall, I would probably buy another or two.. but this one does not even remotely fit into the standard RIS category... Burpy carbonation and needs a bunch more body and hops... pretty much needs more of everything except carbonation.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer seemed black at a glance, but was actually a dim foggy caramel. The creamy inch of head fell to a substantial film. It looked nice, but was odd for an RIS.

Smells of boozy dry dark fruits and a touch of citrus rind. There was also a bit of candy sugar and dry pepper.

Tastes of dry and peppery yeast that fades into a light prune and lime rind with a great alcohol that ties the two dryer flavors together well.

Feels light but slightly dense. It’s a little drying, but clean.

Nice, but odd for the style. A good Belgian take, if you will.

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Photo of nickfl
4.55/5  rDev +30.4%
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 EStreet20
3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce stubby bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Pours out a dark brown, but not near black as most Impy stouts with a HUGE foamy head that looks like it could be sitting atop a Coca-Cola. Head bubbles and fizzes but stays a bit.

S - Belgian yeast is really all I'm getting on the nose.

T - Taste is big on yeast and some candi sugar.

M - Prickly carbonation on the tongue. Feels quite lively.

D - Not bad. Not what I want in a stout.

Notes: I generally try to respoect the fact that styles are open to interpretation and as many others have said this falls more under the Belgian Strong Dark Ale category. Just not a stout as far as flavor characteristics go.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Pours a dark black with a towering and very creamy, five finger head that is khaki in color. Thick rings of lace coat the sides of the glass.

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

T: Pretty much just see above. Like one of the other reviewers, I also noticed notes of sourdough bread. Also I noticed that the bitter dark chocolate and cherry flavors became more pronounced as it came up to temp.

M: Very still and creamy. At first, I found the mouthfeel to be quite bitey but it calmed down nicely when it hit about 60 °.

D: Excellent considering the alcohol content.

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Photo of Squaretooth
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was my first beer of the day, so my taste buds and palate were completely uncompromised when I popped the top of this11.2 oz bottle. I wasn't impressed at all by the light caramel color. I've previously read that this has a darker color but that isn't the case. This pours with a very nice head, rich and creamy with fairly good lacing. The smell isn't overpowering but does yield hints of chocolate and coffe. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. In fact I nearly thought I was drinking a bourbon. It gave me that kind of a warm feeling. I will definitely give this another try although I'll still stick to Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout as my mainstay.

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Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from 2003 courtesy of either Paul or Harry, thanks to either one of you guys.

Pours a cloudy orange/brown hue, thin brown head forms, some nice lacing, settles to a decent layer, looks pretty good. Smell is sweet, heavy roast, chocolate, toffee, sourdough bread, some spice, neat. Taste is caramel, light veggies, sweet bready middle, roast chocolate, fruits, alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high prickly carbonation. Not bad, mouthfeel bothered me a bit, kind of a mess but definately some strong points.

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Photo of rallison
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a huge light tan head that takes 3-4 minutes to level off enough so that I can drink the beer below it. This is very interesting - there is absolutely none of the black body normally associated with the style and the head is also very unexpected. I am curious as to how the taste stacks up.

Smells of Candi sugar and caramel. Don't notice any roastiness, chocolate are coffee - the common RIS components.

So, the taste. This is not an RIS. A Belgian Strong Dark Ale? Sure. But this is most definitely not an RIS. Caramel. Candi Sugar. Dates. Some alcohol. Some roasted malts are indeed back there - the only thing that reminds me of a stout.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated - enough that it overshadows some of the flavors. Let this one sit and flatten a bit - you'll appreciate it more.

Drinkability is decent.

Overall, this was a bit of a disappointment. Had they called this a BSDA, it would have been much more appropriate. I love when breweries bend styles and create uniqueness. But, I don't love when breweries call their beer one thing when it really is something else. Like Blue Frog's DIPA. Enough rambling.. this is a decently tasty BSDA, nothing more.

Edit: Some marks would have been higher (but not by that much), had they classified it as a BSDA - I try to rate within style unless the beer obviously doesn't fit in any one style.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mighty dark with a massive light cocoa head into my Chimay Chalice. Aromas are a bit wild with a spicy chocolate. This one hits the palate with a roll of carbonation over the tongue - quickly followed by massive amounts of dark bitter chocolate. Hints of alcohol drenched cherries slide in and out very faintly. Finishes a bit dry and bittersweet. The mouthfeel on this is smooth and creamy yet the carbonation detracts from this a bit.

Overall pretty good but not great. I really long for more simple stouts and less Imperial stouts these days...

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Photo of dgallina
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce short brown bottle without dating.

Pours murky dark brown with a 1/4 glass of tan head and rich lacing. The smell carries some mild roasted coffee and chocolate malts and is much more fruity than British-derived imperial stouts. Most malt flavors are obliterated by the extremely large alcohol presence in the beer. Strong fusel alcohols are predominant throughout. Alcohol-derived dark fruit flavors plus a little burnt coffee malt squeeze in at the swallow. The body is heavy and creamy as you'd expect. Rather difficult to finish due to the overwhelming booze content. Not something I'll be looking for in future.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured cool from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a goblet. Picked this up at Shawan Liquors in MD.
A - Deep brown w/ a reddish hue and a full 3 fingers of whipped cream type head that forms a tight bead at the base and expands as the eye moves upward. I didn't pour the whole bottle heeding the warnings of others and waited for the large foamy head to subside. The yeasty brown is lightly murky w/ yeast.

S - Roasty, stout like creamy aromas w/ a musty spiced dry essence. Nuts and vanilla w/ sugar and a tinge of coffee are detected when inhaled deeply. A light hop spiced element is noticeable w/ a bit of the irish yeast character.

M - A rich light roastiness in the feel w/ a huge dose of carbonation and smooth chocolate oily texture w/ subtle spice.

T - A big boozy stout flavor that lets you know it has a wallop packin' - booze, chocolate and creamy nutty toastiness w/ a woody vanilla character. The malt is rich but gets carried away by the yeasty mineral character and agressive effervescence. Heady and full of alcoholic warmth with plenty of dry yeastiness.

D - Huge Imperial Stout flavor and Belgian spicy flavors - this is big dark and in your face. Not for sessioning by any means, it is one to sit back w/ and sip. Very flavorful and full of potency I would recommend sharing this one.

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Photo of Freshie
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, and because of that it suffers. It bounces back and forth between Imperial Stout, and Belgian Quad, and kind of does a crappy job at both. Since this is classified as a Russian Imperial, I will judge it as such.

It is somewhat too light for a strong Imperial. Caramel color. Thin wispy head.

The taste bittersweet. Chocolate and coffee. Hop spice following.

A raw and musty after-taste makes this tougher to swallow.

The flavors are too in your face, and mix-matched.

Very confused by this one.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.37/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The head on this beer was outstanding and I was hopeful that the rest would be as nice. However I was wrong. The beer was sour and very carbonated with way to overpowering alcohol taste. But the burn sour taste done me in and I will not buy again.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out almost gushing, but I manage to catch everything in my glass, but a proper pour is near impossible as there is nothing except pure foam. So I will wait...

Finally, my glass is filled with a murky dark brown with a tan creamy head. The head on this beer is appealing, but the beer itself looks slightly unappetizing. Nonetheless I will try it!

Smells of figs and raisins. There is a dark rum booziness that is enjoyable rather than overpowering. Candy sugar melds well with the roasted malts. Very pleasant nose.

Taste is of spicy anise, hint of coffee and roasted malts. Very dry finish with a hint of cocoa. Lacks some of the depth I would expect given the nose and of a typical Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel lacks the creamy consistency I expect from many stouts, especially given the look of the head on this beer. This may be a product of its overcarbonation. Drinkability is deceivingly high given the abv and the sweetness does not come of as cloying in the least.

As always with Belgian stouts this is an interesting and new experience. This one has its high and lows making it a very enjoyable brew that is lackluster in some areas.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle gushed upon opening, and I was able to get half of the bottle in the glass, including the massive head of tan foam.
The body of the brew is almost black and certainly opaque, with light only passing through when held directly to a light bulb.
The nose is laced with candied coffee beans, caramel, and roasted chocolate bits. A hint of a vineous note starts to develope.
Sweetish and nougat-like.
Mouthfeel is thinnish for an imperial stout. Quite effervescent and sticky on the tongue. Lacking chewiness and viscosity.
The pallet is roasty, chocolaty, and alcoholic. Kahlua-like and very warming. Plenty of residual brown sugar and a hint of maple syrup.
Finishes very warm and sweetish, with a lingering boozy note and more coffee liqeur.

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

11.2oz bottle

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a dense, creamy tan head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasty and mildly chocolatey with a large herbal hop smell. Has a slight woody character and a bit of anise. Lightly boozy when cold, it becomes pronounced when warm.

Roasty and bitter right upfront, it gives way to some mild cocoa and licorice flavors. Plenty of herbal hops and IBUs. Boozy and warming at the finish, which becomes more intense as it warms.

Medium-full body, creamy texture.

A bold stout with no lack of hops, it's an enjoyable version of the style. Drinkability is hindered by the booze, both taste and ABV.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
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 iconoklaztor
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this brew! Cheers

Chilled this brew for about 2 hours in the fridge. Popped the top and poured into my Das Boot beer mug. The head on this beer was absolutely massive! Not only that it took a very long time to dissipate. As for the taste and appearance they were both fantastic. The color is black with a tint of red. The taste, contrary to other reviews, is great. Its full and complex. I really enjoy this brew and would recommend it to any and everybody. Its drinkable, tasty, and simply a great brew.

Overall: Its a good, complex taste with a great mouthfeel. This brew is a fairly decent stout and I would recommend it. I would like to get another if I could find it here in Indiana. Thanks again kmpitz2

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Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 243 ratings