Alvinne Mano Negra | Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Alvinne Mano NegraAlvinne Mano Negra
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Alvinne Mano NegraAlvinne Mano Negra

Brewed by:
Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ricke on 10-17-2009

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 14
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a super huge slightly off-white foamy head with excellent retention and very good lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malt with some very subtle dry coffee notes with a dominating medium-sweet Belgian malt base. Taste is also very dominated by lightly sweet Belgian style malt with light dry finish from roasted malt. Body is quite full with perfect carbonation and no signs of the alcohol. Very well brewed with great balanced between the different ingredient.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head rises fairly quickly to a large almost 3 finger head, darker colored head fades semi slowly with big bubble pops, and a bit of lacing, over very dark molasses brown color with barely escaping light.

Nose a sour light funk, pretty sure infected, under the infection comes some roasty malts, a slight burnt coffee grind, touch of caramel malts, bit of chocolate covered cherry, not much else to get under the contaminated sour aroma.

Taste brings some roasty bitterness, roasted malts with a hint of coffee and burnt rinds, a slight sour cherry flavor, infection again I think, slight sweetness, hints of caramel, a bit of booze, hint of a chocolate milk cherry flavor, slight spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Finishes with a long lingering sour cherry, bit of darker malts, slightly dry but sticky and flemmy at the same time.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, a bit flemmy too, some warming booze, and quite a bit of carbonation of many little bubbles.

Overall hard to tell, it would probably be pretty good without the infection normally, but I kinda like the added sour cherry flavor, the aroma on the other hand was a bit off.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

When opened, the beer gushed for several minutes before calming down enough to serve. The beer pours a dark brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is notes of caramel, toffee and dark cherries. The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt, cherries, caramel, toffee and chocolate. There is also a little bit of smoke in the beer, which goes very well with the other flavor components. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dumpy 33cl brown bottle, bought at the 2010 Pre-Zythos fest bottleshop within the event organised by GlennC at Alvinne (March time).

The bottle was opened and poured into a Westmalle chalice mid August 2010.

Dark brown, almost black in appearance, with a creamy tanned head sat on top. Everything looks good in a Westmalle chalice though!

The aroma was of chocolate, earthy molasses, some coffee and hints of liquorice.

The flavours follow the smells, but the coffee and liquorice advance to equal billing with the molasses and chocolate in the taste.

Rich, semi-creamy and very alcoholic (noticed more as the mouth dries).

Different and most drinkable.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sparky44
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at In De Wildeman, Mano Negra is black with a tan head leaving light lace.

Smell is moderate, sweet and sour, some caramel.

Taste is awesome, flanders red RIS, reminds me a lot of De Dolle Oerbier Reserva, but more stout dominated. And that is one one of my favorites. Nice sour cherry, light roast. Some acid, somewhat vinous.

Mouthfeel is sticky, medium bodied.

Drinkability is really solid. Delicious beer, nice complexity and depth. Dangerously smooth. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012 (lot 513). Acquired from a Belgian webshop ages ago and stored in my garage - hope it's still OK. The name is curious, and the label describes this as a Belgian-style Imperial Stout.

Major gusher - very highly carbonated. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Ultra-black in colour; revealed as a deep brown while pouring. Thick chunks of yeast sediment end up at the bottom of the glass. Forms a large head of creamy brown foam that lasts for a time before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of dark malt and faint roasted grain, with a dominant musty, sour note. Seriously funky - there is a hint of blue cheese or mould (and I'm not a fan of blue cheese). A subtle mélange of dried fruit, molasses, brown sugar, leather, wood and a warming whiff of booze. Complex but rather unappetising.

Tastes of fruity dark malt with a twinge of roasted/burnt grain. A distinctly musty/mouldy note pervades the flavour, along with an accompanying sourness. Some hints of dark cherries, dried fruit, molasses, sherry/port, earthy yeast esters, leather and wood. Alcoholic heat in the background. No real bitterness, but very dry and astringent upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thin and insubstantial, with tingly carbonation. The body doesn't do the strength justice. Dries the palate considerably, with an aftertaste of dark fruity malt and a sour, mouldy character.

Blech - I'm not loving this at all. The mould/blue cheese note is vile - not what I want in my beer! Not sure what's up with this bottle - too old or is this sour character intentional? I suspect it's probably just age. The dark fruity notes that one might expect from an Imperial Stout are present, but weak and overshadowed by off-flavours in all their variation. The aroma is an improvement, but still flawed. Unimpressive body. The only element of this beer that seems right is it's appearance, and that doesn't count for much. Not good and not recommended.

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Photo of desint
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BenBreeg
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YvesB
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of pixieskid
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It would be nice to pour one of these beers without it being a gusher/overflowing after pouring into the glass...that's my major beef with Alvinne.

Pours a dark brown with a solid white head.

Nose is pretty mild, rich malts, brown sugar, some chocolate.

Strong earthiness upfront with notes of bakers chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a lingering earthy bitterness in the finish...a bit chalky.

Overall; I would have enjoyed this a lot more if less of it had ended up overflowing out of the glass.

A note to Alvinne; after tasting 5+ of your beers, it would be nice if you could dial in your yeast/carbonation... but for now, I'm writing off this brewery because it has been one disappointment after another.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl, Jan 2012 on cap.

Very impressive light-tan head takes up more than half of the glass and builds over the rim. Body is an opaque, murky, near-black. Excellent retention.

Nose has some nice dark fruitiness--cherries and blueberry--coupled with alcohol and a fat roast redolent of tobacco.

Flavor is hugely roasty, but that's about it here. This is a one-note beer. You can make things interesting with two notes, but rarely with one. Improves as it warms, gaining a bit of dark chocolate and coffee, though not much. Mouthfeel is over-carbonated, and smooths out only if you're very patient with the drink.

An okay stout. Nothing wrong with it, just not very interesting or persuasive for the style.

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Photo of Anatole
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of JavierGC
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Beer rating: 58.1% out of 100 with 43 ratings
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