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
Photo of wretchedabyss
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Synapstic
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of TheBeerWatcher
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle from Belgian Beer Station.
This is my 1st Alvinne beer ...
No gusher at all. There was lots of pressure when lifting the cap but no beer flowing out.

A light brown, almost creamy but a bit fizzy head tops a pitch black beer.

The aroma is very strong but oh boy, this is a surprising beer: this doesn't smell like a traditional stout. I smell roasted malts but also fruity sourness what I didn't expect at all.

The taste is a blend of a sour flemish red (Rodenbach Grand Cru) and a stout (Guinness). The flemish red is upfront, the stout comes afterwards. The aftertaste is also a mixture of these 2 tastes. It's an achievement to balance these 2 very different flavours from the start to the end. I like it but ... only for experienced beer tasters.

In Dutch there's an expression for this beer: "noch vis noch vlees", freely translated in English "Neither fish nor flesh".
This doesn't mean this is a bad beer ... not at all. It's amazing, unique, a one of a kind beer.

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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 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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Beer rating: 58.1% out of 100 with 43 ratings
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