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Brewed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Moen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Dark Ale brewed only with our Morpheus yeast.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2029) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Gusher! Which seems to be par. Black colored pour with a giant khaki head. Slowly falling, leaving plenty of lace behind. A sugary sweet aroma with hints of chocolate, raisins, caramel. Very tart up front. Roasted character comes through with a biting bitterness in the back. Dry and sweet. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2012
33cl, from Alvinne shop. New batch @ new brewery. Nice active foamy creamy moka like head. Couleur brune foncée, quasi opaque et trouble. Arôme, malté cara et chocolaté, le tout sur une pointe de noisette et un houblon frais fruité. Je note un arôme neutre et poussiéreux qui reste en retrait par rapport au palais. En bouche, levure active laissant une fine note réchauffante avec un malt caramel, fin chocolat allant sur un cacao poudreux et une touche torréfiée. Houblon est présent procurant une amertume agréable qui laisse un fini fruité amer entre le pamplemousse et citron, le tout se mélangeant parfaitement avec le malt. Sur la fin, une présence chocolatée dure sur la langue et rappelle plus une stout avec en retrait un petit côté fruit rouge/baie.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fugitive (1298) - Athens, GREECE - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle 330ml. Color unclear dark brown with huge brown head. Aroma malt, yeast, caramel, hop. Taste sweet, bitter, yeast, hop, berry, alcohol.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Grima (2069) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2011
Pours a deep brown, almost black beer with a lot of foam. It smells sour, yeasty, fruity, nearly like a Geuze. Starts intense yeasty, sour, bitter on the palate. That probably comes from the Magnum hops. The middle part is slightly roasty, malt body is growing up! The finish has a very bitter hop aroma, which resonates very long. Strange Imperial Stout. Here I would have expected something completely different ...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (3530) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2011
2010 Vintage (cap says best before December 2012 / Lot: 529) \ bottle @ home \ Got this one from the now defunct Alvinne webshop, got some of their beers since they were at very democratic prices and they are an interesting brewer \ This one was still brewed at the old brewery \ Label uses the regular design and a nice amount of technical info about the beer, this is my third one from the Morpheus series, apparently this one is an imperial stout brewed with Morpheus yeast as are almost all of their beers \ Bottle is a gusher as are most of their beers, frankly I blame the Morpheus yeast but it could be a number of factors really but still I am convinced, although this is not as bad as some of their beers \ Pours a huge head at first, very lively carbonation but quickly settles to a small tanned head of a strange shade, colour is very dark wooden brown, almost going to light black, disturbing white floating pieces that look like something I would expect to see floating at the top of milk that has gone bad \ Smell is very heavy on overripe dark fruits, with a strong very soapy hop background, lots of spices, some yeast and definite malt background \ Taste is slightly odd, somehat sweet, watery roasted, slightly burned coffee beans, chocolate (on the sweeter side of things) fermented dark fruits with firstly some fermenting dark grapes touch of plums, prunes & raisins, something soapy, watery spices, slightly roasted malts, touch of liquorice, unintentional (?) brett, lots of charcoal especially in the aftertaste, slight yeast, smidgeon of cherry coke, chewy sweet bread, odd bitterness in the aftertaste with a hint of sourness in the finish \ Is this supposed to be this way? not entirely sure \ Body is a bit too light for this style, very slightly watery, slightly over carbonated \ Not entirely bad & it certainly grows on you rather quickly but somehow I wonder that this was the intent of the brewer, seems a bit more like and interesting failure than a mildly successful experiment

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Tobacco, cocoa, cherries and wood whirl around this Belgian Imperial Stout’s furious carbonation, leading to lactic tartness and the impression of amateurish work.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sizeable head of foam dwindles into the darkest brown (which appears to be blood red under direct light).
-The nose doesn’t communicate nearly as much interesting information as the flavor profile.
-Malt flavors are definitely pleasant, but the mouthfeel is chaotic at best.
-Foam rises in the bottle even when it’s 2/3s empty... And the bottle’s been sitting upright for months...
-Some alcohol warmth fits the flavor profile.
-The dryness is predictable, but the intensity of the carbonation simply makes it less appealing.

Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prokroustis (679) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - OCT 26, 2011
Pitch dark brown body, big foamy white head. Malty and yeasty alcoholic aroma with some hints of coffee and spices. Malty flavour with some bitter chocolate and a bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Le contenu de la bouteille a explosé à l’ouverture de la bouteille. Arôme: Odeur de caramel et de chocolat avec une pointe fruitée. Apparence: La couleur est noire avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de petits fruits et de céréales grillées avec une pointe de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Forte effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #3896)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma with weak hints of chocolate. Fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (3792) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2011
Dark, hazy ruy red colour with a big head. Smells hoppy, fruity, musty and cellar. Tastes sour, fruity, liquorice and hoppy. Full body, too much carbo.


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