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Alvinne Podge Belgian Imperial Stout

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Brewed by Brouwerij Alvinne
Style: Imperial Stout
Moen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Specially brewed for Belgian beer enthusiast, tour guide, and CAMRA activist Chris Pollard, AKA Podge.
24.3°P, 302 EBC, 48 EBU.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2114) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Pours the deepest mahogany into the glass with a funny diminished tan head that leaves little to trace lacing. The nose is of nice dark esters and dark berries, with just a hint of roasted chocolate. Flavors follow similarly, with sweet dark berries, dark stone fruits, roasted grains, bitter chocolates, and finish with a roasted bitter grain and some ABV heat. The full body on this, combined with the pseudo-juicy palate, semi-dry mouthfeel, cuts through hearty meals and also provides a superb aperitif or after-dinner sipper to complement said meals. Not too heavy, but substantial and complex for days. What an excellent example of a Belgian Impy Stout! Prost!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fugitive (1792) - Athens, GREECE - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle. Color hazy brown with almost no head. Aroma sweet, liquorice, roasted. Taste sweet, roasted, caramel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (5387) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2015
This is my 5,000th rate and something a bit special. On 6th Feb 2015 I was at a Belgian Beer Board website bottle exchange evening at De Bierboom (Brugge). Sat next to me was Podge, co-brewer of this beer. We have met at various Belgian locations over the years and even in Germany once, but never in the UK where we both live. Anyway he brings out three 33cl bottles of unlabelled prototypes of this beer, just with 1,2 and 3 stuck on them. Each bottle was this beer but with different hop profiles. Podge could not remember which hops were used in which bottle (1,2 or 3) and not even which prototype was eventually chosen for production. All I can say is they all tasted great, as Podge, myself and a friend called Tony tried to pick the best one of the three: we couldn’t agree and just enjoyed the moment while all around us bottles were being passed around as we sipped and appreciated Podge’s Imperial Stouts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1949) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2015
Thankfully the bottle shop warned me this may be a gusher. Safely opened in the sink with a quick foam explosion and yeasty aroma. Full bodied, dark brown Imperial Stout with Belgian sweetness, roasted malt and moderate bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (6357) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2015
Bottle @ FUAD share. Deep reddish pour with a small head. Nose is a bit acidic. Cherry fruit leather and cocoa. Chocolate. Taste is pretty dry and peppery. Manure. More fruit leather. Dark chocolate. Full body, soft carb.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bill Becker (652) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 9, 2015
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2016) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
More like a Belgian strong than an imperial stout. Strong yeasty flavours, and sour notes. Not unbalanced though, and very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Very dark brown pour that starts with beige foam that mostly disappeared. Large swath of dark caramel malt flavors. Earthy, musty wood barrel notes. Dark chocolate cherry cordials. Liquorice roots. Truffles. Sweet orange peels. Fruitcake. Slight smoke. Bit tart. Body reads a bit thin. Belgium yeast is noticeable. Not my favorite, but not bad at all.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerViking (3602) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle labelled 2007 (thanks Martin!), pours a brown that’s near-black with a beige head, quite gassy though thankfully not a gusher. Nose is cocoa, musty wood, touches of liquorice and Bovril. Rich and heavy yet somehow slightly watery too. More cocoa and liquorice, along with dry bitterness and a slightly tart plumminess in the background. Strong dry and slightly sour umami notes. Very Belgian!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
Made in honour of Chris ’Podge’ Pollard, this was Belgium’s very first attempt at imperial stout. Very dark, almost black colour under a deep, dense beige head; full and rich aroma, lots of chocolate, toffee, wood, coffee, candied fruits, spicy yeastiness; very full and deeply malty palate, fruity with a long dry roasted bitter finish and warming alcohol. Certainly worthy of its style.


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