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

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RATINGS: 472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Specially brewed for Belgian beer enthusiast, tour guide, and CAMRA activist Chris Pollard, AKA Podge.
24.3°P, 302 EBC, 48 EBU.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (7000) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. High light brown creamy and lasting head. Hazy dark red body. Barley malt as well as blueberry and a bit of choccolate aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet blueberries flavor with notes of raisin and chcoolate. Alcolhol barely noticeable in the arome otherwise extremely well hidden.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Poured out of a small 33cl bottle, october 2006 vintage, with a white-on-black label unlike the bottle in the ratebeer-picture with the black-on-white label.

Impressive look, with a very dark, almost black, opaque body and a huge brownish/beige rocky head, very nice. An aroma with a great malt profile; liqourice, dark sugars, bourbon, dough, blueberry, coffee, alcohol, raisins and chocolate notes. Overall sweet flavor but with enough roasty dryness to balance it out. Huge complexity, very impressive. The mouthfeel is heavy, thick and lush. This is a very good imperial stout.

***Drinking this beer is a total crapshoot. I’ve had bottles that were incredibly lush (akin to my description above), and I’ve had all sort of problems with this beer, ranging from leaking bottle-caps, to excessive gushing, to totally flat beer with a strong soy-sauce flavor, to promising-looking beer with the most horrible infected sour Blue Stilton taste. I always used to pick up a bottle if my beerstore got a new shipment in, but I think I’ll stop bothering after the latest dud (which fell into the ’Blue Stilton’ catagory). But when it’s good, it’s damn good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Courtesy of Papsoe. <P> Pours dark brown and settles a lighter black than most Imperial Stout. The head is massive and very Belgian looking, being two fingers thick, wispy and creamy and tan. <P> Aroma is slightly dusty, but sharp too. Some cocoa and raisin, but little roastiness aroma wise. <P> Rich and chocolatey in the fore with a tart fruitiness, some baked cherry, plum and prune appear though the middle. Palate is thin for the style, but not desperately so. It’s very "different" but it does leave a slightly roasty lingering dark chocolate flavor. Interesting, but not something I’d go back to over and over.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2006
Bottle. 33 cl. Dark brown color. Nose is dark fruit notes. Taste is strong molasses, raisins, licorice, and dark chocolate. Body is medium-full. Finishes sweet. Great

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerre (2634) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Bottle, 33 cl. Rated again 30 june ’07. Deep dark brown, low head and ordinary lacing. Aroma sweet and choc roasted malts. Medium to full body. Sweet spiritous choc malt flavours. Good lingering choc malt and tangy finish. Very good. But not my favoritee off Alvinne.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2006
[bottle from GBBF 06] Sweet malt, coffee, plums, porn, raisin, like a pedro ximinez sherry. full sweet with some dryness, a little sweet for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2006
Dark brown colored, big light brown head. Coffee, chocolate, roastiness, mild licorice, alcohol and some disturbing glue tones in aroma. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is better than aroma with sweet chocolate, roasted coffee and licorice, aftertaste lasts with warm alcohol, coffee, mild bitterness from hops and syrupy sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer4000 (4445) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle 330ml. Dark, dark brown body with a moderate tan head. Nice, pleasant aroma with some fruit, nut, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is malty, sweet, and moderate roasted. Aftertaste is long and sweet. A very good beer in a Belgium (free)style. Maybe a bit less sweetness and some more hops would make this a world classic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2006
Dark brown. Alcoholic aroma with note sof malt, chocolate and toast. Coffee aflavor with notes of fruit and crisp bread. Sweet with firm bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2006
Pours very dark brown with a golden edge, huge yellowish head disappering fast leaving thick laces; Very special nose, like no beer I have smelled before, a sweet grapefruity, orange freshness together with not all ripe cherry, very clear chestnut and hazelnut (fresh and dry), later buttery strawberry, it is deep, interesting and changes all the way thought the beer; Huge carbonation with a perfect sharpness in a very well balanced perfectly textured body; Into a medium long finish full of chestnut and buttery hazelnut (dried and fresh), a bit of sweetness, leaving your lips a bit sticky, combined with very little fresh acidity. The actual body of this beer is PERFECT, only the finish need a little bitterness to balance the syrupy (but not overwhelming) sweetness.


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