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


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RATINGS: 475   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grunx (367) - - JUL 30, 2012
Aroma envolvent que no cansa mai. Notes de regalèsia molt elegants en boca. Gran.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Defreni (2645) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2007
Flaske. Denne øl er jeg forelsket i. Langt mere balance end de fleste andre impys med en del brændte og bitre toner men aldrig for meget. Diskret kaffe og en lille smule chokolade gør at alkoholen er helt gemt væk. Fantastisk øl.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nuplastikk (4671) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2008
11.2oz bottle. Thick, murky, brown color. Big, foamy head which isn’t going anywhere fast. Perfect spice and brown sugar aroma. Rich and full of flavor, but not that syrupy sweet thickness that dominates most. Rich and yeasty. Sweet and bitter. This one is all over the place. Sourness, cocoa, and candi collide. What a beer, possibly the Belgian Stout I’ve had, albeit none to stouty. Super recommended, this one’s a classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Pours a very dark brown, almost purplish black with a nice beige head. Malty aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and sugar. Beautiful balance of maltiness, sweetness and alcohol. Malty chocolate, raisin, plum, dark berries and sweet alcohol. The high ABV is very well masked. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (4816) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Deep super dark brown coloured body with tints of black and tan at the same time, all with a huge and perfectly lacing, structured and even luminescent (when the light hits the head right, it makes crystalline effects - very neat). Probably the best looking imperial stout i’ve seen, and this one even comes from Belgium. Aroma of great roasted malt, raisins, pit fruits, cherries, whiskey, scotch, vanilla and oak - very nice indeed! Medium to Full-bodied; Super effervescent taste up front with a lot of alcohol, a lot of pit fruits and a tonne of sweet caramel following behind. Aftertaste shows plentiful sweetness and a nice twang of scotch, vanilla and the nuances of oak. Overall, this is probably one of the best imperial stouts i’ve had. Without a doubt, blindfolded - you’d know this is a ’foreign’ imperial stout. It’s got signature qualities of a foreign, but the characteristics make it one of the best that I’ve had! I’d definitely recommend this to everyone, since you can find it here in the states! I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, Illinois, sampled on 02-October-2008.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr (12994) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Very dark and dense. Aroma of milk chocolate and roasted coffee. Balanced malt and hops with a lightly bitter smoky finish. Subtle and superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Monks, February 4, 2010, 11.2 oz, 10.5% bottle, cold, poured black, a very thick foamy head, dark cream in color; slight metallic aroma with hints of malt, cocoa, and plum, the feel in zingy and warm in the mouth with a metallic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
9er (75) - Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Nice imperial stout... this is a very sophisticated beverage. I appreciate all the hints of chocolate, brown sugar, and hops that are as robust as a carbonated raisin. The soft texture is quite approachable and only offers a hint of a tangy finish. The head disapates after a short while but the carbonation keeps you company. The chocolate aroma is mellow and offers a nice compliment to this well-rounded brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerre (2713) - 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.

   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.

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