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

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RATINGS: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2903) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2013
$3 single at Binny’s, April 2011. Beer is more of a porter brwon, although markedly darker. Nice foamy head. Sweet candi sugar smell permeates the room as I’m typing. Taste is very sweet, but immediately a tart backwash comes in. Plenty of fizz that helps mix in the tastes. Pretty loaded with hops, even if the bottle’s 2 years old and it’s the Challenger and East Kent Goldings (that’s what the label says). Gets a little gassy just halfway through. Some dark roast malt to it. Doesn’t quite play well with its dark Kandi sugar (again, from the label). This is simply kind of… strange. Which is what makes it a Belgian beer.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (5806) - 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 (552) - 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 (1979) - 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 (2015) - 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 (3175) - 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 (3240) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4841) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Draft at ebenezer’s. Black pour with some lacing. Dark malt aromas, very strong tones. Flavors are dark malt, roasted and other malty tones, has a bit of alcohol warmth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2257) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
A sweet stout with more yeast, dark fruit and sourness than is typical, though still predominantly chocolate and toasted malt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (2102) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2014
Gusher! Black colour, brown foam. Aroma of roasted malts with notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Light sour hints. Good beer!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrapersnbeer (1507) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Yeasty, hot butterscotch and dark fruit aroma. Dark brown and mud like in appearance. All sweet and sourish in a hearty dark malt kind of way. Disappointingly thin body, really killed it for me. Amazing how a 93 overall score amounts to half that number for this style. Tough crowd.


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