WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Paper wrapped 750ml from Dr. Bill at Strong Ale 09, thanks Bill. Also got one of these in a Pre ZABF trade. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is quite nice. Taste is very different, interesting. very good.
JohnnyJ (5188) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour many thanks to Dr. Bill at the SD strong ale fest. Pours a brown with off-white head. Roasted malt, chocolate, fruit, hay, tart, and a touch of oak. Interesting beer, which I did enjoy. Medium body.
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber, brown colored brew. Aroma is sweet, oak, vinous. Flavor is vinous, chocolate, sweetness, fruits and oak. Nice aroma.
trevor211 (1509) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brouwerís Big Wood 09. Pours a dark, dark brown with a tiny head. Does not (at all) smell or taste like an imperial stout. Slightly tinny, a bit tart, and a bit dilute. Not up my alley at all.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 12/4/009. Sampled via Dr Bill. This Imperial Stout pours a med dark brown color from a 750ml bottle. Large sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, tart and fruity. A medium bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, fruity and tart. The hops are floral. A tart, Belgian Stout. The estery fruitiness are balanced by some big roasty malts and both are whacked by the tartness. There is a touch of wood here, I guess. Itís a weird combination of flavors, but it seems to work somehow. Mouthfeeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by argo0: Pours a hazy dark copper amber with a frothy beige head. Aroma of fresh oaky dark caramel malt with a touch of light fruity esters. Starts with pretty good fullness with some tart oaky complexity and sweet dark caramel maltiness before a toasty drier bittersweet tannic finish. Pretty unique oaky dark brew.
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 75cl, courtesy of yespr. A deep amber to dark brown beer, topped by a dense, finger-thick beige head leaving lacings. Oak and some sourness on the nose, with roasted, coffee-like scents behind. Maybe this doesnít sound good, but it was. The flavor too was a bit strange but very nice. A sourish, oaked twist of the coffee and chocolate from the regular Podge beer got company of a bretty touch and a little bitterness. Full-bodied, well-carbonated and smooth mouthfeel. Lasting finish with all things found initially. The sourness is well integrated in the beer and even though I donít think the barreling adds betterness to the beer, it certainly puts it into another dimesion. 090822
nimbleprop (6648) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the DC Local tasting. Opaque, mahogany amber with a cloudy, white head. It does not look like an imperial stout. Aroma is fruity, woody, tart. Flavor is all fruits, apples, pears. Not what I expected.
argo0 (12636) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle, The Oak Podge, 9% ABV. Medium tan head atop cola brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, alcohol, oak, some bittersweet chocolate, vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, sour, yeast, some vinous. Medium-full body, fairly smooth.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 A Mes re-rate. Bottle at home with Mario and Warren.
I rated this quickly during Borefts Fest due to Urbain insisting Ian and I drank copious amounts of Drity Horse. Thankfully, I had a bottle at home that I have been saving to share with good folks. Mario and Warren fit the bill nicely. One sniff and one sip makes it pretty clear, although Iíve given this a 4.2 already, Iíve under-rated it slightly. Superb chestnut brown colour, almost opaque, with a decent beige head. Aroma is absolutely through the roof. The base Podge works so bloody well with the Bourgogne barrel. The chocolate and fruit sit together and itís a marriage of sheer beauty. The flavour is even better. Chocolate, caramel, barrelly sourness, luscious fruit, almost smoky notes, superb balancing bitterness. Lengthy finish that seems to be a rapid synopsis of everything this little gem has to offer. Davy, Glenn, this is exceptional guys, it really is.
A Mes rate. Bottle at 1st Borefts Beer Festival.
Very dark brown with an excellent beige head. Amazing caramel, bourgogne and vanilla on top of the already excellent Podge. The finish is epic. Sweet yet bitter. Absolutely glorious.