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


on tap


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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
The Podge Belgian imperial Stout was aged for several months on wine barrels from the french Bourgogne. The beer has subtle winearomas with accents of red fruit and chocolate. Special Burgundian Babblebelt Edition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2009
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6066) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12322) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (16426) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2009
UPDATED: APR 10, 2010 750 ml bottle labeled as The Oak Podge at Churchkey in DC. ABV listed as 9%, which makes me think this is a separate beer from the Bourgogne Barrel, but I havenít tried that one, so canít say for sure. Poured (by Greg the beer manager) with a massive tan colored head that settled quickly and left nice lacing. Aroma had notes of licorice and caramel candied apples. Taste had emphasis on the malts with a subtle background of wood, dark cherries and figs. Long lasting finish was both dry and mildly bitter. Best beer of the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4223) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 2, 2009
Bottle @ kloneo, thx Noize. Dark brown colour, tan head. Aroma is malty chocolate, bourbon, a bit sour. Flavour is chocolate malts, fruits, a bit sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (9686) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2009 Bottle from boutip. Pours black with a small amount of contrasting white head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, with rich dark fruit in background. Mouthfeel is above average. It is a mild chocolate, overpowering the coffee, with a secondary wine.Very rich and a replacement over supper for wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2009
750ml corked and caged brought by scrizzzzzzzzz. Dark brown with tight big light tan. Slight roast and coffee with more apple than anything. Light body with great carb. Apple, tobacco and some booze. Nice stuff and not much of a stout IMHO, more like a strong ale. 10.5 is well hidden and I am diging this. Thanks Clint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6736) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2009
750, capped. thanks, scrizzz! pours a cloudy dark ebony with a dense creamy tan head. big tart tangy nose...creamy dark roast with dark fruits and vanilla oak notes showing. creamy medium body with mild carb and tons of flavor on the mid palate. sweet, tangy, and tart finish. interesting twist on ba impies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (10703) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2009
750 mL bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with a large creamy offwhite head. Tart aroma with notes of berries and strong notes of toasted wood including a bit of a spicy bite. Taste is light bitter roasted malts, berries, toasted oak, chocolate, light hoppiness in the finish. Lightly tart throughout. Very smooth and very creamy. Softly carbonated. No hint of alcohol. This is a very nice beer.

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