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Brewed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Style: Imperial Stout
Moen, Belgium
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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (9999) - 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 haven’t tried that one, so can’t 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (3921) - Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2014
Rated on 5-25-2011 (Bottle 9%ABV) This beer has a large very fizzy beige head with a short retention, reddish brown body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is malt, oak, some chocolate, vanilla, some hops, alcohol, and some dark fruit. The taste is malt, alcohol, vanilla, oak, light sournes, and has a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is light-medium bodied. A rather tasty beer with some different flavors for the style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (1697) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle 750 ml from a trade with Countbeer, thanks Kamiel! ABV 10.5%, poured into a tulip glass. Same case with the Eycken, I was sure it was going to gush and it did, thankfully I was prepared. HUGE GUSHER! Vwery dark brown colour on the body, small tan head. Okay retention, light lacing left on the glass. Aroma of red grapes, lots of vinous notes, cork, wood, light chocolate. Taste is much better than I expected actually, I expected something very sour but it’s not like that, there is a sourness but quite subtle. Roasted malts, light chocolate again, grapes, wine notes, wood, barely sweet on the finish. On the aftertaste a mild bitterness coming from the roasted malts. Quite complex with a wide range of flavours. The high alcohol very well hidden. Full body, soft carbonation. Overall a great beer. Just a month past BBD, at its peak or it certainly seems so. The barrel aging surely added something in this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4083) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle bought from Etre Gourmet in 2011? Dark reddish/brown with a small head. The aroma was a bit tart with berries, wood, nuts and red wine. Similar taste, also some licorice. An interesting and vinous "Imperial Stout".

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (1955) - SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2014
@Eddan: ganska komplex doft av både jordgubbar och nötter samt en liten hint av rödvin (fat). Smaken är lite udda med syrlig tone samtidig som den ger en torr och nötaktig ton. Inte mycket som påminner om en imp stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (632) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
750ml bottle. Murky dark red-brown shade with thin cap. Big fruity red wine and chocolatey cocoa aroma. Taste follows the exact same path. Medium body, medium carb. Not hugely complex, but pretty tasty. The wine barrel works in good harmony with this stout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1289) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Best before October of 2014.
Appearance: The beer pours a lighter shade of brown than most stouts and appears a deep chestnut instead of black in the glass. The head is towering at first but settles into a frothy cappuccino coating.
Aroma: Cocoa is most present with a slightly acidic red wine characteristic with hints of tannins. The aroma is restrained and becomes very muddled upon swirling, it’s most prevelant with cocoa and red grape when settled for a moment.
Taste: The intro is a bit confusing, but a blend of cocoa and semi-sweet red wine flavors, the flavors separate by the mid taste with deep chocolate notes overlying a pronounced red wine and cherry presence that is strongest near the finish with a dry red wine spritzer like presence. The red wine finish is taken over by deep chocolate sweetness, but the red wine and tannins linger.
Palate: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: This is pricey, but it’s very intriguing. I feel the dry wine accents the sweet chocolate very nicely. This would have been a great beer to pair with a cherry cheesecake or something with cherries in it for desert, unfortunately my bottle took a soft fall out of the fridge and I had to drink it as the cap came loose.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
750 ml. bottle from PhillyCraft. Hmmm. This doesn’t really look like a stout. It has a dark amber, reddish tint to it with a disappearing khaki colored head. The aroma is SUPER vinous. Lots of oak, red wine, sherry, some nuttiness and dark red fruit. Kind of like a nice aged barleywine. The flavor is the same. Full bodied with lighter carbonation. Sherry, nuts, red wine and oak stand out. Pretty decent offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13350) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
18th February 2012
Cloudy brown beer, good pale tan head. Comparatively light palate. Crispy and semi dry. Hardly any dark malt here. Lots of red wine. Minerals. A little wood in the back end. Mild aniseed alcohol. Semi dry finish. The base beer is overwhelmed by the barrel. But still very nice!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoFi (1517) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle, 10cl, at BAJT porter week 2012. Murky brown, almost no head. Nice thick aroma with licorice, a difficult to pinpoint wine character and chocolate. Taste: licorice, chocolate, vinous, dark and red berries, sweet, light boozy. Nice, with a heavy barrel influence.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7445) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2012
Bottled at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg, during "Porterveckan 2012". Sold by 5 or 10 cl, I had 5. On November 25, 2012.
Dark brown to black color, tan head. Sweet, malty, alcohol scent. Malty, vinous taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.


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