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Alvinne Podge Calvados Barrel Oak Aged

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Brewed by Picobrouwerij Alvinne
Style: Imperial Stout
Moen, Belgium
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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Due to a string of coincidences, an oak barrel of Podges’ IS was kept for 6 months. At the end of its lagering, it was remixed with young I.S. in full fermentation, to form this unique cask - obviously very limited in supply.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (11658) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
Bottle split at Bruces pad - for the last time, thanks to Kenny, 27/03/15. Murky chestnut brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is dark fruit rinds, spice, chocolate, wooded barrel notes, earthy, light charr, booze fumes. Taste comprises fruit cake mix, spice, lightly oxidised, cocoa powder, rich malt, brandy notes. Medium + body, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close. Adequate impy but far from top draw.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (2845) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle share, thanks to Ken! At least 6 years old, 11%. Dark brown, cloudy, small ring of tan head. Aroma is oxidised, papery, sherry, chinese sweets, pear. Body is medium, slightly foamy, tingly carbonation. Taste is sweet malts, damp, some more sherry, a little woodiness, some tartness and acidity. Nice to try, interesting. Doesn’t come across as an imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8397) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to Ken. It pours murky dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is sweet, juicy, apple, pear, brandy, fruit cake and earth. The taste is earth, wood, leather, wood, apple, pear skin, melon, booze, juicy, must, farmyard and funk with a dry finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Interesting, fruity and good depth. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13403) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Kenny. Pours unclear brown with a creamy tan head. Ricj ripe fruit aroma, some apple, bread, berries, caramel. Medium sweet flavor with with more berries, stewed apples, toffee, bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with aged fruits, toasty bread, brown sugar, Apple, honey. Tasty stuff. Has aged well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (17158) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2015
18th February 2015
Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival in KEGS. Bottle share. Dredged from the Podge archives. Almost clear dark brown beer, good pale tan head. Smooth palate, semi dry. Mild fine carbonation. Lovely mellow dark malts with mild dark chocolate. Mild oaky sweetness, little vanilla. Light gueuze vibe. Really well integrated apple calvados, mildly tangy. Returns for a brief hit of dark chocolate before a smooth semi finish. Never got to try this in 2009, despite several attempts. 6 years down the line this is drinking very nicely indeed.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdtm82 (963) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle; opened by my good friend Kenny at Chelmsford Beer Festival; 18th February 2015. Podge is the supplier! Loads of chocolate chip cookies on aroma.. Stunning cedar. Calvados oak is through the roof. Some light pear. Taste is chocolate gateaux, vanilla, blackcurrants, some sugar. This reminds me of a Stone cedar-aged beer but will never receive the accolades. Drinkability is fantastic. Both myself and Ken are speechless. Glenn I love you!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2939) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2015 I would have been surprised had Alvinne not come up with multiple oak aged versions of their Podge. This one has matured on calvados barrels and shows the same dark bronze, near black colour and beige head as the regular version; the aroma is powerful and very complex, woody, chocolate, apple sauce, coffee, dates, vanilla, cider... Dark fruity taste, sweetish and very full palate, creamy, applish thanks to both the calvados and fruity esters, finish increasingly roasted bitter, coffee beans, bitter chocolate, dry and woody, lovely tannins, vinous, warm calvados-like alcohol. Great big beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4912) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2014
A lot of barrel but it doesn’t totally kill the roast malt. Finishes with medium bitter and some boozy sweetness. Cloudy black with ok head and lacing. Decent level of booze here.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle from Frank Smith’s, as "Alvinne Podge Oak Aged Stout" at 11%. Pours gushing to all hell and bacj as I open it, with turbid ruby mahogany color and minimal khaki head. Nose is dark fruit; dates, cherry, blackbverry, molasses, woody, earthy, maple syrup,...lovely aroma. Tastes super rich, with notes of yeasty dates, blackberry, fig, oaky woody earthy bourbon, and a very complex, smooth, and delicious finish with extremely well hidden alcohol. More like a fruity BW than an RIS, this one is awesome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10103) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Tampa crew. Dark brown. Roast, booze, light fruit and chocolate flavors. Very nice barrel aged brew.


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