Siperia Imperial Stout
Panimoravintola Plevna Koskipanimo

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American Imperial Stout
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4.12 | pDev: 8.98%
Panimoravintola Plevna Koskipanimo
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4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bruuveri, Helsinki, Finland

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with tan lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of black licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has stronger flavors of black licorice. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Flavors of roasted malts and licorice linger into the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout is really enjoyable if you like black licorice. No alcohol is perceptible.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Plevna Siperia Imperial Stout. On-draught at a bar in Helsinki. Reviewed from notes taken Summer 2014.

HEAD: Half finger wide khaki colour head. Creamy, soft, shiny, and appealing. Not real frothy. Retention is 3-4 minutes. Coating lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast or sediment is visible within. Looks adequately carbonated.

Looks like a pretty good imperial stout, but not a unique or special one.

AROMA: Deep chocolate and cocoa notes. Roasted barley is evident, thank God. It's surprisingly hoppy for an imperial stout, actually, with floral, piney, and evergreen-redolent notes. Dark and chocolate malts comprise the malty core.

A pleasant aroma of average strength, though simpler than I'd like for a beer vying to be a top tier imperial stout. A bit too hop-emphatic.

No overt yeast is detectable.

TASTE: Dark malt sweetness and cream greet the drinker on the open. In thhe early second act, it sifts to a pine needle dominant character, which actually works here. It's so hop dominant it almost flirts with Cascadian dark ale conventions. I do like it, and the hops are well balanced by the malts, but it's a catastrophic failure if they were after a traditional imperial stout. Still, it's a tasty brew.

I detect no overt yeast character, or off-flavours. There is a slight alcohol warmth that is noticeable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, and a bit too glossy/coating on the palate. An imperial stout demands some degree of coarseness and dryness to accentuate any roasted barley presence, but then I guess this isn't really a traditional expression of the style. Full-bodied. Not too heavy or overbearing on the palate. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, etc.

Adequately carbonated, if a little too much so. Suits the taste decently overall.

OVERALL: It's a drinkable brew and is ironically more balanced than most Cascadian dark ales while being almost as hoppy. By no means a conventional example of the intended style, but a beer I'll have to revisit in spite of its high price (4.50 euro/33cl). I'll enjoy finishing the glass, and I'm sure this will find its fans.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Summer 2015 impression on-draught at Pikkulintu:


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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Draft @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu

Black bodied with a thin long lasting tan head.

Really roasty and slightly ashy. Dark chocolate with a slight sweetness. A little woody. It's really more bitter than anything though. There's some slight grassy hop peeking in.
Smooth medium body and dry.

Quite a stout here. Hits hard with those hops but at only 8% lends itself to a couple pints if so inclined.

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Photo of Weli
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pitch black with a thick tan head

S-Roast malts, cocoa and coffee

T-Cocoa and dark coffee, lots of dark roast malt character, just a hint of sweetness

M-Fullbodied and medium carbonation

O-Excellent imperial stout, well worth seeking out, rich, malty with awesome roast character

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Pikkulinto, from notes. Pour is jet black with smaller bubbles and a creamy tan head. The nose is nice, roasted malt up front, light coffee with some fleshy orange citrus and light bitterness. Taste is much of the same, well balanced with nice roasted malts and light milky chocolate and coffee notes. The hops are light, citrusy with moderate bitterness in the finish. Medium body and very smooth and creamy with assertive carbonation and clean finish.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pikulintu in Helsinki. From notes.

A - Poured black and opaque with a slight mocha head, some slight lacing and no visible carbonation.

S - Definate hop presence was a bonus off the bat. Roasty and chocolatey. Good combination, nice and inviting to me. Very cool aroma.

T - Hoppy stout, hello! Chocolate and roasted notes. Maybe some licorice as well. That nice hop compliment is so cool. Maybe a little grassy and fruity. Mixes well.

M - Huge mouthfeel. Explores every cranny. Medium carbonation and body is a little more than medium. Feels really good and smooth.

O/D - Heck ya. Nice stuff. Strong and powerful. Hop compliment is cool. Just a great stout IMO. Well put together. All elements work well and it goes beyond those typical Impy Stout characteristics and puts a new spin on things.

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Siperia Imperial Stout from Panimoravintola Plevna Koskipanimo
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