Must Kuld
Põhjala Brewery

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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #60
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,014
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.31%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
100
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Põhjala Brewery
 
Estonia
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  15
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to individual tasters and shared with friends.

Unable to recall all characteristics to provide a written review but...

From what I remember, this was a very velvety beer with tons of depth on chocolate and coffee notes. I really got surprised at how good this beer was.

May 26, 2020
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle. Exceptionally dark, with a medium-brown head. Smells like an oak bourbon barrel and lactose. Has a lovely, complex taste -- burn toast (in a pleasant way), medium-roast coffee, more lactose, a bit of oak barrel. Smooth but with a very dry finish.

Feb 08, 2020
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BGDrock from Canada

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour. Body is the deepest dark brown, capped by a thick, dense head the colour of cappuccino foam. Several minutes retention.
Aroma is balanced bitter dark roast and molasses sweetness. Then it clicks - no, lactose sweetness. Distinctly milky. Coffee is on the lighter side, some milk chocolate, vanilla, rum, dates. Interesting.
Tastes of melted chocolate ice cream. Could just about leave it at that. This is accentuated by the light carbonation, verging on watery, and soft, creamy feel. Starts off on the sweeter side (ice cream and molasses), with roasty flavours lingering through the off-dry finish - medium roast coffee, 60% chocolate, some hazelnut. Medium body.

A delightful piece of dessert worth trying. For my taste, too sweet. With more carbonation, it would gain some points.

Feb 08, 2020
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Semi-thick body coming off like a less dense chocolate syrup with medium bubbles to the body.

Smell: Light coffee and coffee, not super potent but the scent does stick with you well into you placing your glass down.

Taste: Malty with a dose of coffee and hints of smoked malts. Lightly sweet and a touch bitterness.

Mouth: Medium to hard carbonation with sticky body.

Overall: Good brew and definitely one of my most favorite gems of the nights. Salud!

Dec 30, 2019
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Cramshawbar from Canada

2.45/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not quite as bad Dolle Dries 2, but it has signs in the head (but a bit more lacing), the nose (but not quite as repugnant) and most importantly, taste (but you can drink this, although with some effort). Still, not a nice brew at all. I also don't know where they hid the milk chocolate and what is that gross, moldy side taste but there it is and isn't. So yeah. My first Estonian try, but I won't hold this against the country or its brewing talents.

Dec 29, 2019
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Nofoba

3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a black body, with a small brown head.

It has an aroma of roasted malts and chocolate.

The taste has roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, with a dry finish and noticeable alcohol presence. Full-bodied and creamy, with light carbonation and medium bitterness.

A delicious porter.

Dec 13, 2019
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octortus from Canada

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 mL Bottle. ABV 7.8%.
Appearance: black, burnt toffee head, half finger, ok retention,
Aroma: Chocolate, syrup, bourbon, slight cow manure (dare I say),
Mouthfeel: medium body, slight alcohol,
Flavour: chocolate, coffee, slight smoke
Overall:

Review: 83

Nov 17, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jan 1 2021 and served at cellar temperature. I'm always thrilled to try new Euro craft beers; doubly so when they're from a country whose brewing scene is not well represented in these parts.

Pours an inky brownish-black colour, producing one finger of foamy, khaki-tinged head that wilts completely within the next two minutes or so. A frothy collar is the primary leftover, along with a few far-flung flecks of spattered lace; looks fine to me. The aroma is rich and warming, including hints of fig and raisin amidst notes of molasses, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate and brownie; suggestions of herbal licorice and alcohol also come through.

A rock solid porter, tasting first of chocolate, molasses, fig and caramelized sugars, as the roasted malts impart subtle hints of coffee to the profile. That status quo maintains itself through the middle of the sip, with hints of herbal licorice, coffee grounds and earthy bitterness taking over towards the finish; more chocolate and molasses sweetness persists briefly into the aftertaste, which has a slight warmth to it. Medium-light in body, with low carbonation levels that barely register as detectable, and a slick, smooth texture. Fair drinkability - granted the serving size is small, but I could see myself going through a couple of these in a night, if I were in the mood for dark beer.

Final Grade: 4.09, an A-. Põhjala's Must Kuld is easily the best Estonian beer I've had to date - tasty and well-balanced, my only real gripe concerns the mouthfeel, which is a bit too watery (IMO) for a beer of its strength. That being said, I still wouldn't say that its thinness really hinders the overall experience that much. Great value, too: for $3.50 a pop, Ontario BAs would be foolish not to give this one a shot if the opportunity presents itself. I'll definitely be picking up a few more bottles for the cellar, and I sincerely hope that more Põhjala beers show up here in the future.

Nov 01, 2019
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TheBaldBeerGuy from Canada

4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first ever beer from Estonia. Enjoyed in Snifter glass at 55° F (recommended serving temperature is 54-61°F or 12-16°C)

Pours an opaque midnight black with a dark tan tight thick head that has great retention. The head laces the glass on every sip.

Aromas of milk chocolate, dark raisins, fig, molasses and faint licorice come through.

On the sip, more of a dark chocolate, slightly burnt coffee, faint licorice and faint dark raisin comes through at the end.

A gentle impact, a velvety boozy mouthfeel with an extended finish. A long bold well balanced bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

Overall, this is a delicious beer.

Oct 26, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle served well chilled into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for $3 or so. This will only be the 3rd Estonia beer I've had the opportunity to try.

Appearance - An aggressive pour yielded a dark brown, nearly black beer with a finger and a half of quickly receding light tan head. Not much in the way of lacing although the foam does look like a whipped topping of sorts on coffee.

Smell - Molasses, licorice, heavy roasty malts, hints of chocolate and some dark fruit with a touch of earthy citrus. A very robust nose that is complex and makes me want to dive in.

Taste - Initially some sweetness chocolate and possibly a hint of vanilla, then a noticeable absence of flavor for a second or two. Comes back with molasses and some coffee. Slightly sweeter across the board than I expected.

Mouthfeel - Big, slick, robust and velvety and creamy going down. Full bodied and carbonation is light, but appropriate.

Overall - Pretty darn good stuff from this brewery I had never heard of before picking it up, the whole beer is excellent but the intense aroma and slick velvety feel are absolutely top notch. Must pick up another couple Must Kulds before they are gone from these shores.

Oct 23, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch-black coloration with a medium, creamy, mocha-colored head. Smells of roasted, caramel malt, chocolate and hints of coffee, licorice and dark fruits. Taste is an excellent, complex balance of roasted, bready, caramel malt, chocolate and lighter notes of coffee, licorice, dark fruits: raisin, fig, and just a hint of herbal hops. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some roasted malt, coffee and licorice lingering in the aftertaste, Smooth mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation.

An excellent, rich, roasted, bitter Porter with some lightly sweet chocolate and caramel accents by the European masters of the style.

Sep 10, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a one finger brown head with great retention and lacing, looks nice. Aroma of dark toasted malt, milk chocolate, nuts and coffee. Flavor is dark toasted malt, licorice, light coffee and chocolate, dark berries. Finishes with black licorice and coffee notes. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A quite different take on the porter style. The base malt is fine, leaning towards an export style stout profile, but with good, light but supporting flavors of chocolate and coffee. Strong licorice and dark berry character in the finish. Interesting and well done. I've had one of Põhjala's stouts on tap in the past, and am glad to see bottles of a few other styles available. I will definitely be sampling whatever I can from them.

Apr 16, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That 's big for a porter, so I suspected this is actually an imperial one, thus I poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a nice beautiful thick dark brown close to black color topped with an eggshell white to almost tan foamy head. Just some concave little lace sliding with the sips.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet honey tones over roasty coffee beans and dark toast. Some dark fruits and sweet earthiness, then some light tones of coca cola with a sweetness of black licorice.
The flavor leads with a sticky sweet dark fruity contour then mixing in the toasty coffee beans, sweet earth, sweet side of the black licorice and some dried dark toast. Nice smooth aftertaste of dark toast, black licorice sweetness and honey.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Though there's nothing distracting about this beer, I believe it's the dryness causing me to sip this. Good carbonation and ABV. Nice sweet smooth earthy to black licorice and slightly coca cola finish.
Overall, very nice as an American imperial porter, definitely one I would have again!

Mar 15, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from @zid. Thanks Chris!
“Best before 26 12 19” on label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Reviewed 1/20/19.
Appearance – 3.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, still opaque but with slight penetration at the rim.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.2 cm, aggressive center pour), low density and rocky, brown, average retention, diminishing to a three mm ring and a thin, rocky, partial layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 - Chocolate and roasted malt – average strength, lasts.
Flavor – 3.5 - Begins with bitter chocolate - not much else can be detected through the fizziness. It ends with bitter chocolate with a long hang-time. No alcohol (7.8% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 - Thin, watery, fizzy.
Impression and interpretation - 3.5 – A thin, fizzy, bitter chocolate drink. One and done.

Jan 20, 2019
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ssarah from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased while in Switzerland and enjoyed 2 months after purchase. Pours a deep dark brown with a nice crema head. Very appealing appearance. It smells strongly of coffee. The taste is somewhat bitter yet sweet. An overall enjoyable beer.

Jan 05, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up at Julio's and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a good mocha head that fades to leave light lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of chocolate malted milk balls. As it warms it gets really acrid and burnt. Slightly metallic too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice sweeter vegetative note, decent dark chocolate and roasted malts. Though like the nose it's very acrid.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy little chalky but the alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a solid enough porter. Even with its flaws to get this quality from Estonia is quite surprising.

Serving Type: bottle

Dec 29, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud
NIce mocha colored creamy thick head 1/2 finger and retains well, decent lacing, basically black color, opaque

Nose some mocha and dark chocolate, malted milk ball toasted malt, then turns acrid and metallic, burnt everything, char, mild fluffy nougat marshmallow thing, chocolate ganache

Taste more dark chocolate, chocolate milk, then into mild acrid burnt roast again, as well as char and a little metallic, mild bitterness and fair sweetness, a touch of fluffy nougat and chocolate ganache again, mild smoothness outside the metallic burnt roast, dry finish

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, smooth creamy too

Overall not bad, not a great beer, but gotta give some leeway for Estonia, I doubt they can get the same malts as we can here that are smoother roasted malts, so other than the acrid and metallic roast it's not bad

Dec 29, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bold, dark brown and beautiful, a strong Baltic presence simply oozes from the porter of Pohjala. Strong in its effects but holding onto a drinkable status, this beer is one for the lovers of all-things-dark.

Pouring a dark, bark brown, Must Kuld releases a rich lather of mocha whipped foam and then further entice the senses with a medley of coffee, cream, chocolate, nuttiness and dark fruit. Malty sweet and robustly toasted, the beer's early palate is a bounty of molasses, brown sugar, toffee, dark chocolate and nougat.

Rich, creamy and firm in its malt structure, the billowing toasted grains bring a masculine taste of bittersweet chocolate, french pressed coffee, black walnut and slightly scorched toast. Burnt cream and caramel align in balance before the strong estery, boozy character closes with hints of sherry, red wine, plum, blackberry and cherry for complexity and charm.

A lightly bittered finish adds one final minutia of broad and woodsy hops for continued balance while the robust and full bodied porter flirts with stout-like status. Creamy, lush and spicy with kahlua, the porter trails into a long and malty aftertaste with roasted walnuts winning out in the end.

Aug 23, 2018
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£3.50):
Pretty nice stuff here, the beer is definitely a dark & roasted one with a lot of coffee bitterness & chocolate malts coming through from the start with a few dark fruits sitting in the background too. It's quite sweet thanks to this too with some prunes & dates showing with some caramel in there too. It's a fairly boozy beer despite only a little alcohol showing around the middle but it's a warming end to the beer with a lingering earthy bitterness to see things out.

Aug 10, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep, dark mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of tan-colored,foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A decent, but not great, aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and honey.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of roasted malt (noticeable throughout), a tinge of honey, a decent amount of dark chocolate, a little coffee, a light berry quality, and a creamy quality. Not a bad flavor overall, but it certainly needed a push in certain areas (e.g., the coffee). Still, it's fairly tasty.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer is a little uneven, but it has some good qualities. Worth a look.

Mar 23, 2018
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch lack, tan head. Smells of chocolate covered coconut and almonds. Mounds Bar, Almond Joy double feature here. Light amount of roast without any bitterness. Smooth milk chocolate. Wow. Estonia, huh? Just a beautiful and drinkable chocolatey porter.

Mar 17, 2018
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Market of Choice.

Black with a dark brown head with great retention and minimal lacing, this looks good. The nose is heavy on the roast with a noticeable amount of honey, plenty of licorice and some toasted wheat bread. The palate opens roasty, bitter and quite smooth. There's honey, very dark chocolate (~85%), licorice and a little anise with a wisp of heather. Medium full in body, softly carbonated and with a long, bitter finish, this is quite nice. Lingering cocoa, licorice and honey are present. A decidedly European take on the style, and a good one at that.

Feb 16, 2018
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ludachris from Canada

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dense mocha head stands high on top of its pitch black body. It's a big looking Porter.

Dry, rich coffee roast is smoothed over by oozy honey. There's lots of milk chocolate layered on top. Sweetened black licorice. Hazelnut filling makes it extra dessert-y.

A deep and satisfying coffee roast is pervasive. It's pleasantly dry and lacks harshness. A helping of field berries is muddled in a heap of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Black licorice and leather leads the finish where the roast carries a bit more bitterness.

This lands right on medium-full. It's got a creamy, smooth texture up to the finish where the alcohol and roast ends things off dry and clean.

A refined robust Porter. I love the addition of lactose and honey in here as both add depth to the mouthfeel without competing with any of its overarching flavors.

Dec 27, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/15/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, leather, smoke, char, herbal, wood, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, leather, smoke, char, herbal, wood, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted dark/brown bread, light dark fruit/smoke/char, herbal, wood, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from roast/hop bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 7.8%. Overall this is an outstanding robust porter. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, lactose, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very rich and complex malts; pleasant earthy hops and fruity yeast character in the background. Never too roasty feeling; plenty of Crystal/Munich malt character. Kind of a mix between American and English porters on overall style. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Oct 14, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a very, very dark black, with no head and no lacing.

This smells like strong, roasty, and bitter coffee- is there coffee added to this? There's a weird coffee bean on the label, but the description online doesn't sound like it has coffee. There's some caramel, too.

This is a little flat tasting, but the coffee character, and the roasty/caramel flavors are great. I'd be seriously surprised if this didn't actually contain coffee. There's a nice sweet caramel thing, and roasty bitter chocolate as well.

This is a little too light bodied for me, with a lingering bitterness.

This has some good stuff going on, but it's a little flawed.

Sep 08, 2017
Must Kuld from Põhjala Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 100 ratings