Põhjala Brewery & Tap Room

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Põhjala Brewery & Tap Room
Baltic Porter
Ranked #39
Ranked #5,986
4.12 | pDev: 8.5%
Jul 15, 2023
Mar 18, 2015
Notes: An imperial Baltic Porter as dark as the Estonian winter nights. Strong enough to keep you warm through the cold evenings.

Malts: Pale ale, Munich, Carafa II Special, Special B, Chocolate malt, Crystal 300, Demerara sugar
Hops: Magnum, Northern brewer
Translation: Night
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled on: January 2022

A - Dark brown pour with soapy caramel colored lacing and thick legs on the sides of the glass.

S - Toasted cocoa with a little bit of char mixed in the background.

T - Toasted cocoa and chocolate malt base with a slight bit of underlying char and a smidge of dark fruit and alcohol.

M - Light syrupy body and a small amount of sugary residue on the lips.

O - This is really well brewed and well worth a try. Recommended.
Jul 15, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by KatieGregBeers from New Mexico

Jul 08, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by jdurey from Korea (South)

Jun 28, 2023
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: Onyx-toned body with a dark khaki-colored head.

Smell: A charge of ruddy espresso and a liqueur hosting roasted nuts and dark chocolate. Faint smokiness. Big of the dark fruit esters.

Taste: An assailing roasted maltiness with bitter chocolate powder, espresso, burnt nutshells, spent pipe tobacco and blistered prunes. Some implied sweetness from a drizzle of keukenstroop. Touch of soy sauce umami. Öö embodies a definite richness though cut with some curt booze for a warming, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Fairly solid.
Jun 05, 2023
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Finding beers from Estonia on the shelves of a store in Eagan, MN. What a word we live in. 11.2 oz. bottle with light red wax.

Dark beer, of course, with a nose that’s full of chocolate, rich, with a ting of smokiness…but not enough to turn away this smoked-beer despiser.

Põhjala ÖÖ is yummy. The cognac presents like it’s on the silvered tray of a fine sommelier. There’s just enough malt mortar to hold the barrel up. Underneath is char, roast, earthy sweetness, with a slight alcohol presence on the finish. Light for a double digit stout, & tasty enough that a pair of these bottles wouldn’t be out of the question.

Very good beer that started to blossom as it warmed. Good job, Estonia.
Apr 18, 2023
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Reviewed by jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours with a 2 finger light tan head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate malt nose and flavor is malty caramel and dark chocolate. Higher ABV, 10.5% not noticeable. Pricey at $6.69 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt
Mar 05, 2023
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Reviewed by guidodewaal from Netherlands

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Thick dark brown with minimal cream colored foam. Smells like coffee and chocolate. Taste follows with some extra smokey bitterness. Thickness fills the mouth with deep dark tastes. Creamy and very smooth.
Feb 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The pour is jet black with beige head of foam. The taste is dark chocolate, caramel , figs, & tobacco char. It was good to try a beer from Estonia. Cheers! A-
Feb 08, 2023
Rated: 3.77 by hockeypuck from Maine

Dec 03, 2022
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
From an 11.2 oz. bottle sampled on October 27, 2022.

Dark brown to near jet black appearance under a small and quick lived tan head. No lacing.

Vibrant aroma of dark sweet roasted malts, vanilla, char, smoke, cream, earth, and yet a low profile alcohol presence for 10%.

Light-medium mouthfeel. Smooth.

The taste is sweet and roasted dark malt forward with those same vanilla characters and then there is a little more booze. But it is warming and pleasant at the end. Quite nice.
Oct 27, 2022
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
My 1st Estonian beer!
Oct 21, 2022
Rated: 3.76 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Sep 29, 2022
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Reviewed by andypeters1971 from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Had it March 2022. Of course it's one of the world's greatest beers. But what if one does not like the Baltic Imperial Porter style? Can one still be a reviewer for Beer Advocate or any other beer reviewing collective? Will I be kicked off the site? I'm going to go ahead and review this even if the answer is one for which I do not want to hear the answer. Yes it was interesting to try once, but I only got about 60% of the way through it before I lost interest.
Mar 09, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by jophish17 from Georgia

Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 17, 2022
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured black with dark ruby red accents and minimal head that dissipated quickly.

Tastes of sweet charred malt and has a bit of lagerish tasted hiding in it. There dark chocolate and treacle with a mild earthy bitterness. Nicely done.
Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by Avitra from California

Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
we are approaching winter, and this seemed like the right beer to mark it, it claims to be as dark as an Estonian winter’s night, and to be fair it’s pretty black alright, really nice aroma of treacle, molasses, chocolate, coffee, fig, prune, cherry, flavour pallet much the same, chocolate, coffee and dark fruits, low bitterness, medium bodied, low carbonation, quite smooth, not as heavy as you’d expect a beer this strong to be, all in all a beer for a cold night, a fireside beer, nice stuff
Oct 30, 2021
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