Pime Öö
Põhjala Brewery

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Põhjala Brewery
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #274
Ranked #6,515
4.13 | pDev: 9.44%
Apr 02, 2022
Jun 26, 2015
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Notes: Translation: Dark Night
An Imperial Stout brewed for the longest night of the year. Syrupy yet smooth, sweet yet strong. The best way to enjoy deepest winter and brood over the darkness in life.
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4.34 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Apr 02, 2022
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by josanguapo from Spain

De labirratorium. En copa Mahou Barrica. Con palomitas. Estudiando. Perfil achocolatado con ciertos recuerdos a tabaco en su final. Se bebe con bastante facilidad para su abv

Feb 26, 2022
4.22 by Allurex from Kansas on Feb 08, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Dark brown (borderline black) pour with thin caramel colored lacing and no carbonation. Lots of legs on the sides of the glass that ooze down the sides when swirled.

S - Roasted cocoa, delicate char, and a slight syrupy presence on the nose.

T - Roasted cocoa, char / charcoal, black licorice, smokie brownies with a roasty fudge base, and some alcohol permeating up to the sinuses with warming in the back of the throat. Nice lingering roasty fudge brownie on the back side.

M - Thick and syrupy / oily with warming in the back of the throat and lip smacking sticky.

O - This one is an under the radar beer and well worth seeking out.

Jan 04, 2022
4.24 by Resistance88 from California on Nov 23, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Oily dark brown color with a thin initial head of brown with decent lacing. Strong aroma and taste of slightly bitter dark chocolate. Hazelnut and dark berries. Smooth but thin feel. Good but I like their porters better.

Nov 18, 2021
4.14 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Nov 13, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by micada from New York

Poured cold to a Glencairn…I really need to stop chilling my stouts… pours an obsidian black, scant mocha penumbra ’round the glass. Nose is stunted because it’s too cold, but there’s some nice dark malt aroma with the schnoz deep in there. First sips are sweeter than I expected, not distracting or cloying. There’s almost a barrel character to it, though this is not a BA version. Mouthfeel is heavy and satisfying. 13.6% ABV hides well enough, but has a little warming while I’m out here on the back deck in the 40’s. Lingering flavors of dark malts, rye, a bit of leather. Try good drink overall. Very easy to drink…much too easy to finish quickly.

Nov 07, 2021
4.01 by kkarimi from Texas on Nov 05, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Iamaskier from Idaho

L: Inky brown. Orange brown head is minimal but clingy.
S: Cool and alcoholic. Dark fruits- plum and cherry, sweet earth, chocolate, molasses. Deep, heavy, fantastic.
T: Sweet. Brown sugar, hints of plum, strong vanilla, and chocolate. Very, very sweet upfront. Black licorice. Then, a coffee finish that brings a bit of bitterness, but not much. More chocolate, too.
F: Smooth and oily. Wouldn’t guess it’s almost 14% unless you checked.
O: Surprisingly sweet, this is definitely a desert. I dig the licorice and the coffee finish. I wish there was a bit more bitterness to balance it out, but even so this is a great beer.

Aug 15, 2021
4.25 by paulish from New York on Jul 16, 2020
4.25 by BdM from Netherlands on Jan 16, 2020
4.25 by shigg85 from Japan on Nov 15, 2019
3.65 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Jul 28, 2019
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4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Jeffo from Netherlands

Got this one from my neighbor for my 40th birthday. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 23 November 2019

APPEARANCE: Black pour yields a 1+ finger, medium-thicker looking, creamy tan head with excellent retention. Black body with touches of carbonation evident. Head recedes to a full, creamy cap and clings to the glass. A swirly, splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Thick and black with a nice looking head. Good stuff.

SMELL: Big nose of roasted malts, creamy coffee, dark, pure chocolate, vanilla cream and some delectable fudge brownies. Bold and really enticing. Vanilla covered chocolate brownies dipped in espresso.

TASTE: Roasted malts, creamy vanilla and espresso, dark chocolate and brownies up front. Delicious. Some alcohol at the swallow, moving into a bold finish of creamy coffee, vanilla, bitter dark chocolate and espresso, roasted malts and decadent fudge brownies. Really delicious and desert-like. Lovely.

PALATE: Fuller body with slightly lower levels of carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, enough weight, goes down silky with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is excellent. Totally delicious and decadent at every turn. The best non-BA Pohjala to date and maybe the best imperial stout to have come out of Europe. Roasted, chocolaty and lots of character in this one. Totally delicious. Well worth checking out if you happen to find it. Highly, highly recommended.

Jul 20, 2019
4 by dsshuck from Delaware on Mar 26, 2019
4.08 by HopBelT from Belgium on Feb 17, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rudzud from Massachusetts

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this.

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

S - Big aromas of char, smoke, dark fruits, black licorice. Really nice malts and roast with a little alcohol burn.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, just very sweet. Almost cloy. Nice char and sweeter dark fruits. Good black licorice here too, but the fruits here are really nice. The finish is on the cloy side sadly. The alcohol is non existent though!

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, rather low. The alcohol is masked phenomenally.

O - Overall this was a very solid Russian imperial stout. Really complex but unfortunately overly sweet.

Serving Type: bottle

Dec 29, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Shared with rudzud
Aggressive pour yields a mild fizzy dark bubble head but fades quickly, some decent legs on the glass though, inky black and stains the glass, midnight pitch black color

Nose incredibly dark malts, roasted malts, intense roast and dark chocolate, cocoa syrup, not acrid or burnt and even a little vanilla like, little char and bitter aroma, mild marshmallow nougat, light spices and licorice like, mild alcohol not quite fusel but almost there

Taste sweet, quite sweet, milk chocolate and semi sweet, a little spice from the roasted malts, a touch roasty but not burnt or charred, smooth caramel and dulce de leche, little toasted almost stale bread but not quite there, little bitter hops and bitter roast notes, mild creamy milky notes, mild alcohol in the exhale mostly, mild spices and a little licorice, fair sweet finish but not too sweet still cloying, sticky too

Mouth is fuller bod, smooth rich creamy although cloying sweet but almost no alcohol perception, light carbonation

Overall mixed, the crazy cloying sweetness really detracts from it, but other than that is a nice beer, alcohol is hidden really well

Dec 29, 2018
4.1 by samEBC from Belgium on Jul 28, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin black body with a deep dark tan head coming off quarter inch off the body.

Smell: Chocolate scent. Brown sugar gets to your nose just a little bit.

Taste: Sweet molasses coming off with a subtle espresso and deep malt and barley feel.

Mouth: full bodied brew, sweet finish and an after taste that just sticks with you.

Overall: Awesome brew, let it warm up a bit it will catch lusting the beer within two sips.

Jul 09, 2018
4.35 by stephenlee from England on Jun 05, 2018
4.94 by mishi_d from Romania on Apr 29, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by timmy2b from New York

12 oz bottle split into two glasses. Very dark black color with no head from the pour at all. Licorice, dark berries, cherry, some vanilla, some coffee and a slight amount of nuttiness. Alcohol is present in the taste as well but is hidden by the abundance of other flavors. Cherry and alcohol dominate the scent. Alcohol is heavy on the tongue and this beer leaves a warm feeling in my chest. Alcohol starts getting a little stronger as the beer warms. This is a SIPPER. Decent beer, but a little too much going on for my tastes.

Apr 12, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 11/16/2019. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, vanilla, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, licorice, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, light-moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, vanilla, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, licorice, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/woody hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toffee, vanilla, dark fruit, licorice, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, wood, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, light-moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, slick, and velvety mouthfeel that is fantastic. A touch syrupy; minimal chalky roast or dryness. Minimal warming alcohol for 13.6%. Overall this is a fantastic English styled imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, light-moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Absolutely insanely rich/complex malts; with great complementing dark fruity yeast complexity that never overwhelms that rich malt profile. A highly enjoyable offering.

Mar 24, 2018
4.02 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Mar 18, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by qrazvan from Romania

Dark brown-brown color, dense texture, almost non-existent foam.
Complex smell: coffee liqueur, cherries in alcohol, cognac, oak.
It surprises you with a well-formed and pleasant consistency, initially sweetness and the feeling of a spirituous beverage. Coffee, sweet, vanilla, marzipan flavors are revealed. A bitter astringency appears along the way and the sensation of a herbal spirit, which also gives the woody aftertaste.
It's not a beer that hides the alcohol degrees, but rather it's like a fine wine after which you know you'll get drunk, but you can't resist it.
To be enjoyed on cold winter day, as advertised on the bottle!

Feb 26, 2018
4.06 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Jan 28, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Poured from a bottle. Black as night. No head. Smell is big roasted malts. Flavor is heavy roasted malts and is very very very sweet. Like Dark Lord sweet. This is a sipper for sure.

Jan 20, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Pours motor oil black with almost no head. Nose is licorice (lots!), molasses, walnuts, blackberry, marshmallow, and chocolate. Taste is great, but the sweetness comes across as a bit syrupy. Thus my lower score for taste. I'm getting a lot of sweetness, chocolate, and coffee. Roasted notes for sure. The complete lack of carbonation was a bit off-putting on this beer, and that's not always the case for me. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy - really nice.

Jan 14, 2018
4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Dec 25, 2017
4.5 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina on Dec 03, 2017
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4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by igl from Russian Federation

deep black color, one finger brown head turns to ring quickly.
pretty sweet, coffee, dark chocolat, dried dark fruits, roasted malt, toffee.
full body, soft carbonation.
warming, but 13.6 ABV is very hidden.
rich, very tasty, my kind of beer.

Sep 25, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SoPeL from Poland

L: Velvety smooth texture and opaque black colour
S: Surprisingly almost none. Some sweet vanilla is lurking
T: Enormous sweet flavour: raisins, caramel and other toffees
F: Nice warm mouthfeel, could have been better with more bitterness at the end
O: Worth trying, but more like a liquor than a beer to be honest; lacking hops bitterness

Aug 13, 2017
3.77 by SStein from Colorado on Jan 20, 2017
3.88 by dcmchew from Romania on Dec 20, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Jet black color, quarter finger brown head, messy lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, alcohol.

T: Very sweet, raisins, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate.

F: Full bodied, yet quite drinkable.

O: Perhaps very sweet but still very good imperial stout. Would gladly drink on any occasion.

Dec 15, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dkline39 from Illinois

A bit overly sweet. Tastes like Caramel

Nov 11, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Very sweet on the back end.

Sep 20, 2016
3.51 by leitmotif from Romania on Sep 13, 2016
Pime Öö from Põhjala Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 48 ratings