Jõuluöö | Põhjala Brewery

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Brewed by:
Põhjala Brewery
Estonia
pohjalabeer.com

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Translation: Christmas Night. A silky smooth chocolate-vanilla oak aged imperial porter brewed for the winter nights. Aged on cacao nibs, fresh vanilla pods, and French oak for a heady chocolate dessert character with a luscious vanilla taste and aroma.

Added by dcmchew on 12-14-2016

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#7,461
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
34
pDev:
6.11%
 
 
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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I thought this porter was very good as well as relatively easy drinking.

Look: dark brown / black with a very big fluffy mocca colored head.

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, maybe coffee

Flavor: Chocolate, lots of vanilla, some roasted malts, and maybe oak

Feel: silky, smooth, easy drinking

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Photo of Dentist666
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rex_4539
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Very dark brown color, quarter finger brown head, messy lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee, sweet.

T: Chocolate, vanilla, oak.

F: Medium bodied, plenty of flavor.

O: Good winter beer.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at Julio's and shared with JLindros.

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

S - Aromas of light vegetative vanilla, not much chocolate or barrel notes. Not overly acrid or metallic like the base.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of sweeter vanilla. Tons of oak going on here as well, almost raw wood. Little bit of chocolate but it's super overpowered by everything else.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a very enjoyable imperial porter. The vanilla is nicely sweet too, but I suspect that used oak chips.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

THanks to rudzud
Big pillowy creamy almost 1 finger head fades at a med pace, nice retention, decent lacing, super pitch black beer

Nose starts with dark chocolate, chocolate milk, a little vegetal vanilla but not a ton, mild char and roasty burnt malts again, more pillowy marshamallowy nougat like, very light oak

Taste starts with lots of vanilla, sweet raw vanilla bean, then big oak, like raw oak chips, a bit of creamy luscious chocolate but not a ton, chocolate ganache, a little mild bitter roasted malt but not really acrid this time, a little cocoa dust and coffee grinds, dry finish, touch of perfumey alcohol not fusel

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, creamy lush, decent carb, a flash of alcohol

Overall not bad, much better than the porter, vanilla and oak is nice, but nose was lackluster, chocolate was not too strong either, but still nice for a beer from Estonia

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Photo of mig100
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of samEBC
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moe71
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whatup14
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This is a surprising vanilla bomb, with fresh and creamy sweet vanilla on the nose, with a hint of oak, dark chocolate, earthy roast, and dark coffee.

I've really enjoyed most of the beers from this brewery. There's a light herbal character, with loads of fresh vanilla, fudgy dark chocolate, and some very light oak spice. It would seem this is virgin oak aged rather than truly barrel aged. The base is roasty and adds a bit of bitterness to offset the sweet dessert additions.

This is creamy and medium bodied, with very little overt booze character.

These guys are making dark beers on par with the best ones made in America.

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Photo of StormAles
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, day 24 of the 2017 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar. What, they couldn't come up with an original offering for the end of this ordeal?

This beer pours a fairly solid black abyss, with the scantest of amber basal edges, and a teeming tower (uh oh) of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves a few instances of swooping tendril lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of lightly roasted, bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of sour dark stone fruit, vanilla cookies, ethereal tannic wood notes, bittersweet cocoa powder, and some rather understated earthy, musty, and floral noble hops. The taste is grainy and doughy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, dried vanilla beans, a still very subtle oakiness, dark chocolate, a hint of treacle, and more ephemeral earthy, leafy, and musty hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with just a touch of generic bitterness taking a minor tithe here. It finishes off-dry, the malt, cocoa, vanilla, and faint woodsiness seeing us gently out the door.

Overall - this comes across as a well-made version of the style, with the various adjuncts all contributing, without any becoming burdensome. Tasty, with an expertly integrated 16-proof booze factor, and worthy of its place in this otherwise uneven holiday drinking 'experience'.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jroof1
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with quickly dissipating brown head. Nose is vanilla and milk chocolate. Definitely picking up some oak and roasted malts. Taste is really nice. A tad bitter upfront with some charred steak notes. Getting some vanilla, chocolate, and licorice. Really smooth and well balanced. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 34 ratings