Jõuluöö | Põhjala Brewery

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4.08/5
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25 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Põhjala Brewery
Estonia
pohjalabeer.com

Style: American 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,315
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
25
pDev:
6.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of samEBC
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moe71
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Whatup14
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +10%
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 +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jroof1
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goofster
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mishi_d
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mytu420
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of qrazvan
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark colour , small head and low acidity, dense consistency.
Smells like cocoa, cognac, smoke.
From the first sip, the coffee, chocolate, vanilla are putting their mark, then some herbal hops with hidden plants (anise, eucalyptus) and then blackcurrants in the background, remaining some time on the palate with a strong woody note.
The very first impressions are not edifying, but this changes during tasting, the beer gaining quite different valences and demanding greater attention in a slow enjoyment.
Even if it seems too little barrel aged, it manages to combine many subtle flavors in a pleasant way.
Recommended!

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black color with brown head. Aroma has chocolate and fudge with some kind of acidity in the background, seems slightly tart. Taste follows, it has indeed a roasted coffee or cacao beans acidity. Some generic berry fruitiness in the background, quite balanced overall. Quite light body for the style, medium to low carbonation. Overall it's good but not exactly what I expected.

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

Photo of Dalv
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jõuluöö from Põhjala Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 25 ratings