Põhjala Brewery

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Põhjala Brewery
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #722
Ranked #2,428
4.26 | pDev: 6.1%
Jun 07, 2022
Sep 17, 2017
Notes: A banging Imperial stout brewed with coconut and a Caturra coffee from Costa Rica.

Taste: Creamy, dessert-like coconut followed by a rush of Turkish coffee - earthy, tarry, balanced by the taste of plums and blackberry. As the beer warms, chocolate notes start to shine, with hints of caramelised sugar layering on top of the roasted coffee. Finally, the oiliness of the coconut and the smooth coffee crash down the tongue, lingering and leaving their seductive taste until the inevitable next sip.

Appearance: Pitch black with a lingering, short brown head.

Nose: Decadent, burnt coconut notes, with espresso liqueur. Chocolate and sweet malts, with a port wine, raisin like character.

Malts: Pilsner Zero, Munich malt, Special B, Crystal 300, Crystal 150, Crystal 200, Carafa type 2 special, Chocolate malt, Chocolate Rye, Oats

Hops: Magnum, HBC472, Toasted coconut flakes, Costa Rican coffee

OG 32.5° ; FG 10° ; IBU 60

Serve 12–16˚C
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4.23 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Jun 07, 2022
4.1 by loganburgh from Michigan on Mar 27, 2022
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3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 12.5%. Pitch black colour, small brown head of poor retention. Aroma of roast malts, coconut, molasses, coffee, hints of vanilla and chocolate. Moderate to low carbonation, rich mouthfeel. Very sweet flavour (too sweet), with the same elements as in the aroma.

Mar 20, 2022
4 by archero from Texas on Mar 19, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Unusual due to the coconut, but it kind of grew on me. Like a tropical pina colada mixed with a stout. Big and boozey, but the alcohol is well masked underneath the caramel sweetness and toasty goodness. Some coffee and chocolate notes. Pretty good and definitely interesting.

Mar 04, 2022
3.37 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 17, 2022
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4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Roguer from Connecticut

Poor head production, even with a reasonably turbulent pour.

Nose is quite roasty, but reveals relatively little for a big flavored stout. Coffee, molasses, licorice, coconut, brown sugar, red grape, prune, toast, vanilla. It's a bit of a throwback imperial stout on the nose.

Rich and decadent on the palate, with a very restrained roastiness that asserts itself primarily on the back half, and a sweetness that is a blend of coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, caramel, and licorice notes. Additional notes of toast, dark fruit, and coffee - which like the roast, becomes more prominent throughout the sip.

Full bodied, but more sticky than chewy. Minor sting and understated alcohol presence.

A wonderful imperial stout. It's not an over-the-top flavored stout

Feb 08, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by keithmurray from Connecticut

Appearance - dark mahogany body with khaki head

Smell - dark chocolate, fudge, coffee, coconut, molasses

Taste - dark chocolate, fudge, coffee, molasses, berry, coconut

Mouthfeel - medium plus bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness from the chocolate and molasses upfront, coffee in the middle, coconut and fudge on the back end

Overall - a lot going on with this stout, nice big and bold flavours on this, the flavors all meld together really well. Worth seeking out and trying.

Jan 23, 2022
4.22 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Jan 15, 2022
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4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

330 ml bottle, bottled 17/08/2020, best before 17/08/2023 stamped on the bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like coconut, burnt/charred malt, coffee and some dark chocolate. For the most part I think the taste is like the aroma, but there's also some dark fruit, toffee and licorice flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick, smooth and easy enough to drink with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this one, although there was a good amount of coconut I still wish there was more in this brew. Still, it's definitely worth picking up if you come across some!

Jan 01, 2022
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jkblr from Indiana

11.2oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass at 55° F 12.5% ABV. Label states to see bottle for born on and best before dates. Now that I've poured the beer is can see the black ink on the neck indicating it was bottled 6/5/21 and best before 6/5/24. The beer pours jet black with no light penetration and medium brown colored head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring and tiny island of tiny bubbles. The aroma is moderate in strength bittersweet cocoa, coffee and funky coconut. The taste is semisweet roasted malt with the coffee providing berry like notes and coconut being quite subtle. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with less than average carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Overall, good to very good. There's a bit of oddness in the flavor mix that I'm not in love with, but it's enjoyable. Oddly, the label makes no mention of rye barrel aging, but it's a significant part of the beer experience.

Dec 12, 2021
4.31 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Dec 08, 2021
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Dec 05, 2021
4.31 by heysuz from Indiana on Dec 05, 2021
4.21 by Boone757 from Virginia on Dec 03, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

Well is this is a good beer! Having it with Thanksgiving leftovers and it tastes fantastic. Dangerously drinkable, fortunately for my ability to stay coherent, I have only one bottle.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color with a nice but brief brown head, little lacing. Smell and taste of dark chocolate and coconut, like a Mounds bar but with better dark chocolate. Some coffee but not the star of the show. Dark berries and licorice. Pleasant smooth feel. Great beer!

Nov 26, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by zeff80 from Missouri

11.2oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace the glass. It smelled of coconut, coffee, chocolate and rich toffee. Sweet chocolate, toffee, toasted coconut with roasted coffee and a mild bitterness.

Oct 15, 2021
4.06 by 22Blue from Kansas on Oct 14, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, cocoa, mild whiskey and coconut; a little mineral note. Flavor is dark toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vague nuts and whisky with a little oak in the finish, which is semisweet chocolate and coconut with some unidentifiable fruit esters lingering. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A quite unusually flavored barreled stout. The promised coffee and coconut are here, but also some expected chocolate and the unexpected fruit notes. It all fits together though and is overlaps into strong ale territory with the fruitiness. The coconut is the lightest contributor, but that's a good idea in general. ABV noticeable, but well covered by rich flavors. These guys are great with stouts and I'll try anything they ship our way. This was one of the more interesting flavor profiles. Nicely done. I like the understated arty labels that this brewery and Omnipollo use.

Sep 28, 2021
4.21 by howardnss from Pennsylvania on Aug 27, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Banging out some seriously dark beers, Pohjala gets to work banging out an imperial cocoa stout that carries the background complex flavors that makes this Estonia brewery so unique.

Jet black and ominously opaque, the froth espresso-looking CocoBanger greets the nose with high levels of dark chocolate, coffee and cream in a strong java latte kind of way. Robust sweetness rolls onto the early palate with strong notions of blackstrap molasses, sugared espresso, candied walnut and the sweetness of both nougat and toffee.

As the sweetness starts to relax, the roastier edges of the beer project. A full and coffee heavy taste is fueled by copious additions of earthy, fruity coffee varieties while the savory cocoa flavors bring a taste of bittersweet chocolate with strong java flavor. Not to be outdone, a balance to the roast comes with toasted coconut, vanilla and a char akin to campfire. A woodsy bitterness follows to highlight the beer's roasty and robust attitude.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, the roast turns sweet to finish malty-roasty with a soothing chocolate and coconut aftertaste. Its a robust stout that allows hints of dark fruit and sherry wine to emerge as it warms.

Aug 26, 2021
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3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours opaque, jet black in color with one quarter inch head. Taste is coconut and chocolate withalcohol. Heavy body, sweet, roasty with low carbonation. Makes for a solid coconut stout. I prefer others but this is quite good.

Jun 12, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by plutonash from Latvia

L: Pitch black, chocolate/brown colour head, 0.5 finger head after pour which persists despite the high ABV.
S: Coconut, chocolate, smoke, some honey.
T: Coffee, chocolate, coconut, dark dark roasted malts, ash.
F: Expected it to be a lot sweeter, but was pleasantly surprised that it was not. High body, mid carb, sweet finish. Bitterness balances nicely the profile of the beer. Despite the high abv, doesn't taste too boozy.
O: Even though I'm not a big fan of coconut, it's a surprisingly good beer.

May 22, 2021
4.31 by Dazka from Italy on Apr 30, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coconut and black chocolate notes is quite enticing. Taste is also a great mix between some coconut notes with some black chocolate notes and light residual sugar notes. Body is full with oily like texture with good carbonation. Enjoyable stout with nice balance of flavours and good drinkability.

Apr 02, 2021
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Feb 15, 2021
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4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Inky black, zero light gets through this one. Pours with a brief 1mm deep tan head.
S- Liquor/ABV% + cocoa.
T- Cocoa/coffee, lactose, creamy notes, some coconut. A gentle zingy ABV% note rises into the dry tail. After a few more sips the pungency builds and the depths seem greater.
F- Puddingy, deep, toasty, rich tempered by quite intense flavour.
O- .... did I just get a whisky note? IDK but I just got a liquor note like a lightning bolt from the sky....
Summing up. A big beast, a really big one due I think to that naked liquor note. Some quite big coffee/cocoa but supported by big ABV% it works nicely. A slow sipping beer for Winter, esp Xmas... or oh look, NYEve! Happy New Year!!
Bought from TremblingMadness/York as part of a DIY pick mixed case for delivery to London. 330ml £5.25 BB: ? Zero sign anywhere on the bottle but likely indestructible.

Dec 31, 2020
4 by BdM from Netherlands on Nov 19, 2020
4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Oct 03, 2020
4.09 by tobelerone from New Jersey on Sep 08, 2020
4.53 by shigg85 from Japan on Sep 06, 2020
4.42 by Beer21 from Florida on Aug 07, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

.33l bottle from Halftime. Black, inky pour, slick, flat. Sweet, roasty , aroma chocolate. Hint of coconut in the aroma blossoms in the taste, matching up with dark chocolate. Coffee makes it's appearance as well, amping up the dark roast bitterness. Smooth, bittersweet with barely a glimpse of the ABV.

Jun 18, 2020
3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jun 10, 2020
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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Bottle date: 05112019

Notes of dark chocolate, bright roasted coffee, toasty coconut, dark caramel, dark toffee, fruity dark molasses, pretzel, bready malts, some dark fruits, candied cherry, with earthy floral hops

Jun 10, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Dark, opaque brown body with an initially fizzy brown head that fades to a spritely wisp along the circumference of the glass. Rich smell of charred grains, dark coffee. Great dark chocolate base flavor with notes of coffee and coconut; slightly sweet; tempered booziness. Heavy body; warm and coating on the palate; alcohol heat and dryness.

Rich and flavorful, this beer packs a wallop both in the taste and alcohol punch.

May 26, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by OlaB from Norway

Pours a deep black color with a small top off beige head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of roasted malts, coconut, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and vanilla.
The taste is strong roasted with nice notes of dark chocolate and freshly grounded coffeebeans. The strong malty profile is excellent ballanced with sweet coconut and vanilla notes. The finish has some nice bitterness and it leaves a long and strong aftertaste. Flavour is amazing and the strong alcohol contect are hidden very well.
Oily and creamy mouthfeel with a medium carbonation and a full body.
A really impressive and delicious imperial stout.

Apr 04, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

17 March 2020 - Beer #51

Corona Day #5

Price: $6.99 at Clinton Gourmet Corp. in Manhattan

Appearance: 5 - black as can be with a small dark head. Tremendous alcohol legs.

Nose: 5 - yep, nailed it on the coffee and coconut. Theys not messin' around here.

Taste: 4 - definitely coffee and coconut, but not quite that blast I was looking for. Mostly bitterness from the coffee and sweetness from the coconut.

Mouth: 4 - sticky, but not terribly chewy or thick.

Overall: 4 - a very pleasant, slightly more than cromulent coffee and coconut stout.


Mar 19, 2020
4.05 by Bruno74200 from France on Mar 18, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

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