Põhjala Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #398
Ranked #2,175
4.32 | pDev: 5.56%
Põhjala Brewery
Notes: This incredibly generous imperial stout is brewed with special additions of toasted coconut flakes and Costa Rican Caturra coffee, as well as a neat but less noticeable use of the experimental HBC472 hop.
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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stevoj from Idaho

4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

.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
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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beergoot from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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OlaB from Norway

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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janubio from Spain

3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Las Buenas Pulgas, served in a balloon glass. Black colour, minimum head with no retention and no lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, some coffee, dried fruits and some spice I can't identify right now.
Medium to full body, oily texture, flat carbonation. Sweet finish.
In the tongue coconut is more present, with chocolate, coffee, licorice and dried fruits.
I wouldn't tell is so high in alcohol.
Pretty good.

Feb 12, 2020
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Jet black color, no head, no lacing, no lacing, no carbonation. Perfect.

5: Sweet, oak, bourbon, alcohol, coconut.

T: Sweet, bourbon, oak, coconut, lots of alcohol. Nice!

F: Medium bodied, lots of flavor. Hard to drink due to high ABV.

O: A nice imperial stout. Well done!

Oct 11, 2019
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Beech105 from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Very very dark, but not much of a head. The smell of coconut is awesome. Smelled the high abv as well. The taste ends with coconut, but a little boozy for me. But, I guess that's what you get from an imperial.

Oct 01, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle: Dark in color with smells of chocolate and strong smell of coconut. Chocolate and coconut in the flavor with toasted malt as a backbone.

Sep 28, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Opaque jet black with a beautiful one-finger coffee and cream head of decent retention in a thin cap but little lacing to be had.

S: Nice coconut rises impressively above the roast and soy sauce notes but the coffee is fairly muted.

T: Sweet with coconut but little to no coffee. Roasty notes and a touch of vanilla and milk chocolate.

F: Lower carbonation and a tad boozy still. This stout is thinner and less creamy than the others I've had.

O: Good but not of my favorites from Põhjala. I imagine I would have liked it more if those others had not set such a high standard. Quite sweet and the well achieved coconut was not enough for me to rave about the beer overall.

Sep 08, 2019
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Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pitch black, oily, and slick. Two fingers of mocha colored head on top. Smell is a chocolate and coconut candy bar. A hint of alcohol comes behind. Taste is exactly the same, very decadent and rich. Bitter black coffee after that; it’s amazing. An alcohol burn comes after, on the way down the gullet, which is expected given a 12.5% stout. Mouthfeel is slick, oily, and not as full as I expected. It’s in the fuller side of medium but not quite chewy. Overall this is fantastic and I’m glad the guys didn’t let me leave without it.

Aug 18, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a pleasant coconut with a touch of coffee. Taste is also a very pleasant coconut with a touch of coffee and a smooth alcohol accent

Aug 16, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium, creamy, mocha-colored head. Smells of roasted, caramel malt and coconut, with lighter notes of coffee, milk chocolate and just a hint of vanilla and herbal hops. Taste follows the nose, with a great balance of roasted, caramel malt, coconut, milk chocolate and coffee, with lighter notes of licorice, vanilla and just a hint of herbal hops as well. Finishes bittersweet, with a light/medium bitterness and some roasted malt, coconut and licorice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation.

An excellent coconut stout that's not actually too heavy on the coconut, which is just the way I like it, There's a great balance of slight sweetness and more prominent roasted/bitter notes going on here that I personally quite enjoy. I'm actually not a huge fan of coconut stouts, but it really works here thanks to a balance that is more shifted towards the roasted/bitter than sweet spectrum, while still offering some ligther sweet notes of caramel and milk chocolate. As usual, Pohjala does not disappoint, not a hint of the almost 13% ABV either.

Jul 30, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle.
BB 05 03 22.
Batch 844.
Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch tan head over a near black body with scant lacing with the head disappearing in a couple minutes. Nose of dark roasted malt, coffee, toasted (almost burnt) caramel, and very slight coconut. Taste mirrors nose somewhat, with added dark fruit and chocolate not present on the nose; coconut, however, is almost nonexistent. Very nice silky feel and overall, a real nice Impy Stout, would recommend and will definitely have again real soon. Cheers!

Jul 09, 2019
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mishi_d from Romania

4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black color with brown head, aroma of chocolate, dark malts, liqueur, coconut and vanilla, taste like a sweet coffee with liqueur, medium sweet with light bitter aftertaste, full body.

May 18, 2019
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alextastic from California

4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a really excellent stout. Dark, dark, borderline-black brown in color with a modest tan head. Aromas of sweet, boozy, toasted coconut. Flavor is riiiich and delicious, with more coconut, notes of milk chocolate, and some bold coffee undertones. Amazing body, very substantial yet smooth. Truly delicious.

Dec 02, 2018
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bshefftz from California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About as sweet as you can get a beer like this to be without being cloying and overly sweet. Coffee flavors are subtly blended with a hint of hop bitterness, nice coconut flavors come through in the aftertaste, alcohol presence right on target, trending towards understated. Nice sipper and would try again.

Dec 02, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a big rich nordic feeling imperial stout with good coffee and coconut in it, a great marriage of these ingredients into the beer, and overall a really impressive specimen, one of the better in this type, and there are a million of these out there now. the coffee is bitter and contains a lot of cool fruitiness that goes well with the coconut, i get orange zest and blueberry from it, nice with the burnt black malt in here and the hint of smoke there is to it, as well as the dark chocolate character thats all over this, i really like the coffee compliment here. on top of that, the coconut is authentic as it comes, not overdosed, and not even a little bit sweet, this isnt desserty so much as it is complex and refined, impressive really, a little toasted quality to it, a little richness as well, almost more coconut milk than flesh in that way, also beautiful with all the dark grain in here. sturdy body, long flavor arc, and really great craftsmanship on display. i get a little bit of an almost english yeast in here which i like in the style too. overall a downright impressive beer, i am pretty high on these guys right now. this is better than many of the traded and fawned over coconut stouts...

Oct 31, 2018
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.35/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Duvel Guy in Utrecht

From a bottle into a snifter
Best Before 15 November 2020
Imperial Stout brewed with coconut and A Caturra coffee from Costa Rica

APPEARANCE: Opaque dark brown, mostly black pour yields a two finger, foamy, fizzy tan head with okay retention. Black body and very high levels of carbonation for the style. Head fades to a thick, creamy cap and retains well there. Half wisp remains leaving falling dots of lacing.

SMELL: Roasted coffee beans, burnt malts as well, with notes of vanilla and milk chocolate. Quite roasted, this one.

TASTE: Roasted malts, coffee, sweet coconut flavor and vanilla up front, then some alcohol at the swallow. Bold and boozy finish of roasted malt and burnt coffee, coconut sweetness, some vanilla and milk chocolate, with a good dose of alcohol lingering on the palate.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes rather mouth-coating. A good dose of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Not bad. The coffee is okay and the body is quite nice on this one. The coconut is a little restrained, but that’s not a bad thing. The head is somewhat unimpressive and there’s too much visible carbonation for the style as well. A decent beer but not something worth writing home about.

Oct 24, 2018
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

17/01/21 "best by" date

A: Pitch-black with a head nearly as dark. Great head but no lacing wants to stick around.

S: Whoa. Great coconut. More subdued coffee but it's there. This beer has been kicking around a bit so it's not surprising.

T: Wow! Super sweet with tons of coconut. Again, very little coffee but it has probably faded.

M: Thick and heavy and cloying (I don't mind). Low carbonation. Sticky sweet. Glad this isn't a large format bottle.

O: Absolutely stellar dessert beer. Loaded with sweetness.

Oct 20, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very inky looking dark black, with a small, rapidly diminishing head, and no lacing.

This smells like sweet toasted coconut, cake frosting, vanilla, a hint of roast, and sweet coffee & creamer.

This is quite sweet, and a little syrupy, but it's still pretty decadent and very tasty. There's just the slightest hint of light roasted malt here- this keeps from being too saccharine. There's some dark fruit and vanilla that seems to maybe come from the coffee? There's also a dense toasted coconut flavor here- creamy, toasty, sweet, and super tasty. There's some chocolate syrup, too.

This is medium bodied, and fairly chewy. It's not the thickest stout ever, but it gets the job done.

This brewery continues to be very impressive in the dark beer game. I'm glad we regularly see their beers.

Sep 21, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of coffee, coconut, roasted malt, hops, and some dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of roasted malt (mostly in the finish), a tinge of hops (not too noticeable), a decent amount of coffee, light chocolate, a little coconut, and some dark fruit (raisins?). On the whole, a pretty solid flavor. It's well-balanced, with none of the ingredients getting the upper hand. Pretty tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well done and easy to drink stout. Worth a look.

Jul 09, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and syrupy, but still with nice carbonation that leaves a ring of cocoa foam around the glass. Coffee and coconut, yes, but also some menthe and vinous notes, slightly ashy but not unappealingly so, just very darkly roasted grains and maybe a touch too much toast on the coconut.

Jul 05, 2018
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