CocoBänger | Põhjala Brewery

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Põhjala Brewery

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by samEBC on 09-17-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of alextastic
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.

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Photo of bshefftz
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
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...

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Photo of Jeffo
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.

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Photo of Dope
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.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of jbehlar
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
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.

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Photo of darktronica
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.

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

Really strong coconut flavor, very sweet and easy to drink. Hides its ABV very well.

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

Dark thick syrupy beer with a brown head. Smells very sweet with coffee, dark chocolate and coconut. The flavor follows the scent. Thick sweet chocolate coffee and a hint of coconut. Delicious.

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

Poured from 330 mL bottle into snifter. Best by 17 01 21; batch 590.
A: Pours an extremely dark and viscous black with 1/2 inch extremely dark mocha head that quickly settles to a thin skim. Looks intimidating.
S: Wow! Luscious smooth dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and cream, coconut, vanilla, and a hint of a wood note.
T: Dark chocolate, coconut, dark roast coffee with cream, vanilla, and roasted malts.
M: Medium-heavy body. Decadently smooth and creamy feel. Loads of dark sweetness. Lingers nicely on the palate with more coffee coming forward in the finish.
D: Just a massive chocolate, coconut, and coffee delight. Can there be too much of a good thing?...this might be toeing the line. I usually don't comment on the bottle art, but I really like the watercolor design on the bottle...very cool!

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

Photo of smithj4
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beersnake1
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with gorgeous brown head. Aroma is mind-blowing. Deep chocolate notes, with a great coffee aroma. So inviting! The coconut is more subtle on the nose. Getting maple, dark fruit, and beautiful roasted malts. The nose is one of the best I have smelled in a while. The taste is incredible. More coffee on the taste, bitter chocolate, black licorice, roasted malts, dark fruit - blackberry and some cherry. Some raisins, nuts, and tree bark. Definitely coconut, but not a bomb like some stouts. Vanilla and maple notes are definitely there as well. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and the aftertaste sticks around for a while. Mostly chocolate for me. Overall, an absolutely fantastic beer.

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Photo of Grackos
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very little coffee, some coconut and sweet at the back end. Pretty good.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lex_Talionis
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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