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Szechuan Bänger | Põhjala Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Põhjala Brewery
Estonia
pohjalabeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
4
Ratings:
10
pDev:
5.43%
 
 
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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of jrc1093
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before 8/23/2021

Pours a dense black topped with a gorgeously creamy golden mocha head, which maintains itself a decent while until eventually reducing to possibly the most persistent, thick collar I’ve seen to date on a beer; no lacing to speak of, but this is stellar-looking regardless.

Aroma opens with an herbal sweetness, involving toasty ginger with tea leaves integrated perfectly alongside star anise and an herbal heat mediated with ginger; some further depth sees deeper notes of smoked apple, roasty malts, and bits of ashen, malty char; a sweetness unfolds the longer it warms.

Taste brings an herbal sweetness upfront, similar to the aroma, that gives way to a vague peppery heat finding its place perfectly alongside creamy milk chocolate bursting quietly with star anise undertones; again trailing the aroma in that the sweeter tones only grow over time.

Mouthfeel shows a creamy, medium-heavy body, balanced carbonation, and a minor malty/herbal/peppery grit that calms enough for a pretty seamless transition to the cooly roasty, semi-dry finish; virtually no hints of booze throughout.

I can’t help but think that having this eclectic profile come together the way it has here is pretty impressive on its own; it does trend toward ‘too sweet’ territory once it warms to a certain point, but the profile as a whole only amplifies, and seldom breaks consistency. With so many unique factors at play, I can’t say this is something I’d reach for with any frequency, but standing alone, this one impresses based on the smooth flow with which its ingredients are integrated.

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Photo of mishi_d
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with tan head, aroma of roasted malts, spices, alcohol, tea and star anises, taste is medium sweet / lightly bitter, full body, average carbonation.

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Photo of VTbrewfan
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

9 oz pour on tap at Brewers Fork in Charlestown, MA.
Look: mahogany, molasses color with light ring of foam.
Smell: sweet grape juice, star anise, faint smoke
Taste: molasses, lapsang souchong tea, Scotch, bittersweet chocolate, coffee. Very complex!
Feel: syrupy but not thick
Overall: this is the third stout that I’ve tried from Pohjala and I feel lucky to have had access to them because I am really impressed. Their beers are bordering on works of art with the amount of thought and care they put in the ingredients. This stout and the Italiobanger are my favorites and both have some crazy complex flavors. You really need to savor them to best enjoy what they have to offer. Really thoughtful and layered beers. I definitely recommend trying this one if you have the chance.

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Photo of robotic_being
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank at Wakefest in Miami, 2019.

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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch-black coloration with a small, creamy head. Smells of chocolate malt, ginger and anise, with a hint of citrus and a certain flowery note. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by rich milk chocolate and notes of ginger, anise and citrus, as well as a certain earthy/musty, flowery note and very light tartness. Finishes with a light bitterness and some spices and very mild heat lingering in the aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel with a rich body and low carbonation. At first I was kind of disappointed at the lack of chili heat and confused by the presence of citrus notes here, until I realized that Szechuan pepper is actually a lot closer related to the citrus than the chili family. Quite fascinating. This is certainly a rather unique and odd brew that still works quite well though. Rather exotic, but well-balanced flavor profile held together nicely by a rich milk chocolate character. The earthy, flowery and slightly tart notes can probably be attributed to the Pu-Erh tea.

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Photo of Highlake78NL
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Szechuan Bänger from Põhjala Brewery
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 10 ratings