Cellar Series: Vahtra
Põhjala Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,411
Ranked #16,897
4.09 | pDev: 4.16%
Põhjala Brewery
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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark liquid with a decent head of mud puddle foam, lots of little bubbles in the head and it dissipates quickly down to a nice ring.
The aroma has some of the standard roasty and chocolatey notes but the overpowering initial aroma is a sort of herbal minty-ness to me. Actually smells a bit like a fresh coniferous forest after some rain. Maybe it's the impact of the blueberries? It's interesting and different but a little off putting, a little medicinal.
The taste has a lot more going on though. Rich mocha with a slightly maple tinged sweetness rests comfortably atop a bright forest floor earthiness and bitter berry bite. The familiar blue berry flavor is pretty much only present as the aftertaste but I think that the tannin/herbal/minty bitterness might well be from tart wild berries as well. Very nicely blended fruit flavors and the maple is used so nicely, just a touch at the edges that rounds out an otherwise pretty sharp, roasted malt main event. I finally understand the appeal of blueberry in a stout
Mouthfeel is excellent as usual for these folks. full without getting syrupy
Overall another excellent beer from the folks behind Pohjala. Always soooo expert with their use of flavorings. Yummmm!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vahtra shows a very dark brownish body.
The maple and blueberries are there for sure. The barrel aging brings woody notes for sure.
Earthy and piney notes are notes.

A real ode to the forest

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt and chocolate notes with light fruity notes with some acidity noticeable. Taste is also a mix of chocolate notes with some bourbon and vanilla, light woody notes with some faint berry notes with light acidity also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation with faint alcohol notes perceptible. Interesting mix of flavours with berry not as present as I was expecting.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black with thick, brown head.

Smell is sweet and rich with notes of coffee, chocolate, syrup, berries and brownies.

Taste is powerful and sweet. Notes of coffee, chocolate, oak and hints of maple and blueberries. Strong booziness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall, the booziness lets down what could have been a great stout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head, good lacing, dark brown

Nose dark malts, sweet candy and loads of maple, little oaky, chocolate

Taste big sweet maple syrup, sweet chocolate, choc syrup, malty notes, light bitterness, vanilla, sticky finish light alcohol

Mouth is med to fuller bod, lighter carb

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Photo of mishi_d
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with beige head, aroma of roasted malts and dark fruits, taste of roasted malts, dried fruits and some chocolate, medium plus sweetness, medium bitterness, full body.

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Cellar Series: Vahtra from Põhjala Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 13 ratings