Cellar Series: Vahtra
Põhjala Brewery & Tap Room

Cellar Series: VahtraCellar Series: Vahtra
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Põhjala Brewery & Tap Room
American Imperial Stout
4.15 | pDev: 5.78%
May 07, 2021
Jul 16, 2019
A bourbon BA Imperial Oatmeal stout, brewed with Maple syrup and Forest blueberries.

Taste: Milk chocolate and smooth biscuit wafers jump out followed by a touch of berries and ginger-like malt. Sweet maple syrup and freshly made French toast appears as the glass warms, whilst a pleasant touch of salted caramel lingers on the tongue.

Appearance: Deep black with an oily brown head.

Nose: Rich toasted chestnuts, sweet, mineral maple syrup, and a luscious bourbon vanilla.

Malts: Pale malt, Crystal 150, Flaked oats, Carafa 2 special, Cara pale, Special B, Red malt, Golden naked oats, Maple syrup

Hops: Columbus, Southern promise, Forest blueberries.
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Ratings by JamFuel:
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.
Oct 08, 2019
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with great retention and solid lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, berries and a hint of maple with light oxidation. Flavor is dark toasted malt, lactose, dried blueberries, milk chocolate bourbon and light maple. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess; silky mouth feel. The profile is solidly in the milk stout range, with a lightness that is almost like a porter. Flavor is well integrated, although the the berry and maple components are quite light. Moderate, but distinct bourbon, the fruit components of which meld and somewhat overwhelm the blueberry. As with all of this series I've tried, a top notch, if somewhat understated stout with a deft hand at flavor adjuncts. This bottle appears to be a few years old, although it is undated. There is a little oxidation in the aroma, but it has held up well and probably mellowed a bit. Very nice.
May 07, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by robotic_being from Illinois

Feb 23, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by mdfb79 from New York

Oct 16, 2020
Rated: 5 by bshefftz from California

Jul 05, 2020
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a deep dark-brown color with a small top off beige head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, maple, wood and some slight blueberries.
The taste is sweet and malty. Notes of dark chocolate , maple syrup and oak. I also sense some sweetness from the bourbon and some slight fruity notes from the blueberries.
The finish has some slight bitterness allong with the roasted malty background. Aftertaste has a good lenght. A little thin on the body.
Mouthfeel is creamy and oily with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A really nice and exitinct twist on a imperial stout. Really enjoyable.
Jun 20, 2020
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

May 26, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Apr 29, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by Beerbom from California

Mar 28, 2020
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Reviewed by unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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!
Feb 10, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Nov 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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
Nov 03, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by BdM from Netherlands

Oct 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
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.
Oct 18, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by Heeenrik from Finland

Oct 12, 2019
Rated: 4 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Oct 11, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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
Sep 11, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Sep 08, 2019
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Reviewed by mishi_d from Romania

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.
Sep 02, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by Dazka from Italy

Jul 30, 2019