Category Archives: Estonia

Põhjala Cellar Series Pime Öö PX

Brewery: Põhjala
Country: Estonia
ABV: 13.9%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Pedro Ximenez Sherry Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. 60 IBUs. Malts – Pale, Munich, Special B, Crystal 300, Crystal 150, Crystal 200, Carafa type 2 special, Chocolate Malt, Chocolate Rye and Oats. Hops – Magnum and Northern Brewer

Brewer Description: (from bottle) An Imperial Stout brewed for the darkest night of the year, aged in Pedro Ximenez sherry barrels.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.9
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml red waxed bottle with a best before date of 10th June 2022. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a half finger brown head that dissipated quickly while leaving only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Toasted malts, tar, chocolate, brown sugar, sherry, wood, licorice, dark fruit, plum.
Taste: Sweet, sweet malt, light roast, chocolate, sherry, wood, syrupy, dark fruit, raisin, with notes of mixed berries.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: It’s got good complexity, but due to the sweetness, it was definitely a sipper. It was probably too sweet for my taste and it showed as it took a long time for me to finish.

Põhjala Cellar Series Odravein Bourbon BA

Brewery: Põhjala
Country: Estonia
ABV: 14%
Style: American Barleywine
Other Notes: Bourbon barrel aged Barleywine. 65 IBUs. Malts – Pale, Melanoid, Cara Pale, Cara 150 and Cara 300. Hops – Magnum, Cascade and Goldings

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Our anniversary barley wine, aged in bourbon barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.37
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 330ml dark blue waxed bottle with a best before date of 23rd September 2022. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: It was a slightly rusty orange brown colour with a half finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, fruit cake, raisin, plum, fig, bourbon, caramel, toffee, and lemon cream.
Taste: Bourbon, wood, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, raisin, fig, cherry, dried fruit, with notes of sherry and piney hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Going on the aroma, I was worried this was going to be too sweet, but I was pleasantly surprised as the flavour was well balanced and the sweetness subdued. This is a really good and enjoyable sipper.

Sori Ensemble Three Mosaic & Citra DDH DIPA

Brewery: Sori Brewing
Country: Estonia
ABV: 8.1%
Style: American Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) Ensemble Three, the last part in our Ensemble series, sees the return of Mosaic with a new partner, Citra. This classic American team-up delivers a punch of citrus and tropical fruit. Sit back and enjoy this DDH Double IPA as we prepare you for the next movement of our symphony.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.85
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 500ml can, lot #268, with a best before date of 30th March 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour, with a two finger white head that had pretty good retention while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy orange, orange rind, grapefruit zest, grass with a hint of pineapple and mango.
Taste: Lightly sweet and bitter, dank, orange zest, citrus rind, mango, pineapple and a hint of peach and grass.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice and tasty with some good juiciness. I liked it better than Ensemble Two which I thought was too sweet, but this one had a better balance of sweet and bitter.

Sori Ensemble Two Mosaic & Enigma DDH DIPA

Brewery: Sori Brewing
Country: Estonia
ABV: 8%
Style: American Double IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) Ensemble Two, the next piece of our symphony stars the cross-hemisphere duo of Mosaic and Enigma. Packed with a tropical fruit salad of aromas and juicy flavors. Finishing with a smooth and balanced bitterness. This DDH Double IPA is a beast!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.67
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 500ml can, lot #267, with a best before date of 30th March 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A cloudy darkish orange colour with a thin half finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Sweet citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus zest and rind, pine, grass with a hint of overripe mango and papaya.
Taste: Sweet fruit juice, pineapple, mandarin, orange juice, lightly bitter citrus rind, with hints of papaya and a tinge of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: It has some nice juiciness, but probably just on the edge of being too sweet for me as it lacks the bitterness to balance.

Põhjala x To Øl Ginie (In a Bottle)

Brewery: Põhjala x To Øl
Country: Estonia
ABV: 4.2%
Style: German Gose
Other Notes: 5 IBUs. Malts – Pale Malt, Wheat Malt, Oats, Cara Pale and Melanoid. Hops – El Dorado and Motueka.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A gin-inspired Gose brewed by Põhjala and To Øl. This mildly sour beauty of a beer is spiced with pink Himalayan rock salt, coriander, juniper berries, spruce tips, rosemary, ginger and rose petals.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.4
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 12th July 2017, poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass.
Appearance: It poured a hazy orange colour with a less than one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Mango, lemon, lime, touch of ginger and floral notes.
Taste: Lightly salty, lemon zest, lime juice, berries and lightly spicy.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was a bit disappointing considering the last Põhjala x To Øl collaboration I tried (Taanilinn Cognac BA) was a stunner. Perhaps it was the high hopes… The fruitiness was nice but carbonation was too low for a Gose.

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