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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.

Lervig Paragon

Brewery: Lervig Aktiebryggeri
Country: Norway
ABV: 13.5%
Style: English Barleywine
Other Notes: 2018 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) 2018 vintage. Aged in bourbon barrels for 12 months.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 330ml pink waxed bottle, 2018 vintage, poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A cloudy rusty dark orange brown colour with minimal head and no lacing.
Aroma: Syrupy sweet, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, raisin, dates, fruit cake, toffee, brown sugar.
Taste: Sweet, syrupy, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, coconut, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, raisin, dates and fig.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Great aroma, but approaching borderline too sweet for me. Still enjoyable as a sipper with its complex aroma and flavours.

Alvinne Cuvée Sofie Schaarbeekse Kriek

Brewery: Brouwerij Alvinne
Country: Belgium
ABV: 8%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: 2015 vintage. Alvinne limited edition, single cask, 350 bottles. 2012 French Oak from Chateau la Croizillé

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) Ons eerbetoon aan de traditionele kriek. 5 maand gerijpt op een St-Emilion vat. 100% schaarbeekse krieken, zelf geplukt in een oude boomgaard in Neerbeek-Brakel.

(translated to English) Our tribute to the traditional cherry. Aged for 5 months in a St-Emilion barrel. 100% cherries from Belgium, self-picked from an old orchard in Neerbeek-Brakel.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.4
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 500ml bottle, with a best before date of November 2025. Poured into an Alvinne teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange red rusty colour with a half finger beige head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sweet, cherry, cherry pip, grape skin, acetone, with hints of raspberry yoghurt.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, cherry pie, strawberries, wood, with notes of vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice cherry flavours that are well balanced. I can’t help but wonder what this tasted like fresh.

Carbon Brews Ambrotos

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Bottle 130 of 250. 86 IBUs. Malts – Oats, Wheat, Marris Otter, Carafa 2, Carafa S3, Caramunich, Chocolate and Amber. Hops – Chinook and EKG. Yeast – Chico. Experience – Oak, candy sugar, fig

Brewer Description: (from bottle) rum & red wine b.a. imperial stout.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.85
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 650ml bottle, bottle 130 of 250, bottled on 12th July 2019 and with a best before date on 12th July 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: It poured black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, oak, red wine vinous, dark fruit and licorice.
Taste: Much like the aroma, light roast, moderate sweetness, chocolate, red wine, vinous, dark fruit, licorice and booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: A little sweet and boozy which isn’t really my thing, but luckily it isn’t overly so. Body is also lighter than expected, but there is interesting roast, chocolate, red wine and dark fruit flavours.