Pohjala Talveoo

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Mmmmm. This is a spectacularly rich, dark porter from the Estonian brewery. A ‘Baltic’ porter is basically a very strong one, the type that was exported right across the Estonian coast. However, we can be fairly sure that early porters didn’t have the addition of coconut, vanilla and cardamom. And it’s the latter ingredient that really lifts the beer above many other strong porters. It adds a delicate spice and a savoury note that balances the coconut and vanilla. It’s a fantastic beer, another one, from Pohjala. 

Brewery Info

Põhjala was founded in Tallinn, Estonia at the end of 2011 by four Estonian beer enthusiasts and home brewers. Soon thereafter the company was joined by a Scottish head brewer, Chris Pilkington, with a few years of Brewdog experience under his belt.

Their beers span a broad range of styles, but with a particular focus on porters, barrel ageing, and ingredients from the forests of Estonia — as well as more contemporary styles. Põhjala currently exports to over 30 markets around the world and to almost every country in Europe.


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Black colour, little carbonation
Thin light-brown head, disappears quickly
Dark chocolate, popcorn, coconut, vanilla and brown sugar aroma
Medium to thick oily, creamy mouthfeel with some carbonation
Coconut, coffee, dark chocolate, malty, oak, red wine and slight peppery flavour
Dark chocolate, butter, cardomom, malty, slightly bitter and salty aftertaste, lingering, little carbonation
A Pleasant Surprise
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Got this as a replacement in a mixed case and, as someone who does not have a sweet-tooth at all, was expecting the worst when reading the ingredients (and smelling the beer!) .

However, I found this to be a very pleasant and well balanced beer. They've tamed the sweetness of the vanilla and the dominating coconut beautifully, making this a very easy to drink porter for it's strength.
A brewery to watch!!
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Pouring heavy, viscous and flat (its lovely coffee-coloured head dissipates after the first sip), the mouthfeel is surprisingly light in comparison. Flavourwise, vanilla dominates along with some spice notes wrapped up & delivered in real boozy-tasting package. Definitely a 3.5, but I don't want to round up and give it the same score as the straight Oo!!
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