Friday, September 16, 2016

Ölbeat 088: Põhjala Pime Öö

Brewery: Pôhjala 
Country: Estonia
Style: Imperial Stout
Abv: 13,6 %
What about the beer?
Colour is black with small vanishing beige head. Aroma has sweet roasted malts, delicious coffee and a soft scent of alcohol. Taste brings very sweet coffee with gentle hoppy bite and gentle roast on stage first. Sweetness dominates heavily but doesn't cover delicious and intense flavours of black coffee, dark chocolate, sugar-roasted malts and even raisins and sweet cherries. Towards the end cocoa liquor blankets the other flavours. Aftertaste has sweet alcohol warmth and bitterness with roasted coffee.

Excellent dessert Imperial Stout for sweet-toothed people - I seem to be one. The sweetness doesn't hide the rich and complex flavours of coffee, malts, cocoa and berries. I'm usually not a big fan of sugar coated brews but this one tricked me. The guys at Pôhjala brewery really master the dark side of beer.


The dark night (translation of Pime Öö) as a theme probably offers many great songs. This metal classic was the one in mind already for the first Ölbeat, but wasn't eventually chosen. In my opinion, it matches with this complex brew better: 

Black Sabbath: Hole in the Sky (YouTube)

From the 1975 album Sabotage, the song was written by Black Sabbath (Butler, Iommi, Osbourne & Ward).

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