Friday, March 10, 2017

Ölbeat 235: Pyynikin Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Brewery: Pyynikin Käsityöläispanimo
Country: Finland
Style: Imperial Stout 
Abv: 13 %
What about the beer?
Colour is black with a small beige head. Aroma has chocolate, sweet coffee, roast and a drop of bourbon vanilla. Taste starts with sweet malty chocolate. Sweet coffee, dark chocolate and spicy roast take over with a boozy layer on top. Towards the end sweet chocolate-spicy liquor and roasty bitterness rise up. Aftertaste has bitter roast, sweet chocolate and gently spicy bourbon.

Wow. We've reached the point where beer turns to art. Fantastic Imperial Stout! Beautiful balance between bourbon barrel aging and sweet chocolate-coffee flavours of a great standard impy. Growing bitterness decorates the artwork. Pyynikki brewers truly show the divinity of craftsmanship with this one - top 2 Finnish beer. Huge thanks to Tampere!


A world class brew I wish the world would know about requires to be paired with a song by a world class rock band I wish the world would know about. Forgetting the borders, politics and shit. "Save yourself now / You've got a mind all of your own." Powerful, aggressive and beautiful from the beginning to the end - like the beer. To be perfectly honest, I think Cold Kingdom are much closer to the goal, so there's the challenge to Pyynikki brewers: get there first. And no, Diablo is not my thing.

Cold Kingdom: Let It Burn (YouTube)

From the 2015 album The Moon and the Fool, the song was written by Cold Kingdom.