Õllekunsti OÜ (Põhjala Brewery) Põhjala Öö Cassis – Baltic Porter at 10.5% ABV | 60 IBU

Õllekunsti OÜ (Põhjala Brewery) Põhjala Öö Cassis Baltic Porter at 10.5% ABV | 60 IBU (C$6.99 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 330 ml, best before 5-Jan-2018, acquired 18-Nov-2017, reviewed 5-Feb-2018)

Appearance: nearly solid black with a hint of brown relief and some particulate, a thin short-lived beige head, minimal lacing. (3/5) Aroma: roasty malt, dark chocolate, red berries, coffee, liquorice. (9/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter, mild tart. (9/10) Palate: medium-full slightly slick body, moderate-low carbonation, sweet warming finish. (4/5)

Not dramatically different from the base beer, particularly in the aroma. However, on the tongue, there’s a slight currant tartness that also lifts the texture of the body. Given the BB date on this one, I suspect it’s a fair bit older than the original version I had a year ago, and I think the age has tempered the alcohol edge somewhat. Not clearly better than the base beer, but an interesting alternative. (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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