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Vakka-Suomen Prykmestar Savu Kataja

Brewed by Vakka-Suomen Panimo
Style: Smoked
Uusikaupunki, Finland


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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Vuoden Olut 2009 (HBF). Pyökin savussa kuivatut ohramaltaat yhdistettynä perisuomalaiseen sahdin valmistuksessa käytettyyn katajaan - makuelämys vailla vertaa! Pykmestar SavuKataja on mainio näyte suomalaisesta oluenpano-osaamisesta.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IslandHaole (1159) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Mahalo rosenbergh for this treat from Finland! Reminds me of a rare steak just off the BBQ grill. Plenty of smoke and a bit of spicy brown mustard, maple smoked bacon, very foodie! Dark brown, opaque with a small beige head. Sweet smoke flavor, a bit of residual stickiness, slick feel with very small bubbles in the carbonation that seem to linger on the tongue like tiny smokey pop rocks. Now that I think about it, this would be a great marinade for steak! Has a lingering bitter aftertaste. The 9% is very well hidden under the layers of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MonsterMagnet (752) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2015
Bottle from euro local swap 3/2015, cheers VastActiv! Pours brown with a beige head. Smoke, beechwood, juniper berries, caramel, bacon, dark fruit, molasses, elderberries, liquorice. Creamy, sweet, medium body, above average carbonation, fairly dry finish. Initially the smoke seems to dominate, but it really opens up in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
belgis (330) - - OCT 8, 2015
Dark malts, caramel in aroma. Also smoke. Smoke takes over juniper. Feels light in taste. Very drinkable and mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Giochaurand (233) - FINLAND - SEP 26, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2015 Bottle. Pours chestnut in colour with medium tan head. Aroma is yeast, malts, smoke and bananas. Taste is sweet caramels, yeast and reminds of sahti, probably because of junipers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (526) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours brown with a nice head. Pleasant smoky aroma, but not overpowered. Sausage taste. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moebbels (556) - FINLAND - JUL 24, 2015
A slightly hazy dark brown body with a scarce tan head. Nose has mild notes of smoked beechwood, caramel, juniper and liquorice. The taste is quite full and sweet with a mildlybitter finish. Soft creamy carbonation and heavy palate. Quite nice heavy smoked beer with a good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Wooden smoke envelops this compelling brew’s juniper spiciness and fruity undertones, drawing earthy details onto a malt-rich finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sizeable head of foam covers the hazy dark brown with orange edges.
-Mouthfeel is rich yet easygoing.
-Alcohol is not prominent at all.
-Mild caramel is tasted here and there, draped in smoke.
-This is like a Schlenkerla Rauchbier blended with a traditional Vossabrygg. Fascinating stuff!

Bottle. Thx, Timo!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (1335) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 13, 2015
500 ml bottle from my European Local Swap 2/2015 sender VastActiv, thanks!
Dark brown, copperish body, with a medium, creamy, beige head.
Aroma of dominant smokey bacon, sweet malts, some sweet fruits.
Taste follows this, with some more dryness, aromatic hops, some tea notes.
Medium, bit creamy mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes smokey, hoppy, a bit dry, sweet, a bit alcoholic.

Very nice. The nose is a bit too much dominated by the smoke, but the taste is really well balanced, beside the smoke with nice hop notes and sweet malts. Great, smooth smoked beer how I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (1300) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 13, 2015
500ml bottle at home shared by Saeglopur, many thanks. brownish color, small off-white head. smells smoked, spices, bacon, berries, a bit milky, lightly leather. full body, a bit bubbly carbonation, full mouthfeel. tastes of bacon, some sweetness, spices, some malty roast, lightly fruity, plums, pines, grass, some berry notes. finishes with light bacon and pines. Interesting brew, taste is a bit sweet, but the bacon and hop notes are quite nice. I guess the sweetness is needed to make the connection between the smoke and hop notes. Overall a bit sweet though, but I would drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle, thanks GT2, dark pour, off white head, nose and taste are smokey, bacon, cherry, wow

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