Pennichuck Pozharnik Espresso Russian Imperial Stout

 
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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Pozharnik is an intensely flavored Russian Imperial Stout infused with espresso that compliments its rich chocolate & roasted malt character. Pozharnik is guaranteed to warm a winter chill with its 8.1% ABV and dark fruit (raisin & plum) undertones. Notes of whiskey aromatics are brought on by the aging process in a “single barrel” whiskey cask.

Pozharnik is an intensely flavored Russian Imperial Stout infused with espresso and (vanilla beans which are new for 2007) and an improved mouthfeel that compliments its rich chocolate & roasted malt character. Pozharnik is guaranteed to warm a winter chill with it’s increased ABV now at 10%. Undertones of dark fruit (raisin & plum) and licorice with low bittering hops make this vintage beer worthy of cellaring for many years to come. Finishing notes of whiskey aromatics are once again brought on by the aging process in a “single barrel” whiskey cask.
Won a Silver Medal at the 2007 IBF.

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3.3
Ratman197 (15354) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2010
1 litre swing top bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, light vanilla and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering roasty coffee finish.

3.1
HonusWagner (2223) - Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2010
I’m not entirely sure how fair it is to review this beer, because I bought it at about 4 PM and while I was walking around the city carrying it something went wrong and it started to leak despite the lid being apparently well secured. Nevertheless, the pour was still quite nice so I’m not going to be too generous to the overall beer. It was black with a nice tan head of good size for the small pour I gave myself to start. The aroma was somewhat strange, moderately funky or possibly even tart with dominant coffee notes and slight hints of vanilla. Didn’t notice the whiskey. The flavor was initially quite funky/tart which leads me to believe something may have happened in that long six hours. But as the beer warmed, the cocoa/espresso flavors really came to the fore. Maybe the bottles were naturally infected? I dunno. I’d like to try this again but doubt I will get the chance; it seems like it could have been a very good beer but the mouthfeel was way too watery and the flavors too muddled for me to praise the bottle I had.

3.8
Grovlam (4253) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2010
28 Blind tasting at Papsoe 27-03-2010: Bottle. Spare bubbly white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Black color. Aroma of dried fruit, mild toasted malt, hint of wood. Over the palate came light liquorish, mild alcohol and some light roasted malty and chocolate like notes. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Moderated sweet flavor with some counter bitterness. Chocolate like sweet malty finish with a twist of bitterness. 8 / 3 / 8 / 3 / 16 = 3.8

3.9
thornecb (6058) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Aged 3 years. Pours deep black into a snifter. No head from aggressive pour. Oak, vanilla and espresso aromas. Vanilla upfront with an espresso middle and a lasting, warming oak and whiskey finish.

3.6
Ungstrup (38384) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
Bottled. A pitch black with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, alcohol, and wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, lots of vanilla, wood, and malt, leading to a dry vanilla finish.

3.5
fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
Tasting at Papsø
Black color; nearly no head. Chocolate aroma and flavor, sweetish, but the body in not strong; it has traces of vanilla, leather and tobacco; the bitterness is not strong, and the final is quite short. Unimpressive.

3.6
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2010
#28 - Amerikaner Blind-Smagning 27-Marts-2010 hos Papsoe. Almost black (red glow) - offwhite head. Milkey, lactose, coffee, high coffee, light smokey, cocoa, light bitterness, grassy, burned, rubber. OK.

3.6
Plovmand (8616) - Grindsted, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown almost black body with a small tan head. The aroma is sweet roasty, milky, chocolate and coffee. The flavour is milky roasty, chocolate and some caramel. Bit disappointing.

3.7
Pinball (12310) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
#28 at papsoe’s blind tasting almost black, small offwhite head faint roasted grains, faint dark caramel, faint dark chocolate in the aroma flavor is licorice, roasted grains, malty sweetness, faint woody notes,

3.7
joergen (29216) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle #28 at Papsø’s blindtasting. Clear red brown coloured with a small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits, dark chocolate and rye bread. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dark chocolate and rye bread with notes of hops. Hoppy finish.


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