Pennichuck Pozharnik Espresso Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 its 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, - AUG 14, 2007
Robe noire surmonte dune mousse beige qui persiste. Armes de cerises noires, de chocolat noir, de caf, de pain et dalcool. Saveurs de chocolat, de caf et dalcool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4911) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #20. Vermont Brewers Fest, July 2008, sample 13 (draught). Opaque ebony, thick and tarry-looking, thick lasting light brown bit of foam topping it...intense cocoa-vanilla nose, not as sweet as that might sound as there are some light resinous hop leaves strewn about, with some hints of toasted almonds...beautifully modulated on the tongue, with that cocoa and vanilla providing more sweetness than the nose expected, but the hops keeping it from becoming burdensome, and a bit of coffee and cherry thrown in for some interest...very faint lactic sourness complements rather than distracts from this real alcohol presence until it goes down the gullet. Really nice, shame this was probably the first good beer - and last beer at all - that I had from this place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (7104) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle at fantasy tasting at Pauls. Black pour with tan head. Black malt, chocolate, roasted, vanilla, oak, and bourbon tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6683) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2014
2009 bottle shared at the RBNG by mcox90. The aroma shows hints of espresso beans, old vanilla and loads of chocolate malts.

Flavor has a large level of roast. Caramel, muddled espresso character with some creamy texture, charred malt and sugar with hints of anise. The whiskey is just a very mild hint at this point, just barely there.

Overall for a 5 year old bottle this aged really nice. A little oxidized but still very tasty. The 10 % ABV is no longer found and drinks very easy. This was a really nice treat of a New Hampshire classic that is starting to vanish off the face of the Earth. Thanks Mike!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3387) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2014
2009 bottle shared by mcox. Good stuff if a bit past its prime. Some coffee still remain with toffee, burnt toast, raisins are heavy on the finish and light soy. A bit oxidized but really not that bad for a 5 year old swing top. I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (4809) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Nice and dark, 3 year old flip top, right? Nose is cocoa and like vanilla pepsi cola. chocolate ice cream. roasted coffee beans with prunes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1172) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2014
mcox supplied the bottle. Many thanks! More watery than I thought it was capable of being; a little smoky with notes of milk chocolate, grill char, and London yeast. I could have this again. Sure why not? A little big, but it was harmless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (5832) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 Shared at RBNE meetup, oxidized and rich, light coffee is faded and in the background, a little stale, very very roasty and ashy. Hops are still in there with a hoppy bitter finish which really saves it. It was great to try, I was a fan. Thanks!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (2480) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2009 bottle. Taste at RBNG. Thanks, mcox! Pours coca cola brown, justa bit of bubble left. Aroma has dark chocolate, dark fruit, multigrain bread. Dark chocolate, coffe, soy, molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Just as the previous review, a blue wrapped one liter bottle dated 2008. Hangin right in there. Really, better than my memory of the last time I had it, which was a bottle from the very same case about three years ago. Pours dark, of course, with a thin, soft, beige lacing that quickly spreads to the edges. Subtle, enticing aromas of wet, dark, caffeinated earth. Wonderful unctuous, yet refreshing texture. Soft, roasted, dry malts and slightly bitter chocolate with a beautiful sweet/sour balancing all through the mid-palate. This was our last bottle, maybe at its apex, hmmm?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stakem (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012 does not count
1-liter swingtop into a snifter. This is the 2008 blue wrapped top, not to be confused with the yellow tape version that is sour. Poured in a snifter, it appears black in color with a fine line of clarity and brown around the edges. A finger of brown head slowly dissolves and is brought back to the surface with a light swirl. The nose on this is holding up well. Even though the bright espresso character has dissolved into the rest of the aromatics, it is enjoyable in a different way. Chocolate and vanilla are upfront with a sweet scent that strikes forth thoughts of cocoa batter. A whiskey infused alcohol note is present taking the sweet scent of this brew in a new direction. Raisins, molasses, plums, figs, dates...all those dark fruity aspects are there in full force. As it warms up, some earthy tobacco notes come forward. The taste is earthy and dry with a modest bitterness of herbal hops mixed with the bitterness imparted by the roasted quality of the grain. The espresso flavor is still there but blended in with tobacco, earth, cocoa, vanilla, licorice, molasses and mild oak. The alcohol is evident, exaggerate by a mild whiskey tang. All the flavors of this brew are well integrated and melded together. As the brew gets warmer, the focus changes to more of dark fruit flavors like raisin, plum, figs, dates, etc but than vanilla flavor is there with almost a resinous character that lasts long into the aftertaste. This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol is masterfully hidden and drinks so easy. I know the abv is 10% but it really feels like it is more in the 6% realm. An enormous amount of thanks go out to my boy Stormking for busting this out and sharing a large portion of this with me because he knew how much I liked this beer while it was still being brewed. It is a sad day to see this part of my beer history come to a close but at the same time, its fun to reminess of the days when we drank the hell out of this at Als of hampden. It was seemingly always on tap and the price was about the same for a 2-liter growler fill as it cost for a 1-liter brewery sealed bottle. Tell me the hell did a brewery go out of business when we drank the shit out of this beer?!?!? This beer will always remain in my mind as the dark beer that could convert anyone to a fan of stout.

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