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Herevana – Pohjala X One Drop – Pime Suvi

I was at the Fridge and Flagon and had a bit of a shop. One of the things I bought was Pohjala X One Drop // Pime Suvi

One Drop Brewing Co. make the collaboration One Drop / Põhjala – Pime Suvi, which is brewed in  Botany, New South Wales, 🇦🇺 Australia, and it is in the style that is a Stout – Imperial  with an ABF of 12.8%

One Drop x Põhjala Pime Suvi – a rather impulsive buy and one at the more extravagant end of the $$ – Matt said it was good though, and I’m an easy sell.

The aroma on opening the can is a beer that has chocolate and some underlying candy or fruit note.

Dark and Deep and delicious

Of course it pours pitch black, with a coffee coloured head that settles into a stayer, which you know I like.

In the glass the aroma is a little uncomfortable with nothing standing out, but that uneasy sense that this might be a tad sour. I can’t describe how I get this from an aroma, or this aroma.

I kind of am right and wrong. There really is a cornucopia of things going on, and some of it is familiar and some of it is a little off the beaten track.

so, I’m going with a really unusual herb or herbs that is the thing that it shouting loudest, a strange blend and thing to find, it is rather distracting, but it’s also oddly really enjoyable. There’s a lovely stout underneath it all, roasted and tight, lightly bitter and rather full.

I’ve got an idea that Davidson Plums are not like the plums that I’m used to, and a quick google confirms they are more suited to fruit and cooking than as a fresh fruit with sharp acidity. This of course might explain that aroma I got on opening.

I’ve had a few sups, and I’m rather more uncomfortable with this than I’l l admit, challenged with flavours or combinations that don’t sit well for me.

A conundrum of a cornucopia of favours that confound rather than entertain. A complicated beer.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary scale. I don’t know, I really don’t know how to describe this as an experience. I’m enjoying the newness of the flavours and tastes, at the same time as being horrified, confounded, challenged and being made to really thing about this.

Music . L.A.B. the album ‘V’

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

Pime Suvi [Dark Summer] – a celebration of the darkest of beers brewed in the sunniest of places: a collaboration of beer & friendship with our pals over at Põhjala Brewery in Estonia.
Starting by taking a beloved recipe of theirs and making an Australian version drawing inspiration from the Estonian forest with one of their brewers from afar, Arvi.


His farm in the Southern Highlands of provide us with the Birch bark in our 8-hour, pull-up-a-deck-chair boil. Along with organic, sustainably grown, hand foraged NSW Native Davidson plums from Bundjalung land provide our touch from down under.


With an extensive aging, hints of blackberry, toasted cocoa, before a final crescendo of winter fruits and a long, linger

Brewers Notes

Stout – Imperial

The “Imperial Stout” or “Double Stout” is an intensely-flavored, big, very dark reddish-brown to black colored ale with a wide range of flavor balances and regional interpretations. Roasty-burnt malt with deep dark or dried fruit flavors, and a warming, bittersweet finish. American versions have more bitterness, roasted character, and finishing hops, while the English varieties, or “Russian Imperial Stout” (RIS), reflect a more complex specialty malt character and a more forward ester profile. Like a black barleywine with every dimension of flavor coming into play. More complex, with a broader range of possible flavors than lower-gravity stouts.

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