Ölmönger: Ölbeat 284: Käbliku Penumbra

Brewery: Käbliku Pruulikoda (in Estonian)
Country: Estonia
Style: Imperial Stout
Abv: 10,6 %

What about the beer?
Colour is black with a tiny beige lace. Aroma has sweet espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts and spicy booze. Taste starts with sweet and bitter espresso. Sweet roasted malts and strong espresso take over with dark chocolate and spicy booze. Towards the end dark chocolate bitterness and boozy sweetness take over. Aftertaste has bitter cocoa, dry roasted malts and spicy alcohol.
Complex, simply superb Imperial Stout. Beautiful domination of dark chocolate and sweet espresso, not forgetting the solid roast and growing bitterness. Flavours seem simple but strong. Great work from this rather new Estonian brewery.


Umbra, penumbra, antumbra. All are forms of shadows – umbra the perfect one, while the others are partial. Or something. Well, at least there’s a lot of darkness in the brew. Probably some perfect and some partial.
Children Of Bodom: Kissing the Shadows (YouTube)
From the 2000 album Follow the Reaper, the song was written by Alexi Laiho.