jredmond (4569) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle slit with Ryguy and Fannon. Pours a bright orange with haze, and a small white head. The aroma is slight malt, honey and alcohol. The taste is tea, honey, malt, lemon, coriander, and spice.
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed on 6/22/2009...so...Chai tea and juniper berries, huh? Only other Sahti Iíve tried was from Nogne ō so donít confuse me with any maven of the style...the Duvel tulip seems like itíll work just fine for this one. Mild "pffft" of the cap.
Pours a very cloudy, farmhouse-ish flat and ultra viscous honey gold with a fair amount of lemon pith. Relatively translucent - active yet sparse carbonation is visible from the bottom up. One downer is really no head to speak of - just a couple of yeast wisps. This is really almost gelatinous, itís so thick.
Well, I can definitely make out the juniper and a little honey with a lot of deep sweetness. Can make out the spicing of the Chai tea very nicely. Not sure of the style guidelines but this smells pretty damn good to me. Just a little bit of mild yeast electricity here.
As comforting and viscous as it looks and smells, it rolls down the gullet the same way. There are all of the nice elements of juniper, Chai, clove and a light note of honey sweetness. A bit of dryness from the yeast clearing everything out keeps everything pretty clean, even with the gravity of it all. Quite good. Itís not the shock to the system that the new(er) world Nogne ō offering was - this seems more subtle and mellow.
I really enjoy the palate feel of this one. It has a heavy quotient at first but the yeast and spiciness really dry it up well for the weight class while also keeping it very clean and refreshing on the finish. Almost spritely from the juniper (which is not overstated...its own blessing) and the mild Chai tea spicing. Very even-keeled and excellent.
First Sammy C. digs out the Old Odense Ale in a collaboration with NB. Now this. Nothing like playing old B-sides people havenít heard in a while...or ever! This is a fine offering that drinks quite well - maybe the heft and viscosity make it at least somewhat of a sipper, but itís enjoyable all the way through. Nice job.
zepfoowez (3) - , Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2009 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with very little head. Wheat-beer appearance. Very fruity/spicy nose- lots of grapefruit. Exceptionally smooth taste for 9%. Finish is indicative of nose. Another fine example of the ingenuity of this brewery.
ben4321 (3335) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: A big bottle from Gillyís, 7/7/09
Aroma: Sweet and spicy aroma, cinnamon is very strong, the obvious tea and berries, perhaps a little vanilla, spice is strong in the nose, really unusual but enjoyable nose on this one...
Appearance: A lightly hazy light orange color, with minimal head and no lacing
Flavor: The tea really comes through in the flavor, malty and enjoyable, also lots of spice (just like the nose), some earthiness in there as well.
Palate: Really smooth and easy drinking. Is this is really 9%? No alcohol burn at all...Wow. Nice mouthfeel and body as well.
I find it ironic to call this a traditional ale, because it is anything but traditional... Anyway, you know how the Dogfish guys love to push the envelope and this is no different. Great job of experimenting, this one paid off, and I really enjoyed it.
**Just submitted a photo for this one, as it was missing one.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at the Columbus Alefest on 6/27/09. Cloudy copper/amber pour with no head. Super spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon, clove, cardamom and chai. Chai tea flavor up front giving way to a bit of tartness before a sweet pumpkin spice-like finish. Iím typically not a fan of DFHís big bottle oddities, but this one was pretty decent.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting Ė Wine Source. Thanks for sharing, Brian! Cloudy dark gold, white creamy head. Chai-tea and ginger aromas warm to swirls of cinnamon and gin. Intense spicy juniper berry and black tea flavors round with a sweet ginger-clove and citric zest backbone. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, deeply spiced finish. Iíll fall in the love category here as this turns out to be quite creative and uniqueÖ
pistolpete (203) - USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bomber.... a sweet brew with lots of coriander a little too much at that... overly sweet tea flavors... not really my style... expected more. ehh expected more
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from jessup plaza. poured a cloudy strawberry blond color with a small off white head. Aroma is light berry, a small amout of wheat aroma and some light yeast. Taste is berries, roasted malt flavors. Clove stands out through out with some minor alcohol on the way down. First of the sahtea style for me. Not bad.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Samís in Downers Grove, IL: This poured a hazy dark straw body with a small fizzy head that vanished almost instantly. The aroma was strong with juniper berries, ginger, and talcum powder. It was full bodied and highly carbonated - gassy. It had a honey malt sweetness with loads of the berries, ginger, clove, and a floral bitterness. Another drinkable DFH gimmick that I will probably only be having this one time.
TURDFERGUSON (3738) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Tylers Bottle shop. Golden with a small white head. Smells like i expected, slightly tea-like, cardamon, ginger, juniper berries. Tastes like a spiced up golden ale. Unlike some crazy styles, this is drinkable, but its nothing I would ever want more than a couple ounces of. Decently different.