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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A modern update on a 9th century Finnish proto-beer. Brewed with rye, we caramelize the wort with white hot river rocks, then ferment it with a German Weizen yeast. In addition to juniper berries foraged directly from the Finnish country-side we added a sort of tea made with coriander, cardamom, lemon grass, Indian Black Tea, and ramps leaves. The spicing is subtle and balanced and Sahtea is a highly-quaffable, truly-unique brew with a full-mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2009
750 mL bottle shared by Allstar and Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Thanks! Pours a light hazy orange color with a small head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, tea, juniper. Taste is bread, cinnamon, tea, caramel and other spice notes. Medium-full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2009
bottle poured a caramel color with a white foamy head. aroma has sweet spices, yeast, lemongrass, and rye. light mouth feel with flavors of yeasts, wheat, honey sweetness, ginger, white sage, and bitter dark tea. interesting how the tea and rye come together with the sweetness. this one has some unique flavors but is not there best.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Allstar (33) - , Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Aroma is exactly like a chai tea or pumpkin roll. Taste is also comparable to both, with a slight bitter taste in the middle. It isn’t to overwhelming. I enjoy it and would have it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Hmmm, this is a strange beast. Ginger, juniper, and tea. The body is strangely like tea, almost tannic. Not my favorite of these odd DFH offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Hazy gold with light white head / Nose spiced tea / Medium body, sweet and slightly syrupy although nicely balanced, with good, honeyed finish / Flavors of banana, apples, grapes, juniper berries, honey, tea, cardamon, lemon grass, and spicy rye on the finish / Another wine-like brew from Dogfish, but kudos for pushing the envelope.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of spices, cardamom, lemon grass, juniper, pumpkin, and spices. Poured amber/gold in color with a small, lose, off-white head that disappeared quickly. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and very spiced. Tastes of lemon grass, juniper, cardamom, spices and pumpkin. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Spiced, pumpkin, juniper finish is dry. Too many spice flavors that just overwhelm each other. The spicing is not "subtle and balanced." 9%ABV is undetectable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially very small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, orange and lime peel, chamomile, ginger. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. A spice bomb to be sure, but the combo is admittedly quite pleasant (and complex). I wish the "beer character" would shine through the heavy spicing more, but as I say, it’s far from a one trick pony in that department. Looks like cloudy soda pop thanks to a brief fizzy head. But the main thing keeping this from a higher score is that it’s too unrelentingly syrupy-sweet to drink more than a few ounces of (unless you have a serious sweet tooth I guess). Not a surprise for this brewery in the latter case, as a large number of their products have that fault...Sam must be quite a sugar nut!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2009 Bottle 750ml pours a golden body with an off white head. Sweet clove and tea with a spicy pepper body with more tea and lighter fruit character. Wow this got me bent and i loved every bit of it. Highly underrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Pours hazy deep gold with 1-finger, fluffy white head. Nose is hopcitric, chai tea spice, herbs. Tastes malty, slightly cloying, with hopcitrus and heavy Chai tea spice notes in the flavor. Also late floral, peppery, and honey notes upon repouring, which gets more turbid. The repour looks post-Centrum urine yellow, with a flavor a bit like Boddington’s mixed with chai tea might taste. Unique and interesting, this one is worth a try to show what originality can do within the confines of beer brewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4457) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Glad to see Bob and Jason are having all kinds of beer together...douchecanoes. Anyways, this thing pours a bright gold with a thin white head. Looks pretty unassuming. The nose is very pungent, sweet, spicy, aroma is very reminiscent of a pumpkin beer, nutmeg/allspice. Flavor is sweet and spicy, mild alcohol, nutmeg and allspice come through. Nice level of carbonation and hidden alcohol.

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