Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of markwise. Pours gold with brief white head. The aroma is ginger bread, fruit cake and lots of winter spice like nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice. The taste has a brief pulse of sugar sweet malts moving into notes of vanilla and sweet syrup. It gets a bit honey like into the finish as well.
Ughsmash (7283) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to John for bringing the 750mL, bottled in 2009. Poured hazy medium golden with a short, but well-retained cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweeter bready notes topped by a whole thick array of spices (juniper berries, chai tea, lemongrass, and coriander really come through for me).. the sweetness and spices really drone out the warmth. The flavor opened with tangy juniper and oaky notes, with lots of coriander and lemongrass not far behind.. bread and honey joined on the middle.. more lemon and coriander on the back end, along with some warmth. Medium-plus bodied and rather well carbonated on the palate.. spices were intriguing in here, but there was just a little too much sweetness. I’d gladly drink this again.
sebletitje (7261) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of markwise.
pours straw golden with white head.
aroma and flavor, had light notes of chai tea with hints of herbal flavors, some spices. Medium carbonation for a smooth rye palate.
9% the beer is very easy to drink.
As with the Theobrama, it seems the actual body that DFH is trying to promote remains very subtle and the beer keeps the DFH base signature. Wish there had been more chai presence.
bb (7255) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a whitish head. Vanilla, spice, and tea aroma. Chai and vanilla flavor with tea, spice, and backing juniper. Medium bodied. Vanilla and tea lingers with spice and a light sweetness.
olio (7253) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle @ Hotel room, Las Vegas.
Pours hazy light orange color with small head, lots of particles. Aroma of mustard, spices, faint sour fruits, honey hints and herbs. Flavor of herbs, spices, yeast, light ripe fruits, some mustard notes and mild juniper. Odd mustardy flavor, but has some sahti elements, definitely better compared to Sam Adams Norse.
marcus (7235) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy yellow with a rich off-white head and a juniper aroma. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a tea background. Sure doesn’t taste like 9% - goes down easy.
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Root Cellar. 2010 vintage. Finally got to my sahti lineup on NYE. Pours a just barely cloudy golden color with a finger of eggshell white head that settles into a large ring. The aroma has cardamom, coriander, lemongrass, tea (not chai, though), rye, rosemary, and a big dose of juniper berries. The falvor has the same slate of spices but even more fruitiness; golden raisins, apricot, and berries. Didn’t get any chai on the nose or flavor. Light-medium bodied, with a spicy, juicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. To style? They admit it’s not. But it’s interesting and tasty nonetheless.
KyotoLefty (7192) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Cloudy ass orange-yellow color with lace. Big spicy nose—juniper, ginger, clove, slightly sour rye grain, sour fruits. Sweet-and-sour flavor, very fruity, eastery yeast, banana or melon, lemon. Unusual. Sweet blends well with the sourness. Sooth, full body, soft fizziness. Can’t taste the alcohol. Good, but wouldn’t want too much.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a thin, ring of fizzy white head. Unique aroma of lightly sweet caramel, spruce, ginger and juniper with a touch of bready yeast and light fruity esters. Starts with pretty good fullness and a spritzy carbonation with some sugary pale maltiness and herbal fruity spice balance before a slightly citrusy bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style, well-balanced and drinkable.
mabel (7060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[2541-20091024] 1pt9.6floz bottle. Fragrant juniper and mild mint aroma. Slightly hazy, light orange brown body with a quick foamy white head. Minty hints but flavour is mostly juniper spruce hops and finishes like a tea. Medium body. Interesting to try.
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev)