jsnicholas (709) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle (750ml): pours cloudy golden. Smells spicy. Wow this is different. Not bad but different. Spices are very strong, cinnamon and tea? not sure what juniper berries taste like. Not bad but too many others that I would rather drink ryecatcher (1471) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2014
750mL bottle. Pours a pale golden, slight haze, big fluffy white head with killer retention and lacing. Nose is lots of spice (the chai blend come sthrough clearly with the cardamom, cloves and coriander) some banana, grass, daffodils. Mouth is medium bodied, medium sweet, rye coming through, a lot of the flavors that are in the aroma -- spices, florals, grasses, yada, yada, yada. The only disappointment is that I’m not getting the juniper berries -- which is what I was most looking forward to -- and I imagine it might be overpowered by the spices added in. Regardless, this is a very tasty beverage and would be exceptionally good during the late fall when the air gets chilly and damp here in Chicago. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
750ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Golden yellow, thin dissipating white head, very light patchy lacing. Aroma is of spice, some pepper, very floral with lots of perfume. Flavour is of perfume, spices and pepper, starfruit. Floral mouthfeel, medium/light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long with some spice and flowers.
Another in the long line of interesting and little known styles from Dogfish. I’m glad they have the balls to do something like this. Modularman (134) - - JUL 19, 2014
Smell of ginger and spice. Appearance is golden yellow with off white head. Taste is sweet banana with clove spice and ginger. HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bomber from Supermarket Liquors. Appearance: two fingers white head, does not last too long, cloudy orange color, no lacing. Aroma: cinnamon, ginger, other spices, caramel, light chai. As beer warms up, chai is much more apparent and ginger dissipates. Palate: medium body, average to lively carbonation, oily texture, light spice finish. Taste: sweet caramel, into light Belgian yeastiness, then the spices come out; primarily cinnamon and a bit of ginger, these last until it eventually peters out. As beer warms, chai taste takes over and prevails. Overall, super very different and unique, drinkable, alcohol is hidden well, and well balanced. Very enjoyable.
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pours a deep golden with white head. Floral, herbal, tea, and spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours clear orange with a tiny white rim around the edge. As Jackson pointed out, the nose is very close to banana bread. Broken down it has loads of spices - cinnamon and clove driven with HEAPS of banana, toffee, walnut and tea leaves. Kind of has similarities to banana and butterscotch with a lemon zest kick to it. Taste is rum ’n’ raisin like with heavy banana esters and cinnamon before the dark and tangy fruits finish it off, especially lemon grass. Has a very sticky sweet end to it like raisins, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon sticks. Quite earthy towards the finish as well. On the sweet side of things and quite decadent. Carbonation is soft. A very well put together beer HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Immediate aroma of banana bread, cinammon, juniper, ginger and tea leaves. The banana note is very stong. Light toasted caramel malts mixed in with lots of herbs and spices across the palate. Similarly, banana lollies and ginger are quite present. Maybe a touch too sweet for me. A sweet peppery fruit finish. Very soft carbonation. Cool beer! JHeath99 (1680) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Tap at Lazy Dog. Pours a hazy muddy golden with a nice layer of cream colored. Taste of lemons and malts. Aroma of spice and fruit. superspak (6208) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2014
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 3/11/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big juniper, black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, black pepper, herbal, grass, light banana, light caramel, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big juniper, black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, herbal, light banana, black pepper, grass, light caramel, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of juniper, black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, light banana, herbal, grass, light caramel, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt sweetnesss; with an awesome malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Sahti style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.