Cellar Series: Sajand | Põhjala Brewery

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Põhjala Brewery

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer uses three different examples of rye—rye malt, flaked rye, and chocolate rye—with the final result providing a nicely spicy, complex rye character. Sajand was brewed to celebrate the first full century of Estonian independence, and was barrel-aged inside Bourbon and Cognac barrels with oak chips soaked in Vana Tallinn, “the most famous Estonian liqueur.”

Added by jroof1 on 03-26-2018

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Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of micada
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Local shop rep recommended this pick during a wandering-the-aisles stop. I never heard of the brewery, much less the country of origin. The price point was a wee bit over the $1 per ounce mark, so I was hesitant at a blind try, but bought one. I squirreled it away to the beverage fridge. A week went by, and I figured it needed a try “for research” to see if I liked it enough to cellar for real. Yep, delish! 2018 bottle wax top cracked open room temp. Poured gingerly to a tulip glass. Scads of carbonation leading to a tight half-finger head with lots of lacing. Nose is crisp bourbon, vanilla, hints of soy. First sips follow the nose, plus some coconut type smoothness. I’m not generally a porter fan, but this is a whole different twist to the style. It has the front-end bite of a porter, but the midpalate and back-end of a stout. Very pleasing taste and mouthfeel. The rye is very subdued and balanced, but is probably lending to that front-end bite. It’s not at all the earthy rye-bread twang that rye can elicit. Alcohol is a bit present, but I imagine cellaring will do wonders for mellowing it and enhancing the flavor profile. It’s pricey, so I don’t know that I want to splurge on a slew to cellar, but it’s really worth it. The white wax re-seal looks cool as hell, and I think I’ll find myself at the register regularly until others catch on and start to scoop up this treat. If Pohjala has any rejects, I’ll gladly accept the delivery...

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Photo of smithj4
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petrusek23
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mwilbur
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into snifter. Best before 24 02 2118 (a joke?!?). Batch 600.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown with 1 inch fizzy very dark mocha head with decent retention.
S: Bourbon, fig, raisin, mild chocolate, and hints of tobacco, leather, and spicy grain.
T: Sweet bourbon, raisin, smooth chocolate, sweet tobacco, and hints of red berries and spicy grain.
M: Silky smooth and sweet. Moderately heavy body. Booze is definitely present, but kept in check by the sweetness. Fruit and rye in the finish. Lingers nicely.
D: This was brewed to celebrate the first full century of Estonia's independence...maybe that is why it is good for 100 years. Nicely executed. Really enjoy the smooth sweet bourbon notes. Nice complex sipper.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A very good aroma of malt, chocolate, bourbon, and wood.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of chocolate, a lot of malt (mostly in the finish, but definitely there), a good amount of rye, and some bourbon (and the accompanying barrel). A solid and pleasingly subtle flavor. It's not overpowered by the barrel aging; this allows the chocolate and malt to work well together.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I don't know if this beer is quite as good as the rating suggests, but it's definitely tasty. Drinkable.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BAsbill
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mishi_d
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jroof1
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cellar Series: Sajand from Põhjala Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 12 ratings