Cellar Series: Sajand
Põhjala Brewery

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Porter - Baltic
Ranked #21
Ranked #4,373
4.47 | pDev: 5.82%
Põhjala Brewery
Notes: 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.”
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OlaB from Norway

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a small top off beige head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of roasted malts, wood, mocha, chocolate, bourbon, cognac and vanilla beans
The taste starts off with strong roasted and malty feel with chocolate notes. The malt notes are nicely ballanced with sweet bourbon and vanilla notes. The finish is slightly dry and leaves a long and strong aftertaste. Really well ballanced flavours.
Oily and creamy mouthfeel with a medium carbonation and a heavy body.
A really delicious baltic porter.

Jan 31, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Blackest Porter (even imperial) that I've ever seen. Maybe the blackest beer overall. Maintains a 3/4 finger fizzy espresso colored head for a bit and some excellent lacing on the thin cap left behind.

S: A little tinny carbonation plus soy sauce and cocoa on the nose, tempered by some light-roast malt and burnt raw sugar.

T: Bourbon over Cognac or Rye. Oak. Those flavors are muted at best or they are overwhelmed by the sweeter notes of the beer. For me this is burnt sugar candy blended in booze and pronounced licorice. This is the barrel in the bottle!

F: Medium body with decent carbonation. Smooth but near-cloyingly sweet.

O: Still complex, but I'm not getting enough Rye or the fruits or chocolate others are discussing here. This was my least favorite of five I've tried from Põhjala to date.

Sep 15, 2019
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rye masterpiece. Black as night, noble 2-finger tan head, decent retention.
Heavenly thirst, unspeakable smell - absolute rye presence.
Probably tad sweeter than I expected, but utterly complex - barrel, cognac, liquer notes are here.
Thick body, soft carbonation, round.

Dec 28, 2018
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet-black with a mid-sized very loud dark brown head. Fizzes out pretty quickly, no head retention or lacing present.

S: Well it smells hot as hell, tons of barrel character in there. Lots of sweet caramel and tons of fruitiness. Quite a bit of vanilla too. There's some chocolate in there, interesting.

T: Oh yeah. Tons of barrel character. This thing is very sweet and very hot. Mountains of dark fruits and caramel and vanilla mainly. Some light chocolate. Don't really get a ton of rye, maybe towards the finish the balance turns less sweet as a result? Aftertaste I can maybbbe get it a bit. I cannot overstate that this is mainly a bunch of barrel flavors. Nothing wrong with that either.

M: Thick, heavy, low carbonation and nearly cloying.

O: This beer is pretty ridiculous. Big dessert beer with a huge amount of various barrel flavors. Great stuff.

Oct 29, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours into a stemmed glass a deep chocolate brown with creamy deep beige head atop.Immensely enticing aromas of chocolate,spicy rye, and cognac giving off a slight fruitiness,caramel and toast round out a rich and near perfect aroma profile.Mouth coating and rich feeling the flavors are just complex to the hilt,slight vanilla tinged bourbon,than some raisin-like cognac qualities not to mention the chocolate and subtle rye spice.So much going on with the aromas and the over the top complex flavors of this beer make it probably the best beer I have had in quite a long time.Search it out,I'am glad I found it.

Oct 26, 2018
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micada from New York

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...

Sep 08, 2018
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mwilbur from Minnesota

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.

Jul 20, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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.

Jul 09, 2018
Cellar Series: Sajand from Põhjala Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 21 ratings