Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by BDIMike:
4.23/5 rDev +19.8%
Pours a clear light red color. A thick white head, that looks very sticky and laces throughout the beer, almost like webbing.
Aroma does not have a ton going on. A clean malt smell is dominated by what I assume is a nice juniper berry smell. I have never seen or eaten a juniper berry, but the smell has a very nice berry smell, which must be those.
Taste is really cool and different. I have never tasted anything like this before. A strong malt backbone is taken over by a very strong juniper berry taste. A good taste, very different than anything I have ever had.
Mouthfeel has a nice thickness but very smooth.
Drinkability is real nice on this beer. A very nice balance of malt and fruit. The juniper berries have a nice undertone and don't overpower like some fruit beers. The undertones make this beer very refreshing. This would be a great beer in spring or summer and I would definitely go out of your way to try this beer. Like nothing I have ever tried before, Sam Adams never disappoints, well done!
05-18-2012 00:39:14 | More by BDIMike
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3.18/5 rDev -9.9%
22oz brown bottle, no freshness date ... just a batch #.
LOOK: Clear tawny hue, decent lacing
SMELL: Spicy, juniper, loads of caramel, estery, earthy, cake batter, creamy
TASTE: Chewy medium body, slick, malty, caramel, bready, spicy juniper, mild hopping, raisins, very sweet finish
Strong ale with juniper, that is all we have here ... no rawness or tart character. Refined and too sweet. I want to cook with this beer a hell of a lot more than I want to drink it.
12-14-2012 02:47:29 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +13.3%
Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass
Appearance: 1/3 inch head, red/brown in color, high carbonation, clear
Smell: wood, berries, and light caramel--very pleasant but not overpowering
Taste: wood, earth, and berries dominate, there is a touch of grassy hops at the end and a taste of lavender throughout.
Mouthfeel: sweet start and body with slight bitterness towards the end--the taste lingers quite a bit, high carbonation, light body
Overall: I admit I have not had a lot of shati's to compare this with, but it is damn tasty. Very interesting and complex. One of the better small batch brews Sam Adams has come out with. I wish the bitterness was left off the end, but I would grab this again.
06-04-2012 14:52:21 | More by tigg924
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
The beer pours a hazy red-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and caramel as well as a good dose of juniper. The flavor is similar. I get a good amount of juniper and some the toffee and bread notes. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good beer, although not as heavy on the juniper and gin-like notes as some other sahtis I have tried.
07-16-2012 04:47:13 | More by Mora2000
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
Served on tap into a sampler glass.
Appearance: Darker amber color with a white head.
Smell: Interesting smell, reminded me of a stout, actually to be more exact it remined me of a Irish Car Bomb smell.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and thicker. Taste was not anything I was used to at all. Sweet with carmels maybe, and fruits, I think it is the junipers.
Overall: Decent brew, glad I tried it, probably will not have it again.
09-17-2012 19:50:23 | More by Cavanaghty
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Mug.
Appearance: Clear rich amber with thin head.
Smell: Toffee, sickly fruit, juniper. Odd and fairly faint aroma.
Taste: Juniper, tree bark, toffee. Somewhat bready and spicy. Herbal finish.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is somewhat lager-like.
Overall: This is just odd. I like the taste, but the aroma is a little out of whack. Also, while I have never had a truly traditional Sahti, I am sure this is not it. Shouldn't a Sahti be turgid with some wild yeast characteristics? This just seems like a stronger Amber Ale with some juniper and rye.
05-30-2012 22:02:01 | More by bsp77
3.6/5 rDev +2%
A: A beautifully clear ruddy brown. There's very little head, and what it has evaporates very quickly. Tiny bubbles continue to effervesce throughout. I like the way this looks.
S: The fragrance is pleasant but underwhelming for a sahti. There's a whiff of warm bread but not a lot else.
T: Malty, with a dash of earthy fruitiness (banana?). I am a bit surprised by how dry it is. There's also much less pepper here than I anticipated, not a tremendous amount of spice at all on the front end. The juniper is not particularly strong. There is a warm pleasing aftertaste however that is a bit peppery.
M: Just right. Not thin at all, maybe even leaning a little to the rich side. Deceptively low on booziness.
O: It's not a stunning beer, but I'd buy a bomber again for ~$6.50 and would recommend it to friends. You can really feel its potential; perhaps the bottle just needs to be aged a little longer or would be better on draft. At the very least, I think this would be a tremendous baseline for homebrewers who are considering their own sahti, simply because the appearance and mouthfeel are just right on target while there's room for improvement in terms of taste (sweeter and spicier please!).
07-28-2012 18:16:03 | More by Ammertime
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
Norse Legend opens with a thick, malty nose resplendent with doughy wheat bread, yeasty baguette, floury French bread, and toast crust, all drizzled with molasses and honey and sprinkled with brown sugar. Orange and apricot fruit esters add nuance, as do touches of grapefruit and pine from the hops. There are also hints of caramel, vanilla, cookie, and cherry. But the yeasty, doughy malts by far win out, lending the beer a dark bread and molasses overtone. As a whole, the nose is very enticing, featuring a good range of darker aromas, tinged slightly by tantalizing fruit esters and pine. The aromas are slightly on the lighter side, and tend to fade relatively quickly, and so could have used a bit more body and staying power, but are otherwise quite nice.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a surprisingly peppery, spicy note, the juniper berries adding layers of pine, juniper, and pepper that immediately add layers of flavor not quite hinted at on the nose. The effect is noticeable and definitely not subtle, but at the same time not at all overpowering, about the level of a light juniper tea in terms of strength, blending nicely with the other flavors. Below the juniper spice are dark breads and molasses, as well as some touches of cherry, orange, and apricot sugars, and piney hops. The beer does get a little more woodsy and full of juniper, sap, and pine needle late in the mouthful as the sugars die off, and the aftertaste is a continuation of these latter flavors, with what seems to me like a slightly-too-strong mouthful-of-juniper-berries addition. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is good fare, and a nice addition to the Sam Adams Limited Release series. I did wish for a bit more body and potency in the beer, the 7% ABV and the concomitant lower sugar levels making for less strength and more wateriness than I would have preferred. Still, the flavors here are unique and nicely developed, offering excellent interplay and nuance. Worth trying.
10-05-2012 19:03:42 | More by jondeelee
4/5 rDev +13.3%
Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Batch No. 1.
Appearance: Pours a very deep brownish amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big off white head giving about five fingers. Good retention and lots of lace around the glass.
Smell: Upfront aroma is very bready and malty like a Doppelbock. Big hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Big hint of the juniper berries and some other dark fruit. Some rye like spice. Also some wood and a hint of citrus fruit. Brown sugar rounds it out. Smells pretty good.
Taste: As expected from the smell, a big malt profile. Lots of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and some dark fruits. The juniper berries are pretty noticeable and add a nice kick. Spice, wood, and citrus all from the berries according to the label. Also some brown sugar. A pretty nice spicy and fruity taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat chewy and syrupy.
Overall: A pretty good brew. The spices and wood are a nice balance to the sweet malts. Nice to see a old style kept alive.
06-14-2012 06:31:42 | More by MattyG85
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
Pint glass at Laseters Tavern.
Pours a deep redish-brown with a creamy looking tan head. The head has medium duration, before reducing to a ring, but leaves leaves lots of varied sticky lacing. Unexpectedly clear.
Has a rather unusual aroma that is hard to describe but does include a breads malt base. 3.75.
The taste is also unusual and hard to describe beyond noting a modestly interesting woodsy and spicy flavor, probably juniper but it also seems that there is a significant hop component.
O: my first santi, I think. Worked well with a steak sandwich.
07-07-2012 17:47:28 | More by chinchill
3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
Norse Legend, on tap at Ye Olde Cock n' Bull in Toledo, comes in the mug with little head to speak of but a layer of foam. The beer itself is a heavy (but not thick) red-brown. Lacing is left only in spotting, a bit light but consistent enough.
This is actually a pretty tough style to judge. I had no idea what it was going in, but I figured I'd give a solid brewery a try at something new. Smelling and tasting it, I thought it most reminiscent of a lighter sort of Scotch ale (read: not Wee Heavy). I get a moderate sweetness behind some light roasty notes and something peaty with a hint of fruits and vague spicing not of the peppery but kitchen variety. The nose is tougher because is was light, almost indistinct.
The flavor, I thought, worked it out well. It was stronger than the nose and offered a bit more in terms of complexity, and light notes of smoke and wood along with a dark, barley-like grains note eked their way out as well.
The feel, particularly reading the style profile was too light and thin, even a bit nondescript in the depth. It had enough to keep it going but wasn't particularly interesting.
Overall this is an interesting beer in a style unusual to the day. BBC does a respectable job here.
08-14-2012 04:45:30 | More by Brenden
4/5 rDev +13.3%
Part one of the Small Batch gift pack.
Pours a beautiful deep clear amber and packs a nice 3 finger fine off white head.
Just getting over my first cold in more than a long while, I'm not up to snuff (lol) in picking up aromas at the moment. Regardless, I do sense a fruity sharpness and a hint of yeast when burying my nose in the glass.
Initial sips are showing berries up front and a slight sourness though the middle. finish is a bit dry and clean.
Mouthfeel is moderate and slick. with fine gentle carbonation.
A nice start to my 3 day weekend!
12-30-2012 01:18:33 | More by BrewMaven
3.15/5 rDev -10.8%
A: Beautiful dark amber color, crystal clear. A solid finger of head that leaves pleasant lacing.
S: While its cold the malt and juniper balance quite nicely. Notes of toasted malt, caramel then juniper/gin, stay in there to long and you start to get some medicinal notes
T: Very sweet to start with hint of the woods. I expected this to be much more overpowering. Tons of malt up front then hints of juniper and sweeter spice notes like clove, allspice, and coriander. Almost has a smoky quality. Very Christmassy.
M: A rich mouth feel, enjoyable but it could get a bit cloying.
O: As above I expected this to be much more in your face, smacked with a tree type of thing. I’m glad it was not. My first sip impression was “not so bad” witch for something off the beaten trail can be an ok impression. (I wish my attempted at a gruit had rated that high) I find this an enjoyable beer. I would not have more than one in a night and I may never grab this again, but I am glad to have tried it and would recommend it to my friends. I would say treat it like a barley wine. A sipper around the fire, split with a friend, cold winter night kind of thing.
11-10-2012 03:38:32 | More by dadonabike
4.08/5 rDev +15.6%
22oz bottle served cold into an imperial pint glass.
Norse Legend is a deep amber brown with good clarity an thick white head. It has good retention and lacing.
Aroma is rich, malty, and slightly spicy.
Flavor is sweet up front but turns out to be fairly well balanced in the end. Toasty, caramel, pine, and slightly fruity. It's an unusual beer but enjoyable. Similar to a bock in the malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied an nicely carbonated.
Overall and interesting style and I'm glad I tried this one.
07-07-2012 02:22:59 | More by GilGarp
Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.