Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22oz poured into a Duvel Tulip. Batch #1.
Appearance: Clear dark coppery red when held up to the light. An initial thick rocky light tan foam died down to a 1/4-1/8" foam. Plenty of lacing in strands all over the glass. Nice looking beer.
Smell: Juniper (gin like) dominates the aroma here - I'm not getting a lot else.
Taste: Very unusual. Definite Juniper/spruce flavor mixed in with some deep caramel and buttery notes mixed in. The finish is a little bitter....can't quite put my finger on it as to what that bitter flavor is, but it's there to finish things off. It's like an unusual combination of lemon and pine at the end. Maybe they did hop his beer after all?
Mouthfeel: Slick, light carbonation on the tongue, the thickness is just south of creamy, but it is definitely smooth.
Overall / Drinkability: I've never had a Sahti before so it's hard to rate this one on style. If I read the Beer Advocate description is has some features of the beer (mouthfeel, juniper) but not others (turbidity in appearance). So let me instead state what I think of this as a beer. The Juniper works well as a hop substitute, although there are times where I think I'm drinking a beer spiked with Gin. Could be I'm not a big fan of Juniper. Nice looking beer, feels good going down....not really great in taste and smell. Interesting yes. A great beer? No. Drinkability - I could not finish off the bomber myself even over 2 hours (corked the bottle and kept it in the fridge while I finished the first glass) and so one big glass is more than enough. I think I would give the style a try again, but with food, and not this particular beer again. A good beer to try, but not good for a repeat.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2012 00:53:10 | More by damndirtyape
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3.18/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Batch No. 1: Pours a hazy red amber color with a foamy 1 finger light tan head that was full of bubbles and faded about average to on the slower side, leaving OK spotty lacing and rings as it went down. The second half of the bottle pored much darker and was chestnut brown in color.
Smells of caramel, dark fruit like a cherry, sweet candy or brown sugar, malt, orange peel, toffee and light funk. There are earthy notes that smell like a twig or pine cone, but the nose is basically sweet and malty with the caramel really showing through.
Tastes like it smells, but with a lot more floral and herbal notes, almost like a blast of pine cone or Pine-Sol and dry flower petals or thyme. The flavor is sweet, but also earthy and slightly bitter like dry hops and spruce tips were floating in the brew. An odd mix of caramel, dark fruit, candy sugar, malt, orange peel, yeast funk, sour apple, pine cone, tree bark and herbs; I assume the Juniper berry tastes like the smell, so I guess that is noticeable having never tasted a Juniper berry. Seems like a traditional Scottish beer with the heavy pine cone and spruce earthy notes which took away from the initial sweetness.
Mouthfeel is chewy and thick, with a sugary sweetness that gives way to an herbal earthy dryness, with very mild and almost flat carbonation. Too strange to drink as a session beer, it is a nice nostalgic experiment that hides the ABV well but just doesn’t taste very good.
Sahti is a style I don’t know much about, but if this is a good representation then I may avoid it as I’d much rather be drinking a stout or IPA. The Vikings may have enjoyed it, but with the current craft beer movement I’d rather spend my time on better styles.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 03:30:10 | More by CHickman
3.49/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Me and my friend were required to brew a Sahti for a home brew competition we were entering, so we saw this on the shelf and decided to give it a try. I must say I was pleasantly surprised as I thought this beer was going to be awful. It pours in a dark gold murky color that is somewhere in between good and ugly. I really did not like the smell it was funky as hell. Medium-low head which is actually too much head for this style which is supposed to be served flat. Taste was of malty juniper with maybe a little spice from some rye grain. It was surprisingly refreshing and left a clean feeling in your mouth. This beer goes down super easy for something with a 7% ABV. There are some subtle hops detected, i think a noble verity, which I enjoyed and obviously increased the shelf life but again traditionally there is supposed to be no hops and the beer drank within a month after it is brewed, but I realize that would be a money losing endeavor for anywhere outside Finland. Also I think the flavor got better as the beer warmed. Give this beer a try it is totally different and pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 13:29:51 | More by vicg12
Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.