Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by superspak:
4/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch 1, bottled in Spring 2012. Moderately fast gusher upon opening. Pours lightly hazy red copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, juniper, raisin, wood, floral, earth, and herbal. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malt and juniper notes. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, juniper, wood, raisin, floral, earth, grass, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, floral, earth, raisin, wood, juniper, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malty flavors with the juniper notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice take on the Sahti style! Great malt complexity and balance of juniper flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. I really enjoyed this one.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2013 04:13:33 | More by superspak
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.
A - Umm...whoa. Pours a downright murky copper color with a TON of sediment. Seriously, my glass looks like a snow globe. Man, I hope this is normal for this style. Two-finger eggshell colored head. Really good ringlets of lacing.
S - Very mild aroma. What is there is mostly a mineral/salty smell, with a hint of juniper. Faint toffee/caramel odor lurking underneath.
T - Toffee and caramel in the nose come forward big time in the taste, making for a pleasant sweetness. Hints of banana, mixed berry, yellow raisin, and crème brulee. Slight toasted woodiness (oak?) in the mid-palate. Juniper lightly present throughout but never overbearing. (I've had winter beers with much more) Overall this is pretty darn tasty.
M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Finishes very "wet".
O - Certainly an odd duck of a beer, but I liked it. I'm not sure if I will be buying it again, but I am really glad I tried/reviewed it.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2013 05:43:01 | More by TempeBeerMan
4.2/5 rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy brown amber color with a 1.5 finger tan colored head. The head fades very rapidly at first, but persists once it fades to a about a half of a finger. Upon fading it leaves a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass, with the thin film of foam on the top eventually fading to leave some patchy foam islands.
Smell – The aroma is of a more sour nature overall with a big dose of juniper. The sour smells are also a mix of sour berry and some lemon citrus with other aromas of some herb and a bit of wood mixed within.
Taste – The taste begins with a good brown bready flavor with tons of oak wood and juniper flavor complimenting the bready flavor. More and more herbal flavor comes to the tongue as the taste moves on with a bit of a more boozy gin like flavor coming to the tongue more toward the middle to the end. Along with these flavors so too comes some more sweet flavors of a milk chocolate and light fruit flavor (odd combination, but it sorta works in this one). In the end, the sweet flavors mixed with the juniper and gin flavors of the brew, as well as the wood and alcohol tastes, leaves a nice warming oaky, herbal gin taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very creamy and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly lower side. The chewy body and thickness are rather nice for the woody flavors of the brew with it also allowing all the herbal and boozy gin flavors to really be sensed.
Overall – This is a tasty mix consisting of a sorta amber ale and oaky gin boozy brew that really warms you even while only at 7 % abv. A very interesting and rather enjoyable brew.
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2013 00:39:42 | More by Darkmagus82
Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.