Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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1.5/5 rDev -57.5%
Deep amber color with a thin head. Brilliant clarity. Nose is pretty subdued. Some herbal presence, touch of caramel. Juniper is noticeable on the nose. Lots of medicinal notes on the nose as well. Smells like pepto bismal a bit underneath it all.
Has a tea like quality to it. Medium in body. Flavors are faint and subdued. Certain watery aspect to the body at certain points, specifically the sides and tip of the tongue. Touches of caramel on the sides of the tongue. Honey and juniper throughout. Slightly spicy finish. Interesting and unique flavors, again very tea-like but also again too subtle, close to being overly bland. The flavors are dumbed down and almost water like at points.
The finish on this beer lasts a while, it's not good or bad, just not sure what to do with it. It doesn't make me want another sip, but it doesn't make me want food either.
After tasting Dogfish head's Sahti, Norse legend just seems like an attempt at creating another style to flood the market place with. Flavors aren't there and neither is the merit. At it's best it's drinkable with some flavor for 7% ABV
05-07-2012 04:01:27 | More by jtierney89
2.11/5 rDev -40.2%
From undated bomber but states Batch #1.
Aroma is sweet musky flowers. Pours deep coppery red with a thin non-lasting off white head.
Taste is like a sour version of an Irish red ale, actually very off putting! I was expecting something more Gin-like . This tastes like it WAS dredged up from a thousand year old Viking ship! Caveat to the reader, I never drank a Sahti before so I may not be the best guide to this brew! (But this brew makes me sure not to drink one again!).
02-24-2013 23:32:58 | More by CaptJackHarkness
2.5/5 rDev -29.2%
Had this beer as a sample at the Boston Brewery as part of the tour. Served on tap in a sample glass cool.
Beer had slight ring of a head and an amber body. Minty smell not strong resin. Taste was very sweet. slight mouthwash flavor. But the sweetness really pervades this beer. Little carbonation. I can't say I am a real big fan of this beer. I have not had very many authentic examples of this style but it really doesn't taste anything like I think it would. Not very piney at all.
01-17-2012 02:21:08 | More by jneiswender
2.68/5 rDev -24.1%
S: Rich caramel, and odd "homebrew" smell, very caramel tasting, juniper is surprisingly restrained, not much "gin" like flavors.
L: Crystal clear amber-orange, off-white head that dissipates
T: Rich caramel in the taste with some light juniper botanicals. Medium low bitterness with a mild herbal bitterness in the back of the throat. Juniper is very restrained.
M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation.
Good effort, but the flavors just don't work personally. Glad i got to try it though.
09-05-2012 02:20:00 | More by bum732
2.7/5 rDev -23.5%
Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.
A gose, a gingerbread stout, a sahti...dammit, Sam Adams needs to brew us up a kvass soon... Anyway, this "sahti" (quotation marks explained below) pours a clear amber-copper topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises a spruce-tip sandwich, all white bread, with only a leaf or two of lettuce separating the other ingredients. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the spruce is in resin form as well, the bread is slightly drier, the lettuce is straight iceberg, and what seems like a bunch of juniper berries finds its way in there for good (?) measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, this doesn't come off so much as a sahti to me, rather a spruce-flavored amber ale or something. Either way, it ain't that great...
10-25-2012 16:20:51 | More by TMoney2591
2.75/5 rDev -22.1%
22oz bottle into pint glass; thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing this bottle with me. This is my first sahti, so unfortunately it's a bit hard for me to rate with style in mind.
A: Pours a clear, amber color, with one finger of frothy off-white head. Leaves some lacing around the glass.
S: Fruity and sweet– caramel and cola are the two main flavors I'm picking up. There's a hint of an herbal, tea flavor, and pine hops.
T: Extremely sweet once again, with caramel/cola and a light, indistinct fruitiness carrying the flavor. A small lingering bitterness is present, with hints of the herbal and piny hops, tasting particularly like resin here.
M: Moderate-bodied with moderate carbonation, very smooth and very creamy, with a partially dry, partially sticky finish. A highlight of the beer.
O: This beer goes down easily enough, but isn't particularly memorable for me. I'll remember it as being mostly sweet with an indiscriminate bitterness on the finish. Nonetheless, it was nice to be able to try this semi-obscure, ancient style. I wrote this review with a C-average in mind, so my final score indicates that this beer is just beneath average– in my mind, not as bad as it may look when compared to its other scores. If this is around in the future, I'll certainly revisit it once I have greater sahti experience to make a better attempt at reviewing to style.
06-26-2012 03:26:21 | More by AwYeh
Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.