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Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Norse Legend SahtiNorse Legend Sahti

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433 Ratings

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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Sahti |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 04-21-2012)
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3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I don't have a lot of experience with this style, so not much of a baseline, just keep that in mind. Served in a straight pint glass. Poured a very attractive, clean, clear,dark copper color with 1 inch of off-white head that had low retention and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malts, with a light spice/pine scent. The taste was nearly identical, but the spiciness seemed a bit more noticeable. The body was nicely full, although a bit sticky. Drinkability was OK, but this would be 1 at a time beer for me, mostly due to the sweetness. Overall, a nice enough example, would probably be a decent introductory brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 02:19:10 | More by beertunes
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4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into small snifter. Off-white head atop an amber body. Clear lacing, sticky. Aroma includes sweet caramel and brown sugar. Taste is malty sweet and caramel with maybe some toffee. No bitterness to speak of but none expected considering the style. Very easy to drink, no alcohol taste anywhere of note. Very tasty brew, interesting and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 07:00:43 | More by KickbacksSteve
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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz draft at Thirsty Moose in Portsmouth NH.

A: Dark red/brown, a very clear beer, but because of its tawny wine darkness it's not really see-through. Cream colored head dissipated quickly. Lacing with a swirl but otherwise not much.

S: This beer didn't smell like a whole lot. It smelled sweeter than the average beer, and it wasn't an unpleasant smell, just not a huge aroma. If I had let it warm up some, the smell probably would have unfolded.

T: It didn't taste quite as strong as I was expecting/hoping, but it had a nice flavor. It had a somewhat maple-like malt profile, more sweet than bitter, some pine and citrus flavor, somewhat fruity but not floral. The flavor increased some as the beer warmed, but it never became so sweet or piney that it became difficult to drink. As this beer is a sahti, it is not a hoppy beer as the juniper is meant to take the place of hops as a flavoring and preserving agent. Overall pretty well balanced.

M: This beer suffers from what I call the Sam Adams mouthfeel problem: Somehow a bit syrupy and watery at the same time. It's just nothing special. It's not at all bad, but it didn't wow me. Some carbonation, enough to make it taste interesting and not flat, but not a ton, and a bit more light-syrupy than full bodied/unfiltered.

Overall: I think this beer is one of Sam Adams better beers because it is interesting and I enjoy drinking beers that aren't really "traditional beers" in the German sense of the word and it was great to finally get to try it on draft. I remember about five years ago they had it on rotation but I was never able to try it. There are so many other beers out there that I have to try and my regular drinking beers (IPAs mostly) so I'm not sure I'll be drinking it again, but maybe if it goes away I'll miss it and want to try it again next time around.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 14:51:10 | More by Deingeist
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3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 19:50:23 | More by Cavanaghty
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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 04:45:30 | More by Brenden
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in color with an off-white head. The nose is herbal with lots of spruce, a touch of juniper, and maybe some pine. A nice fruitiness of apples and berries, but there is a definite rubber and metal aroma that is off-putting. Light notes of smoke on the palate with the same herbal character. Light malt sweetness, hints of fruit, and only a minimal juniper flavor. The metal and rubber is also pronounced, which is what really ruins the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 05:52:04 | More by womencantsail
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3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Taco Mac Decatur June 2012. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Crisp, frothy light white head with a solid sheet of white. Body color is a deep copper brown. Nice appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Light caramel malt, bubblegum yeast tones. Mild and underwhelming overall. 3

(Taste) Subtle cinnamon spices on a caramelized malt background with a musty spice tone. Really interesting and pleasant mild flavors. 4

(Mouthfeel) Slick texture with little carbonation present, save on the tongue which accentuates the cinnamon and nutmeg. Could use a bit more crispness and comes off as a bit flat. 3

(Overall) I find a great deal of potential in this beer but wasn't thoroughly impressed. The flavors are mild but gel together well, making for a subtly spiced ale. The spices are a bit much still, or the rest of the beer is too mild to balance is out. With some recipe tweaking, this beer will be on the right track. 3

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Norse Legend Sahti

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2012 20:17:24 | More by Jadjunk
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3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap. Appears deep amber / brown with decent clarity. Nose has an array of spices, primarily cardomom and coriander, relatively mute on the aroma. Taste has some sweet honey component paired with tea leaves and caramel. Mouthfeel is ligh and moderately carbonated. Overall, this has nice balance but is lacking in terms of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2012 01:00:25 | More by homebrew311
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South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 17:47:28 | More by chinchill
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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cloudy brownish amber color. Head is light and a mixture of froth and larger bubbles. Laces well. Pretty cool looking with the hue and the cool lacing.

S-Smells very neat. Very herbal and tea-like. Like and excessively steeped cup of tea-beer. Plenty of sweetness. Fruity and sugary too. Nice complexity.

T-A highly sugared fruity flavored tea. Herbal and spicy. Very light hops. Sweet tea. Hard to describe, but the flavors work well with one another.

M-Medium bodied with very mellow carbonation. Creamy. A bit syrupy.

O/D-Pretty cool. Sam Aams usually falls short with their more unique and ambitious brews. This one was actually pretty legit. Very unique. Gotta respect taking a shot at this style of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 04:18:55 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mysteriously dark amber, almost bronze. Big froth top laces down to a firm tight 1/4" layer. 4.0

Juniper and pine. Black tea and toffee with some toast notes. 4.0

Sweet grain and alcohol with big bursts of juniper and tea. Rich toffee malt backbone ushers even more sweetness. Mild spice notes feature light clove. Hidden earthy notes with barely-smiling hops. 3.5

Slurpy medium body with a full nature. Okay carbonation. Revealing strength. 3.5

A flavorful sahti. A little too big, too sweet. Nice name for a beer. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 04:22:56 | More by thecheapies
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3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Half finger head on a very nice clear amber body.

S: candied orange, caramel malt, bubble gum, juniper and strawberry.

T: dominant notes include Brown sugar, juniper, bubble gum, rue and dark fruits.Herbal and slightly medicinal hops. Fairly complex.

M: medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: a very interesting brew with a lot going on here. I am bad at breaking down this genre which typically is complex as this beer is.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 02:55:25 | More by kylehay2004
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3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a clear dark amber body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - brown, malty notes of dark sugar and dark fruit. More of am imperial brown than anything else.

T - dark caramel and brown sugar up front. Some dark cherries and a hint of molasses in the middle. Finishes with more dark cherry and burnt caramel as well as a light touch of juniper and hop bitterness.

M - a thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - not bad, but really lacking in the classic sahti flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 00:41:19 | More by nickfl
Photo of CampusCrew


4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First stab at this style and yes I had avoided DFH's. Had this at Peles in Jax, FL on draft. Poured nice and dark with fliffy head. seems of bitter berries and wood dominate. It also has that elderberry type of flavors. Hop profile is low which is great so you can taste the earth and berry flavors. nice job SA for introducing me to this style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 21:17:43 | More by CampusCrew
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3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Norse Legend
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Sahti
ABV: 7.00 %

Pours a dark brown color, fine clarity, off white pillow fluff head and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, pine, juniper and citrus. In the flavor, rich and malty with caramel, toffee and even cocoa notes upfront. There is a nice pine and citrus profile from the use of juniper and possibly a good dose of hops. The level of bitterness was light to moderate. Small alcohol presence and overall this brew was very tasty. Stood up pretty well to a brick oven pizza.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2012 21:42:15 | More by Stinkypuss
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2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep burnt copper color with only a trace of caramel colored head. Head retention and lacing are minimal. Not at all what I was expecting this to look like, but an interesting look.

Smell: Very faint. I get a hint of biscuity malt, as well as some fruitiness, maybe berries.

Taste: Some caramel peeks through initially, followed by berry-like fruitiness, and some tea flavors. Very unique.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Pretty light bodied and smooth, but a bit light on carbonation and not too lively. Overall, very interesting but not a favorite. Worth trying though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 02:00:45 | More by zhanson88
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3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL into a tasting glass

Pours a dark penny color. It's like viewing something brassy though a lens of brown glass. Not really any head on this beer. Barely any traces of foam ever having enjoyed a brief stay on top of this beer.

This Sahti is very, very botanical. It's not juniper that I'm smelling and tasting (which is what I thought Sahti's were mostly "hopped" with) so much as generic shampoo botanical notes. there's some bark in the flavor profile, which does speak to the juniper twigs that this beer may or may not have been brewed with. The malt body -- dark amber -- mostly comes across like semi-sweet chocolate chips, darkdark bread, and stewed apples. There's a phenolic-like major plastic aftertaste to boot.

This beer is certainly different and it is also reasonably tasty. But it perhaps isn't a great Sahti. Instead of tasting like a juniper-preserved rustic ale, it tastes sorta like a top-notch Amber Ale with significant botanical adjuncts.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 05:53:23 | More by Reaper16
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3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a medium brown color with a half inch of head. Zero lacing. Aromas of berries, tea and cola. Smells somewhat like a fruity tea. Tastes like tea but not as fruity as the aroma but more of an earthy tea flavor. A bit floral. Peppery. Light mouthfeel. I know its not a high ABV but this doesnt really taste all that boozey. Almost tastes like drinking peppery Iced Tea. I like tea so this one is ok by me but it might not be for everyone. Overall, I would drink it every so often but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 20:12:53 | More by PicoPapa
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3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep amber color with a cream colored head on top. The smell was a little bit on the floral side with some herbs in the mix. The taste of the beer is good but really becomes interesting in the finish with the herbal notes really come out. The mouthfeel was smooth with a soft carbonation to it. Overall this beer was rather impressive. This is something I'd like to see Sam Adams do more with.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 04:37:58 | More by Knapp85
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 02:21:08 | More by jneiswender
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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
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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
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Puerto Rico

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, golden copper, quite turbid, and heavy on the sediment. Pours an inch of cream head that fades to a fine ribbon. Heavy carbonation and thin sheets of lacing.

S - A very sweet malty aroma with some caramel and a bit of alcohol.

T - Balance between mild sweetness and a light fruit tartness. Maple syrup? As the beer warms, just a hint of hops comes to the tongue. Finishes with a nice burnt caramel flavor.

M - Medium-to-light body with a light tartness and a dry finish.

O - Interesting brew. Taste is somewhat reminiscent of Utopias. Wouldn't have this one frequently, but nonetheless would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 04:47:49 | More by rx-beer
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3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a four pack of Sam Adams small batch bombers from Sams Club on clearance, was only $13, I assume this was from Christmas time, but since they were all higher ABV and not hop forward (2 of them stouts) I figured I'd give it a try.

Poured from 22oz bottle (Batch #2) into snifter with a 1 in head, color is a dark red.

Aroma is of berries, toasted oak, caramel - rather pleasant

Taste is a bit weak, getting the berries but not much else.

Moutfeel is medium body, carbonation is rather low but might be due to the bottle being old.

Overall - It's an okay brew, a bit refreshing on a hot day so glad I chose to enjoy it now. The only other Sahti I've had is DFH's Sah'tea and I definitely liked that one better.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 21:57:58 | More by maxcoinage
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3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a brown 22 oz bomber into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured outer surface. Bottle has no date of any kind, but the label is marked "Batch No. 1", which I believe would place it's bottling around May 2012.

Appearance - Poured aggressively, yielding a 3/4ths finger head that dissipates after 60-90 seconds. Head is the color of toasted coconut and sits atop a beautiful brown body, like orangish-gold topaz or tiger's eye. Dark enough to be opaque except for the wonderfully-colored edges.

Smell - Not terribly appealing to me. Mostly the characteristic of the Sam Adams house malt as well as some spicy notes from the rye. I detect a faint aroma that borders on vegetal/fruity in quality.

Taste - Unfortunately, the taste isn't a great deal better than the smell lets on. Now I get a more distinct reading of juniper berrries. Tiny, almost imperceptible tartness on the front that quickly rounds into the juniper along with some malty bittersweetness and a watery, metallic finishing taste.

Mouthfeel - Thin-bodied, which is contrary to the chewy beer I expected based on reading about the style. Medium-to-light carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Overall, a rather disappointing sampling from Sam Adams. It's the first sahti I've had the opportunity to taste, so I can't completely rate to style, but this seemed to lack the body and the tartness that supposedly comes with this style. Based on my guess at the bottling date, I am over a year late to this beer, so if I found fresh bottle, I might try it fresh to see if it was any better.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 02:45:05 | More by LambicPentameter
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Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.