Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.6/5 rDev +2%
A: The beer is crystal clear deep garnet in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of juniper berries and spices in the nose—allspice and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit of herbal flavors along with some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink for the style but seems like the taste could use a bit more flavors of juniper berries.
07-31-2012 01:24:53 | More by metter98
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
Appearance: Pours an amber color with a somewhat modest head that splashes some lace around a bit
Smell: Caramel, leather and berries (though not necessarily juniper berries)
Taste: Caramel and dark fruit flavors, up front, with tobacco/leathery tones developing by mid-palate; the caramel sweetness builds, after the swallow, and I finally detect a subtle juniper element in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: As others have pointed out, this doesn't much taste like the other Sahtis I have had (though admittedly, the sample size could be counted on one hand); not a bad beer, but a bit too sweet for my palate
06-09-2012 22:06:14 | More by brentk56
3.13/5 rDev -11.3%
Hanging onto a rich Finnish tradition of dextrin-rich farmhouse ale that employs a filtration bed of juniper stems, this Samuel Adams beer is inspired by those notions but isn't handcuffed by them either. This is what results...
The beer pours with a surprisingly dark bronze color and brightly clarified- much darker and clearer than I know traditional sahti to be. But its lively carbonation releases a creamy sand-stained head that retains well, even as it slowly fades into a liquefied blanket across the glass. Broken rings of lace adorn the glass along the beer's downward drift. It's a very nice looking beer; just more Scottish ale-looking than Finnish.
Strong toffee aromas exude from the glass and carry with it pronounced notes of horehound candy and fennel seed. Berry-like juniper character is a stretch but can be pulled from the robust malt bill, if ever so slightly. Nowhere can the almost saison-character of traditional sahti be found. Instead a malt focused sweet scent carries the beer with seeming little balance.
Flavors are even more malt-dominant that even the nose suggests. Tasting nearly of English strong ales or Scottish ales- the heavy sorghum, toffee, and peanut brittle taste coats the mouth early on and never reliquishes. The slightest rebuttal comes from a slight berry-like tartness that hides underneath and is easily mistaken for fruit esters and grain character. The malty-sweet ale is heavily dependent on deeply caramelized malts and reluctantly receeds very deep in the finish to allow a grain and berry tartness to close the beers taste.
Full bodied, but because of the beer's high level of residual sweetness and not because of the protein rich heft. Sugars sit heavily on the mouth and prohibit any meaningful finish beyond a cola-like tact, toast, and rummy alcohol warmth.
But not is all lost- the Boston Beer Company is only inspired by sahti and isn't making an attempt at replicating authentic versions. But the only resemblance to me is a barely noticable juniper character.
08-24-2012 03:44:28 | More by BEERchitect
3.25/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
08-07-2012 05:52:04 | More by womencantsail
3.6/5 rDev +2%
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.
06-16-2012 02:55:25 | More by kylehay2004
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
02-06-2012 04:37:58 | More by Knapp85
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
3.53/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-07-2012 00:41:19 | More by nickfl
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
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly with just a bit of lacing, very clear coppery cranberry red color.
Nose has a juicy malty ale, reddish malts, tons of juniper, a light pine like juniper bitter like earthy aroma, a light creamy darker malt.
Taste is creamy malty dark malts, light caramel, molasses like flavors, lots of juniper that adds light bitterness and plenty of earthy juniper flavor, but not overpowering. Med sweetness, caramely with slight hint of warning booze. Finish is drier, light lingering juniper, hint of lingering reddish malts.
Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb.
Overall not bad, decent juniper, decent malts, not too bitter and not overpowering with juniper flavor, not not a whole lot going on.
06-19-2012 11:51:25 | More by jlindros
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
3.2/5 rDev -9.3%
This is kind of a nose-wrinkler, but taste pretty good. The juniper berries are well in evidence, but pleasant. Handsome coppery amber in the tall Stella glass. Plenty of foam and well carbonated on the tongue. Nose is fruity and spicy like some kind of Christmas relish.
Rather sweet and fruity. It's a little on the spicy side but could use a little more edge. A delicate balance and makes you appreciate the simple resiny bitterness of good old hops. A little herbal and medicinal, but not overly bitter. This may be a cleaned-up and sweeter version of the old brew. It's hard to drink much at once, but it's intriguing.
You can't fault the way Boston makes all the elements work, and packages this with nice foam and beery substance. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in San Diego.
11-28-2012 05:19:16 | More by mactrail
4/5 rDev +13.3%
22 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a translucent red brown, with a medium white head. Solid retention, real nice lace.
S: Juniper, herbal, foresty nose. Hint of mint, aromatic and appealing, nice.
T: Sweet malt with a definite herbal character. Nice mix of flavour. Not super-traditional, but a nice hybrid of a sahti-like ale and an old ale. That's really what it tastes like.
M: Medium to full-bodied, soft carbonation, creamy, crisp at times.
O: Not completely tradtional, especially with what I've had from Finland, but I did quite enjoy it.
05-22-2012 05:25:33 | More by Halcyondays
3.6/5 rDev +2%
A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film with a medium sized patch in the center and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Medium strength aromas of juniper, black pepper, and holiday spices (nutmeg, allspice, etc.).
T: Light flavors of caramel malts in the body with much stronger flavors of juniper and holiday spices - including notes of pepper, nutmeg, and allspice.
M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with medium to heavy amounts of carbonation.
O: Pretty easy to drink for the style (which is not filled with easy drinking beers) but not the best example. I like the combination of the spice/herbal notes but I likely would not get this one again.
07-30-2012 22:47:41 | More by dbrauneis
Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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