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Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
80
good

457 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Sahti |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-21-2012)
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Photo of pschul4
1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

pschul4, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Batch No. 1.

Appearance: Pours a very deep brownish amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big off white head giving about five fingers. Good retention and lots of lace around the glass.

Smell: Upfront aroma is very bready and malty like a Doppelbock. Big hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Big hint of the juniper berries and some other dark fruit. Some rye like spice. Also some wood and a hint of citrus fruit. Brown sugar rounds it out. Smells pretty good.

Taste: As expected from the smell, a big malt profile. Lots of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and some dark fruits. The juniper berries are pretty noticeable and add a nice kick. Spice, wood, and citrus all from the berries according to the label. Also some brown sugar. A pretty nice spicy and fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat chewy and syrupy.

Overall: A pretty good brew. The spices and wood are a nice balance to the sweet malts. Nice to see a old style kept alive.

MattyG85, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-red with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some juniper berry and a bit of spice and wood.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet toasted caramel malts with some juniper berries and a bit of spice. Through the middle, some more bready malt comes through with a bit of wood and some more caramel flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some juniper, spice, and some brown sugar.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. A pretty good example of the style. Balance is pretty nice. Would have liked a bit more juniper flavor.

ngeunit1, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a nice red color with plenty of bubbles and a small head. The aroma is interesting. This one uses the Sam Adams house yeast note found in many of their beers right away, but is boosted up right away by a HUGE hit of juniper and rye. The taste is really quite similar to the nose, with the malt and yeast base tasting rather similar to a sweeter Boston Lager, but with a lot of juniper and rye coming in and bashing around the tongue. The finish is a bit rough. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is about average. It's another interesting entry in the Sam Adams small batch series. I probably wouldn't buy it again, but I don't regret giving it a try.

shand, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker maroon, with a small off white head that lingers.

Smells of bready malt sweetness and some astringent spice, peppermint, juniper.

Taste is sweet and bready up front with notes of plum and diacetyl before going into a more astringent juniper middle with a sweet finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation works well enough.

Of the few Sahtis I've had, I haven't had any that have really impressed me. This seems like an OK version of the style but is oddly diacetly and astringent.

TenHornsProud, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber color with a finger and a half's worth of bubbly tan head that settles down to a nice layer that retains well

S: Very fruity, mostly juniper and light berries with a hint of light malt. Also get some spice. Not sure if it's from the rye or something else

T: Follows the nose, with the rye coming out a bit more. Full juniper flavor, along with the rye malts and berries. Don't really get any hop presence aside from maybe a hint of citrus

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: I really like what the rye does with the juniper in this beer. The berry flavors, although mostly juniper, provide enough sweetness to go great with the spiciness of the malt. Not sure how some reviewers are calling this weak in the smell and taste, it's pretty damned aromatic and flavorful. Solid job by SA on this one

BEERMILER12, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this because it has a metal name, and metal beers deserve my attention, regardless of brewery or style.

Served in stemless wine glasses and shared with my br00tal metalhead girlfriend.

A: Kind of like a raspberry amber/copper color with a finger and a half head of white head. Medium to low lacing.

S: Sweet malts and burnt caramel. Not getting any juniper in the nose despite it being brewed with and aged with juniper berries. Kind of weak.

T: The sweet malts come through at first but the juniper really comes out a second after it hits the palette. A slight hoppiness is present, but not too hoppy. Sort of floral and very piney. Pretty complex for a SA brew.

M: The best thing about the beer is the lingering juniper flavor after you swallow. It stays there for quite some time, which is really nice. Almost a piney/minty aftertaste. When I burp it tastes like I'm drinking a gin and tonic. Very nice.

O: Really surprised by this one. Definitely the best SA beer I've had. Very nice impulse buy.

Lordquackingstic, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Danobold, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Tumble, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of FlemingVSKing
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm mixed on this. In a way.

The most obvious aspect is flavor, and while it's not bad perse', the fruit elements are extremely light and finish with a dry tone. This is just really all that can be said about this brew.

There isn't much of a profile after that.

It is drinkable, and enjoyable, but nothing I'd race back for. The biggest highly for me was probably the aura of the brew being a throwback. I really connect to those ideas and value attempts to honor these more classic styles of various historical cultures, but while this may have been dead on balls accurate, Sam Adams other attempts at this, like Dark Depths, are just more bold and satisfying.

FlemingVSKing, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of MightiestBeard
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

MightiestBeard, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a lighter wood, spice and a citrus note. In the taste, woody, dry citrus and a mellow spice. A spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus and licorice in the aftertaste. Lots of flavor and quite enjoyable.

OWSLEY069, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of rkarimi
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

rkarimi, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep burgundy brown with frothy head that retreats into ample lacing - I believe a traditional sahti has such a color

S: malts and herb - predictably, the juniper, and maybe some woodsy notes

T: makes me think of a barleywine with the sweetness replaced by an herbal, earthy flavor - aspects of it are medicinal, with some flavors I associate with yeast and hops, but darker and with a nice bitterness

M: medium body, nice carbonation, teensy bit of astringency, but it suits the herbal nature of the brew

O: look, I've only tried 2 sahtis - this one and Dogfish Head's, and both admittedly took some liberties with the traditional formulation - I really liked the bright, light craft of the DFH Sah'tea, and was ready for this to fall short, but it doesn't - it's clearly just a darker take on the same idea, and not-for-nothing, I think this may be more representative of a traditional sahti. I would definitely buy this again, and would love to do a side-by-side.

Greywulfken, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of BeerMeInMS
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: June 7th 2012

Glassware: tulip

Appearance: very deep amber with a clingy, sudsy white head.

Smell: some sweetness and bread-like aromas...very mild reminded me of the outdoors....

Taste: A completely unusual taste [unique to me] very woodsy/earthy; also like baked bread or maybe wood-fired pizza crust with a little sweetness... Hard to explain, as is evident, but very interesting. Seemingly no hops which fits with the style. While I would not say the taste is complex, it is deep..

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied; low carbonation and a kinda sticky afterfeel.

Overall: so intriguing... Nothing to compare to. This feels and tastes like something other than beer [although it looks like beer]. My first of this style... Definitely worth a try, I love it for its unusualness and earthy/outdoors taste and feel.

BeerMeInMS, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -14.8%

IPAchris, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of 11millsown113
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

11millsown113, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Zachb4au
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Zachb4au, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of stevec32
4/5  rDev +13.6%

stevec32, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

nickfl, Jun 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

jmathis, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

CampusCrew, Jun 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

RoryOMoore, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of bluerabbit
4/5  rDev +13.6%

bluerabbit, Jun 04, 2012
Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.