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Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
80
good

450 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 19
Gots: 15 | 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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Danobold

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-12-2012 00:55:09 | More by Danobold
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Tumble

Florida

4/5  rDev +13.3%

06-11-2012 21:13:40 | More by Tumble
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FlemingVSKing

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 19:49:22 | More by FlemingVSKing
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MightiestBeard

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

06-09-2012 22:22:55 | More by MightiestBeard
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 22:06:14 | More by brentk56
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 18:33:14 | More by OWSLEY069
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rkarimi

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-08-2012 22:31:40 | More by rkarimi
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Greywulfken

New York

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 19:32:11 | More by Greywulfken
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BeerMeInMS

Mississippi

4.13/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:40:45 | More by BeerMeInMS
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15%

06-08-2012 01:29:25 | More by IPAchris
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11millsown113

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

06-07-2012 22:47:50 | More by 11millsown113
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Zachb4au

Alabama

4/5  rDev +13.3%

06-07-2012 15:17:58 | More by Zachb4au
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stevec32

New York

4/5  rDev +13.3%

06-07-2012 00:52:13 | More by stevec32
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nickfl

Florida

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
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jmathis

Florida

3/5  rDev -15%

06-06-2012 21:35:38 | More by jmathis
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CampusCrew

Florida

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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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-06-2012 03:26:19 | More by RoryOMoore
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13.3%

06-04-2012 19:49:00 | More by bluerabbit
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, red/brown in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: wood, berries, and light caramel--very pleasant but not overpowering

Taste: wood, earth, and berries dominate, there is a touch of grassy hops at the end and a taste of lavender throughout.

Mouthfeel: sweet start and body with slight bitterness towards the end--the taste lingers quite a bit, high carbonation, light body

Overall: I admit I have not had a lot of shati's to compare this with, but it is damn tasty. Very interesting and complex. One of the better small batch brews Sam Adams has come out with. I wish the bitterness was left off the end, but I would grab this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 14:52:21 | More by tigg924
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear brownish amber with a thin, fizzy off-white head.

S: Very neutral on the nose with faint aromas of rye bread, juniper berry, and caramel. Really doesn't smell much like a traditional sahti.

T: Notes of rye bread, caramel, juniper berry, and minerals wash across the palate. The finish is clipped and dry with a late surge of juniper flavor.

M: Medium in body, very dry, and firm upon entry. The finish is thick and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is relatively forceful. Alcohol is very restrained.

O: There really isn't much to this ale. Compared to traditional Finnish sahtis, it is lacking in flavor and complexity. Not a great effort.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 12:45:46 | More by mrfrancis
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fluidmotion

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-04-2012 11:27:15 | More by fluidmotion
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briandaube

Delaware

4/5  rDev +13.3%

06-02-2012 22:58:41 | More by briandaube
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Brownish amber with 1 finger of fizzy head. Low carbonation and thin spotty lacing.

N: A lot of thick caramel and nougat. Fruity-grape presence and a hint of pepper.

T: Honey and grape juice are upfront with a hint of pepper. Only slightly reminiscent of juniper berries. Big malts of caramel and nougat are mid-palate along with a note of tobacco. Finishes with herbal mint, dry hay and grass.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and sticky.

O: Tastes like a Mead and a Scottish Wee Heavy had a baby. Honey sweet and caramel rich with earthy characteristics. The juniper berry flavors aren't quite there but it's interesting none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 22:25:52 | More by justintcoons
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-01-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Dogfish Head Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Label on the back says this is Batch No. 1

A: Clear beer with a reddish-brown color. Head is off-white and stands 2 fingers high, with very good retention and lace.

S: Fruits, malts and breadiness are mixed with floral and herbal hop smells, although the aromas are not very strong.

T: The taste features malty sweetness and hop bitterness for a good balance. I also get the juniper and woody qualities. The 7% ABV lends itself to some warming as well.

M: Creamy, with a moderate level of carbonation and medium body. The finish is fruity and woody; neither sweet nor dry.

O: A refreshing and unique taste. This was my first in the style and I'd like to try more.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 00:44:53 | More by sommersb
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - a vigorous pour wells up half a sten of beige head that slowly reduces to golden brown elixir with sticky, slow carbonation

S - the first note is malt, with a unusual twist, the juniper. Without knowing exactly what a juniper berry tastes like, I can pick its influence out. piney, resiny, and woodsy. The bottle blurb is not wrong.

T - I found the rye! The pine tree-osity blends with the rye quite well. The malts take up a complementary role, and perform masterfully.

M&D - thick and viscous, this flavors of this beer remains on your lips after a sip and you get another burst of flavor when you lick your lips. the viscosity lends a smoothness that makes the unique flavors of this brew easy to drink. One of the better of this unnamed Sam Adams' series.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 23:56:42 | More by sinstaineddemon
Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.