Norse Legend Sahti - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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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
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
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
3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.
A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brownish head. Settles slowly. Leaves a thick foam blanket. Persistent beer ring lacing.
S: Caramel, raisin, and maple syrup.
T: Earthy and peaty malt, raisin, licorice, tea leaf, molasses, and a distinct flavor of whiskey.
M: Syrupy body. Sweet in the front with a bitter, lingering finish. Liquor feel is pervasive despite not really being a high alcohol brew.
D: Sip and savor.
Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice foamy head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is sweet characteristics only with very little malt or grain. Earthy with sweet raisin, bitter licorice and a noteworthy whiskey flavor. Syrupy and thick. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2013 23:12:18 | More by bmwats
Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.