Samuel Adams Norse Legend Sahti
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
3.52 | pDev: 14.77%
Sep 03, 2018
Jan 17, 2012
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
For the second part of New Samuel Adams Beer Sunday, It's Gonna Be a Long Trail (Week 706), I am delving into the depths. This was one that I hunted down & then set aside, forgotten until today. Kenny Longshore was a fellow plankowner & shipmate aboard the USS Normandy (CG-60) as well as a fellow member of the SDBG. We attended the 25-year reunion in Norfolk, VA in 2014 & upon returning to his home in Whidbey Island, WA, he laid down for a nap & never awoke. I went back to Norfolk to assist in scattering his ashes at sea from the fantail of the Normandy & his widow was telling me about how much he enjoyed following my exploits. When I returned home, his ghost was awaiting me, perched atop a box of beer near my kitchen door & he is a regular visitor when I am drinking at home. We are joined by other fallen shipmates & even my late Pops on occasion, but Kenny is a regular. He kept pointing down towards the box upon which he was perched & it suddenly dawned on me.

From the Bottle: "Enjoy it now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors"; "Ale brewed with Juniper Berries and aged on Juniper Berries"; "Fresh, Bold & Lively"; "Legend has it that barrels of this ancient brew were found on Viking ships. This Nordic ale took root in Finland becoming one of the oldest continually brewed styles. Deep amber in color, this rugged brew's distinctive aroma and flavor comes from aging on a bed of juniper berries. The herbal, woodsy, and ripe citrus character of the juniper enlivens a sturdy and smooth malt backbone for a fresh and flavorful brew."; "At Samuel Adams we love experimenting. This series of limited edition brews represents some of our favorite small batch creations."

I was again hesitant in Pop!ping the cap on an ancient bottle like this, but once more, nothing untoward occurred. I began a slow, gentle C-line pour into my largest S.A. glass & the notched bottom caused wondrous nucleation. This formed just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with very good retention that left wondrous lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a woody, piney, resinous quality & my mouth was watering as a result! It kind of smelled like Christmas with a Blue Fir or Douglas Fir-like pine tip quality. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was very bready, like dark Brown Bread rising as it proofed, with a woody, piney resinousness that was akin to a Spruce Ale (& why isn't that a style?). I loved the way that its time in the bottle had allowed it to smooth out and mellow. It had a very pleasant mintiness that I am sure was much sharper when it was newly bottled. Spending time with it (& I did, given the bottle's size) allowed it to warm and it took on a surprising light tartness. Surprising until I re-read the Style entry. I suppose that given the open-air nature of its traditional brewing process & the use of untreated wood, it should have occurred to me, but it didn't. It began to take on a lemony tang, but this only served to enhance its inherent mintiness. Fin(n)ish was semi-dry, definitely not sweet, but not totally dry, either. At long last, it hit me - Stollen Bread! Or at least, Stollen Bread as it was being prepared, not yet baked since the breadiness was more doughy than baked. Dang, but this was a revelation!
Sep 03, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by SargeC from California

Aug 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a mug (for the style), the appearance was a stiff amber color to it and a rim of a white foamy head that slid off at a decent pace. Messy lace.
The aroma had nice blend of stiff malts, light cherry, some sweet spruce/juniper glossiness and some earthiness.
The flavor was the blend of the prior mentioned aromas - some sweetness popping over some bready and earthiness. Sly tart little aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt low and fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nice stab at a style that isn't usually found in the US. Good job, SA!
Jun 12, 2017
Rated: 3.76 by The_Epopt from Texas

Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 3 by fosters9 from New York

Jan 20, 2017
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle to pint glass.
AROMA: Black Cherry, Mold, Mildew; Juniper/Gin aroma is there but faint.
LOOK: Color is medium reddish brown.
TASTE: Flavors are those from the aroma, plus a smokey peat flavor, and maybe something that resembles Cola.
FEEL: A bit flat, lacking life. While I'm not always a fan of Sam Adams, their limited edition brews are for the most part pretty good. This is no exception

Oct 22, 2016
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I was so glad to see that Sam Adams did a special re-release of this Small Batch Beer. Poured in a traditional stein glass, very small head of foam. Very minimal lacing with a beautiful deep Amber color. The smell is fantastic as well, fruity but bitter, with distinct woodsy notes to balance this unique smell. The feel is different than the smell would suggest, being thinner and more carbonated, more like a German Hefeweizen. The taste has similarity to the smell , however with apparent citrusy notes and an interesting note of pine but without the hoppiness (as this style does not include hops in the brewing process). Overall I held no expectations for this beer only because I am completely new to the style. I definitely enjoyed the unique experience, and would recommend this small batch to anyone who can get their hands on it. Also do some research on this primitive Beer style, very interesting read!
Sep 13, 2016
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a darker ruby-brown body, one finger white head, thick collar, good retention and bits of lacing. Smells of nutty brown malt, toffee, juniper, touch of lemon, mild herbal spiciness. It's interesting to say the least. Flavour works pretty well, with a nice brown malt nuttiness, a bit of caramel and toffee sweetness, balanced out a bit by a slight herbal bitterness and a fair amount of juniper. This is a very different beer, but in some ways it is sort of like a brown ale with adjuncts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, a bit slick and sticky on the finish.
Jun 20, 2016
Rated: 4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

May 05, 2016
Rated: 3.36 by budgood1 from Minnesota

Mar 25, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by Laplander from New Hampshire

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 2.8 by robear from Wisconsin

Feb 23, 2016
Rated: 3.43 by Raime from Korea (North)

Jan 27, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Zylod from West Virginia

Jan 02, 2016
Rated: 3.3 by VirginiaBeerMan from Virginia

Aug 28, 2015
Rated: 2.88 by jmryan8 from Louisiana

Aug 02, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by blasass from Kansas

Jul 20, 2015
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Rated by AlaskanYoung from Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Says review optional. It is not
Jun 18, 2015
Rated: 3.32 by SCW from New York

May 31, 2015
Rated: 3.29 by Skunkdrool from California

May 26, 2015
Rated: 3.81 by chrisjws from California

May 22, 2015
Rated: 3.4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

May 08, 2015
Rated: 2.84 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

Mar 06, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Mar 03, 2015
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Reviewed by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit, spices and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit, brown sugar and mild spices. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is strong for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is herbal and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you want something slightly different.
Feb 28, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by nathanmiller from New York

Feb 11, 2015
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Reviewed by jminor92 from Arizona

4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Medium-thick body, Dark, mostly opaque, copper/amber with a lace of off white head. Aroma is of of roasted malt with hints of fruit and toffee . Taste is malt and tart to start fading to a malty coffee like after taste. Very thick with little carbonation it drinks smooth but leaves a thick chewy feel. Taste strengthens greatly as it warms, best at around 60- 65* as it get overwhelming as it continues to warm.
Feb 04, 2015
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep amber color wit a small creamy white head that reduces to a ring around the glass, short lasting lace lace left behind

S- lots of sweet malty aromas with an emphasis on caramel/toffee, brown bread and raisin. Slight medicinal juniper tartness comes through

T- sweet, malty and grainy up front with some raisins and bread. The juniper definitely comes through, providing a berry-like tartness with some medicinal/herbal notes, grainy finish with more malty sweetness

M- thick and viscous body with moderate prickly carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel and a chewy heavy finish

O- this drinks like a juniper-infused scotch ale, quite interesting
Jan 30, 2015
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Reviewed by Jeffreysan from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, deep, dark mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and a full finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Rich aromas of toasted malt, dried stone fruit, like raisins, apricots, prunes, as well as aromas of honey and dark molasses.

Taste: Interesting flavors of dried stone fruit up front, such as prunes, dates, figs and raisins, followed by strong notes of molasses and brown sugar-like sweetness. The beer finishes with a touch of herbaceous bitterness at the finish. Not quite hoppy, but herbaceous.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth as there is very little, but a touch, of carbonation. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: A very tasty beer. I really like the flavors of dried stone fruit and molasses and brown sugar-like sweetness. The herbaceous bitterness as the finish provides a very interesting counterpoint as well.
Jan 26, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by Inglewood from Illinois

Jan 25, 2015
Rated: 3.06 by misternebbie from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2015
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Reviewed by brother_rebus from Maine

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Very noticeable hints of juniper. Full body. Medium-dark color. A bit of a boozy after-breath. Delicious beer though. Ive found its best consumed @ > 50 degrees F.
Dec 19, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by wrightst from Maryland

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 3 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 3.65 by kplooki from Illinois

Dec 03, 2014
Rated: 3 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Oct 29, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by spycow from Illinois

Oct 26, 2014
Rated: 3.81 by zp6167a from District of Columbia

Oct 10, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Smileitsfreetobehappy from Alaska

Sep 28, 2014
Samuel Adams Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 494 ratings