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

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Farmhouse Ale - Sahti
3.55 | pDev: 14.65%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +29.9%
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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Stevedore from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
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
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jminor92 from Arizona

4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Jeffreysan from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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
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brother_rebus from Maine

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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
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CHickman from New York

3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Batch No. 1: Pours a hazy red amber color with a foamy 1 finger light tan head that was full of bubbles and faded about average to on the slower side, leaving OK spotty lacing and rings as it went down. The second half of the bottle pored much darker and was chestnut brown in color.

Smells of caramel, dark fruit like a cherry, sweet candy or brown sugar, malt, orange peel, toffee and light funk. There are earthy notes that smell like a twig or pine cone, but the nose is basically sweet and malty with the caramel really showing through.

Tastes like it smells, but with a lot more floral and herbal notes, almost like a blast of pine cone or Pine-Sol and dry flower petals or thyme. The flavor is sweet, but also earthy and slightly bitter like dry hops and spruce tips were floating in the brew. An odd mix of caramel, dark fruit, candy sugar, malt, orange peel, yeast funk, sour apple, pine cone, tree bark and herbs; I assume the Juniper berry tastes like the smell, so I guess that is noticeable having never tasted a Juniper berry. Seems like a traditional Scottish beer with the heavy pine cone and spruce earthy notes which took away from the initial sweetness.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick, with a sugary sweetness that gives way to an herbal earthy dryness, with very mild and almost flat carbonation. Too strange to drink as a session beer, it is a nice nostalgic experiment that hides the ABV well but just doesn’t taste very good.

Sahti is a style I don’t know much about, but if this is a good representation then I may avoid it as I’d much rather be drinking a stout or IPA. The Vikings may have enjoyed it, but with the current craft beer movement I’d rather spend my time on better styles.

Jun 21, 2014
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vicg12 from New York

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Me and my friend were required to brew a Sahti for a home brew competition we were entering, so we saw this on the shelf and decided to give it a try. I must say I was pleasantly surprised as I thought this beer was going to be awful. It pours in a dark gold murky color that is somewhere in between good and ugly. I really did not like the smell it was funky as hell. Medium-low head which is actually too much head for this style which is supposed to be served flat. Taste was of malty juniper with maybe a little spice from some rye grain. It was surprisingly refreshing and left a clean feeling in your mouth. This beer goes down super easy for something with a 7% ABV. There are some subtle hops detected, i think a noble verity, which I enjoyed and obviously increased the shelf life but again traditionally there is supposed to be no hops and the beer drank within a month after it is brewed, but I realize that would be a money losing endeavor for anywhere outside Finland. Also I think the flavor got better as the beer warmed. Give this beer a try it is totally different and pretty good.

Jun 15, 2014
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TempeBeerMan from Arizona

3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Umm...whoa. Pours a downright murky copper color with a TON of sediment. Seriously, my glass looks like a snow globe. Man, I hope this is normal for this style. Two-finger eggshell colored head. Really good ringlets of lacing.

S - Very mild aroma. What is there is mostly a mineral/salty smell, with a hint of juniper. Faint toffee/caramel odor lurking underneath.

T - Toffee and caramel in the nose come forward big time in the taste, making for a pleasant sweetness. Hints of banana, mixed berry, yellow raisin, and crème brulee. Slight toasted woodiness (oak?) in the mid-palate. Juniper lightly present throughout but never overbearing. (I've had winter beers with much more) Overall this is pretty darn tasty.

M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Finishes very "wet".

O - Certainly an odd duck of a beer, but I liked it. I'm not sure if I will be buying it again, but I am really glad I tried/reviewed it.

Dec 11, 2013
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy brown amber color with a 1.5 finger tan colored head. The head fades very rapidly at first, but persists once it fades to a about a half of a finger. Upon fading it leaves a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass, with the thin film of foam on the top eventually fading to leave some patchy foam islands.

Smell – The aroma is of a more sour nature overall with a big dose of juniper. The sour smells are also a mix of sour berry and some lemon citrus with other aromas of some herb and a bit of wood mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins with a good brown bready flavor with tons of oak wood and juniper flavor complimenting the bready flavor. More and more herbal flavor comes to the tongue as the taste moves on with a bit of a more boozy gin like flavor coming to the tongue more toward the middle to the end. Along with these flavors so too comes some more sweet flavors of a milk chocolate and light fruit flavor (odd combination, but it sorta works in this one). In the end, the sweet flavors mixed with the juniper and gin flavors of the brew, as well as the wood and alcohol tastes, leaves a nice warming oaky, herbal gin taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very creamy and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly lower side. The chewy body and thickness are rather nice for the woody flavors of the brew with it also allowing all the herbal and boozy gin flavors to really be sensed.

Overall – This is a tasty mix consisting of a sorta amber ale and oaky gin boozy brew that really warms you even while only at 7 % abv. A very interesting and rather enjoyable brew.

Oct 07, 2013
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rx-beer from Puerto Rico

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, golden copper, quite turbid, and heavy on the sediment. Pours an inch of cream head that fades to a fine ribbon. Heavy carbonation and thin sheets of lacing.

S - A very sweet malty aroma with some caramel and a bit of alcohol.

T - Balance between mild sweetness and a light fruit tartness. Maple syrup? As the beer warms, just a hint of hops comes to the tongue. Finishes with a nice burnt caramel flavor.

M - Medium-to-light body with a light tartness and a dry finish.

O - Interesting brew. Taste is somewhat reminiscent of Utopias. Wouldn't have this one frequently, but nonetheless would have it again.

Sep 28, 2013
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Aug 14, 2013
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maxcoinage from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Jul 21, 2013
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Jul 15, 2013
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.67/5  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.

Jul 01, 2013
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drinking12many from West Virginia

3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm my first try of this style. It may had been better if I was not in a hotel, with a mostly frozen bottle which foamed heavily on opening. Such is life your not always home when you taste a beer.

It was my first try of the Sahti style and I really did not know what to expect. It is definitely earthy with the citrus and fruity taste they mention on the bottle. I having nothing to compare it to of this style have to say its pretty good in how I would expect something based on juniper to taste Tastes a bit like some of the Imperial stouts I have had.

A bit of woody taste a bit earthy a bit of bite at the end from the citrus and maybe a bit of frozen alcohol since it was frozen. From what I can tell it seems pretty good and I would try it again but maybe next time with one that does not explode in a bath of foam all over the table and computer nearby then I may be able to more faithfully review it...overall glad I bought and tried it and would try again.

Jun 09, 2013
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear dark copper with a finger of light tan head that fades into a sudsy ring with a little lacing

S: it's difficult to pick out individual aromas in this beer. I get caramel malts and vanilla, Belgian candy sugar, a little lavender, some crystallized ginger and pineapple, and sweet breads.

T: similar to the aroma, it's difficult to pin down the exact flavors I'm tasting. There are Belgian-like spices, caramel malts, vanilla, candy sugar, bread, some sweet floral flavors, and a little ginger.

M: medium-light body with lowish, soda-like carbonation. It feels just a little watery.

O: an interesting and solid beer overall. Sahtis are hardly my specialty, so it's difficult to compare it to other examples of the style, but it was an enjoyable beer overall.

Jun 04, 2013
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Purp1eOne from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice rich red/amber color with a nice head

S - Citrusy herbal berry, very nice and pleasing aroma

T - This beer has a nice smooth flavor thats a little bitter but has a nice fruity kick to it.

M - This beer is carbonated well and has good body.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer and will have to include this in the rotation.

May 29, 2013
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vickersspitfire from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The first thing that hits you as you pour it out is the sharp aroma of brandy, strong and sweet with plenty of fruit undertones. Raisins and light breads smells also come through and there is that slight definitive smell of alcohol. It pours out a dark murky brown color and is topped off with a thin head that quickly forms a small ring around the glass. The lacing is thin but very covers every inch of the glass. It taste is rather surprising, it’s light and tart, very refreshing; it bitter around the edges of the mouth and you can pick up some woody flavors, mild berries. This is a very refreshing find and I’ll definitely be buying this one again.

May 20, 2013
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opens with a huge crack and bubbles immediately try to escape, luckily my cat like reflexes got the bottle top into the glass before any product was wasted. Deep clear reddish brown with a huge off white head that takes forever to recede. The aroma is spicy, no shit huh? It doesn't strike me as much different from a Belgian strong dark honestly. Dark caramelized and brown sugars with some dark fruit and a virtual spice rack of aromas that range from nutmeg to coriander to mint. Juniper berries perhaps? The flavor is rich and malty with lots of dark sugary flavor. There's an earthy spicy woody component in there that I can only assume comes from juniper somehow. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light syrups mouthfeel. Not a bad brew, but honestly not my cup of tea.

Apr 27, 2013
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jmendels from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect beer for an evening in Skyrim. It struck my fancy when I happened upon it at my favorite beer shop, and so I bought it. I had never tasted a Sahti before, but I was certainly intrigued by the historical relevance of such a brew.

It pours a rather dark red, with a darker head. It smells earthy and herbal, though you can pick up notes of toffee and roasted malts. The flavor proceeds from the smell rather well, balancing the earthy juniper flavors with the roasted and toffee malt characteristics.

This is a rather enjoyable beer and is rather enjoyable in the winter. If you're a dark beer lover or Samuel Adams fan, give this one a shot. You won't be disappointed.

Mar 30, 2013
Samuel Adams Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 494 ratings