Norse Legend Sahti | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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493 Ratings
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Norse Legend SahtiNorse Legend Sahti
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jneiswender on 01-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
493
Reviews:
160
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.61%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -71.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Deep amber color with a thin head. Brilliant clarity. Nose is pretty subdued. Some herbal presence, touch of caramel. Juniper is noticeable on the nose. Lots of medicinal notes on the nose as well. Smells like pepto bismal a bit underneath it all.

Has a tea like quality to it. Medium in body. Flavors are faint and subdued. Certain watery aspect to the body at certain points, specifically the sides and tip of the tongue. Touches of caramel on the sides of the tongue. Honey and juniper throughout. Slightly spicy finish. Interesting and unique flavors, again very tea-like but also again too subtle, close to being overly bland. The flavors are dumbed down and almost water like at points.

The finish on this beer lasts a while, it's not good or bad, just not sure what to do with it. It doesn't make me want another sip, but it doesn't make me want food either.

After tasting Dogfish head's Sahti, Norse legend just seems like an attempt at creating another style to flood the market place with. Flavors aren't there and neither is the merit. At it's best it's drinkable with some flavor for 7% ABV

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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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2.19/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From undated bomber but states Batch #1.

Aroma is sweet musky flowers. Pours deep coppery red with a thin non-lasting off white head.
Taste is like a sour version of an Irish red ale, actually very off putting! I was expecting something more Gin-like . This tastes like it WAS dredged up from a thousand year old Viking ship! Caveat to the reader, I never drank a Sahti before so I may not be the best guide to this brew! (But this brew makes me sure not to drink one again!).

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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of jneiswender
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer as a sample at the Boston Brewery as part of the tour. Served on tap in a sample glass cool.

Beer had slight ring of a head and an amber body. Minty smell not strong resin. Taste was very sweet. slight mouthwash flavor. But the sweetness really pervades this beer. Little carbonation. I can't say I am a real big fan of this beer. I have not had very many authentic examples of this style but it really doesn't taste anything like I think it would. Not very piney at all.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

S: Rich caramel, and odd "homebrew" smell, very caramel tasting, juniper is surprisingly restrained, not much "gin" like flavors.

L: Crystal clear amber-orange, off-white head that dissipates

T: Rich caramel in the taste with some light juniper botanicals. Medium low bitterness with a mild herbal bitterness in the back of the throat. Juniper is very restrained.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation.

Good effort, but the flavors just don't work personally. Glad i got to try it though.

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2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

A gose, a gingerbread stout, a sahti...dammit, Sam Adams needs to brew us up a kvass soon... Anyway, this "sahti" (quotation marks explained below) pours a clear amber-copper topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises a spruce-tip sandwich, all white bread, with only a leaf or two of lettuce separating the other ingredients. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the spruce is in resin form as well, the bread is slightly drier, the lettuce is straight iceberg, and what seems like a bunch of juniper berries finds its way in there for good (?) measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, this doesn't come off so much as a sahti to me, rather a spruce-flavored amber ale or something. Either way, it ain't that great...

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Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.56 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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