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Norse Legend Sahti | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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3.52/5
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493 Ratings
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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:
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Added by jneiswender on 01-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,312
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
493
pDev:
14.49%
Bros Score:
3.2
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 493 |  Reviews: 160
Photo of kylehay2004
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Half finger head on a very nice clear amber body.

S: candied orange, caramel malt, bubble gum, juniper and strawberry.

T: dominant notes include Brown sugar, juniper, bubble gum, rue and dark fruits.Herbal and slightly medicinal hops. Fairly complex.

M: medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: a very interesting brew with a lot going on here. I am bad at breaking down this genre which typically is complex as this beer is.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep amber color with a cream colored head on top. The smell was a little bit on the floral side with some herbs in the mix. The taste of the beer is good but really becomes interesting in the finish with the herbal notes really come out. The mouthfeel was smooth with a soft carbonation to it. Overall this beer was rather impressive. This is something I'd like to see Sam Adams do more with.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear deep garnet in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of juniper berries and spices in the nose—allspice and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit of herbal flavors along with some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink for the style but seems like the taste could use a bit more flavors of juniper berries.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hanging onto a rich Finnish tradition of dextrin-rich farmhouse ale that employs a filtration bed of juniper stems, this Samuel Adams beer is inspired by those notions but isn't handcuffed by them either. This is what results...

The beer pours with a surprisingly dark bronze color and brightly clarified- much darker and clearer than I know traditional sahti to be. But its lively carbonation releases a creamy sand-stained head that retains well, even as it slowly fades into a liquefied blanket across the glass. Broken rings of lace adorn the glass along the beer's downward drift. It's a very nice looking beer; just more Scottish ale-looking than Finnish.

Strong toffee aromas exude from the glass and carry with it pronounced notes of horehound candy and fennel seed. Berry-like juniper character is a stretch but can be pulled from the robust malt bill, if ever so slightly. Nowhere can the almost saison-character of traditional sahti be found. Instead a malt focused sweet scent carries the beer with seeming little balance.

Flavors are even more malt-dominant that even the nose suggests. Tasting nearly of English strong ales or Scottish ales- the heavy sorghum, toffee, and peanut brittle taste coats the mouth early on and never reliquishes. The slightest rebuttal comes from a slight berry-like tartness that hides underneath and is easily mistaken for fruit esters and grain character. The malty-sweet ale is heavily dependent on deeply caramelized malts and reluctantly receeds very deep in the finish to allow a grain and berry tartness to close the beers taste.

Full bodied, but because of the beer's high level of residual sweetness and not because of the protein rich heft. Sugars sit heavily on the mouth and prohibit any meaningful finish beyond a cola-like tact, toast, and rummy alcohol warmth.

But not is all lost- the Boston Beer Company is only inspired by sahti and isn't making an attempt at replicating authentic versions. But the only resemblance to me is a barely noticable juniper character.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch 1, bottled in Spring 2012. Moderately fast gusher upon opening. Pours lightly hazy red copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, juniper, raisin, wood, floral, earth, and herbal. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malt and juniper notes. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, juniper, wood, raisin, floral, earth, grass, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, floral, earth, raisin, wood, juniper, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malty flavors with the juniper notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice take on the Sahti style! Great malt complexity and balance of juniper flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass at Laseters Tavern.

Pours a deep redish-brown with a creamy looking tan head. The head has medium duration, before reducing to a ring, but leaves leaves lots of varied sticky lacing. Unexpectedly clear.

Has a rather unusual aroma that is hard to describe but does include a breads malt base. 3.75.

The taste is also unusual and hard to describe beyond noting a modestly interesting woodsy and spicy flavor, probably juniper but it also seems that there is a significant hop component.

O: my first santi, I think. Worked well with a steak sandwich.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film with a medium sized patch in the center and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Medium strength aromas of juniper, black pepper, and holiday spices (nutmeg, allspice, etc.).

T: Light flavors of caramel malts in the body with much stronger flavors of juniper and holiday spices - including notes of pepper, nutmeg, and allspice.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with medium to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink for the style (which is not filled with easy drinking beers) but not the best example. I like the combination of the spice/herbal notes but I likely would not get this one again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly with just a bit of lacing, very clear coppery cranberry red color.

Nose has a juicy malty ale, reddish malts, tons of juniper, a light pine like juniper bitter like earthy aroma, a light creamy darker malt.

Taste is creamy malty dark malts, light caramel, molasses like flavors, lots of juniper that adds light bitterness and plenty of earthy juniper flavor, but not overpowering. Med sweetness, caramely with slight hint of warning booze. Finish is drier, light lingering juniper, hint of lingering reddish malts.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, decent juniper, decent malts, not too bitter and not overpowering with juniper flavor, not not a whole lot going on.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is kind of a nose-wrinkler, but taste pretty good. The juniper berries are well in evidence, but pleasant. Handsome coppery amber in the tall Stella glass. Plenty of foam and well carbonated on the tongue. Nose is fruity and spicy like some kind of Christmas relish.

Rather sweet and fruity. It's a little on the spicy side but could use a little more edge. A delicate balance and makes you appreciate the simple resiny bitterness of good old hops. A little herbal and medicinal, but not overly bitter. This may be a cleaned-up and sweeter version of the old brew. It's hard to drink much at once, but it's intriguing.

You can't fault the way Boston makes all the elements work, and packages this with nice foam and beery substance. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in San Diego.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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Norse Legend Sahti from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 493 ratings
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