Norse Legend Sahti | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Norse Legend SahtiNorse Legend Sahti
BA SCORE
3.52/5
493 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#39,889
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 Treyliff
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

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Photo of Jeffreysan
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.

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Photo of Inglewood
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of misternebbie
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brother_rebus
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of zp6167a
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%

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1/5  rDev -71.6%

Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of HunterGoforth
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JamesS
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of CHickman
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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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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