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Norse Legend Sahti | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

Style: Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jneiswender on 01-17-2012

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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

This is a chestnut colored brew...slight head. Wood, malt and citrus are present in the aroma. I'm not sure that I discerned juniper, but it does have a resin character. The taste has some toasted malt character and a solid bitterness. Wood and resin in the finish. Not overly hoppy. Full mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste. Nice.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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

22 ounce bottle, Batch #1. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head stays around a while, and there's a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, it smells like berries, caramel, bready malt, sweet spices, and some tea and herbs. It tastes like caramel and bready malt, slightly bitter herbs, toffee, berries, and a bit of apple. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit thick and chewy and has moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, it's worth a try.

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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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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Batch No. 1:

This is my first Sahti ever, so like every new style I try I always add my usual disclaimer "I probably won't know what I'm talking about just in case anyone reads this."

Into a pint glass:

A: dark red/brown body that gives an awesome foamy white one finger head. Some ringy lacing is left here and there.

S: seems a bit complicated (wishing I bought another one to age and possibly see if any other smells develop). However, I do smell some honey and malty citrus aspects going on. As the beer warms, there is some syrupy/molassess thing going on - pretty good.

T: about the same smells combined very nicely in the taste. I do notice the juniperberries as the beer warms. There's a slight weird resemblance to a scotch ale.

M: medium with some sharpness coming through here and there, but nothing bothersome. The alcohol is well hidden and makes the beer fairly drinkable.

O: ok, so I like this beer (good appearance, good smells, decent taste and a pretty good mouthfeel) but I have nothing to judge it on. I'm pretty sure I'd have it again, but probably next time I'd buy two of them just so I can age one and taste one fairly immediately. In the meantime, I'm most likely going to seek out some other Sahtis just to compare.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Norse Legend, on tap at Ye Olde Cock n' Bull in Toledo, comes in the mug with little head to speak of but a layer of foam. The beer itself is a heavy (but not thick) red-brown. Lacing is left only in spotting, a bit light but consistent enough.
This is actually a pretty tough style to judge. I had no idea what it was going in, but I figured I'd give a solid brewery a try at something new. Smelling and tasting it, I thought it most reminiscent of a lighter sort of Scotch ale (read: not Wee Heavy). I get a moderate sweetness behind some light roasty notes and something peaty with a hint of fruits and vague spicing not of the peppery but kitchen variety. The nose is tougher because is was light, almost indistinct.
The flavor, I thought, worked it out well. It was stronger than the nose and offered a bit more in terms of complexity, and light notes of smoke and wood along with a dark, barley-like grains note eked their way out as well.
The feel, particularly reading the style profile was too light and thin, even a bit nondescript in the depth. It had enough to keep it going but wasn't particularly interesting.
Overall this is an interesting beer in a style unusual to the day. BBC does a respectable job here.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a dismal head and has reduced pretty much to nothing. It is a tradtional amber crimson red color with good clarity some bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel and bready malts, tea and herbal like aroma, and fruitiness from the juniper berries.

Taste: Herbal and tea flavors are up front with some maltiness, creaminess, and bitterness in the end. You also get some pine and/or spruce flavors in the rear.

Mouthfeel: smooth, low carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, very herbal, and not bad to drink.

Overall: Not too familiar with the sahti style, but this one is alright in my books. It could seem to me a little cleaner and maltier. Still a good brew though.

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3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in color with an off-white head. The nose is herbal with lots of spruce, a touch of juniper, and maybe some pine. A nice fruitiness of apples and berries, but there is a definite rubber and metal aroma that is off-putting. Light notes of smoke on the palate with the same herbal character. Light malt sweetness, hints of fruit, and only a minimal juniper flavor. The metal and rubber is also pronounced, which is what really ruins the beer.

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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a one finger rocky head that dissipates to a fine lacing on the tome of the beer. A steady stream of small bubbles can be see rising from the bottom.

S: A pleasant aroma of juniper is present with some spices present as well. A bit malty as well.

T: Definitely malty in the taste with some light earthy fruitiness. Some spice and juniper is present in the taste as well.

M: Medium body with a light amount of carbonation. The beer definitely feels a little on the 'thicker' side of beers.

O: Overall, an enjoyable beer for sure. The juniper clearly add some interesting and enjoyable features to the beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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