Norse Legend Sahti | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Norse Legend SahtiNorse Legend Sahti

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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Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep burgundy brown with frothy head that retreats into ample lacing - I believe a traditional sahti has such a color

S: malts and herb - predictably, the juniper, and maybe some woodsy notes

T: makes me think of a barleywine with the sweetness replaced by an herbal, earthy flavor - aspects of it are medicinal, with some flavors I associate with yeast and hops, but darker and with a nice bitterness

M: medium body, nice carbonation, teensy bit of astringency, but it suits the herbal nature of the brew

O: look, I've only tried 2 sahtis - this one and Dogfish Head's, and both admittedly took some liberties with the traditional formulation - I really liked the bright, light craft of the DFH Sah'tea, and was ready for this to fall short, but it doesn't - it's clearly just a darker take on the same idea, and not-for-nothing, I think this may be more representative of a traditional sahti. I would definitely buy this again, and would love to do a side-by-side.

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: June 7th 2012

Glassware: tulip

Appearance: very deep amber with a clingy, sudsy white head.

Smell: some sweetness and bread-like aromas...very mild reminded me of the outdoors....

Taste: A completely unusual taste [unique to me] very woodsy/earthy; also like baked bread or maybe wood-fired pizza crust with a little sweetness... Hard to explain, as is evident, but very interesting. Seemingly no hops which fits with the style. While I would not say the taste is complex, it is deep..

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied; low carbonation and a kinda sticky afterfeel.

Overall: so intriguing... Nothing to compare to. This feels and tastes like something other than beer [although it looks like beer]. My first of this style... Definitely worth a try, I love it for its unusualness and earthy/outdoors taste and feel.

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Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of 11millsown113
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Zachb4au
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of stevec32
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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 jmathis
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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

First stab at this style and yes I had avoided DFH's. Had this at Peles in Jax, FL on draft. Poured nice and dark with fliffy head. seems of bitter berries and wood dominate. It also has that elderberry type of flavors. Hop profile is low which is great so you can taste the earth and berry flavors. nice job SA for introducing me to this style.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of bluerabbit
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, red/brown in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: wood, berries, and light caramel--very pleasant but not overpowering

Taste: wood, earth, and berries dominate, there is a touch of grassy hops at the end and a taste of lavender throughout.

Mouthfeel: sweet start and body with slight bitterness towards the end--the taste lingers quite a bit, high carbonation, light body

Overall: I admit I have not had a lot of shati's to compare this with, but it is damn tasty. Very interesting and complex. One of the better small batch brews Sam Adams has come out with. I wish the bitterness was left off the end, but I would grab this again.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear brownish amber with a thin, fizzy off-white head.

S: Very neutral on the nose with faint aromas of rye bread, juniper berry, and caramel. Really doesn't smell much like a traditional sahti.

T: Notes of rye bread, caramel, juniper berry, and minerals wash across the palate. The finish is clipped and dry with a late surge of juniper flavor.

M: Medium in body, very dry, and firm upon entry. The finish is thick and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is relatively forceful. Alcohol is very restrained.

O: There really isn't much to this ale. Compared to traditional Finnish sahtis, it is lacking in flavor and complexity. Not a great effort.

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Photo of fluidmotion
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Brownish amber with 1 finger of fizzy head. Low carbonation and thin spotty lacing.

N: A lot of thick caramel and nougat. Fruity-grape presence and a hint of pepper.

T: Honey and grape juice are upfront with a hint of pepper. Only slightly reminiscent of juniper berries. Big malts of caramel and nougat are mid-palate along with a note of tobacco. Finishes with herbal mint, dry hay and grass.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and sticky.

O: Tastes like a Mead and a Scottish Wee Heavy had a baby. Honey sweet and caramel rich with earthy characteristics. The juniper berry flavors aren't quite there but it's interesting none-the-less.

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Photo of sommersb
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-01-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Dogfish Head Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Label on the back says this is Batch No. 1

A: Clear beer with a reddish-brown color. Head is off-white and stands 2 fingers high, with very good retention and lace.

S: Fruits, malts and breadiness are mixed with floral and herbal hop smells, although the aromas are not very strong.

T: The taste features malty sweetness and hop bitterness for a good balance. I also get the juniper and woody qualities. The 7% ABV lends itself to some warming as well.

M: Creamy, with a moderate level of carbonation and medium body. The finish is fruity and woody; neither sweet nor dry.

O: A refreshing and unique taste. This was my first in the style and I'd like to try more.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - a vigorous pour wells up half a sten of beige head that slowly reduces to golden brown elixir with sticky, slow carbonation

S - the first note is malt, with a unusual twist, the juniper. Without knowing exactly what a juniper berry tastes like, I can pick its influence out. piney, resiny, and woodsy. The bottle blurb is not wrong.

T - I found the rye! The pine tree-osity blends with the rye quite well. The malts take up a complementary role, and perform masterfully.

M&D - thick and viscous, this flavors of this beer remains on your lips after a sip and you get another burst of flavor when you lick your lips. the viscosity lends a smoothness that makes the unique flavors of this brew easy to drink. One of the better of this unnamed Sam Adams' series.

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

Samuel Adams Norse Legend has a thick, beige head, good lacing, and a clear, amber appearance. The aroma is subdued, but one can detect, with a deep inhalation, some sweetness, malts, and fruit. Taste is of medium-roasted barley malt, spice, and an odd fruitiness. Some black pepper also? It has a medium and slick mouthfeel, and Samuel Adams Norse Legend finishes pretty easy drinking and not too cloying. But, one will get an alcohol undertaste. Overall, I think it’s very good.


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Photo of robinsmv
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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

Bomber poured into a snifter glass
My first Sahti experience

A- Pours clear dark amber orange with a tiny half finger head that dissipated quickly. Looks like an amber ale.

S- I get a big cinnamon and ginger up front that immediately reminds me of some christmas ales I have had in the past. A fruitiness like blueberries or raspberries (probaby juniper).

T- Big cinnamon, ginger and pepper up front. Followed by a malty, sugary fruity sweetness. A light breaddy, caramel maltiness that balances out well with the spices. The berry qualities are dominant on the nose but no so much in the taste but they are still there.

M- This beer is rather easy to drink, my glass was empty before I knew it. It leaves a spiciness in the mouth and a light fruity aftertaste. Sticky after feel.

O- I enjoyed this beer, I dont feel like there is a whole lot that you can do with this style but I feel like Sam Adams did it well. If anything, this is worth trying just to try out a Sahti.

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Photo of Maximusmaximus
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer speaks to my Norse heritage.

Brewed with and fermented on juniper twigs and berries? Intersesting. A traditional Scandinavian beer? Cool. The oldest continuously brewed style? Awesome. Traditionally made by women and boasting a 7.00 ABV. Righteous!

Pours a strong, dark amber color into a stemmed glass with a massive billowing head that lasts and lasts leaving wonderful cream-colored lacing.

Aromas? Wow, interesting and complex blend of sweet caramel, grass, apricot, alcohol, yankee candle, earth, wind and fire. I'm looking for the juniper but not finding it and don't really care. this thing smells like Valhalla.

Taste....begins with a swell sweetness and finishes with a nice tart punch. Caramel and toast, more grass and apricot, definitely a yankee candle thing going on.

This beer is smooth and foamy and full. Nothing thin or watery, rather a strikingly velvety delivery of wonderfu, northern winter flavors. As it warms up the juniper comes out!

It's summer and this thing is making me think it's Christmas. Is this Christmas? Who cares? God Jul! Skol!

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Mug.

Appearance: Clear rich amber with thin head.

Smell: Toffee, sickly fruit, juniper. Odd and fairly faint aroma.

Taste: Juniper, tree bark, toffee. Somewhat bready and spicy. Herbal finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is somewhat lager-like.

Overall: This is just odd. I like the taste, but the aroma is a little out of whack. Also, while I have never had a truly traditional Sahti, I am sure this is not it. Shouldn't a Sahti be turgid with some wild yeast characteristics? This just seems like a stronger Amber Ale with some juniper and rye.

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Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of JustinQ
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 2 oz poured into English pub Glass

Appearence: Deep Amber, Red, Low co2 but nice head. Looks rustic

Aroma: Faint Juniper, Faint Malt, No hops, Very light aroma all around

Taste: Juniper up front as well as in the back of the palette, no hops, no off flavors, very earthy and woodsy

Mouthfeel: Slick and then it dries, Nice on a hot day

Overall: I like it alot, It is the best Sahti I have tasted however I am not sure about how authentic they did it. I Know they did not strain hrough juniper and I have not read anything about usinghot rocks.? Otherwise great beer

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