chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, I certainly had this during the White Horse on Parson Green Belgian Beer Festival, 30 August 2009 but I’m not sure whether it was a sample from a bottle that someone kindly brought along or actually at the festival (don’t see why it would have been). Very herbal. Lots of juniper. Sweet but tasty. Some late candy floss. Interesting stuff if not entirely to my taste. Didn’t really notice the tea.
marcus (7440) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy yellow with a rich off-white head and a juniper aroma. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a tea background. Sure doesn’t taste like 9% - goes down easy.
KyotoLefty (7430) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Cloudy ass orange-yellow color with lace. Big spicy nose—juniper, ginger, clove, slightly sour rye grain, sour fruits. Sweet-and-sour flavor, very fruity, eastery yeast, banana or melon, lemon. Unusual. Sweet blends well with the sourness. Sooth, full body, soft fizziness. Can’t taste the alcohol. Good, but wouldn’t want too much.
olio (7424) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle @ Hotel room, Las Vegas.
Pours hazy light orange color with small head, lots of particles. Aroma of mustard, spices, faint sour fruits, honey hints and herbs. Flavor of herbs, spices, yeast, light ripe fruits, some mustard notes and mild juniper. Odd mustardy flavor, but has some sahti elements, definitely better compared to Sam Adams Norse.
phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Root Cellar. 2010 vintage. Finally got to my sahti lineup on NYE. Pours a just barely cloudy golden color with a finger of eggshell white head that settles into a large ring. The aroma has cardamom, coriander, lemongrass, tea (not chai, though), rye, rosemary, and a big dose of juniper berries. The falvor has the same slate of spices but even more fruitiness; golden raisins, apricot, and berries. Didn’t get any chai on the nose or flavor. Light-medium bodied, with a spicy, juicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. To style? They admit it’s not. But it’s interesting and tasty nonetheless.
Ibrew2or3 (7411) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of markwise. Pours gold with brief white head. The aroma is ginger bread, fruit cake and lots of winter spice like nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice. The taste has a brief pulse of sugar sweet malts moving into notes of vanilla and sweet syrup. It gets a bit honey like into the finish as well.
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to John for bringing the 750mL, bottled in 2009. Poured hazy medium golden with a short, but well-retained cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweeter bready notes topped by a whole thick array of spices (juniper berries, chai tea, lemongrass, and coriander really come through for me).. the sweetness and spices really drone out the warmth. The flavor opened with tangy juniper and oaky notes, with lots of coriander and lemongrass not far behind.. bread and honey joined on the middle.. more lemon and coriander on the back end, along with some warmth. Medium-plus bodied and rather well carbonated on the palate.. spices were intriguing in here, but there was just a little too much sweetness. I’d gladly drink this again.
bb (7335) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a whitish head. Vanilla, spice, and tea aroma. Chai and vanilla flavor with tea, spice, and backing juniper. Medium bodied. Vanilla and tea lingers with spice and a light sweetness.
laiti (7263) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012
75 cl bottle @ hotel room, Las Vegas. Bottled in 2012
Vertical with Samuel Adams Norse Legend – Sahti
Aroma is spicy with mustard, some coriander and hints of honey. Flavour has spices, mustard, coriander, hints of juniper and spices. A bit too spicy but still refreshing. Nothing to do with Sahti, but still closer to it than Sam Adams. Perhaps a slight feeling of banana estheres in the aftertaste.
douglas88 (7177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 thanks to Jordan! Great to see you man. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. A big tea-like aroma with some fruit. The flavor is interesting: tea, apricot, phenolic banana esters, the yeast comes in big. Sharp flavors overall. Light heat. Nice.