douglas88 (6793) - 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.
swoopjones (6629) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Coles DFH weekend. light yellow/orange pour. Orange, coriander, hefeweizen like aroma. Taste is coriander, hefe features, lemon tartness, spicy. Orange tasting finish. Fuller mouthfeel. Pretty good
blipp (6615) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours hazy gold with a thin head. Spicy aroma, with tea, anise, pumpkin spice, and some fruityness. The flavor has a honey sweet/fruity base, with a spice rack or two thrown in. A touch of anise, nutmeg, tea, and way more it seems. Quite pleasant and easy to drink.
drowland (6591) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a surprisingly light orange-yellow (I guess I wasn’t expecting this for some reason) with a small, loose white and bubbly soda-pop head that disappears immediately. The aroma reminds me of quality pumpkin beers - big nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla, but with obvious chai characteristics of tea, cream, and the above-mentioned aromas. It’d be perfect except I also get a note of fresh cooked corned-beef that takes away a bit (this could be because my roommate makes fresh real corned beef with juniper berries). Most of this doesn’t come through on the flavor. The flavor is sweet malts with a lot of nutmeg and a touch of alcohol, and the exhale is a mixture of spices. The mouthfeel is medium with high almost burning carbonation.
Radek Kliber (6586) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750 ml
Aroma soft fresh , pleasant nose, gentle compilation. Mild alcohol hint , juniper berry. 8-
Appearance hazed amber with large foamy white top. Good lace created.
Flavor and Palate : medium full bodied, soft textured. malty bottom, touch of alcohol. Clean bitterness sitting on walls. Alcohol well hidden. Neat brew.
alexsdad06 (6549) - Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy lighter amber/dark golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is an interesting herbal spicy blend that shows the influence of the Indian black tea. Hints of yeast and doughy malts. The flavor has the yeast, banana and doughy malt of a hefe blended with some juniper, spices, herbal notes and hints of citrus. Medium-full bodied with a smooth feel. We had this along side a traditional Sahti and found this to be an interesting spin on the style. Well worth the try.
slowrunner77 (6546) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"9% abv (not 6) so there is a kick. hazy tan-orange color. aroma is wonderful*. it’s been chilly here for the last few days and this would fit perfect as a late fall or winter seasonal. one taster said it smells like Christmas. The * is that wonderful in this sense is a well blended chai tea. if you’re a sucker for chai tea like me, you’ll love this beer. if not, there’s really no reason to drink a chai tea beer! body is full and feel is pretty smooth. flavor is great...black tea, spices, juniper, malt, yeast. very very good with a lasting impression. i wish this were more easily available."
Ernest (6540) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially very small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing.
Body is hazy dark yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, orange and lime peel, chamomile, ginger.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
A spice bomb to be sure, but the combo is admittedly quite pleasant (and complex). I wish the "beer character" would shine through the heavy spicing more, but as I say, it’s far from a one trick pony in that department. Looks like cloudy soda pop thanks to a brief fizzy head. But the main thing keeping this from a higher score is that it’s too unrelentingly syrupy-sweet to drink more than a few ounces of (unless you have a serious sweet tooth I guess). Not a surprise for this brewery in the latter case, as a large number of their products have that fault...Sam must be quite a sugar nut!
laiti (6496) - 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.
larsga (6496) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hardly any head. Coppery body made hazy by a whole fleet of floaties. Sugary chai (ie: cinnamon, cardamom, and other spices) aroma with pumpkin spice notes. Dry-sweet cinnamon cardamom and herbs taste with mealy sugary notes. Mid-bodied. Mild mouthfeel. Dryish herbal mineraly honey aftertaste with spicy licorice notes. Nice, but too dense and artificial. (0.75l bottle shared by gr0ve.)