SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a deep golden in color with tinges of orange throughout with a thin white head. Aromas were spicy along with orange, yeast and candi sugar. In the mouth it is medium-bodied and smooth with good richness yet remaining fresh.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I didnt know what to think when i saw this on tap. I probably would not have gotten it had i known, but im glad i tried it. Not alot of juniper, but for me any amount is too much. Never been a fan in any use of it. Very dry and spicy, this was weird but not to the point of undrinkable.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tone of thanks to StFun for this amazingly generous gift. This was one of my most wanted beers to try for years. Pours orange with a thin white hilm. Smells of bananas, cloves, fresh juniper, vanilla. Tastes of juniper, spruce, touches of vanilla and spice. Grassy, earthy finish. Good, but lacking the subtle hint of tartness I’ve grown accustomed to. The best American example of sahti continues to be Shenandoah Millennium.
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Clybourn brewpub. Pours a dark, golden color with minimal white head. Aroma was of malt, lemon, yeast, spice, and rye. Taste was much of the same, with some very nice earthy flavors and a lot more honey. A very sweet start, with a dry malt and rye taste underneath. I can’t see this as a winter beer, since it would be perfect for summer.
Tmoney99 (13462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Clybourn brewpub. Poured clear pale color with an average white creamy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate spice and sour citrus aroma. Light to medium body. Medium spice bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable brew.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Mike for picking up a growler of this for me! Goose Island Rating #100! Poured a healthy shade of orangey-golden with a short-lived cap of white head and some rising carbonation. The aroma was on the odd side (which it should be because I haven’t tried the style before) with spicy rye, berries and honey.. overall dark sweetness to it.. this was enjoyable, but the combination of sweetness made it almost vegetal. The flavor had sweet honey and juniper berries at the core with tart lemon zest and peppery spices around the tongue and through the finish.. a bit warm at the finish with some grains and honey on a tacky finish.. interesting, but tasty. Medium-bodied with a sryupy feel across the middle.. lower carbonation and spicy at the finish.. flowed decently. This was interesting, and I’d probably have another.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught at the Wrigleyville location. Hazy yellow-gold color with a thin white head that didn’t leave a whole lot of lace. Smelled of light pear, apple, and sprucy hops. What do juniper berries smell like? Maybe they’re in there too. Flavor was similar with a husky grain accent...the rye I suppose. Finishes a little bitter. Overall uninspiring.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ brewery: Very pale blond color with small white head. Aroma is spicey, white pepper, heather, rose petals, jasmine, honey. Flavor is a bit flat, hints of honey, corn. FInish is smooth. A bit bland overall.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
unimpressive. tasted spicy but not good spicy. kinda sticky too. bleh. probably won’t give this another try
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Some citrus notes/fruity(apples?)/ pine hopping, sweet toffee/ and candy sugar. Very light floral notes throughout...very enjoyable. Don’t know if I ever found the juniper berries, though.