olio (4804) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 13, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090707.
Pours golden color with a small head. Aroma of herbs, yeast, malts and grass. Flavor of herbs, grass and pale malts.
rondphoto (1242) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 20, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber with a bubbly head and tiny lace dots. The taste is sweet and sour caramel that remains the same through a somewhat watery finish. Not that itís bad, just that itís not enough to make this more than average.
ccex (867) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
11.2 oz bottle(labeled Jataja-Olut IV B) pours a cloudty dark mahagony color with a few clear bubbles on top. Smells of vinegar and juniper berries Taste is sour, with the fruit /juniper coming out only when I burp. Unfortunately there is no carbonation, so this one tastes almost like a spoiled wine. A weird beer I wonít try again.
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a dark brown with little head. Aroma was bready. Taste lacked any carbonation, but the flavor was of fruits. Canít say this was anything special, but I got to try a Finnish beer which is a plus in my book.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2011
1.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Kataja Olut IVB is a very clear, solid, caramel colored liquid with no head to speak of. It has a sweet aroma of juniper berries and a host of herbs that my nose canít identify. Thereís something like soy sauce in the background. It smells like a fortified wine, not a beer. Itís medium light bodied, flat and abrasive. It kind of hurts my mouth. This tastes like... beer gone bad; oxidized and infected. Itís salty and it burns. I donít know if this is intentional, but I suspect not. Down the drain it goes. Thereís no indication as to when this was bottled, but it probably wasnít recently.
thehodgie (13) - - NOV 29, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Apperance: No head, deep rust. Particles on bottom.
Taste: Bitter and sour, , tangy aftertaste.
Palate: Medium bodied, no carbonation.
A weird, weird beer. Worth a try but I wouldnít buy it again.
seymour (1254) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Corral Liquors in Granite City, Illinois, USA special-ordered this for me. Itís as close as we could get (commercially) to the traditional juniper-rye style from Finland. Nice orange/copper color. Malty sweetness combined with sharpness of fresh rye-bread. Subtle evergreen resin and rounded mouthfeel from the juniper twigs and berries. Thankfully, no noticeable flavor or aroma of hops. Fewer yeast esters than I expected, but Iím sure thatís because this isnít true Sahti, but rather a modernized, pateurized hybrid for export. Delicious. Considering how popular Blue Moon has become, which is even cloudier and spicier than this, Iím confident this style could become a hit as well. Itís just that no one has even heard of Sahti, or even juniper, for that matter. So, who wants to back me with investment capital?
Psytron (1051) - Turku, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sour! (This beer rating was imported from FB and unfortunately lacks any further comments.)
Koelschtrinker (9446) - KŲln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 11, 2011
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Am Anfang ist das Bier recht sŁŖ, wird aber schnell unangenehm sauer, das man das Gesicht verzieht. Furchtbares Zeug, ist das vergammelt??
Test vom 1.10.2006, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 3,4,2,1,5,2 - 2,40
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
No head, flat-looking and ugly. The nose is distinct and strong, sour and sweet and mildly acrid, not good but curious. Tastes insane, with a honey-sweet maltiness coupled with lemon-tart sour and a toasted, woodsy, herbal-honey finish that would definitely be nicer with a few bubbles. I canít go so far as saying I like it, but this beer is history in a bottle, so I dig what it represents.