Marko (3896) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First from a plastic container at Villi Wäino, then again later on at One Pint Pub courtesy of Ossi (thanks!) . Poured a murky red body with a tiny but strangely persistant white head clinging to the edges (not so at OPP). The nose was sweet and lovely, grainy full, glue and carrots, quite nice. The taste, however, showed that the first sample was off. Only some light carrot taste, sweet, banana peel too, some burn. The OPP sample revealed a fuller, more balanced banana presence. The body is light compared to the Finlandias, which was additionally detracting with the first sample but perfectly acceptable with the other one, making it slightly more balanced but less exciting than the Finlandias. The initial rate was 7/4/3/2/8, the in-form one is 7/4/7/3/13
rodenbach99 (3097) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Carton de 3 litres rapporté de Finlande. Bière ambre. Le nez est fascinant avec des épices, genièvre, sapinage. La bouche est très épicée, mince pour l’alcool par contre. À boire sans faute, un produit spécial.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Lammilaista Sahtia
Date: January 30, 2010
Appearance: opaque dark yellow. wispy off white head
Aroma: sweet spicy honey aroma
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of balancing spicyness, light bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Banana and clove on the nose with hints of vanilla and nutmeg. Pours amber with no head. Mild tartness with banana and clove notes, vanilla, nutmeg, and hints of cinnamon, with a sweet spicy and slightly tart finish. Very nice.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Hints of raspberry, dried leaves, and rubber in the nose. Very smooth drinking. A little sweet and fruity upfront. Nice pungent aftertaste. Pretty good stuff.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma of overripe fruits, mint, orange peel, clove. Flavor starts off sweet and pruny with hints of toffee before mint and citrus seeds come in followed by grapefruit juice, citric notes, and bitter berries. Seemed very unbalanced at first, but ended up coming together alright.
estpiwo (1277) - ESTONIA - JAN 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Little bottle. Grassy aroma of hops. Hazy yellow color. Flavor is sour. Like some old estonian home-brewed beer. Interesting, only for one time.
beastiefan2k (2368) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottle is a recent import and I was excited to get to try it. It was served at cellar temperature. With the pop of the cap I see this is not carbonated. So the pour has no head, just some air bubbles from the agitation. The beer is a dirty, muddy, blond; does not look appealing. Aroma is actually malt driven with thick biscuit but that is joined with some exotic spiciness (berries but not cannot say that it is juniper precisely). Flavor has more juniper in it and a lesser malt (biscuit) character. Finishes light with an herbal character. Its a nice beer but the lack of carbonation really seems to dampen the flavors. I would like to try this on tap.
11.2 oz bottle in a Melbourne Bros. glass.
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Ginger Man. Pours a brown/amber with no head. Aroma is stewy with chestnut, pepper spices, and sweet apple. Flavor of lots of spices and some light fruits in the background. Rather quaffable. I rather enjoyed my first authentic sahti.
alexanderj (3298) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; poured a light, muddy red with not even a faint trace of a head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, sugar, yeast, with a sweet presence. Flavor was unusual, but expected. A little light and a touch watery. Fruity and some caramel notes. No hop notes obviously. Some sweetness. An ok beer overall.