highlandlad (1429) - Blue Mountains, - JAN 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ever have one of those days when you wake up with a craving and you know you just gotta have some sea wormwood and juniper twigs? Nope, me neither. I bought this several years ago in a fit of curiosity and it sat on the beer shelf, neglected and unloved, waiting for the moment described above. That moment never came. But since this is my last beer as a 40-something, I figured I’d better make it memorable: my first sahti. Or something like it. This is Swedish-Norwegian interpretation of a Finnish style (couldn’t we work the Danes in there somewhere for the sake of Scandinavian solidarity?) In a chalice, this was a murky universe of chunky proteins suspended in a copper liquid. The head beat a swift retreat to the perimeter of the glass and then hung around to see what happened next. What happened next was a lot of frowning and nose wrinkling as I tried to make sense of the aroma. It’s like someone made a shandy from a Belgian quad and a lambic. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? Really intense chocolate/caramel malts, turpentine, sour summer fruits, something medicinal - iodine? - perhaps even mint leaf. It’s extraordinarily vivid, but not necessarily in a can’t-wait-to-run-this-baby-over-the-tonsils sort of a way. Just past its ’best-by’ date, the body is slick and oily which complements what’s going on here. It’s honey-sweet, spicy, a little tart, oaky and I can’t avoid ’medicinal’ again as a descriptor. Reminds me too much of Lockets, a British throat lozenge with honey and menthol that I used to fake illnesses to weasel out of my mum. Even then I would draw the line at consuming 500ml of the stuff. I suspect my blood-sugar reading is through the roof right now. I wasn’t diabetic at the start of the bottle, but might be by the end. On the plus side, my sinuses have never felt clearer. Farewell to the roaring forties and onwards to the undignified fifties. (500ml bottle from Platinum Liquor. Batch 382. BB 16/9/13)
radiomgb (2438) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Orange amber in colour with a thin lasting off-white head, some light lacing. The aroma has lots of berries, wood, twigs, some grass, spice and honey. The flavour is of honey sweetness, lots of juniper berries, some spice and pepper. Sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, sweet with lots of honey and berries. I’m liking the Sahti’s that I have been trying. Hopefully more will come out. This one is quite nice.
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"interesting blend of juniper and honey. aggressively herbal in the aroma, makes you take notice. flavor well balanced sweet/herbal...quite nice. prickly
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one wanted to get out as soon as I opened the bottle. Light beige bubbles slowly rose up from the bottle as I then tried to quickly move the bottle to the glass to catch the tasty foam. After it was poured I observed a very cloudy orange/brown colored body full of yeast sediment. In the body tiny champagne like bubbles can be seen streaming up the sides of the glass. The rushed pour produced an average, two finger tall beige head. It was made up of lightly packed foam which settled quickly and left only a very thin film on top. The aroma is full of sweet honey notes, pine needles, bready, malts and yeast as well as some mild fruity apple skin like notes. Its flavor has a sweet honey mead like character with loads of sweet bready yeast and fruity estery notes as well. I picked up fruity notes of apple and pear mixed with notes of pine needles and a very slight touch of citrus/pine hop bitterness. The finish is still quite sweet but there is some botanical/herbal bitterness with some very mild hop bitterness for balance. Underneath all of this is a very well hidden mellow alcohol presence. On the palate it has a firm smooth texture with soft yet active carbonation.
Zita (5078) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
light berries aroma,amber, cloudy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, soft carbonation, creamy, nice light spicy finish.
Hansen (7081) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks Henrik, first Sahti. Amber coloured and unclear. Has a white head, mostly diminishing. Heavy sweet and odd spicy/herbal aroma. More harmonic flavor, heavy sweet, honey-sweet, and more herbs. Crisp bitter finish, juniper? Creamy, syrupy texture and warming alcohol.
chrisv10 (11804) - DENMARK - MAR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 11%. Clear amber with small light beige head. Aroma is malt, dusty, lacto, berries and baking yeast? Flavour is malt, fruit, berries, yeast, little lacto, little sour, medium sweet, little sour, fruit and a little bitter.
saxo (14382) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber and slightly hazy. Aroma and taste are rich caramel, malt, bread, cheese, fruits and hops. Full bodied.
HenrikSoegaard (11071) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Light bitter salty flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Alcoholic. strange but interesting.
vtafro (4042) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
(backlog) Draft. Ruby brown pour with tan head. (has some sediment at the bottom of the glass) Sweet elderberries, bitterness and spice aromas. Flavor is a combination of sweet fruit and spices.