highlandlad (1402) - 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)
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 9-30-2009. Bottle and Batch 382. This beer pours a large, very fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished, mostly transparent/slightly hazy golden body, and a lot of floaties. The Aroma is malty, wheat, honey, herbal, sweet, and outdoorsy. The Taste is sweet, refreshing, lightly malty, honey, and herbal. This beer is semi-dry and is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is okay, but I did not care for the way the flavors did not blend together. The 11%ABV is well masked, but this is a beer I do not care to have again.
AndySnow (2226) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where: Man in the Moon, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a small white head.
Aroma: Sweet, honey, juniper.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet, spices, juniper, fruit, hops.
Comment: I don’t have much (any) experience with sahti so can’t say how close to the real deal this beer is. It is quite drinkable, not a very good beer, but definitely something that goes down without to much struggle.
RexTalionis (2077) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled. Amber in color with a small head. Quite sweet aroma, some grainy notes, some sugary honey kind of as well. Pretty similar in taste. This was a bit weird sweety one.
jookos (1444) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2013 Bottle@sbwf’13. This was awful. Has no resemblense to sahti, which is ok, but only if it wasn’t on the brink of being unpalatable. Malts and honey in taste, with a weird twist of juniper and random foresty twigs’n’shit thrown in. It’s sweet, overpowering with a gaggability. And with nothing to balance it out, it’s annoyingly cloying. Made using (I persume) an ale yeast, it’s pretty far off anything anyone could call sahti. But I like the idea of using junipers in brews. Just don’t pack ’em full of unfermented sugars that make it discusting.
Hermod (2705) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample from bottle @ sbwf13. Clear amber thin head. Mostly honey in this beer. Flavorwise honey soaked in water, not much else here. What?
Cunningham (3903) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
br>Appearance: Cloudy dark color and almost no head.
Aroma: Fruity and sour with some honey notes.
Palate: Medium + body, a bit sour and a fine sweetness. Soft carbonation. Oily texture.
Taste: Round sweet fruity, acidic and sour.
Overall impression: Really complex stuff. Lovely balanced sweet honey and fruity on a solid malty back.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with Yngwie. Batch 382.
Cuso (3619) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy of Cunningham and yngwie.
orange golden color with small white head. Aroma of juniper, wheat, yeast, honey. Taste,rye, honey, juniper, wheat, caramel, wood, peat. Peaty bitterness in finish. Alcohol is well hidden. We had also Pihamaan Sahti with 9 % ABV during our tasting session and I could see some similarities between the two. Very tasty beer.
Karol (457) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. One word: fantastic! Honey aroma and taste! Absolutely great! If you love honey then this is it!
MisoW (667) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Probably the last bottle in the world :). Aroma is extra sweet, lot of honey, juniperus, lot of alcohol, hints of wheat. Extra honey taste, great! Taste in sweet, juniperus, low bitterness. Very nice beer!