liinis (1623) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
St.Urho’s Sahti days. dark red brown quite clear, small off-white or no head. typical banana/strawberry fenoles. liquorice yeast and juniper. more of banana. sweet and soft, a little smoky. I think this is the best sahti at this time in Urho’s sahti days. Very good
FatPhil (9905) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 Draught (St. Urho’s, Helsinki, Sahti Days 2008)
Cloudy red/brown, small tight head. Slight dry smokiness, but mostly a sweet banana aroma (with a noticeable spike at one particular ester). Incredible palate - it’s like drinking velvet! Very sweet and sticky, but utterly succulent. It softly caresses every part of the inside of your mouth. (I’ve only given 5 palate for 5 beers previously, this really is exceptional). There’s more gentle smokiness and tar, but tons of banana, like a good sahti should be. Some pleasant fruity alcohol rises up to the back of the nose. There’s even a hint of nut to finish. Some mouthfuls were even a bit like a sticky banana coffee cake. Wow! Thanks Esa and Perho!
Rerate: 2009 - brewed by Sari. Hey - where’s my pyha urho II rating gone?
Rerate: 2010 - brewed by ?. (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
7 Rich toffee aroma
4 Deep hazy brown
7 Almost treacly sweatnress. Spiciness quite prominant, very estery, quite earthy.
4 Smooth sweet body, junipery and spicy retronasals.m Finish a little bitter
14 Quite bitter for a sahti, slips down very easily
Rerate: 2012 (Brewed by all 3 of the geezers, and Tom Skog too) (6:4:7:4:15=3.6)
Subtle nose, sweetish, only a hint of banana. Super mellow body. Gentle caramelly sweetness, a touch yeasty, subtle banana. Definitely sweet but not sickly. And easy drinker, no strength obvious. Vert solid brew.
Rerate: 2013 (?) (5:2:4:2:8=2.1) - was many days old.
Looks like sea-buckthorn juice. Slightly pulsey mange-tout aroma. Sharp palate. Sourness a worry - shivers down the spine. If I wasn’t familiar with sahti being live, I’d bury this, but I know it’s several days old and my rating shouldn’t count until I get a fresh one. The juniper does come over later, alas with a subtle taste of corny poop too.
TBone (13360) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2009 Tap@St. Urho’s
Dark brown color, no head. Sweet caramelly aroma with juniper and light smoke. Sticky standard sahti. Molasses, juniper ... very sweet, some alcohol in the finish. Very much in style but very thick too.
(Re-rated in 2009, similar taste).
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2009 (Draught@Urkki ’09) Opaque light brown with no head. Aroma of asparagus, slight sweetness, and faint banana. Slightly sweet, slightly vegetably, yet quite balanced with some spices and hints of alcohol. Very different from last year - like a light version of it - but not bad.
(Draught@Urkki ’08, was 7-3-8-5-16=3.9) Murky darkish brown with no head. Strongly ryeish aroma with mild vinous sweetness. Flavor of thick rye malts, dried fruit, lots of blackcurrant(!), some licorice, well-hidden alcohol. Very thick mouthfeel without the typical sahti roughness, and no carbonation. This Sahti will not leave you in the cold. The gravity must be enormous. Never had so much black currant in a beer.