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Samuel Adams Finnish Style Sahti

Samuel Adams Finnish Style Sahti
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Special batch: This old Scandinavian style uses both juniper berries and bows. An overnight mash adds an interesting malt complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1895) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Tasted from tall brown bottle into standard pint glass. It poured a clear deep reddish brown color with beige foam, lasting with lace. Aromas of caramelly malt, ale yeast esters, faint hops, subtly spicy evergreen resin juniper essence. Malty sweet flavor, pilsner and caramel, nice rye bite, more juniper tartness. Medium body and carbonation, well-rounded mouthfeel, sticky aftertaste. I understand the concessions they made, but this was no closer to a true Sahti than New Belgium’s version. Lacked the no-boil turbidity and bakers yeast haze, cheated with hops, etc. Overall impression was that of a weaker, resin-ier Abbey Dubbel. Pretty tasty and interesting, but I wanted to like it more than I did.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2012
I don’t know what a juniper is, but it’s not bad. Sampled with S.J.. Some berry, some honey, some caramel malt and sweetness. It’s ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2012
22oz bottle-pours copper with a tan head. Aroma is roasty medium malt-caramel. Taste is roasty medium malt-licoricev spice/caramel, slight hop bite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Dark amber in color with an off-white head. The nose is herbal with lots of spruce, a touch of juniper, and maybe some pine. A nice fruitiness of apples and berries, but there is a definite rubber and metal aroma that is off-putting. Light notes of smoke on the palate with the same herbal character. Light malt sweetness, hints of fruit, and only a minimal juniper flavor. The metal and rubber is also pronounced, which is what really ruins the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Pours clear and golden with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity with toasted malty. Flavor is fruity with juniper notes. Sweet and crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2012
From tap at simmys. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity andnlight toasted malty. Sweet caramelish and light fruity. Mild alcohol bite. Fruity and sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdleigh (53) - - JUL 14, 2012
Another interesting specialty beer from Samuel Adams. I enjoyed the woody, spicy notes overlaying the sweet caramel and malt base. Not an easy-drinking beer, but now I have an idea of what a Sahti might be like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2012
bottle. pours a deep brown with small beige head. aroma of some spicy hops, caramelized sugar, and some cloying honey. flavor is similar with some grain as well. similar to a scotch ale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
(Draft) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of passion fruit, citrus, sweet tarts, florals, and herbs. Flavor of chalky Spree candies, juniper, and caramel malt. Unfortunately, the flavor does not balance the aroma…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Had this at the GABF in Boston 6/21. One of the best beers I had that day, certainly one of the most unique. Pours amber. Huge herbal nose. Nice caramel backbone, nothing too special there, perhaps some notes of dark fruit and maple also mingling around. But the juniper was the star of the show- somehow it imparted a beautiful herbal spiciness to the brew as well as some roasty character. I’m not sure how the beer would have stood up without the juniper berries, but who cares, it was good as hell.

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