seymour (1099) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MadIndian (2110) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
womencantsail (6860) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ljstephenson (213) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
yespr (25929) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jdleigh (53) - - JUL 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
bu11zeye (11111) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(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…
lordeche (478) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.