zizzybalubba (1768) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC (Batch 1 which I am estimating to be approximately 2 years old at this point. Since the bottle suggests it can be aged I am going to proceed with a review of this one.) Dark brackish orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Juniper and brown sugar are at the forefront of the aroma. The flavor offers some wood, plenty of fruit (dates, raisin, orange peel), and a generous amount of toffee and brown sugar. It reminds me of a dubbel if I had to pick a style it most resembles (although the fruit, oak, and alcohol are much more present). Not sure how this was fresh or how it compares to other beers in this style, but I will likely try to seek more out.
Bulk_Carrier (3470) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a dark red/brown body that gives an awesome foamy white one finger head. Some ringy lacing is left here and there.
The smell seemed a bit complicated (wishing I bought another one to age and possibly see if any other smells develop). However, I do smell some honey and malty citrus aspects going on. As the beer warms, there is some syrupy/molassess thing going on - pretty good.
The taste was about the same smells combined very nicely in the taste. I do notice the juniperberries as the beer warms. Thereís a slight weird resemblance to a scotch ale.
The palate sat about a medium with some sharpness coming through here and there, but nothing bothersome. The alcohol is well hidden and makes the beer fairly drinkable.
Overall, ok, so I like this beer (good appearance, good smells, decent taste and a pretty good mouthfeel) but I have nothing to judge it on. Iím pretty sure Iíd have it again, but probably next time Iíd buy two of them just so I can age one and taste one fairly immediately. In the meantime, Iím most likely going to seek out some other Sahtis just to compare.
DuffMan (9025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Dark amber with golden highlights, clear, with a dense white head. Sweet caramel aroma, tea-like undertones. Flavours of caramel and an odd but agreeable sweet herbal character, like new spring spruce tips, maybe some clover, hard to sort out definitively. Medium bodied, quick finish. Interesting.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle - Pours a slightly reddish and darker amber in color with an off-white head that faded to a thin covering over the beer. Aroma is pretty sweet with some citrus hops and the juniper berries present. Flavor is way too sweet for me and heavy on the spices. Some lingering bitterness either from the hops or the spices... not my favorite.
DandyWolfFloyd (1007) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma - aroma has sweet malts a sort of Grand Marnier about it. Doppelbock in nature as well. Some caramel must be present.
Appearance - color is deep dark amber, clear, with a white head that crashes fast into a just a small halo
Taste - itís sort of like doppelbocks and eisbocks Iíve had. In that itís sweet in that rich malt way. Itís got a little bitter as well. There is a somewhat freshening note as well that comes around kind of in-between your breathing - that must be the juniper, I only pick it up probably because I regularly enjoy gin & tonics and I recognize the juniper from that. Itís not overly noticeable you really have to feel it.
Palate - the body is medium, the texture slick and thick. The carbonation is average. The finish on the bitter end and long. Again, it has that juniper freshness that gin has in between breathís which is unique. Itís almost as a cough drop vapor thing. Not that noticeable, but I pick up on it.
Iím a novice to the style. Will admit, itís not really my bag. I was objective. It hits marks in the categories, will I say itís enjoyable? It is if you like things like Doppelbocks, Eisbocks, Grand Marnier, and such. Closest thing I can compare it to is Uerige Alt. Not for me, but probably the easiest find to cross of the elusive Sahti.
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not my thing at all, kind of doppelbock-like. Way too sweet malty for my taste, and the juniper makes the malts seem even sweeter. Not a drain pour because I can still appreciate something that might not be my cup of tea, but I wont be coming back to Sahtiís any time soon.
jkwalking05 (4551) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Backlog) Bottle. Clear, light tan head, amber colored. The smell is muddy, earthy, fruits, herbal, and good. The taste is fruits, herbal, earth, slight sweetness, and ok.
thorongil2 (2184) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) (batch #1) clear amber colour with a small brown head; aromas start with stewed fruit, brown sugar, then herbs; silky palate; balanced flavour with no finish
seymour (1846) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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, warming alcohol. I understand the concessions they made, but this was no closer to a true Sahti than New Belgiumís 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.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby amber with a moderately dissipating medium beige head. Aroma is rich and spicy with caramel, odd spices, citrus and mild fruit. Taste is of heavy spices and caramel with cedar, citrus, juniper and honey. Sweet, malty and a tad cloying