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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This ancient Finnish-style brew dates back to the 1500s as one of the oldest continuously brewed styles. Deep amber in color, this rugged brew’s distinctive aroma and flavor comes from aging on a bed of juniper berries. The herbal, woodsy, and ripe citrus character of the juniper enlivens a sturdy and smooth malt backbone for a fresh and flavorful brew. At Samuel Adams we love experimenting, This series of limited edition brews represents some of our favorite small batch creations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2012
From the bottle at Sam Adams Longshot Event. Pours a deep amber with a frothy head that falls away. The nose is earthy, slightly sweet, faint juniper. Some leafy notes and burnt sugar. On tasting, on the sweeter side and herbal though the juniper is quite faint. Some soft caramel notes as well. An interesting try, here, but misses the mark in my opinion. More of that herbal juniper would be welcomed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arojewski36 (6) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2012 does not count
Tried this one at Maloney’s last night. Honestly the name just stood out on their expansive draught list, so I figured I’d give it a try. A dark ale with great color and minimal bitterness. Hope I can find it bottled!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (7299) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2012
500ml bottle. Poured a translucent amber color with a mostly white medium sized head. Aroma was malts, caramel, notes of spice, touch of citrus. Flavor was mild citrus, plenty of spice notes. Interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oscbert (1242) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 28, 2012
~Malty sweet, medicinal with spiciness. Cola like. ~Pours a clear reddish amber with creamy lasting white head. ~Sweet malt flavor with spicy juniper, a bit medicinal. ~med full bodied, med low CO2, sweet finish. ~Interesting brew, not to my taste,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
Amber-brown pour with a thin white head. The aroma is great. Lots of heavy dank fruity/piny character and a bit of molasses like sweetness. A touch of sweet fruit and some soft almost tobaccoish flavour on the back. Rich bit not cloying and the combination of malt and sweet juniper flavour really works well. Intense but tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2813) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JUN 27, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2012 Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Clear, sparkling mahogany orange with small tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of juniper, earthy dried leaves, twigs, caramel, herbs and tea. Taste of sweetened tea, twigs, dark bread, herbs, floral hops and juniper. The tea and juniper flavors are a bit strong at first, but mellow out if you let the beer sit for a while. Eventually, you get a very well-rounded flavor. Medium/full body and medium+ carbonation. Pleasant mouthfeel. I can’t say that a beer that tastes of tea is my cup of tea--or glass of beer for that matter--but this is a well done beer for the style. Very nicely balanced mix of flavors, especially if you let the beer breathe for a bit. Even so, I just don’t want my beer to taste like tea or vice versa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2012
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a fair amount of head. Spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 25, 2012
bottle. pours clear amber with a small, cream colored head. booze, berry, and toasted malt aroma. malty toasted flavors with fermented red berry notes. sticky and medium bodied. this is pretty good, i could drink this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (5111) - Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Pours a clear dark coppery brown, almost mahogany, with a thick, fluffy, buff head that sticks around and leaves some generous lacing. Malty aroma has a strong juniper overtone, almost like a menthol cough drop. Don’t get me wrong - I like the smell of menthol cough drops! Malty flavor has a strong juniper note and hints of apple and wood. Firm-bodied texture is smooth, fizz leaves a little to be desired. Overall, though, a distinctive and worthwhile beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8162) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2012 Bottle. Deep amber with a lasting off white head. Sweet, herbal, earthy, and slightly woody, with a good dose of juniper character. Obviously it’s quite malty, but properly restrained. The finish has some berry-like fruity sweetness and toasted grainy malts. Good stuff.

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