bluemooner (640) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is light malt and spices. Flavor is light with notes of wood, lemon, caramel, juniper, and pine. Light body with light carbonation. Good.
Levihaag (1) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 16, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good beer, not at all what I expected from one of the novelty brews. I look forward to drinking it again!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Tylers in Durm. Copper with a steady white head. Nose is bitter, juniper, minerals, salty. Flavor is all over the place and I don’t care for it too much. Lots of bitterness and herbal sweeter flavors. Ugh.
Earlier Rating: 5/16/2012 Total Score: 2.7
Bottle. Muddy brown with a small off white head. Kinda messy and strange, juniper and some other spices and herbs. Not a big fan.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber with herbal notes that are driven from the juniper. This drives into a dry grain note that showcases the malt very well.
LucindaT3 (1) - - JUN 14, 2012 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a great representation of a Sahti - the junpier berries with the hallertau hops are awesome!
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
After the Summer Ale swill, I was very reluctant to try another Sam Adams brew. Glad I did try this one.
Dark amber, clear. Aroma is caramel, spice, and citrus - enticing. Definitely can taste juniper and spices, a little caramel. Mild sweetness, no bitterness. A very rich flavor, though it can put you off if you’re expecting a more traditional taste.
I really enjoyed this and found it refreshing.
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is malty with caramel, alcohol, some juniper, wood, and spice. The appearance is dark amber with a nice head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall I like this but it seems more like a regular ale than an old traditional recipe.
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 500 mL bottle is red with thin white head, laces fairly well. Aroma has notes of herbal, mint, slight caramel, biscuit, some tea notes, woody oak, peppermint and slight lemon. Taste is sweet biscuit, vanilla, hints of mint, herbal notes with some coriander, touch of oak, juniper, biscuit, bready yeast notes, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry. Interesting for sure.
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Dark burnt orange appearance with a light brown head. Spicy, sprucey, juniper, somewhat woody, light citrus, spicy aroma. Tangy, woody, orange citrus fruity, herbal, juniper, basil flavor. Not all that bad and kind of interesting.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours a fairly clear copper-red with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some juniper berry and a bit of spice and wood.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet toasted caramel malts with some juniper berries and a bit of spice. Through the middle, some more bready malt comes through with a bit of wood and some more caramel flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some juniper, spice, and some brown sugar.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. A pretty good example of the style. Balance is pretty nice. Would have liked a bit more juniper flavor.