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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.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LucindaT3 (1) - - JUN 14, 2012 does not count
This is a great representation of a Sahti - the junpier berries with the hallertau hops are awesome!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2012
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2012
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of sweet caramel, juniper, some herbal notes, grain, and spice. It pours a transparent dark amber with a two finger cream colored head with pretty good retention and lots of sticky lacing. The flavor starts with moderate sweet caramel flavors with a touch of grain in the background. The finish has some light juniper, some spicy herbal notes, and a hint of metal. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, I can’t say it’s bad, but the caramel and spicy herbal combo isn’t working for me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Aroma is a slightly sour/sweet berry with some slight citrus tones. Poured a deep clear mahogany with a good sized off white head. Taste is a nice mix of the aroma with a slight lingering sourness from the berries and a bit of spiciness and pine. Dry finish that kind of hangs out on your tongue for a while.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5924) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Tap at Town Hall Tap. Orange amber pour with a white head. Aroma is ginger and spice. Taste is juniper, ginger, and cinnamon. Fun brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Pint at Gallo’s. Clear copper color with a thin beige head. Malty and caramelly aroma with some spice. Malt and ginger flavor with caramel and cinnamon before a spicy, semi-dry finish.


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