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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 brewís 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 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (5073) - 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. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, I canít say itís bad, but the caramel and spicy herbal combo isnít working for me.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6974) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Pint at Galloís. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OmegaX (1283) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle pour ---> Snifter. Nose is very floral, similar to perfume. Raspberries and molasses notes also. Lotís of intense flowery berry notes. It reminded me of one of those cheap pop-ices that come in the big packs at Wal-Mart. 30 for $2.99. Taste was similar with tons of floral berry notes, grains, caramel, molasses, and carpet cleaner. Body is bronze with an off white head. I liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcox90 (1588) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with a clear orange/amber with a 1 finger off white head. Thereís a small amount of lace. Caramel malt, spice and citrus in the nose. Flavor is malt, citrus, wood and leather. Not really getting any juniper. Nice full mouthfeel with easy drinkabilty. Slight bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (3524) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Draft. Served in a pint. Light brown color, small head with good retention. Nose is spice and malt. Juniper is really an after thought and really hiding under all the spice and malt. Overall still really easy to drink. Mouthfeel is lively with lots of spice in the finish. Could drink large amounts of this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle - shared by OmegaX
Appearance - Deep orange, silky lacing
Aroma - Molasses, black cherries, thick herbs
Taste - Light hops, candied walnuts, yeast

This one was as good as I expected. Sam Adams is coming along nicely with these recent "small batch" brews. With a fine taste of juniper that gets dryer by the sip, it leaves the palate refreshed indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle from the Folsom Whole Foods. Pours darkly ruddy with a creamy/foamy beige head. Aromas of light juniper and roasted malt. Med body. Flavor is spicy/juniper. Could use more, but itís good. Seems to have a hint of butterscotch or diacetyl. Itís a bit malty for my taste, but thereís enough spice and herb to cover that up. Pretty tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernovice39 (3160) - Montana, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle pours a deep red/brown with a small off white head. Scent is pine, floral and spices. Taste is caramel, pine, herbal and earthy.

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