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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ronaldtheriot (1099) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Samuel Adams Norse Legend has a thick, beige head, good lacing, and a clear, amber appearance. The aroma is subdued, but one can detect, with a deep inhalation, some sweetness, malts, and fruit. Taste is of medium-roasted barley malt, spice, and an odd fruitiness. Some black pepper also? It has a medium and slick mouthfeel, and Samuel Adams Norse Legend finishes pretty easy drinking and not too cloying. But, one will get an alcohol undertaste. Overall, I think it’s very good. RJT

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4032) - Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Batch 1. 22oz bottle. Reddish amber color. Light tan, khaki colored head, rocky appearance with nice lacing. Herbal aroma, wooded, earthy, Band-aid, and essence of a chocolate-orange. Distinctive flavor of juniper berries. Kinda harsh if you are not into odd ingredient, Traditional Ales. Very dominate flavor! Loads of spruce. Some fruitiness from the malt, along with some caramel sweetness. Salty finish, loads of earthy pine, spruce and juniper. A bit overbearing on the bitterness of the juniper character. (3351)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (6977) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle. Banana, orange, and malt aroma with a hint of juniper. Dark orange-brown color with moderate head. Mildly sweet orange malt flavor with a lightly bitter juniper finish. Not nearly as fruity as the Finnish Sahtis I’ve been able to try but still a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Half-pint @ Chuck’s. I was surprised to see a Sam Adams beer on tap all the way out here. I knew nothing about sahti prior to trying this out but I’m definitely interested now. Had a heavy, viscous mouthfeel to it. Kind of like dairy. Tasted...unique, for lack of better word. Perhaps a whole pint may have changed my impression.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (1386) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2012
A uni-brew. Some juniper in aroma, and only juniper in taste. Modest head and body. Nice amber/red color. Clear.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (809) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Bread, wood, citrus, and a little roast in the aroma. Malty flavor with fruity tartness in the finish (maybe the juniper berries?). Finish is a little on the harsh side, but still a nice change of pace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Good sized tan head of fine bubbles which reduces to a creamy and rocky surface. Roasted grains, sweet malts, a hint of smoke and some spruce. Color is a nice mahagony brown. Very mild flavor. Soft malts, a bit of wood and a light sprucy zippyness. I am really surprised at how mild the flavor is in this brew. Very easy drinking with very little alcohol presence. This would be a good brew to introduce the mass market to as it is really not bitter and is very smoth and easy drinking. Quite surprised at this and a little bit disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerOtter (12) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2012
The label alone sold me, but what really matters is the taste of the beer. The aroma that the beer gives off when being poured is slightly sweet and the color is amber but almost the rust also; one could almost say the color is like dried blood. The taste is earthy and sweet. Definitely needs to be tried at room temperature and iced cold. I will buy one or two more bottles before it is gone for another year. Prost. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llcooldave (1032) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Deep copper amber in color. Fruity herbal aroma. Some spice, and toasty malt notes. Oddly enough, I get some freshly grilled corn tortillas on the nose as well. Flavor is a touch of sweet spices; cinnamon and clove followed by a dry citrus taste. Overall, it’s a fairly decent brew...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Dark orange color with a 3 finger off-white head. Aroma has a moderate herbal and floral note. The malt is very present in this beer as well. Taste starts out sweet and finishes a little dry. Very little hop bitterness. Also getting a slight smokey note as well. Overall a very good beer, I can't wait to try more of this style of beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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