574deadzone (1253) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a crystal clear deep pink/orange to ruby with a creamy khaki to toffee head: a good swirl gets a finger or so that sits for a while and produces some thinner soapy lace. Nose involves some pine sap, a little spruce, some cedary woodiness, a bright perfumey citrus snap and a sort of burnt caramel sweetness. A slight funk develops with warmth. Taste is really quite sweet with some fairly mild bitterness. Palate is on the lighter side of medium with softer yet active carbonation, finishing somewhat dry if not terribly bitter with a slight stickiness. This style could certainly withstand a higher ABV, as the palate hints toward something bigger. Reminds me of altbier and biere de garde styles in different ways. A nice beer with a lot of depth of character. Not transcendental, but enjoyable and a cool style that I hope more brewers try out.
Jow (2843) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Foley’s Sam Adams tap takeover. Pours reddish brown. Nose of dark fruits and earth. Tastes of Juniper, earth, leather, cherries, plums, caramel, herbal, malt, and some hops. quite pleasant
umich03jm (2901) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber color with a nice amount of head that lingers a bit. Aroma is mostly caramel malt but also some honey and fruit. Taste is fairly sweet up front from the caramel malt and then you start tasting the juniper pine taste through the finish. It’s almost like a scotch ale mixed with gin. Very smooth and tasty though. Its something I didn’t think I would like but I really did. I would highly recommend giving this beer a taste.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a medium-dark amber color, with about 2 fingers of head. Very clear. Aroma is malty, semi-sweet, and full of juniper. Really. It’s like someone put a tablespoon of gin in this. No evidence of hops. The taste is sweet and malty, again with the juniper and notable hop absence. Slightly woody. I’m not sure what to say about this one. It seems as if it were made well enough, but I personally don’t enjoy it.
mansquito (4334) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whole Foods, P st, DC 650ml ($6): Pours a darkish amber with a small beige head. Aroma is berries, herbs, wood, and malts. Taste has some bite, but it is really hard for me to tell exactly what it came from. The bite lingers into the aftertaste as well. Beer is malty, and as such, it is slightly sweet. Medium bodied. Good mouth feel and very drinkable. I have no idea what a Sahti is supposed to taste like, but this is plenty good in its own right.
Bacterial (2365) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from the odd shaped Sam Adams bomber, big tan head and deep amber brown beer. Juniper is subtle, the beer leans malty and a bit sweet. Really nice.
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efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Juniper notes and caramel malt in this one. My first Sahti and I’m definitely liking this style. Why I love Sam, they aren’t afraid to experiment and when they release something, it really represents its style. Very delicious. Dates back to the Vikings, and then the old Finns. These small batch brews keep getting better!
DietPepsican (1546) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear light caramel pour with little head. Lots of caramel in this one, a touch of berry and dark fruit. Surprisingly little bitterness in this one from the berries, it’s also a bit thin for my taste. Low carbonation.
jwencilhotek (15) - - APR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hints of juniper that are masked by caramel and honey notes. Overall a decent sahti.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at the Saturday afternoon session of EBF. Pours a lightly hazed amber brown with a thin beige head. Cardamom and chai tea, vanilla on the nose. Medium bodied, light chai spices and tea. Soft and delicate. Faint toast notes, light grain. Lingering touch of bitterness on the finish.