DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, $5.99 @ Kenwood Liquors. Interesting, slightly tart smell when poured, but it dissipates quickly. Chunky brown body is a little hard to see through, under a bubbly, fizzy head. Taste is nice and different. A little piney at the start, then I can imagine a touch of dry gin character from the juniper. The alcohol starts to get to me, whatíd I expect from this oddly Sam-customized bomber? Herbal character stops just short of tasting like a cough drop. I find myself liking it for showing the character of a rare and different style of beer. A good beer for a newbie tasting. Though Iíve had a few homebrews that ended up tasting like this by accident.
zach8270 (3366) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Copper pour with a ton of tan head. Fruity and herbal aroma with lots of, for me, off putting juniper notes. Flavor is sweet and bitter with lots of malt and way too much of that herbal and medicinal juniper flavor. Not for me.
vicg12 (17) - - JUN 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Me and my friend were required to brew a Sahti for a home brew competition we were entering, so we saw this on the shelf and decided to give it a try. I must say I was pleasantly surprised as I thought this beer was going to be awful. It pours in a dark gold murky color that is somewhere in between good and ugly. I really did not like the smell it was funky as hell. Medium-low head which is actually too much head for this style which is supposed to be served flat. Taste was of malty juniper with maybe a little spice from some rye grain. It was surprisingly refreshing and left a clean feeling in your mouth. This beer goes down super easy for something with a 7% ABV. There are some subtle hops detected, i think a noble verity, which I enjoyed and obviously increased the shelf life but again traditionally there is supposed to be no hops and the beer drank within a month after it is brewed, but I realize that would be a money losing endeavor for anywhere outside Finland. Also, I feel as though the flavor of this beer improved greatly as it began to warm. Give this beer a try it is totally different and pretty good.
rdixon77 (602) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Catching up on weird old ticks. Nice darkmahogany color. Right away you get a herby scent coming off a malty brew. The flavor is disappointing...mostly ‘cause there isn’t much (or at least not as much as I had hoped). Some burnt sugar, and, if you stretch, a woodsy taste. The juniper mostly comes through as a unfortunate skunky and not especially pleasing aftertaste. The whole feel is a little bit sticky sweet. However, as it warms, the juniper jumps out a bit more and balances better with the malts.
TXBadger (1219) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a darker amber color with off-white head. Some floral notes, earth, and cedary tones, also has plenty of juniper berry on the nose; follows onto the palate. Herbal is a good way to describe this, floral, close to a gin like experience.
zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC (Batch 1 which I am estimating to be approximately 2 years old at this point. Since the bottle suggests it can be aged I am going to proceed with a review of this one.) Dark brackish orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Juniper and brown sugar are at the forefront of the aroma. The flavor offers some wood, plenty of fruit (dates, raisin, orange peel), and a generous amount of toffee and brown sugar. It reminds me of a dubbel if I had to pick a style it most resembles (although the fruit, oak, and alcohol are much more present). Not sure how this was fresh or how it compares to other beers in this style, but I will likely try to seek more out.
hockeybeerguy (1474) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a dark red/brown body that gives an awesome foamy white one finger head. Some ringy lacing is left here and there.
The smell seemed a bit complicated (wishing I bought another one to age and possibly see if any other smells develop). However, I do smell some honey and malty citrus aspects going on. As the beer warms, there is some syrupy/molassess thing going on - pretty good.
The taste was about the same smells combined very nicely in the taste. I do notice the juniperberries as the beer warms. Thereís a slight weird resemblance to a scotch ale.
The palate sat about a medium with some sharpness coming through here and there, but nothing bothersome. The alcohol is well hidden and makes the beer fairly drinkable.
Overall, ok, so I like this beer (good appearance, good smells, decent taste and a pretty good mouthfeel) but I have nothing to judge it on. Iím pretty sure Iíd have it again, but probably next time Iíd buy two of them just so I can age one and taste one fairly immediately. In the meantime, Iím most likely going to seek out some other Sahtis just to compare.
DuffMan (6460) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Dark amber with golden highlights, clear, with a dense white head. Sweet caramel aroma, tea-like undertones. Flavours of caramel and an odd but agreeable sweet herbal character, like new spring spruce tips, maybe some clover, hard to sort out definitively. Medium bodied, quick finish. Interesting.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle - Pours a slightly reddish and darker amber in color with an off-white head that faded to a thin covering over the beer. Aroma is pretty sweet with some citrus hops and the juniper berries present. Flavor is way too sweet for me and heavy on the spices. Some lingering bitterness either from the hops or the spices... not my favorite.
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma - aroma has sweet malts a sort of Grand Marnier about it. Doppelbock in nature as well. Some caramel must be present.
Appearance - color is deep dark amber, clear, with a white head that crashes fast into a just a small halo
Taste - itís sort of like doppelbocks and eisbocks Iíve had. In that itís sweet in that rich malt way. Itís got a little bitter as well. There is a somewhat freshening note as well that comes around kind of in-between your breathing - that must be the juniper, I only pick it up probably because I regularly enjoy gin & tonics and I recognize the juniper from that. Itís not overly noticeable you really have to feel it.
Palate - the body is medium, the texture slick and thick. The carbonation is average. The finish on the bitter end and long. Again, it has that juniper freshness that gin has in between breathís which is unique. Itís almost as a cough drop vapor thing. Not that noticeable, but I pick up on it.
Iím a novice to the style. Will admit, itís not really my bag. I was objective. It hits marks in the categories, will I say itís enjoyable? It is if you like things like Doppelbocks, Eisbocks, Grand Marnier, and such. Closest thing I can compare it to is Uerige Alt. Not for me, but probably the easiest find to cross of the elusive Sahti.
beerfest5 (1128) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not my thing at all, kind of doppelbock-like. Way too sweet malty for my taste, and the juniper makes the malts seem even sweeter. Not a drain pour because I can still appreciate something that might not be my cup of tea, but I wont be coming back to Sahtiís any time soon.