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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 brews 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.



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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2012
22oz Bottle. The pour was a clear dark reddish amber with a large (2-3 finger) cream colored rocky head that had decent retention, reducing to a puddled film with a large collar which did create some excellent streaky lacing. The aroma was of a sweet caramel malt, spruce hops and an earthy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit and orange), toffee, juniper berries and a mild woody scent. The taste was sweet and very malty with a hint of berry and a touch of toffee from the beginning, with the finish being a tad citrusy and having a mild bitter woody taste at the end. The flavor was a bit long in duration with an earthy citrus taste that was left to linger. Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a slightly syrupy texture and a soft mild carbonation. Overall this turned out to be a rather interesting beer, not a great brew nor a bad one either; in fact I would call it unique to say the least. This was unlike any Sahti I have ever tasted and it possessed an aftertaste that I found to be a bit too long and not overly pleasant.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
22oz bottle - Being rated purely on enjoyment here. And enjoyable it was. Aroma had a really nice herbal tea-like quality to it, brown sugar and some-what woody. Moderately sweet, turbinado sugar, woody, herbaceous with a sticky palate. I have no idea if this is what a sahti is supposed to taste like, but its a nice beer.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
outlawskies (447) - - OCT 12, 2014
Thought it would be good giving the words Norse. And legend. Being in its name Julie gives a 1.5 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1815) - - SEP 26, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-7-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance The beer pours a very hazy brown amber color with a 1.5 finger tan colored head. The head fades very rapidly at first, but persists once it fades to a about a half of a finger. Upon fading it leaves a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass, with the thin film of foam on the top eventually fading to leave some patchy foam islands. Smell The aroma is of a more sour nature overall with a big dose of juniper. The sour smells are also a mix of sour berry and some lemon citrus with other aromas of some herb and a bit of wood mixed within. Taste The taste begins with a good brown bready flavor with tons of oak wood and juniper flavor complimenting the bready flavor. More and more herbal flavor comes to the tongue as the taste moves on with a bit of a more boozy gin like flavor coming to the tongue more toward the middle to the end. Along with these flavors so too comes some more sweet flavors of a milk chocolate and light fruit flavor (odd combination, but it sorta works in this one). In the end, the sweet flavors mixed with the juniper and gin flavors of the brew, as well as the wood and alcohol tastes, leaves a nice warming oaky, herbal gin taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel The body of the beer is very creamy and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly lower side. The chewy body and thickness are rather nice for the woody flavors of the brew with it also allowing all the herbal and boozy gin flavors to really be sensed. Overall This is a tasty mix consisting of a sorta amber ale and oaky gin boozy brew that really warms you even while only at 7 % abv. A very interesting and rather enjoyable brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"another fruity offering. heavier than the Verloren, and darker. Nice use of Juniper here. Ever present, never overbearing. Off set by an earthy, woodsie undertone and a slight dose of bittering hops. Enjoyed this as well, though I liked the Verloren slightly better.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3582) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
(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.

3.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vicg12 (17) - - JUN 15, 2014
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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rdixon77 (824) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TXBadger (1512) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1498) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2249) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
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. Theres 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. Im pretty sure Id have it again, but probably next time Id buy two of them just so I can age one and taste one fairly immediately. In the meantime, Im most likely going to seek out some other Sahtis just to compare.


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