b3shine (4221) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by Dogbones; thanks, John!). Looks good; a murky golden orange with foamy eggshell head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells like Band-Aids, but in a pleasant way. A bit of tart citrus as well. Tastes like it smells with a nice lacto mouthfeel. Great beer.
joeneugs (2798) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Harpreet. It pours a hazy orange color with a shrinking white head. The aroma is heavy with fecal, farty funk, cheese, tart peaches and white wine. The flavor is tart stone fruits with nice subtle notes of spruce and barrel wood. More white wine in the finish. Nice full, creamy body that coats the mouth. Very nice indeed.
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Portland, shared with Prufrockstar. I wouldn’t usually drop 25 bucks on a bomber but I wanted to
tick try a Sahti and my phone app told me this was a great one. And great packaging. And how cool is a brewery that brews inside its own spruce tree? So anyway...
Pours into a HOTD tulip looking just like a local IPA. Deep copper, near-to-white head. Smells like spruce, mint, and ass. Wow, this is really an off-putting aroma. But the flavor is not nearly as bad as the aroma suggests. It’s hugely medicinal, reminding me of the Douglas Fir Eau de Vie from Clear Creek. Sweet rich malts around the edges, lovely spiciness, giner and thyme. Full mouthfeel...and after a few sips I’m starting to like it and think I’ll even be able to finish my half-bottle. We drink, we talk -- and this beer is totally grows on me. From the free-jazz cacophony of flavors a melody starts to emerge and I’m grooving to it. We near the end of the bottle and I’m very sad to see it go. I completely acclimate to the aroma and fall hard for the flavor. I stretch out the last few sips. I share perhaps less than I should. I really like it. The alcohol goes to my head in a very pleasant way. Yep, I could see sitting around in some frozen Finnish wood drinking this with the natives.
If sahti was all there was in the beer universe, I’d still be a beer geek. That says a lot.
Prufrockstar (628) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to OldMrCrow for sharing this! Yeah style tick. Pours light orange-amber with white head. Attractive. Aroma: whoa - very medicinal. Spruce, wintergreen, earth, herbs - wintergreen spruce throat lozenge. Taste: drinks better than it smells. Like drinking a tree dipped into a mint-orange liqeour. Very lightly tart at the end. This is growing on me. I mean, the aroma makes me gag a little, but now that I’m used to it I could see drinking this in a remote part of Finland and then missing it when I returned home. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel. Overall: cool. Took some time to warm to this, but now that I have I dig this. The aroma is really medicinal and downright unpleasant to me, but otherwise a cool beer.
EdInSaltLake (510) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really strong aroma: Tart, earthy. Sweet/sour and juniper flavors. Some fruity flavor in the aftertaste.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Looks like a toasted ginger ale. Smells super complex - mint, thyme, spruce, pine oil, soil. Flavor is tart, spicy: some lemon, unripened appple. Medium bodied with sharp carb and a semi dry finish. Love it.
Gription79 (2131) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle. This is fantastic, spicy, huge fruit character, berries, grape, citrusy, pine, sweet pilsner malt finish. Very interesting, rustic, Scandinavian farmhouse ale. I can taste the Nordic.
BEENJAMIN (251) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml Bottle on Christmas - Pours a bright golden with a dense white head. Smells amazing, spruce and pine, apple and stone fruit. High carbonation, rich body, and a perfectly dry finish, taste like your drinking a tree in the very best way possible. This beer is special!!
daknole (8331) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy gold pour, big white head. Wow what a cool beer. Stone fruit, Christmas trees, yeasty, tart flavors, apples, toasted malt...damn good!
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ GT’s house. Clear golden pour with a white head. Aromas of lemon, grass, and lots of spruce. Juniper berries, brine/saltwater, and a touch of white vinegar. Really herbal. Flavor is fairly tart and a bit salty. Lemon juice, juniper, spruce, and woody herbs. Saltwater, mild vinegar, and a light bitterness. Not bad, but why the hell is this 11%?