nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Vintage. Hazy, dull browned amber. Thin head. Non-descript mellow aroma. I haven’t had too many Sahtis, but this comes off more like brown ale met sahti. Kind of odd, the juniper attempts to even it out, but doesn’t quite make it. Medium bodied, nut brown. Interesting and relatively well executed, comes off a little homebrewish. OK, nothing to seek out.
muzzlehatch (4773) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught sample at the brewpub, September 23rd. Fully lasting creamy white head tops a translucent amber body...nose of smoked corn at first, faint molassess sweetness...carroway-rye develops with a few minutes nosing; if there’s juniper here, I can’t really tell, but it’s a nice light welcoming nose in any case...body is dry and light-textured throughout, rye bread soaking up faint wisps of honey and spice, with the finish a bit smoky, burnt, tart...velvety-soft, I might even say cushiony or feather-soft mouthfeel, with strong effervescent carbonation. Hugely drinkable and, as the description says, "refreshing". I’ve only had a few sahtis, and none for several years; this may well be a stylistic outlier and be totally "wrong" for all I know - but I have to be a ratings outlier here and say I just loved this, true and correct or not. Easily the best thing I had at Vintage that day (though not the best Vintage beer I had that day, strangely enough).
Bacterial (2823) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy yellow pour at the brewery. Slightly herbal and malty nose. Sweet, herbal, interesting bitterness in the finish.
deyholla (10000) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a near clear mellow gold with a white head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has earthy grain, straw and bitter juniper backing. Flavor has earthy juniper supported by sweet grains and hay.
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Keg @ Vintage. Hazy old with a small head. Nose has mellow smoke. Homeyed berry. Toasted wood. Flavor is mildly smoky. Berry skin. A touch cloying on the finish. Light body, pillowy.
shrubber85 (10682) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Light apple, banana, caramel malt and juniper aroma. Cloudy amber with small head. Lightly sweet apple/orange, caramel malt, and mildly bitter juniper flavor. Good body. Good juniper presence but not much fruitiness.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vintage brewpub. Clear amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of juniper, spices, rye and malt. Taste is herbal and spicy with light rye, caramel and nuts. Haven’t had the style much, but this one seems decent.
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the brewpub. Clear light amber pour with a thin white head. Rye and grain on the nose. Medium palate. Taste was juniper, rye, and a touch of gin.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at the Vintage brewpub in Western Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a clear copper amber colored brew with a thick and creamy off white head the slowly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of multi-grain malt, piney juniper berries, and a hint of toffee. Taste is medium bodied, multi-directional with flavors of multi-grain malt, a touch more rye noted in flavor than aroma, some iced tea and juniper berries. Finish is smooth, some sweet malt aftertaste with plenty of juniper berries, than a crisp semi-dry bitter aftertaste.
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft on tap the brewpub (Madison, WI). Pours a crisp amber hue, good glow with some copper life, touches of haze and an inviting frothy offwhite head atop, dies to a thicker ring. Aromas are sweeter malts, crisp biscuits and toffee, bread, and toast with a faint spice and light lingering Juniper qualities. A bit dull. Initial is sweeter up front, sweeter toffee, biscuits, toast, some sticky sweet malts with growing touches of dry pine, juniper berries. A bit dry in the finish, but the sweet malts cut through pretty well. Some touches of dough, sweeter malts, a touch of cake. The backend offers that dry Juniper, but not strong enough for me leaving this as a sweeter offering. Ok, interesting, but not my favorite. I do get a touch of lingering Juniper and dry florals, with some tinges of gin. But a bit weird.