lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this at the GABF in Boston 6/21. One of the best beers I had that day, certainly one of the most unique. Pours amber. Huge herbal nose. Nice caramel backbone, nothing too special there, perhaps some notes of dark fruit and maple also mingling around. But the juniper was the star of the show- somehow it imparted a beautiful herbal spiciness to the brew as well as some roasty character. I’m not sure how the beer would have stood up without the juniper berries, but who cares, it was good as hell.
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 [tap @ Sunset Grill 2/15/06] Pours a nice cloudy, reddish color. Flavors are quite complex- malts, spicy yeast, as well as aromatic juniper berries and a slight grapefruit finish. An excellent offering from Sam Adams- very unique.
samadams2442 (3) - livonia, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2008 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at the tour back in May, I believe this one was around 8.5ABV, was brewed with pine needles, it was pretty good tasting, would try again if ever got the chance.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I also had this on tap at the Boston brewery. It is a gorgeous red color and has a wonderful sweet berry aroma. The flavor is sweet with berries and caramel-like. Going down it has a slight twinge like that of gin due to the juniper berries I’m guessing. It has a syrupy consistency in your mouth. I think it was under carbonated and that resulted in the beer resembling cough syrup too much. I am interested in seeing how it turns out in bottles if they release it. It is too interesting for just one tasting. I can’t wait to try it again. Also, the alcohol is higher than 5.5%. The info card at the brewery said 7% and the tour guide said 9%.
jcwattsrugger (12298) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-pours copper with a tan head. Aroma is roasty medium malt-caramel. Taste is roasty medium malt-licoricev spice/caramel, slight hop bite.
seymour (1929) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from tall brown bottle into standard pint glass. It poured a clear deep reddish brown color with beige foam, lasting with lace. Aromas of caramelly malt, ale yeast esters, faint hops, subtly spicy evergreen resin juniper essence. Malty sweet flavor, pilsner and caramel, nice rye bite, more juniper tartness. Medium body and carbonation, well-rounded mouthfeel, sticky aftertaste. I understand the concessions they made, but this was no closer to a true Sahti than New Belgium’s version. Lacked the no-boil turbidity and bakers yeast haze, cheated with hops, etc. Overall impression was that of a weaker, resin-ier Abbey Dubbel. Pretty tasty and interesting, but I wanted to like it more than I did.
jdleigh (53) - - JUL 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another interesting specialty beer from Samuel Adams. I enjoyed the woody, spicy notes overlaying the sweet caramel and malt base. Not an easy-drinking beer, but now I have an idea of what a Sahti might be like.
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear and golden with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity with toasted malty. Flavor is fruity with juniper notes. Sweet and crisp finish.
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap on Sam Adams Brewery Tour (worth the trip). Poured nice brassy red with small foamy head. Very similar to some barley wines. Overall good taste and complexity. A nice variety of flavors on the palate, but not well balanced. Great aroma, but too astringent going down.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours bright red with a thin white head. Smells of juniper berries, some candies and grapes. Tastes of berries and maple syrup. A weird brew that I doubt will see the light of day outside the brewery.