Braudog (6675) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle. Rugged pour ... stop-light-red-amber, well carbonated, well stacked with a rocky foam top. There’s quite the pleasant aroma of a wet, northern forest here, with a hint of a European kitchen. The beer drinks first up with a good ol’ American pale ale base, steeped with a decent-enough kick of woodsy, piney tightness. Funny, this is much more enjoyable the one or two genuine sahtis I’ve tried ... much more balanced for my sensitive American palate. Well done, Sammy. (#4622, 6/24/2012) RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2012
22oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 44°. Color is a bright amber with good carbonation and a small off white head. Aroma of malt, brown sugar and just a hint of fruit. It has a lighter medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor has nice spice and malt up front then a mellow sweetness that almost seems to have a hint of strawberry. In the after taste a nice bitterness shows and the spice comes out a bit more. Wow this is a good brew, much better then I was excepting, although I have liked all of the brews in this series I hate juniper. This is good with the juniper adding a nice spice and some how it has a nice little fruit flavor. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Pours clear mahogany with a tight beige head. Smells a bit like gin. Taste is a bit like caramel and then lots of juniper berries. Light-to-medium bodied with a slick texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Samuel Adams Norse Legend finishes with a touch of spice. rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Draft at Momo's Tennessee St. Pouts a clear deep amber with a tan head that fades fast. Nose is prunes, berries, caramelized sugars and sweet baked bread. Flavor is cough medicine fruitiness, soap, cola and caramel. Ends astringent. Barf. jandd1983 (4276) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2012
It poured a clear copper color with an off-white head. The aroma was of berries and some spice. The taste was of fruit with a complex sweet finish of moderate duration. A decent Sahti.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2012
This beer has a medium-heavy body and good aroma. The flavor is a sweet malt with slight earth tone and an unusual flavor that I would assume is the juniper. Good blend of flavors. bth122 (1547) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Thanks B-law. Pours a copper color. Smaller head. Lite sweetness. Ave carbonation. The juniper berry is very mild to me. Another solid but not outstanding beer by Sam Adams. jsmerig (1578) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Pours a clear amber brown. Aroma of pine and berries. Taste has notes of pine and cherries. A bit of a bitter in the end good mouthfeel rougeau13 (2958) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Clear amber-copper with a pillowy tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, nuts, and dark fruits. The taste is malty and a little sweet with a nice, mild juniper flavor near the back of the palate. Medium bodied, smooth. This is nice. Juniper is a thing that can easily be overdone. RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Pours a clear ruby amber with a finger and a half of cloudy head. Has a distinctly sweet sugary caramel nose. Has a slightly overcooked but very sweet caramel malt taste from the start and through the middle. Very slight pine taste is met at the finish. Mouthfeel is light and on the low-carbonation side, but balances well with the taste.
Opinion: I was surprised right off the nose that this was not as exotic as I thought it would be. I was expecting myself to blurt out, "wow, these Nordic folk drank some crazy beer" but rather found myself saying "wow, they knew just the right amount of juniper to give a unique taste, without blasting my taste buds."