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." deyholla (12205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle at SPSBF. Pours a clear amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grain with some light fruit, especially juniper. Flavor has juniper up front with a grassy middle and some sweet bread in the finish. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2012
(Draught) Pours a clear amber-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of juniper, grass, roasted gain, and mustiness. Flavor of juniper, roasted grain, sulfur, light butter, caramel, and some citrus. tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2012
The aroma is juniper, spices, wood, pine needles, sweet caramel. The appearance is a clear deep amber, off-white head. The flavor is juniper berries, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, wood, pine. The finish is sweet upfront, followed by pine needles. medium in body. Decent enough beer, good enough to drink at a BBQ, not especially good for a Sahti. bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is light malt and spices. Flavor is light with notes of wood, lemon, caramel, juniper, and pine. Light body with light carbonation. Good.
Levihaag (3) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 16, 2012 does not count
Very good beer, not at all what I expected from one of the novelty brews. I look forward to drinking it again!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Tap at Tylers in Durm. Copper with a steady white head. Nose is bitter, juniper, minerals, salty. Flavor is all over the place and I don’t care for it too much. Lots of bitterness and herbal sweeter flavors. Ugh.JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Earlier Rating: 5/16/2012 Total Score: 2.7
Bottle. Muddy brown with a small off white head. Kinda messy and strange, juniper and some other spices and herbs. Not a big fan.
Pours a deep amber with herbal notes that are driven from the juniper. This drives into a dry grain note that showcases the malt very well. LucindaT3 (1) - - JUN 14, 2012 does not count
This is a great representation of a Sahti - the junpier berries with the hallertau hops are awesome! jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
After the Summer Ale swill, I was very reluctant to try another Sam Adams brew. Glad I did try this one.
Dark amber, clear. Aroma is caramel, spice, and citrus - enticing. Definitely can taste juniper and spices, a little caramel. Mild sweetness, no bitterness. A very rich flavor, though it can put you off if you’re expecting a more traditional taste.
I really enjoyed this and found it refreshing.