MarkSachon (711) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from the holiday sampler case. Pours with a medium head and a nice dark malty color. Medium to medium heavy with a nice finish. For the relative cost of the case, this is well worth the investment. One of Saranac’s better brews.
Itzjerm (1590) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 A bit to bitter with slight astringent flavor and malt astringent aroma. Thin to medium body. Not to good honestly. Aroma of bottle also.
Tmoney99 (11711) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark sweet flavor with medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft beer.
alexsdad06 (6756) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours brown to dark brown with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, earth, so me ash. Body is a bit thin, otherwise not bad.
GnarlyGnome (756) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: dark chocolate brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet, chocolate... Roastiness. Flavor is smooth roasted chocolates. Bitterness is slightly off putting for some reason. Not bad, though.
mintzmeet (320) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes Baltic. not quite buttery, but texture is very smooth. roasted flavors but no where near burnt, not much hoppyness (slightly soapy).
Patrickctenchi (4627) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours almost black, with a tall, dark oatmeal head.
Light bitter chocolate, coffee scent.
Taste is the same....watery, roast malt.....thin.
Too bad, nice balance, but weak.
Needs some backbone.
UkrainPubCrawler (105) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A tasty porter but not as full flavored as I would have liked. Still nice flavor and enjoyable to drink.
Nephilium (1475) - Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild roasted aroma, pours an opaque dark brown, with a light tan head. Chocolate roasted notes, and a bit more hop bitterness then you find in a porter. Light bodied, seems to be missing something, but not a bad porter.
Jow (2582) - New York, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last beer of night prior to switching to bourbon. Pours dark brown. Thin nose of coffee. Tastes if cola, coffee, roasted malt, some nutty aftertaste. Thin watery palate. Lacks punch