Tmoney99 (9957) - 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.
Ratman197 (8830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle drank at 5280’ (possibly too high) poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee and cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, coffee, bakers cocoa and earthiness with a smooth lingering dark roast coffee finish.
Drake (7834) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle, winter sampler, from Harris Teeter Barracks Charlottesville. Pours a clear dark brown color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of chocolate, roast and dusty notes. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts and a bitter roast finish. Mild hoppiness. Medium bodied. Simple, but quite nice.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid dark brown with 1-finger frothy tan head. Nose is rich choc malt, cacao, mild coffee and hops. Tastes of heavy coffee, choc malt, on the dry side, with finishing hops and jalapeno oily coffee flavor. Pretty rich for a Saranac offering, with a charred finish. Comes off like a hoppy dry stout.
shrubber85 (6803) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Milk chocolate malt and light ash aroma. Dark brown with moderate tan head. Dark chocolate malt and mildly bitter herbal flavor. Pretty good.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Roasted malts, toasted grains, light nutty notes, and a quick roasty finish. Decent.
EithCubes (4568) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, BB Mar 31, 2014. Nose is heavily roasty with some chocolate, ash and even some tar in their, really nice and sultry. Even has some light hops for accent. Deep brown-black pour with a light brown head. Taste with nice ash and wood, roast backed off a ton but the small level of fruitiness allowed to rise. Some coffee still but faint, and chocolate. Low bitterness with a touch of astringency that is really only noticeable in the long finish. Clean with a clean yeast, the big problem is that the body is very watery and somewhat flat; there are style arguments to be made, I suppose, but even a little more body/malt feel would go a long way. An otherwise fine porter!
kramer (4550) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy light brown head that faded to a thin wispy film. The nose is quite burnt and roasty for a Porter, lots of burnt caramel and a bit of a rubbery note. The flavor is a little too burnt for the style, it has a bit of a rubbery quality throughout. It’s lacking in chocolate and coffee flavors like I look for in a porter. Medium bodied, a little clingy and sticky with forced fizzy carbonation. Kinda reminds me of Yuengling Porter, as if its lagared. Not a winner, even for Saranac.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4444) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a huge foamy brown head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was dryish, bitter and roasty. The flavor was dry, bitter and roasty with faint cocoa and cola. Medium length dry roasty cocoa finish. Medium body. Eh.
JaBier (4400) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours darkest brown to black with a medium tan head. Nose consisting of malt, licorice, chocolate and roast. Malty flavor with molasses and chocolate before a roasty finish.