hockeybeerguy (544) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours a dark brown close to black and leaves a decent half inch white foamy head that immediately dies into the body. The smell is roasted malt, hops and coffee. The taste is bitter as the coffee and hops are taking precedence. The taste is bittersweet between the hops, coffee to the malts, comes through pretty nice. The palate is about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It leaves a bitter and dry aftertaste and finish. Overall, this is a good beer for its style and its good for me, I’d come back to it.
devilben02 (261) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours from the bottle with a rich, opaque, dark-chocolate brown color. The aroma is dominated by milk chocolate, but there are also some oaty grains and a little vanilla. The flavor is the liquid equivalent of burnt toast, though, with a grainy, assertive bitterness that overwhelms the chocolate. Even if they were going for a robust porter, there is too much over-roasted character to be enjoyed.
McGarnigle (532) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. I give it credit for a nice roasty layer on top, but underneath it seems slightly empty, as though they didn’t use enough malts in between 2-row and chocolate malt. On the dry side.
Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle. Roasty, toasty, scorched malt notes. Nutty with vanilla and light hops. Dark brown-black with creamy light tan lacing head. Medium body and carbonation. Starts medium dry with roasted barley, chocolate, vanilla, and light smoke. Medium bitter hops at the finish, with carbonic tang. Nutty bitter after.
nike (876) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to cheap (thanks buddy). Another pleasant surprise, pours a dark black. aroma of slight chocolate and coffee. balanced off slightly, some bitterness and malt, (little hops flavor) thin feel, lacking a bite from a porter. But, easy to drink and pleasant.
EithCubes (4573) - 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!
Brewbie (448) - New York, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, black with fluffy brown head. cocoa aroma. light roast taste smooth chocolate. burnt roast finish.
shrubber85 (6804) - 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.
Scrapersnbeer (1391) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted coffee and fudge aroma. Brown to nearly black in color. Black coffee bitterness, looks like they came up short with the sweetness here, as the malt is strictly burnt. The usual Achilles’ heel for Saranac is in the body, and this one is no exception as it is to thin. Otherwise a solid offering.
MarkSachon (493) - 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 (992) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit to bitter with slight astringent flavor and malt astringent aroma. Thin to medium body. Not to good honestly.
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