kaoaaolco (8) - ft meade, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick and deep flavor. Very chocolaty and malty. I really like this dark and comforting beer. Absolutely will look to buy it again.
mattern84 (5) - - NOV 24, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful color Flavor and aroma. I was very impressed with the roasted taste it left. Perfect beer for my first Christmas decorating night of the year.
MarkSachon (904) - 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.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours pitch black with a one finger dark brown head. Not great head retention but decent lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, some dark roast coffee, and heavily roasted malt. Some dark fruit pokes through along with a little bit of caramel. Really typical of a porter but quite appealing.
Flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Some bready malt sneaks through as well. A little dark fruit and caramel as well. Not hugely complex but nice flavors and nothing really off. It does get a little bit tannic and acrid with the roasted malt but this is barely held in check. Mouthfeel is very full and just slightly sticky. This beer really has tons of body which was a pleasant surprise.
Overall, a really nice porter that is simple but very enjoyable on a cold night. Worth picking up in the winter variety pack if you come across it.
Bulk_Carrier (3628) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, 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.
williamherbert (1486) - Syracuse, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, dark chocolate brown. One finger of light brown head. It looks like a very legitimate porter. Leaves a decent lace.
Aroma is a soft, nutty malt: hazelnut, mocha, breakfast blend coffee with just a touch of sweet (but not too sweet) caramel. I’m shocked at how good the aroma is on this.
Taste is nutty, but less pronounced than the aroma. As it warms up, the coffee bitterness really explodes. The nuttiness balances the sugar/caramel sweetness very well. It’s almost like a coffee with cream but also a shot of espresso.
The feel is chalky and dusty. This is a very solid beer, I should hope that Saranac would keep it in their regular rotation.
scarletfire65 (1323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Winter Variety 12 pack. Very dark brown, almost black. Frothy mocha head. The aroma is ash and wood, with a very distant hint of chocolate and alcohol. Medium bodied, great porter flavors of wood, roasted malt, light coffee, slight acidic twang. Finishes dry and bitter, Saranac offerings usually lean towards astringent hopping, and this is no exception, but it comes across well. The mouthfeel is lean and well attenuated.
dlovell2 (1729) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with tan head. Coffee and roasted malt aromas. Roasted malt flavor with brown sugar coffee and molasses. Hop finish.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a moderate-large tan head that lasts until nearly mid-glass and leaves a complex layer of webbing with each sip. Very pleasant aroma of roasted malt along with a bit of char and coffee. The flavor is roasted malt with a bit of char and a slight metallic flavor. Some wet cardboard emerges in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness at the finish, although there is some roast bitterness that lingers at the back of the throat. Medium bodied. One of the better offerings I have had from the folks at Saranac.
PhatB420 (837) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz into a pint. Taste has a nice sweetness to it, a bit like splenda, but without the dry afterbite. Pours a carcoal black with brown undertones. Smooth finish that emulates the main focus of the porter, the malt finish. Exhubernt and tasty, this one packs in a winter warmings of fun. Nice, bountiful, and thread like accuracy, this complements the pallate with fullfinment. Nice.