dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma- roasted malts, grain, metallics, faint chocolate
Appearance- dark brown with lighter hues, thin head, slight lacing
Taste- roasted notes, some malt backbone, porter qualities
Palate- lighter bodied for a dark beer
Overall- Drinkable but not special whatsoever. Better than most macro’s but not something I would ever seek out.
zestytaco (34) - Niceville, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a lovely dark reddish brown with almost no head. The aroma is comprised of roasted coffee and malt sweetness. Roasted coffee with hints of chocolate start off the flavor along with a nice hop flavor. Extremely easy to drink and very enjoyable.
BelgianBeerGal (2874) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Last bottle from the VA mixed pack. Pour looks a little light; kinda like Coke with a foamy off-white head but nice lacing. Aroma is light but has nice malt notes. The flavor is pretty thin though. You get some light bitterness and fullness from the malt but it is limited. Okay
bhensonb (9863) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a mixed box at the BevMo in Roseville, CA. Pours ruddy dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is dark toasted malt with some cooked dark fruit undertone. Med body. Flavor is roast malt with some medium dark fruit. It has that burnt toast flavor in the aftertaste. It’s definitely a bitter drink. Malt sweet keeps popping up, but something (hop?) keeps bittering things up. Interesting drink.
scarletfire65 (828) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from a variety 6 pack. Pours a very dark brown, with a fine fluffy head. It actually leaves some nice intricate lacing. The aroma is slightly roasted malt, root beer, and pine. The body is medium, with high, prickly carbonation. Slight roasted malt profile, nowhere near a stout, not much complexity, bitter finish with some dried dark fruit notes. Rather bland.
nike (822) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lacks aroma of stout, I would classify as a black and tan and not a stout. Doesn’t have that burnt roasted malts that I love in a stout. Rather mild and meek for a stout, but decent. For Saranac...one of their better brews….still not saying a lot.
petexner (806) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in NY. Smooth color and head, chocolate tones,hoppy palate and finish. Not bad.
BucannonXC5 (666) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About ¾ inches of head. Color was black and coffee like. Small amount of film and much less than I thought. That changed later with uneven random spots throughout. Slight lacing on glass after initial pour. That dissipated pretty quickly.
Malty smell with coffee, caramel, toffee and chocolate dominating the way.
First taste was a buttery, coffee taste. Chocolate malts follow. Slight taste of caramel.
Nutty, bitter finish on the tongue. Mild to above average carbonation. Not the smoothest, but plenty of drinkability.
A decent beer overall. Saranac is one of my favorite beers, being from New York. I’d say this is on the top-half of my Saranac list.
Ret12 (447) - Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is slightly bitter but not very complex. It bosts a ton of flavors but I didn’t find to many of them.
joebudzjoe (661) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle poured into a mug. With a dark chocolate, plum, cashew and dark rum nose this beer pours a see-through, root beer colored body with a long lasting, off-white head. A smoky, slightly watery bodied stout offers notes of dried tobacco and almonds. Not a bad stout, especially if you want one that’s not too hefty.