DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
What an odd hybrid! It doesnít look as aesthetically pleasing from the bottle as it does served from a tap over a spoon. Pours lehigh brown with a big white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Big bready nose. The taste is dominated by the dark stuff and itís big chocolate notes. Finishes fairly clean.
johnnnniee (1841) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a solid dark brown with deep ruby highlights and a huge creamy tan head that sticks around forever. Smells of roasted malts, cotton candy, some dark fruit, aromatic malts, a little toffee. Theres a strange bitterness in the smell that seems out of place. Taste is malty at first. Starts off like cold coffee and dark fruit then that harsh bitterness that was in the smell comes through. A finishes with a lingering chocolate taste that would have been great the whole way through. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium to thick in the body, medium carbonation. This one was only okay. I liked it at first, but as it warmed I liked it less and less. The astringent bitterness ruined this one for me.
DrSilverworm (4106) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle as part of the adirondack mountain mix 6-pack. First thing I noticed was the alcohol aroma, so the modest 5.1% ABV is surprising. Pretty bitter and carbonated, not enough good flavor to back it up. A decent beer to accompany the grilled sandwich I just consumed with it. In all fairness, though, this is my first-ever stout, so Iím not really familiar with the style.
yackery (144) - California, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a permanently covering head over a deep red, fairly clear body under a slick lacing that is as thick as the long-lasting head.
Aroma is caramel malt and notes of vanilla and roast coffee. Very impressive like North Coast!
Taste is a little bitter and little like flavored coffee. Again, very good. This is much better than the same brewerís dry, Irish stout.
And I like the lively and forward palate like a friendly stout.
I definitely like this beer better than many and gives a break in ABV.
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a mixed 6-pack purchased at a Price Chopper in Lake Placid, NY on 03/26/2011. Colour: Dark dark dark red with brown undertones and small slightly grey head. Nose: Dark cocoa, seaweed, tar, whisky, toffee. Taste: Medium sweet, medium bitter, light sour. Really black sweetened coffee, charred malt, roasted pumpkin seeds. Finish is looooooooong and full of burnt notes. Delicious, if not a touch sweet.
italarican (1157) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark chocolate, slightly thin with a reddish hue. Aroma of chocolate malt, roasted nuts, and a touch of prunes. Flavor is slightly distant but a decent amount of roasted chocolate malt balanced by an earthy quality I couldnít make. Very fizzy with roasted malt, chalk, and bitterness in the finish. One of my favorites from Saranac.
TheGB (461) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a Saranac mixed 12 pack. Mild aroma of malt. Decent flavors of malt and cream, with a smooth palate. Not very exciting, but decent beer.
wlajwl (3344) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, canít really taste the lager much, just a relatively watery stout. Decent maltiness, just canít really get into Black and Tans that much.
Nikiel (831) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a light brown with a hint of red and medium brown foam. Smells lighly sweet and roasty. Initially tastes like a good black and tan, but ends with a bitterness that fades into old barley.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a pint glass.
4.5 A: Used motor oil in color. One and a half fingers of thick, frothy foam. Syrupy pour.
3.5 S: Bready, coffee, and caramel most pronounced. Then some hop bitterness.
3.5 T: Not bad. The good thing about black & tans is that unlike normal straight up stouts, they actually have a taste and donít just look pretty. Toasty, coffee, and caramel malts. Earthy hops and dark fruit.
3.0 M: Medium bodied. Smooth and crisp but doesnít have the creaminess that makes a good stout.
3.5 D: Not bad at all, but not exciting enough for me. Can easily drink a few of these.
I was expecting this beer to suck since the adirondack lager by itself is bad. Pleasantly surprised.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-02-2008 21:30:17