ClarkVV (5137) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle drunk on 4/26/07
Amber-auburn with some deeper milk chocolate hues and a small, modestly retained beige head that leaves no lacing. Filtered clarity.
Some metal in the nose is a bit off-putting, but somewhat passes, as melanoidins are stirred up and produce tons of ripe, red, boisterous fruits (raspberries, strawberries, red currants, oranges, peaches). Strong caramel-vanilla maltiness seems rather ample and about as supple as it gets for Saranac. Dries out on the end, properly, with lager yeast crispness, malt breadiness and light acidity. Aside from the slight metallic character and only medium strength of the nose, it’s impressively well-done for the style, especially being neither too sweet or dry, nor American hopped. Alcohol does not show through either.
Moderately sweet up front, there is a nutty/bready astringency, full of fruity melanoidins and a bit of oily/acidic malt tannin. Caramel shows very little stickiness, while a bit of cola flavor picks up on the finish, climaxing in a somewhat crisp yeast finale. Good balance, medium carbonation, but rather fizzy and loose. Alcohol not apparent. Yet another well-brewed beer from Matt that could be potentially great, if it didnt suffer from the sagging texture produced by the heavy filtration.
BREWMUSKCLES (2507) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2007
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
although i am a fan of the matt family of beers i was dissapointed by this offering. drank six beers over the course of 2 weeks and can tell you its sweet, malty, it is not complex, thin, watery, and not refreshing. just totally off. and it is not a winter brew for my money. we already have deep powder.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by puddintane. Reddish-range pour with an off white head. Aroma of caramel malt orange zest and a bit of light earhy hops. Flavors of caramel malt, orange zest, light chocolate all seemed to be present. Decent body, nicely carbonated...sweet/malty finish.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a gorgeous bright ruby-chestnut color with a large creamy beige head that lingered. The aroma was sour, tangy, very malty and had a hint of vegetal malts underneath. The flavor was tangy, nutty and very malty and smooth. There was a hint of caramel and a light fruity hop element. The finish was a bit weak but otherwise this was a very nice beer.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I don’t really care for most beers from Saranc; they actually do a better job with soda, or with cotnract brewing for micros. But this one is ot bad. Clear dark amber, small head. Nose of toast and floral hops. Taste of toasted malts, simple sweetness, a pleasing nuttiness, and a nasty finish. Average mouthfeel ...it is after all a bock and not a double.
jsquire (4040) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear dark amber color out of the bottle with a huge foamy ivory head. Nose of toasted grain. My initial reaction to tasting this was that it was too thin for a bock. Flavors of burnt toast, white sugar, and some burnt grain astringency. The finish is oddly metallic. Not a very interesting beer.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by puddintane: Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Aroma, caramel, malty notes, some earthiness to it, a little toasty. Flavor, caramle, a nice malty sweetness, some earthy notes, and a slight smokiness to it as well. Not bad coming from them.
ZOSOMAN12020 (28) - Malta, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Seems to be easily one of the better offerings from this brewery, which seems to have recently possibly turned the corner from mediocre offerings, to more quality (such as the Imperial IPA). Very drinkable with no noticeable flaws over time (which usually pop up with some of there beers after you sample them for a while). Would like to taste what their version of a Doppelbock might be like...
Dacrza (775) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle- 12 oz. in crystal mug) Toasty amber, medium bitterness, medium body, slightly bitter. A pleasant beer for March and those in-between winter-spring moments... almost drinkable in larger quantities...should be included in their winter sampler next year...points for the goggled bear logo?
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear red/orange color with a very thin white head. Aroma is light and sweet with a good amount of malts and a slight touch of yeast. Flavor is also very light with a sweet malt taste at the beginning, and a very smooth and sweet middle and finish. A little too light though.