cheap (3746) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Let’s give old Mr. Saranac another try. Just when you thought you tried every possible Saranac, there appears yet another. Let’s see, I’ve tasted over 15 kinds of Saranac so far and I have drunk many others without rating, bashi-bazouk! This is almost as meretricious as Sam Addams. I bought this 12 oz brown bottle because the label said ‘black’ on it and I generally like many beers that are colored something close to black. Black Diamond Back, I should have read the fine print of the label. Dull surprise, it is not anything really dark when you pour it out of the bottle. The color of this beer is orange orangey red with a slight brown tint. Around the edge of the beer floats a girdle of thin alabaster foam sticking to the side of the glass. The gimlet aroma is medium sweet strong, indicating this may be akin to medium strong ale. A taste confirms it, this is a pretty strong lager. The flavors are creamy ‘in your face’ pungent malty ale, with a medium strong personality of alky bitterness. Tuff to enjoy, not too refined for my girlie taste buds. This is reminiscent of that cheap 32 oz malt liquor I bought at Dave’s Town bar for $2. It’s got to be the worst dunkler bock I have ever tasted, worse than Beira Morretti La Rosa. Penn St. Nikolaus Bock Bier, Gluek Honey Bock and Hereford & Hops Badger Bock are all much better tasting than this. Schell’s Caramel Bock is the best example of dunkler bock I’ve ever tasted and this does not even come close to that sapid flavor. . This Black diamond brew comes across as harsh and unrefined, difficult to enjoy as beer. It has a slight metallic finish that lingers like high IBU for ever. I would imagine this beer will rate high on this site because it comes across as a big impressive beer. Not as gentlemanlike as I expect with the dunkler bock style. The best Saranac I ever tasted was their Belgian white, this does not hold a candle to the enjoyability of that beer.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with a beige head. Aroma of toast and caramel malt. Flavor is all malt with some toast and bitterness. Pretty good and drinkable.
ABUSEDGOAT (2267) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear slightly darker amber with a large head that rapidly diminishes, blah lacing. Aroma is bread, caramel, toast, grassy hops. Flavor brings this, lightly sweet finish, medium to light bodied. Very drinkable and straightforward, but quite boring... as usual.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I liked this one. It poured a clear dark gold, the color of good whiskey, with a large off-white head. It.is a rich malty brew, with excellent mouth filling flavor. The hops nicely balanced the presentation without overwhelming the bock characteristics. A strong brew that goes down smoothly and still has a full-bodied taste. Mellow. A winter session beer?
dkoonce (906) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear copper, with a thin tan head. Aroma is mostly malt, with a slight bit of hop. Fairly heavy body, for a bock. Mostly malt, again. But, the alcohol seems to cut through. A sort of metallic flavor overrides the whole taste.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours light brown and fairly transparent with a short offwhite head. Aromas of yeast, some grassy hops and slight caramel malts. Flavor is some definite caramel, but some slight pear and other fruits make their way through as well. Some slight hops at the finish. Hard to figure out this one just doesn’t seem to meld together very well. Drinkable but not all that good. A bit of a letdown after the IIPA which I enjoyed..
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chestnut in color with a brown head. The palate is thin. Aroma is mostly roasted malt and yeast. The flavor is all malt, but has a hint of spice to it--I’m guessing from the lager yeast. Just alright.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin fizzy head with minimal carbonation. Roasty and malty aroma with a hint of chocolate and caramel. Color is a clear dark amber brown. Thin malty body with a bit of cigarette ash in the background. More roasted malts and some sweetness. Kind of dry and pasty palate. Finish is sickly sweet and pasty. Another so-so brew from saranac.
CelticBrew (748) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours out a hazy dark brown, clear at the end. Aroma of malts with hoppish caramel smell. Flavor of malted caramel with a nice hop ending. Fairly good beer I geuss, has that euro flavor.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle pours a clear coppery amber with a large off white head that shows good durability and fair lace, a nice looking brew. Grassy, floral hop aroma with some burnt caramel thrown in. Medium carbonation and body combine in a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Flavor is predominately sweet, but some bittering enters in late to prevent an overly sweet finish. One dimensional, drinkable, nothing offensive, but nothing special either.