j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a medium sized beige head. Sweet plum and a bit of oxidization on the nose over some dusty cocoa and roast. A touch thin, roast and cocoa, oxidization and papery malt. Just empty into the finish. Not a lot going on.
adamhorror (71) - USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black appearance with a one finger off white thick head. Aroma is a balance of light malt and hops. Taste is slightly sweet malt with a touch of bitter hops whichever balanced. Palate is light and a bit champagne like from the carbonation. A very easy to drink Schwarzbier.
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Mora2000 (5147) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. Reddish-brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma and flavor have a lot of toffee and dark fruit notes, as well as some caramel and nuttiness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Vballnbeer (156) - Gorham, Maine, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a pretty good black beer. It is dark in color as it should be, lacking in head a bit, and has a mild nose. The flavor is sweet, but mild and smooth with a subtle hop flavor. Worth a taste.
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 19, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
A - Pours a clear dark russet brown with a 1 finger mocha head that forms a tight bubbled cap. One long streak of horizontal lacing that looked like a skinny dinosaur.
S - Dark caramel malt, dried grain, cherry and berry fruit, lager yeast, fruit bread.
T - Roasted caramel malts, tangy sweetness, dried grass, chalky lager yeast, matches the nose, the cherry fruit is mixed in with the malt creating a fruit bread flavor, some hops wick away some of the sweetness. Finishes semi dry with compliments of fruit and slightly bitter and roasted malts.
M - Moderate carbonation, fuller body for the style, somewhat velvety but sticky at times, wet upfront but finishes semi dry.
Very fruity for the style. Had a nice roundness of roast and bitter to battle the sweetness. Decent mouthfeel too. Not bad. Not something I would seek out but I’m glad I had a chance to try this out.
Serving type: bottle
czar (3267) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours clear light brown with a light beige head, some retention. caramel, fruitiness, spices, bit of nuts, hint of sweetness, some coffee berries, dried molasses, treacled caramel. average carbonation, light body - never watery, short grassy-peppery finish. not reinventing - true to style - well executed. nice balance and dry crisp mouthfeel. quenching.
newguy88 (1) - - JUN 4, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A run of the mill beer. Somewhat dark bland and entirely forgettable beer with woody undertones. So par for the course from Saranac.
Scrapersnbeer (1252) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roasty malt with some hints of licorice and rooty spices. Reddish black pour, like a cherry soda maybe. Sweet taste like black coffee with brown sugar. Body is on the lighter, stiller side. For better or worse, a beer the brewer is known for.
hfmejias (527) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours black (cola like) with a thick beige head that leaves lots of lacing. Not much on the nose, mostly caramel notes/roasted malts. Taste is sweet caramel, roasty tones, perhaps a bit watery although it does has a slight bitterness towards the end. Easy drinker... OK beer.
jmcgavin12 (348) - Madison, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark red with frothy head. Aroma is full of caramel and sweet roasted malts. The taste is very sweet with a bit of a sick;ly sweet finish. I have always been a fan of this beer but I can see how others wouldn’t enjoy the sweetness of the beer.