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Brewed to pay homage to our founder’s homeland, our German-Style Schwarzbier is brewed true to style with a deliciously sweet malty flavor. It may be dark in color but it’s not heavy on roasted flavor like most people expect in a dark beer. BEER STYLE: Bavarian Black Beer MALT: Two-Row, Caramel HOPS: Mt Hood, Hallertauer ABV: 5.3%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2013
12/12/2009. From bottle. One of my favorite Saranac beers. Dark roasted malt with light hops and fruit. Caramel flavors with malty notes and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StevieT (961) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2013
Thick lasting creamy head and a mild malty aroma, I like it. Perhaps a bit too carbonated but that’s being fussy. A pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydslip (247) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Opaque dark brown beer with a medium foamy tan head that subsides into a thin film. Light nose of sweet malt, candied nuts, and a little burnt caramel. Flavor has a touch of roast with an underlying nutty sweetness followed by a bit of punchy hops. Medium-bodied with perky effervescence, this is a relatively mild beer that belies its rich color. Pretty good, but could have more flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tstamba (421) - Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2013
From a bottle. Dark brownish red pour, no much head. Very sweet aroma, Caramel and roast, thin mouthfeel, some feint coffee notes ... Not my thing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Not a bad schwarzbier, especially from Saranac. Has a nice roastiness and for once, the Saranac wateriness works in this beers favor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3934) - - OCT 22, 2013
bottle. black with small tan head. nougaty, sweet, milk chocolate aroma. flavors of roasted malt and some milk chocolate. hints of caramel. lightish body and somewhat dry for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (5035) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2013
12oz bottle. This is one of the first few beers I really liked. I imagine it has changed considerably in ingredient quality and character in the decade since then...but maybe I’m mistaken. Deepish brown-amber body. Thin but steady beige head. Kind of weak on the chocolate malt, you almost get amber tones. I used to really enjoy this beer, but it just a medium bodied mediocrity these days.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
revolution2718 (345) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Pours very dark. Well balanced tending malty, not overly complex but not unpalatable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Dark black pour, medium head. Little lacing. Earthy malted aroma. Taste of roasted malts, caramel and pine. Easy to drink, watery mouthful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3246) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

6/24/2011: Saranac Black Forest (Bavarian Style Black Beer)... Aroma: Caramel notes, bread crust, earthy hops evident. Appearance: Beautiful auburn (red-brown) color with a motled dark beige head that slowly collapses. Flavor: European maltiness with a good balance between some dark maple syrup sweetness and a mild spicy and earthy hop flavor and bitterness; dry Pils-like quality with more malty sweetness and caramel notes behind it. Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth mellow; nice weight in the mouth; almost creamy texture. Overall: Pleasantly palatable beer with some sessionability to it.

12 fl. oz. bottle from Kroger in Harrison, Ohio. Rating #843 for this beer.

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