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RATINGS: 869   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Caramel malt sweetness and trademark rich, creamy head. A fitting homage to our Grandfather’s apprenticeship at the Duke of Baden’s brewery in Germany’s Black Forest region.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kilgore41599 (98) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2002
Another decent Saranac product, but nothing great. Still drink it from time to time.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jagerphish99 (33) - USA - FEB 17, 2002

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 A very nice bavarian brew. Nice and dark, the color did resemble a black forest. This one definetely needs to be enjoyed with a nice big slice of chocolate cake.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1050) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2002
Hmm... the description says it has a creamy head, but when I poured it, mine was without one. That would have added a point to my appearance rating. All in all a good dark beer, smooth body without being bitter like a lot of dark beers tend to be. Good malt/hop balance. I’d get it again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkvibe (68) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2002
Too dark for my liking. Goes great with a big meal, though.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2548) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2002
I thought I would not like this, but was surprised with the smoothness and decent aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2002
Nice color, but not malty enough for my taste. Caramel was very subtle.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhenry76 (101) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2002
Rich color, nice malty sweetness. Smooth, almost creamy texture.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NYDennis (64) - Port Jefferson Station, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2001
I thought it was ok. Would drink again but wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2004 Deep Dark Red. Nice creamy head. A sweet malt and caramelly nose. A forever caramelly palate with hints of chocolate malt Finish lingers a bit. Good everyday beer because it is very drinkable and not heavy. This holds a special place in my heart because it is one of my first transitional beers. Saranac's best IMHO.


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