bhenry76 (101) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich color, nice malty sweetness. Smooth, almost creamy texture.
kramer (4684) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown body with a one finger frothy beige head. The nose is a mix of light caramel and licorice with a light roastiness. The flavor is on the sweeter side, but there’s a thinness and almost a slightly sour note on the finish that takes away from the overall experience. Still, a nice bit of licorice up front though. Lighter bodied and a bit watery with fizzy carbonation. This is pretty typical of a Saranac effort, there are some good aspects of a Schwarzbier, but it just comes up short.
Beerhunter111 (5343) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, erdig, Schokolade. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, leicht trockener Abgang.
bstaff88 (7) - Cumberland, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass. Its a very dark ruby red with a small foamy head that’s almost mocha color. It disappears rather quickly. no lacing. Not much to the smell a bit of malt, underwhelming. Taste is sweeter than I expected, with caramel and malt. a bit of toffee. Low carbonation very easy drinking so smooth. Great all around beer give it a try! Note: more flavorful as it warms up!
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes. Consumed November 22, 2011.
The appearance has a dark, almost purplish-brown body with a small creamy colored head and had a slightly reddish beige color of the head with very small lacing.
The smell has black cherries, some light malt, some berry aromas, and subdued chocolate.
The taste is basically the same as the previously mentioned flavors through a decent bittersweetness.
The palate is about a medium; comes across slightly creamy; with a quick clean finish, berry/chocolate aftertaste, slightly sessionable.
Overall, this is good for the style and good for me.
BucannonXC5 (743) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 16-oz. glass
From: My aunt Jenny
Price: N/A for a variety 12-pack
Consumed: Jan. 17, 2014
Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan head. Below average sporadic lacing on the sides. Minimal retention.
Smelled malt heavy, metallic, smoky wood fire, red malts and rye hops.
Tasted caramel, toffee, amber malt, light wood fire and overall a bit lighter than I thought it would be.
Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt finish.
Wasn’t a fan of this beer. I probably even overrated it a bit.
Kosmokrator (424) - ITALY - JAN 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Color marrone scuro parzialmente limpido con un fragile e sottile velo poco persistente di schiuma color cappuccino. Aroma dolciastro con sentori di caramello, luppolo e malti debolmente tostati; gusto in bilico tra dolciastro e amarognolo con note di malto, zucchero caramellato e un finale leggermente più asciutto e luppolato. Corpo lieve, struttura leggermente acquosa, effervescenza gentile. Non è cattiva, ma è oltremodo banale.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. Roast, caramel, and lighter chocolate.
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
StevieT (379) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
floydslip (137) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.