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Caramel malt sweetness and trademark rich, creamy head. A fitting homage to our Grandfatherís apprenticeship at the Duke of Badenís brewery in Germanyís Black Forest region.

hfmejias' rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hfmejias (722) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAY 25, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Freaky_tiki (545) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle from my neighbour -- thanks man! -- who refuses to join RateBeer. Just may be the ugliest beer Iíve poured in a long time: pure cola soda, no hint of foam, thin watery limp black liquid. Taste is okay. Malty lager. Yippie. Could be worse, but it ainít good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2014
An interpretation of a Schwarzbier Iíll agree. Yet it lacks on nearly every angle. The watered down caramel malt body equals meh. Nose is blistering ephemeral. So much so little can be discerned. An abrupt finish leaves one thinking ...... Iím glad that my wife pass d for this carp and not me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mbgrayson (534) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Pours a clear dark brown, with thin tan head. Aroma of malts and dark fruits. Taste is typical of a schwarzbier, dark, smooth and malty. Thumbs up!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6449) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2014
Bottled. From old notes. A decent Schwartz bier with chocolate and coffee notes. Light in flavor. Nothing very special, but a pretty nice black beer. Not much aroma or finish, but likeable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JDBaker11058 (1269) - Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Appearance: clear dark ruby brown, with a short, very creamy light beige head. Aroma: toasted pumpernickel bread and caraway seed, light roast, fresh cut grass, light pepper . Taste: soy sauce, charred black bread, light chocolate, burnt cardboard, drying hay. Finish: lingering toasty, salty, and grainy notes over some wet grass. Notes: Watery palate...oof. Definitely not my favorite in the style. Far more savory/umami characteristics than I prefer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (680) - New York, USA - JUN 4, 2014
It pours a dark reddish brown with a big creamy tan head. The head makes nice lace that slowly slides down the sides of the glass. Its aroma is sweet with roasted malts and caramel. The flavors of the dark roasted malts and caramel move across the tongue as nice bitter notes slide in from the sides to finish slowly with a light bitterness. It has a smooth and creamy palate with soft carbonation that sets you up for anther sip.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcclainc50 (172) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Pours a dark brownish red with a decent tan head. Licorice, coffee and malty nose. Flavors of licorice and chocolate up front with a bit of a sweet flavor at the back. Little thin for a dark beer, watery thickness detracts from the overall appeal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gruffyboy (7) - - MAY 4, 2014 does not count
From bottle. Coppery black colour, not much aroma. Caramel and roasted malt flavour, with a bitter finish. Ok, but Saranac do other better beers ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BLADT (625) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle pour. Dark blood red in glass. Thin head. Aroma is chocolate covered cherries, mildly roasted malts and trace ashiness. Taste follows. Bittersweet, with the finish on the sweet end. More drinkable than interesting. Works best as a third or forth beer in the evening, not the first.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (4941) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2014
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 thereís 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.

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