arsenal (10) - Orange, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a domestic with malty, nutty flavor...and it doesn’t taste like a pine branch was stuck in the bottle! subtle use of hops, go figure. nearly opaque in the glass. there is mystery here. everybody else is smitten with NYC. Upstate is fine with me.
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 (544) - 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 (731) - 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 (416) - 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 (8450) - 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 (1954) - 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 (326) - 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 (126) - 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.
Tstamba (198) - Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
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ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad schwarzbier, especially from Saranac. Has a nice roastiness and for once, the Saranac wateriness works in this beers favor.