oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, almost black pour. Small head with ti ny frothy bubbles. Nose of caramel, malt, molasses, and bitter chocolate. Flavour was very roasty, with notes of chocolate and burnt malt. Not too complex... very dry finish
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; Saranac might not nake the best beers, but for less than a dollar per bottle, they are a pretty good bargain. Poured a very dark brown, with a small light brown head. Aroma was very roasted, with coffee and chocolate. Flavor was better than expected. Palate was on the thin side. Some good chocolate and nuts in the flavor. A decent amount of hops in the finish.
bobaidan (495) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark as expected with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not watery. Flavor has nice roasted malt, a hint of chocolate and just enough hop bitterness to balance it out. Not a super flavorful beer, but what it there is pretty good.
kennydiaz (351) - staten island, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
IT HAS A MILD CHOCOLATE TASTE. A LITTLE AVERAGE. IF YOU WANT A REAL CHOCOLATE BEER I RECOMMEND BROOKLYN CHOCOLATE.
ghostbrewer (9) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2008 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 12 ounce bottle into Sam Adam’s Tasting Glass. Nice dark color with dark tan head that leaves behind decent lacing. The aroma is faint malt. The flavor is entirely chocolate malt and roast barley, but very restrained with decent balance.The aftertaste is mild roasted barley. The palate is thin and silky. This is probably my favorite beer from the Saranac Holiday/Variety 12-pack.
metsbcd (83) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not surprisingly, its a dark beer. Not really as chocolatey as one would think. Its tasty, but I was expecting more.
jrob21 (2288) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was hoping with chocolate in the name that this was going to be a little more entertaining but alas I was thwarted. Should have stuck with the truffles I got for christmas dropped in a bud light ’cause that might have been better. Well probably not. Either way this one had that crystal sugar candy, bitter flavor. The color was nice too. Could have a lot more body and there was a faint bittersweet chocolate flavor.
ridgeman (37) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 12 oz. from Winter mix 12 pack. Very dark brown almost black in color. Tannish color and small head. Smells of bitter chocolate. Hints of coffee and chocolate thorughout. It is not too heavy and easy to drink. Overall enjoyable beer.
blipp (5595) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Appearance: Dark brown, not quite black, tan creamy head. Aroma: Bittersweet chocolates, hint of roasted coffee, some sweet hop scent as well. Palate: Medium/full. Flavor: Mostly nutty malts, light chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Overall: Not anything impressive, but a pretty good beer and easy to drink, which is pretty typical of saranac brews.
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, 5.7% a/v
Pours an opaque oily black with a decent tan head. The nose detects nuts, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a very small note of coffee. The taste is very rich and bitter, with lots of nuts, coffee, and dark roasted malts. Very good mouthfeel and a nice long bitter aftertaste.