psuCE03 (135) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2008
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Roasted malty aroma with a dark opaque color. Lots of malt flavor with roasted chocolate flavor. Impressive session beer.
generallee08 (712) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
It has a dark murky brown color with dark red highlights. The head is tan in color, foamy and leaves nice lace on the glass. There is a dark malty aroma with a heavy toasted flavor. There are some chocolate notes as well as some mildly bitter hops within a creamy smooth medium bodied palate. This is a very good offering from the Saranac family of beers.
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark like a Guinness, with subtle hints of chocolate. Not a terrible beer, but not one for mass consumption.
wlajwl (3896) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2011
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Among the worst beers I’ve ever had. This just didn’t taste good at all, don’t know what it was, just did not like it.
jtclockwork (8461) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber. Medium bodied. Nose and tastes of mild chocolates, grasses. Rated 11/13/02
madmitch76 (15124) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16th September 2008. Very dark beer that shows a red tint in front of a light. Some mild toasted malt and a little chocolate in a soft beer that has no bitterness or dryness. Seems like a modest porter but no worse for being so.
KyotoLefty (6504) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Medium brown with decent head.
Aroma of malt, chocolate. Flavor is malty, rich, roasted, and full of chocolate and caramel, but also with good hops. Finish of hops and a bit of malt. Avery nicely balanced amber, decent bitterness to go with the chocolate malty sweetness.
williamherbert (1295) - Syracuse, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown and reddish around the edges. Fluffy light brown head. Very dark and opaque. Rich. Some nice top lace.
Rich dark amber smell. Notes of light caramel. Sweet chocolate aroma. Mix between a sweet, rich amber and a dry, bitter porter/stout. Interesting.
The taste is like a black & tan: initial heavy stout flavor with a sweeter secondary flavor. A little smoky in the ambery second wave. Bitter malty afterbite.
A little dry in the feel, chalky. Smoother at the end. Medium bodied. Feels like a stout first, then an amber. Not bad but not amazing. Feel like a mixed bag.
fidelis83 (1955) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours very dark brown with a thin beige head that has decent retention. Aroma is caramel, bready malts, toasted wheat bread, light roast, dark corn syrup, a hint of chocolate and some herbal notes. Flavor is light roast, dark caramel, rich and sweet wheat bread, some roasted nuts, grain husks and some herbal hops. Finish is a little roast, sweet malt and light mineral notes. Palate is light bodied, pretty over carbonated, and somewhat dry throughout. Nothing special.
drowland (6063) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had this a long time ago from a 12oz bottle and this was the only note I took beyond the numbers: Noooot impressed with this one. Is there even chocolate in it, or just the malts?
hike20 (38) - Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a 1 finger tan head with a light chocolate aroma. Light Chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Very thin mouth feel is not helped by the higher carbonation. Overall not too bad, but nothing noteworthy here. Lacks depth and balance.