jgb9348 (5717) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2012
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Clear, slightly brown, copperish coloured body with a thin light brown head - doesn’t look too great. Aroma of malt, metal, blood and perhaps a hint of cardboard - nothing chocolatey at all here. Light-bodied; Strong nuttiness and some malty notes with a large dose of deep earthy bitterness and some odd funky characteristics with the smallest hint of decent chocolate - more along the lines of bad bitterness. Aftertaste shows that funky bitterness that is more like earth and dirt than chocolate - not too pleasant at all. Overall, not a great beer by any means and not one even worth drinking. I figured from the name of the beer that this one would be awful and I was correct - simply not a good beer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York for US$1.19 on 18-November-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 04-January-2012.
blipp (8259) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Toasty malty aroma with grains and light chocolate notes. The flavor has more chocolate than the aroma, with toasted malts and some nutty sweetness. Pretty good.
arone12 (925) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber color with a little bit of a chocolate aroma. Huge chocolate taste. Delicious
MarkSachon (946) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From the sampler case. Nothing "deep" or "chocolaty" about this one to my taste. I found it to be thin and tasteless, despite the in-depth description from Saranac. Oh well, I have three more to go to finish the case, so maybe I’ll revise and upgrade the review on then next tastings, but probably not. This is just an average lager with nothing outstanding to offer.
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark copper color in the glass. It has a chocolate aroma and a heavy chocolate taste. There is also some molasses with a short finish. Easy drinking lager.
Jow (3510) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #1 of 5 saranac brews I would get to have on surprise christmas eve party. Pours amber with big head that quickly dissapates. just right amount of chocolate hits you, also resin, caramel malt, and light hops bitterness. Not bad
nuplastikk (5793) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Filtered amber-brown. Thin, beige head. Mellow, doughy amber malt aroma, some brown chocolate. Some chocolate syrup notes, medium bodied, overall pretty enjoyable beer. Smooth and sweet, delicate, distant hop balance. Chocolate syrup finish. OK.
BrewIPA (93) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2011
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice amber/copper pour. First sip and the chocolate hits me, not overwhelming, just the right amount, a subtle touch. Interesting that this is a choclate lager, I have only had choclate stouts in the past. I like this beer but rates just above average for me.
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Frank Smith’s. Pours clear deep coppery w 1-finger clingy off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, cacao, fruit. Tastes semi-sweet, with a nice cacao flavor, caramel malt, and a good amount of hops. This one was a very nice lager.
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On the 7th day of Christmas, Chalsk’s beer gods pour for me...Pours clear perfect amber with lots of bubbles and a big creamy off white head. The aroma is a bit of light chocolatey sweetness, but not much more than the German malts. The flavor starts out light and a bit malty, then sweet milk cacao notes come in a in a delicious way to please my palate.