Ratman197 (9808) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of cocoa, carmel and light bread. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of cocoa and light carmel with a crisp cocoa finish.
Drake (8560) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Iím really the first to rate this? Bottle from a sampler. Pours a clear amber with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toasted malts, nutty notes and chocolate. The taste is cocoa, some faint malts and a bitter finish. Thin bodied. Not liking this very much.
DocLock (7861) - 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 Smithís. 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.
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured clear light-medium amber with a well-retained off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet and lightly-smoked cacao, with accents of vanilla and rye bread.. toasted caramel malts took over as the drink warmed. The flavor found lots of sweeter caramel at the core, with roasted chocolate and vanilla accents.. lots of rich sugars toward the back.. tasty stuff. Lighter-bodied and slick through the palate.. a touch cloying at times.. overall a tasty, but not spectacular brew.
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, 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.
kramer (4979) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a small fizzy white head that faded pretty quickly. The nose is slightly grainy and husky with a little bit of cocoa nibs. The flavor is pretty prominent with the cacao, but there isnít a whole lot else going on in here except grainy malt. Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Overall it just tastes a little artificial and one dimensional, like most Saranac.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark caramel color with a large foamy/creamy tan head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was faint sweetish malts and touches of cocoa and cream. The flavor was toasty with faint cocoa and vanilla cream with a bitter malt base and faint vague fruitiness. The finish was medium length, tangy vanilla cream. Medium body. Ok.
jgb9348 (4737) - 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 - doesnít 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 Oliverís Beverage in Albany, New York for US$1.19 on 18-November-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 04-January-2012.
nuplastikk (4399) - 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.
ChainGangGuy (4375) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter variety pack - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
"BB MAR 31 2013"
Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber-hued body with a foaming, barely off-white head.
Smell: Well-toasted malts, though not overly effusive, given a sprinkling of cocoa powder. Very, very vague hop note lingering in there.
Taste: A start of toasty German malts, a scant nuttiness (also toasty), then some sweetness and, at last, some of the namesake chocolate coming through. A drop of apple now and then. Scant herbal-hinting hops with only a bit of bitterness. Body lightens and it closes out nearly dry, which is nice surprise.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Itís okay! Really, Iím just pleased itís not obnoxiously sweet or eye-rollingly artificial tasting.