Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good sized dark brown head of very fine and dense bubbles from a vigorour pour. Rich milk chocolate aroma with lots of sweet malts, charred wood and a bit of anise. Color is a very, very dark brown bordering on black. Flavor is strong roasted grains and dark chocolate. Body is a bit thinner than expected based on appearance. Decent bitterness and quickly advancing dryness late swallow. Light alcohol presence and very easy drinking. Lingering charred wood (charcoal) at the finish with some more milk chocolate and sweet malts. Don’t really taste the orange in here but I am not surprised with the strong porter flavors present. A pretty good brew.
strongpieman (1538) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Deep black, tan head, thick. Lots of coffee hint of orange. Thick and roasted. Very good rich porter.
mnoud (286) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012.05.30 - 22oz (?) bottle in pint glass. Pours quite dark and looks "thick" as it's poured. Minimal tan head fades quickly. Aroma to me is roast and mild citrus. Taste is pretty good, porter as expected with chocolate malt. Hints of subtle fruitiness on the back end. Mouthfeel low carbonation, moderate thickness. Does what it says on the label. Pretty good, not remarkable.
pineypower (2539) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Canal’s EHT. Pours out Almost black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, light orange, some roast. Taste is full bodied, lots of rich chocolate, some orange, a warming alcohol in the background. Body is thick and rather rich with oily bodies, some chocolate, and more lingering alcohol.
Jayb0 (1052) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perhaps stretching the definition of even baltic porter, this compresses quite a bit of chocolate into a beer. It starts off with a big chocolate hit, which mellows into more of a malty middle and finishes a tad sweet, the orange is in the background and does work to provide an offset to the finish, I think it could have been just a bit more to balance things out. All in all though, very nice.
dmac (4199) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by pineypower during the Devils playoff run. Poured a dark black medium density body under a smart dark beige head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, orange and citrus with some warming and a slight hint of metal. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavor of dry toast, orange marmalade and chocolate. Although this one didn’t blow me away it’s still damn good for Saranac.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Saranac Chocolate Orange
Date: April 20, 2012
Source: Duckworths, Ballantyne
Appearance: opaque dark brown, lasting tan head
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma, hint of sweetness, touch of orange
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of caramel sweetness, dark chocolate bitterness, hint of orange
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
weihenweizen (1865) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Refrigerated 22 oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours opaque black with very small beige head that dissapates very quickly. Little lacing, medium body, low carbonation, Taste is burnt malt, dark chocolate, coffee, some alcohol, hint of orange, and bitter finish. Had high expectations, but the alcohol is not well covered and burnt flavor is not t my liking.
jcwattsrugger (11213) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle–pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasty dark malt-dark chocolate/orange. Taste is roasty dark malt-dark chocolate/orange, earthy hops, alcohol.
Beerman6686 (4671) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a medium brown color with a beige head. Aroma was darker roasted malts and some dark chocolate. Flavor was also mainly chocolate and roast, a tad bitter, with no orange taste at all really.