ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - Pours a fairly clear amber-brown color with a finger of white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a small ring and leaves behind only a little lacing.
S - The aroma is full of sweet carmel malts with just a small touch of chocolate and roasted nutty smells.
T - The flavor starts out with a building sweet carmel malt flavor. This is joined by hints of bitter hops, chocolate flavors, and just a hint of nut/earthy flavor. The finish is a slightly bitter taste with a hint of chocolate.
M - Medium to medium-light body and medium-low amount of carbonation. The beer really feels smooth, and the slightly dry finish is refreshing.
D - Very drinkable beer. It is not to most complex, but it is also far from an empty lager. The flavors stay balanced overall and the mouthfeel matches nicely.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has no freshness date or abv% listed. This bottle was part of the 2010 Saranac Winter 12 pack.
Appearance: The body has a garnet color with good clarity. On top sits a thin half inch thick head which is beige in color and fades quickly. Lacing is very minimal and slick leaving a mostly clean glass behind.
Smell: It is light overall in the nose with a light malty sweetness with hints of light herbal hop spice and faint mineral presence.
Taste/Palate: There is a mild bready sweetness up front with some sweet roasted grain notes and some nice moderately balanced hop spice and bitterness with just a very slight mineral touch. It finishes quickly and fairly clean with a thin residual sweetness balanced by light hop bitterness. The body is light to medium with average carbonation.
Notes: Overall it follows the same basic Saranac formula of an easy drinking well balanced beer with a decent flavor profile based on its style.
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Second bottle out of the sampler pack: Wow, much darker than I anticipated prior to opening the bottle (didnt notice its a dunkel), expected normal lager fare (ie, bland yellow beer). The deep chestnut brown colour and tan head are beautiful. The aroma is chocolaty, a little spicy and nutty, great winter beer smell. The taste is much the same, malty with a nutty taste and a tremendous dark chocolate aftertaste. Damn this is a pretty good beer!
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Picked up a sampler 12 pack - Pours an almost brownish color with a white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is caramel malt and some faint hops. Flavor is malty with a sweet mildly hoppy finish. Decent body and mouthfeel.
Butters (3665) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Surprisingly dark amber brown pour with light tan head ring. Nose and flavor are both malty, but with the flavor having more of a dark fruit note. A little astringent, but not overly unpleasing. Butterscotch finish.
obguthr (3389) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is an odd blend of dark roasted malt and butter, with traces of manure. Crystal clear brown, thick creamy head, some lacing. Flavor is earthy dirt and twigs, light tartness, much like an english brown ale. Light body. Actually pretty good, despite the weird smell.
wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on 2/2/11 from a 12oz bottle purchased from Cost Plus as part of the Beers of the world box. Pours dark but clear amber with a thick off-white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace and a thick collar. The nose is malty with rye toast, caramel, cardamom, brown sugar, and a doughy yeastiness. The flavor is rye bread and dough up front with brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, and lightly bitter cheese on the back of the palate. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long bitter cardamom finish.
lamas (1311) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bottled: 09/21/10. A clear amber/copper colored pour with a decent-sized light-khaki head. Plenty of caramel, bready maltiness, wet cardboard, and some nuttiness in the sweet aroma. Thin to medium-bodied, slightly creamy, and pretty refreshing. The taste starts with quite a bit of sweet caramel and some breadiness. Brown sugar and subtle wintry spices follow. Sour nuttiness at the end. A semi-crisp finish. Sessionable.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is probably the best of the winter pack. A lager that’s dark, very malty, and finishes with a certain caramel sweetness. Really sessionable and really tasty.
jsmerig (1103) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with an average head. Malty and earthy aroma. Taste is dark and sour with malt flavors mixed with cinnamon and honey.