beerlover82 (216) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
More from the winter sample pack.
A=Pours a surprisingly dark amber with a little head that fizzles pretty fast, leaving behind decent lacing. Wow! I’m surprised by the look, considering this is a lager. Usually lagers are pale yellow.
S&T= Aromas and flavor of smooth caramel maltiness, with creaminess/vanilla coming through. Quite tasty for a lager!! Smooth and well-bodied taste.
B=Medium-smooth with average carbonation.
Very impressive for a lager. Which I am usually not a fan of, except Samuel Adams, until now. Will remember this next time a craft brewer offers a lager.I’m not saying it’s one of the best, but it’s a damn good throwback session brew.
shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Winter 12-pack. Nice amber color with very little head. Aroma is a nice spicy maltiness. The flavors are rich and surprisingly complex. The body is a little lighter than I would have expected out of this style, but Saranac did a nice job on this one.
HighlanderOne (952) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of roasted malt and nut. Mahogany, tan head. Malt and nut flavors come through in the flavor. Caramel notes as well. Creamy feel. Nicely drinkable. Good finish. Well done brew.
jsmerig (1102) - 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.
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!
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.
arone12 (905) - Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a darkishy brown with red highlites. Has a nice off white medium sized head. Smells of malts and sugary molasses. Taste is a bit bitter with some sugary malts mixed in there. Better than I was expecting from this beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks to hillbert
This pours a medium brown with a nice looking off-brown head. It’s a nice looking brew. The aroma is grainy and the flavor is a bit nutty, with maltiness. This is a very easy drinking beer and a good session beer.
brigg (484) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) A rich mahogany beer, bubbly with a medium beige head. Sweet malt aroma, slightly smoky. The same sweet malt is in the flavor; roasted caramel, molasses, a hint of smoke. Medium bodied, oily mouth feel.
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours darker than I’d anticipated, foamy cream head. Dry aroma, mostly bread and yeast. Flavor is very solid. Good malt presence with a nice hop balance. Good warming beer for a cold winter evening.