slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
winter sampler. Dark brown stout, looks & smells amazing. Coffee shop and bakers chocolate. Taste is very muddled but def. coffee, even if a bit fake. Not bad.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22-Jan-11 (12-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) Granted, Iíve let this beer cellar a bit longer than I intended to, but itís aged impressively well nevertheless and the core is still very much there. Dry entry flavors of dark roast, coffee, molasses, and licorice are complemented by a nice, medium-sweet finish of blackstrap molasses, earth, chocolate, and cocoa. Dare I say this is actually delicious? The wonderfully aromatic and enjoyable nose offers a strong, undeniable aroma of blackstrap molasses, plus chocolate bar, licorice, chocolate milk, prunes, and a touch of coffee with milk. Very enticing indeed! Medium-plus in weight with moderate carbonation and a balanced, pleasantly dry finish. Very dark brown in color with good clarity and some transparency at the edges. The beige head pours small as expected and settles to a thin ring, leaving a fair amount of spotty lace on the glass. Overall, this is a solid beer, and itís cellared unexpectedly well. Considering that this is one of my highest rated beers from Saranac in 17 years of reviewing (38 total beers reviewed, and my first Saranac rating was way back in April of 1994), I gotta wonder if itís improved with age because this is much better than the mediocrity Iíve come to expect from this brewery. I rarely finish a bottle of Saranac beer, but this one is enjoyable enough that I just might! Cheers!
jtclockwork (14601) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I love Saranac even if their beers tend to be a little simple. Dark black pour. Nose and tastes of light mocha. Some chocolate malts. Rated 11/5/01
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2010
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
man this was awful., A dry bitter coffee flavor predominates this brew, but its just to much and never blends in with the other flavors.
KyotoLefty (9040) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pitch black, tall brown head. Burnt malt, coffee and chocolate aroma. Very well roasted. Very burnt flavor as well, and lots of coffee. Just a touch of sweetness balances the bitter and roasted side well. Rather creamy as well. Burnt, coffee finish that lasts a long time. Fairly well carbonated for a stout, maybe a bit too much. Good stuff.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a brown body with a tan head. Roasted malt, hints of chocolate and a light spiced note, roast y and a note of licorice. Decent.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of coffee. Tastes overly sweet with caramel and coffee overwhelming everything.
DandyWolfFloyd (1017) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very, very good!!! The aroma is very full of malts, chocolate, and some coffee. Itís appearance is very dark close to black. Itís head is about a finger and 1/2 thick. The taste is essentially chocolate, coffee, malt, and spices. Very smooth.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 I was impressed and enjoyed this one! Right away a strong chocolate aroma hits you, reminded me of a desert beverage. Pretty good look too, black colored, thick tan head and some moderate lacing forms on the side of the glass. After a few sips I quickly tasted a rather smooth, enjoyable chocolate taste. Thereís more than just chocolate to it though. There is a nice amount of malts in there too. Slightly bitter, roasted chocolate finish and aftertaste. Saranac says thereís coffee in there too, I didnít really get a lot of that. Nice, enjoyable sweet Stout.
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
ugh, this beer was terrible. Yeah it looked nice when u poured it, a dark brown, with good head, but man did it taste bad, couldnt drink more than enough to taste it.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2007
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
had this a while back, i remembered it sucked just like 95% of there winter selection. ill rerate if i get a chance to try this swill again.