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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This rich, smooth ale has a soft, malt character with a medium body. Look for hints of toasted malt flavor, slight hop bitterness and an amber brown color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2542) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Thin head. Kind of sloppy with light carbonation. Roasty aroma. Pretty sweet with some honey, roasted malts and a bit vegetal. Color is a nice mahagony brown. Flavor is nutty and dry. Some sweet malts again along with a bit of weird flavor that reminds me of old bay cooked crabs. Some hops and bitterness. Finish is slick and roasty. An ok brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Pours a crystal clear medium brown color, with a small tannish head. Aromas of nuts, hops, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor has a nice mellow nut/malt taste with a touch of hopping action. Finish is kind of watery

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2006
12 oz bottle. Clear dark copper pour with a small fizzy off-white head. Minimal aroma of grainy malt, slightly sweet. Flavor is minimal as well, some nutty sweetness followed by a bland finish. Very thin and watery body with prickly fizzy carbonation. Very weak all around. Not that Iíve come across a whole lot of "nut brown" ales that are exciting, but this is well below average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Hey, this is a pretty good beer. It poured a clear dark amber with a light tan head. Oh yeah , the head faded quickly but not before the first swallow. That swallow started off slightly sweet with a nice hop follow through. It is stronger flavored than a standard brown ale. The mouth feel was smooth and it left a good aftertaste. If thatís the effect of the honey, then it is a welcome addition. Iíll go back when my taste buds crave another brown.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2559) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Pours a three-fingered cream head that slowly fades leaving a good lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. No discernible nose. Starts sweet with hops in background and finishes that way with a slight bitter aftertaste. The honey is a good touch. 12 oz bottle from their winter sampler 12-pak $9.99, Market Basket Concord, NH.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Malty, sweet, nutty, and brown. Pretty much what it promises to be. No big surprises here, although itís a little lighter than most browns iíve seen.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Saranac always missing something. Maybe they need to clean the equipment because every batch fails to impress.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Nice mid tone tan body with a light foamy head. Aroma has is slightly malty. The flavor has is mostly malty, I donít taste the bitterness they allude to in the description. Not a bad beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours clear, light copper with small, soapy, whitish head. The aroma is quite mild with just a touch of honey and toast. The flavor is a touch hoppier than I expected, but is still not very bitter. There is also some toast and textural sweetness. The flavors are a bit weak and unbalanced, but I must admit that it goes down smoothly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a light brown with a very small and mostly white head that fades rapidly. Smells very sweet, with honey being the predominant aroma. Tastes very nutty with bitter ending that lives a bit longer in the mouth than desired. The mid-taste is smooth, but this medium bodied brown ale fails in delivery. Many other brown ales that are as easily accessible are much better.

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