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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
desurfer (1290) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Light brown with a thick tan head. Light malty aroma. Flavor is sweet but not at all nutty, with a slight amount of hoppiness. Finishes thin and weak. This is just lame.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2006
bottle...clear amber pour with a thin white film of a head. Sweet malt aroma, with hints of oxidation. Holy sweet mother of pearl. Is this infected?? Upon further review of other ratings, I think it may not be. It probably just, no, it definately just sucks. This is acidic, watery, burnt, horribly flavored. This will be a drain pour, I can barely stomach it. Closely resembles Buffalo Brewpub Imperial Stout that I had the pleasure of rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borrrris (110) - LINDENHURST, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Bottle: Winter Asst. 2006. Not unpleasant, but not memorable in any way either. Kinda watery even for a Saranac. Still, I’ll take the compromised and uneven efforts of Saranac sampler over the prdictable nothingness to be found in a BMC carton. BUY AGAIN: Individually, probably not. OK in a sampler pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells nutty with some roasted malts shining through. Tastes of nuts, sweet chocolate and pepper. Finish is caramelly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Amber/brown color with a beige head. Aroma of sweet malt and caramel. Only a little nut flavor, with some pepper and hops in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev at the (one and only) ’Saranac Vs. Samuel Adams sampler packs tasting’. Ninth rating of the night and another Saranac. Man, I really thought these Saranac beers would be better than this. Pours a clear dark amber with an average size diminishing white head. Mild and bland aroma of sweet malt, honey and some hops. Flavour is weak, harsh and stale and the combination of roasted malt and hops do not work in this case. Medium bodied. To me, this neither looked, smelled or tasted like a Nut Brown and I did not care for it. There’s still more Saranacs to come...<shudder>...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle form the mix pack, shared with the stonecutter-like folks at Greg’s. Light brown, small white head. Slight honey brown harsh aroma. Taste - decent weird stale malt (Saranac!) taste gives way to harsh honey sweet finish - not bad at first, but pretty watery and bland overall. Harsh as it warms, which is hard to do at this alcohol. Yeck.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GregClow (3215) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle from Saranac sampler pack - shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy & tupalev. Clear copper-amber colour with a tiny head - really poor appearance for the style. Aroma is unpleasant, quite stale, with some dark honey. Flavour is also stale, with notes of sour malt and artifical banana, and a surprisingly harsh finish. Not good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev. This is a nutbrown? More like a wimpy amber. Poured clear copper with an average diminishing creamy off-white head. Very mild PA aroma of hops light roast honey-sweet malt - very muted and simple, okay, but hardly detectable. Taste is surprisingly harsh, very weak and stale, what honey character there was in the nose fails to survive the harshness - and this has a long finish to compound things. Mouthfeel is brackish and fizzy - nossir, I don’t like it; don’t like it at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2006
A deceent brown ale. Orangey brown color, fair head. Slightly nutty caramel aroma with a touch of citric hops. Clean caramel malt flavor, easy finish, no bittering hops to speak of. Certainly boring, but with enough flavor to be acceptable. Slick mouthfeel.

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