maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown pour with a rocky white head. Lightly grainy aroma, with a more grainy taste. A little thin, but still a tad better than other Saranac beers.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Rocky white head with a decent amount of lacing. The beer is a light brown, orangish color. Malty aroma with honey and molasses. Loads of honey in the aftertaste, but Sarnac ruins another decent beer by making it too thin.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Brown in color, light tan head. Milder aroma, a bit malty, some off sweetness. Flavors pretty much the same, the honey is somewhat noticible and keeps things a bit interesting. Thin bodied. Dammit Saranac, you can do better.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from 2005 12 Beers of Winter: This is not Seasons Best Label: Pours a clear brown amber hue. Small beige head quickly diminishes. Sweet caramel, honey grain nose. Nutty, soft, dusty, faintly caramel, toasted grain, cookie, thin watery body, steady carbonation, subdued earthy hops, faintly dark chocolate clean finish. Not too shabby. I can barely detect honey in this, but hey, its on the label.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
#5 from the Saranac winter pack. Aroma is pretty non-existant, though non-offensive. Nothing much in the flavor either, maybe a touch of sweetness, a little malt and bitterness. Not great though not bad.
Beerman6686 (6244) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I tried the Saranac Winter 12 pack and was extremely disappointed. All of the lighter beers had a disgusting bitter taste and in the dark beers it wasnt as evident but it still tasted exactly the same. Isn’t this supposed to be a variety pack, not just the same beer with food coloring and a different label. The only one that tasted different was the caramel porter because it had traces of caramel. Shame on you saranac for charging $20 for this garbage
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
part of the seasonal twelve-pack. Papery and watery. Nutting much to write home about.
lamas (1549) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a small sandy-colored head that leaves a little lace. Lots of sweet caramel malts in the aroma. Thin and watery. Some sweet caramel flavors, but predominantly burnt toasty malts throughout. Crisp. Some sourness. No nuttiness to speak of. Boring stuff.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from the 12 beers of winter pack. Pours amber with a short offwhite head. Aroma is of honey and caramel malts. Flavor starts out with the sweet honey, caramel and toasted malts fill the middle and it is finished by a short hoppy taste. Smooth and crisp on the palate. This is very drinkable but nothing exciting. Of course not many brown ales are.
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2005
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
From the 2005-06 12 beers of winter. This is NOT the Season’s best, I’ll tell you that. I’ll also tell you that most of the previous raters are on crack, because this beer sucks bawls. Slightly metallic, sweet, chocolate/honey aroma with sugary notes. The metallic aroma strikes me the most, though. Transparent amber/copper color with a false overly-fizzy small beige head. Thin, lactic, bitter/burnt roastiness followed buy rusted muffler flavors. This tastes like liquid burnt popcorn. Very poor, thin, and watery. Barely drinkable.