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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2003
This is a good brown ale, but the "nuttiness" was somewhat lacking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Medium brown colored brew with a thick light tan head that leaves some terraced lacing as it fades. Nose of hazelnuts ,caramel malts and some floral hop aromas. Taste is smooth, rich and nutty with hazelnuts in the forefront, though I can taste almonds as well. A very smooth and drinkable beer. Reminds me of the best British nutty browns. A definite winner in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2009
Rich, chocolate malty aroma with a subtle but noteable flowery hop balance. Very inviting. Dark amber in color (but still very clear) with an egg shell white head that poured two fingers thick. Pretty lasting lace. Rich, thick body with dark malt flavor (crystal and chocolate?). The bittering hops show up immediately and powerfully during the tasting. The hops used are obviously meant for bittering and flavor rather than aroma. The aftertaste starts with a caramel/buttery feel that quickly moves toward the bitter. The mouthfeel is almost a hybrid. It has the fullness and "roundness" of an ale, yet it is crisp like a lager. Carbonation is as expected. A very good beer that is much more hoppy than most dunkels. I lean toward hops. If I was grading against style, I’d probably dock this one. But with my preferences, I like this more than the usually dark lagers because it is so much more flavorful (to me).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kenk99 (168) - Leonia, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2000

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - AUG 17, 2003
A fair seasonal from Saranac, average as far as a nut brown goes, a bit weak on the nut but good on the brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeerscout99 (4) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2000 does not count
Very good for a brown ale, very plain for a nut brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 Rated: 2003 version. I’ve seen this in the 12 beers of X-mas in 2000 and again last year (2003). I didn’t see it between 2000 and 2003. The great red label says "Season’s Best". Pours dark brown, with aromas of almonds, hazlenuts, walnuts, and toffee. Tastes smooth, with an abundance of nuts and caramel. Finishes smooth, with more nuts, malt, and subdued sweetness. One of my favorite nut browns. Very complex. I hope they have this for X-mas 2004.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1117) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Like saying that a brown ale could be ’easy drinking’ is new. Pretty darn unoffensive. If I liked the style, I could down these session style. Nice and malty, not as thin as most... from the bottle on this one... very malty... not bad... holds its own for the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2006
12oz bottle-pours a light tan/offwhite head. Color is amber/brown. Aroma is malty, roasty then a bit of hops. Taste is malt, then some bitter shows up, but overall-smooth, a good beer and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rick10485 (53) - oneonta, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Pours thick, lightly carbonated, foamy head, accompanied by delightful roasted nut aroma. Very rich and filling. This goes great with aged cheese or spicy meats.

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