ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2006
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
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.
pete4999 (932) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tannish head. Head was frothy. Smelled heavily of hazelnut, some sweet coffee. Flavor was similar, mouthfeel was very thin/watery. Really not all that impressive.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Poured a dark amber brown color with a thick head. The aroma was sweet malts. The flavor was slight chocolate and sweet malts. Overall, in typical Saranac fashion, an easy drinker.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a brune amber body with a tan head. Malty sweetness some light earth y bitterness with a touch of some dried fruit. Toasted malt a bit sweet and bitter with a medium body and light carbonation. An average brown.
AmyGinger (43) - USA - FEB 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dark color with a decent fluffy head. Very little aroma. Decent blend of malt/bitter hops taste, but not a very big flavor. Not a bad taste, just not a lot of taste
MarkBarnes (362) - Waterville, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating entered here in error on November 22, 2009 (see Saranac "Brown Ale" for actual beer rated).
smcolw (426) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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, Iíd 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).
jaid6 (26) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours meduim brown Thin off white head. Tases hoppy slighly acidic all and all I have had better nut brown ale
Brewbie (432) - New York, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. light cola colored, small fluffy head. nice nutty malt aroma light malt taste. nothing outstanding but a decent beer
changeup45 (1669) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another one from the Saranac winter samper pack. Pours an amber brown body with a relatively thick tanish head. Not much to the aroma, slightly malty with a mild hop bite. A little more malt in the flavor as that was the dominating flavor but there was a sour, bitter hop bite in there as well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. A pretty good beer but not great. Again, Iíll say Saranac is a pretty good selection, especially when examining oneís budget
abcfan (653) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
As with most Saranac beers, there is not much going on with this one. It has a light nutty flavor to it, but nothing really special about it. Pours a nice dark color, but is very thin in the mouth.