rumproasts (5050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. amber brown with small head. light bodied brown ale. nutty with a dry finish. strange.
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Saranac Season’s Best is actually an impressive beer for many reasons, the most notable being that it’s a lager as it does not have any of the typical characteristics you’d expect even from an amber or other dark lager. Nor does it go overboard with hops, but opts to play it a bit more mainstream.
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker pint.
Appearance: Dark amber/copper/brownish hue. Clear, not much visible carbonation. Forms an average size, khaki-colored, soapy head which fizzles away rather quickly and leaves on trace lacing on the glass.
Smell: Dark malty sweetness and a hint of roasted chestnut and some other earthy scent.
Taste: It’s hard to believe Saranac Season’s Best is a lager because it doesn’t taste like one in the least bit. Though technically a Vienna-style lager, it’s more akin to a brown ale with its sweet malty taste and significant nut character. Caramel and toffee seem to be quite prominent here, plus a hint of butterscotch. A quick burst of bitterness on just before the beer finishes with a cyclical pattern of more malty nuttiness.
Drinkability: Not only does Saranac Season’s Best taste pretty darn good, it’s also easy to get it down. Bigger bodied than most brews of the type, the mouthfeel is weighty with a smooth texture and a clean aftertaste. Not generic beer fizziness here. The relatively light weight of only 5.3% ABV is also impressive considering how much flavor is to be found here.
Bricks (976) - Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet nutty aroma. Dry palate. Thin and a bit fizzy. Not a bad sessionable beer.
EvilJason (7) - USA - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nutty, bready lager that isnt so much complex as itis muddled. The flavors don’t really come thru like they should. This may be due to the effect of lagering. The flavor profile would have possibly been better had this beer been an ale.
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brown, spongy beige head. Very faint aroma - maybe some caramel and toast, I guess. Sweet and nutty flavor, plus some lightly tart fruit notes. Dry-ish finish.
MayorofMayfair (6) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/24/2010 case of bottles from bells beverage. Enjoyed this through the new year holiday. pours dark brown with minimal head smells and tastes nutty and malty. One of the finest holiday beers I have had. I will be looking for this again next year.
Beerdedone (3228) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of malts, caramel and nuts. Watery flavor of burnt malts, slight caramel and a hint of nuttiness. meh
jimhilt (2554) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a one-finger light khaki head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Nice clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is not discernible , flavor is nutty, some hops with hints of caramel, finishes with a slight bitter aftertaste.. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - Pours a fairly clear amber-red color with a nice finger of slightly creamy off-white head. The retention is okay, and it reduces to layer with some lacing.
S - Aroma is overall sweetly with a malty backbone. Also a little bit or nuttiness and earthiness mixed in.
T - Starts off with a building sweet carmel malt flavor. Through the middle, a mild nut flavor and a slight hop flavor mix in. At the end the sweet malt flavor comes back and lingers for a while. Overall, fairly balanced.
M - Medium-light bodied with a medium-low amount of carbonation. There are some elements of creaminess at times but also a watery feeling at times.
D - Pretty drinkable. Nothing to blow you away here, but the taste is fairly balanced and smooth. Overall, the beer is very smooth and fairly refreshing.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a really solid beer for the colder months. Taste includes malts, nuts, coffee, fruity sweetness. Very low bitterness, medium thickness. Really tasty winter beer.