wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Off white head--small. Slightly nutty and malty aroma. Moderate body, slight malt flavor. A little syrup-like, but fairly good.
guzzler67 (1456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear bronze appearance with a nice head. Aroma was non-descript. Well hopped flavor with an earthy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Clean, dry finish.
garrison (742) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fine for what it is... a mediocre brown ale, without the complexities of true winter brews.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mine was subtitled "Nut Brown Lager". Certainly hits that mark, to the extent there is such a mark. Nice fruity light caramel malt flavor. Good head retention and clarity. Well made, though perhaps nothing stunning. Easily the best from this decidedly MOR brewery.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, lager glass, 55 degrees F. Tall, frothy, rocky, off-white head is slowly diminishing (leaves great lacing) and sits on a deep brown-red body with heavy carbonation. Caramel, cookie, pecan malt (M); flowery hops (L); light toffee aroma. The aroma is pleasant if not a bit weak and sharp. Moderately sweet flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter finish. There's some sour notes in the flavor which detract from this otherwise tasty, but humble, brown lager. Medium-full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: more flavor and no sour notes and this would be a real winner, but as it stands it's mearly middle of the pack.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Brown with no real head. Hoppy aroma. Thin, but a decent taste for a lager. (This is a lager right?) Nothing special.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Saranac 12 Beers undated package (purchased 12-02): No nuts; brown; probably a lager. Hard to imagine what coal in the stocking could bring.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly nutty, some malt, pretty light aroma. Was a clear dark amber, moderate tan head. Similar flavor profile, grainy malt aftertaste. Thinner body. Typical Saranac, nothing offensive, but lacking on most fronts.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops dominate aroma followed by some malt. Nice hop flavor with some toasted crystal malt flavor. I like this beer the most so far of the 12 beers of Christmas pack that I bought. This should be an every day offering from Matt's not just a seasonal.
Ron (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A smooth easy drinking ale with a malty, chocolate and nutty flavor with a hoppy aftertaste. Enjoyable, I'll buy it again.