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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Brewed with a special blend of domestic and Belgian malts for a delicate nut-like character, you'll love this lager's rich taste and signature hop aroma. The exceptional full-bodied taste reflects our brewery's extraordinary commitment to brewing beers of the highest standard of quality. We hope you'll enjoy it. Happy Holidays!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Has a dark red appearence with a medium white head. Has a roasty nut taste throughout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2544) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2003 Reddish amber. Med bubbly Head. Light chocolate and nut aromas with a hint of grassy hops. Clean and light malt palate. Expertly balanced finish with neither malt nor hops standing out. Should be very appealing to a large crowd.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Quite clear, a lighter brown, lots of bubbles moderate white head, that dissipates rapidly. Smells of chocolate malt and some nutty caramelishness. Opens up with a lightly peppery, moderately lagered malt. Quite delicate, decent amount of hops, medium dry on the finish, well balanced. Flavor overall is a bit light, medium light body, bubbly.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 Not bad, w/ a good balance sorta on ESB.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2003
The bottle that I had describes this as a Nut Brown Lager. The beer poured a nice dark reddish brown with a thin white head. The taste was malty, yet nutty. Not bad for a little change of pace.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Bottle. The name and the description on the bottle makes it sound like a special holiday beer. But this was just another plain old brown ale. I dislike beers that misrepresent themselves. A winter seasonal beer should be complex and warming, this was a simplex and boring beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 I was on a Saranac kick this past fall and shared a 6 of this w/ my uncle on thanksgiving.Poured out a light brown(transparent)decent head/fine lace.Aroma was a bit srange at first.The taste was just great.Compared to almost all there other beers I'll look forward to this one from here on out.The body was quite thin but w/ a nice nuttiness,slight hop bite.As of late I have not been feelin' these dudes beer & I wonder how I'll feel about this one If I can get it again this year?Very drinkable.10-27...Yep, I still like this one (can be bland at times though).Nice malts.Almost reminds me of a what there fest should be.The name says it all(for Saranac.Good stuff.More hop usage than Newcastle w/ that same dry(chalky)finish.The malts are darker yet watery in this one compared to the previous mentioned.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1052) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2003
Very solid offering from Saranac. Red-orange with a nice frothy and lasting head. Nutty sweet aroma. slightly creamy mouthfeel, a little thin. Nicely balanced, slightly spicy. Light finish leaving a great lingering nuttiness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1358) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2003
Dark amber beer with a neat head. Some malty aroma with hints of hops. Smooth but slightly thin texture. nice sweet taste that fades somewhat.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Ruby amber hue. Small compact beige head. Peas, light nut, malt nose. Very smooth, not much body though. Finishes lightly bitter, trying for some hop prescence, with light nuttiness.


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