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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Garnet color with minimal off white head that dissipates fast. Not much to smell, faint roasted malts. Higher level of carbonation than I am used to for a brown ale, definately taste the malts and a little bite from hops. Traditional tastes from a brown, roasted nuts, some chocolate and caramel. Watery mouth feel, nice nutty finish. A decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Smooth taste with a hint of nut, and roasted malt. Pretty good, but thats about it. Slight hops in the aftertaste. Not much special about this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownaler (553) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Has a dark red appearence with a medium white head. Has a roasty nut taste throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mribm (460) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1163) - 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.

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