slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 Not bad, w/ a good balance sorta on ESB.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mribm (446) - Hurley, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Jayb0 (959) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, bright copper color with a thin but dense head and nice lace. Aroma of rich, dark bread, hint of peas, alcohol, hops (hallertau?) and slight nut. Fairly smooth, medium bodied, slight water texture, decent malts and a sweet nut-like flavor that holds up ok but waters down a bit as does all their beers. Nice hop bitterness at end to provide exceptional balance.
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Perhaps the worst seasonal I sampled this year although it went up against some fairly strong competition (none of which were in the same style in all fairness). Great pour and great appearance in the glass, nutty aroma - it was very Christmasy indeed as it tasted like it was brewed using components from my fraser fir. Not terrible but not the best seasonal of 2002 by any means.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 clear dark amber with a thick head..the aroma was salty and nutty and musty..the mouthfeel was a tad watery yet tangy..flavors of semi-sweetness and nuttiness and tang.