brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a dark red appearence with a medium white head. Has a roasty nut taste throughout.
PhillyBeer2112 (2586) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
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 (458) - Ocala, Florida, 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 (1073) - 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 (1378) - 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.