Panzuriel (1722) - 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.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color with a medium thick lasting head with good lace. Sweet and slightly fruity hop aroma. Sweet hoppy flavor with a malty nutty background and finish.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great beer from saranac. The hint of nut falvor hits nicly with a little hop finish
raymow (1344) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best nut-brown ales I’ve tried to date. Much better flavor than I expected!
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful dark bronze color, nice creamy fast dying head leaves good lacing. Aroma is nothing special, slightly malty, nutty, small hint of cloves. Ditto on the flavor, although it gets a bit interesting at the end, smoky and nutty. But little of the traditional "Christmas" or seasonal spiciness I was looking for; just a very average brown from a very average brewery. Bring back the Caramel Porter!
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Somewhat weak for a Christmas beer I think. Smells and tastes of the forest like pine and spruce, very nutty as well. Just not thick, hearty or robust enough for me.