muzzlehatch (4424) - 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.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just fantastic, plain and simple. I couldn’t stop drinking it! Nutty, with a strong smooth malt presence. Somewhat sweet with a hint of bitterness. Prost!
quiksilverxtc99 (99) - USA - FEB 20, 2002
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
seasons best? average season i guess. no seriously its not bad at all actually. saranac is on par with most yuengling beers, yet at more cost to the consumer.
All4Grog99 (22) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The best balenced of the the Saranac beers i’ve tried but lacked the warmth i expect out of a holiday brew. Very good
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 14, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 edition Nut Brown Lager. Nice toasted nutty malts with a dry bready body and a little sweetness. Good earthy German hop balance. Thin for a winter brew but a good winter session brew.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2001
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
strong, nutty flavor.. pretty good i thought
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2000
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Presents like a nut-brown ale. Very malty and biscuity. Sweet in general on the palate, but a mild hop follow through. Fairly hefty body. Could use a bit more alcohol to warm it up.