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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2003
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2003
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2003
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2002
A great beer from saranac. The hint of nut falvor hits nicly with a little hop finish

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
raymow (798) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
One of the best nut-brown ales I’ve tried to date. Much better flavor than I expected!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 20, 2002
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!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2002
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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
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!

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
quiksilverxtc99 (99) - USA - FEB 20, 2002
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.


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