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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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (3746) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Not as much harshness in malts as most other american dark lagers, easy and smooth to drink, decent.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. 3.0 A: Nearly clear amber color. I could only get a half finger of off-white head that fell mighty quickly and left a few rogue strands of lacing. 4.0 S: Decent aroma with a pleasant biscuity nuttiness. Earthy hops and caramel. 3.0 T: Nuts in the taste too, but this time seems watered down. Caramel suffers the same fate as does other lightly toasted malts. Basically I’m getting two parts good nut brown lager mixed with one part water. 3.0 M: Lighter body. Carbonation is fine. Smooth, but not very creamy. 3.0 D: Like always, Saranac manages to make another mediocre brew that’s drinkable but not particularly enjoyable. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-12-2010 00:41:47

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6768) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
12oz bottle pours ruby red – amber with thin tan head. The aroma has a mild metallic note followed by sweet nuttiness, malts, some chocolate malts and a bit of dark fruity esters. The taste comes off initially a touch sharp and metallic then becomes roasty with malt, a bit of nuttiness, some chocolate malts and increasing levels of burnt malts that never get too much or approach ashy. Still, a tasty brew with plenty of rich flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Dark Amber color with a white head. Caramel malty aroma with a light floral hop undertone. Strong caramel and nutty flavor. Light bitterness at the end.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BoostIPA (1188) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2010
This is probably Saranac’s finest beer. A seasonal winter release, the aroma is of toffee, caramel and bread. Not much hop presence detected in the nose. It has a very thin off white head and a dark amber body. Slightly sweet taste. Lively carbonation, thin mouth feel. This is a solid offering from a usually sub-par brewery. If you only try one Saranac in your life, this is the one to seek out. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Caramel and pecan nose. Clear light brown, thin head. Flavor is less of caramel but quite a bit more nutty. Decent and a good value.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, burnt leaves, trash, slight diacetyl, and a hint of caramel. Poured copper/amber/brown in color with large, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet. Tastes of malt, trash, slight caramel, slight diacetyl, and a hint of nuts. Light to medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, slight nut, trash, and hint of caramel finish is dry. Pretty darn bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamP01 (539) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours a nice clear amber with a nice offwhite head. Aroma of toasted caramel malts, some light fruituness. Tastes is toasted caramel malt, breadiness with some nice sweet nuttiness and some bitterness. Palate is nice med body with good carbonation. Finish toasted caramel malt with some nice hops bitterness followed by nice sweet bitter nutty aftertaste. Overall an average and easy drinkable brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (821) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Red with foamy white head. Aroma is sweet fruity and hops. Flavor is spicy, with caramel malts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Lightish brown with a little head. Light aroma with some malt and nutty aromas, nuttiness comes out more on the palate. Somewhat bitter with good carbonation.


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