jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear brown. Nose of malt, caramel and nuts. Taste is very watery, some nuts and light malt.
wlajwl (4929) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not as much harshness in malts as most other american dark lagers, easy and smooth to drink, decent.
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
MacBoost (1607) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
obguthr (4905) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
SamP01 (641) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
williamstome (1505) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red with foamy white head. Aroma is sweet fruity and hops. Flavor is spicy, with caramel malts.