MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Light roastyness, caramel, dark sugar. Clear amber brown with small white head. Brown sugar, caramel, spicy hop flavor. Not a lot of nuttiness. Medium body well carbonated. Finish is dry with moderate bitterness.
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-pours a retaining tan head and brown/amber color. Aroma is light/medium malt-caramel/nutty, orange, husky. Taste is herbal hops press to the front through the medium malt-caramel/nutty/roasty, some orange/resin. Crisp, enjoy. thanks to Joe/jwc215.
puboflyons (2638) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled in Feb 09 from 12 fl. oz. bottle no. 2678-I157. Part of the Saranac Winter 12-pack. No expiration date listed on the bottle or case. The appearance is a gorgeous dark brown with a long standing foamy off-white head, great lacing, and nice clarity. An inviting scent of malts, nuts, and hops. Bolder mouthfeel that holds its texture even after swishing on the tongue for about 30 seconds. The taste sports a slick balance of malts and hopswith a bitter chaser and a slightly dry finish. No aftertaste to speak of. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Good job Saranac!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent copper amber with a small, frothy, well-lacing head. Has a slightly toasted and nutty crystal malty nose with some English hops. Starts with average fullness and some biting carbonation with a touch of grapefruity bittering hops and dry, nutty malty flavors toward a crisp finish. Pretty smooth and drinkable, but nothing out of the ordinary.
kramer (5435) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear light brown body with a fizzy and foamy off-white head that actually left some lacing. The nose is nutty with some light hops and a bit of spice. The flavor is slightly grainy toasted and cereal grains with just a bit of spice on the back end. Really just the average run of the mill Brown Ale with a bit of winter spicing tossed in. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of clinginess on the back end. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, drinkable, but nothing memorable at all.
ant880 (39) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
After being fairly impressed with the Indian Brown in the Winter 12-pack, this one was a bit disappointing. Very nice nutty aroma, but the taste was a bit disappointing. Seemed overly simplified.
scottw86 (1151) - Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark reddish brown with a nutty aroma. Taste was very nutty with some nice sweetness. A little too much carbonation? Not much aftertaste.
sallad (115) - USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear bronze with a fizzy head. Toffee, caramel and light coffee in the nose. Nutty flavors up front give way to a dark caramel sweetness. Finishes somewhat clean with lingering woody tinges, maybe some corn sugar remnants.
cfrancis (2757) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown colour with aromas of nut and hops. Taste is a nut, honey and hops. A really nice beer on a cold day.
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brownish red with a soft small tan head. Smells like piney hops at first and then a carmely roasted malt smell follows. Taste hops up front, followed by a sweet semi-burnt molasses flavor, sorta nutty, then the bitterness of the hops comes through. Aftertaste is dry and sweet. Very good brew.