austinpowers (2826) - 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!
raymow (1374) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best nut-brown ales I’ve tried to date. Much better flavor than I expected!
puboflyons (3014) - 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!
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: The body had a nice deep brownish amber color with good clarity. Its head was light tan in color, big and think with very good retention. It also made lots of lacing on the glass. Smell: Its aroma has big, sweet and malty body with some light nutty and fruity notes. Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a solid toasted malty character with a mellow buttery/nutty presence. Hop flavor is modest, slightly floral, and adds just enough bitterness for some balance. The hops comes out more towards the finish which is fairly clean and somewhat dryer. The texture is wet and easy drinking with average carbonation and a medium body. Notes: Overall this is a solid ale and works well as one of Saranac’s Winter Seasonal beers. "
MayorofMayfair (6) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/24/2010 case of bottles from bells beverage. Enjoyed this through the new year holiday. pours dark brown with minimal head smells and tastes nutty and malty. One of the finest holiday beers I have had. I will be looking for this again next year.
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
DYCSoccer17 (3612) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle. Pours a transparent mahogany with a 2cm light brown head. Aroma is nutty with a hint of chocolate. Start is roasty coffee flavor blending into a nice malty coffee aftertaste. Palate is good. Aftertaste makes you keep wanting to come back. Great job Saranac!
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice clear orange brown body with a large egg shell head that fades slowly with a great lace. Aroma is a mild citrus, floral hop with hints of malt. Initial flavor was slightly sweet Almost candy, orange, and chocolate. This fades into a nice nutty finish. There is a bit of hop flavor through out, but no bitterness. Palate is smooth and some what dry. Very good, very drinkable.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber /brown color,small head that faded fast leaving little behind.The aroma was Malty and caramel with a mild fruit presence the flavor was malty and semi sweet caramel with a mild fruit and mild hops coming through,as it warmed the flavor became a little more evident with a nice semi sweetness coming through in the finish.Fairly decent AD that i'm glad to say i have more to enjoy for later.More then makes up for the trip to GF to get this brew,and the many others.
ChadPolenz (1652) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Saranac Season’s Best is actually an impressive beer for many reasons, the most notable being that it’s a lager as it does not have any of the typical characteristics you’d expect even from an amber or other dark lager. Nor does it go overboard with hops, but opts to play it a bit more mainstream.
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker pint.
Appearance: Dark amber/copper/brownish hue. Clear, not much visible carbonation. Forms an average size, khaki-colored, soapy head which fizzles away rather quickly and leaves on trace lacing on the glass.
Smell: Dark malty sweetness and a hint of roasted chestnut and some other earthy scent.
Taste: It’s hard to believe Saranac Season’s Best is a lager because it doesn’t taste like one in the least bit. Though technically a Vienna-style lager, it’s more akin to a brown ale with its sweet malty taste and significant nut character. Caramel and toffee seem to be quite prominent here, plus a hint of butterscotch. A quick burst of bitterness on just before the beer finishes with a cyclical pattern of more malty nuttiness.
Drinkability: Not only does Saranac Season’s Best taste pretty darn good, it’s also easy to get it down. Bigger bodied than most brews of the type, the mouthfeel is weighty with a smooth texture and a clean aftertaste. Not generic beer fizziness here. The relatively light weight of only 5.3% ABV is also impressive considering how much flavor is to be found here.