dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great beer from saranac. The hint of nut falvor hits nicly with a little hop finish
pmarren144 (36) - Auburn, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 Bottled. This is a very fine lager, definate nutty flavor coming through. Finished slightly bitter. Color is dark, and pours with a medium head which disappears in a few minutes. It’s too bad this isn’t around all the time, so get it while you can, it’s worth it.
williamherbert (1356) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear and glassy reddish brown. Puffy styrofoam head. Takes on a ruby/mahogany color in the light.
Slightly bitter, nutty malt. Some sweetish toffee. Really well-crafted. Bitter, very nutty but biscuity. This smell is the definition of the term "nutty" in a beer. Real real good.
Malt is dark and roasted. Very nutty. Not the brown sugary taste many browns have, not at all. Dark and roasted, like amber malts bitterly mingling with darkly sweetish toffee and caramel. Bitterness of a red, sweetness of a brown.
Light-bodied. A bit ashy; feels like an amber/red. A solid beer, bitter in the amberish malt, sweet in the caramel malts. A good offering.
generallee08 (729) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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. Its aroma has big, sweet and malty body with some light nutty and fruity notes. 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. Overall this is a solid ale and works well as one of Saranac’s Winter Seasonal beers
All4Grog99 (22) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The best balenced of the the Saranac beers i’ve tried but lacked the warmth i expect out of a holiday brew. Very good
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle that I had describes this as a Nut Brown Lager. The beer poured a nice dark reddish brown with a thin white head. The taste was malty, yet nutty. Not bad for a little change of pace.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops dominate aroma followed by some malt. Nice hop flavor with some toasted crystal malt flavor. I like this beer the most so far of the 12 beers of Christmas pack that I bought. This should be an every day offering from Matt's not just a seasonal.
shadow (12) - Oakford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a crystal clear brown with a 3/8" white head that dissipated slowly retaining a slight head to the bottom of the glass. I could not describe the aroma other then to say it enticed me to give this selection a try. It went down smoothly and hinted of spice and nuttiness that I would say makes this brew a definite "keeper".
cfrancis (2635) - 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.
UkrainPubCrawler (105) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice tasty seasonal beer. I enjoyed the nut flavor. Dark amber color and nice foamy head.