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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!


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Bottle. The name and the description on the bottle makes it sound like a special holiday beer. But this was just another plain old brown ale. I dislike beers that misrepresent themselves. A winter seasonal beer should be complex and warming, this was a simplex and boring beer.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Maybe too roasted... tastes like balsamic vinegar. Sweetness here and there. Certainly not this Season’s Best.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Braudog (5890) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle: Reddish amber with an ordinary looking thin head. Not a bad little caramel malt aroma. Lightly nutty, but comes off with a starchy, adjunct-like afterbite that takes it down a notch. Drinkable enough.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
alexsdad06 (5866) - Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle (2011). Pours a clear brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have some toasted bread, mild bitterness, light nutty notes with mild hop character. This was a tick.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Lactic sourness, burnt umber and obviously filtered color. Unsatisfying at best: the taste is totally off and the aroma is near non-existant.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Brown color with a medium off-white head. Malty aroma with hints of toffee and almond. Unpleasantly sweet and malty flavor with hints of molasses and caramel and a metallic finish. This is some straight suck assery.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Looks like a fruit cake with a thin white glaze spread all over the top. Dark amber-brown with a thin off-white head that fades. Nose is that prototypical ’lager’ smell that I attribute to cheap pale varieties, but also some caramel, slight nuttiness...overall entirely indistinct, no hops whatsoever. Taste is like a Bud with caramel and roast malt tones: quite malty with little hop presence and a chewy hazelnut flavor upfront. Slightly metallic finish. In the mouth this is watery, moderate carbonation, typical Saranac. I curve this up in the overall because, well, at least it is drinkable.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerbill (3531) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Yet another mediocre beer produced by the folks at Saranac. This one at least looks promising with a clear red body and a moderate, long-lasting off-white head that left a bit of lace on the glass. Weird aroma of caramel and unsweetened iced tea. The flavor begins with weak, watered-down caramel. This is followed by a virtually flavorless bitter taste not unlike the white part of an orange. Harsh and thin at the same time, not a good combination. This stuff is not very good. I can’t say I am disappointed, because that would imply I expected something better from Saranac in the first place.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rader58 (790) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pours a clear deep reddish brown. Aroma of molasses and horse blanket. Tastes better than it smells. Slightly bitter on the initial taste with a slight molasses and malt flavor through the end. Not that good

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.


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