smcolw (600) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mostly malt aroma as would be expected; also note some esters and fruity (closest to peach) smells. I sense that this is a high alcohol content beer.
Light amber/dark gold in color, surprisingly light head with little retaining carbonation
Slightly oily in taste and mouthfeel; rich malt flavor, chewy consistancy, high carbonation that doesn’t remove the sweetness of the brew.
Not as malty or alcohol laden as a wee heavy, this seems to be a domesticated scotch ale, like an American amber without the hop. I think the "single malt" concept limits the complexity of the taste. That said, I enjoy the richness and full bodied-ness of this beer.
redpooba (402) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aromas of spice and winter seasonings abound with a rich scotch like malty flavor
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tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a light brownish color. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is a bit unusual. Malts, a touch of whiskey, good but different. Overall a beer worth giving a try.
cheap (4571) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Saranac is to craft beers as old mil is to cheap pale lager. Very bubbly darker pale lager brew inthe glass. Nice creamy head. Initially builds on the taste buds. Tries to be a big beer but never quite gets there. Each sip yeilds a medium impact. As the session continues the medicinal malt bitterness does increase. Nice smelling beer. Fresh overall beer experience. Love those saranacs, yesserie!
puboflyons (2542) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the "What Ales You" 12-pack dated BB-JUN 30 2012-3551-07:01. It pours medium to dark amber with a quick head and nice clarity. The aroma is of sweet malts and toffee with a clean hop drop. The body is about medium. The taste comes across more pointedly bitter with a clean but sharp finale.
Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized off-white head. Average head retention. Aroma of toasted and toffee malts and an earthy hop note. The taste is pale malts, sweet malts and a floral hop finish. Medium bodied.
jtclockwork (10888) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice dark amber pour with white head. Nose and taste is very sweet molasses. Rated 11/23/02
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells fruity and breaddy. Tastes of sweet malt, fruity, soe peppery splashes. Interesting.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a light orange color with a healthy sized white head. aroma is strong whiskey malts and tastes the same. definitely has that overseas taste but lacks the consistency that traditional Scottish ales have. highly drinkable and has that lasting whiskey finish which is pleasant.
jb (2514) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well they brought this back in ’What Ales You’, I’d tried it before, but had an old stale bottle and didn’t feel right rating it. Clear, reddish copper, decent head, retention and some lacing. Sweet floral, caramel and malty notes. Sweet palate, smoky, a nice pleasant taste but certainly not much going on here.