krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
a quick retreat of tight little dough colored bubbles left me alone with this slightly burnished orange soda tinted brew. certainly no scottish ale, but it could serve as an aid to identifying the marris otter malt. it could, but doesn't since it kinda stinks: just smells like dry ohio dirt. i had to practically shake it to arouse a bit more aroma, and finally there reluctantly issued upward a note of orangish caramel. tastes sweet, gentle carb, more orange and waffle malts, a whiskeyish impression bolstered by some alcohol. just a bland amber that doesn't smell too good.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 I enjoyed the sweet flavor and its combination with a fair, not overly heavy, body. Crisp finish.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 25, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Interesting concept. OK head. Malt aroma. Light brown. Sweet malt taste with floral tones. A bit thin.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The nose was of a sweet whiskey. I love whiskey, but not this smell. Bland amber color appears to have a lot of carbonation. Watery, but you can definitely taste the scottish malt with an odd Bitterness. Not much past that. Leaves a nasty aftertaste.
Panzuriel (1823) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice very malty beer. A nice brow colored liquid with good head. Nice toasty flavor. A thin crisp feel as well. Very happy.
Dorwart (2509) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent head form the pour but does not last too long. Aroma of malt and slightly floral. Color of medium/thin orange amber. Taste is quite pleasant but a little thin. Slight alcohol taste present along with malt and finishes smooth with hops and a lingering alcohol presence. I liked this brew but it is not a real scotch ale which should be much heavier and more robust. A good brew anyway.
freekyp (1873) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
There is nothing Scottish about this ale. That being said, it is not a bad beer either. The malts taste very much like Munich malts and the beer is similar to a hoppier Dortmunder export. Slightly acrid nose, hoppy finish, malt throughout swallow.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sad to say that this is not great, even tough it is a scottish ale, which I hold dearly. It didn't have a full enough flavor, It was missing the robust taste that is a staple with scotts. Needs to be darker and deep to get my vote.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad beer consider it's a Saranac had a good amount of flavor.
jgb9348 (5558) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2003
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Amber in colour, quick dissolving head. Sweet floral aroma with pleasant tones. Thin-as-always and a very light and non-powerful taste. Why do I keep buying Saranac beers? I haven't had a good Saranac beer and look how many i've sampled! Do yourself a favour--save money by not buying Saranac beers! Even when they are less than $2 for a single bottle! It's still not worth it.Amber in colour, quick dissolving head. Sweet floral aroma with pleasant tones. Thin-as-always and a very light and non-powerful taste. Why do I keep buying Saranac beers? I haven't had a good Saranac beer and look how many i've sampled! Do yourself a favour--save money by not buying Saranac beers! Even when they are less than $2 for a single bottle! It's still not worth it.