Frank (2927) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Looks good. Off-white head, decent lace, medium amber. Malty aroma with a barely noticable hint of sweat. Slightly watery but still somewhat sticky. Malt prevails throughout with a lingering sweetness.
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber body with light tan head. Aroma is sweet and caramel malty. Taste is sweet up front, caramel malty -- just like you’d expect in a Scottish ale. The finish has some earthy bitterness that combines nicely with the sweetness. Medium body.
raymow (821) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good beer (as are most of Saranac’s).
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 transparent amber in color with a nice big head..the aroma was whiskey sweet and malty..the flavor was very malty, with whiskey notes, some vanilla and slight smoke..I also think this is one of saranacs better brews
Nuffield (3691) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
What’s this all about? Hmmm...flat affect, scotch color, doesn’t measure up to most "Scottish Ales" but has a nice punch of malt. Great if you want to know what Maris Otter malts taste like. Lack of balance and anything interesting after the first sip.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2002
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Has a weird musty, burned hair type of smell. Appeared golden-caramel with a slight bit of haze and a smallish head. Not much to speak of in the taste department, because I think I specifically tasted water. As you may be able to guess, the finish was very watered-down and lacking any kick. Not much to this.
Aurelius (4228) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Of all the beers in the Saranac 12 pack, this one intrigued me the most. It’s not going to jump out and grab you, but it’s subtle and different from just about anything else that I’ve had. The aroma was a little funky. Beer is dry, biscuity, Otter-nutty and Fuggles for sure. Liked the label. A little sweet on the backend.
PorterPounder (5589) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma - closest thing I can think of is baby diapers! But the taste makes up for it. Quite a complex flavor to it - hard to put into words. Looks like a single malt scotch - high marks for appearance in that regard. Many complex flavors - hard to pinpoint - kind of a spicy thing going on. Had better from Saranac - but I compliment them for branching out into so many styles.
BillKismet (3340) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light amber body with a thick amber head, this brew has a light scotch whiskey aroma mixed with a moderate musky malt aroma. The flavor fairly reflects the aroma but is even blander. A dissapointing scotch.
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2002
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not quiet as special but it is unique. Bit too flat, not really exceptional in taste or palate.