argo0 (12310) - 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.
jtclockwork (11042) - , 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
Drake (10697) - 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.
hopscotch (10130) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Bottle... Mostly clear amber ale with orange highlights and a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Malty, earthy aroma with notes of caramel, yeast, spent grain, light chocolate and a hint of smoke. Malty, floral flavor with good balance. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. Lengthy, dry finish. Grassy at the wee end.
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark yellow color, clear appearance. Aroma resembles a lager, with a grainy nose. Medium body, sticky, with a light grain and wheat flavor. Finish has a scotch character, which is quite nice, but otherwise this one misses.
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this with the 2003 12 Beers of X-mas. Pours straw colored, with an aroma of dry white wine, scotch, and slight citrus. Medium head. First taste is hoppy and super dry. I can really taste the single-row barley! Finishes smooth, dry, and slightly acrid. This is the Johnny Walker Black of beers, and I think some reviewers didn't realize what they were going for here. Very crisp. Like a fine Scotch/white wine/beer hybrid. Very complex. Nice.
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.
PorterPounder (6290) - 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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5591) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From old tasting notes. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma was somewhat faint but had a sweet maltines. The flavor was a bit off and odd but had a light nutty caramel presence with a touch of smoke and almost canned mushroom juice. No hops to speak of. A bit thin and watery. An interesting idea but it did not do a whole lot for me.
jgb9348 (5121) - 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.