peteydaoust (19) - - APR 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is and interesting beer. The sweetness and bitterness are usually a great combination. However I feel the flavors are too extreme and do not blend well together. Not a bad beer, but not very good either.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear very dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, nuts, chocolate and vanilla. The taste is roasted malts, vanilla and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. Decent.
cheap (3663) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ya know, just when you think you’ve tasted every saranac, you didn’t. The first real craft brews I had in a mixed six, back in 1980, no lie. Fromabottle it looks pretty dark but not coal black fer sure. Nice head. First taste is enoyable stout. Roasty, perhps some tartness, very good beer that seems to be less than 4% but its not. Good beer bite but never goesw over the top. One of the better stouts. After a while during the session some sharp bitternesss builds up to a medium sharp thing, unexpected with most stouts. Fun, interesting. Very nice brew, would buy a case of this stuff. Good craft beer for a lager lover.
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a black color and smells of malts, a touch of chocolate. Taste is roasted malts up front, some chocolate, a touch of bitterness. Overall an enjoyable beer.
puboflyons (1690) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This has been brought out of retirement for the "What Ales You" Winter 12-pack. The pour is a dark brown but some light can get through so it is not entirely black like many stouts. Lots of fluffy, foamy head. The aromas are of dark malts and grain with a slight raisin characteristic. The body is thinner than the way I prefer my stouts. The taste has a solid bitter bite that is slightly acidic but not objectionable.
redpooba (395) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer has solid malty notes with a hint of molasses, though the sweetness does not transfer over to the flavor. It is smooth going down but there is a slight bitterness that lingers.
jtclockwork (6259) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is black as you’d expect. Small head. Nose is chocolate malts and coffee. Taste is coffee grounds and chocolate malts. Rated 12/20/2000
Dacrza (418) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I am not sure when this one retired, as I drank and reviewed it but a few months ago--maybe it’s the Brett Favre of beers? Pours a jet black body in a Guinness pint glass...brown, hedgelike lacing (a few holes in there)...a suitable vision early...slighty rounded with some sharper hop notes; floral with hints of chocolate and pleasant sugars... a bit oily--no, quite oily--with a creamy head that creates an interesting contrast with its rather hard body...rich and milky, slightly sweet and smoky... easy on the tastebuds and medium-bodied at that... pleasantly balanced lactic, active stout, not memorable, not offensive... a syrupy sweet finish that kind of makes the drinker shrug his shoulders and reach for something else...
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, vintage rating. Black body tan head. Roast y coffee and roasted malt with a mild thin body and some chocolate malt. Session able and decent.
docsteigs (493) - Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black stout with large light brown proteinaceous head; not much on the nose but nice full body with suprisingly high hop rate. Hops pleasant but slightly dominate underlying chocolate/coffee/burn.