PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a deep copper/bronze with perfect clarity and a tan film of head. Malty, firm aroma- mildly sweet with a hearty Vienna/amber Munich malt biscuity presence- bready. Creamy carbonation- but it’s slightly thin bodied. Nice clean toasted Vienna malt flavor. Biscuity and toasted with a bready quality and mild peppery noble hop notes. A nice session with no off flavors (minus a touch a metallic character I get in many of the Saranac lineup. Goes well with pretzels.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber with an off white head. Toasty malty aroma with some grainy notes. Clean malty flavor, with some light grainy and toasty notes, and a hint of hops. Pretty good.
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours clear amber brown with an off-white head. nose of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, plum, date. flavor is bready, with amaretto, raisin bread, caramel, roasted malt. finish is long, malty and with a slight bitter edge of baker’s chocolate. pretty good.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Minimal off-white head atop clear garnet body. Aroma is medium sweet, berry, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, berry, some caramel, light lager yeast. Light-medium body, light acidity.
Ron (2314) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty and nutty with some resiny notes. Flavor is spicy at the beginning with a very dry middle and a lingering, bitter finish.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A pretty solid winter lager right here, on par with Sam Adams, etc. Pretty malty and smooth, a little sweetness, finishes very crisp with a bit of hops. Great to sip by the fire as you watch the snow fall.
PhatB420 (589) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 12 beers o winter sampler, which is great, this is another solid saranac brew that settles in the kettle with an abundance of malts smacking you in the face. A homey winter esque feeling fills the room when sipped and enjoyed. Great after hours of tobogganing.
Drake (7843) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from the winter sampler. Pours a clear amber color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is malty and slightly nutty with faint fruit notes. Taste is nutty and malty with notes of caramel, light berries and other fruit notes, toasted malts and nail polish. Medium bodied.
topherh (1905) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pours a clear brownish amber with a white head. Aroma is lightl caramel malt, toast, and a bit of metal. Flavor is much the same with some nutty notes coming through.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4471) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a nut brown-amber color with a large tan head. The aroma was tangy, sour lager with a touch of nut, vague fruits and mint. The flavor was tangy, malty and nutty with a faint note of caramel and a light fruity hop presence. The finish was moderate length sour and tangy malts. Medium body. Ok.