PhatB420 (531) - 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.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear pale nutty brown body with a thin dissipating white head. Weak nutty aroma with some yeasty and skunky notes. Flavor is very similar to aroma with some decent roasted malty notes. Pretty bland. Thin body. For a winter lager I would like some spice and more robust flavors.
Frothmeister (479) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber, with a thin off-white head. Pretty obvious caramel/toffee on the nose. A little floral. Taste is slightly sweet with caramel, toasty malt, wood (pencil shavings?), with a bitter finish.
TheGB (460) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark amber with little head. Almost non existent aroma. Smooth taste with a nice malt taste and a bit of hop balance. Nice and smooth, but not that interesting.
basspro76 (423) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich dark brown color with a slight white head. Flavor is a sugary bready mixture that is delicious. One of my favorite Saranac offerings.
MarkBarnes (362) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dec. 27, 2009; 12 oz. bottle (winter sampler pack). Full-bodied winter lager; a slightly-heavier & spiced version of Saranac’s Octoberfest. Meh.
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.
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear amber with white head. Aroma is earthy with grain and caramel. Flavors of caramel and roasted nuts. Thin body with watery mouthfeel.
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.
bbrock81 (297) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours amber brown with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is pretty hoppy, floral and grassy, with a decent bready malt backing it up. The flavor is quite a bit more subdued, however, bringing in a disappointing wateryness. There is some hops in the taste again, and the same general maltiness, but it’s all washed out. The palate, too, is thin and watery, and there is virtually no finish. It starts out looking ok, and even smells ok, but falls flat when you take the first drink.