rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has no freshness date or abv% listed. This bottle was part of the 2009 Saranac Winter 12 pack.
Appearance: The body has a garnet color with good clarity. On top sits a thin half inch thick head which is beige in color and fades quickly. Lacing is very minimal and slick leaving a mostly clean glass behind.
Smell: It is light overall in the nose with some malty sweetness and hints of leafy, almost herbal/metallic hops.
Taste/Palate: There is a rich bready sweetness up front with some light roasted grain notes as well. This maltiness meats some hop flavor in the middle it and adds a nice moderate balance of hop spice and bitterness with just a very slight metallic edge. It seems to finish quickly and fairly clean. It is dryer than it started but there is still a thin residual sweetness mixed with thin hop bitterness. The body is light to medium with average carbonation.
Notes: For the style it seems just a little on the light side but everything is in good balance for the style. Once again Saranac has brewed another decent easy drinking beer.
PhatB420 (626) - 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.
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a medium amber color with a slight red tint. Aroma is rich, nice deep malt notes. Taste is metallic. The flavor corresponds to the brews copper color. There’s a bit of malt sweetness, but I’m sorry, I cannot get past the metallic flavor. Not awful, but not great unless you like chewing on wire or foil.
Frothmeister (559) - 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.
jflopsu (546) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Pours a light orange. Has a faint sweet citrus aroma. Taste is sweet mix of citrus and some caramel. Bland aftertaste.
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.
TheGB (510) - 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 (375) - 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.