slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Not a bad try at a spiced holiday, very similar to Anchor’s... thou still not on its par. Spiced and complex esp. for Saranac, is that racism? Whatever, I’m slowly gaining more respect for Saranac.
KyotoLefty (7430) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. From old notes. Rich caramel malts like a scotch ale, nice spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. Rich and tasty, and not overdone as I thought it might be. Enjoyable.
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It pours a clear bronze color with reddish highlights and a small light tan head. The aroma is malty and heavily spiced with a big shot of orange as well. Likewise the flavor is heavily spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and orange zest over sweet doughy and bready malts. There is a hint of hops at the end that fades into the finish along with some of the spiciness. Its light to medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall it’s a very tasty brew but the spices are a bit heavy and out of balance with the rest of beer.
tgncc (3004) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of fruit, malts, cinnamon. Appearance is an attractive red brown, off-white head. The flavor is cinnamon, allspice, malts, citrus. The finish is light hop bittering, and a mix of spices. Thin/Medium mouthfeel. Not bad.
williamherbert (1377) - Syracuse, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is a dark cherry red. Shallow white head. Clear but with a deep red tint. See through. Looks watery.
Spicy, almost like peppermint or ginger. Cinnamon and nutmeg within the context of a winter ale. Spices overshadow sweetness of the winter ale.
The cherry winter ale sweetness is nicely balanced by all those sweet candy spices. Cinnamon comes out a lot in the flavor and sits atop the tongue like a sprinkling. A real winter warmer.
Fizzy but thick and smooth. Bubbly like a saison but not harsh. Pleasantly nice. Nicely balanced between berry/cherry sweet and spicy. A nice winter sipper.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of orange peal. Thin with a heavily spiced body. Almost anise with how bittering it finishes.
WVHouseofBeer (927) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cinnamon and spice aroma and flavor, but it was just too watery to be very enjoyable. Not a bad beer, but there are so many winter seasonals that are better. LC
Sammy (9437) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks Crushinator for sharing. A winter warmer, or a vegetable beer, I think the latter. Spicey. Advertises the spice, they are faint of cinammon, nutmeg, orange and allspice. Above-average carbonation, a bit of yeast, sourish finish. Lacey and a head. A marginal passable beer.
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with minimal head. Smells of sour and sweet fruits and malts. Tastes like sweet fruits, sugar, and mild spices. Very little as far as hops goes. But not a bad alternative winter brew.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Like most Saranac beers i’ve tried, the initial taste is very OK, but what comes in behind it, and each subsiquent sip, is quite disappointing.... This is like the red headed stepchilds cousin twice removed from anderson valley’s winter solstice. I love that beer, this, not so much...
Dogbrick (9320) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Two Saranac beers in the same day, I am a glutton for mediocrity. This beer is a reddish-amber color with a medium with a very thin off-white head that disappears quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices and caramel apple. Light body with a subtle spice and malt character and flavors of mild apple and hops. The finish is lightly spiced with a short malty finish. Barely average overall.