scarletfire65 (1507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Bottle from a variety 6 pack. Pours a very dark brown, with a fine fluffy head. It actually leaves some nice intricate lacing. The aroma is slightly roasted malt, root beer, and pine. The body is medium, with high, prickly carbonation. Slight roasted malt profile, nowhere near a stout, not much complexity, bitter finish with some dried dark fruit notes. Rather bland. nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Lacks aroma of stout, I would classify as a black and tan and not a stout. Doesn’t have that burnt roasted malts that I love in a stout. Rather mild and meek for a stout, but decent. For Saranac...one of their better brews….still not saying a lot. petexner (936) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle in NY. Smooth color and head, chocolate tones,hoppy palate and finish. Not bad. User134089 (1644) - - AUG 24, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About ¾ inches of head. Color was black and coffee like. Small amount of film and much less than I thought. That changed later with uneven random spots throughout. Slight lacing on glass after initial pour. That dissipated pretty quickly.
Malty smell with coffee, caramel, toffee and chocolate dominating the way.
First taste was a buttery, coffee taste. Chocolate malts follow. Slight taste of caramel.
Nutty, bitter finish on the tongue. Mild to above average carbonation. Not the smoothest, but plenty of drinkability.
A decent beer overall. Saranac is one of my favorite beers, being from New York. I’d say this is on the top-half of my Saranac list. Ret12 (454) - Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2011
This beer is slightly bitter but not very complex. It bosts a ton of flavors but I didn’t find to many of them.
joebudzjoe (677) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2011
12 oz bottle poured into a mug. With a dark chocolate, plum, cashew and dark rum nose this beer pours a see-through, root beer colored body with a long lasting, off-white head. A smoky, slightly watery bodied stout offers notes of dried tobacco and almonds. Not a bad stout, especially if you want one that’s not too hefty. DiarmaidBHK (5896) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
What an odd hybrid! It doesn’t look as aesthetically pleasing from the bottle as it does served from a tap over a spoon. Pours lehigh brown with a big white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Big bready nose. The taste is dominated by the dark stuff and it’s big chocolate notes. Finishes fairly clean. johnnnniee (4411) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Pours a solid dark brown with deep ruby highlights and a huge creamy tan head that sticks around forever. Smells of roasted malts, cotton candy, some dark fruit, aromatic malts, a little toffee. Theres a strange bitterness in the smell that seems out of place. Taste is malty at first. Starts off like cold coffee and dark fruit then that harsh bitterness that was in the smell comes through. A finishes with a lingering chocolate taste that would have been great the whole way through. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium to thick in the body, medium carbonation. This one was only okay. I liked it at first, but as it warmed I liked it less and less. The astringent bitterness ruined this one for me.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2011
12oz bottle as part of the adirondack mountain mix 6-pack. First thing I noticed was the alcohol aroma, so the modest 5.1% ABV is surprising. Pretty bitter and carbonated, not enough good flavor to back it up. A decent beer to accompany the grilled sandwich I just consumed with it. In all fairness, though, this is my first-ever stout, so I’m not really familiar with the style. yackery (168) - California, USA - APR 12, 2011
Pours a permanently covering head over a deep red, fairly clear body under a slick lacing that is as thick as the long-lasting head.
Aroma is caramel malt and notes of vanilla and roast coffee. Very impressive like North Coast!
Taste is a little bitter and little like flavored coffee. Again, very good. This is much better than the same brewer’s dry, Irish stout.
And I like the lively and forward palate like a friendly stout.
I definitely like this beer better than many and gives a break in ABV.