pastout (27) - Windber, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Nice color with a long lasting head. The taste and mouth feel were a bit thin but not bad overall. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Blown color with just a touch of redness. Bone tan head. Mild hops and malt aroma. A dry caramel flavor with a touch of acidity. Dry finish toasty finish. DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2002
Coca-cola coloured, beige firm head.
Hoppy aroma, cellar and soil tones.
Bitter and sweet not much else GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Outstanding coffee aroma with just as good a flavor. A bit thin for the flavor, but i think it’s for the better. Not to filling but a solid body. Feels like i’m in a cool damp...black forest. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Sweet roasted malt aroma, but the flavor lacked the promise that the aroma gave. Light body, with just a hint of hops crispness. Easy drinking.
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2002
Reminded me of a black bavarian style beer. A lot of flavor and kick. Pretty smooth though. Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2002
Very rich garnet color with a pronounced caramel malt aroma. Medium smooth body with a bit of bitterness. Not as much sweetness as anticipated, but still good. Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2002
Nice ruby-black hue. Tan head dissipates quickly. Caramel malt aroma. The sweetness is very welcome, and the hoppy finish is superb. I definately enjoy this schwarzbier, a very good rendition from a big brewery. One of Saranac’s best brews. morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2002
My personal favorite in the Saranac line up. Odd moose brown to black color. solid caramel malt taste, but does lack a significant hop presence. I would like to see a little more chocolate character as well. A great beer with steaks! Steak (124) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Thought it was a brown when I first had it, but it was a little darker. They are sure right about the caramel malts in this one, and they are all over the place in abundance. It’s the abundance which is the problem. The aftertaste was not very nice at all, as it left a stickiness that was hard to get rid of. Body was on the thin side but ok, and ther was a very small amount of hops flavor or characteristics. I am not too familiar with this style, but I hope this beer is not representatvie of it.