Westy1130 (110) - New York, USA - OCT 2, 2017 arsenal (10) - Orange, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a domestic with malty, nutty flavor...and it doesn’t taste like a pine branch was stuck in the bottle! subtle use of hops, go figure. nearly opaque in the glass. there is mystery here. everybody else is smitten with NYC. Upstate is fine with me.
Very dark (almost black) ruby red color. Head faded away unusually fast for a 5.3% ABV, even with an aggressive pour. Aroma/taste: bready, malty with toffee chestnuts and licorice notes. Rex_Remes (284) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - SEP 24, 2017
(12oz bottle) AROMA: light smokey malt, dark grainy bread, APPEARANCE: medium dark brown, touch red, light coffee colored head, not too thick, just a bit or residual oily tracing. TASTE: roasted corn, some chocolate, seeds/nuts PALATE: medium body, bright/crisp, some chocolate richness/bitterness in the middle, cleansing, fresh, simple/clean finish, minimal residual. OVERALL: a nice fresh feel with average richness, not too complex, straightforward and drinkable. Sissio (1787) - Orsenigo, ITALY - AUG 15, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark brown, brown head, not persistent. Sweet roasted malts, passito wine, caramel, nuts, raisin. Simple sweet light roasted malts, brown sugar. Shot (573) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2017
Bottle. Pours a ruby brown with a massive off-white head that dissipates to a clumpy film. Some lacing on the glass. Muted aromas of gingerbread, dark fruit and a bit of toffee. Upfront flavors of German yeast, plum, cocoa, citrus, cola and bready tones. Mildly hoppy with a long, malty finish. Medium carbonation. Lively mouthfeel with a slight oiliness that coats the tongue. As a craft beer, this isn’t much of a standout, but as a traditional German schwarzbier, this is pretty good. RedSox2004 (2000) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Beer of the month club. Deep dark brown with mahogany highlights, two-finger tan head and nice lace. Aromas of toast, caramel, ash and faint citrus. Taste is similar, as roasted malts up front are supported by solid caramel base and highlighted by a dry bitterness. Medium body, lively carbonation, prickly mouthfeel and a very dry finish.
BuckeyeBoy (8860) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2016
12oz bottle thanks to ditmir. Pours out dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Nose is light smoke roast malts chocolate and some fruit notes. Taste is more of the roast malts some light smoke and a chocolate. mjg74 (3204) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Canned from 99 Cent Only. Sweet up front with a mild roasty flavor to it. Some black licorice with a little bit of hop flavor in the finish. Pretty good and clean. Somewhat mild, but a good old school gateway beer. MarkSachon (1062) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2016
12 oz bottle from the sampler case. Tastes nice, with a hint of charcoal and black leaf tobacco. A nice addition to the Saranac family. gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle; pours cola brown with a tan head; has a chocolate aroma with some dark fruits and roasted malt; taste is chocolate and dark fruits; finish is sweet; probably would be better but it is a bit watery Iznogud (4715) - CROATIA - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle, 355 ml from Pivoteka, Zagreb. shared with JFK10000. Pours brown with medium beige head. Roasted malts, caramel. breadish notes, sweetish. Light and bit bland.