Ratman197 (14826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of cocoa, carmel and light bread. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of cocoa and light carmel with a crisp cocoa finish. Drake (13728) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2011
I’m really the first to rate this? Bottle from a sampler. Pours a clear amber with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toasted malts, nutty notes and chocolate. The taste is cocoa, some faint malts and a bitter finish. Thin bodied. Not liking this very much. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle from Frank Smith’s. Pours clear deep coppery w 1-finger clingy off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, cacao, fruit. Tastes semi-sweet, with a nice cacao flavor, caramel malt, and a good amount of hops. This one was a very nice lager. blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Toasty malty aroma with grains and light chocolate notes. The flavor has more chocolate than the aroma, with toasted malts and some nutty sweetness. Pretty good. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark caramel color with a large foamy/creamy tan head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was faint sweetish malts and touches of cocoa and cream. The flavor was toasty with faint cocoa and vanilla cream with a bitter malt base and faint vague fruitiness. The finish was medium length, tangy vanilla cream. Medium body. Ok.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Bottled. Poured clear light-medium amber with a well-retained off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet and lightly-smoked cacao, with accents of vanilla and rye bread.. toasted caramel malts took over as the drink warmed. The flavor found lots of sweeter caramel at the core, with roasted chocolate and vanilla accents.. lots of rich sugars toward the back.. tasty stuff. Lighter-bodied and slick through the palate.. a touch cloying at times.. overall a tasty, but not spectacular brew. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a small fizzy white head that faded pretty quickly. The nose is slightly grainy and husky with a little bit of cocoa nibs. The flavor is pretty prominent with the cacao, but there isn’t a whole lot else going on in here except grainy malt. Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Overall it just tastes a little artificial and one dimensional, like most Saranac. ajnepple (6606) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2013
12 oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors. Amber colored and pretty clear with a sticky off-white head. The aroma is rich milk chocolate and caramel malts. Similar flavor with light spiced hops. Light soft body with a thin, semi-creamy feel and a sweet finish. It was alright. nuplastikk (6255) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2011
12oz bottle. Filtered amber-brown. Thin, beige head. Mellow, doughy amber malt aroma, some brown chocolate. Some chocolate syrup notes, medium bodied, overall pretty enjoyable beer. Smooth and sweet, delicate, distant hop balance. Chocolate syrup finish. OK. jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Clear, slightly brown, copperish coloured body with a thin light brown head - doesn’t look too great. Aroma of malt, metal, blood and perhaps a hint of cardboard - nothing chocolatey at all here. Light-bodied; Strong nuttiness and some malty notes with a large dose of deep earthy bitterness and some odd funky characteristics with the smallest hint of decent chocolate - more along the lines of bad bitterness. Aftertaste shows that funky bitterness that is more like earth and dirt than chocolate - not too pleasant at all. Overall, not a great beer by any means and not one even worth drinking. I figured from the name of the beer that this one would be awful and I was correct - simply not a good beer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York for US$1.19 on 18-November-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 04-January-2012.