jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2011
This is probably the best of the winter pack. A lager that’s dark, very malty, and finishes with a certain caramel sweetness. Really sessionable and really tasty. jsmerig (1663) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Pours dark brown with an average head. Malty and earthy aroma. Taste is dark and sour with malt flavors mixed with cinnamon and honey. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
22-Jan-11 (12-oz bottle, Bottled on 21-Sep-10, Part of Handcrafted Winter Beers gift set: Purchased 12-Jan-11 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) This German-style dunkel is a nice departure from the slew of pale-style beers I’ve had from Saranac recently. It pours a lovely mahogany-colored body that has perfect clarity, but the head rises to a mere wafer atop the beer before settling to a thin ring, and the off-white color looks stark against the brown background of the beer beneath it. Maybe that’s supposed to mimic the lake effect snow? The malt-centric nose is very reminiscent of buttered toast, but there is almost no hop aroma, which in this case works just fine for me because the toasty malts smell wonderful. A bit more, but not equal balance greets the palate, as a layer of gently bitter, grassy hops sits atop the more prominent base of very toasty, slightly caramely, and lightly sweet malts. The beer is medium in weight, moderately carbonated, and smooth and reasonably dry in the finish. Overall, this beer is pretty straight-forward example of a very traditional style, so it’s not going to light the beer community on fire, but it’s quite pleasant and enjoyable. Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Nice caramel flavoring in the palate, nose is lagery yeast. Finishes clean, not bad - would try again. FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark red-brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head that lingered and produced good lacing. The aroma was toasty and malty with light notes of caramel and nut. The flavor was malty with light notes of caramel, toast, sour nut and there was a vague vegetal undertone and some grassy hops. The finish was long, sour and malty. Fairly full bodied and quite smooth. Decent.
beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
More from the winter sample pack.
A=Pours a surprisingly dark amber with a little head that fizzles pretty fast, leaving behind decent lacing. Wow! I’m surprised by the look, considering this is a lager. Usually lagers are pale yellow.
S&T= Aromas and flavor of smooth caramel maltiness, with creaminess/vanilla coming through. Quite tasty for a lager!! Smooth and well-bodied taste.
B=Medium-smooth with average carbonation.
Very impressive for a lager. Which I am usually not a fan of, except Samuel Adams, until now. Will remember this next time a craft brewer offers a lager.I’m not saying it’s one of the best, but it’s a damn good throwback session brew.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours reddish/gold with a tan head. Smells of sweet malt, some perfumy hints. Tastes vegetal with some sweet caramel elements and some light spiciness on the finish. Ratman197 (15208) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of carmel, brown sugar, honey and light fruittiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and light brown sugar with a crisp malty finish. murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Nice light aroma with some caramel and malt. Light bodied and dry, faint bitterness, refreshing. Pretty decent. treemechanic (4) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010 does not count
red, brown, hazy, medium sweetness, slight maple syrupy taste, creamy, medium body, lively,