bhensonb (15609) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle from a mixed box at the World Market in Davis, CA. Pours copper/amber with a 3 finger foamy yellowish head. Aroma is quite bready, but I’m not getting much hop. Med body. Flavor is sweetish roast caramel with something heavily roasted - but the hop is sort of only lightly present. That’s taste/flavor. In fact my tongue says there’s a lot of bitter here. But no grass, herb, etc. Still, it drinks ok. Ratman197 (15212) - 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. Tmoney99 (14854) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted malt and soft hop aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Moderate toasted malt flavor with a small biiter hop finish of average duration. Well balanced drinkable brew.
Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2010
12 ounce bottle from the Winter Sampler, from Harris Teeter Cville Barracks. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a large offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, faint raisin and even fainter hops. The taste is bitter hops, caramel, chocolate, raisin and a bit of a chalky finish. Medium bodied. slowrunner77 (12582) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"pretty nice for the style, but not so much so that it causes me to reevaluate the standard lager. dark golden/light amber, as w/other saranac brews a little too bubbly and light in body. aroma and flavor are much the same with a decent sweet malt backbone and a bite of german hops, but it works a little better in the aroma."
DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle from Frank Smith’s out of a winter variety pack. Pours clear deep coppery ruby with minimal off-white head and a lot of carb streams. Nose is German malt, yeast, resiny hops, vinous fruit. Tastes caramel malty, earthy, nutty, with resiny hops late. Gets hoppier as it warms, and gains a maple flavor. Decent. blipp (9590) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber orange with a beige head. Sweet toffee malty aroma with aome lighter toasty notes. The flavor has sweet malts, toffee, lightly toasted malts, and some light earthy hoppy notes. Pretty good. 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. obguthr (6588) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Aroma is an odd blend of dark roasted malt and butter, with traces of manure. Crystal clear brown, thick creamy head, some lacing. Flavor is earthy dirt and twigs, light tartness, much like an english brown ale. Light body. Actually pretty good, despite the weird smell. jgb9348 (6434) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Cola coloured body with a thick dense, tan head - actually nice looking. Aroma of pale malt, a touch of roast, a little sweetness and not much else at all - perhaps some cardboad. Medium-bodied; Pungent roasty malt flavour with some rice sweetness and a bit of soy sauce and other funky flavours following behind. Aftertaste is a bit bitter, a bit too puingent and not showing much complexity at all. Overall, not such a great beer - deep and strong flavours and not in a good way. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 18-November-2011 for US$1.19 sampled at home in Washington on 18-December-2011.