argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2005
(12oz bottle) Medium beige head atop a crystal clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, nutty, light toast. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, nutty, some earthy, light floral, chocolate. Light-medium body. jcwattsrugger (12471) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2006
12oz bottle-pours a light tan/offwhite head. Color is amber/brown. Aroma is malty, roasty then a bit of hops. Taste is malt, then some bitter shows up, but overall-smooth, a good beer and refreshing. DocLock (10731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 Rated: 2003 version. I’ve seen this in the 12 beers of X-mas in 2000 and again last year (2003). I didn’t see it between 2000 and 2003. The great red label says "Season’s Best". Pours dark brown, with aromas of almonds, hazlenuts, walnuts, and toffee. Tastes smooth, with an abundance of nuts and caramel. Finishes smooth, with more nuts, malt, and subdued sweetness. One of my favorite nut browns. Very complex. I hope they have this for X-mas 2004. radagast83 (8137) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Bottle. Winter 12 pack. Good beverage, even if it is average. brownish color, no lasting head, fruity flavor and deffinately a nutty flavor to boot. FROTHINGSLOSH (7901) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 This is not one of Saranac’s better efforts. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium brown color with only a trace of a tan head that fades very quickly. The aroma is sour nut. The flavor is also sour nut and light malts with a sour tangy finish. Fairly blah.
blankboy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev at the (one and only) ’Saranac Vs. Samuel Adams sampler packs tasting’. Ninth rating of the night and another Saranac. Man, I really thought these Saranac beers would be better than this. Pours a clear dark amber with an average size diminishing white head. Mild and bland aroma of sweet malt, honey and some hops. Flavour is weak, harsh and stale and the combination of roasted malt and hops do not work in this case. Medium bodied. To me, this neither looked, smelled or tasted like a Nut Brown and I did not care for it. There’s still more Saranacs to come...<shudder>... HogTownHarry (7012) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev. This is a nutbrown? More like a wimpy amber. Poured clear copper with an average diminishing creamy off-white head. Very mild PA aroma of hops light roast honey-sweet malt - very muted and simple, okay, but hardly detectable. Taste is surprisingly harsh, very weak and stale, what honey character there was in the nose fails to survive the harshness - and this has a long finish to compound things. Mouthfeel is brackish and fizzy - nossir, I don’t like it; don’t like it at all. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2006
12 oz bottle. Clear dark copper pour with a small fizzy off-white head. Minimal aroma of grainy malt, slightly sweet. Flavor is minimal as well, some nutty sweetness followed by a bland finish. Very thin and watery body with prickly fizzy carbonation. Very weak all around. Not that I’ve come across a whole lot of "nut brown" ales that are exciting, but this is well below average. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
I tried the Saranac Winter 12 pack and was extremely disappointed. All of the lighter beers had a disgusting bitter taste and in the dark beers it wasnt as evident but it still tasted exactly the same. Isn’t this supposed to be a variety pack, not just the same beer with food coloring and a different label. The only one that tasted different was the caramel porter because it had traces of caramel. Shame on you saranac for charging $20 for this garbage Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells nutty with some roasted malts shining through. Tastes of nuts, sweet chocolate and pepper. Finish is caramelly.