wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2003
12 oz bottle, lager glass, 55 degrees F. Tall, frothy, rocky, off-white head is slowly diminishing (leaves great lacing) and sits on a deep brown-red body with heavy carbonation. Caramel, cookie, pecan malt (M); flowery hops (L); light toffee aroma. The aroma is pleasant if not a bit weak and sharp. Moderately sweet flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter finish. There's some sour notes in the flavor which detract from this otherwise tasty, but humble, brown lager. Medium-full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: more flavor and no sour notes and this would be a real winner, but as it stands it's mearly middle of the pack. ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Bottle. Brown with no real head. Hoppy aroma. Thin, but a decent taste for a lager. (This is a lager right?) Nothing special. monkeyman (57) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Saranac 12 Beers undated package (purchased 12-02): No nuts; brown; probably a lager. Hard to imagine what coal in the stocking could bring. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Slightly nutty, some malt, pretty light aroma. Was a clear dark amber, moderate tan head. Similar flavor profile, grainy malt aftertaste. Thinner body. Typical Saranac, nothing offensive, but lacking on most fronts. warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Hops dominate aroma followed by some malt. Nice hop flavor with some toasted crystal malt flavor. I like this beer the most so far of the 12 beers of Christmas pack that I bought. This should be an every day offering from Matt's not just a seasonal.
Ron (3993) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
A smooth easy drinking ale with a malty, chocolate and nutty flavor with a hoppy aftertaste. Enjoyable, I'll buy it again. clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2003
This beer pours a light brown/red color with a small head that sticks around. The aroma is just as the name states - roasted nuts and malts with some sweetness. The flavor is very smooth with the taste coming from the roasted nuts and malts and it has a bit of hops to the taste as well. Very good nut brown ale.
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Typical lagerish aroma; beautiful robust brown colour. Very pleasant flavour, rather metallic and bitter finish. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Clear redish brown apperance. Toasty malty aroma. Flavor has a slight nutiness, alot of toasted malts. A metallic taste in the finish. tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Nice clear orange brown body with a large egg shell head that fades slowly with a great lace. Aroma is a mild citrus, floral hop with hints of malt. Initial flavor was slightly sweet Almost candy, orange, and chocolate. This fades into a nice nutty finish. There is a bit of hop flavor through out, but no bitterness. Palate is smooth and some what dry. Very good, very drinkable.