DYCSoccer17 (3697) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
2003 bottle. Pours a transparent mahogany with a 2cm light brown head. Aroma is nutty with a hint of chocolate. Start is roasty coffee flavor blending into a nice malty coffee aftertaste. Palate is good. Aftertaste makes you keep wanting to come back. Great job Saranac! ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Garnet color with minimal off white head that dissipates fast. Not much to smell, faint roasted malts. Higher level of carbonation than I am used to for a brown ale, definately taste the malts and a little bite from hops. Traditional tastes from a brown, roasted nuts, some chocolate and caramel. Watery mouth feel, nice nutty finish. A decent beer. Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Smooth taste with a hint of nut, and roasted malt. Pretty good, but thats about it. Slight hops in the aftertaste. Not much special about this beer. brownaler (663) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Has a dark red appearence with a medium white head. Has a roasty nut taste throughout. PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2003 Reddish amber. Med bubbly Head. Light chocolate and nut aromas with a hint of grassy hops. Clean and light malt palate. Expertly balanced finish with neither malt nor hops standing out. Should be very appealing to a large crowd.
ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Quite clear, a lighter brown, lots of bubbles moderate white head, that dissipates rapidly. Smells of chocolate malt and some nutty caramelishness. Opens up with a lightly peppery, moderately lagered malt. Quite delicate, decent amount of hops, medium dry on the finish, well balanced. Flavor overall is a bit light, medium light body, bubbly. slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 Not bad, w/ a good balance sorta on ESB. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2003
The bottle that I had describes this as a Nut Brown Lager. The beer poured a nice dark reddish brown with a thin white head. The taste was malty, yet nutty. Not bad for a little change of pace. mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Bottle. The name and the description on the bottle makes it sound like a special holiday beer. But this was just another plain old brown ale. I dislike beers that misrepresent themselves. A winter seasonal beer should be complex and warming, this was a simplex and boring beer. happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 I was on a Saranac kick this past fall and shared a 6 of this w/ my uncle on thanksgiving.Poured out a light brown(transparent)decent head/fine lace.Aroma was a bit srange at first.The taste was just great.Compared to almost all there other beers I'll look forward to this one from here on out.The body was quite thin but w/ a nice nuttiness,slight hop bite.As of late I have not been feelin' these dudes beer & I wonder how I'll feel about this one If I can get it again this year?Very drinkable.10-27...Yep, I still like this one (can be bland at times though).Nice malts.Almost reminds me of a what there fest should be.The name says it all(for Saranac.Good stuff.More hop usage than Newcastle w/ that same dry(chalky)finish.The malts are darker yet watery in this one compared to the previous mentioned.