Jayb0 (1223) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2003
Very solid offering from Saranac. Red-orange with a nice frothy and lasting head. Nutty sweet aroma. slightly creamy mouthfeel, a little thin. Nicely balanced, slightly spicy. Light finish leaving a great lingering nuttiness. Panzuriel (2446) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2003
Dark amber beer with a neat head. Some malty aroma with hints of hops. Smooth but slightly thin texture. nice sweet taste that fades somewhat. Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Ruby amber hue. Small compact beige head. Peas, light nut, malt nose. Very smooth, not much body though. Finishes lightly bitter, trying for some hop prescence, with light nuttiness. jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Clear, bright copper color with a thin but dense head and nice lace. Aroma of rich, dark bread, hint of peas, alcohol, hops (hallertau?) and slight nut. Fairly smooth, medium bodied, slight water texture, decent malts and a sweet nut-like flavor that holds up ok but waters down a bit as does all their beers. Nice hop bitterness at end to provide exceptional balance. jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Perhaps the worst seasonal I sampled this year although it went up against some fairly strong competition (none of which were in the same style in all fairness). Great pour and great appearance in the glass, nutty aroma - it was very Christmasy indeed as it tasted like it was brewed using components from my fraser fir. Not terrible but not the best seasonal of 2002 by any means.
DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 clear dark amber with a thick head..the aroma was salty and nutty and musty..the mouthfeel was a tad watery yet tangy..flavors of semi-sweetness and nuttiness and tang. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Deep amber color with a medium thick lasting head with good lace. Sweet and slightly fruity hop aroma. Sweet hoppy flavor with a malty nutty background and finish. dankfor20 (196) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2002
A great beer from saranac. The hint of nut falvor hits nicly with a little hop finish raymow (1875) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
One of the best nut-brown ales I've tried to date. Much better flavor than I expected! muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2002
Beautiful dark bronze color, nice creamy fast dying head leaves good lacing. Aroma is nothing special, slightly malty, nutty, small hint of cloves. Ditto on the flavor, although it gets a bit interesting at the end, smoky and nutty. But little of the traditional "Christmas" or seasonal spiciness I was looking for; just a very average brown from a very average brewery. Bring back the Caramel Porter!