jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2011
This is a really solid beer for the colder months. Taste includes malts, nuts, coffee, fruity sweetness. Very low bitterness, medium thickness. Really tasty winter beer. ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - FEB 24, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a deep copper color with a fluffy, light-tan head. Aroma is earthy, mild roasted malts with floral hops and a touch of brown sugar. The flavor is smooth with the taste coming from the roasted nuts and malts and a bit of hops that kicks in through the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear brown. Nose of malt, caramel and nuts. Taste is very watery, some nuts and light malt. wlajwl (6810) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Not as much harshness in malts as most other american dark lagers, easy and smooth to drink, decent. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Poured into a pint glass.
3.0 A: Nearly clear amber color. I could only get a half finger of off-white head that fell mighty quickly and left a few rogue strands of lacing.
4.0 S: Decent aroma with a pleasant biscuity nuttiness. Earthy hops and caramel.
3.0 T: Nuts in the taste too, but this time seems watered down. Caramel suffers the same fate as does other lightly toasted malts. Basically I’m getting two parts good nut brown lager mixed with one part water.
3.0 M: Lighter body. Carbonation is fine. Smooth, but not very creamy.
3.0 D: Like always, Saranac manages to make another mediocre brew that’s drinkable but not particularly enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-12-2010 00:41:47
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
12oz bottle pours ruby red – amber with thin tan head. The aroma has a mild metallic note followed by sweet nuttiness, malts, some chocolate malts and a bit of dark fruity esters. The taste comes off initially a touch sharp and metallic then becomes roasty with malt, a bit of nuttiness, some chocolate malts and increasing levels of burnt malts that never get too much or approach ashy. Still, a tasty brew with plenty of rich flavors. Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Dark Amber color with a white head. Caramel malty aroma with a light floral hop undertone. Strong caramel and nutty flavor. Light bitterness at the end. MacBoost (1898) - Victor, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2010
This is probably Saranac’s finest beer. A seasonal winter release, the aroma is of toffee, caramel and bread. Not much hop presence detected in the nose. It has a very thin off white head and a dark amber body. Slightly sweet taste. Lively carbonation, thin mouth feel. This is a solid offering from a usually sub-par brewery. If you only try one Saranac in your life, this is the one to seek out. Decent. obguthr (6355) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Caramel and pecan nose. Clear light brown, thin head. Flavor is less of caramel but quite a bit more nutty. Decent and a good value. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, burnt leaves, trash, slight diacetyl, and a hint of caramel. Poured copper/amber/brown in color with large, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet. Tastes of malt, trash, slight caramel, slight diacetyl, and a hint of nuts. Light to medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, slight nut, trash, and hint of caramel finish is dry. Pretty darn bad.